Wally’s World

My name is Wally. I heard the shelter say I was in terrible shape, and that I have Wally after2been neglected all of my life. I only know that I have had a hard time, and now that I am a senior, the way I have been treated has caught up with me. I am a happy fellow though! Even though I have a large bleeding mass on my cropped tail, I can’t help but wag it all of the time! I love people, dogs, and everyone I meet! Please help me to get these masses removed from my tail and my behind, and I will be able to live the rest of my life to the fullest! I am living with my new mom Carolyn now, and she will fill you in on my health issues. Love from me! Wally!
Please help us help Wally. No donation is too small. Thank you.

Update from Carolyn who is caring for Wally:
Wally is a train wreck!!!   Bilateral cataracts and appears to me to have glaucoma in at least one eye. Ears infected and can’t hear much anyway.  Filthy dirty (just had a bath) Wally after3and matted mess…..various lipomas all over his body, and the abcess the shelter mentioned that was on his rear end is actually on his nub…..it literally looks like someone whacked his tail off and left a stump.  Not nice at all.  I have started cephalaxin and carprofen and am calling Dr. Card to see if any of the glaucoma eye drops I have will be ok.
He has been ignored for a very long time and no question he has suffered.

Got his hair cut today…….he is remarkably wartie, poor old guy.
I didn’t find any other ‘bad’ growths. He has a number of lipomas and a hard mass on his right rear flank….and of course the tail nub mass.

A Forever Kind of Love

22095914_2118725431486452_6569970546294865700_oMy name is Tilly Milly, and I was adopted by some people from Irvine, CA about 9 months ago. It turns out that these people were not real patient with a senior (ME) that can’t help but piddle a few times in the house. My owners just brought me to the shelter requesting euthanasia. I didn’t know what that was exactly… Luckily, the shelter changed my status to “owner relinquishment.”  Whew! The reason they decided to take me to the shelter stated, “due to a few instances of inappropriate elimination in the unnamed-4house,” and my “need for costly Cherry Eye surgery.”  I lived with another dog, who was my very best friend and they took that away from me too. Enough about my past, here’s a little about me. I am a very friendly and social girl with everyone I meet, and I behave very well around other dogs. I am 11 years old, with many good years ahead of me, if I can get my medical problems taken care of. Here is a list of problems needing attention that the Vet gave SCCR.

Shelter Medical Report: Tilly has cutaneous masses that will require surgical removal, Cherry eye and Keratoconjuctivitis Sicca, that will require surgery and eye medications, and pyoderma requiring long term medical intervention, as well as grade 4 dental disease requiring surgery, and finally, otitis, requiring a sedated exam to determine severity. So this is where I need your help! All donations, large and small are appreciated!

I know it seems like a lot of problems but I assure you, I am worth it! I also need a new unnamedforever family that will love me with a Forever-kind-of-love!

Love ya,


PS: A huge thank you to Lanark and her family for fostering Tilly!

Lucky the Love Boy Looking for a new Life

My name is Lucky, and I am really lucky SCCR has saved me, BUT they are thinking I IMG_4608need a NEW NAME! More of a cute pup name. I am a 12 year old Cockapoo, and I am told that I am the sweetest little man! I was rescued (luckily) from the Lompoc (California) Shelter. I heard someone whisper that I was a train wreck! The shelter and Second Chance Cocker Rescue said that they wanted to save me anyway, because of my charming ways! My foster said that my…. um…private area, appeared to be abnormal and may possibly be testicular cancer! I was never neutered and my old owners did not understand that that this decision could cost my life! Yikes! Take those little “kippers” out of there while you can!  Dogs should be altered (spayed or neutered) during the first year of life. After that year, the chances of cancer increases every year that passes, without having this life-saving procedure! I also have a heart murmur AND to top it all of, I can’t see, but I get around pretty well! I want to ask IMG_4605for your help! I have heard that many of you like “special pups” like me! I am praying that I can get a second chance at life as well! I will need a full medical assessment, next week. I have infected ears, I need grooming, my teeth are a mess, and my “kippers” need fixing! I will also need my shots, micro-chipped, and A NEW NAME! No donation is too small. Thank you! I was thinking Prince Charming maybe??? Let me know what you think my new name should be! Love ❤️ from me!

