It’s Been Three Years Since She Was Rescued, Now A Dog Needs A Second Chance
BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Exactly three years ago 15 abandoned dogs were rescued when their owners moved away. Now only one is waiting to go to a good home.
Doug McGee and his wife Wanda own and operate the Second Chance Shelter. It gives dogs exactly that – the shelter saves dogs from being euthanized at other places.
Exactly three years ago though, Doug McGee says they were faced with a different situation. ”In Albertville there’s a section of Albertville called Lazy Creek Road and a lady called up and said she had gone down and said there were a lot of dogs that had been abandoned, chained up, some of them in pens, just in pitiful shape, starving to death.”
There were seven dogs total. He says they were like skeletons, and some couldn’t even stand up. ”The people just moved and left them, no regard for the animals, just left them where they were.”
So they took them back to the shelter, and quickly got more than they bargained for. ”The pregnant pit bull had puppies, which made the total number now fifteen.”
Seven of those puppies got adopted, along with the rest of the rescued dogs. All but one. Tipper still stays at the shelter. McGee says he would like to see Tipper go to a loving family of her own. ”She’s grown up here, she was born here, she’s been raised. Of course 21 is what she’ll be in human years, so she’s ready, she’s ready to find her forever home.”
For now Tipper has a home with the McGees for as long as she needs it, but they say they would love to see her find that same happy ending the other rescued dogs got.
McGee says Second Chance Shelter is a no-kill shelter. ”Animal control dogs always have our highest priority, because they’re lifespan is real short, they go to animal control, they stay there a week and they’re normally put down,” says McGee.
They say several dogs leave for their new homes each week, and are promptly replaced by new dogs who need a home. The McGees say they are even shipping some dogs to credible shelters around the country, with new families waiting for them when they get there.
Behind the ups of the shelter though, are the downs. McGee says he turns about 200 dogs away a week, because they simply don’t have the room. He says once they get a dog, that dog is there to stay until it finds a home. “Even if they’ve been here for two or three years, we’ll keep plugging away until we find a home for them. Eventually we will find a home for them,” says McGee.
While he says keeping up with 350 dogs is a lot of work, it’s worth it to give them a second chance.
The McGees say they operate the shelter based entirely off of donations and money from the city and the county.