Coins for Cockers

coins-for-cockersMolly here! I would like to invite our SCCR friends and supporters to join us for our February Fundraiser: COINS FOR COCKERS
Simply get a large jar, bottle, or can. Download our Coins-For-Cockers jar label here to attach to your jar. Ask for your friends, family, or favorite organization to help fill your container with as many coins as you can collect! Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, workplace, school, or simply put it in your office while you work! After two months of collecting coins, you will cash in your coins and send a check to SCCR. If you would like to raise funds for a certain pup in need of medical care, we can assist you with getting a picture and bio for your group. Please help us to help the pups that SCCR is currently caring for! Contact us if you have any questions! Thanks again for all you do for the pups we rescue!

Saved from the Cold

image1In some of the worst weather conditions imaginable, a good samaritan came across two senior dogs left outside with snow on the ground. This same person delivered them to a shelter in a nearby town. Our newest volunteer, and adopted mom of Mimi, saw them appear in a Facebook posting and decided to leap into action to help! She talked her local shelter into allowing her to foster the bonded pair. She then got in touch with Second Chance Cocker Rescue, and asked us if we would be willing to pull them, and take them under our wing. We talked to the shelter and got permission to take them into SCCR. The Cocker Spaniel, whose name is Smokey, needs immediate eye surgery due to Glaucoma, and a possible injury to the other eye as well. The other dog, Clover was given assistance with her dental issues through the shelter. We want to thank Barbara at the local shelter for being so easy to work with and for offering to take care of little Clover’s dental. Lin will continue to foster and to assist with medical care. A huge thank you to Lin for her caring heart.

Lin’s report on both dogs: Smokey is so sweet! And very loving, even enduring excruciating pain, from his eye issue, and possible frostbite. He more than likely saved little Clover’s life, by sheltering her small body from the snowstorm. Smokey can hear very well even though he is nearly blind. His bonded buddy Clover is deaf, but is able to see. Clover is dear and gentle little female terrier who watches out for her friend Smokey. He does the same for her! 12 year old Smokey weighs about 36 lbs. Little Clover weighs about 16 lbs and is about 9 years of age.

image2We are asking for help with their medical care. Medical bills are likely to be ongoing and expensive. Both Smokey and Clover are now very well cared for, in a safe and warm home with Lin for now. It is such a blessing to see the outpouring of love and support for these two rescued pups! Thank you!

 

Bed & Biscuit – One Year Strong

bed-biscuitThe Bed & Biscuit is celebrating our One Year Anniversary. We are a comfy home for 10, Second Chance Cocker Rescue senior Cockers. The B&B has a comfy sofa and lots of soft dog beds all over the floor. It’s heated in the winter and cool fans run in the summer. There is a huge run that spans the entire width of the property with trees, toys and great napping spots. We are painting the inside with murals so it looks like a living room.
Current residents are Toby, Vayle, Angel, Emily, Jimmy, Robin, Princess, George, Freckley emily-cropand Trixie.
We have had a great first year, and adopted most of our B&B residents out to forever homes. This allows us to welcome new B&B dogs, and to almost double the number of seniors we can save! If you chose to become a Bed & Biscuit Club member and donate $125 or more per month, you will be invited to our yearly behind the scenes tour of the Bed & Biscuit.
Bed and Biscuit Club monthly donation membership comes with some great incentives, including invitations to a Spring Bed and Biscuit Club Afternoon Tea and a B&B Club Fall Party. For donors in the Service Dog and Guardian circles you are invited to the yearly behind-the-scenes tour of robin-and-princessthe Bed & Biscuit.  Please consider joining to help us to take the best possible care of Emily (above), Robin and Princess (left) and their friends. Other gifts will include Bed & Biscuit mugs, calenders, tickets to the annual picnics and more!

