No one said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it.
Meet Marley! Marley was rescued as a stray when she was left abandoned on the streets. Thankfully a rescuer who was out feeding the stray packs saw him and was able to get him into foster care. The rescuer saw Marley’s personality and hopes she is find a home to call her own. Marley is a goofy girl who would need a home that can continue with training and socialization. Marley loves to play with dogs and can be a bit pushy if ignored. Other then that Marley is a sweet girl waiting for her family! Marley is patiently waiting!
My husband and I had been looking for a Labrador Retriever to adopt for a few months. We looked at the local shelter frequently, but this breed of dog does not show up very often so we did not have much success. Then we started to look specifically at Lab Rescues in the Bay Area and down south towards Monterey and Carmel. It seemed like every dog we inquired about had a long wait list of families waiting to meet the available dogs and we were never getting to the top of the lists. I was starting to lose hope that we would find a Lab to rescue that was the right fit for our home and that was available for adoption. Then came Marley…
We started broadening our search of local rescues to the Northern California area and East Bay. One night as I was Googling rescues I came across Love & Second Chances and there, listed first on the Adoptable dogs list was Marley, a 9-month old black Labrador-mix puppy. She was exactly what we had been looking for. I thought there was no way she would still be available for adoption. Her pictures were so cute and her write-up was intriguing. We wanted to know more. I sent an email for an application that very night and filled it out right away. The next day we heard back and Melody sent links about the adoption process and the international rescue program. We read the whole website, asked some more questions, my husband and I spoke to Melody on the phone and she arranged for a Facebook connection between us and the person fostering Marley. They sent videos and pictures of Marley playing and being around other dogs and we were hooked.
The next thing I knew we were heading to the San Francisco airport, 2 weeks later, on a Saturday night to the International Arrival terminal to meet and pick-up our new dog. We brought the required paperwork and payment and met a liaison from Love & Second Chances that was there to help all the families adopting get the correct medical records, open the kennels and see that the transition from plane to pick-up car was smooth.
Marley has been a great addition to our family. She greets us every morning and each arrival back home with a wagging tail and a wiggly body, just so excited to say hello. She has lots of energy and keeps us on the move and exercising. She is very loving and affectionate and has turned into a great looking pup. She has gained a couple of pounds and is at a good weight, she is eating well, loves to run and play, her fur is shiny and she has a clever personality that keeps us laughing.
We are in the process of signing her up for training classes and that will help with learning to walk on leash and respond to basic commands. She is smart and has already learned quite a bit. We look forward to helping her learn more. Thank you, Melody, and to all your staff at Love & Second Chances that make these rescues and adoptions possible. Thank you also to your friends, family and rescuers oversees that make this connection possible. It is much appreciated!!
Yours Truly, The Haleys
If you have extra time on your hand and would like to help please consider volunteering! Rescue groups need dedicated volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, home checks, transports, etc. All of these things help enable the rescue to expand their network and help more dogs in need.