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About Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming

The phrase "Second Chance" about says it all. Our adoptable animals come to us from our local animal shelter, Alachua County Animal Services, and each of them were slated to be euthanized for one reason or another. We reserve space in our program for animals that are from our county shelter, that would not have a chance for adoption if we did take them in.

Thus we are not able to take in pets from the public at this time. We have VERY limited space and unfortunately, there are enough "owner-less" critters out there to keep us quite busy!

Most of the animals that come to us are healthy and happy from the start, but some require medical and/or surgical attention before they are healthy enough to go up for adoption. All of our animals reside in volunteer foster homes so we are able to learn a lot about their individual personalities, likes and dislikes and are able to make a great match with potential adopters.

We also strive to promote responsible pet ownership through education and example. Anyone interested in adopting a new pet from Second Chance will be asked to complete an application. This allows us to better ensure that the animal of interest is exactly what you're looking for, and vice versa. There are no "right or wrong" answers ... our goal is solely to ensure that everyone ends up happy. We thank you in advance for your time.

Click here to download a copy of the adoption application.

Adoption Process

Adoption Fees

Dogs/Puppies - $186

Includes pet being spayed or neutered, up-to-date with age-appropriate vaccinations, current with heartworm and flea prevention, microchipped and a courtesy veterinary exam.

Cats/Kittens - $50

Includes pet being spayed or neutered, up-to-date with age-appropriate vaccinations, current on flea prevention and a courtesy veterinary exam.

To adopt one of our dogs, you must complete an adoption application and email it to or bring it to one of our adoption events on Saturdays from 12-3pm at Earth Pets (500 NW 60th Street).

Our adoption process:
Adopting and owning a pet is a serious lifelong commitment, and our adoption process is designed to help ensure a perfect match between you, your family, and your new pet. We do not cater to impulse decisions and we do not conduct "same day adoptions". We focus on conducting quality adoptions that will last a lifetime.

Alternatively, some applicants download and complete an application via our website. If we receive an application prior to an adoption event, and we are able to check references ahead of time and speak with you in advance; it may then be possible to be pre-approved and thus take a pet home during the event itself.

A typical "on site" adoption involves:

  1. The applicant identifies a pet of interest and fully completes a written application.
  2. An adoption counselor reviews your application and discusses any potential concerns/questions with you.
  3. If the written application is accepted, a "pending adoption" is placed on the pet of interest.
  4. References, rental policies, etc, are checked within 72 hours of completion of the application.
  5. You will be notified of our decision within 72 hours after completion of the application.

*Please note: A completed application does not guarantee that the adoption process will continue. We reserve the right to deny an adoption at any time during the application process. We will deny an adoption if we are not confident that a perfect match is being made for all parties involved. While we understand that this decision can be frustrating, please don't take it personally as we are simply looking out for everyone's best interest.

Adoptable Pets

A list of our adoptable pets is also available on PetFinder.

For more information about a pet click on their photo.


Click here to download a copy of the fostering application.

Having foster homes is the only way most rescue groups can operate, including ours. We do not have a physical shelter, and thus all the dogs in our program live in a home with a family. All the dogs in our program are pulled from county shelters with euthanasia, and just need a little more time than the shelter can give them to find their forever home.

Fostering a dog is not a lifelong commitment. It is a very rewarding short-term relationship, both for the dog and the family that takes it in. Being a foster parent isn’t always easy, given that many of the dogs come into the program lonely, scared, and sometimes with minor health problems. Typically most of these issues are quickly solved with a little love, care, and structure.

Examples of why we, at Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming, foster include Suzie, Oggie, and Belle.

Suzie was a very scared Aussi mix at the county shelter. Once in one of our foster homes, however, she quickly became a sweet, cuddly, playful puppy. She even learned to “sit” and “stay” in a few days. All she needed was to be in a safe, calmer, affectionate environment to show what a great dog she is.

Oggie was a great young adult Hound mix who happened to not get adopted before his time was up at the shelter. We took him in and gave him home until someone adopted him. Though he was a perfectly healthy, happy pup - he just needed more time than the shelter could give him to find his forever home.

Belle (also known as Piggy) was in the county shelter with her sister Bessie. Both had a pretty bad case of Demodex (also known as mange). The shelter didn’t have the resources to get them healthy, so we took them in. After a few months of treatment, both sisters look great and were fully recovered.

These are just a few short stories. We and other rescues have hundreds more like them. While fostering is not for everyone, there are things that everyone can do to help these dogs find their forever home - volunteering with a local shelter or rescue; donating money, food, crates, toys, towels, blankets, leashes, collars, etc; or sharing pictures of adoptable pets on social media.

If you are interested in fostering, please fill out the Application Form above and email to it Amy Tate at