Archie’s Second Chance


When Archie was picked up at the shelter his condition was so awful it traumatized our transporter and she has seen almost everything. The shelter had done an enucleation surgery, removing his eyes. The surgical area was bruised, swollen and his entire face was bloody. He was crying in pain.

Archie’s freedom day.
Poor guy. He was in so much pain.

We rushed Archie straight from the shelter to the vet! They immediately put him on the correct pain medication so he could calm down. When they checked his paperwork it showed that he had been given the dog equivalent of Tylenol for pain instead of morphine, which he needed. His blood work showed an infection somewhere. His surgical site on one side was still weeping and bloody. And under all that mess was not a Cocker but a Shih Tzu.

Archie was sent home with one of our volunteers with good pain meds, antibiotics, and instructions to bring him back to the vet in a few days. He was too weak to do anything but make him stable and comfortable for the day.

Archie after his vet visit with a clean dressing and good meds

Most shelters offer decent medical care for their dogs but not all of them. Thank goodness they called him a Cocker Spaniel and we got him. We are happy to give Archie and second chance!!!

This little guy has been through a lot, but he is feeling so much better and is ready for a foster or an adoption. Luckily, Archie did not need any further surgeries. Being on the right medication and given the best care, made a huge difference. His recovery is over and he’s ready for his second chance!

All healed and ready to go home!

Archie is good with dogs and older kids. He’s a sweet little guy and deserves the best for the rest of his life.

Archie is about 10 years old. He is a Shihtzu mix. Archie is currently in Romoland, CA. If you would like to give him a forever home, please fill out our adoption application.

If you can find it in your heart to donate to Archie’s care and vet bills, here’s how you can help:



SCCR, PO Box 1419, Twain Harte, CA 95383


Every donation is greatly appreciated!!! YOU make all the difference in the lives of our dogs at SCCR!

Second Chance On Set Again!

Milo and Colin on the set of Home & Family

The last several months have been so strange and unreal with everything going on in the world. We have all been missing our friends, our families, and the little things that make up everyday life like going places and just being around other people. We’ve missed seeing each other and all of our rescue partners. Animal rescue is not only about the lives we save, but the relationships we build with those people trying to reach the same goal we are.

We have especially missed our friends over at Home & Family! It feels like forever since we shared our Second Chance Cockers with the Hallmark Channel audience (really it has only been 7 months, but who’s counting), and we were so thrilled to be invited back to the set last week. We had the opportunity to bring not one, but two of our very special pups to the show this time! Our team of spaniel-loving super volunteers got everything arranged to take Milo and Colin to set while following all recommended health and safety guidelines.

Milo and Colin but did so great on set. They made friends with all of the cast and crew. They enjoyed lots of belly rubs, and relaxing under the trees while watching the trucks and trams drive by. Once on camera, both boys unleashed their tv star potential. We will be surprised if we don’t get a flood of adoption applications for both of them! Their Home & Family segments will air on Tuesday 9/29 at 10am/9central on Hallmark Channel. Be sure to tune in!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Milo and Colin yet, here’s some more information on these incredible pups. They are such gems and the families that adopt them will be so lucky to have them in their lives!

Milo is about 11 years old and obviously blind! He is a big boy, 40-ish pounds. He is a big squish. He is having a hard time with being blind, but he is adjusting. Milo has a Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs that has been donated to him to help him adapt in his furever home. He unfortunately had his eyes removed when he came to us due to sever glaucoma, but it seems he has been blind for a while.


Milo likes it low key so a quiet calm house for him please. He gets around ok, just kind of a big doof! He is fine with the other dogs but gets overwhelmed with too much activity or chaos, noise, etc. He would do best in a home where there are not more than one or two other dogs. He’s very sweet. Might be ok for neighborhood walkies, but don’t plan on much activity with this big boy. That said, he does need exercise but if someone just puts him out in the yard, he will just wonder and bark until he gets tired, then lay down and sleep.

Colin is approximately 9 years old. He is such a sweet dog. He really loves people and he does have some separation anxiety. He is all over everyone and everything every minute he is awake. Colin will not do well in a home with any re-active dogs or any that are queen bees. He wants to be friends with everyone and doesn’t understand other dogs don’t necessarily want to be his friend.


He is very sweet and would do great with a single person or a couple that want a nice companion to take for walks, etc. Not super active people that want a dog to take hiking, etc. He is not up for that stuff but he would love walkies around the neighborhood. That said, he does like some activity, but nice and easy for this old guy. He is about 30 pounds.

Both boys are currently in Romoland, CA. They are actually bunk buddies right now and get along really well together. If you would like to give either or both of them a forever home, please fill out our adoption application.

We can’t wait to bring more of our lovely Cocker Spaniels to Home & Family!

Here are their segments:



Nila’s Adoption Story – A Love Letter

Thank You for Loving Me

Beautiful Nila

“Moose,” “Nelly,” “Nelly Noo.” These are the nicknames I recite with overt joy and a brimming heart, and the designations that have lovingly, unconsciously been bestowed upon my ten-year-old English cocker spaniel, Nila. While most people with senior dogs have had them for their lifetime, Nila came to be mine at a ripe nine-years-old, with a greying muzzle and saggy jowls. I never knew that a mode of transport could be a canine, that a dog could take me to the beach, mountains, and high desert, ripping me from the comfort and perceived safety of my apartment, and connecting me to the outside world.

