BENEFITING: SECOND CHANCE RESCUE INC
"Second Chance is a 501c3 animal rescue organization that specializes in helping the Pit Bull Terrier dog. We focus on medical cases as well as abused & neglected animals. We believe all animals deserve a Second Chance."
Hi! I'm Rob Vassilarakis. Anyone who is remotely acquainted with me knows that am a HUGE lover of pit bulls (I have 3 of my own). It breaks my heart to know that DAILY, approximately 2,500 thrown away, abandoned, neglected & abused pit bulls are put to sleep in kill shelters across the country. Part of the problem is the neighborhood breeders who make extra cash off of selling puppies. Everyday as I walk my dogs in the Bronx I am asked multiple times if I want to breed my dogs. With much patience I attempt to bring awareness about the staggering reality that for a couple of hundred bucks per pup (if lucky) one is contributing to the systematic killing of this loving & affectionate breed which is truly misunderstood & gets such a raw deal. Irresponsible owners with tendencies for dog fighting, sensationalist news stories, the perpetuation of myths & the stigma that marks pit bulls has also contributed to their rise in U.S. kill shelters & has made them increasingly more difficult to adopt out. Their strong appearance has largely become a symbol of violence, drug culture and gangs. However, if given the chance, pit bulls can be very loving companions that bring joy to any home as an addition to the family. Second Chance Rescue gives them that opportunity.
Second Chance Rescue http://www.nycsecondchancerescue.org/ began as a one woman operation and was officially established in 2009 as a nonprofit. Jen Brooks; Founder and President, has enrolled many volunteers to foster cats and dogs that they rescue from the streets, as well as ones that were on death row at kill shelters, until they can be placed in loving forever homes. They provide vet care, which they pay for & also rehabilitate dogs with temperament issues or ones rescued from dog fight situations. Every time I have personally found an abandoned stray over the last year, I have called Jen directly and she has always found a responsible foster. Even when operating at 100% full to capacity, she has never turned me away. For these reasons, I am moved to raise $5,000 or more for Second Chance Rescue who, to date have relied solely on donations from the public Your donations will help to continue this labor of love, rescuing dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, from high-kill shelters and dangerous situations and placing them in loving homes.
SCR writes: "Second Chance Rescue was formed in 2009 on the firm belief that all animals deserve to be loved and cared for, and no animal should ever be abused, neglected or homeless. Our mission is to save animals that otherwise would have no chance and to facilitate the adoption/rehoming of these animals that have been abandoned, or given up by their former owners, and to place them in new loving homes.
We are 100% not for profit and to date have relied solely on donations from the public. We rescue dogs and cats from the streets, as well as from “death row” at municipal shelters (predominantly NYC Animal Care & Control) around New York City. Before coming to us, most of the animals that we rescue have been abandoned or abused/neglected; a large number have serious medical issues and require immediate, emergency veterinary care. We protect and ensure the long-term well-being of these rescued animals by placing them in foster homes or private boarding facilities, where they are rehabilitated and cared for until a permanent home can be found.
We are very passionate about our work; loving and caring for these animals unconditionally. All animals are transported to private veterinarians for proper medical treatment prior to adoption. All of our rescued animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and heartworm tested before they are placed into new loving homes.
Additionally, we work to generate awareness in the community about the prevention of animal abuse and neglect, as well as adoption of homeless animals and the importance of spay/neuter acting as a liaison.
We hope that through our work and commitments we shed light on and bring attention to the dire situation our companion animals are in in this country. We know with dedication and care and the help of all our loyal and faithful supporters there is hope for these animals."