SECOND CHANCE CONTEST
MEET OUR 2008 SECOND CHANCE FOR LOVE CONTEST WINNERS.
We asked for personal accounts of pet adoptions and the response was overwhelming! We're proud to announce the following 10 finalists as the picks of the litter!
MEET SOME OF THE MILLIONS RESCUED.
LUCINDA - LAST YEAR'S GRAND PRIZE WINNER
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: I wanted to adopt a cat as a companion for Sam our 13 year old rescue cocker spaniel. At the shelter the little tuxedo cat Lucinda chose us. When Lucinda ambled out of her kitty tent she began rubbing against my leg and head-butting me — imploring me to choose her. Lucinda fit right in at our home and continually amazed us. We delighted in her unique personality and her endearing quirks. And she offered Sam comfort in his last days and it warmed my sad heart. She could often be found lying near him on the carpet. After Sam passed away, Lucinda began to act just a little more dog-like as if she decided to fill Sam's place. She now greets us at the door when we come home from work.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Backbone of the family.
- FROM THE HEART: "We treasure Lucinda as the princess of our home."
— Leah Anderson, Richmond, CA
WOODY - LAST YEAR'S GRAND PRIZE WINNER
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: Woody was 7 weeks old and had been shot with a bow and arrow. I took him home and only planned to foster him until he was healed. Our little Woody required much more treatment than originally thought. His leg was completely severed in two and his wound had to be flushed out three times a day at home and twice a week at the vet. After clearing up a hidden infection, Woody was like new and has been running and playing hard ever since. During this whole process Woody didn't just touch our lives at home, but our vet too has a plaque in her waiting room that she made about his story with before and after pictures.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: The great healer.
- FROM THE HEART: "He is the most loving dog, and we can't imagine our lives without him."
— Julie Hudson, Argyle, TX
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: I adopted Suntee after returning home from my service in Iraq. When I arrived at the shelter, I simply asked to see the cat that had been there the longest because I wanted to help the one most in need. Suntee stole my heart at first sight. Shelter staff told me they had been willing to keep him for a long time because he showed so much potential. He wound up at the shelter because his owner had passed away. Two people had shown an interest in adopting him, but they picked other pets instead. You never saw a cat look so sad. It was as if he could cry and it was more than I could handle. That was his last day at the shelter.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Loves to fetch. Willing to make you smile at any given moment.
- FROM THE HEART: "Suntee has been with me for about a year and has my heart forever."
— Kathryn, Springfield, VA
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: Bradley was a total nut! No one wanted to take him home let alone take him for a walk. As you approached his kennel he would begin pogo-ing up and down, reaching the top of his kennel gate about 7' high. I was drawn to him, and my roommate fell in love with him, too. Bradley srved as a friend and protector to two young women going to college. One night when I was working late and my roommate was asleep. Two men tried to break in, but it was Bradley's barking that got the attention of the neighbors who scared the would-be burglars off.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Big brown eyes and full of energy.
- FROM THE HEART: "Everybody told me I was crazy when I talked about adopting him. Some say he was still there after all that time because I was the only sucker he could find. I think he waited for me."
— Lindsie, Salem, OR
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: It was time to add another member to our family. Sami's beautiful blue eyes jumped right out at me. She clung to me and sat in my lap right away. I knew from that moment she was coming home with us. I found out she had a tough life and had been in a fire and had been out on her own as a stray for a while. Once she came home with us she was a little skiddish, but she took to me right away and has been dear to my heart now for 10 years! She is the best animal I have ever had. She still plays like a little kitten and talks to us all the time and comes when she is called.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Very loyal and smart.
- FROM THE HEART: "I would not give her up for the world."
— Kim Salomon, Springboro, OH
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: Sophie wasn't the picture of a perfect adoption candidate. She had serious heart problems, a dirty coat, skin problems and was underweight. But when Jane looked into her eyes, something spoke to her. The shelter tried to warn Jane that Sophie probably wouldn't make it more than a few months or a year. But Jane adopted her anyway and decided the rest of the little dog's life would be happy and comfortable. Four years later, Sophie is still at Jane's side thriving on the special relationship they share.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: An unstoppable spirit.
- FROM THE HEART: "Sophie's eyes sparkle with happiness. She actually seems to smile when she meets someone on the street."
— Jane, East Haven, CT
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: Hayley was brought into the shelter by a good samaratin who found her during a storm on the side of a busy street. She was soaking wet weighing only about 1 pound. It appeared she had been attacked by a dog. She was pitiful and in pain, and purring the entire time we were cleaning her up. After a week the wounds healed, but she still couldn't use her back leg. I fell in love with her personality and her fighting spirit. After a week with me and my two dogs it became apparent all she needed was a little TLC and some exercise. She plays with the dogs now and comes and sits on command. She has taught me that sometimes all one needs is a little extra time.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: A tiny cat who may be part dog.
- FROM THE HEART: "Today she is the highlight of my life. She keeps me laughing on a daily basis."
— Nicole Tougas, Norfolk, VA
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: On one trip to SPCA one little black creature caught our eyes! We were surprised to see that the puppy had recently had surgery to remove a hind leg. He had been hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Champ very quickly adapted to having us as a family. He also quickly learned to compensate his movements with just three legs. As he gained strength he began to enjoy longer walks and visits with all the neighbors, especially the kids. He has made quite a name for himself and has acquired many friends.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Remarkable recoverer and great friend.
- FROM THE HEART: "Champ was not at all concerned. He did not know that having three legs was unusual."
— Annette, Cypress, TX
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: Harry was older, had tumors on his back and, strike three, he had diabetes. Most people would not take on an elderly lumpy and diabetic cat, but one look at him tells you why I took him from the shelter. Though looks are not his strong point, this cat is the most wonderful cat in the world. He has taken trips to preschool to meet and greet and is loved by the entire staff at the veterinary clinic. He has quickly become part of our family and has a loyal following.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Beautiful and big heart.
- FROM THE HEART: "He is loving and gentle and friendly to all who cross his path."
— Laura Salter, Omaha, NE
- SECOND CHANCE SNAPSHOT: I had been looking for a Dalmatian my whole life. After months of searching for I found the dog that was meant to be mine. She was a 10 week old purebred dalmatian puppy who had been left on the side of the road with scratches and road rash on her legs. She also was completely deaf. And there was also a huge chance of parvo. Despite the risks and the cost I took Jasmine home that night. She is a wonderful, happy and playful puppy! She is such a strong dog. She learns quickly and amazes everyone, especially me. She brings so much joy into my life.
- TRADEMARK TRAIT: Constant friend and survivor.
- FROM THE HEART: "She doesn't let anything stop her not even being deaf."
— Michelle, Stockton, CA