Another Second Chance Tale

A letter from Lily and Luna’s former family:image3

In late July, we were forced to make a very difficult decision for our two Cocker Spaniels, Lili and Luna, who are 6 year old litter mates. A devastating financial situation occurred, and the loss of our jobs resulted in the loss of our home. Lili and Luna were living in an apartment with us and another family, and were being forced to spend a portion of the day kenneled. It was devastating to realize that we needed to do the right thing, and begin to search for a new home for our girls.

We were desperate, but we were really blesssed to have found Second Chance Cocker Rescue! We were really worried about their future because we had looked into a couple of shelters but they weren’t able to help us find the homes they needed, and made no promises that they would ever leave that place. We never thought we were going to be in this type of situation. We were warned not to put them on Craigslist, but we were running out of options and out of time. We had to move again and couldn’t take them with us. Then we saw the light at the end of tunnel, when we found your rescue. When you said that you were going to be able to take them into your own home, and that you would make sure they went to a good family, we were literally jumping up and down for joy! You were very kind and informative and let us know everything that needed to be done in order for them to get adopted as quickly as possible. I mean, we could literally see and feel all the love and effort that you and everyone involved in this process were doing to ensure the safety and happiness of Lili and Luna. It hurt to see them go, and it was especially difficult for my husband, since he was the closest to them. We can’t tell you how much seeing their new family with them meant to us! They looked so beautiful and it just makes us really happy. It brought tears to my husband’s eyes, but they were of happiness and relief. We are very thankful and have no words to express our gratitude! You never asked us for anything in return, and that is what still amazes me. We could see your true love for these little ones. We appreciate all the care you gave Luna during her surgery to remove a tumor. We thank God for you all. We will never be able to thank your rescue enough for the peace of mind you gave to our family.

A letter from Lily and Luna’s new family:

image2-3Hi Debbie, the grandkids and I just got back from a walk in my neighborhood with Luna and Lili, and they did great! Here is a picture of Lili and Luna and their best friends, which are my grandkids! They are continuing  to settle in, and we all adore them! They are perfect in every way! Please share this picture with their old family. Please tell them we are so grateful for the priceless gift of Lili and Luna. We are so in love with these two girls! Will continue sending updates of our adventures! Hugs to you all!

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The story of Lili and Luna’s rescue and adoption is one that we thought was important to share. Sometimes people are not very understanding when a family asks for help in finding a new forever family for their dog. I watch families come to my home and spend hours at times, tearfully saying goodbye to a beloved family member. It is heartbreaking to watch. From the first moment of contact with the surrendering family, we try to prepare them for the process and we give them every opportunity to find other options for their situations. A few times, I have held on to the pup and returned the dog to the original owner when they found a solution to their problem. Rescue is more than taking dogs and finding adopters. It’s about loving someone’s dog enough to find the perfect home and sharing that miracle with both families. At the end of the day, that is why we really rescue, foster, and search for the perfect new forever home for a beloved family member.

We couldn’t do this without the help of all of you. All donations, large and small are so appreciated!

Jimmy, our Newest Sweet Senior

Meet Jimmy! It has been raining senior Cockers here at Second Chance Cocker Rescue. As long as we have openings in the Bed & Biscuit, and you will help us with their medical costs, we will take them in.

 

Jimmy is about 12 years young and and super sweet! But he has many senior problems like dry eye, he is not neutered, he needs major dental work, and also has a cyst near his rear end that needs to be removed.  His vet bills will run $800 to $900.

Jimmy is still fighting off kennel cough, so it will be another week or so before he can have surgery. Jimmy really needs our help so that he can be pain free and live out the rest of his life in a safe home! Please help us rescue Jimmy and consider a donation for his vet bills! 

Jimmy will also be available for our Sanctuary Program, where you give him food and love and we take care of all of his medical expenses. A win-win for everyone! Paws crossed Jimmy will be in someone’s loving home this Christmas.

June’s Thanksgiving Wish

Second Chance Cocker Rescue was contacted a few months ago, and asked for help in finding a safe place for 11 year old June.  June is new to our Bed & Biscuit program! We welcomed sweet little June, and what a wonderful addition she is. June is 11 years young, and healthy for her age. As some Cockers do, she has ear issues. She was just re-evaluated and our vet has recommended a lateral ear resection on both ears, which will cost about $2,000. She will need this procedure in order to give her proper care, and to make her more comfortable and happy. Won’t you consider helping to give sweet June this gift for the holiday season?  She is also hoping for a forever home. While the Bed & Biscuit is a wonderful place for our seniors, nothing beats a sofa, a bed and a family to call her own. We appreciate your helping this sweet little lady!

Home for the Holidays!

