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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Lisa, I can't believe it's been over a year since Rocky came into my life! What a pistol! We take nice walks along the waterside and he gets excited about seeing rabbits and deer. Hope all is well at Second Chance. I thought you would get a kick out of his latest glamour shot.

Best wishes,

Kit Harahan

Roscoe and Lovie (Formerly Suzie)

Dear Lisa and Jesse,

I want to thank your for Lovie and Roscoe. They are wonderful dogs. All of us are happy. Lovie is sweet, swift, friendly and alert. I am just getting to know beautiful Roscoe. They all get along. Thank you Lord! I never thought I would have 4 dogs. Each one is special. Roscoe is the barker. He might become the watch dog. You two do a fine job caring for the dogs and finding new homes for them. Congratulations! Jennifer really loves Roscoe. The Brittany is her Princess. She gets extra special treatment. Jazz hooks up with Lovie. Roscoe wont sleep on the bed. Lovie and Jazz sleep under my canopy. They have the good life. I've never seen a dog run as fast as Lovie. Thanks! Thanks!

Sincerely, Sandra


These are from this morning. Back to sleep on the couch and breakfast. Thanks for such a wonderful brother for Tux!

They are doing very well.



i! My name is Ryder and I have just moved in with Jerry, who needed a new friend to keep him company, as he was sometimes pretty lonely. He really misses Maria and of course, Abby, too. He found me via the Internet at the Second Chance Dog Rescue shelter, which is a privately run shelter in Fredericksburg, Va., where I have been living for several months while hoping for someone to need me and take me to a new home. Jerry came to the shelter, interviewed me and offered me a job, and I decided to take it, so here I am. Everything is strange and different here, but I think I will get used to it quickly. Ryder seems a pretty strange name for a dog, but that is the name that I came with, so I guess it will have to do. Eventually we will all get used to it, we hope. As you can see from my photo, I am a pretty handsome fella. I am a mixture of who knows what, maybe Dachshund and some Basset, I think. I am one of those dogs that you look at and say, "Exactly what are you?, and I just look at you as if to say, "I am a dog, and I don't care what type of dog I am, I just need a home to call my own". I'm a pretty easy-going and laid-back dog, and I like to have fun. I am a bit smaller than you might think. They say I am about three years old. I love to hang out and bask in the sunshine. I make friends asily, especially with anyone who will give me a belly rub! I was rescued from a shelter in SW VA. They have no background information on me, only that I came to the shelter and was in search of a forever home. At the shelter, I lived with several dogs of all sizes and seemed to get along with everyone. I am happy to be in my new home and am looking forward to my new life where I will have lots of attention, room to run and play, and lots of deer, rabbits, and squirrels to chase. I am not too sure about this cat who lives here, but I guess we will work that out in time. The lady who runs the shelter in Fredericksburg took good care of me and I am up to date on my meds and shots, and Jerry's vet at Kilmarnock Animal Clinic has checked me out and given me a clean bill of health. Come and visit me in my new home. Ryder

Lisa: Things are going very well here. I am learning the hard way that it is best to leave the cat alone, as she does not want to play or to be friendly with me. I still don't like going into my crate, but everything else is swell. I have comfy pillows to lie on in Jerry's office and in the family room. I have sneaked upstairs a couple of times when he was not watching, which I am not supposed to do, but I did not get into any trouble. We have received quite a few emails in response to the one that Jerry sent out about me - many addressed to me and from other dogs that belong to his friends! Several of his friends have been to visit me and have even brought treats and toys, although I am not much interested in toys but I do like the treats! The invisible fence man was here yesterday and moved the fence and upgraded it to the latest system and the smaller collar unit which works better for me. We have begun our training and I seem to learn pretty quickly so it should go really well. There are several other dogs in the neighborhood and sometimes we walk together, which I think is great fun. I think several of them must be related to me, as they are hounds of various types but mostly beagles. Also a spaniel. I hope all is well there at my old home. Ryder

Everybody loves this dog. He has such a great and easy-going personality. He loves everyone. He goes everywhere with me when I do errands and loves riding in the car. No one can really believe that he was in a shelter for so long., and are convinced that he was just waiting for me. I am glad that he did wait! He is wonderful company. Jerry Dear Lisa: We are doing fine here! It is pretty quiet most of the time, but occasionally someone visits us, and I like that a lot. Just the other night, Jerry had friends in for pizza and a movie. I didn't get any pizza, but it was nice having company. I don't have to worry about getting swatted by that ill-tempered cat anymore. She was old and diabetic. She got real sick on New Year's Eve and Jerry had to take her to the vet and have her put to sleep. But it took me a while to get used to her not being here. If there is any sunshine around, I will find it! It seems like warmer weather is coming soon and that means we will get to spend more time outside doing yard work. I guess my job will be to dig up the moles; at least that is what I hear that Abby did. I hope all is well there. Ryder

Contact Info

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