New rescue group hopes to assistance equally people today and pets in will need

Carmel Valley’s Alix Smith has began her have dog rescue group, 2nd Leash on Life. Alongside with adoptions, her mission is to prepare rescues to be assistance dogs that can be donated to veterans and small children with particular wants.

Second Leash not too long ago took in Mama Mia and her 4 border collie-Jack Russell terrier mix puppies Aggie, Annie, Benny and Bjorn (named after the members of the band ABBA). Now 9 weeks previous, Aggie and Annie are the last of the supergroup who keep on being to be adopted as the relaxation have observed endlessly households.

She has also just rescued a German shepherd and a pug who ended up relinquished by their elderly owners who could no for a longer time treatment for them.

“They’re seriously, truly sweet pet dogs,” she reported of Greta and Kona the pug, equally seven yrs outdated.

Greta and Kona, available for adoption at Second Leash on Life.

Greta and Kona, obtainable for adoption at Next Leash on Lifetime.


Smith has been involved with neighborhood rescues for a extensive time, functioning as a devoted foster mom. By means of her time as a volunteer, she discovered plenty of about rescue administration, actions teaching and handling adoptions to choose to go out on her individual this February. She not too long ago been given her 501c3 nonprofit standing and has effectively rehomed seven puppies in her to start with formal thirty day period.

She is just now setting up to get the word out so she can get extra foster help: “The extra foster family members that I have, the much more canine I can rescue,” she mentioned.

The intention is to get as a lot of canines as possible into very good, loving homes.

A properly-regarded stating in the rescue globe is “Who rescued who?” and for Smith’s spouse and children, it couldn’t be extra accurate. Smith’s vision for 2nd Leash on Everyday living was formed by her daughter Dakota’s knowledge with her rescue provider pet April.

April came into the Smiths’ lives as foster fall short: a faithful, a person-year-previous faithful basset-dachshund hound mix.

As Dakota struggled with intense stress, Smith had April skilled in alert and response to seizures and worry attacks. The services dog accompanied Dakota to university every day at Carmel Del Mar, to sporting activities online games and other actions, serving to to tranquil her down when she felt overwhelmed in social predicaments. 4 decades in, Smith explained Dakota is accomplishing remarkable and April is nonetheless attending university with her at Mastering Decision Academy charter faculty.

“She’s the deal with of my rescue,” Smith stated of April. “April has absolutely transformed that child’s everyday living and which is the issue that I want to do, I want to assist other men and women.”

With Second Leash on Existence, she is hoping to take away the barrier of charge that many people deal with when hoping to get a services pet.

She ideas to do the job with experienced dog coach Saheed Lawal, (who also properly trained April) who will provide discounted solutions to 2nd Leash to certify animals as assistance canine or emotional support pet dogs.
As a result of fundraising, she hopes to be ready to pair support and help canine with individuals who are most in want.

Since acquiring started out, Smith has built connections with nearby veterinarians, Fb teams and the San Diego Humane Society as a rescue solution for canine in have to have. However, there are usually pet dogs in have to have.

“I feel like I can support,” Smith stated. “You want you could conserve all of them… you just do the finest you can.”

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