If you have ever visited an Animal Control office in any city across the nation, chances are you have been left with many disturbing images.
Envision numerous dogs and cats staring back at you from their cage. Their eyes haunted with fear. Their eyes pleading for salvation
from an untimely death. But death is inevitable for the unwanted stray dog or cat. Those deemed disposable by a careless, irresponsible society.
However, no image can eclipse the scene of hundreds of dead dogs or cats piled in a heap after being euthanized at the Animal Control Office. Some are incinerated; some are dumped in the local landfill. Each death symbolizes a life cut short because of the excuses, “I didn’t have time for a pet,” I didn’t have the space,” “I had to move to a place that will not allow pets.”
It is estimated that 800,000 animals are put to death in shelters every year simply because no one wants them.
Each of these animals is a throwaway,” At one time each of them was a sweet, cuddly puppy or kitten that was much loved and played with. But once the puppy or kitten no longer held a fascination or appeal and became a burden it was discarded like a piece of garbage. Some people dump their pets in unincorporated, rural areas thinking they can survive in the wild. Some take them to the local Animal Control office thinking they are doing their dog a favor relinquishing them to a kill shelter.
Second Chance Rescue in Bunnell, Florida, has been saving such forgotten animals for twenty-five years.
They take in abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted dogs throughout several Florida counties including Flagler, Duval, Volusia, Putnam, Orange, Levy, Bradford, and Baker. They are a no-kill rescue, funded solely on donations. There is no paid staff and all funds donated go directly to the animals.
Over 30,000 animals have been adopted out in 25 years, which is a remarkable record. It doesn’t matter what the animals look like or what condition they are in. They willingly take in the larger, breeds that are harder to place. No animal is turned away. Second Chance Rescue has come through for the animals when no one else would.
Unfortunately, Second Chance Rescue is in dire straits right now. They have had a really tough year due to the economy being on a steady decline. Donations have been down and they are taking in more animals than have been adopted. They are still working day in and day out to save all they can and aggressively do adoption events to find forever homes for these animals.
However, their current shelter facility is almost eight years old and has had some maintenance issues this summer. All three of the AC units have had to be repaired or replaced. They have fencing that needs urgent fixing, and have lost water and power for a few days. Not to mention taking in quite a few dogs needing costly surgeries. All animals also need the basic vet care including spays, neuter, and heartworm treatments.
For all the good Second Chance Rescue has done over 25 years, saving animals and assisting other rescues, it is now their turn to ask for and receive help. They are in desperate need of help with food and paying vet bills.
Please help Second Chance Rescue by donating dry or canned dog food, or sending funds for them to purchase food or pay vet bills by sending a check to SCR, 110 Bimini Lane, Bunnell, Florida 32110.
Or you can donate through Paypal.com at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember each dog or cat that ends up on the streets or in a pile at the back of an Animal Control Office has gotten there through no fault of their own.
Rescues like Second Chance Rescue are left to do the dirty work when people shirk their responsibilities and are so quick to pawn them off on someone else. They succeed where others fail.
Help them to keep on succeeding. Help them to keep their shelter open and operational. No amount is too small.
To learn more about Second Chance Rescue please visit their website at http://second-chance-rescue.org/Donations.html.
About the Author
Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.