Thankful for Transformations

Today we are thankful for second chances and dramatic transformations! We have had so many dogs come to us in horrific conditions and the joy of rescue is to watch them transform into beautiful, happy, healthy dogs!

Cian’s Transformation

Our newest transformation is our handsome little Cian!! At only 4 years old, it was painful obvious that Cian had been neglected for a good portion of his life. When we pulled him from the Bakersfield shelter, his fur was so long and matted that it had turned into doggy dreads. He was clearly uncomfortable and was a little grump with the shelter staff. Who would blame him?! Poor guy just needed some TLC and a second chance!

Cian got his first real haircut in who knows how long the other day. We freed him from his fur prison and saw a loving happy puppy emerge. Cian has been so friendly and sweet with our volunteers. He’s showing us his real self and we are honored to help him on the road to healing, trusting, and loving again! We can’t wait to see the wonderful life he will live once we help him find the perfect furever family!

Cian still needs to have his medical needs addressed. Now that we can see the dog under the fur, we will get him all taken care of. If you’d like to help cover Cian’s upcoming vet bill, please donate today. Help us spread some kindness and pay it forward. Consider making a donation in honor of who you’re thankful for!

We’d love to hear who you are thankful for today! Leave a comment or send us an email with your Thankful Thursday story and we might just share it next week!

2021 Calendar Sneak Peek

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos! The pages are filled with the cutest dogs and we can’t wait for you all to see them!

2021 SCCR Calendar

Our cover model is the beautiful Wendy (aka Orchid)! Wendy came to Second Chance Cocker Rescue in October, 2019 as just a little puppy from China. Wendy escaped the dog meat trade with her brother Jin, momma Quiggley (aka Iris), and friends Baloo and Lily. Getting out of China wasn’t the first battle Wendy faced, first she had to survive Parvo. Unfortunately, 3 of her litter mates were lost while still in China, but we are so glad that Wendy and Jin lived, thrived, and made it here to SCCR. Wendy now lives the best life with her furever family in sunny SoCal where she goes on loads of adventures and gets so so much love.

If you love Wendy and all cocker spaniels as much as we do, we’d love to send a calendar to you! All proceeds from our calendars go directly to saving dogs like Wendy! We are so thankful for all of your support. We couldn’t save so many dogs from near and far without your help!

Pre-order your calendars for just $25 each — shipping included!!! Hurry and get yours before they sell out!!

Click here to order your 2021 Second Chance Cocker Rescue Calendar!!!

It’s Thankful Thursday!

Today we are thankful for all of our dedicated adopters who go above and beyond to give our Second Chance dogs wonderful forever homes! Here’s to all of the people who go the extra mile for the pups that they welcome into their hearts and their homes!

Jaxson, Halbert, and Yogi (the 3 black cockers) with their new friends.

A very special thank you goes to Kevin who didn’t just go the extra mile for Jaxson, Halbert, and Yogi, he went the extra 1,000 miles! Kevin has been waiting for months to bring our trio home to Canada, but due to all of the craziness with COVID and travel restrictions, it just hadn’t been possible. Until now! Kevin finally made the trip down to pick up the boys and they are now happily settling in to their new home with all of their new friends! We couldn’t have asked for a better home for these three boys!! Thank you, Kevin, for loving our Jaxson, Halbert, and Yogi!!

We’d love to hear who you are thankful for today! Leave a comment or send us an email with your Thankful Thursday story and we might just share it next week!

Help us spread some kindness and pay it forward. Consider making a donation in honor of who you’re thankful for!

It’s SCCR Holiday Auction Time!

SCCR Holiday Auction Preview

Our SCCR Holiday Auction is now LIVE!!!

The auction runs through Sunday 11/15/2020. We will be adding new items occasionally, so be sure to check in throughout the next 2 weeks!!

All proceeds go to help the dogs in our care and enable us to provide more second chances to cocker spaniels in need!

Thank you for your support!!

Natalie’s Head Is Still Ringing

Donations will go towards Natalie’s medical costs

Natalie is a 9 lb spaniel mystery mix. When we pulled her from the shelter she had been hit by a car. She had a traumatic head injury and had an injury to her lower jaw. When we picked her up she could not stand or focus her eyes. By the next day she was eating, pooping and standing with help. She saw Dr Card again yesterday for an update…

She is making progress. Pupils are reactive, but sluggish so we are not there yet. She is walking pretty steadily now, but still has moments of tip-over. She is eating well which is good because she is absolutely bone thin. Her lip looks like it is healing well after being ripped off her jaw, but it appears we have a couple damaged teeth. We will get those and assess the lip better when she is spayed. She cannot be spayed for at least another 3 weeks. Anesthesia could be dangerous until she is totally back to “normal” and her pupils are no longer sluggish We will monitor for 3 weeks then reassess her.

Buy wine! Save lives!

Shop for wine and give back to cocker spaniels like Macy!

Our ONEHOPE Wine fundraiser is live today!10% from every bottle sold goes directly to Second Chance Cocker Rescue!!

They have wines in all price ranges, and with their impressive selection, there’s something for everyone! Reds, whites, sweets, or sparkling, they have a bottle for every occasion!

Pick up a few bottles for your friends, family, and yourself! Your purchase not only helps our dogs at SCCR, but ONEHOPE also gives a portion of every bottle sold to a charity of their choice.

Shop and feel good doing it!! Thank you for your support!!!

Start shopping here!

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

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