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– Thomas Jefferson

success stories 2014

Now into our fourth 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 06.22.14
2014 Adopted List ... Click on pet to see their story.  

Angelo, Poodle Mix
Annabell, Catahoula Leopard
BamBam (nka Shadow), Shepherd/Beagle Mix
Bear, Schnauzer (mini)/Shih Tzu Mix
Dooley, Maltese/Poodle Mix
Dottie, Pekingese
Hawkeye, Shih Tzu
Hogan, Shepherd Mix
Jackson, Miniature Poodle
Marino, Jack Russell
Milo, Chihuahua/Greyhound Mix
Missy (nka Maddie), Rottweiler Mix
Mister, Chihuahua
Pansy, Beagle
Jazzy (nka Daisy), Terrier Mix
Keno, Dachshund Mix
Pan, Chihuahua, Long Haired
Ridley, Border Collie
Sabi, Boxer
Sahara, Terrier/Boston Mix
Sammy, Terrier Mix
Spock, Chihuahua
Taffie, Terrier Mix
 

Pansy
Animal ID 22692861 
Species Dog 
Breed Beagle/Mix 
Age 6 years  
Sex Female 
Size Small 
Color Brown/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location ALL KENNELS 
Intake Date 5/13/2014 
ARN 140513D 


Bear
Animal ID 22761546 
Species Dog 
Breed Schnauzer, Miniature/Shih Tzu 
Age 5 years 11 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Blond 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Kennel 
Intake Date 5/20/2014 
ARN 140520 
Bear is a sweet fellow! He loves to run and play and would love to have a really nice big fenced in yard! He gets along with kids and other dogs, though he does not seem to like other males.


Annabell went to rescue
Animal ID 22603949 
Species Dog 
Breed Catahoula Leopard dog/Terrier 
Age 6 years 8 days 
Sex Female 
Size Small 
Color Brindle 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW and AH
Intake Date 5/2/2014 
ARN 140502D 
Annabell is a 6 year old Catahoula Leopard mix weighing30 lbs. She's in good health, housebroken and childfriendly. She is non aggressive with other dogs and very affectionate with humans. She walks well on a leash.

Updated 5.18: Annabell is a very loving girl. she is apprehensive around other dogs, small and large, but she is not aggressive. Annabell feels she is a member of the human pack, not the dog pack. She is quiet but will bark at strangers. She is a good house pet and enjoys going for walks,and does not chew things. She does enjoy a good soup bone. She will use the doggie door and is allowed on the furniture. She is very sweet and kind natured. Annabell was surrendered by her owner, an older man whose wife had become ill and he was now the care giver and felt he could not give Annabell the love and attention she deserved. Annabell had been their dog since a puppy. If there are any questions, don't hesitate to ask. She is in foster care, so please call the shelter if you would like to meet her. 423-442-1015.



Sabi
Animal ID 22148836 
Species Dog 
Breed Boxer/Mix 
Age 2 years 1 month 20 days 
Sex Female 
Size Large 
Color Tan 
Housetrained Yes 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster BH 
Intake Date 3/1/2014 
ARN 140301D 
Sabi is very sweet. She loves to play and enjoys attention. She has lived outdoors, but is learning to walk on a leash. She has a history of chasing vehicles. Sabi has been in a foster home where she was found to be a little timid and didn't want to eat at first but did settle in to her foster home. She enjoys being a inside dog and doesn't mind going in her crate. She has had no accidents in the house, so we can say she is housetrained. Sabi is gentle and loving, non aggressive with other dogs but does growl at the cat.
Sabi came back to the shelter after her foster home adopted a new dog. She was taken in by Brenda Harris and is now enjoying the amenities at the Harris Hilton! She's a sweet dog who will make someone a wonderful, loyal pet . . .

Sabi's Adoption Photo!


One of the hardest, but sweetest stories of this year so far:

BamBam (known as "Shadow") was adopted by a Banfield Hospital vet tech
at the adoptathon at PetsMart on June 2!!!

Animal ID 22228761 
Species Dog 
Breed Shepherd/Beagle 
Age 1 year 8 days 
Sex Male 
Size Medium 
Color Brown/Black 
Housetrained Yes on Day 1
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster AH 
Intake Date 3/13/2014 
ARN 140313D 
Bambam is recovering from surgery to have his right front leg amputated after being hit by a car. He is in foster care while he recovers and is being well cared for.

