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Second Wind is now taking very few animals but we will always be here to accept our dogs, cats and horses back when adopters can not keep them. Since we have 2295 animals in homes, that in itself is a huge task. Even though we are not taking a lot of new animals, we do expect our adopters to comply with their adoption agreements fully.

We are also helping several other organizations raise funds and complete their mission. Rivers End Horse Rescue in Alma, WV, Doddridge County Humane Society and Doddridge County Spay and Neuter Program.

Second Wind will when rescues have openings move dogs and puppies from this location to rescues in Maryland, Ohio, PA and Virginia. Of course, as funding allows and we are glad to do home visits for any organization that is placing animals into WV, southern Ohio, and western PA. From experience we have learned the hard way that you always do a home visit, without it the animal is at complete risk.

We will on occasion take a litter or take in a new dog/cat, get it fixed, get the health care done, house training it/them and place them into homes. We still have the Old Timers Sanctuary so with funding we will accept older dogs/cats and horses to allow them to live out their life here. With horses we would have to have a monthly fee to do so for horses that are not Second Wind horses.

We will do listings for anyone who needs an animal listed that they can not keep. The best adopters come to petfinder to look so this is the place to list animals you can not keep but i urge each person to try to keep their animals if you can even provide a great home even in hardship because you never know about the adopted home (ever). You can have a 50 page application, do a home check and find out much of their application is not true or that years down the road they lost their mind during a divorce and stopped feeding everyone, all their animals and even their kids (this happens all the time and many times the police are never called and when they are, many times animals are not removed, most time the authorities do nothing). So its your responsibility to do the right thing by your animals, they depend on you to make good decisions.

Do not just hand your animal over to anyone without signing an agreement about the animal coming back to you. Apply a fine in the contract in case they breach the contract. Clearly define the required care, place your animal close to your home so you can check on it and remove it if necessary and in writing make the adopter sign that you can do that if you feel they are going sell/give away or transfer the animal, that they are going to breach or that they do not have the means or are not caring for the animal to the standard they are used to.

Look for a home that is very close to what they have been used to, do not change the environment, type of handler, schedule, fenced yards, stall with regular turn out, type of rider, discipline rode in and consider the animals age, the older they are, the harder a move is on them. The other they are the closer you should keep them, the more understanding they need and remember some animals will die of a broken heart when they are moved from the family they love. you are wrong if you think anyone can take care of your animals like you do.

Adopting A Friend

Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption

The first few days in your home are special and critical for a pet. Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.

Before You Bring Your Dog Home:

Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy clean-up.

If you plan on crate training your dog, be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go for when you bring your new dog home.

Dog-proof the area where your pooch will spend most of his time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gates.

Training your dog will start the first moment you have him. Take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use when giving your dog directions. This will help prevent confusion and help your dog learn his commands more quickly.

Bring an ID tag with your phone number on it with you when you pick up your dog so that he has an extra measure of safety for the ride home and the first few uneasy days. If he is microchipped, be sure to register your contact information with the chip’s company, if the rescue or shelter did not already do so.

First Day:

  • We know moving is stressful — and your new dog feels the same way! Give him time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing him to strangers. Make sure children know When you pick up your dog, remember to ask what and when he was fed. Replicate that schedule for at least the first few days to avoid gastric distress. If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of about a week by adding one part new food to three parts of the old for several days; then switch to half new food, half old, and then one part old to three parts new.
  • On the way home, your dog should be safely secured, preferably in a crate. Some dogs find car trips stressful, so having him in a safe place will make the trip home easier on him and you.
  • Once home, take him to his toileting area immediately and spend a good amount of time with him so he will get used to the area and relieve himself. Even if your dog does relieve himself during this time, be prepared for accidents. Coming into a new home with new people, new smells and new sounds will throw even the most housebroken dog off-track, so be ready just in case.
  • From there, start your schedule of feeding, toileting and play/exercise. From Day One, your dog will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Don’t give in and comfort him if he whines when left alone. Instead, give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.
  • For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog, limiting too much excitement (such as the dog park or neighborhood children). Not only will this allow your dog to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes.
  • If he came from another home, objects like leashes, hands, rolled up newspapers and magazines, feet, chairs and sticks are just some of the pieces of “training equipment” that may have been used on this dog. Words like “come here” and “lie down” may bring forth a reaction other than the one you expect.Or maybe he led a sheltered life and was never socialized to children or sidewalk activity. This dog may be the product of a never-ending series of scrambled communications and unreal expectations that will require patience on your part.

Following Weeks:

  • People often say they don’t see their dog’s true personality until several weeks after adoption. Your dog will be a bit uneasy at first as he gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of him as well as what he can expect from you.
  • After discussing it with your veterinarian to ensure your dog has all the necessary vaccines, you may wish to take your dog to group training classes or the dog park. Pay close attention to your dog’s body language to be sure he’s having a good time — and is not fearful or a dog park bully.
  • To have a long and happy life together with your dog, stick to the original schedule you created, ensuring your dog always has the food, potty time and attention he needs. You’ll be bonded in no time!
  • Congratulations! If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted canine family member.



Who We Are

"Where Dreams become Reality, See the Vision, Live the Dream"

Celebrating 18 years of Service to Horses and the Horse Industry, 1996 - 2014 

Over 2000 Adoptions of 68 Different Breeds of Horses in 47 States and Canada

Over 995 Dogs and Cats of all Breeds in Loving Homes

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Address: 2224 JockeyCamp Run, West Union, WV 26456

Office: 304- 873-3532

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