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Second Chance Animal Services Inc FKA Second Chance Animal Shelter Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission:

OUR MISSION


TO provide temporary shelter to stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals for the purpose of finding permanent suitable new homes.
TO provide assistance and information to others whose purposes are consistent with the purpose of Second Chance Animal Shelter, Inc.
TO provide assistance and financial aid to prevent overpopulation through spaying and neutering programs.

Results: We help over 40,000 pets a year through adoption, low cost spay/neuter, veterinary hospitals that provided subsidized rates for those that qualify to ensure pets can stay in their homes, educational outreach in schools, special programs such as Project Good Dog for training of behaviorally needy pets, and a pet food pantry.

Target demographics: animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 40,000 pets in need

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Programs: adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, veterinary care, vaccine clinics, and more.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Daisy from second chance about 11 yrs ago. She was rescued from a puppy mill. Then just this March we adopted Neo from second chance, she was transferred from a shelter down south. We love our dogs, second chance helped us to rescue the two loving snuggly dogs.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely excellent, I go to the office in Springfield MA. Have 2 dog and a cat all getting up in age.dealing with Allergies, kidney, heart and thyroid problems pulse regular issues. I’m there all the time. Without them I don’t know what I would do. When I got my animals finances was not a problem but life has a way of changing, changing not always for the best. With Second Chance they give subsidies so I can meet my girls health need. This place is wonderful and treat my girls like their own pets. I need and we need this place please keep funding them. I would do anything for this place if I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started a little over 4 years ago when our beloved beagle passed. We went to SCAS 6 days later and met Lucy who was timid. She was also the oldest pup in the bunch so we took a chance on a girl that was barking and showing her teeth. Took her 2 years to accept her Poppy but now she gives us unconditional love. Lucy is the reason I decided that day I was going to volunteer. Since then we have adopted 3 others from Second Chance, two we fostered first. We took in Igor who was from a hoarding case of 27 other cats and was the most shut down and I was determined to find him the best home, but we became a "failure" and he already knew he was home. Billie is wonderful and we fostered her when she was 4 weeks old, adopted her soon after we started fostering and she thinks she is the princess. Jethro we got nearly a year ago after I went in and took his photos I came home and told Joe all about him. However, by the time Joe met him he was on hold but that fell through and the next day we decided to adopt him. Joe started volunteering with me 3 years ago and he goes in every weekend (and any other opportunity he has) and for 2 hours he walks the dogs nonstop. I have been involved in almost every volunteer accept there is from walking the dogs to being the photographer. Nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to help SCAS and I love taking the photos. Second Chance is a great place and consider them when you need to find the love of your life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Igor and I wanted to tell you my story. This story starts out sad and it ends happily. SCAS was called to an emergency hoarding situation that was horrifying to say the least. I was one of 27 cats living in this filthy home. One day we had several heroes walk into our house to save us and our lives were forever changed. The day they found me I had an upper respiratory infection which caused my eyes to weep. When my rescuers saved me they didn’t know that not only that I had weepy eyes, but I was crying for love and attention. Soon my brothers and sisters found ourselves being escorted to SCAS for check-ups, flea treatments and anything else we needed. My time at SCAS started in a quarantine state and I was completely shut down. I never knew a loving hand so I would hiss and scratch anyone who tried to love or care for me. After I was released from quarantine I was sent to spend my days at the adoption center in a small cage and I would not leave the shelf and was still very angry. Then a glorious day in June happened when I got released into a foster home. Was I a nice guy when I got there? I will admit I was not on my best behavior but the foster family didn’t want to give up on me. The first two months I lived there I would not come out from their dark basement. At least it was summer because it was like living in an air conditioned building which was fine with me. The only way I would eat was when they slid my bowl across the room to me and leave. One day I ventured up the steps to explore the house. The people were surprised to see me, but they stayed still so I would enter the room. This is where I found my new best friend, Doug, the orange cat. I felt that after hiding for two months and giving out many war wounds, that maybe I was ready to be a nice guy. At first when I came upstairs I would only stare at these people and sit on a pizza box. My foster mom was promoting me all over the place to try and find me a home but no one was coming forward. Seven months and I was still a foster cat with no hope of a home. My happiest day finally came on Christmas morning 2016 when I received my adoption papers under the tree stating I was my dad’s Christmas gift! My life has forever been changed and now I participate in regular photo shoots from being all natural to wearing a suit. Also, I have two sisters (cat and dog), a brother (Doug), a mom and a dad. I knew where my home was before my family did. Life can’t get any better than it is now. I am proof that with a little time, love and a pizza box a broken heart can be healed and a shut down animal can become a gift for all who know them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing! They do so much great work helping the community and providing much needed services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing! They are so caring and do so much for the animals. Their veterinary hospitals have all the best equipment, knowledgeable vets, and top quality care! Holly says thank you!

