TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A retired Topeka West High School English teacher and her husband have almost 50 dogs under their roof.
Maureen and Terry Cummins started the Second Chance Animal Refuge Society (SCARS). Now, they are searching for help from the community to keep their efforts going.
Maureen Cummins spent years as a County Animal Abuse Investigator. She is the Director of S.C.A.R.S. which is a no-kill and no cage facility.
Cummins remembers the time she saved a starving German Shepard in Puerto Rico and that is what caused her to walk down a different path.
"That's what started this whole obsession with dogs and that's when I decided I wanted to save all the dogs on the island in Puerto Rico which was a big job and when I came back to the states, I felt like I had to save all the dogs in the states," said Cummins.
She started the Second Chance Animal Refuge Society in her own home. It's one of the few free roaming rescues in the country. She takes care of almost 50 dogs. They are welcome inside the living room and on the property's 50 acres of land and large pond.
"I walk this trail about 3 times a day and I go all around the dam," Cummins says as she walks through the tall grass.
Some dogs suffered from starvation or neglect. One dog, named Hope, has 2 paralyzed back legs and Cummins helps her walk each day.
Cummins says veterinarian bills are expensive and she needs help
However, Cummins is happy to give these dogs a second chance at life.