He will not be available for adoption until he is fully recovered and ready for a forever home. Please contact the shelter at 423-442-1015 if you have any questions or would like to meet Bambam in the future for possible adoption.

BamBam with Anja H., founder of MCFA and
co-founder of scp. She is fostering this sweet boy,
in spite of a busy schedule planning the MCFA
fundraising gala and other MCFA responsibilities.
She reports that BamBam just loves to hang around
her office as she works on her various projects.
Program Director for scp, Sindy Wakefield, has set up now her third fundraising effort to
help our scp foster with severe injuries that require additional medical treatment.
Thanks to everyone who gave a contribution to help with this sweet little dog's recovery. Thank you so very much . . .
3.23 Foster Report: Shadow, as he is now known, had a very rough weekend and needed to be taken to Emergency in Alcoa where they changed his bandages to a Tennessee orange and gave him additional antibiotics. He is just now starting to feel better, but the poor little guy needs hope and good thoughts sent his way.

Anja, even with her busy schedule heading up MCFA's annual fundraiser gala, fell in love with this lovable and most compromised rescue.

Update 04.01: Bambam, now known as Shadow at the Hammersmith home, is doing so much better. He can even jump up on the sofa or my bed with no problem.

I can take him for walks around the neighborhood with no problems.  He is interested in every little smell along the way, making a short walk very long, while he checks his pee mail at every bush and tree!  Shadow is a very sweet and gentle dog and is a little shy at first with strangers.  He loves mealtime, licking his bowl clean at breakfast and dinner.  My two dogs are warming up to him a little at a time, no aggression at all by any one of them.

He is scheduled for stitch removal and neutering on April 9.  Poor boy, he lost his front leg, and now he is going to lose his manhood!  I guess we can list him for adoption after that date.  I hope we find someone who really appreciates this boy.  He has so much heart!

Update 04.21
: Shadow has made a remarkable recovery considering all that he has had to endure.  As before, he is very loving, gentle and shy with strangers.  However, he just loves to chase a ball or any toy you throw for him in the backyard.  He can outrun both of my dogs with no problem.  Every once in a while, because of uneven terrain, he may take a spill on the grass.  Just as quickly as he goes down, he rolls, jumps up and continues to chase the ball.  He is so fast, he doesn't even look like he is missing a leg.  Only when we go for a slow stroll in the morning and in the evening does he look like he is limping, not in pain, but just because it is an uneven gait.

Shadow is a very smart young dog.  He has learned to sit before getting a treat or any of his meals, and he learned in a day!  When I need him to stay in the room, I hold up my open palm - and he stays.  That he learned in a day also.  But, if we are on a walk and he sees a squirrel - he will bark at it and tug on the leash.  Obviously a very strong instinct there.

He weighs in at over 20 lbs, has long legs, but still thinks he is a lap dog.  There is not a couch or bed in our home that he cannot jump up on (with our permission).  He will calmly lay in my lap while watching TV, and he knows where to go when it's bedtime.  I put a dog biscuit in his bed and turn out the lights.  Not a peep until morning when he is soooo happy to see you and give you kisses.  What a sweet boy!  I hope he finds an active family who will play with him and give him the love he so deserves.


Update 05.01: Since Shadow arrived at our home on March 13, we have seen him transform from a very weak amputee with surgical stitches and bandages to an active, playful companion animal who doesn’t even notice that he has a leg missing!  Even early on, he has never had an accident in the house, so I can safely say that he is definitely house trained.

When we give him a treat, we ask him to sit first, and he learned to do that in about one day.  He is very food motivated, so if you want to train him in whatever task, carry a pocket-full of little treats.

During the first week or two at our home, we never took him outside, even in the front or backyard, without being on a retractible leash.  Now that he knows the boundaries of our yards, we are carefully confident that Shadow will not wander beyond the property lines.  As he approaches the end of the driveway, we call him back, and he comes.  What a good boy.

