Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless animals in Northern Alberta, Canada

We believe that there is a suitable home for all homeless animals: young or old; large or small.

As a volunteer-run, registered charity, we care for these animals by providing veterinary care and foster homes for animals in need until a permanent home is found. These private foster homes provide the animals with warm shelter, food, exercise, and tender loving care (something that so many of the animals we receive have never experienced).

SCARS does not practice selective intake procedures and operates in a triage manner: taking the animal in most medical need first. As a result our medical expenses are enormous. Please consider donating to our rescue efforts.

Look At Us Now!

To date, SCARS has rescued and rehomed over 3,000 animals.

Because these animals live in our homes, we deveop a very deep bond with our fosters. Many of the adoptive families keep us updated on how well their new companions are thriving in their new homes.

To all the wonderful foster homes, all the tireless volunteers, all the compassionate furever-homes: we say a heartfelt thank-you!

Please support your local rescue society and consider adoption as opposed to buying your new friend.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


Hey everyone,

Here I am just a little over 2 months later in my forever home. I have discovered so many things which include stairs (which I used to be scared of), toys (didn't know what to do with them at first) and my own yard (I just love the fresh powder after it snows!) . I've become quite the social guy at the dog park. I also like watching TV, although when there are shows with dogs (even my SCARS buddies on Saturday mornings) I get a bit excited when I hear them bark.

Thank you SCARS for rescuing me!


Sunday, 12 April 2009

Doc (Ernie)

Thanks to SCARS for this adorable dog that, despite being almost 100 pounds and 7 months old, was still just a puppy when we got him. He's adapted really well to life with our other dog and a house kitten that would very easily fit in his mouth. He's very gentle and never hurts other animals. He was a little horse shy at the beginning, but now he feels really comfortable around horses. Doc is a gentle giant and my 3-year-old boy loves to play with him.

Thanks again.


Friday, 10 April 2009



It is certainly time for an update as Lauper is almost a year old now. She has been a part of our family since June 2008.

I must say "thank you so much" to SCARS and Lauper’s foster parents for letting us welcome Lauper into our home. She has offered so much love and asks for so very little in return.

When Lauper first came home, I have to admit, I was shocked at what an impact she made and I questioned if I’d made the right decision in adopting my first dog. Just like a new baby, no one can really tell you exactly what it’ll be like.

After about two weeks, Lauper adjusted to our schedule and house training began progressing slowly. She instantly became best friends with her four legged pal Mugsy whom she often mistakes for another dog while playing and chasing him around the house. Although I was concerned that her “playing” with the cat was too rough, I was assured by our vet that the cat would run away if he was being hurt. I decided to trust this and the two have formed a great bond and often lay together with me on the couch. Lauper is very jealous when Mugsy gets attention and she is left out so it is usually cat and dog laying on me. Although the play gets quite rowdy at times, Lauper is a gem and listens so well when told to stop.

Lauper’s other best friend comes in the form of a two legged seven year old who has fallen head over heals for his very best friend. My son has adapted to being a big brother and takes on the responsibility of walking her and playing with her as often as possible. I often find the two of them playing in my son's room where Lauper has taken on the role of some imaginary character. My son is so happy to have the puppy he has always wanted that he is now asking when we can get another one.

Lauper has stolen the hearts of her grandma and grandpa too, who spoil her with treats when she is at the cabin. She has to stay on a leash out there though as the open space gives her ideas about running and not coming back when called. This is strange as when she is off leash anywhere else, she listens so well and does not run away. Must be the call of the wild…

Her favorite hang out is the dog park where she runs and plays so nicely with all the other dogs. She is quite timid and is instantly submissive when approached by another dog, and so long as they are friendly, Lauper is happy to play. Her favorite time is playing at the dog park and with the mention of the word park; she begins her whimper tantrum until she can jump out of the car and play.

Another favorite hang out of hers is coming to school with me. Luckily, being able to bring Lauper to school with me has provided her with a home away from home. She loves being in class with the students and is excellent at staying in her crate when it’s work time. Her favorite time is running around the classroom from student to student soaking up all the attention they give her.

I am absolutely pleased with Lauper as she is very good dog. She is attentive and listens well. She is bright and eager to please. She is fully house trained and has not had an accident for months. She demonstrates only one fault and that is jumping up to say hello to anyone new, but we’re working on that one. I could not imagine her not being a part of our family now, and wonder how I went so long without her. Her best trick is when asked for a kiss, she gives me one and when I ask her to give my son a kiss, she kisses his face non stop. He giggles and she just keeps going. The happiness she has brought to our family is priceless.

Thank you!


