Second Hope Rescue, Inc. is a small non-profit dog and cat rescue located in Leonardtown, MD. Currently we do not have a location, all our dogs and cats are fostered in our private homes. Second Hope Rescue works hard to help as many homeless dogs and cats as possible every day of the year. In rescue there is never a day off for people that truly care what happens to God's creatures. We do not have any paid staff, all of our volunteers work full time jobs and have multiple personal and foster dogs and/or cats at our homes.
Much of our support base has been hit hard financially with layoffs and sequesters. Even though our support base has had financial difficulties, the needs of the dogs and cats hasn't slowed down, if anything it has increased. Second Hope Rescue has rarely turned down a request for help even when it meant the money came from our Board members or volunteer's own pockets. Unfortunately we are to the point where it's getting harder and harder to keep this up.
Instead of setting up different fundraisers we are hoping to be an active contender in the Holiday Challenge which could ultimately help us win even more money!
What is this fundraiser for?
- Stormy is a 3 yr old Boxer that is looking for a new home that can give her the medical care she needs so she can live the life she deserves. She has been suffering with an rectal mass (polyp) for over a year. The current owner cannot afford the surgery and Stormy has been forced to live separated from her family. Second Hope Rescue is working to raise money for her surgery so she can live a happy and full life once this is done. The estimate for this is $3,500-$4,000.
- Noah is our liver shunt dog who we are still working with the surgeon for the surgery that will benefit him the most. His shunt is far more difficult than they have ever seen. While they work on this Noah needs a special diet, money raised from this fundraiser will help with that.
- Callie is one of our foster dogs that is currently needing the help of a trainer/behaviourist, just the initial evaluation is over $200.
- Blaze is a 9 1/2 yr old dog that came in to rescue after his home life dissolved around him. Unfortunately we are still looking for him a foster home so he has had to be kenneled, even at a discount that is $300 a month. On top of that Blaze just had to have EMERGENCY surgery to save his life. A previous surgery left growths that in the ensuing years had grown and attached to his intestines, resulting in the hospital removing between 3-4'of intestines, without that surgery he would have died that night.
These are just a few of our animals that require help, we take in a number of senior dogs and cats that always require more in medical care due to teeth cleaning, senior blood work before spay/neuter, eye and joint issues.
The dogs and cats that have been long time fosters for whatever reason (usually NOT their fault) still have medical needs that need to be met (keeping vaccines updated, heartworm medication and monthly flea and tick treatment).