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  • Why should I adopt a rescued dog and not buy a puppy from a store or a breeder?

    One of the biggest decisions you will make is whether to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group or buy a puppy from a breeder. When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding. Please choose not to support pet stores by purchasing a puppy.

    If you adopt a pet you are saving two lives – the life of the dog you adopt and the space that opens up for another dog in the shelter or rescue.
    Most dogs will already have all of their vetting completed, including a microchip and spay/neuter.
    If adopting from a rescue group, they will be able to tell you all about the dog’s personality so there are no surprises when you bring the dog home.
    Many adult dogs are already potty-trained, saving you a lot of time and training.
    Private rescue groups will generally take the dog back if the dog is not a good match.
    Mixed breed dogs tend to have less inherited genetic health problems.
    The love and gratitude you will receive from a shelter dog is unlike any other.

  • Why should I spay or Neuter my pet?

    By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.

    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

  • If I spay or Neuter my pet will it change his/her character?

    Neutering does not change personality, nor does it change the dog’s temperament or confidence. Neutering a young puppy may keep it from developing an adult physique and mental maturity, but a 2 year old dog’s personality will not be noticably affected.

    What neutering does do is put an end to dog to dog aggression, and usually puts an end to marking behavior and dribbling, although in an adult dog, this is not always the case. Neutering your dog causes some minor discomfort for a day or two, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. Plus most vets send the dog home with medication to help with the discomfort. Most dogs are back to normal activity within a few days, and outside of some licking, never even notice. You will probably be much more uncomfortable with the IDEA of neutering than your dog will be with the procedure.

    Neutering makes your dog a much better pet when they don’t always have to be thinking about marking territory, and other male dogs all the time. They are generally a bit calmer, have better focus and attention. They are less apt to wander and stray. Plus neutered dogs tend to live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering pets is part of responsible pet ownership. Kudos to you for wanting to do the right thing.

  • Why should I pay an adoption fee/donation for a stray animal?

    2nd Chance 4 Life is a private, nonprofit organization that relies completely on private donations and its own fundraising abilities to operate. We receive no municipal or government funding or any funds from any national animal welfare organizations.

    The fees collected from the adoption of each animal help to offset some of the costs involved in providing care for the animals and preparing an animal for placement into a new home.

    In actual fact it costs 2nd chance 4 life more than the donation fee in order to prepare the pet for a new home

    See what you get with our adoption package here

  • Cats are independent creatures why should I prevent my cat from roaming around in the neighborhood freely?

    Cats are deserving of our protection as dogs. But millions of cats suffer and die needlessly because they are allowed to roam. The vast majority of these cats are not the victims of cruel or thoughtless owners; in fact, their caregivers often love them like children. Instead cats are the victims of outmoded perceptions that cast them as independent, natural explorers who prefer to be left to their own devices.
    Traffic

    Collisions with cars and other vehicles are common killers. It is a myth that cats are “streetwise” about cars. Cats are intelligent and alert but, like most other animals, stand little chance against fast-moving vehicles.

    Diseases

    Rabies and other diseases that can be transmitted to humans are a serious public health concern and is transmitted through contact with other cats.

    Poisons

    Poisons exist on chemically treated lawns, in bait left out to kill rats or mice, and in auto antifreeze.

    Other Animals

    Other cats, dogs, and wild predators such as foxes are potential enemies of cats and often engage in fights that leave cats injured or dead. Outdoor cats can suffer torn ears, cut eyes, abscesses, and other injuries requiring expensive veterinary treatment.

    Cruel People

    Many shelter workers see cats who have been burned, poisoned, or otherwise tortured by disturbed children and adults.

  • Why should I all ways have my dog on a leash while taking him for a walk?

    We need to acknowledge the fact that, no matter how well trained our dog is, there will always be that possibility for a situation to happen which you have not trained him for, and sometimes the consequences could be quite devastating. So, before you decide to unleash your dog, remember the importance of leashes and how they give you greater control when meeting up with other dogs. You might be saying, “Don’t worry, my dog is very friendly.” Yes, that may be true. But what about the other dogs you meet? When in doubt, use a leash. It is always best to be safe than sorry.

