Clara was a beautiful 18 week old German Shepherd puppy who was surrendered to Lodi Veterinary Care and admitted to The Second Chance Fund for treatment of injuries sustained after being hit by a car.  Despite her severe injuries, Clara was very brave and had the sweetest personality.  She spent a month with the staff and doctors at Lodi Veterinary Care trying to heal her injuries which included fractures in three  legs.  A complication of infection at one of the fracture sites and growth plate damage at another led to the heart breaking decision to euthanize Clara.  One of the goals of the Second Chance Fund is to provide our beloved animals with a pain free, quality life and it became apparent that we could not do this for Clara.  She crossed the Rainbow bridge on Friday, June 24, 2016.  She took with her pieces of our hearts and lots of tears; but left us with memories of puppy kisses and beautiful trusting eyes that looked into your soul.  She was very loved and will be dearly missed.

the rainbow bridge poem

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.  When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.  All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....‚Äč

rainbow page

This page is dedicated to the Second Chance Fund animals who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Although their time here with us was much too short, the impact they had on each and every person who loved them is unforgettable.


Gem came to us with a congenital disorder called a Vascular Ring Anamoly. Gem underwent extensive surgery to correct the abnormality and spent two months with us. Unfortunately, due to complications of her condition, Gem crossed the rainbow bridge on August 5, 2009 at 12 weeks of age.