Shadow loves to run after any toy that we throw for him, and if our own dog gets there first, he will let her have it.  Even without a front leg, he can outrun my two dogs easily.  Loves to play outside, but once inside, he is willing to be a lap dog.  He is very affectionate, but can display that affection to the point of annoyance.  You just have to be stern and say stop or no.  He will settle down nicely, and by 10 p.m., he may decide that he does not want to watch TV and just go to his bed.  We take all the dogs out one more time between 10 and 11 p.m., and we put him in the laundry room where he has two beds to choose from.  He gets a doggie biscuit on his bed, we say goodnight, close the door, and don’t hear a peep all night.

In the morning, we open the door and he is so happy to see us!  We go for a walk and have breakfast when we return.  About an hour after he eats (both breakfast and dinner), he is ready to go outside to do his business.  He poops in the morning, sometimes during his afternoon walk, and after his evening meal.  A very regular boy!

All in all, Shadow is a loving, active and very smart companion animal.  Any family would be lucky to have him.

Shadow's Adoption Photo:


Hogan



Animal ID 22000737 
Species Dog 
Breed Shepherd/Mix 
Age 6 years  
Sex Male 
Size Medium 
Color Brown/Black 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster CM 
Intake Date 2/6/2014 
ARN 140206D 
This guy has had a hard scrabble life, but has a heart of gold. He has a broken tooth that needs immediate attention so we have scheduled him a dental, along with health check, rabies, heartworm prevention for in the morning.  Hogan was one of the first shelter dogs to pass a SAFER (Safety Assessment For Evaluation Rehoming) temperament test with flying colors!

Update 2.11: On his vet check, it was discovered he has or is suspected to have lyme disease. He is being treated for that and  will be on medication twice a day for 30 days, which his foster mom. Christy, will give to him.

S.A.F.E.R. tested and passed.


Taffie
Pictured at right with her first foster mom. Very loving little girl.

Update 4.13: Taffie was rehomed to a new foster home this last week and Sheree reports that Taffie was groomed Saturday and looks great. Taffie is hard of hearing, she is child friendly, dog friendly, cats maybe not so much. Taffie is definitely housebroken and leash trained. Sheree had only positive things to say about Taffie.
Animal ID 22343441 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier/Mix 
Age 9 years 1 day 
Sex Female 
Size Medium 
Color White 
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster ST
Intake Date 3/29/2014 
ARN 140329D 


Spock

Animal ID 22262735 
Species Dog 
Breed Chihuahua, Short Coat/Mix 
Age 7 years 1 day 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Brown 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW 
Intake Date 3/18/2014 
ARN 140318D 
A loyal little lap dog.


Mister
Animal ID 22260298 
Species Dog 
Breed Chihuahua, Short Coat/Purebred 
Age 10 years 3 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Tan 
Spayed/Neutered Yes 
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW 
Intake Date 3/18/2014 
ARN 140318D 

 

3.23 Foster Report: Mister is housebroken, non aggressive with other dogs, child friendly. Mister was very spoiled by his previous owner. He is learning how to walk up and down steps; is allowed on the couch but isn't use to jumping so he has only had the privilege of snuggling on the couch a couple of times (I require him to jump on his own). Mister enjoys a nice fluffy dog bed to lay on and he loves toys! When he brings a toy to me to play with he will growl and sound ever so mean but NEVER nips or bites, he sounds ferocious but its just play.

Mister is the enforcer, when dogs run and play he doesn't like that, he will bark and try to make them stop; when I stand up to go in the other room he will bark at me. I am trying to discourage him being yappy by using a spray bottle with water.

He is scheduled to have dental, micro chip on April 9. Am working on getting happy pictures of Mister and send then out asap.

3.25 Foster Report: Mister saw the vet today, he is being treated for his cough. He has the incredible ability when being held to make the person holding him feel loved, like you're his soul mate. If you know someone who needs this kind of unconditional love, I have the perfect companion awaiting adoption.



Angelo
Animal ID 21865157 
Species Dog 
Breed Poodle, Toy/Mix 
Age 4 yrs.; 7 lbs.
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Black 
Spayed/Neutered See note below
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter
Location Foster DB
Intake Date 1/15/2014 
ARN 140115D 
Angelo was attacked by another dog and brought into the Shelter, owner is unknown. Angelo has puncture wounds and a shattered leg, his leg is in a splint but does not affect his ability to get around. He is very affectionate and rather skinny.

