HOW WE BEGAN
On September 24, 2009 my beautiful son Bryan died. Bryan had complications following a back surgery for spinal stenosis. I was blessed to be able to hold Bryan's hand as he left this life and began anew in Heaven.
Bryan had infantile cerebral palsy and each day my world evolved around my son. After his death, I felt useless. My time had been devoted to Bryan and now the time only made the pain of his death that much more severe.
It was suggested that I find something to do to keep busy, maybe volunteer somewhere. I have always loved dogs and been able to bond with them so I began to volunteer at shelters and rescues. I learned a lot during that time....I learned about things I thought were awesome and I also learned about things I thought were awful. I knew where life would take me now. I had found a place where my soul could heal and I could honor my son and my self by helping the dogs.
I came home to my husband after a day of volunteering and announced "we are starting a dog rescue." "Where?" Rick asked. "In our basement!"
And that is how Second Chance Dog Rescue began!
OUR BELIEFS AND VALUES
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
We believe in and practice honesty and transparency.
We provide open housing for dogs that are not dog aggressive or sick.
We work in our home state of Iowa knowing that the dogs here are often left in need as many dogs are being transported to Iowa from our states and even other countries.
We only ask for what we need and we let you know when the need has been met.
We assist breeder released and owner surrendered dogs without shaming the previous owners.
We have 15 day full refund policy with our adoptions.
All our dogs get dental care, if needed, before leaving the rescue.