    Your dog may see a cat or decide to chase another dog and run across the road , do you really want to risk your dogs life or the drivers life that may try avoid hitting him and end up getting seriously hurt? better keep him on a leash for everyone’s safety.

  • How much money does a pet cost to have?

    Have you really considered the cost of pet ownership? Listed below are things you should consider before adopting a pet. Please read carefully and decide if you are ready for the commitment and responsibility of owning and properly caring for a pet!

    Having and loving a pet is not a right, but a privilege!

    The following items reflect the average costs of properly caring for a 15-20 kg. dog. Larger dogs cost a bit more, small dogs cost a bit less. This list is for information purposes only.

    €30 per month (€360 per year) for a premium food such as Science Diet, Iams, or Pro Plan (costs based on 12 kg. bags of food, 6 kg. consumed per month)
    €10 per month (€120 per year) for various dog treats
    €80 – €100 for annual vaccinations and heartworm checks
    €40 – €65 for a year’s supply of heartworm prevention
    €50+ for flea/tick prevention
    €20+ for each grooming session
    €8 – €15 per night for boarding the pet, or having a pet sitter come in during your vacations
    €50 – €150 for toys and miscellaneous items (this can go much higher!)
    €80 – €150 for a crate (depends on the crate.)
    Obedience training (highly recommended!) – €80 for an 8 week program. Some programs offer discounts for rescued pets.
    Fencing – Actual or Electronic can cost hundreds or thousands.
    Older dogs often have more medical expenses (just like people!)

  • Why should I deworm my pet regularly as prescribed by a vet?

    Dogs are ideal hosts — to worms and other parasites, that is. Animals that sniff, slurp, lick, and gobble anything in their paths, including dirt, trash, and poop, are bound to pick up pests. All the things they do with their mouths — groom, kiss, wrestle, and other social habits — can pass along unwanted guests to playmates and companions, canine and human alike.

    Parasites worm their way into most dogs’ lives at one time or another. Your vet may suspect worms if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting, coughing, chewing or licking under his tail, short of breath, or losing weight. The symptoms and treatments depend on the type of worm and where it’s living in your dog’s body.

    If it’s time for your dog’s annual check-up, or if you or your vet thinks your dog has worms, provide a fresh stool sample. Simply scoop up some of your pet’s poop, seal it in a clean plastic bag, and bring it to the appointment. If you can’t do that, your vet can take a sample during the office visit. He’ll check it under a microscope to see if it has worms, and, if so, what kind.

    Heartworms are another type of canine invader that can cause serious health problems or sometimes even death. These foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Mosquitoes carry the worms’ offspring from one dog’s blood to another’s. The vets will do a blood test to tell if your dog has heartworms.

    Show Worms the Way Out

    There are many safe ways to de-worm your dog. The sooner the worms are gone, the sooner your pet will get healthy and feel better.

    Your vet will give your dog medicine by mouth or in a shot to kill the worms. Many of these drugs are described as “broad-spectrum,” because they’re good for treating a wide range of parasites, including worms that live in the gut. They’re poisonous to pests, but safe for pets.

  • Why should I have my pet Microchipped?

    I just heard a story in the news about a family who had lost their dog. They did everything to find him—putting up posters, checking shelters—nothing. Then, after two years, they get a phone call. Their dog was found. The person who found the dog took him to be scanned for a microchip and it showed who his family was and they were reunited.

    The chip’s only as big as a grain of rice. It’s usually implanted in the scruff of your dog’s neck and doesn’t cause any pain for your pet. And it only costs around €25 depending on your vet.

  • My pet has a microchip why should I also have a name-tag on his/her collar?

    Dog Name Tags Are A Safety Net And Should Be Worn Regardless If Microchipped or Not!

    Many consider dog name tags to be a cute way to label their dogs, but there are actually some pretty practical purposes behind them.

    Name It, Claim It

    For one thing, the use of dog name tags reveals that the dog has an owner. By naming a dog and tagging that dog with his or her name, it shows that somebody cares about the dog and that somebody knows the dog. This is a powerful tool when it comes to responsibility.