The vet cannot neuter him until the splint is off his leg, 6 weeks, so he cannot be adopted until he is neutered. He is on antibiotics for the next 20 days. He has a health check appointment with Dr Gobble on Wednesday the 22. If you are interested in adopting Angelo, we are happy to put you on a list for adoption.

Angelo will melt your heart, I just met him and he is just precious, hobbling around all over the house with that broken leg....like he doesn't have a care in the world. Signed by his first foster mom, Sindy.
Hello, I am the foster parent for the little dog I can't help but call "Curly" and sometimes "Doodle," who came into my care last Sunday.  I am very pleased to report he has settled into our family very well and seems to be content and happy. He has an excellent appetite, is house trained, and chooses to be close to us when he relaxes.  At first he was nervous to be in a room by himself and followed us about, but now he snoozes in his favorite places, usually in the sunshine spots.  He has an easygoing  and pleasant disposition but shows no interest in playing with any toys, preferring to gently play and “chew” on fingers.  He went to the vet for his first week check up, and after a blood test that showed he had no heart worm symptoms he was given a 6 month shot.  His ears were checked  and drops were given to me to be used twice daily for 2 weeks.  He weighed 7lbs 4 oz, and it was suggested another 8oz, weight gain would be desirable. He has an unpleasant odor from his broken leg when he first arrived but that is slowly fading and I think the bandage is now the smelly part.  The vet said his leg was infected when it was splintered and Curly is given a daily antibiotic to help fight off any infection.  The vet would like the splint to remain in place for 6 weeks if possible  but to return with curly if the odor persists . He is moving very well and enjoys short walks and can get down on his own from chairs and negotiate low steps.  He waits to be picked up if he cannot get up and down  so seems to know his limitations caused by his handicapped leg  and small size.  His bite wounds are healing and I discourage him from excessive licking .  He understands the dreaded word “NO”. He is willing to please and quite smart  and enjoys the routine we have gotten into.  We are delighted to help the little fellow out in his time of need.



Further update 2.20
: After a followup exam by his vet, Angelo will need an operation on his leg to undergo an amputation of the afflicted limb. Dogs can do quite well with three legs and Angelo is proving to be no exception. He's a happy little guy! Sindy W., our program director, set up a fundraising effort on his behalf at Pet Sharing and raised the money needed for his surgery!

At left is Angelo's adoption photo. He has healed from his surgery and we are so grateful to each of our volunteers who had a hand in saving this precious boy!

Update 05.06: After Angelo, who is now called "Trace" was brought home by Annette and her husband, he suffered what we determined to be Phantom Limb Syndrome, evidenced by crying during the night. The vet who performed the procedure to remove his limb said there wasn't anything he could do and this condition never goes away. Annette was open to using homeopathic remedies that I happened to have in stock and reading about this condition from the internet. After using the homeopaths for about a month, along with a heating pad, Annette reports that Trace is doing "fabulous"! Here he is with his best friend, Molly in their shared kennel. Thank you, Annette, for caring for this precious little boy!


Pan




Pan's adoption photo at right.

Sindy Wakefield reported on 3.08:
"I spoke to Pan’s new family today, they are thrilled to have Pan, the mom is taking him with her to the office during the day, the kids are playing with him, her son told me pan plays like a puppy, everyone in the house is very happy with the adoption. This is the pot of gold at the end of the fostering rainbow!"




Animal ID 22009599 
Species Dog 
Breed Chihuahua, Long Coat/Mix 
Age 9 years  
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Tan 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW 
Intake Date 2/7/2014 
ARN 140207D 
Report from Foster Mom: Pan is a true lap dog, gives kisses and likes to play tug of war with a toy. He is child friendly, nonaggressive, very quiet and loving.

Pan has hair loss, due to allergies; he is getting allergy shots. We believe with flea control and good diet (no corn base food) and by adding a little fish oil to his food, he will do just fine, worse case he will need additional allergy shots throughout his life.


Pan is in foster care, so call the shelter (423-442-1015) if you would like to see him. As you can see from the photos, there is nothing more valuable to our program than a loving foster home!

S.A.F.E.R. tested and passed.



Milo - went to rescue!

From his foster mom, Sindy, 6.06.12
: A short report on Milo, he is non aggressive to other dogs and child friendly.  He is very loving and soaks up attention, he is a perfect lap dog. Comes when called. He's just a great all-around little dog.

