The ASPCA Gives Dogs A Second Chance With One Special Program

by Anna Halkidis
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To celebrate 150 years of helping animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) teamed up with Animal Planet for a special showing its success of rehabilitating dogs rescued from unimaginable circumstances.

Second Chance Dogs, set to premiere on April 16 (9 a.m. EST), brings attention to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.

Opened in 2013, the facility takes in “canine victims of cruelty,” many of whom were in hoarding situations or puppy mills. Such conditions not only leave the dogs terrified, but also makes them distrusting of humans. The aim is to help them recover so that they’ll be able to find forever homes.

“Many of the rescued dogs that enter our rehabilitation program have never experienced the things normal pets do, like going outside, playing with toys, walking on-leash or socializing with people,” said Kristen Collins, senior director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation. “Through this documentary, we want to share the stories of behaviorally damaged dogs who overcame their debilitating fear through rehabilitation, learned to enjoy life and ultimately became adoptable.”

It’s a facility that has proven to be successful for many of the dogs, as you’ll see in the the 30-second trailer below where some of the pooches go from being traumatized to playful and loving.

“We’re also eager to share the research we’re conducting at the Rehab Center with colleagues,” said Collins. “We hope the lessons we’ve learned will enable other animal welfare organizations to treat homeless dogs suffering from fear and anxiety so more animals can be saved.”

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