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– Thomas Jefferson

Success Stories 2018

Now into our sixth year with second chance pals, we would like to thank each of our small group of dedicated fosterers and supporters, who have given their heartfelt love, time and financial support so this program can go forward. To see heartwarming success stories for our previous years ... go to:

Adult spayed/neutered pets are continuing to be highly desirable, many times valued for their stable, mature-loving and quiet ways, filled with comfort, patience, grace and loyalty.

At this time, our goal of calling attention to the plight of adult animals in our shelter is being realized. As Pets for Patriots comes on board, our own Rolling Rescue and additional rescue sources, we are heartened that older companion animals are becoming more valued and are being adopted. Since there are now
a variety of ways that second chance pals will be finding their forever homes, we reserve success stories from here on out for those animals who are either scp specific or have unusual or difficult adoption stories we can highlight. The photos do not include all adult animals rescued . . .

Please keep our adult shelter animals in mind when adding to your household members!

Updated 4/16/2018

2018 Adopted List ... Click on the pet's name to see their story.  

01/06, Ralph, Cat
01/31, Pip, Cat
4/12, Boots, Cat
01/19, Tellico, Beagle
02/22, Mollly, Terrier Mix
4/12, Shivers, Cat
01/26, Cookie, Laborador Retriever
4/12, Britches, Cat


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4/12/18: Our senior cats that came out of one household have left the shelter to once again, live in one household with a prior adopter of 2 other seniors….They will have a purrfect life in their new home!

3/20/18: Boots and Shivers - surrendered for health of owner. They are a bonded pair.

Quiet and calm. Both are used to multi-cat homes so they would adjust well to other cats. Both love to snuggle and would prefer a quiet household.

Would prefer they be adopted together if at all possible.


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4/12/18: Our senior cats that came out of one household have left the shelter to once again, live in one household with a prior adopter of 2 other seniors….They will have a purrfect life in their new home!

3/20/18: Boots and Shivers - surrendered for health of owner. They are a bonded pair.

Quiet and calm. Both are used to multi-cat homes so they would adjust well to other cats. Both love to snuggle and would prefer a quiet household.

Would prefer they be adopted together if at all possible.


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4/12/18: Our senior cats that came out of one household have left the shelter to once again, live in one household with a prior adopter of 2 other seniors….They will have a purrfect life in their new home!

3/20/18: Britches is a 9 year old Siamese mix, Cream/Grey. Surrendered due to health of owner.


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2/22/18: Molly has gone to rescue with Atlanta Humane!

1/11/18: Molly has been found and is back at the shelter.

10/17: Molly got loose at the shelter and she was never found.

9/16/17: Molly's foster Mom has gone on vacation so she is temporarily back at the shelter ... if you'd like to help by fostering Molly, that would be a huge help. She gets along well with smaller dogs, but shows some jealousy with dogs her own size.

8/18/17: From Molly's foster Mom: We're leaving on vacation tomorrow and will be leaving Molly at the shelter until she finds another foster home. Molly has been quite a challenge and while I am happy to report that she can be walked on a loose lead and has learned to "wait" before charging out of the door - though she has moments when she forgets. We feel it would be best if she was returned to the shelter or find a home that has no other dogs (maybe someone who has just lost a dog?) where she can just hang out with that person(s). She loves nothing more than to just be by someone's side, needing her own person.

As part of her heartworm treatment, she is supposed to stay relatively quiet. Unfortunately, when she is crated in our upstairs wire crate, which we feel gives fosters more social time with us and our two dogs, it seems that when left alone in the crate, especially at night, she has a tantrum. This cannot be good for her recuperation. Take her out, she is calm and very manageable, though the perceived competition with our Rottie is something to we have to keep an eye on - when she is on a lead and she encounters him, she does fine. In order to put our minds at rest and get some sleep, we banished her to a room in our basement where we put her into an airline crate. At first she wailed and carried on, but after awhile, she calms down and we have had some peace and quiet.

This girl has a lot of potential, has a decent temperament, and is very trainable in experienced hands. If you find someone who could foster her, we would be happy to loan out one of our airline crates. It has made a huge difference.

8/16/17: Molly is very affectionate and social, strong physically but trainable. She gets along well with my rat terrier, my Rottweiler not so much as I think she feels competition overwhelming in this early socialization. She just needs to learn rules.