Holly’s Christmas Miracle

UPDATE: Holly is recovering from surgery and is doing fantastic. She is eating well, and is image1-4recovering quickly. Holly came to us through our Bakersfield city shelter, and we love them there!!! We picked her up the day before Christmas Eve. They always do everything possible for the Cockers they transfer to SCCR. Holly came to us with a ruptured mammary tumor, and she needed immediate surgery. I fostered her over the weekend, and I slept with her propped up so she was comfortable. Holly went in for surgery to remove her tumors one week ago today. Holly wound up having a massive tumor in her abdomen, which was affecting her breathing and her inability to get comfortable. Dr. was able to remove the primary tumor completely, and several smaller ones during the surgery. Holly will need to have another surgery later next month after she recovers a bit, in order to have her spayed, and a small hernia repair done. Dr was not able to complete everything due to the size of her primary tumor. The results of her biopsy were very promising. All of the margins around the tumor were clear, and her lymph nodes were clear as well. Her X-rays were also clear. It was a low grade tumor and her prognosis is good. We are celebrating this miracle! Holly is an amazing girl. She is about 20 lbs and is fully house-trained. She gets along with other dogs and loves everyone she meets. She has impeccable manners. I wish I could keep her, because she is definitely a keeper! She would make an amazing therapy dog! Holly will be ready for adoption in about a month, after her final surgery, to repair her hernia and do her spay procedure. We are asking for donations to cover Holly’s surgeries. I am so glad we answered the call to save Holly’s life. We could not do this without the continued support of all of you! Holly said thank you for helping her life❤❤❤!

-Debra

A Second Chance for “Chance”

15592500_1088070811301932_1463276834_nMy story began when my now FOREVER Mommy decided she wanted to love another dog. The the venture began on the hunt to rescue a sweet male Cocker Spaniel, that’s me!

Along the journey I had great helpers; my Auntie Julie and Lissy (my Cocker cousin.) We ran into a lot of obstacles reaching out to Cocker Spaniel rescue groups in Washington, California, Victoria BC, Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet and others.  After a lot of attempts, Auntie Julie got in touch with Elizabeth Mazzetti with Second Chance Cocker Rescue. chanceElizabeth sent a volunteer over to check out my potential new people and home. Everything checked out good.  On Monday September 8th, at 2:00 pm, believe me I was saying my doggie prays, time was limited for me. The shelter called Elizabeth to see if SCCR could rescue me. Then the phone rang at Auntie Julie’s, telling her they had a dog that they thought was a good match.  As handsome as I am, my hair wasn’t done, my nails weren’t trimmed, I hadn’t been bathed, snap my picture was taken but it was YES, YES, YES when she saw me. The group started their process and sent someone to get me; WOW that was close! During the next two weeks, I had a check-up, got neutered, and was nicely groomed.

My journey started in Southern California and I went all the way up to Oregon.   On September 22nd I arrived at my forever home with my forever mommy.

  • Love, Chance

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Julie wanted to take a moment to thank Elizabeth Mazzetti:

My heart could never express how very blessed I am for God making such a wonderful woman, as she’s so kind and caring. Not just to God’s creatures, but to me for trusting me and making this happen for my mother.  Thank you kindly Elizabeth.

We have special request of our friends, to help us thank SCCR; if you could and when you want to donate to a very worth while cause this organization is it and I mean that with all my heart. This journey for me has been emotional hard, but to make someone else smile in the end
it’s all worth it.  So please help me thank them today and in the future and donate to save another and give a second chance just like our “Chance”.   Secondchancecockerrescue.org     Thank you!

-Julie

Mimi’s Excellent Adventure!

In October of this year, we received a call from an animal advocate from the Los Angeles image1area, asking Second Chance Cocker Rescue to please consider taking in a young cocker girl named MimiMimi‘s family situation had changed and the not quite one-year-old baby girl was not doing well at all. Mimi came to my home in Bakersfield to foster while she was getting her medical care, before being adopted. New mom Lin, saw Mimi‘s picture and instantly fell in love! Within a week of her arrival into our organization, Miss Mimi was on her way home to Oregon with her adoring adoptive family!

Letter from new mom Lin;
Debra, we went on our first family vacation during Thanksgiving! Our family had been planning to visit Vancouver Island, BC, for a year. A bit apprehensive about so much so soon for Mimi, but John, Teddy and I were there for her. It rained a lot. We were on the Pacific coast in a little town called Tofino. We read books in our room and watched the storms out over the ocean!  We really feel like a family. I will never be able to thank you enough for bringing Mimi into our lives. 🐾

On our way to the Dog Hotel on Tofino. They allow dogs in the dining room, and they image3provide galoshes and raincoats for their canine guests!
Mimi and her new brother Teddy, here at the best dog beach ever, in Tofino, picking out the perfect stick to play fetch!

Mimi was a very sweet girl and she has blossomed under the adoring care of her new family. Mimi adores everyone she meets, but especially her new brother Teddy, who she follows wherever he goes! They bonded at their first meeting and are inseparable!

Thanks to donations, large and small, we are able to keep doing what we do: rescue, rehabilitate and rehome, so dogs like Mimi can keep having excellent adventures.

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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!

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