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Hi Jolynn,
Its been a few months now since I lost my beautiful boy Kudzu (chocolate lab, Will Smith at your organization back in 2001). I have sent a small donation in his honor. I wish I could do more, but I will when I can. Your organization gave me the best friend I ever had.
An update, I have rescued two lab pups, The little black female was found as a VERY young puppy duct taped in a box in a field in that terrible cold spell in January and the little boy (Yellow Lab) was seized out of bad conditions at a back yard breeder L. I still miss Kudzu terribly, but I felt that this is something he would definitely have approved of.
Kind regards
Gillian Mobey

“Man’s best friend” may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winning dogs may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.

Organized, large-scale dogfighting operations have declined in recent years, thanks in part to The HSUS' work against dogfighting. Street dogfighting, however, is on the rise in urban areas. Neighborhood pit bull owners seeking status or bragging rights stage impromptu fights in back alleys or basements.
The Humane Society making inroads into street dogfighting, too.

All fighting dogs suffer, whether in the pit or out. Although they are pack animals, an instinct to fight other dogs is bred into these dogs so deeply that they mainly live isolated on chains or locked in cages.   ( click on the red links above to read more )



            Lucy Lu


Lucy Lu, a rescued American pit bull, recently became a registered therapy dog – the first pit bull to become a part of the Happy Tails pet assisted therapy group and perhaps one of the first pit bull therapy dogs in the State of Georgia.  After being up for adoption for a short time at Second Chance Animal Rescue and Adoptions, Lucy Lu became the organization’s mascot.  Soon after that, she became a permanent member of volunteer Kim Murphy’s family.  Together, Kim and Lucy Lu attended training and are now part of the Happy Tails Pet Therapy program.  Kim and Lucy Lu attended a seven-week basic obedience course at K9 U taught by dog trainer Susan Giordona.  Susan uses only positive reinforcement training and, according to Kim “it really works!”  Lucy learned to walk on a leash, sit and down stay and come.  Kim says that she also learned some tricks – “if I say bang, bang, Lucy drops down and rolls on her back.” Kim then had to practice what she and Lucy Lu learned at home for another month, working primarily on sit and down stays where Lucy Lu is placed in a sit and down stay position and required to stay in that position while Kim walks away.  Lucy is so friendly and wants to be with people and Kim was afraid that she would never “sit and stay” without running to her.   But, according to Kim, Lucy learned all of the basic tasks and she is very proud of her.  Lucy is now registered with Happy Tails Pet Therapy, a local organization that sends trained companion animals to a variety of healthcare and other facilities.  She will go on visits mainly to nursing homes and assisted living facilities and may participate in some special events such as the Special Olympics Games and others as they come up.  Lucy’s first visit was to an assisted living in Alpharetta, Georgia where she visited many residents, including some on the Alzheimers  Wing.  Lucy’s visit was a great success and she brought many smiles to the residents’ faces.

Lucy Lu's Rescue Story
  In October 2008, Kim was at a gas station pumping gas.  She just happened to look across the street and saw a woman and young child with a pit bull on a rope leash with a sign that read "Free Pit Bull".  Kim ran across the street to help this dog who was filthy and nothing but skin and bones.   The woman told her that she already had 5 dogs and that she had taken Lucy when her brother went to jail and she needed to find her another home. Kim took Lucy’s rope leash and got her in the car as quickly as possible. Lucy Lu was welcomed into the group, but after only a few days, Kim knew that Lucy belonged in her own home and made the decision to keep her.  Two of Kim’s other dogs are also Happy Tails Dogs - Rae Ann is a Black and Tan Coonhound and Alley is a Lab Mix..

About Happy Tails Pet Therapy
Happy Tails Pet Therapy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  The mission of Happy Tails is to share the unconditional love provided by pets with people of all ages with physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs at healthcare facilities, social agencies and special needs programs throughout the metro Atlanta community. Happy Tails was founded by Dr. Carla Courtney, an Atlanta veterinarian, in 1991 based on research supporting the positive effects of animal-assisted therapy and the power of the human-animal bond.  Happy Tails has grown from a few dedicated volunteers and their pets visiting three facilities, to a membership of more than 350 volunteers who regularly visit over 125 facilities in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Click here to learn more about Happy Tails.   Photos courtesy of Jolynn VanCamp and Kim Murphy of Second Chance.   


