Dogs Get Second Chance At Finding Forever Family In Animal Planet Special

Animal Planet's TV special "Second Chance Dogs," scheduled to air in April, highlights the good work of the ASPCA.

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Lily is one of a handful of dogs who were rescued from a pet hoarder and has a second chance at life. Via People.com
Lily is one of a handful of dogs who were rescued from a pet hoarder and has a second chance at life. Via People.com

Watching the news stories about puppy mills and individuals who hoard dogs often leaves one with the a question of, “What’s next for those dogs?”

For many, the outcome is uncertain. However, for one group of cute pups found in deplorable conditions, they are getting a “redo” at a life they truly deserve.

On Saturday, April 16, Animal Planet will air “Second Chance Dogs” — a behind-the-scenes look at the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey. The 1-hour show, scheduled for 9 a.m ET, will highlight six dogs and the process it takes to prepare them for future adoption.

Center staff make sure dogs are healthy when they first come to their care. Via Animal Planet/People.com

Center staff make sure dogs are healthy when they first come to their care. Via Animal Planet/People.com

In a sneak preview posted by People.com, trained professionals, including Kristin Collins, work closely with the animals, first checking their physical wellbeing and then helping the pups to overcome the hoarding experience.

“During her intake, Lily was really frightened,” the senior director at rehabilitation center said in the clip of one timid pup. “I know she was really terrified on the property; when they tried to remove her, she bit the owner on the ear.”

“Sugar is a, he’s a spitfire. He’s definitely defensive,” Collins added. “He looks like he’s interested in interacting… we may be able to help him overcome his defensive behavior and learn to like people.”

Director Kristin Collins said she hopes Sugar will be able to overcome his defensive behaviors. Via Animal Planet/People.com

Director Kristin Collins said she hopes Sugar will be able to overcome his defensive behaviors. Via Animal Planet/People.com

Lily and Sugar came from a home that had 55 mostly Dachshunds living in horrific conditions. The center aims to rehabilitate them and four other dogs that came from the house so that they can become adoptable.

“We are incredibly excited to give them what they deserve at this point,” Collins said. “But they have a long road ahead.”

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