THANK YOU for considering a rescue dog instead of buying from a breeder or pet store, YOU ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION and there are so many wonderful high quality animals available through rescue - and they need YOU!
WHO WE ARE
Second Chances is a no-kill rescue and the animals taken in are here until they are adopted into an approved forever home. Debbie (that's me) is the founder of Second Chances which focuses on pit bull terriers and was started in July, 2000.
The homeless dogs and puppies are from shelters where they urgently need a place to go since they have a time limit for their stay and are bound for either euthanasia or research. Unfortunately, OWNED OR STRAY DOGS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED HERE BECAUSE OF THIS and priority has to be given to the desperate shelter dogs. Cats that are urgent at the shelters sometimes make their way here too but on a very limited basis.
All animals have any medical needs completed and are up to date before being adopted into a loving responsible home. This includes heartworm testing and preventative, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and deworming. Cats are Feline Leukemia/FIV tested, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped. Second Chances' expenses are out of pocket which cover a small portion of the extensive costs of providing medical treatment, food and a safe place for these animals.
Pit bull terriers are wonderful dogs but people should do extensive research about these dogs before considering adoption. They require knowledgeable conscientious consideration on the part of the potential adopter. Because these animals are feared and misunderstood, they can be blamed very easily by the uninformed public if there's an "incident," even if it's not their fault so caretakers need to be extra cautious when out in public. A well behaved and trained pit bull that is a good ambassador for the breed is what will change minds of those that feel these dogs should be condemned and "exterminated." Many of these dogs make great therapy dogs, fly ball participants and agility proponents.
It is recommended that pit bulls be placed singly or with a compatible dog of the opposite sex to achieve a level of harmony in the household. The best possible match is my goal to ensure success and a forever home. These dogs are not for everyone and an educated responsible decision should be made before considering a pit bull so it doesn't become one of the many unfortunate statistics that end up at the shelters or on the streets as a stray. Personally, I wouldn't be rescuing these dogs if it wasn't for the many wonderful unique qualities they possess that make them such fantastic companions.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email. If you would like to help out by sponsoring a rescue dog or with items for the dogs, such as dog food, toys, etc, please email to find out what is most needed at the time to provide for the comfort and needs of the homeless animals.
THANK YOU FOR CARING AND ADOPTING FROM A RESCUE!!!
ADOPTING A FRIEND
The adoption procedure for one of these dogs consists of filling out an application, a vet reference, two personal references and a home visit. Homeowners only! A fenced yard will be a must in many cases for the dog's safety.
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. - adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley