Frequently Asked Questions
Where does Second Chance get its animals?
How do I adopt a pet from Second Chance?
What is involved in the adoption process?
What is the adoption fee? What does it include?
All animals leave our care presumably healthy, spayed or neutered, and with age-appropriate vaccinations. Additionally, all dogs have been heartworm tested and cats have been tested for FIV and FeLV. After you have received medical records on your animal, we strongly encourage you to take your new family member to the vet for a wellness check-up.
What if the animal I applied for is already adopted?
Why can't I see animals for adoption during the week?
I adopted and returned an animal during the sleepover period. How do I get a refund?
How do I relinquish an animal to Second Chance?
When there are so many animals without homes, giving up a companion animal is not a decision to be taken lightly. If circumstances arise that make it difficult to care for your pet, there are options for you to consider that can help you keep your beloved pet at home.
- Did your schedule change and you think you don’t have time for your pet? Maybe your family, friends or neighbors can help by going to let your dog out or checking in on your cat.
- If you are trying to rehome your pet due to a behavior problem, please speak with your veterinarian first. Illness in animals can cause sudden and unexpected behaviors. Dogs and cats are like people and aren’t always nice when they’re sick. If you are having trouble managing a longstanding behavior issue with your pet, we can also recommend animal trainers who can help.
- Does someone in your home have pet allergies? Before you make this assumption, confirm with your doctor. There are many allergens in most homes that can be irritants. Pet dander is not always the culprit. Read this information from the Humane Society of the United States on how to alleviate allergy problems when living with pets.
- Are you moving? Check out pet-friendly rentals first. They do exist! In the Columbia area, look at this list. If you do have to relocate, please think of your pet as a family member.
If you have exhausted all of your options and believe it’s best that a rescue is best for your animal, please understand that Second Chance accepts animals into its program based upon the resources that are available to appropriately care for that particular animal. If you have a cat that needs a new home, please fill out this FORM. If you have a dog that needs a new home, please fill out this FORM. NOTE: WAIT LIST FOR CAT RELINQUISHMENTS IS 4 WEEKS AT THIS TIME.