    Even if your dog is microchipped; he or she should still be wearing ID tags so that if someone finds the dog, they can easily look at the tag and call you.

    Otherwise, they have no idea that your dog is chipped and they would need a police officer or a shelter to run a scanner over the dog. Make it easy for others to find you!

    Have in mind that most lost pets are picked up by the municipalities that do not even have a microchip reader , and you know what happens after 15 days that they have your lost pet in their temporary pound….. 🙁

    Protection from Loss

    The fact of the matter is that dogs can and do run away. Even the best-behaved dogs have been known to scamper off into the sunset. Name tags can help in these frightening situations by ensuring that your dog can be called by name by anyone looking for him or her.

    It also helps identify your dog to anyone that should come across him or her.

    Identification tags can be used to deliver quite a bit of information to anyone who comes across your dog. It’s not a bad idea to include your name and phone number along with your dog’s name on the name tag, as this can provide an instantaneous way to contact you in case your dog runs off.

  • Why does an adoption co-ordinator have to come to do a home check before I can adopt a pet?

    A home visit is an in-home pre-adoption interview. You will be visited by a 2nd Chance 4 Life volunteer and usually the pet you are wanting to adopt. This is to verify the information provided on the adoption application as well as explain our adoption policies. This also allows you to see how the pet may behave in the new environment. The home checker may also make some suggestions about how to improve the home environment so to keep your new family member safe and keep the rest of the family happy too.

  • Why do I have to sign a legal binding adoption contract?

    You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than expected, or that it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. Therefore, it’s important to understand two things:

    1. The process is the same for everyone.

    2. It is not our intent to frustrate you.

    Everything that we do is in the best interest of the animals in our care and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.

    If you would like to be considered for adoption you must complete an adoption application which you can find HERE.  The application will help us know which of our pets might be a match for your lifestyle and household. Please read each pet’s profile on our WEBSITE. We will specify any special needs or restrictions on each pet such as needing a fenced yard, a home without children, a home without other pets, etc… Please do not apply for an animal if you do not meet any listed requirements.

    Once a homechecker has approved your application then its time for you to sign our adoption agreement, it is important to understand that this is a life time commitment to the pet you are going to adopt and we want to make sure you fully understand the needs of the pet you are going to adopt. The adoption agreement is simple and easy to comprehend, no funny business you will immediately see that we are looking after your and the pets best interest. We never forget the pets we adopt out and want to make sure you know we are there for you and the pet if you need us in the future

  • Are the rescued animals up for adoption Healthy?

    Pets adopted from 2nd Chance 4 Life are healthy. We employ qualified vets to evaluate the condition of each animal upon arrival. Ill animals receive appropriate treatment for their ailments immediately.
    Immediately upon arrival into our care all of our pets have the 4DX test (heartworm disease, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), All the vaccinations, deworming, rabies inoculation, flea and tick treatment and the government veterinary services Leishmaniases test. Furthermore, our organization 2nd Chance 4 Life keep the animals under our care current on all of their vaccinations, and we spay or neuter our pets when the age and condition of the animal permits it.
    When we say our pets are available for adoption we mean that they are healthy and suitable for adoption.

  • Is 2ndchance 4 Life a registered Organization?

    We are currently undergoing the process of the registration of a non profit, non political charity organisation which is regulated by the authorities of Cyprus.

  • What is ehrlichia and leishmania?

    Ehrlichia
    Ehrlichia is a disease spread and caused by a ticks. Ehrlichia is a bacterial infection and occurs predominantly around the Mediterranean Sea. It can be diagnosed by a bloodtest and cured successfully with antibiotics (doxycyline) if treated early. The first symptoms occur 5 to 21 days after infection. These can be fever, shiverring, lethargy, lack of apetite and anemia. If left untreated for a longer period of time it can become chroninc and fatal. Dogs treated on time can live full healthy lives.
    For further information on this disease https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehrlichiosis_(canine)

    Leishmania
    Leishmania is spread by the sand-fly carrying the Leishmania parasite. The disease is found in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. The symptoms differ between dogs. Some will get sick soon after being infected, and others will carry the disease their entire lives without being sick. If and when a dog becomes ill will depend on the strength of his immunity and stress levels. All dogs in this region are bitten by the sand-fly early on in life and they will develop antibodies. Dogs with low immunity are more susceptible. For further information on this disease https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leishmania

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  • Isnt it better to buy a pure breed instead of adopting a

    The best place to find a dog or puppy is your local animal shelter or breed rescue group. They have plenty of, mixed-breeds, big dogs and little dogs actually they have some pure breeds too 🙂 — you’re sure to find a great companion.