Saturday, 28 March 2009


Hi to all the wonderful people at SCARS,

It has already been 6 months since I moved to my forever home. I was a timid girl when I first moved in and it took a few weeks to get used to the idea that I could eat everything in my bowl, and know that the next meal would always come. I now live near to an off‐leash park and have made many new friends. I like to wrestle and play chase with the younger ones, and learn some grown‐up things from the older ones.

My family took me to my first obedience class just before the winter set in, and I think my family learned a lot. They tell me that I have a few more things to learn, so I will be going to school again later this year to hone up my skills. I have decided that I really like playing in the snow, even on some of those very cold days, but I am looking forward to new things to smell and explore when spring comes along.

My foster Mom was pretty close when she said I was just about perfect. But she was
right on the money when she imagined that some day I would be snuggled up with a
little human girl some day. That’s because I have a big sister who gives me all the
hugs and love that every dog deserves.

I send my thanks to all you hard working folk at SCARS for making my new life so

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Kimmi (Kemo)

Hi everyone, my name was Kemo but I'm Kimmi now. I thought I'd let you know what's happening since I got adopted. I got my forever home in November 2007. Andrea told my new family that I was a lovable dog who didn't get up on the furniture... well she was right about one thing... I am a lovable dog. On the way to my new home I had a bit of a "gas" problem but my new parents just opened the windows and kept me anyway. I eventually got over the gas. I think I was just scared. I have my own bedroom that I adopted the first night I was here. I sleep on mom and dad's bed for a while then I go to my own room until it's time to get them up in the morning. I like my dad a lot, he takes me to the park and for truck rides, but my mom is my favorite. I cry when I see her car pull into the driveway. I'll do anything for her.

I have a really big back yard and I have a wonderful (sometimes) brother. I let him think he's in charge. The two of us get to ride in the truck and go to the off leash park for a big walk every day.

We have Christmas parties and birthday parties and I even get presents. I now have a big collection of squeaky bunnies and I bring one to mom and dad every time they come home. "Green Bunny" is my favorite.

In the summer we go to the lake for two months and I get to go walking, boating and swimming every day. I think I am a very lucky girl.

Thanks, SCARS for finding me the best home ever.


Saturday, 14 February 2009


Hey everyone at SCARS;

I just thought I'd update you on how Sofee is doing. I know her foster family said that they thought she'd be the one dog whom would not be able to be adopted out, but when I saw her I knew she was the one. It's almost as though she chose me. Since then she's become quite the dog. She has an amazing personality that shines at every chance she gets. She's had some of her fur grow back since we adopted her on October 6th, 2007, and she's almost stopped licking and chewing on her paws altogether. Lately we've noticed she put on a bit of weight, which is good since when we got her she was pretty skinny. We changed the spelling of her name from Sofie to Sofee just to be completely unique. My older sister Kim had nicknamed her Magoofy at Christmas 2007 and since then she has lived up to that nickname. Her personality is most defiantly a goofy one. She's currently sitting here with her head resting on my lap, waiting for her walk, as she does everyday. At times she's even wanted to pass up eating just to go for her walk, but I always told her I'd wait for her to eat before I left. She fits in perfectly with our family, and gets along with everyone of us, even my friends say she's just like me.

With Love this Valentines Day

JoJo, Cheryl, Peter, Kimber-Lee, Rosie, and Sofee

Saturday, 7 February 2009


Well it has been about 9 weeks since my girlfriend adopted Sarah from Second Chance. She is really doing well at the acreage and has come out of most of her shyness. She is still shy with strangers, especially men, but warms up quickly especially upon the 2nd meeting. She used to be shy in the mornings but not anymore. Usually she does not let me out of her sight all day long. She loves her car and truck rides. She is getting very good at dancing especially if there is something extra in her food such as steak or hamburger. She used to gobble down her food with reckless abandon but is now way more relaxed and sometimes even leaves some leftovers for a snack later. She loves her toys but does take them outside on occasion and loses them when she gets distracted by deer in the yard. Oh well, spring will be here soon enough and I am sure we will find them along with other hidden treasures. She has really made a welcome addition.

A lot of people that we encounter are even famialr with Sarah from Global news and have seen her before. So hats off to the folks at SCARS and keep up the good work. I will keep you posted of her triumphs and tribulations!

Thanks Neil

Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Hello there,

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to adopt a wonderful dog. I was at your Pet Adoption Day on Jan 9 /09, and met all the wonderful dogs and amazing people in your organization. Once I got to know Josie a little, I knew that she was the match for me. She has bonded with me quite well, and has virtually never left my side since I adopted her. She is a wonderful dog and is learning quite well. She does have a few bad habits, but with patience and time she is getting rid of those. I am grateful to have been able to help her out and your organization. I have attached some photos of her and will keep you updated on her progress.