Molly will be a loyal companion as she is most content laying at my feet when I'm working in the kitchen or on the computer.

8/3/17: Molly is ready to start her heartworm treatment and it would really help her to have a foster home for the next few weeks while she stays quiet and recovers. She is housebroken, spayed, and wants to be active, but her condition requires some down time while she heals.

5/19/17: Molly is a 5 year old terrier mix, 64 pounds, she's a nice girl who doesn't like being in the kennel, would rather be with people.


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This is Pip, as a kitten and an adult:

Pip at home ...


Pip with her new family




2/26/18: Pip Update: YEAH for Pip!!!! She moved into her new home last week and is doing great! She has a 4-member family to choose from when she wants pets (which is all of the time).

2/20/18: Pip has now actually moved in with her new family. She was pretty frightened in her new surroundings last night....I emailed Neeley the "Frightened Cat" flyer and she followed the instructions.....Pip was from a 1 person household with Wayne... and then me....4 people were probably a bit too much for her....she's doing much better this morning and has a quiet day to explore today-husband will be home all day and Neeley's Mom will visit with her during the day (lives next door) using her litter box and has eaten some.....and talking a lot (?????) she didn't do that with me....I wonder what she's saying......probably calling me every name in the book for rehoming her.....she was pretty comfy here...but she was stuck in one room and was ready to explore-resident cats would not have been happy if I had let her out.....

1/31/18: Pip's new mom has already purchased litter box, cat tree, food, litter, cardboard scratchers and brush….she’s going to pick up Pip the Monday evening (2/19) (-2 ½ weeks) after the PetSmart weekend…she has scheduled that Tuesday off so she can spend the day with Pip! Husband works from home…so she’ll have someone to pet her as needed! He’s been missing having a cat on his lap. Two “cat savvy” children who are also looking for a lap cat….Mom is a Pharmacist.

1/12/18: “You’re a Pip!” That’s what her Dad said when she first got home as a kitten in 2008….and hence her name….she is a Pip! If you didn’t know her actual age you would not think this cat is 10. Her dad passed away (1/9/18) and there is no family to take care of her permanently. Fantastic neighbors were going to visit her multiple times every day but she is a cat that is used to having her human around most of every day….adoring and petting her. A volunteer stepped up to foster her so she is now residing temporarily in a very comfortable foster home. She is an INDOOR ONLY cat…she has never been outside other than an enclosed deck.

Pip had two medical concerns (dental and pedicure needed) and those issues were resolved on Friday 1/12/18. Blood work was also done and there were NO issues there. Pip is ready to move onto the next chapter of her life with a new owner. She is available for immediate adoption. If you are interested in adopting her, please contact the Monroe County Animal Shelter and the foster will contact you to arrange a “meet and greet.” (Shelter Hours are: T-F 11am-4:30pm and Sat. 11am-2pm 423-442-1015) OR contact the foster direct via email at anytime. She has tested Negative for FeL/FIV, is spayed (as a kitten) and up to date on vaccinations (due again 6/2018) All medical records will be provided…Adoption fee is ONLY $40.

FOSTER REPORT: What a great, loveable, affectionate lap-cat. She is what’s known as a “flopper.” She will head your way when you sit down and then just flop down on her side so you can pet, scratch and brush her! aware….she flops just inches out of the human’s reach so YOU have to move to her…She’s a cat-that’s what they do to let you know, that are in charge! She knows her name and will respond….it is suggested that her name remain the same, or very similar sounding for consistency (do this slowly)…..she is perfectly litter box trained and requires a high sided litter box…she does kick some of the litter out with a low sided box. She is a very confident girl who is used to getting lots of attention….she does follow you around-sort of like a dog. Tap the brush on the couch or floor and she is on her way for you to groom her. Work with the vet to get her few extra pounds off…good diet and regular exercise (playtime) will be beneficial. She has lived with another cat but has probably never interacted with a dog.

Pip lived in the same house for 10 years…upon arrival at the foster home, she had no issues coming right out of her carrier and exploring her foster room (large bedroom). As long as she knows where her food, water, hands to pet her and litter box are, she should adjust very quickly to a new home.