1 Courtenay R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We now have 3 family members who started their lives at Second Chance. 10 years ago we were lucky to find our first fur baby Aspen. He's a big loveable cat who keeps us on our toes even though he's getting up there in age.

He is a constant cuddler when you're having a bad day, recognizing that you need a little snuggle.

And recently we were double lucky to be chosen to be parents to two bunnies named Hoppy and Oreo. It has been quite the adjustment going from 1 cat to 1 cat and 2 rabbits but they all get along great!

Our family is more than grateful to Second Chance for all that they do for these animals and not giving up on them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Sam from Second Chance Animal Shelter several years ago. They were wonderful to work with!! Sam is great dog and a special part of our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Baylee is the best edition to our family. Second Chance in East Brookfield helped us fill a void in our lives and our hearts! Her brother and her are inseparable. Thank you!!!

Rachel B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted both our dogs from second chance and they’re both wonderful! The staff was very friendly and seemed to know their stuff. Before we got our second dog they made sure we had a meet and greet with the first one to ensure they got along before allowing us to adopt. I recommend them to everyone who wants to adopt!

2 Michael B.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at second Chance for almost 2 years now. I love being around the animals and working closely with the employees, both learning and helping to educate potential adopters. The work they do there is tireless and at times can seem thankless but the continue to make a difference inside and outside the community! I’ve volunteered at many different shelters and sanctuaries and SC is far and above the most dedicated to their mission! A great place to donate your time or money or find your new best friend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister-in-law adopted a puppy from Second Chance Animal Services. The puppy became very ill a week later. Second Chance admitted the puppy to their North Brookfield, MA veterinary hospital and treated her for one week for parvovirus. She healed beautifully, and was returned to my sister-in-law. They were so impressed with the veterinary services provided to the puppy, and REALLY like the veterinarian. Veterinary services were free for the puppy. It was a great experience.

Patti S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had adopted 2 wonderful labs from Second Chance years ago. I had to recently put down the last one. Broke my heart again. I made it for 1 week and then looked on their website and found Beatrice. She came to Second Chance through the Grey Muzzle program. She is the sweetest, most lovable dog ever. Her coat was shiny, eyes bright, ans so used to belly rubs. It was very evident the staff gave her much love and attention. She became mine the day I met her and it has been a wonderful experience. The care from the staff was excellent. She was so happy to see them when I brought her back for a visit. Their mission and care hasn't changed since my first experience with them. What an amazing group of people.

getout1234

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my little girl Star. She is a rescue. And my heart. When she got a lump on her neck I was a very worried mom. Second Chance helped me. They took excellent care of her. Even when she was a pain in the butt and didn't want to stay long enough to wake up from her surgery. I think she thought I was not going to get her. The staff is fantastic, I love them all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I live on a fixed income. It wasn't always that way. I have dogs and cats. When one of my dogs needed surgery I was told it would cost over $5000. I was devastated. How would I pay. Then Second Chance Animal Shelter Inc. With their veterinarian services. Helped me with my girl. And lucky no cancer. I don't know how I would get along without them. I thank them every day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Hannah (formerly Ma), my husband and and I adopted her last March from your 2ast Brookfield shelter. She came from Mississippi and had ten pups prior. I Facebook with her foster family in Mississippi, who kept one of her pups. We simply adore Hannah! she's a doll, and makes our family complete!!!

Christina R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Second chance about a year ago for the perfect companion for my four autistic children. I wanted them to have a puppy or dog that would become part of the family as we settled into our new life in a new town. We were introduced to Harley. She came right up to my son and licked his face before cuddling up to my daughter. She definitely found her forever home and we found the dog we were hoping for. She loves to play with the kids and has befriended all my neighbors and their fur babies. Second chance was happy and available whenever I had questions and made sure everyone adjusted happily. We are so grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My three rescues came from Second Chance Animal Shelter. I first adopted Lucy in 2007, then Jenny in 2010 and the newest member of my fur family, Dixie in 2015. I started volunteering at SCAS in 2013 and still continue to do so. All three of my "girls" go to the Second Chance Clinic in N. Brookfield, MA for their vet services. Jenny was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease in February. For the past 6 months Jenny has been going to the clinic for testing, check-ups and treatment. Each time I've taken Jenny to the clinic the staff and veterinarians have all been wonderful. Unfortunately Jenny (she was over 13 years old) recently had to be euthanized due to her illness. The staff could not have been more kind and understanding of the heartache I was experiencing. Hopefully I won't have to go through that again with either of my other two girls, but if it were to be, I know that I could go to SCAS and my girls would be taken care of by compassionate, knowledgeable people.