Hurricane Animals in Need of our Help

Roscoe 10When Roscoe found out about all the dogs and cats in Texas and Florida that were homeless because of the hurricanes, he called up and asked if he could help. Roscoe was homeless once too. He was rescued a few years ago by SCCR, made an honorary Cocker Spaniel and adopted out to a woman who treats him like the prince he is. But he never forgot what it was like to be homeless. And now he feels it is time to give back. He was made our Spokesdog for the SCCR support of the Best Friends rescue efforts, and we reached out to Best Friends to see how we could help.

We heard from The Pet Network at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. They are coordinating one of the rescue efforts for Hurricane Irma pet victims with Best Friends.  They will be bringinin 200 to 250 dogs and cats back from Florida to Reno, NV on Oct 7th. They are Roscoe1 8x10asking rescues to help by committing to take in some of these dogs and cats

Second Chance Cocker Rescue has offered to take in 5 to 10 dogs.  They won’t be Cocker Spaniels, but we can take five 35 lb dogs or ten 10-15 lb small dogs, and make them honorary Cockers. We will need your help. We need foster homes lined up and ready to take in one medium sized dog or two small ones. We will need donations to get them medical care, spayed and neutered, vaccines, heartworm tested etc…Roscoe is asking you to please help us help themWe can’t do it without you. 

Imagine what these dogs went through; abandoned by their families, tied to railings, left in empty houses, left to survive a hellacious storm. While many dogs’ families made sure they were safe, these dogs were not so lucky. We are going to take them in, show them love, get them proper medical care and find them forever families. Families that will make sure they stay safe when the next storm hits.

Fill out an application if you are interested in helping this cause. Thank you.


A Real Sweet Thing

Hello, my name is Elsa (that is my real name). I wanted to share my story with you all.

Not because I want pity or anything, but because I wanted you to know the kind of things that happen to pups like me when no one cares enough to watch over us. I am hoping that this story will save a life or two, of some of my pup-cousins. Here is my story….

I was picked up as a stray, and I was taken to the Carson Shelter in Los Angeles, California several weeks ago. I had an injured leg, and I wasn’t able to put much weight on it. My family did eventually found out I was there, and came to see me, but they decided that I was too much work for them to handle easily, since I am a senior gal, and now I had an injury to deal with as well. This is a hard part for me to tell you about… You see, my family turned and walked away and left me. They didn’t turn back, and I was really scared. Other dogs were barking, and I think we were all really scared there. Bad things happen there sometimes. I was now classified as an “owner surrender” and in a shelter that is not a good thing.

A few days later, a vet technician came to get me. I thought the vet was going to look at my leg but he amputated it!! I don’t understand why. I was confused, and really scared. Now I know why everyone is really scared in that place! I admit that I don’t understand humans, and the way they think about animals. Like we don’t hurt, or get sad, or that we can love?

I am a little girl (about 13 pounds and bone thin), but I am as cute as can be…. and very sweet! I was rescued by SCCR thank goodness, and sent to Mama Carolyn to get me well enough to find a new home. I heard Mama Carolyn say bad words when she found out that the shelter had not given me any pain meds. No wonder I couldn’t eat anything. She took care of me and now I am eating great, and I am feeling so much better every day about walking on 3 legs!

When I heard that I needed to see another vet I was a little worried as you can imagine. Mama Carolyn said not to worry, this was a great vet and she would take really good care of me. Well, the shelter vet left the end of my amputated leg in the hip socket and it developed gangrene. I almost got to the new vet too late to save me. Then, on top of everything else, we found out that I have pneumonia too. Turns out, Dr. Card knows some bad words too! I am not sure what a butcher is but I am guessing it is NOT good! I can’t tell you how much better I feel. I am on lots of pain medication, antibiotics, and I am being spoiled rotten. Mama Carolyn figured out I like McDonald’s, because I have been living it up eating all the chicken nuggets I can scarf down! I am amazed at the service here. I kind of feel like a princess! (I actually heard Mama Carolyn call me that…lol).

I have been told I am going to be ok, and that I will make a nice companion dog for some ‘older’ person who does not have a real active lifestyle and just wants a “sweet thing” to love. That’s me alright…. A real sweet thing!

Love always,


Pup-date: Elsa’s teeth are horribly bad and she has a mammary tumor too. So, once this leg is all healed up we will have to have more work done…….she is a bit of a mess (looks wise) right now, as she has some dried blood on her fur and some little matts….but one thing at a time for this little sweetie. We are crazy about her!

We will need to dig deep to pay Elsa’s bills. Any help you can give is so appreciated.

Thank you! We will keep the pup-dates coming!

