Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Meet Taz. Taz is a 3 year old, female cattle dog who loves to run around and have a good time. On first encounter, Taz may look like quite a frustrated dog, but that’s only because she hates being cooped up all the time! She has been with us for a couple years and truly deserves a loving home with a large yard that she can enjoy one of her favorite activities—rolling around in the snow! Taz has been adopted before, but unfortunately the situation was not permanent because the family quickly realized they did not have the space that Taz needed. Cattledogs are known to be loyal, brave, and hardworking which describes Taz perfectly. Although she isn’t quite a puppy, cattledogs tend to live to be 12-15 years old, which is plenty of time to make life-changing memories with a new family! Another fun fact about cattledogs that describes Taz completely is that they are full of energy and need more than a 15 minute walk. If you have lots of land, like to go on runs, and are looking for a companion, Taz might be the perfect dog for you! Come into the shelter today to meet Taz and then look into fostering this spunky cattledog!

Monday, April 23, 2012


Rupert is one of our favorite kids; he is 11 years old and is a small terrier mix. Recently, his owner just passed away. Now, Rupert is in need of a loving home. He has some ailments but that doesn’t stop him from being the fun, loving dog his owner adored. He has cataracts, which limits his vision. It is heartbreaking to see this poor dog alone and with no owner to show him some love.

Poor Rupert is missing his dad at this time. But we can't blame him right? We would miss a loved one too if they passed. If you would like to check out Rupert and his winning personality, come to Natalie's Second Chance Animal Shelter and play with him or take him on a walk. Natalie Moore has allowed for many of her customers to come in and take dogs they are interested in adopting on walks or to just play with them in the play-pen!

On your visit in the Shelter, make sure you check out the second hand shop attached to the back of the shelter. The secondhand shop has Cattle Dog Bakery treats, collars, leashes, pet clothing, people clothing (t-shirts, sweatshirts), candles for your home, and more. The hours of operation for the second hand shop are the same as the shelter hours, (Tuesday -Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday - Saturday 10am-5pm). All proceeds benefit the shelter and allow us to continue helping homeless dogs and cats!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


A dog that walked through the door one afternoon was quite different than any other dog we have had the pleasure of helping. Her name was Gracie. Gracie is a Chihuahua mix and she was in very bad condition. She was a victim of animal cruelty. This broke Natalie's heart so she rushed Gracie to the vet. Gracie then recovered from a severe trauma and was transformed into a whole new dog! It was very obvious that Gracie was physically and emotionally abused. Gracie was also in such bad condition that her left eye could not be salvaged and her right eye did not work. Poor Gracie was blind.

One day an older gentleman came into Natalie's Shelter and was looking to pick out a dog. Once he saw Gracie, he knew he was in love. He saw past her imperfections. He knew that Gracie was the dog for him, and he took her that day. We can look at this story and be happy that a shelter like Natalie's Second Chance exists. If this shelter did not exist, where would Gracie be? Natalie transformed what could have been a tragedy into "happily ever after." Natalie would never turn down a dog no matter what the condition might be. She is very compassionate and wants to help all of the dogs that might be abused or homeless. Her passion is turning their lives into better lives.

There are many dogs in the shelter that would love to be your cuddly friend! Dogs need love too. There is a dog for everyone at the shelter and you can even come take the dogs for walk whenever you like! This way you can get to know all of the dogs before you choose. Save a dog, save a life.     


Rusty has been a special dog to Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter. Rusty was a dog that Natalie Moore and her team had rescued from being put down in the Perry County Humane Society. Rusty is a very cautious dog. He was found running around during storms in Perry County.  After many failed attempts to catch him, he was finally rescued by the Humane Society.  Upon being captured, those at the Humane Society feared that Rusty would not be adoptable because he growled at them often. Moore and the team have never met a dog that was “unadoptable,” being touched by Rusty’s story she knew she had to get to know him. Upon getting to know Rusty, Moore knew he was adoptable. The only time that Rusty will growl is when he is petted. The “growling” that can be heard however, is Rusty’s way of communicating what feels good to him.  He loves the attention that everyone gives to him at Natalie’s Second Chance.

Rusty has shown Moore that he is a very sweet and caring dog. Rusty loves to snuggle and cuddle against your back, and give you kisses. It breaks Moore’s heart when she thinks about how this poor innocent dog was so close to being euthanized for the sole reason that the Humane Society thought he was unadoptable. The humane society jumped to conclusions about Rusty and wanted to kill him for false assumptions. Rusty loves to go on walks and loves older kids and adults. Rusty is unsure of small children, but given time Moore believes he could grow to love them.

Rusty gets along with other dogs, but has a small problem with cats. He is a beautiful red Pomeranian mix, about 12 pounds. He is neutered and is up to date on all his shots. If Rusty sounds like the perfect dog for you, come to Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter and meet him, located at 10S 16th Street in Lafayette, Ind. Take him for a walk or play with him to get to know him. If you show Rusty some love, he will love you forever.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Not Enough For Nemo

Ever see a dog running the streets and get the fleeting feeling of anxiety that someone is worried sick about where their dog is? Meet Nemo. Nemo, was recently brought into Natalie’s Second Chance by a man who claimed that he had been running the streets of his neighborhood for a couple of days.
Nemo is a special dog—he loves to run and has a charming, spunky personality that adores attention. Among Nemo’s special qualities is a birth defect that slows him down just a tad. He was born with an underdeveloped right front leg and his front left leg is turned in a bit, causing him to hunch over as he walks. Nemo falls within the approximate 6% of puppies who are born with birth defects, yet it certainly should not keep him from finding his forever home. A veterinarian put casts on both of his legs in hope that his tendons will strengthen, allowing him to walk normally.

Before allowing him to be adopted, veterinarians will be making sure that there aren’t any internal abnormalities that would cause future health problems. If you know of anyone that would be willing to give Nemo the forever home that he deserves, contact the shelter!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Older Dogs Need Love Too

Meet Scruffy. He is an adorable Shih Tzu who is neutered, house-trained, purebred, and up-to-date on all of his shots. He is great with people, quiet, and laid back. However, Scruffy has a big problem. A problem that might keep him from ever finding a home. Lucky is 7 years old.
The sad truth is that dogs like Scruffy sit in shelters all over the country waiting for a new home—simply because they are older dogs. According to the American Humane Association, of all the people who bring home a new pet each year, only 20% of people choose to adopt. And unfortunately for Scruffy, almost all of those people want to adopt a puppy.
Puppies may seem like the obvious choice when adopting a dog, but there are many advantages to adopting an older dog. Older dogs adopted from shelters like Natalie’s Second Chance have typically had some sort of obedience training, and are usually housebroken (more so than a puppy would be, anyway). With an older dog, you know what health issues are present, and you have an idea of the temperament and size of your new best friend—with a puppy there may be health problems down the road, or you may be surprised at how big he or she grows.
It is important to remember that before adopting an older dog, it is always a smart idea to get a health report from a veterinarian and talk to a representative from the shelter to ensure the dog will be a good fit for your home. But adopting an older dog like Scruffy can mean more than you think. With all the craziness of puppy behavior out of the way, you can share with them the best years of their life. Plus, you can do your part to help prevent animal overpopulation by saving the life of a homeless dog. Most importantly, you’ll enjoy the unconditional love of your new best friend for years to come.