Before Nila, I had not yet known, nor understood, the love of a dog. As I transitioned from college and my mother’s home to a bungalow in Hollywood with my partner, Lee, and my first full-time job, I found myself living in loneliness. I had always suffered from anxiety and mild depression, which seemed to growingly sting as I navigated an uncertain, amorphous future. While Lee’s 14-year-old chihuahua, Freda, kept me company on the many evenings that Lee was at work, and when I couldn’t quite bear to leave the house, I knew I needed a companion, and a bridge between Freda and myself. 

Nila the Love Bug

I searched on Petfinder for nothing in particular – I hadn’t any criteria, other than a dog to be loved. Within hours, I found a face I wouldn’t, and rather couldn’t, forget. Second Chance Cocker Rescue (SCCR) had posted a nine-year-old cocker spaniel in need of adoption. Upon an application, phone call, and a visit to Nila’s foster home with Freda, Lee and I, enraptured, promptly adopted her.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful she was. What a sweet, funny-looking creature, I thought. Nila rapidly acclimated, ultimately succumbing to sleep in the center of our queen-sized bed. Although Nila and Freda ignored each other for the most part, one always looked for the other if they weren’t in their line of sight, even after Freda passed away only three months later.

Nila, Dad, Mom

“Nila looks at you as though she’s trying to tell you something,” my mother said upon meeting Nila for the first time, and for many times after. It was impossible to imagine how my life would change in the following year. In SCCR, I found a community – Lee and I befriended Nila’s foster parents, and spent many golden afternoons in their backyard. My anxiety and depression ebbed with the love of this obsidian creature. Suddenly, I had a place and purpose: Nila inspired trips to the central coast, and moments on the outskirts in Joshua Tree. She showed me unconditional love, even on the days I told myself I didn’t deserve it, and unwaveringly so. 

The stress of the pandemic threatened my mental health once more; however, Nila has been there for me now more than ever. After celebrating her first Gotcha Day, I finally understood what she has been trying to tell me all along: “Thank you for loving me.”

Nila and Mom

Do you have a SCCR cocker that you adore in your family? Would your life not be the same without your fur baby?

You can help us win a $100,000 grant from @petcofoundation by sharing your adoption story with them and mentioning Second Chance Cocker Rescue!

Head on over to their page for all the details!

We’d love to hear how your SCCR cocker has changed you life too! If you’re so inclined, please send us a copy of the story you submit along with a few photos to We’d love to share in your joy!

One Really Truly Awful Day

This boy was found in the side of the road, dumped with a load of furniture. He was tied to a table, and laying on the couch. The rescuer got him into his car and took the dog to his sisters where he hid under a trailer. He had to get dragged out by Santa Maria Animal Services officers. He was terrified and traumatized. They got bitten but managed to get him out. He was quarantined at the shelter adding to his stress before we could pull him. He is still traumatized and will need to decompress then will need a lot of work.  We will keep you updated on his progress and when he will be available for adoption. ,

We named him Irwin. His shelter paperwork had no estimate for age….We imagine they couldn’t get close enough to check his teeth……just by looking at him, We are guessing would say 5-ish.  I don’t think he is neutered either?  I haven’t been able to get a look!

Donations for Irwin

Mother and Son Reuion

After over 4 years apart, Obi and Molly (formerly Romeo and Cher) were finally reunited!

Molly and Obi back in 2016

They were both surrendered to us in 2016. Obi was only 8 months old and Molly was 3. They were from a backyard breeder who had to get rid of some of their dogs. We were so lucky that they were surrendered to SCCR instead of being dumped at the local shelter.

Once with SCCR, Obi and Molly were adopted to different families who love them both very very much. After years of wondering what happened to both dogs, and a little detective work, they finally found each other. The families shared photos of Obi and Molly, talked about how similar they are in personality, and decided they should get the two pups back together.

Molly and Obi together again!

Mother and son met again for the first time last weekend! They love each other so much! They had fun sniffing each other, running around, and playing together. Luckily they live very close to each other and will now be able to get together more often! They can’t wait to go on hikes together and play at the park again!

Meeting again for the first time.

There’s nothing like the love of a dog (or dogs) to bring people together! Obi and Molly have brought their two families together!

One big happy, cocker spaniel-loving family!

If you’re looking for a cocker spaniel to add to your family, please take a look at our adoptable dogs.

Can’t adopt right now, we always need fosters and generous donors. Please give what you can. Every little bit makes a huge difference in the lives of cockers like Obi and Molly!

Meet Milo

Meet Milo! Our newest senior cocker boy!

Milo is a big boy, weighing in at around 40 pounds! This gentle giant came to us this week from one of the LA area shelters where he was adopted out and returned twice. Poor guy! He’s with us now and we are going to make sure his next adoption is his forever adoption!

