PUPDATE on Duncan!

unnamedPupdate! Duncan had all of his surgery and treatment and is now ready for a new home! Please consider giving this baby boy a new start in life!
Duncan needed our help!
We received a call from a shelter here in the Central Valley (near Bakersfield, CA). A young Cocker Spaniel was hit by a car. SCCR came to the rescue and named him Duncan. Duncan had a dislocated hip, and a severe concussion that affected his eyesight and his balance. It was touch and go for Duncan for awhile. A kind vet sedated him and put his hip back in place, but it came out again almost immediately.  IMG_2983Duncan will need follow-up appointments, and pain medication. He may need chiropractic and acupuncture while he is recovering as well. It will take a few months in a quiet foster home, spending a lot of time in a kennel to facilitate his healing, to fully recover. The expectation is that he will be completely normal at the end of this process! 
Please consider helping this little boy begin a new chapter in his life. Duncan is around a year old, is about 16 lbs, and is an absolute angel baby! Good with kids and cats! No one claimed him so we are committing to help sweet Duncan! All donations are very much appreciated. You may sponsor Duncan’s medical care by clicking here, or by contacting Elizabeth Mazzetti directly!
Elizabeth.mazzetti@gmail.com or call (805) 687-4674. Thank you!

3X Puppy Love

image3We’ve got a triple dose of cuteness for you!!! Meet Mama Violet and her baby boys, Cecil and Seymour!!
 Found in the Ventura area, these 3 babies had nowhere to go, so we took them in and made them honorary cockers. Mama Violet is about 3 years old and very devoted to her 6 week old (approximately) babies. Violet is in need of a dental, spay, and has an infected eye. The puppies will need their first set of shots soon. All 3 are good with other dogs and kids. Violet is a love bug and wants nothing more than to sit in your lap all day. The puppies, being image2puppies, love to rough house together and play with each other. These pups are very bonded to each other, and in a perfect world we’d love to find them a loving home together. 
Please consider partnering with us to give them the medical care they need. Also please consider sponsoring this small family by paying all of their medical! Violet would be very grateful! Mama Violet, Cecil, and Seymour are being fostered in Ventura, CA. If you’d like to give these pups a forever home, image1please fill out an adoption application: 

Betty, A Sad Case with a Hopeful Outlook

unnamedBetty was sent to the shelter by her owner to be euthanized a few weeks ago. Betty, age 11, was pulled from the shelter and has been with our volunteer and foster mom extraordinaire, Liz, ever since. Betty needed our help, and Second Chance Cocker Rescue stepped up to save her. Her family stated that they could no longer afford the medical care for her. They, sadly, euthanized her sister a few days before Betty was rescued. Betty had extensive mammary tumors, and growths all over her body including her rear end, and is blind because of severe dry eye, and has chronic ear infections. Many of these problems have been addressed and she is doing very well!

With all of her problems, Betty is still wagging her tail. Betty is a sweet, gentle, and loving little lady. Betty still gives sweet little kisses. Betty just wants to be petted and to have someone near her to let her know she is safe and loved.

Betty’s on-going care is not cheap, but we feel that we did our best to give her the comfort and care she deserves! We want to thank everyone who has supported Betty on her journey to wellness. There were some who questioned whether we should rescue Betty with all of her problems and at the tender age of 12 plus years! We can say with confidence that Miss Betty is recovering nicely, and that she has many happy days ahead of her. Thanks so much for helping her to have the happiest time of her life to date! We especially thank Liz and her family who had many sleepless nights while settling Betty into her new life. Also, Betty is searching for her new forever home. She is eligible for our Sanctuary program, where we pay for all of her medical care, while the family gives her lots of love and kisses!

Help us, and join with us as we continue improving and celebrating little Betty’s life, and please consider donating for her today! Betty will be ever so grateful that you did!

A Second Chance for Hunter

53245241_3117178638307788_7946006105409191936_nMeet Hunter! Hunter is 11 years old and his owners surrendered him to Second Chance Cocker Rescue to be cared for, or euthanized if needed. Owners stated that they could not afford the vet bills. Turns out, that Hunter had a serious case of pneumonia! He was taken to the vet, given fluids, had x-rays, and was prescribed some pretty powerful anti-biotics.  He had bad teeth removed, and is simply the sweetest boy imaginable! Hunter is in his golden years and should be snuggling by a warm, cozy fire with a loving family. Hunter is now looking for the perfect forever home where he can be doted on for 53110900_3117176371641348_2786456081633640448_nthe rest of his life!  Hunter LOVES to play ball and is always down for a cuddle on the couch! He’s good with dogs, kids, chickens, and cats. Hunter is missing lots of teeth so has a cute quirky little smile that you can’t help but love! He’s got a pretty awesome foster family that is making sure he’s getting his meds and getting him prepared for his forever home! Hunter is currently being fostered in Ventura, CA. If you can see it in your heart to help with Hunter’s medical bills, he would very much appreciate that!

If you are interested in giving Hunter a loving forever home, please fill out our Adoption Application by clicking here.