Thank you to the shelter and Second Chance Pals for stepping up for Pip’s “medical day” and giving her this golden opportunity to find happiness again…..unsure who will be happier; Pip or her new person.


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1/26/18: Cookie's foster mom has decided to adopt her! Lucky girl!

1/11/18: Cookie is scheduled to have her tumor surgery today. Please keep her in your thoughts.

1/8/18: Cookie has a large tumor near the anal gland and one on the vulva. She is also heart worm positive and being treated with the slow-kill method. She is seven years old and a wonderful dog; pure-bred Labrador Retriever. She is fine here with us and fits in wonderfully with our family of animals.

10/26/17: Cookie is a 7 year old Golden/Lab mix and was surrendered by her owner's family after he passed away. She is spayed and housebroken.

She needs a completely fenced yard as she will chase cars! She is housebroken, walks well on leash and loves everyone!

Her medical issues are as follows:
10/11/17 - Large growth on left side of anus. Possible skin or anal gland tumor. Also has smaller growth above vulva. May be removed and biopsied at time of spay. (Note: Cookie is already spayed. Visible spay tattoo) Recommend blood work due to possibility of cancer and HW disease.

10/12/17 - Consult between Dr. Granger and Dr. Gobble/ Possible tumor removal at TBAH Surgery considered high risk due to age and HW diagnosis, would require reconstruction that may result in incontinence. MCAS electing to pass on tumor removal surgery at this time.


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Tellico with his new foster familly.






1/19/18: Tellico has been moved into a new foster home ... he's doing super! I've attached a picture so you can see him. They said he loves the city and they take him for walks and he stops to let folks pet him along the way. His fosters love him!

1/7/18: Tellico is cat friendly; he went to the shelter and visited the cat room and showed no interest in the kitties.

He is on a new diet, he has low cal prescription dry food that I mix with green beans and carrots, I throw in a little broth for flavor. I can tell he isn't thrilled with the new menu, but he does eat what I give him. Tellico will try and rustle in on the other dog's food if I let him, but all it takes is to say his name and he knows he is doing something wrong and he'll stop and walk away.

Tellico wants to please ... if he thinks you're mad he quickly leaves the room and sometimes goes all the way to the doggie door ... he doesn't want any part of a grouchy human! He will still cry when approaching me for petting and I guess he always will.

12/26/17: Tellico is scheduled to have a dental done Dec 29th. His back teeth are loose and infected. We will get that taken care of which will help his comfort level. Also Tellico is 36 lbs; he's 11 lbs overweight.

I have changed the way I feed all my dogs trying to monitor his food intake, but he seems to get bigger by the day. The vet said weight issues are common with Beagles and set up a weight loss plan. The low cal food is a prescription, I have a few sample bags to get me started. The vet also recommended green beans, carrots mixed with the dry food rather than canned dog food which is what I have been feeding.

Tellico had no idea how to walk on a leash but is showing improvement, slowly. Tellico is a very passive loving dog, who will make the right person a great companion anumal.

If any of you know a Beagle person who would be interested in taking Tellico as a foster please let me know. Please contact Sindy.

11/27/17: Tellico is becoming more and more comfortable around people. He is rather overweight, I'm afraid I am not the best for weight control/exercise.

Tellico is very gentle and loving, I am including photos of him with my 3 month old granddaughter.

10/17/17: Tellico is such a sweet, tender, gentle dog. I have fostered him for 2 months and he is just now starting to come out of his shell. Today Tellico ran through the house playing....This is a huge step forward for him.

Tellico still cries when wanting attention, but I am not encouraging that behavior, I pet him when he is quiet and walks up to me.

Tellico has started to Initiate play with my other dogs, again this is a very good sign.

Tellico is child friendly.

8/28/17: Tellico is making small steps forward; he is a hard-luck case to be sure, but his sweet disposition makes him worth the trouble.

Tellico will use the doggie door to go outside on his own; he has not pooped in the house in over a week. I have 4 male dogs so I can't honestly say if he has or hasn't marked in the house, although I think if his environment were scent-free of other males, he would do great indoors as long as he had a doggie door to use.

He is heartworm positive and undergoing treatment so his physical activities are restricted. He is overweight, but I can't encourage play, walking, or running until it's safe.