Marc L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Herschel is the sweetest dog ever. I can't imagine if my family and Hersch never found each other. The wonderful people at Second Chance Animal Shelter gave Herschel much attention and affection while he lived at the shelter, and he also learned extra good behavior during the time he spent in Project Good Dog (he's a proud graduate). It wouldn't be the same without him. Thanks so much, Second Chance!
--Marc

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a senior dog from second chance in the fall of 2017. He was not quite ready to be adopted due to medical issues so we were able to foster to adopt while second chance continued to treat Wilbur. Second chance has given myself and my son more love then we ever knew possible. Wilbur will have life time medical issues but second chance took the time to discuss and to make sure we understood before adopting.

Alison A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband Scott and I were looking for a small dog...so I started putting the word out on fb...where I met Gretchen from second chance...and she hooked us up with our little munchkin piney...he is such a sweet boy and we are forever thankful to second chance for our boy!!! The adoption process was so easy and we were able to foster him before adopting him last september... he is our fur baby and such a sweetie!!!! Thank you second chance!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been searching for another fur baby to join our family for a while. Adoption was something that was very important to us and wanted to provide a loving home to a dog in need. At the time, we lived in an apartment and several shelters/rescues turned us down due to that fact alone.

We found our Lola girl’s picture shared by a mutual Facebook friend and fell in love with her squishy face immediately. We filled out an application, and were invited down to Second Chance with our Boston Terrier Bentley. Bentley and Lola instantly connected, and so did my husband and I. The adoption process was completely seamless.

Lola holds an irriplaceable role in our family and we are so grateful for Second Chance for giving our family a chance!

Chrissa D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I answered a plea for help. Ace is a black lab mix who needed hospice. Second Chance removed the tumor from his mouth but oral cancer is aggressive. Ace didn't seem to know how to be a dog and wasn't house trained. Boomer, also a dog from Second Chance adopted a year before, helped Ace learn. They are now inseparable brothers and Ace has lived months past what was expected. He is such a happy guy and shows no signs of sickness. Thanks to Second Chance Ace has a second lease on life.

Alice Mae D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i had a female Jack Russell dog for 12 years. she got very sick. the vets were so good to her. they helped her all they could to make her life a little better for her. and for awhile she was doing good. but her age and sickness caught up with her and she had to be put down. the vets showed so much compassion and love for my sweet Meiling . they stayed right with her through the whole process. while at the same time trying to comfort me. i will never go anywhere else with my animals . second chance animal hosp / shelter is really the place to go. whether your animals are sick or well. they all are my angels on earth.

Kiara R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little Reese boy on June 2nd, 2018. This date will forever be sketched into my mind. We had been looking for a pup to add to our family and were continuously met with failure. A dear friend of mine mentioned Second Chance Animal Shelter and I decided to check it out. I scanned through the photos of their dogs available for adoption and came across Reese, he was categorized as a small breed dog and a lab/terrier mix. I was leaving the next day for a short get away. I found Reese’s photo after hours but decided to make the 1 hour trip to be there when the shelter opened up, hoping he would still be there and not at the mobile adoption. I filled out my paperwork and was shown to the room where Reese was! He was a tiny little fluff ball in the corner of a big crate. I melted when I saw him. He was handed to me and already, I was tearing up (I already knew he’d be coming home with me). We brought him outside and immediately he went to the corner of the play yard and went potty, I thought this was a great sign and I was right. We hardly had any problems with potty training! We played for an hour and loved one another until I had to leave for work. The volunteers were very Courteous and cautious about their adoptions, they wanted my significant other to be able to meet Reese before I took him home to make sure they meshed well. I put down my holding fee and we returned the next day. I was heartbroken to leave him. When we arrived the next day, I went to Reese’s crate and began talking to him, when I opened the door he stayed back but after a few seconds his tail started wagging and he came to the edge of the cage where he put both his paws on my shoulders and jumped onto me. The volunteer immediately left to begin the paperwork and we brought our baby home that day. I am forever grateful to Second Chance Animal shelter for introducing us to our boy and for all of their hard work and dedication for ensuring that these animals are with caring and loving families. I recommend them to everyone!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Second Chance in November, 2013 and saw Hunter sitting quietly in a cage with a cone around his head. I went back the next day and asked to take him for a walk.....he loved to walk....my kind of dog, I said. Finally after discussing Hunter with my husband, I went back and adopted Hunter, who we then named Max. He has been my constant companion, and before my sickness we walked a long way twice a day. We will get back to that walking soon, in the meantime, my husband has taken over. I have called Second Chance on a few occasions for advice and they always talk to me at length. Thank you, Second Chance