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Dorie and Molly

Dorie (age 10, in green), and Molly (age 9, in red) here. We are in these festive costumes in order to promote SCCR’s first annual, Home for the Holidays Program. We are senior sisters, and we want to ask that all cocker lovers everywhere, consider bringing one of our friends, to your home for the holidays. Except for the costumes, we enjoy fantastic food, family, and gifts during the holiday season, and we would love to see our cocker cousins enjoy the same perks! Contact Elizabeth Mazzetti at (805) 687-4674, to schedule your holly, jolly meeting with your sweet cocker house-guest! Please contact all friends, family, and share with all social media friends, in order to make this program a success, by bringing lonely cockers into your home to celebrate and enjoy the season! Happy Holidays from our SCCR family to yours!

A Third Chance for Honey Boo Boo

This little girl has been through a lot recently. In the last 4 months, poor Honey Boo Boo went from having a happy home of 10 years, to being abandoned at the groomer’s with her brother Luke.

Luke was adopted right away, but Honey was not, because people thought she was too old. Second Chance Cocker Rescue could not say no to rescuing sweet Honey. She was adopted to a nice lady, who also had an English Setter. Sadly, a month ago, Honey’s new owner committed suicide, and both dogs were taken to the CCSPCA shelter.
Several volunteers kept in constant contact, and waited patiently until the dogs were

released. Finally, we got the call that Honey Boo Boo would be released and we needed to come ASAP. Needless to say, Honey’s fate was finally decided. A wonderful foster family rushed to the shelter and picked her up! Her adopted brother, Billy, went to a rescue for Setters.

After all that Honey had endured, she finally ended up in a loving, happy home that she so deserved.  SCCR actually gave Honey her third chance.  They say the third time’s a charm, right? Congratulations to the Sharp family on your new addition. We wish you many happy years together.  Be happy, sweet Honey!
So that SCCR can continue to support other dogs in need, especially seniors like Honey, we need your support. Every dollar helps! We never want to see a dog rejected because they are deemed “too old.”

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Surprise! Today is the birthday of our founder, and CEO of Second Chance Cocker Rescue. Elizabeth Mazzetti has spent the last 21 years rescuing, rehoming, and rehabilitating hundreds of Cocker Spaniels, and even more than a few “wanna be Cocker Spaniels!” To celebrate, one of SCCR’s long-time donors is offering to match any donations made in honor of Elizabeth during the month of November, 2016. Would you consider making a donation?

We would also like to honor, Elizabeth’s

beloved Cocker boy, Duffy, age 12, that lost his long battle with cancer earlier this year. Elizabeth never missed a beat, and continued her efforts to save every single Cocker that she could. No donation is too small (or too large) and it will be doubled.

We all love you EB! We respect your vision, and your passion for saving animals everywhere!

Lucy Update – Three Times the Charm!

Lucy was adopted 5 years ago through SCCR by her previous owner.  He passed away this past img_0423summer leaving her sad and confused.  His dying wish was for her to get a “Third Chance.” SCCR always takes our dogs back, and eagerly began to look for Lucy’s new home.  Within a week she found a foster family who decided to make her a permanent part of their family. Lucky Lucy! Her new Cocker siblings were a bit skeptical at first, but now they share everything.

Lucy was well loved and taken care of by her previous owner, but she did come with some medical issues.  It was learned she had an unknown allergy and had developed a skin infection.  She had surgery for bladder stones in the past, and has a propensity to redevelop them requiring special care.  She also has had surgery for a torn ACL on one hind leg, and has ACL damage to the other leg requiring treatment.

It was decided we would try an alternative path to treat her ailments.  She visited a Holistic Vet to determine what we could do for her.  Her family started her off with a wholesome diet, supplements and Chinese herbs.  She also required weekly medicated baths for a month to deal with the skin infection.  To help stabilize her knee, she began wearing a special brace.  At her last checkup, she showed great improvement and the vet decided Lucy was ready to start Prolotherapy for her arthritis and ACL.  Unfortunately, it is going to be costly, and require several visits over approximately 4 months.

IMG_0433Lucy loves to be around people.  Her new siblings told her about this great gig as a Therapy Dog.  They have children read to them.  They get to de-stress College students during finals and get lots of attention.  They cheer up veterans and help patients in nursing homes.  Her family found an organization which certifies in this field, and she just completed the Therapy Dog program.  She recently interviewed to be a volunteer employee with VITAS Paw Pals to help hospice patients like her dad and siblings.  Lucy is looking forward to feeling better and giving back.

Lucy is part of the SCCR Sanctuary Program, where we pay all her medical needs while her family provides for her other needs and plenty of love.  Her total expenses are expected to exceed $1,500 with ongoing monthly prescription expenses of about $100. Any amount you can donate to help with Lucy’s expenses, helps us to take care of Lucy and all of our other medical and senior dogs. We can’t do it without our “pack.” Thank you!

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