The Top 10 reasons to adopt from Second Chance Animal Shelter. 1. NO KILL SHELTER. Irregardless of how long it takes, once rescued by Second Chance the animal stays until adopted. 2. No kill extends until past adoption..if you have to give up an animal adopted from Second Chance it is taken back by the shelter and kept till adopted again.3. If a rescued cat or dog is determined to be in need of more than routine Vet care for an illness or injury, the care is given. 4. The kennels and cat enclosures are cleaned ( litter boxes scooped) and animals are fed at least twice daily. 5. Volunteers and staff play with the animals and record behaviors to be passed on to potential adopters. All potential issues are presented to adopters. 6. All adopted animals are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines appropriate for age, micro-chipped, cleared by a licensed Vet and clean. Animals in need of dental work are held until the dental work is completed and then released to their adopters. Have you priced dental work at your Vet? 7. Potential adopters must complete an application which is reviewed by calls to their Vet to ensure their current animals are spayed and neutered and checking of references prior to approval. No walk in adoptions. 8. The donation to adopt an animal is appropriate to the age and amount of care needed to prepare the animal for adoption and the fact that it is considered a donation is clearly spelled out in the adoption contract and verbally by whomever goes over the contract verbally with the adopter. 8. Their is immediate access to Veterinary care through the Wellness Center in North Brookfield and through active relationships with local Veterinary Clinics. 10. THE CATS and DOGS ARE CUTE!
My domestic partner and I had been searching for a new best friend to join our household for about 3-4 weeks with regular weekend trips from Boston out to Second Chance as well as many other shelters in between. During this time we learned that although pet adoption is a much more P.C. path to take in getting a pet then a breeder a lot of the adoption agencies held some serious reservations about young couples (mid-20s) and seemed to treat both of us as though we were making poor life decisions. This, however, was NOT the case at Second Chance. We loved the atmosphere and the adoption fees are INCREDIBLY low. These reasons alone made the ~45 minute drive worth it each weekend to find the right dog for us. After our long search we found 'Betty,' now known as Fenway, the (what was stated as) "Short-haired chihuahua mix." (The jury is still out on her being 'short-haired' and WHAT the mix is because she looks like a golden retriever puppy). Without getting any further long winded I just want to say that I wouldn't change ANY of the choices we made, Second Chance and the staff we had the pleasure to meet and deal with were great, location was as clean and pleasant as you can expect for a building with 20+ animals living there, and the fees, oh the fees are SO0o0o0o minimal!
our family was looking for a small dog to join our family and picked out a dog from second chance...although the dog was a wonderful dog we were lied to and had no other option but to bring her back. we were told she was fully house trained and after having her for over 2 weeks she peed and pooped everywhere but outside.... this posed as a problem seeing i have two your children and having a dog pooping and peeing everywhere is unsanitary. we even tried crate training and she would poop and pee in her crate. so we brought her back and they refused to give us back our money because we singed a contract..........so.... WARNING THESE PEOPLE ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY NOT THE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
loving pets 07/13/2012
Just to set the record straight..... the dog in question has since been adopted successfully and the adopter has reported NO issues with housebreaking. It is very sad that you did not give the dog time to adjust. As for the adoption fee, the adoption fee is non-refundable, as noted in the contract. We do this so that people will think seriously about adopting and remember that these are living breathing pets, not sweaters to be returned. The adoption fee is very low and does not even begin to cover the costs of helping these animals. It is merely a financial commitment to taking a pet home. We offer free after adoption training and advice which you never used. Pets need time to adjust to a new home, having the dog for only a few days is not a fair amount of time for a pet to get used to their surroundings, your schedule, and the change in their lifestyle. I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a pet to be sure they are ready to give a pet time to adjust to their home. Houssebreaking issues occur when a pet does not know the schedule and when they get let out. Getting them on a schedule as quickly as possible will avoid any housebreaking issues.
Client, Donor & Volunteer. In February 2003 we adopted our first dog from Second Chance, the little shelter in the woods. We were so impressed by the staff & volunteers that in November 2003 we adopted our second dog. Over the years we have seen how other shelters operate and Second Chance was the only shelter doing it right. They cared about the dogs & cats, they made sure they got the medical attention needed and checked every application to be sure both the adopters and the new family member were perfect for each other. We have donated, sponsored, volunteered, adopted and will keep doing so because we believe in the mission of Second Chance. We just adopted our fifth dog and just as before our family is overjoyed. Thank you from Lady, Brownie, Baby, Miss Molly & Ebby for giving them a second chance at life.
