Second Chance Dogs Of Ashe
Giving Animals a Second Chance at Life

About us

Second Chance Dogs of Ashe is a volunteer based organization

created in 2012, to work mainly in partnership with Animal


The number of unwanted and abused animals in Ashe County is

staggering. Over 1520 unwanted pets were euthanized at Ashe

Animal Control in 2011, many of which were adoptable, if only

they had been connected with area families. Only 264 animals

were adopted.

The goal of Second Chance Dogs of Ashe is to introduce and

join homeless animals with loving and responsible pet owners.

Our main activity will be to pull as many homeless puppies and

dogs as possible, place them in temporary loving foster homes

and start the immediate search for the perfect home. Two of

the Board members have already established good working

relationship with Animal Control Officers and volunteers

because they fostered for Animal Control for an extended period

of time. Animal Control officers will phone the Board members

when animals arrive at Animal Control that could be placed in

the care of Second Chance Dogs of Ashe. While in foster care,

the animals will receive the medical attention they need, proper

immunizations, socialization and training . They will live with a

family learning basic commands, being housetrained, being

introduced to other animals and will receive nutritional meals

and lots of love, compassion and interaction. As soon as the

animals arrive at the temporary foster home and has been seen

by a vet, the search for the perfect home begins by placing

pictures and descriptions of the available pet on our website, on

petfinder and on social media sites like facebook. We also

create flyers and distribute them in the community and over e-

mails to prospective adopters or volunteers. When a person and

or family shows interest in an available dog/puppy a lengthy

adoption process is started that contains answering questions

from our application, conducting vet references and/or home

visits.  Only if an interested person can prove to us that they

are responsible pet owners, they will be allowed to adopt a

dog/puppy from our organization. Education of the importance

of spaying and neutering is a very important and integral part of

our work. It is the only way to reduce pet overpopulation and

we require every adopter to sign an agreement that this

procedure will take place as soon as the puppy is old enough to

undergo the surgery (6 months old). Staying in touch with

adopted animals and families is also important to us to make

sure the animals are properly taken care, socialized, and of

cause spayed and neutered.

Some animals that are placed in temporary foster homes need

to be nurtured back to health or need to be rehabilitated before

they become available for adoption. Most often these puppies

and dogs had to endure animal abuse and or neglect or had

been disposed at the side of the road to fend for themselves.

Sometimes it takes weeks of dedicated work to make an animal

trusting again after enduring such a painful past- but we are

dedicated to help these poor animals love again.

Second Chance Dogs of Ashe will also organize adoption events

in our community to increase adoption rates and to use this

opportunity to educate our fellow neighbors about responsible

pet ownership, teach them about the importance of spaying

and neutering and also to spread the word about our work to be

able to recruit more volunteers and foster families.

Board members and volunteers of Second Chance Dogs share a

long term goal of eventually securing enough funds through

fundraising and grants to be able to build a no-kill shelter in our

community that will provide a safe haven for unwanted

homeless pets until a forever home can be found. We are

aware that this will take time, dedication and lots of efforts on

our part.

Board of Directors job over the next year will be:

  • Recruit more volunteer and board members
  • Establish a bigger foster program
  • Establish a fundraising committee
  • Research grants and apply for them


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