Fetch and Rescue: Second Chance K-9 Sanctuary

By on November 10, 2015

Buddy strikes a deal – his tennis ball for a treat. (Jerrika Waller)

By Jerrika L. Waller

A few miles off of U.S. 158 in Kill Devil Hills is Ocean Sands K-9 Resort, a dog boarding facility and site of the Second Chance K-9 Sanctuary.

Second Chance K-9 Sanctuary is a shelter for dogs in need, no matter what that need is. Established by Pam Warner in 2012, the shelter works to support the Outer Banks SPCA, and anyone else who needs help caring for their tail-wagging ‘furkids’.

The dogs come from everywhere because “there are so many different life circumstances where these dogs end up homeless,” according to Warner.

Buddy, a sanctuary resident waiting for his forever-home, came to the shelter from being a stray on the streets.

However, Buddy’s unpredictable past is undetectable as he casually runs through the open play yard, hunting for tennis balls with a mischievous grin.

Watching Buddy and noting his obvious security and contentment, “This is the goal for our dogs,” Warner said.

While the dogs are in the shelter, they receive the same treatment as their fellow boarding ‘guests’, which means group playtime outside, treats, toys, ‘board games’, and time in the ‘pet-partments’.

They receive specialized care according to their individual needs and experiences. “We try to find the best situation for each of our guests here,” Warner said.

When determining the most effective treatment for the dogs who come through the sanctuary, Warner insists, “People say animals don’t talk? They do talk. They show you what they’ve been through. And you can tell whether they’ve been beat, whether they have not been loved.”

Second Chance K-9 Sanctuary does not solicit donations, so the shelter’s funding is primarily out-of-pocket.

They encourage those wishing to help out to donate supplies, or to donate money to their account at Animal Hospital of Nags Head to help cover the medical costs for dogs in need.

The sanctuary participates in community fundraisers such as the Wags and Whiskers Gala, an annual charity event whose proceeds go to five local animal non-profits—and is currently raising money for Wags and Whiskers through the sale of the 2016 Outer Banks Beach Babes calendar.

The calendars feature canine “rescue successes,” each dog’s story, and what they would do if they were “Miss Outer Banks.”

They are available for $10, plus tax, at many businesses on the Outer Banks, Ocean Sands K-9 Resort, and online OBX Puparazzi

Although the shelter does hold official adoption events, Warner says their preferred “adoption events” are walks on the beach.

Anyone who would like to adopt one of their dogs may come in any time to look at the dogs, and is interviewed by Warner to ensure the best match between pup and person.

They do not charge any adoption fees; “all we ask is for you to donate to one of the animal hospitals for medical bills,” said Warner.

Adoptable dogs in the area are also posted on the Ocean Sands K-9 Resorts Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OceanSandsK9.

“My goal is to have a facility that is a positive influence on our pet ownership in the Outer Banks,” Warner concluded.

Second Chance K-9 Sanctuary is located at 208 Williams Dr., Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948 with office hours Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




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