Okay, remember how I told you that I got the super duper terrific honor of being asked to be a Brand Ambassadog for Rachael Ray Nutrish?
Well, one of the reasons we luvs them so much is that Miss Rachael gives away a portion of each sale to rescues and shelters through a program called Rachael’s Rescue. And because ALL of us four-leggers in my family are rescues, this is something that’s real near and dear to our hearts.
So as part of being an Ambassadog, the nice Nutrish peoples asked me to do something called “Community Outreach” to a shelter or rescue. Well, we were Most Excited about that because we knew JUST the rescue we wanted to outreach to…Second Chance Animal Rescue Foundation, the rescue that saved ME!
Nutrish sent us a gazillion coupons for their yummy-licious food and treats, which we gave to Second Chance for their own use and to give out to new adopters. This kinda support means SO much to rescues like Second Chance.
Then last Saturday, I loaned Mom my Ambassadog Sash (but NOT the tiara) and sent her down to Second Chance’s Adoption Fair and told her to lend a hand and also take lots of pictures. And WOW! Did she ever have a happy-making time watching all the great things that Second Chance does.
Here…I’m gonna hand the bloggie over to her and let her tell you the rest. Take it away, mom!
Second Chance is a small non-profit no-kill rescue located in rural eastern Colorado. They rescue and rehome over 500 dogs, cats and other animals each year. Many of these animals have been dumped on country roads. Others come from nearby high-kill shelters. And still others, like my Mayzie, are rescued from homes where they are suffering from neglect or are simply no longer wanted. Most of these animals are adopted at events in Colorado Springs because the pool of potential adopters is much greater here than in the small town of Lamar where they’re based.
When I arrived on Saturday, their van was just pulling up. They drive three hours each way from Lamar to Colorado Springs to give dogs and cats a second chance at life.
Inside the van were numerous crates filled with lucky dogs and cats. Because they are a small rescue with limited resources, Second Chance can’t possibly take in all the animals in need. Therefore, they work with a wide network of other rescues and humane societies to get pets to safety.
Other dogs, like Hope (below), are Second Chance dogs who were being transported to foster homes in Colorado Springs. Volunteer foster homes are critical to Second Chance and to so many other rescues throughout the country.
After the transfers were completed, it was time for the adoption fair! I was almost overwhelmed by all the cuteness on display.
Of course, the very best part were the adoptions! So many smiles and wiggles and wags!
I am so honored that I got to spend a few hours with the wonderful people at Second Chance. It’s a remarkable organization that makes miracles like Mayzie happen every day. There is no doubt in my mind that if it hadn’t been for them, Mayzie would not be alive and snoring on the couch next to me right now. I wish I could find the words to adequately describe how grateful I am to them for the amazing work they do. They are an incredible group of dedicated people — almost all volunteers — who work tirelessly to make the world a better place. I am truly in awe of their generosity, their passion, their selflessness and their dedication.
And thank you to Nutrish for giving back in both large and small ways to organizations like Second Chance. It truly takes a village to save a life, and with all of us working together in whatever way we can, more animals will get their second chance.
If you’re on Facebook, please take a moment to “like” Second Chance’s page. And if you’re interested in donating to the work that Second Chance does, you can click here to do so via PayPal or credit card.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Rachael Ray’s Nutrish. However, all thoughts, opinions, anecdotes and experiences are my own.