About Us

Second Chance Dog Rescue is one of San Diego’s largest and most successful non-profit 501c3 organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs. We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs, primarily from local shelters, as well as dogs surrendered by their owners for various reasons, and dogs from Baja California, Mexico. Once we receive a dog, we provide medical care, including spay and neuter, and any necessary rehabilitation.

We have an application process for those interested in adopting one of our dogs.  Upon approval of the application, the dog and the adopter enter into a two week “trial” or foster period, to make sure it’s the right fit for the family and the dog. After completion of a successful foster period, we may do a home visit before we finalize the adoption.
Second Chance Dog Rescue was founded in the fall of 2008 by Sandra D. Simpson, Jason Cordoba, and Maria Blake who recognized the urgent need in our community.  We pride ourselves on being a rescue group that is flexible and non-breed specific.  We also rescue senior dogs, as well as those with health or medical issues. In four years’ time, Second Chance Dog Rescue has accomplished a true miracle within our community. We have successfully rescued more than 3,000 dogs placing them in loving, safe, forever homes. Many have asked how this was possible.  It was done utilizing a team of very dedicated volunteers who bring a wealth of experience regarding dog behaviors, keen business sense, the use of technology, networking and social media, and most of all, our philosophy of keeping the welfare of the dogs our first priority.

Another one of our strongest keys to success is our network of volunteers and foster family homes. Because we do not operate out of a shelter or have a facility in which to house our adoptable dogs, we rely heavily on volunteers who lovingly open their hearts and their homes, offering temporary accommodations. Once integrated into one of our foster families, a dog that may have come to us frightened, timid, or otherwise emotionally scarred, will blossom and flourish with the tender loving care s/he receives there, often within just a few days or weeks.

With the support of so many, we hope to set a fine example, and maintain higher standards of excellence in the dog rescue community. Second Chance Dog Rescue has volunteer/foster families throughout Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. The more foster families we have on board, the more dogs can be saved! Won’t you consider joining our team?

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