Update 2.19.13 Milo came back into Second Chance Pals today, due to a problem with marking in his new home. We do not know whether is is stress related, or exactly what his issues have been. Sindy, once again, is going to try to work with him to see if we can't put an end to this problem. It would break her heart if we can't find a resolution for this little boy. Milo needs someone who wants a faithful lap dog, as he never wanders or runs away . . . just wants to be with his person . . .

He's just
t-h-i-s close to passing his S.A.F.E.R. test; Sindy will be working with him on his mouth exam, which was his weak point.
Animal ID 16033768 
Species Dog 
Breed greyhound, chihuahua mix 
Age 10 years 1 month 13 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Red 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW 
Intake Date 6/5/2013 
ARN 120424D 





Sahara went to rescue
Animal ID 21882897 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier, Boston/Mix 
Age  
Sex Female 
Size Medium 
Color Black/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster MF
Intake Date 1/18/2014 
ARN 140118D 

Sahara is housebroken, childfriendly and non aggressive with other dogs, she would do better in a home without cats, although she was tested in our shelter cat room and passed!

S.A.F.E.R.
tested and passed.


Keno
Animal ID 22001554 
Species Dog 
Breed Dachshund, Standard Smooth Haired/Mix 
Age 2 years 3 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Brown 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW
Intake Date 2/6/2014 
ARN 140206D 

Sindy W. update from adoptathon on 2.9: Keno got a lot of attention today and more than one person said they would check back with us. Keno is housebroken, he is very loving, and non aggressive with other dogs, he rides well in the car and enjoys walks on a leash. Keno is quiet and gentle, his fav thing is belly rubs.

Update 2.11: Keno is child friendly….very child friendly, loves kids! I can't stress enough how nice this boy is, he is a little shy at first but when he gets to know you he is playful and loving.



Sammy went to rescue

Sammy is a favorite at the Monroe County Animal Shelter. He loves people, loves to be petted, and is very playful. Sammy is a small guy weighing only 20 pounds. He is quickly learning simple commands and doing very well. He is a smart boy.

He displayed a marking behavior in the house but has improved after being neutered and heavily monitored. He has a belly band that he must wear while in the living room and he knows what it is. He has been doing so good that he actually pouts when he sees me take out the belly band for him to wear. So I know he is striving to do well and be loved. Sammy needs the patience and support from a loving home. He is not a dog that can live outside; it would also break his heart.

Sammy is sharing space in a foster home that has three other dogs and another foster dog. All are getting along very well. While I train him self control, he is limited to free roam only in the kitchen. He does very well there and thinks of his freedom to sit in the living room with me as a special treat. He enjoys cuddling on the couch, he is very lovable! Sammy has his own crate which he accepts and enjoys. It is not unusual to find Sammy in his crate for a quick nap!

Sammy gets to roam free in a fenced area with another foster dog. He also has access to a large dog house and an area in a small shed where there is straw, shavings and fresh water. He respects the fence, never trying to escape. His favorite challenge is to hop onto the large dog house, maybe for a better view? He is really enjoyable and is sure to bring forth a smile or a laugh!

If you are looking for a great companion Sammy is your boy. A visit with him will show you how loving and loyal he can be.

Animal ID 21283352 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier/Mix 
Age 4 years 1 month 19 days 
Sex Male 
Size Medium 
Color Brown/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster EN 
Intake Date 10/17/2013 
ARN 131008D 


Hawkeye went to Louie's Legacy rescue
Animal ID 21319296 
Species Dog 
Breed Shih Tzu/Mix 
Age 5 years  
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Black/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter
Location Foster, SW
Intake Date 10/22/2013 
ARN 131022D 

Hawkeye had his right eye removed by the shelter after he first arrived as an owner surrender. He was adopted shortly after arriving, but it was not the right forever home for him and he came back into scp.



This is foster mom, Sindy W's, report on 12.3.
Hawkeye is doing very well, housebroken, he has all but stopped his male marking! He is non aggressive with other dogs and child friendly.

Hawkeye had trust issues when he first came to me, he had also suffered trama to his head and lost his eye.  He initially flinched when touched, he would growl and had snapped at me a couple times when i tried to clean his eye and check his collar. He had trust issues, but has leaned that he is safe here. His learning to trust has taken weeks. he recently rolled over to allow me pet his belly, which is a big deal.

