It was 1am in the morning and everyone was sound asleep around me. I should’ve been sleeping too as my son is an early morning riser, but I was fighting a bout of insomnia that was being fueled by a serious facebook crawl. It was shortly after the mayhem of the Lennox incident occurred, and somehow I stumbled upon the Urgent Part 2 facebook page. I remember scrolling through this page that had picture after picture of almost all pit bull mix type dogs that were ‘to be destroyed’ the next day in Manhattan Animal Care & Control (MACC). My husband and I always discussed how we wouldn’t take in any more dogs with our house already being full with 2 babies and three fur-babies, but this one particular pup named Buzz caught my attention. I found myself sitting there in on the floor of our bedroom, in the dark staring at his photo. His big brown eyes were so sad and crying for help. I couldn’t shake the connection I felt with him and reading all of the volunteers comments about his sweet nature didn’t help. That was when I decided that we had to save him. I couldn’t let him be killed. He deserved a chance to feel some happiness and love in life, something that the MACC seemed determined on preventing.
You see, Buzz never made it to the public adoptions area which means he was hidden away in a separate area the whole time he was there (about 2 weeks). Without any exposure to the public he was destined to live out the rest of his short life there in that tiny cage surrounded by stir crazed dogs. He was also never given a SAFER, which is a behavior exam. This tests dogs on food, toy, human, dog aggression, etc.. which are all very important factors to know when you are adopting a dog. And to make things even more complicated, since Buzz had no SAFER he could only be saved by a New Hope partner, which is a group of privately run individual rescue groups that have been screened and approved by the AC&C. So even though I knew I wanted to save him I couldn’t drive to the MACC in the morning and pull him from the euthanasia list. To sum it up these are the factors he had against him: he was a large dog (70lbs skin and bones), had no SAFER evaluation, was sick with kennel cough (which ended up being something much worse), could only be saved by a NH rescue group, wasn’t visible to the public, and was riding on his third straight night on the death row list. Logically speaking there was no way any sane person, especially with kids and other dogs, would or should save a dog like this.
So I quickly began emailing all the rescue groups I could with hopes that I would wake up in a couple of hours to a response from one of them in the morning saying ‘Yes, we will help you pull Buzz from death row’. Needless to say that morning my husband was beyond thrilled about what I had volunteered us for. FOSTERING? How could we possibly take on the responsibility of another dog when we were already so busy? I promised him it could be done. There had to be a way, after all I was already too vested in this. While I was waiting for a response each minute that passed seemed like an hour. I kept checking my inbox, nothing. Finally I heard back from Zani’s Furry Friends, yes!! We went through the application process, got our ducks in a row, and then we were off to save Buzz. I cried the moment I saw him and his favorite volunteer handler who worked so hard to advocate for his life. The only words I could squeeze out in between the sobs were ‘how… could… anyone… not want you??’ From that moment on I promised him that his life would be different. No more abuse, no more neglect, no more abandonment, no more torture. Only love, happiness, and a dog bowl constantly full of yummy food.
On the car ride home we all agreed that name Buzz didn’t quite fit his personality. A couple of names were suggested but none fit the situation or his demeanor. My husband said, ‘what about Chance?’ to which we all loved. Even Chance seemed in agreement, looking in response to the word. So then it was decided from that moment on his new official name would be Lil’ Lennox’s Second Chance. Thus begins a very fun filled new chapter in our lives.