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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: No kill animal shelter

Target demographics: homeless dogs in the Greater Lafayette Community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 dogs find homes!

Geographic areas served: Lafayette, Indiana

Programs: accepting surrendered dogs, pulling from no kill shelters, taking in homeless dogs, finding homes for them and caring for them until then!

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE WORKING WITH NATALIE AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AT NATALIES. WHILE SOME PEOPLE MAY SEE IT AS A "ROUGH PLACE" THIS IS ONLY BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE AND VOLUNTEERS TRULY CARE ABOUT THE DOGS FIRST, NOT "APPEARANCE." THEY PUT THE DOGS NEEDS FIRST IN MAKING SURE THEY HAVE NOT ONLY FOOD AND WATER, BUT LOVE AND ATTENTION AND WALKS. I FOSTER WHEN I CAN, AND IT IS SUCH A JOY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING INVOLVED, YOU WILL SEE TRUE PASSIONATE PEOPLE WHEN YOU TAKE THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW THEM.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Natalie's second chance shelter is a no kill shelter, and I have volunteered here a handful of times and will continue to do so when I'm free. With the little resources they have, they are doing a great job placing these pups in loving homes. While it does seem a little unorganized, the workers/volunteers there knew all the dogs by name and showed tremendous love and compassion towards them. I volunteer to walk the dogs in the afternoon because it is truly saddening to think they don't have a big fenced yard to run around in. I will continue to give my time to this shelter.

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is ABSOLUTELY horrible. I have dealt with Natalie's Second Chance Shelter numerous times, and although, I would try to see the good in not only the board of directors, but the other members/volunteers; I just don't have anything good to say about them. They are RUDE, lack knowledge, don't know much about the animals, claim to be concerned about the dogs in their care (there are probably thousands of people who could tell you otherwise), they are not well cared for, they lack the medical attention they need (I know this for a fact), most animals don't receive proper testing, diagnoses' prior to being adopted, they prefer cash over credit (because it's not traceable), she claims to save most of the dogs from death row (that's not true), she saves dogs who are ill beyond their ability to pay for proper testing, treatment or surgeries, she has to beg for help because the money donated isn't used accordingly, they don't always give out receipts for tax right offs to those who donate, they don't always respond to emails or calls (even if it's in regards to helping), they turn down fundraiser ideas and/or aren't present at those created for them, I could go on forever about this place. It is DIRTY, very unhealthy for these animals. I know volunteers play favoritism to dogs, therefore, they don't all get the proper attention, exercise or food others receive. Did I mention how RUDE these people are? How about how ungrateful and disrespectful they are to clients, volunteers, and even the dogs... this place has no business being in business. These dogs would be better off going to other well-maintained shelters with staff who are gentle, caring, financially able to care for their needs, friendly to their staff, supporters and clients, and ultimately puts the dogs needs first. They also have a terrible vet (if that's what you want to call him). He appears nice; but seems to lack a lot of knowledge when it comes to identifying symptoms in animals to then recommend proper testing for diagnostic reasons and treatment plans thereafter. He has misdiagnosed many of our rescues, one of which has passed away and 4 others who require expensive, on-going treatments that are far from what he diagnosed them with. I do NOT recommend this shelters vet or walk-in clinic. I do not believe these animals are a passion of his nor does he make them sound worth the proper time of a thorough wellness exam, testing, etc. I could write forever. This place needs shut down!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering and working with Natalie's. All the dogs there are truly cared for, and while it may be a bit unorganized or overwhelming, every volunteer is truly appreciated and we have to realize as the public that they are a non profit and doing the best they can with little resources. What is important is how well the dogs are cared for, and how many dogs they are able to save and place in new, permanent homes each year.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place really is awful. I used to volunteer there. There is nothing about that place that is good. The dogs are barely exercised, they aren't treated well, and they don't get water or comfy blankets (unless cameras are around). The place is filthy. The staff is rude and incompetent. No one ever knows anything about the animals. I could go on and on.

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

This shelter was absolutely awful. The place itself was dirty and so unorganized. The staff knew nothing about the dogs. I just adopted a dog today and he is already sick with many issues, including kennel cough which has to do with the cleanliness of the facility. I would NEVER recommend this shelter and really feel bad for the animals. This place is gross. I can't stress that enough. I am just glad I am able to help one dog get out of that awful place.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the treasurer of Natalie's Second Chance Dog Shelter, and the passion that everyone (Natalie, board members, and volunteers) have is amazing!!! We take in all kinds of dogs and do not discriminate against breed, age, or even health! Natalie takes in the hardest cases, dogs that have been abused, dogs from puppymills, etc. Natalie's Second Chance Dog Shelter is a no kill dog shelter. We work with dogs that need extensive vet care, extensive training and socialization, and we will put the time, money, and love into them. Natalie truly believes that every dog deserves a second chance, and she will never turn down a dog if she has the room and the money. We are completely ran by volunteers and donations. We receive no state or city funding.

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