    And when you adopt from a shelter or rescue group, you’ll give a dog a second chance at finding a home and you will not add to the nation’s pet overpopulation problem.

    Most mixed breed dogs have good genetic diversity, i.e. their genes are unrelated and include a little of this and a little of that, which promotes overall health and vigor.

    Because their genes are usually unrelated, the chances are good that the parents of a mixed breed puppy did not both have the same defective genes. It is the pairing up of the same defective genes that causes some of the worst health problems in dogs.

    When left to her own devices, Mother Nature tends to make dogs moderately sized, with natural builds. In mixed breeds, you seldom find faces as short as a Pug, or bodies as long as a Dachshund or as barrel-shaped as a Bulldog, or weighing 3 pounds or 150 pounds. This is a GOOD thing, because these physical features are deformities associated with increased health problems.

  • Does 2nd chance 4 life receive any government grants or support?

    No. We are heavily reliant on the generosity of our supporters and donators to carry out our work.

  • Who pays for the vet bills when a new comer arrives at 2nd chance 4 life?

    We do of coarse, we do not wait for a pet to be adopted before giving him/her all the medical treatment and vaccinations he/she needs to be healthy, so we pay for it up front together with any other specialized care needed. The pet may have been in a car accident and is in need of surgery so of coarse we will cover these expenses immediately,

    Immediately upon arrival into our care all of our pets have the 4DX test (heartworm disease, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), All the vaccinations, deworming, rabies inoculation, flea and tick treatment and the government veterinary services Leishmaniases test. Furthermore, our organization 2nd Chance 4 Life keep the animals under our care current on all of their vaccinations, and we spay or neuter our pets when the age and condition of the animal permits it.

  • Why is it a good idea to Train my dog for obedience?

    Obedience Training is one of the best things you can do for your dog or puppy… and yourself.

    Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavior problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problem. Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want her to do. You can teach her anything from ‘stay’ (don’t bolt out the door) to ‘sit’ (don’t jump up on the visitors) to ‘off’ (don’t chew the furniture).

    Dogs are social animals and without proper training, they will behave like animals. They will soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs and even bite you. Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. For example, the dog will eliminate on the carpet instead of outside; the dog will bark all night long instead of just when a stranger is prowling around outside; or the dog will chew furniture instead of his own toys. The key to preventing or treating behavior problems is learning to teach the dog to redirect his natural behavior to outlets that are acceptable in the domestic setting.

    Obedience training is also an easy way to establish the social hierarchy. When your dog obeys a simple request of ‘come here, sit,’ she is showing compliance and respect for you. It is NOT necessary to establish yourself as top dog or leader of the pack by using extreme measures such as the so-called alpha rollover. You CAN teach your dog her subordinate role by teaching her to show submission to you in a paw raise (shake hands), roll over or hand lick (give a kiss). Most dogs love performing these tricks (obedience commands) for you which also pleasantly acknowledge that you are in charge.

    Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for you and your dog. It can enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. A trained dog will come when called.

    Some people debate whether or not it is possible to train puppies, and others ask whether it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. The answer to both questions is an unequivocal YES. Whatever the age of your dog, the right time to begin training is right now! The most important time in your dog’s life is right now. Your dog’s behavior is constantly changing. A dog that is well-behaved today will not necessarily remain that way forever. New problems can always develop. Existing problems can always get worse.

  • How do I know what is the behavior and character of the pet I am going to adopt?

    In the profile page of each pet that is “Available for adoption” we have all the details, including the character, personality, energy level, temperament, health and any issues the pet may have such as food aggression or toy aggression etc.

    We want to make sure you know what you are getting when adopting a pet from our organization, so when a pet gets posted up for adoption we give you all the information.

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