Newt’s life changed forever on June 7, 2018 – Sebastian Bach’s on October 12, 2018. They were lucky – for both, those days could have been the days their lives ended.
Newt and Bach are just two of the more than 13,000 stray and abandoned animals that Second Chance Pet Adoptions, the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County, has saved since 1987. Because of the generous support of animal lovers like you, cats like Newt and dogs like Bach are safe, warm, and loved this holiday season.
Newt, with black and white fur, might have blended in with the cows on the dairy farm where she was found – except that she was teeny tiny…and a kitten. Newt was also extremely ill with an upper respiratory infection, and the patches in her fur told the tale of poor nutrition. Were it not for the intervention of Second Chance, she might have perished on the farm. Instead, she was placed into the foster home of Second Chance Director Lisa Imhof herself; she was lovingly given the food and medication she needed not only to survive, but to thrive. As her eyes and nose began to clear of mucus, Newt’s wild side came out; once she was strong and healthy enough to run and play, she made fast friends with Lisa’s cat Finn (adopted from Second Chance in 2017), and Lisa and her husband, Dave, knew the two couldn’t be separated. Lisa and Dave adopted Newt, and today, she and Finn are two peas in a pod – for better or worse, this mischievous duo are keeping the household on its toes.
Bach is one of just hundreds of animals that Second Chance rescued from local county shelters this year. While at the shelter to rescue several other dogs, a Second Chance volunteer found Bach—and she knew she couldn’t leave this boxer puppy there. Bach was emaciated, anemic, full of parasites, dehydrated, and broken—his femur and his pelvis were both shattered, and he had been in incredible pain for days, if not weeks. He had likely survived Hurricane Florence, outside, in this condition. Bach was in dire need of rescue, so Second Chance promptly loaded him up and brought him to a veterinarian. His immediate favorite pal, Mr. Moo Cow, kept him company after surgery, as did his foster mama, Lydia. While he isn’t adoptable quite yet, Bach is surrounded by love in his foster home and his darkest, coldest days are behind him.
Second Chance receives no government funding—this organization can’t do this life-saving work without the investment of supporters. Cats like Newt and dogs like Bach depend on generous donations to help them as they heal and get matched with their perfect forever families. With your help, Second Chance will rescue almost 1,000 animals in 2019. Become a partner in rescue today with an investment in Second Chance’s mission: to champion homeless cats and dogs until every animal has a home.
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