Helping St. Louis Corgis...
Pet's Second Chance, Inc., founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 2000 by Linda Moore as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, rehabilitates and re-homes abandoned Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, as well as Corgi mixes. Linda is a member of the The St. Louis Herding Club, The Gaitway Agility Club, The Greater St. Louis Agility Club, and she serves on the Board of Metro Animal Resources. Pet’s Second Chance is a member of the Nestle-Purina Pet Lovers Coalition, which works to end euthanasia in the Greater St. Louis Area.
PSC accepts Corgis from Missouri, Northern Arkansas, and Southern Illinois. Our dogs range in age from puppies to seniors. We rescue Corgis abandoned by their owners due to divorce, relocation, financial difficulties, the birth of a child, and any number of reasons for which a family may no longer be able to keep their Corgi. Many come to us from shelters. We accept all Corgis regardless of their age or physical condition, and many Corgis who come to us suffer from the following medical issues: heartworms, dental carries, internal parasites, urinary tract infections, fleas and ticks, and even lice. Some have broken bones or cancer. Nearly all suffer from broken hearts and broken spirits.
We don’t have a shelter affiliated with our rescue. Our Corgis receive proper medical care and rehabilitation in loving foster homes with other Corgis or Corgi mixes. Adoption requires an application, an interview, and a contract. We make home visits before and after placing our dogs and continue to provide support post adoption; you’ll not only acquire a Corgi but also a Corgi family. Basic obedience with an approved trainer is also required for adoption.
Corgis, a highly intelligent breed, want to learn and to work. Easily bored, Corgis will find their own job if one’s not provided for them, which can lead to trouble. No matter what breed you are looking to adopt, research the breed’s temperament. The right dog placed in the right home leads to a happy dog and a happy family. We don’t pride ourselves on the number of dogs adopted; instead, we focus on matching each Corgi with a family who will provide the dog a forever home. Not all rescues have the same philosophy. Before you adopt, contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture, 573-751-3076 to ask questions about a specific rescue organization. Rescues in Missouri must be licensed and inspected at least once a year.
We strongly encourage anyone planning to adopt to consider the true cost of dog ownership. It’s not a one-time adoption fee. Routine physicals, monthly heartworm, periodic dentals, and unplanned veterinary care or medical emergencies cost money. High quality food and training are also an investment. A pet savings account or pet insurance can help.
I have owned Pembroke Corgis for 32 years. Corgis are my passion. I’ve had a confirmation champion, agility champions, and one Corgi interested in herding; activities which are instinctual for Corgis. I keep abreast of the latest news and research related to dog nutrition and medical issues within the breed, which I pass along to our adoptive and foster families. Below are photos of some of my beloved Corgis that have crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge, but they remain forever in my heart.
Grits came into our rescue at a little over one year old. Given to a family as a gift, Grits had spent most all of his time in a crate. It was love at first sight for both of us. We trained in agility together and became a winning team. He was my best friend and traveling companion. MACH Reed’s Honey Drippin’ Grits earned numerous titles: CGC, AD, SSA, SJ, SG, SS, SR, ASA, AJ, AR, PJM, and two AKC Lifetime Achievement awards. Sadly, we lost Grits to lymphoma (cancer) at the age of six.
Wiley earned his first agility title at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Nationals in St. Louis in 2001. He won first place, a beautiful pewter plate, and this set the pace for many more agility titles in AKC, USDAA and ASCA. A stranger to no one, he loved every person and every dog he’d ever met. A spirited boy to the end, we lost Wiley to Hemangio Sarcoma at thirteen.
Rider loved his Frisbee, as well as agility. Although not as outgoing with strangers as his brother Wiley, Rider loved his family and he loved to work. Unfortunately, we lost Rider to Lymphoma.
According to The Canine Cancer Foundation, one in three dogs will die of cancer, no matter the breed, including young dogs. Routinely check your dogs for lumps or bumps, especially around the neck and throat. Watch for changes in behavior, especially lethargy. Listen for breathing problems or coughing and bring any issues to the attention of your veterinarian. Please see www.wearethecure.org for more information.
This is my new boy Into the Mystic Red Benz (aka Benz). He loves people, other dogs, and cats. But most of all, he loves to romp and play. We started agility training and are now competing in Novice. This fall we will try our foot work in herding. Stay tuned for the titles that Benz will be earning in agility.