He is vocal and growls when he plays, he growls when he gets his butt scratched....I am apprehensive about the growling and trying to figure out if there is a different pitch to the growling, he may have a  "mad growl" and "happy growl"? Growling is not bad, its a warning to prevent a bite, so who ever adopts Hawkeye must learn and accept his way of communication.

Hawkeye is quiet, likes to chew on stuffed toys, prefers to sleep in his crate. Hawkeye loves being with his human, he likes walking on a leash or just walking by your side off the leash, he enjoys car rides. He is a happy boy who needs someone willing to earn his trust and in return he will become a great companion.


Dooley
Animal ID 21785642 
Species Dog 
Breed Maltese/Poodle, Miniature 
Age 8 years 3 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color White/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster ST
Intake Date 1/3/2014 
ARN 140103D 

Update from foster mom 1.24.14: Dooley is a shy sweetie. He is housebroken and gets along great with my 50 pound dog and my 10 pound dog. He is also currently living with 2 cats whom he totally ignores. He is very docile and loves other dogs. He also likes being outdoors. He is very skittish around humans still. He won't come to you, but when I pick him up, he loves to cuddle while I hold him. Recently, he has started voluntarily crawling into my lap while we're watching TV. He will lick my hand. He is very afraid of my 9-year-old boy, since he's a fairly loud boy. Dooley has been neutered and is eating regularly. He has had his dental cleaning also.  He will wag his little tail and run around in circles when I bring him his food bowl in the mornings and evenings. It didn't take him long to figure out where the kitchen was and that food is kept in there. He follows my dogs into the kitchen when I start rattling dishes or open the refrig.



Missy (now called "Maddie") - a Christmas Miracle dog left for dead brings feelings of hope and cheer to all those who meet her!
Update on Missy 1.13: This photo is only one of many that have appeared on Facebook and captures the inner beauty of this special Rottweiler. She has impacted everyone at the shelter with her happy and loving spirit. There were many offers to adopt and it has been difficult to choose who would have that privilege, but Missy will be going to her Forever Home on Saturday, January 18. She had her final surgery paid for out of the generosity of those who contributed to her well being. Second Chance Pals thanks everyone who participated in her rescue, especially her two wonderful foster moms, Chris Cawthern and Pam Crays, both of whom went above and beyond the call of duty.
Her foster mom, Chris wrote:
Missy is truly the perfect dog to have. She wants nothing else besides pleasing her "mother". She is a blessing and I am lucky to have met her.

She has healed many a wound from losing my husband 2 years ago. I  still am reeling from that but she is helping sooooo much.

UPDATE 12.11: Missy was taken into the Monroe County Animal Hospital by her foster mom, Chris, to have eye surgery this morning. We knew that Chris had been under the weather, but did not realize the extent to which she was ill. At the vet's office, Chris passed out and she was taken to the hospital. Diagnosis was a stroke. Thankfully, the Animal Hospital had agreed to board Missy for a nominal cost while she recuperated. In the meantime, scp looked for other options for this sweet girl. We keep both Chris and Missy in our hearts and prayers.

UPDATE: 12.19: Missy's situation is looking up! She has a new foster mom, Pam Crays, and is doing so much better after her surgery, though she will still need to be spayed, have dental work done and have a limp assessed. We are thrilled with the outpouring of support and funding that is coming in for her. Thank you all SO much!! Channel 6, as well as News Sentinal and The Buzz have done stories on Missy. Please go to WATE story for live coverage featuring Missy, her new foster mom and Liz Sneed, shelter representative.
Animal ID 21532064 
Species Dog 
Breed Rottweiler/Mix 
Age 8 years old 
Sex Female 
Size Large 
Color Black/Tan 
Housetrained Looking good
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter
Location Foster PC 
Intake Date 11/20/2013 
ARN 131120D 

Missy was found on the side of the road after a call came into Animal Control just before Thanksgiving. She had been shot in the head and was severely injured, but readily came to the animal control officer with complete trust.

Her first foster mom wrote: "Surprisingly enough, Missy is a very trusting young lady, even after having experienced such an traumatic event as being shot in the head. She loves "her human" as well as other dogs and cats, yes, cats! She even cleans my cat often and wants to play with her "brothers", one chihuaua and a fox terrier, much smaller as herself, of course. Those two of course think she is way too big to be playing with them and they let her know it too!

