Meet Our Pet of the Month
Our pet of the month introduces himself!...
After being here just shy of 7 months now, he's more than ready for a home of
his own. He came to us a "found stray". He was emaciated, had many wounds,
including a shot gun blast to his rib cage and was really, really in bad shape.
He's transformed into a gorgeous, loving, playful and friendly dog.
To learn more about him or others patiently waiting, click on "our pet list" at the top of this page to read all about them.
Also, I heard something the other day that startled me... a family was in
looking at cats, and mentioned having seen one on the website that had been
here for over a year, and said they really liked the look of her, but didn't
want to take a cat out of a home she'd been in for over a year.... While I
can understand the logic, PLEASE don't let an animal's length of stay in
Rescue be ANY longer than it has to be!
Since we are low to no kill, animals are sometimes with us that long, but
keep in mind, we can't take in any others that need us until a spot opens
up... if you pass up an animal simply because you feel it's happy and
settled in its home, please think again! All animals that come to us are
happy and settled in their foster home within a week or two of arriving.
Animals can't tell time, so a week or a year, it's all the same to them...
YOU are what they need, not a foster home, although, you're right, they are
Second Chance Pet Rescue. A second chance at life for homeless pets.
SCPR rescues adoptable animals to help them find forever homes. Many of
our animals are rescued from local "kill" shelters where they may be just
hours away from death. Some are purebred and some are mixes, but all these
animals have plenty of love to give, if you will open your heart and your
There are many reasons why people adopt pets from us. Sometimes we have just
the pet they have been looking for and cannot find in their area. Sometimes
they like the information that we can provide about the pets we care for.
Sometimes they like the fact that our pets have been cared for in a loving,
healthy home environment and are eager to return that love. Sometimes they
like the fact that we take the animal back if there is ever a problem.
We make a lifetime commitment to our animals. They know that if they adopt
from us and it does not work out, they do not have to face terrible
alternatives. Also they like to know that the pet has had every medical need
cared for before s/he is adopted. Others believe in our philosophy and want
to help our animals. Whatever the reason we are very grateful to all of the
people who have given such wonderful lives to our animals.
We have a lifeline of vets, professional trainers and a groomer who are
ready to help at any time. We want all adoptions to be a great experience
for both you and the pet. When pets come to us they enter a safe haven where
they are loved and cared for until their forever home is found. They become
our priority. We give them a name if they don't have one, take them home and
start loving them as they learn to trust again. Many of them require extra
All of our pets have been affected in some way by their circumstances.
Adopting a rescue pet means taking a possibly neglected, abused and
definitely needy pet and making a sincere COMMITMENT to properly care for
and love him or her UNCONDITIONALLY for the rest of their life.
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are 501c-3 non-profit rescue group, made up strictly of volunteers. All pets
we rescue live with various members of our group, in their homes. We operate
solely on public donations and depend enormously on a few local vets who
offer us discounted services. We are committed to finding suitable forever
homes for the animals we rescue, and to providing quality services to our
animals while they are in our care. We are available upon request to educate
the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering animals.
Pet Overpopulation - Please Spay/Neuter!
It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized
in the nation's shelters in 2008. This number represents a generally
accepted statistic that is widely used by many animal welfare organizations,
including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The primary reason for so many animals being euthanized is pet overpopulation. An unspayed female cat, her mate and
all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving
kittens per litter can total 11,606,077 cats in 9 years. In 6 years, one
unspayed female dog and her offspring can reproduce 67,000 dogs. (Source: Spay USA)
Having your pets altered is a solid, effective defense
against overpopulation, and results in fewer offspring in kill-shelters. We
at SCPR do our part by ensuring all our animals are spayed/neutered before
Need a spay/neuter voucher? Please email Gigi at
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a voucher.
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ID Your Pet - Keep Your Pet Out of a Shelter!
Many of our rescued animals were once someone's pet, but ended up in a
shelter with no identification and no way to go home. Lost pets can be
easily identified, and owners found, if they are wearing a collar with an ID
tag containing owner's name, address and phone number.
Don't assume that your inside pet doesn't need ID - many pets manage to get out and risk
becoming lost or injured. We recommend a wonderful pet tag provider at Pet
Things in Colbert, WA. Call Chris at 800-428-8390 to order your ID tag
today! Also consider getting your dog or cat micro-chipped, as collars can be
removed. All SCPR dogs are micro-chipped before adoption.
Surrendering a Pet
There are many reasons people find themselves in a situation where they
can no longer care for their pet. While we always try to help in these situations, sometimes we simply don't have the room to take the animal in.
