Second Chance-Happy Tales

This is our favorite page on the website! Dogs in this section have found a happy home with their adoptive families through Second Chance. Once you have adopted a dog through Second Chance Dog Rescue, we would love to post your "Happy Tails" story and pictures here. Please email your stories and pictures to Lisa.

Second Chance Dog Rescue is proud to announce the following adoptions that have taken place since 2004. Most of the dogs that come into Second Chance Dog Rescue were either on their final days or very close to it. Each of the dogs that are taken into the rescue are examined by the vet and provided with all shots, as well as they are neutered or spayed and heartworm tested. The majority of the dogs are often very sick and may also need time to just "feel better". For many of you that adopted from us, our house was just the first step; your home has become your new pet's final step in finding his/her "forever home". Hopefully, as time has gone on, your new friend is settling in and the pain that we once saw in his eyes is turning into the joy of knowing that his forever home is one that is filled with love and security.

To read our happy tails simply click on the first letter of the dog's name to see the happy tails of all the dogs whose name begins with that letter.

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Peanut (Formerly Madeline)



I was cleaning out a cabinet and finally found all of Peanut's (formerly Madeline) paper work from my adoption of her through you in 06/2003. I just wanted to send a few pics of how she has turned out. She is quite the little eater! She loves to lay and stare at her sisters food (Riley the Australian Shepard who I adopted a 2 years ago). Peanut is definitely the boss. Anyway, just thought I would send you an update since I am not sure I ever did in the past. She is healthy and happy and is a little ball of energy, when she isnt sleeping or eating!

Thanks, Frank Carnevale (in Pennsylvania)


Hi Lisa and Jesse,

I wanted to send you a few updated pictures of Petey. He is doing so well. This spring he got a new brother named Rudy. Petey graduated from both a beginner and intermediate class. A day or so after we adopted him we discovered that he was deaf. Through the dog training courses we have been able to communicate with him better through sign language. Petey is very intelligent and learns quickly. Petey's brother Rudy is a about the same age. They enjoy playing together and Rudy helps Petey by giving him cues. Petey is about 33 pounds now, but he still thinks of himself as a lap dog. He sleeps in between my husband and me every night and takes up half of the bed. Thank you for your news letters.

Leigh Harris


Hi Lisa, Penny Lane Davis says hi! Penny is doing really well and she is a wonderful dog!! She is very smart and really seems to love it here with us. She looks good, eating well and sleeping well. She runs a lot in the backyard and likes to fetch. I am going to get her a frisbee to play with. She likes to jump in the air to catch things. She is good with Elizabeth and has learned that she is not supposed to run and jump on her and knock her over. :-)

Take care and keep up the great work your are doing saving lives.

Claiborne Davis


Hello Lisa and family,

We are Celebrating our 1st year Anniversary with Pepin! and we want to share some updates and some pics with you. We really want to thank you again for giving us the First Chance to luv such a great Second Chance Dog!!! Pepin s such a good boy!! He has come along way in his training and learning more every day. His first trick was to sit and give a paw and now he is at down and roll over! Here are some pics of Pepin enjoying his forever home.

Best wishes, Marianne, Homera, Mark, Pepin, Portia, and Keyco Cat!



Hi Lisa,

We hope this email finds you well. We wanted to say hello and send you a pupdate on Paxton. It will be a year on April 8 that he joined our family. We could not be more in love with this precious boy. When it’s time to cuddle, he is ready and when it is time to play, he knows how to have a blast. He and his brother Kai get along so well and each day with them reminds us of our many blessings. Paxton celebrated his first Christmas as a Hayes and spent it at our cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. Our family can’t thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to make this precious boy a part of our family. Whether we are camping, traveling to Tennessee or just hanging around the house, he fills our lives with happiness and it’s hard to believe he has not been with us his entire 6 years of life. He completes our family perfectly. Thank you for the hard work, dedication and love you have for the homeless dogs. For without your rescue, we would have never had the blessing of Paxton joining our family. May God continue to bless you and the work you do!

Harold, Glenda, Kaiser and Paxton

Contact Info

Second Chance Dog Rescue
Phone: (540) 538-9173
Hours: By Appointment