Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2nd Annual Furry 5K Run/2K Walk:

    The 2013 Furry 5K Run/2K Walk, at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary on Sat. Oct 12 was an incredible event! We had a huge turnout of participants and their dogs. There was something to do and see everywhere you turned! All participants received a complimentary goodie bag and Second Chance event t-shirt (some delivered at a later date!) when they registered or checked in, and there were many local pet and specialty businesses with booths offering a wide variety of products, services, and information--even free massages and nail trimming for the dogs! KISS FM 93.9 radio was on hand to get everyone pumped up for the race and McCormick and Moore Photography took photos capturing all the excitement (please visit our facebook page photo album to see pictures of the event-and we will keep updating it with more photos)! All of the participants (dogs included) had a great opportunity to meet and get to know others, who believe in rescuing homeless and abandoned animals and finding them their forever homes!

Second Chance's very special ambassador dog, Oscar, was even at the race to show his support! He enjoyed seeing all the activities and watching the participants once the race started! For more info. about Oscar, please read our previous blog post to find out about this wonderful dog!

We are happy that so many people came out to be part of this event (the participants, donors, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers) and all that Second Chance is able to accomplish for the animals is because of the support and caring of people like you!
We would like to add a special mention of all the event sponsors and attending businesses/vendors that offered their support and services as well:
Presenting Sponsor:
 Care First Animal Hospital: compassionate and exceptionally responsive client service care with multiple award winning staff and quality medicine
Big Dog Sponsor:
HPW/Coldwell Banker: #1 Coldwell Banker Company in NC, one of the leading full service residential real estate firms in the nation
Cat's Meow Sponsor:
Petco Foundation: serves as a voice for companion animals by helping to raise awareness and quality of life for pets
Media Sponsor:
Kiss 93.9 FM: Raleigh's hit music party station
Best of Show Sponsors:
Foot Solutions of Cary: customized, comfortable, and stylish top quality footwear
Hughes, Pittman & Gupton, LLP: one of the Triangle's largest locally owned & managed CPA firms with a broad set of professional services
Town & Country Animal Care Center: full service veterinary & boarding facility & Pet Care Services Association accredited kennel  
Best Friends Sponsors:
Armadale Farm Kennel: providing pets with healthy & happy boarding services and friendly staff
Aussie Pet Mobile, Triangle, NC: innovative & environmentally friendly luxury grooming services 
Furry Feet Retreat: high quality dog products, boarding, and grooming services
McCormick & Moore Photography: experienced local family, pet, & wedding professional photography company
Petmania: personalized service pet store with knowledgeable staff and a fun environment
Phydeaux: independent, locally owned, high quality pet store
The Pet Pantry: convenient pet food home delivery & leader in pet food nutrition
Participating Businesses:
Barley Labs Dog Treats: all natural dog treats homemade with barley from recycled beer brewing
Bone Appetit Bakery: Delightful, delicious, & decadent dog treats
Brier Creek Pet Hotel: successful boarding, in home care, training classes, and grooming services
Camp Bow Wow-RDU: premier social play environment doggie daycare, boarding, and pet services
Chew Monster: wholesome & preservative free dog treats
Four Legs Barking (Ed Fry): all natural gourmet dog treats
Good Grace's Dog Treats: home-based, handmade treats with human-quality ingredients
Melanie Hampton: canine massage for improving physical and emotional well-being
Mialisia Jewelry: complete line of interchangeable exclusive jewelry styles
Omega Chiropractic Center: skilled chiropractor specializing in new and improved techniques
Penny Pinching Pooches: individualized dog sitting and doggie daycare
Scentsy: variety of scented fragrance wax for electric wickless candles & perfume products
Sleeping Dog Pottery: customized pet portraits on ceramic pieces of pottery
The Pampered Chef: popular direct seller of high quality kitchen tools 
Topline K9 Obedience: fun, effective, and reliable dog training
Unleashed: healthy & all natural treats, food, & pet supplies 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Have you heard about Oscar?

If you haven't, let us tell you a little bit about him.

Oscar came to us on Sunday, September 22nd.
He was covered in fleas, missing hair on his back, and the rest of his body was severely matted.

On Monday morning, he went to the vet for what seemed to be a minor issue. During his workup, it was discovered that his prostate was extremely large and putting pressure on his urethra. This made it difficult to relieve himself completely. By Tuesday morning, his condition worsened to the point where he was unable to urinate at all.  That day, we had a decision to make.

Our choices were:
  • euthanize him, because he simply could not live in this condition much longer,                                                                      OR
  • have him go immediately into a surgery that was estimated to cost $2,500 dollars.

What made this decision more difficult, was the concern that his prostate might actually be cancerous.

What would you tell this face?

We chose surgery.  We chose to give him a second chance. Once he was under, it was evident that his urethra was completely blocked with tissue and sediment. The procedure essentially rerouted his urinary tract system to bypass the blockages. During the surgery he had his prostate biopsied, his bladder was scraped, cleared of sediment, and cultured.

The surgery was a success! A few days later we got the preliminary results that the prostate did not seem to be cancerous. However, his Packed Cell Volume (red blood cells) had dropped down to 11 percent, which is significantly low. He had made it through the surgery, and didn't seem to have cancer, but here we were again faced with a decision. Oscar needed a blood transfusion. As with any transfusion, the body could possibly reject the new blood coming in, and we could still lose him. Once again, we chose to give him the ability to fight. We chose the transfusion. It has now been 10 days and his Packed Cell Volume is up to 30 percent! (low normal) and holding steady. 

The biopsies and cultures are in. It is confirmed; he is cancer free! He is finally on the path to a true recovery. We are particularly thankful to the vets and staff at CareFirst Animal Hospital for helping to save his life.

Oscar's difficult beginning has a happy ending and was a roller coaster ride every day in between.

With each decision, we knew the cost was rising. Even with the rescue rate from the vet, the cost for his care is still substantial, but we committed to get him back to being healthy.

Oscar is an amazing dog, with a strong will to live and love. Throughout all of this, he has maintained his sweet nature, and covered us in kisses. We know he is grateful.

We're hoping that you think that we made the right choices. We are also hoping that you will choose to make a donation towards Oscar's medical care.

For those of you that have not had the privilege of meeting him and even for those of you that have, please come visit him at our Furry 5K on October 12th at Wake Med Soccer Park. Oscar will be our good will ambassador!

Until then, please click below. He would like to thank you now and again in person later.

To make a donation towards Oscar's medical care, please click the donate button.