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Second Chance Dogs of Ashe, a rescue organization formed in 2012, with a mission save adoptable animals from euthanasia, has found new homes for 163 dogs this year.

“It’s a 24-7 job,” said Jacob Giles of Fleetwood, who operates the privately-owned adotion agency with his wife Petra. “We work our tails off.”

According to SCDA’s Website, “over 1,520 unwanted pets were euthanized at Ashe Animal Control in 2011, many of which were adoptable, if only they had been connected with area families. Only 264 animals were adopted.”

Giles said SCGA’s adoptions for their first year of operation totaled 103. With 163 adoptions so far in 2013, SCGA is on track to find new homes for 74 percent more animals by the end of their second year.

“We pull most of them from Ashe Animal Control, mostly puppies,” Giles said. All the dogs are brought up to date on their immunizations, and fed and housed at the couple’s home kennel until they can be adopted.

“We pay for everything ourselves. Sometimes we get a donation. Were not making any money by doing this,” Giles said.

Since opening their doors, SCDA has averaged about a dozen adoptions per month. Only about 4-10 dogs are available at any given time, Giles said, but sometimes they have more: “One week, we got 24 pups.”

SCDA will take adult dogs if they are adoptable. “We can’t take big, mean, aggressive dogs,” Giles said.

“Animals that don’t get adopted are taken by the ASPCA in Raleigh, and are usually adopted in a few days,” he said.

According to Giles, SCDA is one of only two privately-operated adoption organizations in N.C. the ASPCA will do business with. “We’re 100 percent in compliance with their regulations for spaying and neutering,” he said.

Dogs are up for adoption at the Ashe County Farmer’s Market, and SCDA’s booth at the Boone Mall.

SCDA charges a $100 adoption fee per dog, for which the adoptive owner gets a healthy, non-aggressive dog with an up-to-date immunization record. “We have a lot invested in these dogs,” Giles said.

SCDA stays in touch with adopted dogs and their families to make sure the animals are properly taken care, socialized, and spayed or neutered. “Any dog we adopt, it’s all contractual. We do check up on them later,” he said.

Board members and volunteers of SCDA have long term goal of building a no-kill shelter in Ashe through fund raising and grants that will provide a safe haven for homeless pets until a permanent home can be found, he said.

“Our goal is simple: To put an end to the needless euthanasia of abandoned or owner-surrendered, healthy, loving animals,” he said.

For information on dog adoption, contact Second Chance Dogs of Ashe at 336-982-4060

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