Missy is almost housebroken, still has a bit of difficulty holding her urine which should improve with being spayed after the second round of antibiotics. Her facial wounds are healing and will have hair growing over them soon.The only wound still draining is her ear wound.

She loves to play, walk with her brothers and walks with and without the leash very well. She maintains a very close proximity with her caregiver. It seems she falls in love easily with the one who truly cares for her. She is not jealous of her brothers and sister cats getting attention, but she would not complain if she were to get all the attention. Being petted all the time and being talked to her would not cause any complaints on her part!"


Update: 1.10 from Pam Crays:
Missy is doing well.  We took a couple days off from walking due to the very cold weather in TN.  We took two great walks today and oh, she just loves being outside with the pack.  She takes her time, walks her own walk and totally enjoys smelling all the great smells of the outdoors and the positive reinforcement she is doing thing right.  As I write this, she is next to me on the floor in my office, sound asleep and sometimes let's out a snore.  We went to the vet a couple times and from the first vet visit to the last, she gained five pounds.  She has filled out her coat nicely, her coat shines and is a very beautiful girl.  The vet is able to do her spay surgery on Monday, January 13.  This means after a couple days of recovering she will be available to go to her "Furever Home!"  She also got a beautiful "Bling Collar" and looks totally awesome in it.
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There have been so many postings about Missy that it is almost impossible to keep up with this starlet!! Let's just all agree that she opened our hearts and minds and made us all very proud. The next photos will be her adoption.

After much screening, Missy's adoptive mom and dad drove down from Ohio to pick her up and take her to her new life.

Pam Crays, Missy's foster mom, shares a bittersweet moment with Missy before handing her over to her new Forever Home.
Not since Second Chance Pals was founded back in 2010, have we had such an incredible journey with one of our fosters. Missy became that inspiration the shelter has needed due to the severe changes it has encountered in the last six months. After having such a severe injury, being a Rottweiler and an older one at that, she was quite literally in a cage outside the Rainbow Room awaiting euthenasia. One of our big-hearted volunteers, Liz Sneed, called the program director for Second Chance Pals, Sindy Wakefield, to see if she couldn't get someone lined up to foster this girl. Amazingly, a set of two foster homes was found. Missy went through several surgeries before she was released to be adopted. The shaved patches shown above are where two of the surgeries were performed by Monroe County Animal Hospital in Sweetwater.

Before Missy went to her Forever Home, she became a goodwill ambassador when she would visit the shelter!
Never needing to be leashed up in her "second home" at the shelter, she would happily wander and greet everyone who came through the door with such gentle and simple grace. Never once did she ever complain or show animosity toward anyone, whether it was at the hospital or out and about. The shelter had over 20 inquiries about adopting her.

None of this would have been possible were it not for special fundraising efforts by those who cared about this severely injured dog. Some of the monies raised on behalf of Missy were not needed for her specific medical needs and have already benefitted other severely injured dogs that would have been put down were it not for the generosity of people who cared enough to make a difference. We would like to keep Missy's Fund alive for such emergency situations. If you would like to donate, you can earmark donations in her honor and send to Missy's Fund, MCFA, P.O. Box 106, Vonore, TN 37885.


Home, Sweet Home in Ohio

This photo was sent to us on May 18 by Maddie's adoptive family who has a second home
on Norris Lake, nearly six months since Missy (now Maddie) was found near death's door
after being left for dead after sustaining a gunshot wound to her head.
Doesn't she look awesome and happy?!! Again, thanks to everyone who had a hand
in saving this remarkable girl.



Marino
Animal ID 21036057 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier, Jack Russell/Mix 
Age 10 years 16 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color White/Black 
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter
Location Foster MK
Intake Date 9/21/2013 
ARN 130921D 
Would prefer to be in a home without
children; but has learned to be okay with kids.

Chipper little Marino is a casualty of Missy's foster's health crisis and is back in our program. We wish Chris the best in her recovery. After the first of the year, Marino went into his new foster home and is fitting in nicely with Merlyn K. and her brood. This little guy is a no-fuss easy-going kinda guy, just wanting to fit in and find his forever home. Is crated trained as well . . .