Clearly, Milo has some vision problems. He has glaucoma and will be having his eyes checked (along with the rest of him) by our vet. We all know, it doesn’t matter if a dog is blind because they see with their heart! Once he’s had his medical needs cared for, Milo will be looking for a great foster or forever home who loves blind seniors as much as we do!

Can you find it in your heart to donate to Milo’s vet bills?

Our One Eyed Wonder

Our little one-eyed wonder girl, Winnie, had her 5th foxtail removal surgery on Tuesday!

This time our incredible vet went in and opened up dozens of sites where hundreds of foxtails were still hiding. Poor Winnie. She’s covered in sutures now (some had to be redone yesterday when she decided to scratch them open), and her ordeal is still not over. It’s like she has a foxtail factory inside of her! They just keep coming out! Our vet and her team removed more foxtails this surgery than any surgery before.

Luckily for Winnie, she’s got a team of people with her who love her and are determined to get every last foxtail out of her. If left in there, these foxtails could kill her. Not only are they incredibly painful, they can lead to massive infections when left untreated. Winnie has already lost an eye to a foxtail, we won’t let her lose her life.

If you are unaware of what a foxtail is or the danger they pose to our pups, please check out this link.

If you can find it in your heart to donate to Winnie’s vet bills, here’s how you can help:
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Send a check to:
SCCR, PO Box 1419, Twain Harte, CA 95383

We also take Venmo:

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It Was A Cocker Party

It was a Cocker party at the vet on Tuesday!! Winnie, Trudy, and Macy all had exams.

Trudy is looking good and will be ready to go home soon.

Winnie had a drain removed from her chest and a follow up from her last surgery. Winnie will be going in for her 5th surgery next week to remove MORE foxtails and drain the abscesses they’ve created.

Macy has a new mammary tumor, but thankfully it hasn’t spread yet. Her heart is massive through and she won’t be able to survive surgery to remove the tumors. We are now on a management plan to keep her comfortable and pain-free as we move into the hospice stage of her life.

If you can find it in your heart to donate to our girls’ vet bills, here’s how you can help:
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Send a check to:
SCCR, PO Box 1419, Twain Harte, CA 95383

We also take Venmo:

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Left For Dead, Given a Second Chance

This sweet senior girl was left for dead in a forest in Washington yesterday! Abandoned and alone, 2 incredible women saw her and saved her so that we could give her a second chance!


Meet Christine (named after one of her rescuers)! Christine is in urgent need of a foster in WA where she can get some medical attention and some much needed love. Here is her story from her rescuer:

“She was found abandoned with no microchip by the Cedar River trail this morning around 930am-ish. A dear neighbor (Patricia) and I both found her walking around. You can tell that she’s been neglected as her eyes were crusty, she’s got lots of matted hair and a possible ear infection. One of the senior who lives around the area (there’s a senior housing building nearby) mentioned that he saw some lady abandon the dog at 8am earlier today.

We were afraid to just leave her there and her accidentally get to the river and drown so we ended up getting her to a local vet to get seen. We requested the vet’s help for a steep discount to get her some basic care and is currently waiting on updates from the vet.

Now, we’re on the clock to look for next steps and we’re hoping you can step in to do so. We’d like to give her a fighting chance to live out her senior years being loved and taken care of. Unfortunately, both Patricia and I live in an apartment and have dogs of our own so we’re not able to keep her.”

Please, if you live in WA and can step up to foster Christine, we would be forever grateful! Please send your application immediately if you are interested.

If you can find it in your heart to donate to Christine’s vet bills, here’s how you can help:
PayPal us.

Send a check to:
SCCR, PO Box 1419, Twain Harte, CA 95383

We also take Venmo:

Your support is greatly appreciated. Together we can show Christine what real love feels like and give her the second chance she deserves.

Oops, Where Did That Growl Go?

Most people’s first reaction when their dog growls is to discipline them. If you do that often and harshly enough you will succeed to train the growl right out of your dog. But that is what we want, right? Absolutely not. That growl is information, it is your dog’s warning system. It tells us that your dog is severely upset about something and they need you to make it stop before they feel forced to bite. Lose the growl and your warning system is gone but the feelings behind the growl are still there and all they have left is the bite. Then someone is going to get hurt badly.

We figured out that our sweet Blue must have had his growl punished out of him because he goes straight to a bite when he gets riled up. On top of this he has the symptoms of PTSD. We are hoping that changing his medication will allow us to train him into an adoptable boy but we sure wish he had that growl back. PUPDATE: After working with Blue on the new meds for  week we see hope. He has a clear warning system before he bites unlike most dogs with this problem. We will have to wait for the perfect home but we think he is adoptable to exactly the right home..

We are a no-kill organization that means we are committed to finding a solution for Blue that includes a quality life while keeping the public safe.  So if we need it, that is where the Sanctuary will come in. There will be an area for our un-adoptable dogs. Only the volunteers who are qualified will be interacting with them.  They will have play groups, volunteers who play with them and give them lots of love but they understand their quirks and what will set them off so no one will get hurt. Being no-kill means having a solution for every dog possible as long as you can keep the public safe.

Help us maintain our Sanctuary spots for our un-adptables, who were made un-adop;table by their families and bad trainers.

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