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!
I dealt with SCAS twice and was extremely disappointed. In September 2010, I adopted a 3-5 yo male black lab mix. First, I was told by the office manager that the dog was ready to go "home". I then received a call saying the dog needed further medical work--but unknown cause. The dog was diagnosed with a yeast infection in both ears by my vet. The dog died two weeks ago-he had leukemia. When I emailed the director, she said she never heard of canine leukemia (?!). I sent a memorial in for the dog the night of his death--still waiting for it to be posted on the web site. First, I get an email they can't see the picture, then they can "read" it. Finally, they tell me to send the memorial in rich text format. However, they didn't tell me that I had to "update" my application until the last email which I received on a Friday night. When I went to the shelter with my 13-1/2 yo female spaniel mix to adopt her another dog on Saturday, I was told I could not take the dog I wanted-I would have to pick him up Monday 10-1 because no one could perform the vet check on Saturday. I was not willing to lose additional wages because of this pick-up time. The inventory of dogs was slim and the only small dog I could find was a 3 yo old male who had been neutered (3) days before. The dog had matted dried fecal matter all over his rump. I had to ask the staff to put something on the dog to transport him. I returned home without the dog and emailed to complain. I was told by the director that the "update" was a vet check. I told her that I would take the dog only if I could pick him up next Saturday so I would have time to adjust the dog to his new home and my other dog. The director would not make that decision. The director's excuses why the dog had matted dried fecal matter on its rump were weak and ridiculous. The dog should have been kept cleaner. For the record, I had a 16 yo male yellow lab mix (died 2010), a 14 yo female spaniel mix (died 2009), and my other 13-1/2 yo spaniel mix, all puppies, that I had neutered and spayed. Additionally, I know someone who adopted a dog from SCAS. Within a few months, the dog was run over by a car and killed. The town did have a "leash" law. SCAS allowed that family to adopt another dog with no application "update". I guess it's not important that adopters obey the laws meant to protect the animals. I've always wanted to adopt a dog versus buying a puppy from a breeder. However, my last experience with SCAS pushed me toward buying a puppy from a breeder. SCAS is not a great non-profit--not by a long shot!
In the past two years I have had the true pleasure of adopting three pets from Second Chance Animal Shelter- one young cat, one older cat and one puppy. These people genuinely CARE about the animals they take in/find homes for. The animals are healthy, happy and loved by a slew of volunteers, the shelter is welcoming and clean and they really DO put the animals first! When you apply to adopt, they check all your references including your vet- to ensure the animal they are placing is going to a good home. They are very proactive on spaying/neutering and no pet they place goes out without this being done. They also offer very low cost pet health care services, pet training classes- again- fully embracing that the bond that is created between the adopted pet and the fortunate new pet owner is a good fit and loving, enriching relationship for both. Before I discovered them- I had looked at puppies at other so called "pet rescue" groups - local places- several in fact- and was saddened and shocked at the condition of the puppies/dogs and cats/kittens- (kennel cough, intestinal issues, etc.) and the conditions these innocent, loving creatures were being kept in. NOT SO at Second Chance! They are INCREDIBLE there. Truly! I have recommended them to many friends and coworkers- and all sing their praises too as their experiences were like mine.