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.

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!


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