8/17/17: Tellico is our newest SCP foster. Tellico is a Beagle, around 7 years old. He had to have his eye removed, he has been neutered and is heartworm positive. He has started heartworm treatment.

He seems to be very calm, non aggressive to other dogs.

We'll add more about Tellico as we get to know him.

8/14/17: Tellico is a Beagle, male, maybe 7 years old and very shy. Tellico will have an eye removed at Tellico Bay Animal Hospital on 08-17-17

He is heartworm positive and due to his age he cannot do the 'fast kill' HW treatment.

Tellico is most likely not housebroken YET. Tellico's foster mom will do her best to get him housebroken and socialized.

He came into the shelter almost feral, but has improved greatly by being allowed to roam free around the shelter. Fingers crossed I can help him become adoptable.


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1/6/18: Ralph is on his way to his new home ... his new name will be Toby and his new mom will be using the foster mom's vet who is already aware of his diarrhea issue and that pilling this cat is not a viable option.

12/18/17: Ralph the Cat (Front De-Clawed) - Transformed From "Hedgehog" Status…back to a warm, loving, affectionate, wonderful, purrfect cat.

Ralph's story: He was abandoned at our front gate after his owner passed away and the family caring for him decided to move. He is mourning the loss of everyone and everything he has ever known-including his own name-we don't know what it was…..His age is estimated to be 5-6 years old, gorgeous emerald green eyes, has PERFECT litter box manners and is front de-clawed. He requires a quiet, INDOOR ONLY home.

When a hedgehog is frightened it tightens a muscle that acts like a drawstring, which enables the hedgehog to hide its head, belly, feet and legs. Yes, this was Ralph upon his arrival at his foster home. He loves it when you talk to him….3 hours after arrival, back into a home environment, the hedgehog uncurled (literally) into a CAT! Eating, drinking, using the litter box and investigating his temporary home and lot and lots of head-butts. As a true Vols fan, supporting them this year has been a little tough on him but he still wears his orange and white every single day!

Ralph was very stressed at the shelter so he is currently in foster care nearby. If you are interested in adopting him, please contact the shelter and the foster will contact you to arrange a "meet and greet." (Shelter Hours are: T-F 11am-4:30pm and Sat. 11am-2pm 423-442-1015) or contact the foster via email at anytime. He has tested Negative for FeL/FIV, is neutered and up to date on vaccinations…Adoption fee is only $40.

He did not do well in a cage, so if you travel on occasion, boarding would not a pleasurable experience for him-a pet sitter in his own home would be the best option. He is obviously used to having someone around most of the time so a "stay-at-home or work-from-home human" lifestyle would be perfect for him.

Observations from his foster home: "Ralph" is a great guy and is bouncing back from his "life changing" issues. He loves attention and being scratched and petted. It appears that he is not used to being picked up and held and is not necessarily a lap cat but he IS stuck like glue right next to a human body. So he's a "sit by your side for hours" cat. He's more of a "leg warmer" than a "lap warmer." UPDATE: Lap warmer mode has been activated-his is feeling more relaxed. He is a bit timid and does not like fast movement or loud noises so it is recommended that his new forever home be a quiet home without children. (at fireworks time or grandchildren visits he will need his "safe spot"). We have no idea how he is with dogs or other cats-chances are he's never interacted with either. He's even OK with new people who come to visit….just give him a moment to observe, and make sure the visitors pay him the proper homage….(as is due any cat-ask them, they will tell you this is true) and then he will make your visitors his friends….rubbing on them and asking for head scratchin's. He is VERY responsive to the human voice-his prior owner must have pet him a lot and told him how wonderful his is…often…. and in a soothing tone because he sure eats up the compliments!

Ralph's name was assigned at the shelter; unfortunately we don't know his real name-you can give him his very own new name….his ears did perk up a bit to "Baby." As long as you talk to him, he comes running!

12/14/17: Ralph is a 5-6 year old cat that is being fostered. His owner passed away and he was surrendered to the shelter and was really depressed. Ralph has had his front paws declawed, so he can only be an indoor cat.

His foster Mom says he is doing great, affectionate, gentle, comes when you talk to him....perfect litter box manners! He just needed to be out of the shelter and into a home. He is a super loving cat.

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