I love Second Chance Animal Shelter. They do a thorough check to make sure that the animals are going to good homes, but they don't make the process overwhelming (like other shelters I was considering). After my adoption application was approved, I went down to pick out a dog. They talked to me and helped me pick out the perfect match. You can see that they genuinely care about these animals, and it has little to do with money. They charge, what to me, seemed like too little for a dog. I was looking at other shelters that wanted $400 plus for dogs (that to me means they work more for profit than the animals best interest). When I got there to get a dog there were many people there waiting to look too. What caught my attention was that as we were looking one of the workers said that they would be going to the Springfield Shelter to get dogs that were due to be put down due to over crowding. I was impressed and I know you will be too.
Three years ago my husband and I adopted a 12 week old Australian Shepherd/Collie mix named Matty. When we went to the shelter we were so impressed with how clean it was and how caring the staff was with all the animals. I'll never forget the day Joe called and said that they would be honored for us to have Matty and how when we picked him up, the volunteer had tears in her eyes as she watched Matty romp away with us. This shelter really does care and takes extra effort to make sure the animals are matched with the right families. Matty turns 3 on Feb 2nd and I'll be sending his birthday pic in to the Happy Endings because I know how much they really do care. Thanks to Second Chance, not only for Matty, his sister Missy and mother Maggie who all found great homes. But also for all the other wonderful animals they cared enough about to find them Forever Homes!
Second Chance Animal Shelter was a life-saver for my two Maltese dogs who needed to be spayed.
Living in Connecticut, the cost to do the two dogs was in the thousands and we just couldn’t afford the fees. Plus the CT Vets wanted us to leave the dog’s over-night and they would be unattended. Second Chance Wellness Center in East Brookfield was able to do both dog’s for an affordable price, and my wife and myself were able to bring both dogs up in the morning and return back to Ct with them in the afternoon. Not only did the dogs not have to stay, but they receive the most advance method of spaying available, receiving less than an inch cut. Both dogs had no post-op problems and are doing great. Thanks to Second Chance Animal Shelter my dogs were able to get the care they needed and we were able to afford it. Great Shelter and Wellness Center worth the ride from anywhere, don’t miss out on this amazing place.
Second Chance is the best shelter around. They truly do it for the sake of the animals. Some shelters are all about money and the people who work there don't really care about animals. I have read so many horror stories about shelter workers abusing the dogs, not taking care of them etc. but not Second Chance. I got my 6yr old pug there and he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He came fully vetted up to date on ALL shots even a doggy flu shot and he was neutered and had dental work done all for a decent price. If you are thinking of adopting GO TO SECOND CHANCE and no where else. If you are thinking about volunteering GO TO SECOND CHANCE, if you want to donate money or goods give it to SECOND CHANCE. They truly deserve it and work hard to take care of their animals and they really do care about their well being.
Second Chance is the best shelter! I have adopted both a yellow lab/golden retriever/shepherd mix dog rescued from Kentucky and a kitten from them. They are a joy and our family would not be complete without them. Second Chance has given so much back to the area communities with their spay/neuter programs and clinics, and their goal is to educate and prevent abandoned and unwanted cat and dog populations. I am proud to be part of the Second Chance family.
In December 2010 there was a news story about a pit bull puppy who was thrown from a moving car. His name is Blake. He now lives with myself, my husband, my two sons and our cat, Winston. The day he was thrown from the car was probably the luckiest day of his life. He met Joe, who (owns?) Second Chance. Joe brought him to the shelter. Blake was so terrified he couldn't even walk, he just crawled on his belly and he shook with fear. By the time my husband and I went to meet him just over a week later he was the happiest dog I had ever seen. This was thanks to the staff at the shelter. We went through the adoption process and our application was reviewed carefully and all our references were checked. When we went ot pick him up everything was prepared. We got a packet of all his records and Joe spent the time to review everything with us and even offered training tips. They were nothing short of professional. We started a FB page for Blake to educate against dog fighting, BSL and pit bull discrimination. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blake-Bait-Dog-to-Part-of-the-Family/343235945687492) A lot of the staff is following him and his story. Their dedication and devotion doesn't end when the animal leaves the shelter. The shelter itself is clean and safe. They have meet and great areas and a fenced in area for the dogs to play outside. The best part about the shelter is they are a no-kill! I would never adopt from a place that euthanizes their animals. Finally, to comment on Donna's review, she said they barely had any animals to choose from when she went. This is a shelter, not a pet store. If there are not many animals that is good, that means they have adopted out a lot and now have room to help more needy cats and dogs. My husband and I will be full supporters of Second Chance for many years to come. Highly recommend!!