If you feel you are going to be in a position where you need to re-home your pet, timely action is the key.
While we might not have room to take your pet into one of our foster homes, we can list your altered, fully vaccinated pet
on our website and screen potential adopters for you while you wait for a
space to open up. We cannot guarantee a space, as we are a group of private
foster homes and do not own/operate a shelter facility of any kind. We will try to help you.
This form is ONLY for persons who have spoken directly to an SCPR
representative, and have made arrangements to surrender their pet to SCPR.
to download a Surrender Application.
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We are committed to finding the right home for our animals, and have
developed our adoption policies based on our years of experience with
rescuing and adopting out dogs and cats. Not everyone who applies to adopt
will be approved. We do the best we can to match prospective adopters with
the right animal.
We get to know our animals well and are very successful with training and
re-training for behavioral modification. When you get a pet from us, there
are no surprises. We pride ourselves on being completely honest with
prospective owners, so as not to unduly stress the pet by having it returned
2 or 3 weeks later.
All of our animals are returnable for the life of the pet, although we have
a very low return rate, because we take the time to match pets with people
for the best possible life for both of you. We have medical care done by our
very competent vets before adopting pets out. Our pets are adopted with full
disclosure of known health conditions.
Usually we pay more in vet bills for these pets than we recover in their
adoption fees. The difference comes out of our pocket, another reason why we
are very selective about the homes our pets go to.
Any pet you get from us over the age of 4 months will be sterilized and
current on all vaccinations. We also require that any currently owned pets
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To be considered for adoption, you must:
- For renters, have a paid pet deposit, written
landlord permission, and a one-year minimum lease.
- Have a fenced yard, or sizeable acreage
with a containment system, such as field fencing or an invisible fence
system, if adopting a dog.
- Be willing to have a home/yard inspection before adoption.
- Sign a legally binding adoption
form/care contract at the time of adoption.
CLICK HERE to fill out an Adoption Application online
or CLICK HERE to download an
Adoption Application to fill out and mail.
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You Can Help - Donate, Sponsor, Foster
We always need monetary donations to help keep pets in our care
current on vaccinations and in great health. We often spend more on
veterinary care for our animals than we are able to recover in adoption
fees, and depend on the generosity of animal lovers to help fund our rescue
efforts. We accept checks and PayPal, and donations are tax deductible.
Our foster dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds, but we don't have enough for
everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a rescued dog to sleep in comfort, please
We also need donations of dry cat and dog food. You can drop
donations off at Angie's Groomingdales, 2425 Government Way, Coeur D'Alene,
Idaho between the hours of 9-3 Tuesday-Saturday.
(PLEASE NOTE: This is a
business, NOT SCPR headquarters or offices. DO NOT drop by with pets to
surrender or to meet/view dogs for adoption without being previously
screened and obtaining an appointment.)
The Donate-A-Thundershirt program provides a Thundershirt for each dog
in your care who could benefit from one:
Many dogs have already gained relief from fear and anxiety by donning a
Thundershirt (including my own foster dog!), which works simply by applying
gentle, constant pressure. Whether the Thundershirt does the trick on its
own or allows the dog to relax enough to engage in training with you, it is
an inexpensive tool that we want you to be able to use to help your dogs.
For more info on Thundershirts and a short video on how easy they are to
If you are unable to adopt a pet at this time, but would like to
sponsor a pet waiting for adoption, it costs us an average monthly of $125
to feed and provide medical care for each dog, and $45 to feed and provide
medical care for each cat. Please talk to us about sponsoring an animal.
Click HERE for an application to Foster an animal
We are always in need of foster families, so that we can save more
animals. Rescued animals need temporary shelter, care and love while waiting
for their forever families. Some need a few nights' stay until they get
adopted, others need a home until they reach an adoptable age or recover
You supply a loving home and a second chance at life, and we take care of
all medical care, adoptive family screening, advice and support. Please
to download a foster care volunteer application.
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We see potential adopters by appointment only. Please call anytime.
We are located in
Coeur D'Alene, Athol,
and Hayden, Idaho. We advertise every Thursday in the Nickels Worth, a free
classified ads newspaper.
Directions: Coeur D'Alene is just
a 30 minute drive East from Spokane, WA on I-90. We are 40 minutes South of
Sandpoint, ID on Highway 95. We are 2 hours North of Lewiston, ID on Highway
95. We are 30 minutes West of Kellogg, ID on I-90.
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