Building A Dream

We are excited to start moving forward with our goal of building a Cocker Spaniel Sanctuary. We want to expand our senior dog sanctuary program and have a place we img_2603are proud to have you come visit and volunteer.

IMG_2606The Second Chance Cocker Sanctuary will house senior Cockers in our Bed and Biscuit area, we will have a section for dogs who need training for aggression or can not be adopted because they are too dangerous, and finally we will have an adoptable dog area for dogs waiting for a foster or adopter to find them. We will continue to use foster homes as the base for our adoptable dogs, as they learn so much from living with our foster families that makes them more adoptable quickly. For our permanent residents, we will make a comfortable living area with what ever it takes to give them a good quality life. We will have paid staff living on site and lots of volunteers to help with the work load. We will need a work team of volunteers when we purchase our property to help build the dog’s buildings and create our Sanctuary.

IMG_2605The first thing we need is a committee of dedicated volunteers to make this dream come true…Lawyers, Realtors, business people, project managers, fundraising, researchers, etc…they will be pricing property, getting building estimates, putting together business plans, designing the theme, leading the fundraising and their goal is to make our dream a reality.

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We need to decide on a location. It has to be easy to get to, not far from a major city, has lots of tourism and inexpensive land. We are looking for at least 5 acres with a house or mobile home and garage or barn on it. One location we are looking at is Tuolumne County in the Gold Country (pictured above) where we can build an old fashion gold mining town theme. Thanks to a generous gift from a supporter last year we are starting out with $30,000 in our building fund. We will need a min of $50,000 for a down-payment.

 

If you are interested in learning more about helping make this dream come true with a donation to our building fund or volunteering tomorrow  make it happen contact Elizabeth at 805-687-4674. Help us save more senior Cockers. There are too many getting dumped in our shelters every day.

Charlotte is Barking, Thank You

We received an urgent plea for this temporarily sad, but sweet female, black and white Cocker at the charlotte-before2high kill SEAACA shelter in Downey, CA.

She was dumped there, by her owners at age 12, because they said she is “going blind.” She was a nasty mess, with a coat drier than straw and skin underneath, that felt like sandpaper.  They must have been feeding her a very low grade food and then thrown the bag outside, for her to eat.  She is overweight from the bad food.  She was likely used as a breeder dog, her entire life.  Her nipples are huge and mal-formed. This sweet baby has been neglected for a long, long time.

Given her appearance, she was being passed on by potential adopters, and most likely soon to be euthanized.

Second Chance Cocker Rescue jumped in, and she took her “freedom ride” a few days ago!

Look at this lovely girl now! We’ve named her Charlotte. After a little cleanup, she has nothing but smiles now.

She is very sweet, quiet, mellow and barely moves around. She is a large girl, and needless to say, she is now on a diet!  She has a little snotty nose right now, so her spaying is still a couple of weeks off.  She has stinky breath and will desperately need dental work after she is spayed.

charlotte-after1We shaved her down and as you can see, she looks gorgeous! Sometimes, it doesn’t take much, to bring a beauty from rags to riches. Her bottom eyelids just droop a bit, so she has a little bit of the Elvis hound dog look to her, but she does not have cherry eyes.

Charlotte, and all of our fur babies are so grateful for a second chance. Please help us to keep rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating.

 

Our Newest Bed & Biscuit Guest

june-2We were contacted by a young woman who was desperately searching for a safe place for her beloved pet. She knew that sweet June would not last long in a shelter, because June has never known anything but the loving care of her family. They had one week to find a safe place, and they reached out to Second Chance Cocker Rescue for help.

Meet the newest guest in our Bed & Biscuit program! We welcomed sweet little June this week, and what a wonderful addition she is. June is 11 years young, and is very healthy for her age. She is having some ear issues and will need a complete physical in order to give her proper care.
june-1June needs some help with her medical costs. Could you please find it in your heart to donate on behalf of Sweet June?

The Bed & Biscuit is a resort style residence that allows us to house up to ten additional senior Cockers at private kennel in Riverside County. There are comfy couches to nap on, dog beds all over the floor, a huge play area with trees to hangout in during the day. The inside walls of the building have been painted to look like a living room so the dog will feel as much at home as possible. These seniors are available for a Sanctuary home, but can stay here forever if they don’t get chosen by a family.  The cost to house, feed and keep these dogs is $1250 a month. Medical care is extra and averages $800 per senior per year. We have a extra soft spot for senior Cocker Spaniels and would like to invite you to join us supporting this project!

Daisy Needs to Learn how to Bloom

Daisy 3Daisy was purchased as an 8 week old puppy by a couple without children. They retired when Daisy was about 5-6 moths old and started traveling, leaving Daisy home alone for weeks to months at a time. She was left with an auto waterer, a doggy door to access the patio and a timed feeder that was refilled by someone once a week. She would be left without any animals or people to interact with for 3 years. Finally, a family member convinced the couple to rehome her.