Jackson
Animal ID 21656370 
Species Dog 
Breed Poodle, Miniature/Mix 
Age 2 years 12 days 
Sex Male 
Size Small 
Color Grey 
Housetrained Yes
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster SW 
Intake Date 12/10/2013 
ARN 131210D 
Good news is that Jackson, previously thought to need knee surgery was x-rayed and cleared by Monroe County Animal Hospital. Both knees are normal and he will not require surgery!! In the meantime, he is staying with Sindy and is available for adoption. He's a delightful and happy little guy, content to just hang out or become someone's lap dog.

Shown here with his new "mom."


Jazzy or, as her owners named her, "Daisy"
 
Animal ID 21752602 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier/Mix 
Age 8 years 4 days 
Sex Female 
Size Small 
Color Wheaten 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster CM 
Intake Date 12/28/2013 
ARN 131228D 

Daisy was adopted/reunited with her owners on 1/8!! She is actually 14 years old and was very much missed by her family. If it were not for the shelter liaison, Liz Sneed, pulling Daisy out for Second Chance Pals, it is quite likely with the shelter's overcrowded conditions that she would not have been saved. We love happy endings like this!! Big thanks to Christy Mathews for stepping up to foster this little dog.

Please consider becoming a foster home so there will be more happy endings like this!


Dottie, a special needs little dog makes for another foster failure!

When scp first acquired Dottie, she was avery timid, non-aggressive little dog in need of love and affection. Fortunately, she's paired up with Sindy W. with the experience to give her what she needs as a foster . . .
3.27.13:
One of Dottie's issues may be a thyroid condition for which she will be treated by our veterinarian, Dr. Gobble. Sindy reports that even with this condition, she is definitely making progress and is slowly coming out of her shell. Karen W. will be taking Dottie as her foster next week. We are very fortunate to have these two big-hearted volunteers to help make such a different in these pets' lives!
4.12.13:
This is the difference a little love and affection can make in a little dog's life!! Dottie is shown at right after spending quality time with one of our volunteers. The difference is amazing . . . who wouldn't want to adopt such a cute little girl? At this moment, she is still available for adoption
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4.15.13: Dottie is now a foster with Karen W. We expect that she will continue to make progress toward becoming an adorable and adoptable pet for someone.
Animal ID 19390451 
Species Dog 
Breed Pekingese
Age 10+ years  
Sex Female 
Size Medium 
Color Brown 
Housetrained Working on this, but no guarantee, which
puts her in the special needs category
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location Foster KW & SW 
Intake Date 3/12/2013 
ARN 130312D 
Indications are that this little dog may have been used as breeding stock for puppies in a puppy mill as she has many of the symptoms. When she was too old to be bred, she was discarded. Hopefully someone will come forward with a good deal of understanding and patience to help her live out a somewhat normal life.
6.14.13: Before and After photos!! Nothing like a trip to the
beauty salon to perk up with a new summer do!! Dottie continues to improve daily and is getting a lot of socialization. She is totally non aggressive, but is still shy . . . but we're working on her. We are also learning that try as she might, she cannot bark; we might assume she has had a medical procedure done known as debarking. Our program director is even more determined to work with this little dog to ensure Dottie will be able to find the right home. She is just too precious to do anything else.
As Sindy Wakefield opened her home and heart for this little dog, she knew that Dottie would have a hard time making a transition into another home, one that likely wouldn't have the patience she has learned to give little Dottie.

Congratulations Dottie!! You have your Forever and Most Perfect Home . . .


Ridley
 

Ridley came to us with matting so severe he could hardly walk. Severe neglect made him quite pitiful. With grooming provided by Sheila of Luv-A-Pet on 411 near Vonore he feels so much better. While we realize that this "cut" is not border collie grooming, sometimes a dog's matting simply must be shaved to be eliminated. The welfare of the dog is most important. Looks like Ridley will be going to a border collie rescue in the next week!
Animal ID 21736396 
Species Dog 
Breed Border Collie/Mix 
Age 7 years 7 days 
Sex Male 
Size Medium 
Color Black/White 
Spayed/Neutered Yes 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Monroe County Animal Shelter 
Location foster CM
Intake Date 12/24/2013 
ARN 131224D 


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