A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption

A Hillsboro, OH 45133 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs.

MaryJane Espelage

Pets at A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female


Male, Kitten
American Shorthair


Male, Adult
Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)


Male, Young
Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)


Male, Adult
Mixed Breed (Medium)


Male, Young
Doberman Pinscher


Male, Young
Foxhound / Beagle

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1 - 6 of 6 Adoptable Pets at This Shelter

Areas A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption Serves

At this time we are holding our Adoption Days in Hillsboro, Ohio, Washington Court House, Ohio, and Wilmington, Ohio. We are actively looking for more sites that will allow us to visit with our dogs.

If you know of a business that can allow us inside during the winter and inside or outside during the summer please let us know and they will be listed as sponsors on our Adopt a Pet website.

We prefer to find families for our foster dogs within the Tri-State area so we have a chance to meet and talk with them and ensure the animal they want to adopt is a good fit for their family and home life. We like to be sure a large dog isn’t going to a family in an apartment.

We will make arrangements to transport the animals, meeting families part way if they live over 1 hour away from Hillsboro, Ohio

A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption's Adoption Process

Our adoption fees for puppies and dogs are about $120 . depending on the investment we have in the dog and the distance we would need to travel to deliver the animal to their new family.

mjespelage@yahoo.com 937 764 0406

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In some circumstances we will consider 'trial' adoptions allowing you to take an animal home for up to 7 days to determine if they will fit into your family and life style. Final adoption donation will be required at the time you remove the animal from our care. If you feel it necessary to return the animal to A 2nd Chance, ¼ of your adoption donation will be retained by us and the balance returned to you. If you are not able to keep an adopted pet and return it to us after any trial period or; if no trial period was arranged and the pet is returned, none of your fee will be refunded.

Our adoption agreement requests that if the adopting family is at any time no longer be able to keep the animal, it is NOT to be surrendered to an animal shelter or rescue, euthanized or passed along to another family or removed from their care in any other way without first contacting us and discussing their needs. We will take the animal back under almost any circumstance.

We are a private rescue group consisting of 1 person working full time and some volunteers. We will return your correspondence as soon as we see your phone call or email. We will call or email you back the same day. If you have not heard from us in this time please resend your email or call us again as we are VERY serious about finding the right forever families for our animals.

We love all of our animals. Our goal is to ensure they find Forever Homes and live out their natural lives with loving, happy families.

Thank you for your interest in saving a life and giving a deserving animal - A 2nd Chance

About A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption

We began with two individuals who used to volunteer and foster at the Highland County Dog Pound run by the Sheriff's Department. This is a kill facility and it became increasingly difficult to find that dogs we had been working with - helping to socialize them and make them more readily adoptable - had been euthanized.

We also found that if we fostered the dogs they were still County property so we were not able to actively try to find them homes. Because of the limitations put upon us by the County's system we decided to go it on our own and set up a private rescue group personally financed.

We started by adopting from the Highland County Pound but ocassionally take in animals from other kill facilities as well as local abandoned, mistreated and/or stray dogs. In unusual circumstances we have accepted owner surrendered animals but because they are kept at our homes, space is extremely limited.

A 2nd chance is not affiliated with the Highland County dog pound, the Humane Society or any other formal organization.

We are operating out of our homes using our private funds. Our monies are supplemented by the adoption donations we receive and any donations obtained at our Adoption Day events. All of these funds are used to obtain additional animals as well as to feed, shelter and vet the ones we have.

Our adult dogs are spayed/neutered, wormed, treated for fleas and receive rabies, distemper, parvo and influenza vaccinations. Puppies will have been wormed, treated for fleas and begun their vaccination series.

In addition we feed, shelter and transport them on Adoption Day trips to TSC and PetLand in Hillsboro and Wilmington. All of this is at our personal expense.

Documentation with specifics on all vetting will be provided at the time the adoption fee is received and ownership transferred.

The majority of animals obtained from pounds or as strays come with little information on their history, breed, age or temperament. We ask the veterinarian to estimate age and breed when possible but there is NO guarantee as to accuracy. It is simply a guess based upon size, appearance and temperament of the animal.

When possible we will provide an adopting family with information on what we have observed during the time we fostered them regarding how they socialize, behave with other animals, walk on lead, behave with children, etc., but again cannot make any guarantees.

---"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us!" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We are in this because we love dogs, cats and all animals and hope to do our part for homeless pets.

Thank you
Mary Jane

Come Meet A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption's Pets

All of our dogs are at our homes in Hillsboro so private viewings are by pre-arrangement only.

On weekends we have Adoption Days at local business locations. Current sponsoring businesses are listed below.

PetLand on Harry Sauner Rd in Hillsboro, OH
Tractor Supply in Hillsboro and Wilmington, OH

Thank you for giving our animals - A 2nd Chance

A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption's Adopted Pets

See Adopted Pets List

Make a donation to A 2nd Chance Pet Adoption to help homeless pets find homes


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