A loving family bought her at 3 years old. She was great with children and adults once she knew them. She loved to play ball and of course receive treats. She loved to sleep in bed with her humans. She loved walks and car rides. It sounded like Daisy was the perfect dog, even after such a debilitating 3 Daisy 4years. Unfortunately, she was far from perfect.

According to her new owners, Daisy would growl at anyone entering the family home, and try to scare them away. She would also do this on walks. Daisy would try to escape from a room or the house if she had the opportunity. She was somewhat dog aggressive. If she didn’t get top dog position, she would attack other dogs, especially if they were near her food or toys. She had a high prey drive, trying to attack small animals and cats. She would endlessly scratch at doors in hopes of¬†getting outside to catch her prey. She had separation anxiety. When she was nervous she whined, wagged her tail endlessly and panted. She barked when left home alone. She found things to be neurotically intent on. If she had a ball, she would roll it under furniture and then cry until a person retrieved it for her. The vet said this was a result of not having any interaction for long periods of time when she was young. She was terrified of the rain in the backyard, probably from her first three years of being alone, but fine taking walks in the rain if she went out the front door. She was extremely sensitive if scolded, making¬†her pant heavily for hours. Finally, she was a food thief, getting¬†into everything she can, even drinking toilet water.

This family LOVED Daisy and did everything in their power to try to rehabilitate her, but she was overwhelming for them. They felt she needed help through a rescue organization which had experience with dogs like her. They contacted us at Second Chance Cocker Rescue, and we decided to take Daisy, work with her and eventually find another loving home suited for her personality. Behavioral work takes time and money, but we are up to the task! We will keep everyone posted on her progress. In the meantime, anything you can give to help her positive reward training is much appreciated!

Update on Athena Who’s Hoping to See Again

IMG_6922Remember my¬†story “Not just a number to us” from November 2015?¬†It’s me, Athena, back with an update on how I’m doing.

Nobody is interested in adopting me because of my cataracts. By golly, I’m only four years old! I think it’s silly, because I find my way around¬†fine on walks and jumping up onto¬†my foster mom’s bed.

Lucky for me, my¬†angels at Second Chance Cocker Rescue are trying real hard to fundraise, so I will be able to see again.¬†I met with a really nice vet named¬†Dr. Michael Chang at VCA West Los Angeles last week to see¬†if I’m a¬†candidate for cataract surgery.

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I was a really good girl. I made it easy for the doctor to look into my eyes. He really liked me a lot! I also had two fancy procedures called an electroretinogram
and an ultrasound,¬†which looked even deeper into my¬†eyes. The good news: Dr. Chang said I’m¬†a great candidate for cataract surgery in both eyes. The bad news: I was told by my foster mom, it’s an expensive procedure, about $5,000.¬†13138862_10154353602828273_2379244130057433606_n

If any of you out there can help and donate to my cause, it will make me wag my wigglebutt so much! And I’m ready to meet my family,¬†¬†jump on your laps, sleep in your bed and be your forever girl.¬†¬†I can’t wait to meet AND see you!

Love,

Athena

 

 

Destiny Meet Destiny

11200773_10153376338809570_3931792033345045442_nDestiny and the girl scout troop of Riverbank, CA came out last Saturday in the hot sun to help us raise money for dogs like Destiny. Yep, Destiny meet Destiny! Both Destiny’s are 6 year old blond girls with wavy curls and a big smile. What are the odds?

Thank you to Destiny and her troop for a job well done!

2015 first annual SCCR Wine Art and Garden Sale

2015 WAGS (2)Sponsered by Daniel Gehrs Winery and held at their tasting room garden in Los Olivos, CA on Sunday, this event was a huge success. We had so much fun and made over $10,000 for the dogs. We tasted Daniel Gehrs wines, ate wonderful food and the items for the silent and live auction were amazing. We will be doing this again next year for sure!

Many thanks to all volunteers and most especially to Daniel Gehrs Winery, Mary Levesque and Dennis and Claudine Lingo.

2015 WAGS (4)And a huge thank you to our donors:

2015 WAGS (11)

2015 WAGS (22)

Shadow Run Winery
Halter Ranch Winery
Lone Marone Winery
Talley Winery
Bon Niche Winery
August Ridge Winery
Qupe Winery
Mitchella Winery
Tolosa Winery
Dennis & Claudine Lingo
Tim & Linda Kirk
Melinda May
Alan Mazzetti
Kip Whelan
Liz Greenwald
Cynthia Stephens
Chase Bank
Greta Hilde
Elizabeth Mazzetti
Linda Vleit
Craig & Gina Fielder
Yvonne Smith
Christienne Morgan
Alison Bailey
Gila Kreitenberg
Zulu Nyala
Pet Curean
Earthbath
Whetherby Martingale Co.
Chumas Casino
PetPlay.com
Alicia Alegado
Ann Summers
Kathy Kirk
Mercedes Maza
Lori Weiss
Joyce Knipper
Leslie Costa
Pat Wong
Chase Bank
Scott Pet Products
Rob & Sue O’Sullivan

 

 

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