Second Chance Dog Rescue is one of San Diego's largest and most successful non-profit 501c3 organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs. We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs from local shelters, as well as dogs surrendered by their owners for various reasons, and dogs from Baja California, Mexico. Once we receive a dog, we provide medical care, including spay and neuter, and any necessary rehabilitation.
We have an application process for those interested in adopting one of our dogs. Upon approval of the application, the dog and the adopter enter into a two week “trial” or foster period, to make sure it’s the right fit for the family and the dog. After completion of a successful foster period, we may do a home visit before we finalize the adoption.
Second Chance Dog Rescue was founded in the fall of 2008 by Sandra D. Simpson, Jason Cordoba and Maria Blake who recognized the urgent need in our community. We pride ourselves on being a rescue group that is flexible and non-breed specific. We also have the ability to rescue senior dogs as well as those with health or medical issues. In two year’s time, Second Chance Dog Rescue has accomplished a true miracle within our community. We successfully rescued 2,000 dogs from euthanasia, placing them in loving, safe, forever homes. Many asked how this was possible. It was done utilizing a team of very dedicated volunteers who bring a wealth of experience regarding dog behaviors, business sense, use of modern technology, networking, and our philosophy of keeping the welfare of the dogs our first priority.
Another one of our strongest keys to success is our network of volunteers and foster family homes. Because we do not operate out of a shelter or have a facility in which to house our adoptable dogs, we rely heavily on volunteers who lovingly open their hearts and their homes, offering temporary accommodations. Once integrated into one of our foster families, a dog that may have come to us frightened, timid, or otherwise emotionally scarred, will blossom and flourish with the tender loving care it receives there, often within just a few days or weeks.
Additionally, Second Chance Dog Rescue has an "open door" policy, which means we continue to welcome the County of San Diego Department of Animal Control to perform routine inspections of our dogs, daily operations, visits to our foster family homes, adoption events, online database of medical records, veterinarian invoices and so forth.
With the support of so many, we hope to set a fine example, and maintain higher standards of excellence in the dog rescue community. Second Chance Dog Rescue has volunteer/foster families throughout Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. Won't you consider joining our team? The more foster families we have on board, the more dogs can be saved!
Put puppy mills out of business.
Put breeders out of business.
Get animals spay and neutered.
Rescue dogs and find them a forever home.
Educate the public that a dog is not an accessory to put in a purse, left in a yard neglected or abused.