Thanks Again,


Thursday, 22 January 2009


Good evening,

My name is Nicole and we just adopted Belinda yesterday. I wanted to express our gratitude to you, your volunteers and others that help the animals in need. Please read a little about us.

Eleven years ago my husband and I gave up trying to have a baby and set out to adopt a dog. After several attempts we didn't find one that suited us. Several months went by and a friend mentioned that someone they knew was just going to take their dog to the SPCA due to a move they were making in their lives that made keeping their dog impossible. I sent my son, Michael, and husband to take a look and they returned home with our first family dog "Goldie." Shortly after we became pregnant with our 2nd son "Arthur."

Goldie was so much a part of our lives it was hard to think of her ever leaving but the time came and as painful as it was to let her go, we had to. This happened October 26th with not much warning. Michael, myself and a close friend came and we laid with "Goldie" while she fell fast asleep in our arms. Arthur was reasonably upset and wanted to do a fundraiser for cancer awareness with dogs. As much as I wanted to encourage him, I felt it was important to support already established needs such as SCARS and I showed him the web site. I even told him that perhaps after Christmas or in the spring we would adopt a dog from SCARS.

Christmas came and went. On January 20th my husband and I started the journey to search for another family member to join us. We walked into a pet store with several puppies in the window (which caught our eye while driving down the street) and spotted a few that might suit us. The decision needed to be made right away from the store and we didn't want to feel rushed... and perhaps a pet store purchase just didn't feel "right."

January 22, 2009. My son Arthur has a dental appointment and I tell him afterwords we are going to the Vet Office where "Goldie" was put to sleep to pick up her paw print, which we had made for our Christmas tree. We walked in and saw the SCARS calendar for sale and Arthur looked at me knowing full well we were going to buy it - no ifs, ands or butts. Then walks in Deb from SCARS holding this precious black bundle of love. I couldn't help myself and I ask how old "her" dog is. She tells me the age and that the dog is looking for a home. All of a sudden Arthur and I looked at each other and that was "it." I held her and then Arthur held her. No going back now. We knew then it felt "right." We then finally spoke with the receptionist and explained why we were there. Upon receiving the "paw" print, I asked Deb for her card and phone numbers, took a photo of her with Belinda and then rushed home.

When we got home, I showed my husband and older son and we were all in agreement. I called Deb and told her there was NO doubt that we already loved Belinda and our home was ready for her. It has now been 24 hours and she's not been a minute out of my sight or my heart. We've renamed her "Abby" and she sure seems settled in.

I want to, again, express my gratitude for doing what you and everyone else does for these animals. If it weren't for you, our family would not be complete again. You will always have our support, if not financially then with our voices and hearts. We hope to see you more on Global.


Nicole, Art, Michael, Arthur jr. Taz (the cat) and of course... Abby.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Ronan (Panda)

I am writing this letter as a thank you for the wonderful family members that SCARS has provided for us over the last couple of years. It all started when my fiance and I were searching for a purebred dog to join our family. In the process, we stumbled across the SCARS website. Over the next few months, I would look at the website almost daily dreaming of the day when we could finally get a dog (we we’re waiting for our house to be built). Shortly after moving into our new home, the website posted some puppies brought into SCARS care. I immediately fell in love with a little puppy named Panda. Once he was old enough, we brought him home and named him Ronon. He was an excellent starter puppy, very willing to learn and loved our other four leggers (two cats and two lizards). Ronon was such a joy to raise that, once he was a year old, we began the search for another puppy to join our family so that Ronon could have a little baby brother. After the wonderful luck we had with SCARS we thought we’d begin our search there again. Well it didn’t take long before another adorable puppy caught our eye. His name was Salem and he was born into the care of SCARS. We called immediately to inquire about him and a couple weeks before Christmas we were able to bring him home. We named him Rodney. Training Rodney has been even easier then training Ronon. Rodney is Ronon’s little shadow and wants to do everything that his big brother can do. At three months old he can already sit, wait, come, lay down, shake a paw, bedtime, and if he was big enough he’d jump in the car when he was told (although he tries to very hard). When Ronon was 6 months old we did a long drive to BC and spent a great week camping, hiking and enjoying the water. Now we are looking forward to doing it again this year with both of our wonderful boys. Long story short… Thank you SCARS for letting us have the joy of having Ronon (formerly Panda) and Rodney (formerly Salem) in our lives. I can’t imagine life without our fur babies.

-Amber, Rich, and the rest of our four legged family

Tuesday, 6 January 2009


Hi SCARS family!