A Paw-shaped hole in my heart: Coping with the loss of a pet

image1Losing a beloved pet can be extremely painful. While there’s no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with your loss. The process is very similar to losing a family member, some say. The shock, the denial, the intense loneliness and emptiness. The anger, the sadness, and after a long process, finally we arrive at acceptance. Acceptance is not saying that you are ok with the loss. It is instead an arrival at a place of peace, where you can celebrate and remember your pet with fondness and love.

I lost my two girls last year, 8 weeks apart. It seems like yesterday and then sometimes it seems like it’s been forever. Ironically, it has been exactly one year today. Dorie was my first cocker spaniel. So, because of that, she holds a special forever place in my heart. Following, are some ideas to think about as you work through this challenging process.

1) Take time to heal. The process is different for each person.

2) Gather a support system. There are others like you that would like to share the special image1_1bond you shared with your pup.

3) Don’t let others minimize the pain you are feeling. Some do not understand the hole that losing a pup-kid leaves in our lives.

4) It’s ok to take in another dog to honor your lost loved one. Some feel guilty, but there are special dogs out there that need our loving care.

5) If you are having difficulty moving forward, consider reaching out to friends, or even mental health professionals. As a therapist, I address grief issues with bereaved parents. Many counselors do the same for pet-parents.

image26) Maintain a normal schedule in your home. It is important for pup-siblings, as well as for children in your home experiencing the loss along with you, to continue your normal activities.

7) Celebrate the gift of your lost pet by honoring their life in a memorable way. Some make a memory box containing the favorite things belonging to your pet. Others designate a corner of their garden as a place to read. I found a beautiful statue of a Cocker Spaniel and put it by a fountain in my back yard.

Please feel free to share your own healthy ideas for healing after the loss of your own beloved pet. Know that many of us are fellow travelers on this difficult journey with you!

Dedicated to Molly and Dorie Shelton, Forever in my heart! ❤❤

Floyd: From Shelter Dog to TV Star

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Fresh out of the shelter and into the hearts of America, Floyd made his television debut on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” show with Larissa Wohl this week!!

Floyd spent the afternoon on Tuesday strolling around the show’s set on the Univeral Studios lot, soaking up the California sunshine and the Hollywood limelight. Floyd got to meet both human and K-9 celebrities including the 2019 Best in Rescue winner, Howard and the star of ABC’s “Schooled”, AJ Michalka! Everyone who met Floyd fell in love with him and commented on how calm and gentle he is.

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Floyd and AJ Michalka

It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago, Floyd  was sitting in a Downey shelter until we came to his rescue.

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Floyd’s intake and SCCR arrival photos

Floyd is your typical laid-back California dog. He just goes with the flow of everyday life, but is also looking for a bit of excitement. Floyd loves exploring his neighborhood on walks and then coming home to cuddle on the couch. Floyd gets along great with other dogs! He’d love a buddy to snuggle with in his forever home. Floyd is house trained, neutered, and up to date on his shots. Floyd is also crate trained, but would of course prefer to be hanging out with his family. He’s good with calm, older kids. He would do best in a home where he has the constant companionship of another dog or person. At just 8 years young, Floyd is the perfect family pup!

Floyd does have a hematoma in his right ear that he is seeing our vet for next week. If you would like to help cover his medical bills, donate here. Every dollar is greatly appreciated.

Who’s ready to give this sweet guy the best furever home ever?!
If you would like to make Floyd part of your family, please fill out an application. Floyd is currently being fostered in Oak Park, CA.

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Floyd on the set of “Home and Family”

Many many thanks to the cast and crew of “Home and Family” for having us on the show! Floyd truly enjoyed all of the pets and attention! Watch for more Second Chance Cocker Rescue dogs on upcoming episodes of “Home and Family”, airing weekdays at 10am/9am central on the Hallmark Channel!

 

 

 

All Bark No Bite…Just a scared little girl

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Darla
, was pulled from one of the Riverside, CA shelters yesterday. She was deemed super aggressive and was awe inspiring when she came into the yard in a crate acting like the wrath of god was going to come bursting out. She rushed out, stopped then checked out every inch of the yard. Carolyn and her helper Krystin stood by and just watched. Pretty soon Darla came over and gave them a once over sniff. She was in Carolyn’s lap a few minutes later, emotionally and physically exhausted. On her trip to the vet for her rabies vaccine, Carolyn went out to get her to load her up in the van, she sat down on her bed and immediately crawled into her lap for snuggles.  In the car all she wanted to be was be next to Krystin and Carolyn for lap time.
She will need some training. From her extreme reaction to crates, she has been abused. She just has to see one to start growling. We promised her she will never have to get in a crate again. We promised her she will get the img_2563.jpgtraining she needs while we are treating her for PTSD. We know with time she will be a great dog for someone.  It looks like her issues are from a serious lack of socialization and abuse.  It looks like she was hit on the butt and probably ‘grabbed’ under her chin.  She is very, very reactive in those areas. Time, training and TLC will heal her and she will be one special girl for someone.
She will need training and trainers cost money. We appreciate our village’s support so we can help this girl!

 

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