January 12, 2012
The most important thing to understand about Second Chance is that is a no kill shelter. When I researched a charity to volunteer at I looked for an established shelter whose mission was to actually save animals not just advertise that they do and allow the "unadoptable" to be (as they say on TV) humanely euthanized. The vast majority of the people who turn to Second Chance are understanding of a process that checks references and with potential adopter's Vets to ensure that their already owned pets are up to date on rabies vaccine and spayed or neutered. This is a process to maximize the plan that the animals are going to a forever home that already values and appropriately cares for their animals. There are however a few people who become irritated with process and strike out at things they do not understand. Animals come in sometimes in the most deplorable conditions that cannot be cleared overnight. It took one dog months to put on the 50 pounds he had lost along with his body hair due to severe neglect. Not only was this dog, who had been dumped at the shelter given vet care, food and grooming, he was given love and held on to until he was ready to be adopted. This process was very expensive but Second Chance never wavered in their mission to get him to the home he now has. I get to see the level of caring by the staff and volunteers. At times they have to deal with people who show up and demand to be able to take a cat or dog right then. They are unwilling to wait for the spay/neuter, vaccines,vet checks and grooming if necessary that the shelter insists be done before an animal can be adopted. I have heard staff called uncaring and rude when it was the complainer who was being rude in their demand to not be held to the standards needed to approve an adopttion. Second Chance is a place where the mission is carried out as it is stated. No Kill, adopt, vaccinate, spay/neuter and love animals. One look at the happy endings page should be testimony that the misson is realized.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?