I was at the last adoption event at Petsmart with Dexter (who I adopted this past July) and someone mentioned to me that I should send in my story. I don't think I ever told the SCARS people the whole gist of me and Dexter's story either, so here it is:

I've wanted a dog for as long as I could remember, but was never allowed. So instead, I ended up being the child who brought home the stray dogs all the time, went to the pet store and bought a hamster on my own when I was 11, and told other friends to buy budgies, bunnies, kittens, and if they could - puppies. Ha-ha! Anyways, once I got my own house, I started researching dogs immediately. I researched on breeds and training and costs and everything for almost 2 years. I knew about all the horror stories of people just buying a dog out of impulse and then because they didn't do their research and were not prepared for the responsibility, the poor dogs would be abandoned on the streets or surrendered to the SPCA and possibly put down. I wanted to make sure that I never did that.

I was looking at purchasing a puppy from breeders when some friends of mine told me about SCARS. They had adopted a beautiful puppy who had a really hard life early on. After seeing him and how well he had healed and adjusted to their home and family, I looked into SCARS. During this time, I had also just found out that my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and would be starting chemotherapy as well as having surgery later on. I was stressed and worn down from all the extended family worrying and also from my own thoughts of "what if". But even with that going on, I was still set on adopting a dog. So I contacted SCARS and then went to an adoption day at Tailz and found my blessing.

When I met Dexter I just knew that he was meant to be mine. I went around to take a look at the others but I then noticed another family looking at Dexter and my heart yelled out: "No! He's mine!!". So, I put in my request and he was truly mine a few days later. Dexter was the absolute most amazing dog I could have ever hoped for. He was already so well trained and was so affectionate right off the bat. I took him to the dog parks almost every day and we had great walks and talks with other dog owners. He truly was exactly what I needed and getting Dexter has been the best decision of my life. I really believe that God blessed me with Dexter inorder for me to be strong for my mom and family and to ground me in my life. I find that taking care of him is actually taking care of myself as I don't work crazy long hours anymore and actually have food in my fridge and cook and eat at home. I also love going for those walks and the dog parks have given me serenity and a new found appreciation for this city. Dexter is always a hit with other dog owners and he has this way of playing with everyone! I've been told by numerous amounts of dog owners how good Dexter is and how he's helping to "train" their dogs to play and be gentle or that they're amazed that their dog is playing, etc. He's also a hit with all my friends and I'm constantly complimented about how amazing Dexter is and how handsome he is, and things like that.

Now I just adopted another puppy (who I named Reese) and he and Dexter get along so well. We're a family! Well, I'll send more about the new puppy soon. Along with pictures.

Thank you so much SCARS for all your hard work and the difference you are all making in this world! I am proud to have adopted a SCARS dog and appreciate you all so much.

Cheers and God Bless!


Saturday, 3 January 2009


Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Without your wonderful society we wouldn't have our Dog LEO. We adopted Leo in January 2006. 12 weeks old at the time....he is now 3 years old. A smart, spirited, high energy dog who loves to run, hike, swim and anything else that has to do with the outdoors. This is great for our lifestyle! During days that aren't great for the outdoors, Leo loves to do tricks for treats or play hide and seek in the house. He enjoys to cuddle and a nice massage or being groomed is great in his mind. I never thought it would be comforting to have a dog share my pillow.

Anyways, thank you again for the wonderful work you do.

Stephanie, Jeremy and Leo

Friday, 2 January 2009

Asylum (Layne)

Hello SCARS,

Thought we would drop you a line as we welcome in a brand new year.I adopted Asylum (formerly Layne) on Cinqo de Mayo 2008, and our bond began immediately. His adoption report indicated he was aggressivetoward other male dogs. The neighborhood I lived in at the time was surrounded by other dog owners, mostly males, and Asylum was having some difficulty. I had to overnight out of town for a couple of days on business and found a great boarding service to entrust Asylum to. I explained his aggressionto the facility and they assured me he would be in great hands.When I picked him up 2 days later, he approached me wagging his tail so hard that his body was swaying, and, surprisingly to me, was joyfully romping around with other male dogs. He hated to leave there, but I knew right then that he was going to return for some more fun. I booked him andI in for some training. In under 2 hours, Asylum already knew all the basics.We have moved since but still work on our training. He doesn't listen 100%of the time but I am so encouraged by his progress. He is so friendly withdogs, cats, babies, and adults. He loves meeting everyone and seemsflabbergasted when he meets a dog that doesn't want to play with him. Maybe he is a tad narcissistic.I have since taught him to run alongside my quad and we go for runs (well,he runs...I drive and laugh) often. We currently live on the northwestcoast of BC, where he has had his first salt water experience, and rode inthe elevator for the first time. He chases the seagulls, and as we are onour daily walks, we meet many so many people. He is a chick magnet !!!

Anyway, we will update you again in the future, but thought this photo ofAsylum might demonstrate how he loves hats. LOL.Curtis