         Jack Benny


At 10:30 on 8-25-09 #A0113 lay down on the cement floor to get some rest. He was exhausted. He was sick and tired. He couldn't remember the last time he ate. And even when he did, it made his stomach hurt. He scratched his ears again, and tried to get comfortable. He didn't know it but at 8:01 the next morning he was scheduled to die.
You see #A0113 was a Rottweiler picked up as a stray on 8-5-09. No one wanted him, so he was to be destroyed. At 8:01 his kennel door opened and the animal control officer put a leash around his neck. But instead of walking him to his death, #A0113 was led to the exit door of the Coweta Animal Shelter and out into the fresh air for the first time in over 20 days. The rescue effort began the night before when Athens Rottie rescue, Atlanta  Rottie rescue, and Second Chance Animal rescue got together on the phone and the computer, way into the wee morning hours. Then before 5 am Irina from an Atlanta rescue group drove to Coweta AC, arriving at 7:45 am and drove #A0113 to her work place, where he hid from her Lasa mix.  From there, I picked him up, named him Jack Benny, and took him to the vet. The shelter had estimated Benny to be 10 years old. But to my surprise, the vet said he was only 3 years old, with years of abuse on him. Benny has: strong heartworm, a bad case of hookworms, yeast infections in both ears, a urinary track infection, severe fly bites on his ears and a few hotspots. He is very hand shy and has more than likely been hit in his lifetime.

Benny has a lot going for him though. He is truly a gentle giant. He likes other dogs and is just thrilled to be alive. When the vet drew blood from him he just closed his eyes and buried his head in the corner. He didn't make a sound. So Benny is ready for his "makeover"! Benny has a really good chance at a Second Chance. We can turn back the hands of time for Benny with your help. He has already had his first bath in a long time, if not for the first time; and he looks much better. Now we start heartworm treatment. .Benny is at Crabapple Knoll Animal Clinic under the care of Dr. Holly Marrinson. 770-475-8272. He will need a foster home and then will be up for adoption. Remember heartworm disease is deadly but easily preventable. Not giving your dog heartworm preventative is an act of animal cruelty.




The puppies were only were only six feet away from a 6 lane highway when their owners moved and left them behind to play in the mud.  Contractors came and gutted the house.  All furniture sat at the curb.  Still, these two seven month old puppies played in the mud. Hungry and cold, the neighbor put food out a few times. The puppies wondered when someone would come home.  After many days passed, animal control was called.  Minutes before they arrived a Second Chance Volunteer heard about the situation and grabbed them up. Now, Will & Grace, are safe and sound. Fed, washed up, spayed, neutered, shots, and lots of love. 
Will and Grace had a very "close call"  These are the animals that you help to save. Will and Grace would like to thank you.




Levi was the Cane Corso along with his brother who was left outside when the owner went to the Gulf war. It took a year for the courts to get the two dogs surrendered. By that time both were almost dead. They were both 75 pounds under weight, and Levi had heartworms. The judge sent them to Gwinnett Animal Control and Gwinnett asked Second Chance to take them. If you remember we named them Butch Cassidy and Sundance.

Below is a note from Butch & Levi's family. Sundance and Levi were the lucky ones, and Second Chance and I are the grateful ones.

Dear Jolynn,
This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to write...a week ago we had to have Levi put to sleep...we had found out several months ago that he had a bladder mass that turned out to be cancerous and last week he let us know that he was ready and that it was time to ease his pain forever and allow him our final gift of peace. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But it was the right thing, he had lost almost all control of his urine and even though we tried the "belly bands" it got to the point when he would go outside it was so painful for him to try and urinate...the look on his face...and we knew that he was in so much pain even with medication. He had stopped eating even his canned food and was losing weight...unfortunately when the time came Michael was at work and could not get away, but my stepdaughter Samantha was with us...and he went peacefully with his head in my lap...Even now it is hard to tell you this through the tears....he was such a huge part of our lives and when we come home it just doesn't seem right to not have him greeting us at the door...toy in his mouth, his entire body wagging. He was so excited to see us.

I will never be able to find the words to thank you for what you did for him, because without you he would never have survived, you treated his heartworms and he put his weight back on because of the food he was given. It was because of your love, your compassion and your dedication that he was given his second chance at life. You entrusted us with his life when you allowed us to adopt him and that was the greatest of honors. How lucky we were to have him those four amazing years. He touched not only our lives but so many others as well. Helping to teach everyone he met about so many things, from his little nubby ears, to how important heartworm prevention giant dogs could be gentle...and his unconditional love that he gave to us. The only thing he wanted in return was our love. He was never far from us....a true "velcro dog".
We are going to miss him so much, but he is being cremated and we are going to bury him under the willow tree in the yard.
Thank you again so much for everything you and all your volunteers do...because without all of you, we would never have had
our Gentle Giant Levi.
Liz Davenport