January 13, 2012
I am proud to say that I am a part of the Second Chance family. This is the little shelter that is doing big things. They are in a small town in Central Massachusetts but they are helping animals nationwide. They are an emergency shelter for the ASPCA so they do get dogs from other states in special circumstances. I lost my amazing black lab, Noir, 5 1/2 years ago and my incredible black shepherd, Dubha, 1 1/2 years ago. I never want to go through losing a dog again but I missed having a dog in the house. My solution was to foster dogs for SCAS. I have had several dogs from all circumstances. I had a Pit Bull that was used as a bait dog for dog fighting, a Lab that came from a puppy mill with a broken jaw that had never been set, a Chow that had been in another town's animal control kennel for six months and dogs that were just surrendered by their owners. A lot of these dogs would have been euthanized at most shelters, but not at Second Chance. They are a no kill shelter and take the hard to place cases. They know the best way to stop animal homelessness is to stop the overpopulation, so they opened a Wellness Center that offers low cost spay and neutering. They also offer classes on training and caring for your pet. A well trained dog is much less likely to end up in a shelter. They take in animals that need extensive care and take the time to get them well and find their forever home. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond what is expected because they truly love the animals that come through their doors. They have enriched my life by letting me care for some of their "fur-babies" until their forever homes are found. The saying I hear over and over is "One by one until there are none". They will help animals one by one until there are none that need them. I hope that day comes, but until then I am glad to be able to foster for Second Chance.
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