Sophi: Urgent Puppy Rescue

21272317_2085211754837820_1325222446392529079_nURGENT: We got a phone call last week asking for help! A family agreed to surrender Sophi so that we could help her! Little Baby Sophi has a horrible case of mange, secondary yeast, and bacterial infections and she is miserable! Baby Sophi needs our help! Sophi is a 9 month old Merle Cocker Spaniel. She weighs 11 lbs and will not weigh more than 18 lbs full grown. She will need treatment for about 3 months, a spay surgery, shots, good nutritious food, medication, check ups, a microchip, and she also has inflamed and infected ears. Sophi’s medical needs will be costly. Please help us to give Sophi the care she needs! Sophi needs a foster home as well, when her initial treatment is over, and she can recover from her ordeal in the comfort of a loving home!

PUPDATE: Baby Sophi had a medical evaluation and she has started treatment for her mange, secondary skin infections, as well as her infected ears. Sophi is a sweet and loving girl, who is a pleasure to cuddle with even in the condition she is in currently. She is a treasure, and whoever adopts her will be very fortunate indeed! Sophi has a long road ahead of her, but SCCR will be there for her every step of the way! 



PTSD: Levi’s Story

unnamed-1In early March of this year, I received a phone call from a local resident that she had captured a young male Cocker Spaniel. She asked if Second Chance could take him and we immediately agreed. She had been trying to rescue this boy, but he eluded her, no matter what tricks or treats she used to entice him. This young boy was spotted running up and down a busy street in Bakersfield, for approximately 6 months before he was caught. Many people attempted to trap him, but finally this young woman staked the area out for 3 days to catch him, and she eventually succeeded. He had been starved, and he was very thin. He was terrified, and had obviously been traumatized by his past experiences. Levi was taken to a local vet to be evaluated. He was then neutered, had his shots, and was soon ready to settle into his foster home to heal. The Vet stated that he appeared to be as healthy as he could be, with no home, and scavenging for food for months in the garbage behind several nearby restaurants.

She began calling him Levi. In the following days, it was clear that Levi was struggling to believe in the goodness of humans. He guarded his food, was very reactive if anyone made any sudden moves, and he would snap a warning if he felt threatened. Levi could not settle, no matter how many treats, or kind gestures that she showered on unnamedhim. Finally, Levi actually bit one of her dogs without any provocation. He also snapped at her young son, and so we took him in for a second evaluation with the Vet.

The Vet listened to the numerous problem behaviors that Levi was exhibiting, since his capture. The Vet suggested that we might needed to consider euthanizing Levi. We disagreed! A volunteer who works full-time in the mental health field, suggested an idea that we had never entertained before? She suggested that Levi seemed to have some of the very same symptoms as many of her clients who had been diagnosed with PTSD! Canine PTSD can include: hyper-vigilance, resource guarding, being easily startled, avoidance of stressful situations, irritability, withdrawal from humans and other dogs, and avoidance of triggers that remind them of a specific traumatic event. Those are just a few. Research suggests that even the experience of losing their home, and being separated from their human family, and then being placed in the chaotic environment of a shelter, is enough to traumatize a dog. How many dogs are we currently sentencing to death, because they are tagged aggressive, unsociable, or simply “bad dogs”? Wouldn’t it be a stunning change in the animal service field if all it took to save those dogs, was a cheap prescription? The rest of Levi’s stunning change in circumstances, is the result of patience, additional socialization, and unconditional love and acceptance! His pup-parents gave him that, and more.

After getting a prescription for Levi, and starting him on Prozac the very next day, we noticed a dramatic change within a few weeks. After 6 weeks, we had a changed dog. He was more relaxed, was more receptive to cuddling with everyone, and his guarding behaviors nearly disappeared. It was clear that Levi was well on his way to beginning a peaceful and happy future.


Levi, and his own personal Koi Fish pond.

Levi was adopted by a loving couple a few months ago, and he is the most well-behaved, and loving dog ever! Levi has his own Koi pond, and he loves swimming with his human mom and dad every day in their large pool.

Levi is a perfect example of life’s harsh effect on a living being as they are subjected to repeated rejection, deliberate cruelty, loneliness, and intense fear for one’s own life. I personally believe that every dog deserves a second chance to start with a clean slate! We desperately need a change in our methods of assessing dogs, and especially the ones that are subjected to shelter life, or worse, to human neglect and abuse. Please click on the link below to educate yourselves and others about the alternative treatments available to traumatized dogs.


We could not help poor dogs like Levi without your support. He is currently in a loving home, and Levi is thriving.

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