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog, Sophie, in 2009 (she’s now 10) from Second Chance and have had a wonderful experience with them from the very beginning. We are proud supporters of all that they do and Sophie and I still make visits back to the shelter to see how they are all doing. Their involvement with other rescues, education programs and relief efforts is exemplary! We always recommend SCAS to any other potential adopters without any reservations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second chance operates throughout the state and provides support in so many ways - even wildlife in some cases. We are lucky to have them in our communities, they have helped my veterinary hospital many times. Thank you second chance!

Johanna N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog was very ill due to 17 badly infected teeth. They made it affordable for me to be able to get my baby surgery! 13 and still going strong! Thank you Second Chance! BTW, Evil is my service dog! I wouldn’t be alive without her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I just went to go look at dogs. We were introduced to Henley and instantly fell in love. We were lucky enough to bring Henley home in a week! Staff at second chance made sure Henley was healthy and ready for his forever home in a timely manner and answered all Our questions about him too!

Crystal D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second chance is the only way I was able to afford getting my pets fixed. They are the best!

Jennifer D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance let me add the most precious addition to our family. His name is Nolan and he is a 7 month old shepherd mix and weighs 33 pounds now ! When we first got him he was only 11 pounds and 3 months old. The way we found this precious addition to our family was through second chance’s website. We saw his picture and fell in love and we filled out their survey online for him. So Second Chance closes a part of the day then reopens later on and we were there waiting outside a whole hour before they reopened that day. We were determined to get Nolan. We walked in and right then I was like I need to see Nolan please! They brought me to Nolan and he had my whole heart in his paws. Then we got to play with him and then we went through the adoption process which went so well and lady helping us was so nice! That’s how we added the most furry memeber of our family ! He is the light of our eyes and nothing beats that tail wagging and him running up to you every time you go through those doors or right when you wake up. Also, we do use the Second Chance Vet in North Brookfield and they are amazing as well! They are just all around a amazing organization! I always recommend them to anyone who is try to add a memeber to their family. Thank you so much for allowing this to happen Second Chance. We could not imagine our life without Nolan!!!

Missy K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In November of last year we found out my husband had cancer. The depression that followed, I can’t even describe. My sister in law suggested we get a dog, and sent me a picture of a dog on the Second Chance Animal shelter web site. By the time we got there,that dog had already been adopted. The shelter staff pointed us in the direction of a boarder collie lab mix named Cole. One walk later Cole was coming home with us. He was so anxious being at the shelter he had locked sores on his paws, but he was still so happy. He fell asleep on my husbands lap on the ride home. All anyone knows about Cole is that he was rescued from a high kill shelter in TN. His anxiety has diminished now that he has a home, he is just happy all the time, with a big doggie smile.
With my husbands medical condition we had to have the right, the perfect, dog. That was Cole, after a family vote he was renamed Toby. He takes us for walks when we would rather stay in bed and when we need to be snuggled he is there. He brought joy during our darkest time and now that my husband is in remission he continues to bring us nothing but happiness.

Albert D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

2nd Chance accepted a small dog (Patty) that was surrendered by someone in the south with a loud heart murmur that was a severe problem that she was born with. My wife and I agreed to foster her so she would not die in a shelter. 2nd insisted on a Cardiology consultation and it turns out her problem was repairable. Although expensive they didn't hesitate to do what it takes to save her. Her problem became suddenly life threatening and she had the procedure to save her life. We were told not to worry about expenses, and that they would raise the money, Of course we are contributing to her care. Today she is happy, playful, chases chipmunks, and is a little love. Their only goal was to save this sweet little dog. Mission Accomplished.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to Second Chance to look at a dog that we saw and wanted. However, when we arrived we were told that he wasn't good with children so we asked if we could look at some others. While we were waiting we noticed a dog barking and trying to get our attention through the window so we asked if we could meet that dog. Needless to say we fell in love immediately! Her name is Maya and she's 8 years old and has been through a lot in her life including being on the streets with medical issues that required surgery. We met her foster Mom who gave us the tools we needed to provide a happy life with us in our home. We couldn't be more blessed to share our lives with Maya and provide her with warmth, shelter and love for the rest of her life! Thank You SECOND CHANCE!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had been looking for a puppy to add to our family for a while. We finally saw one on Second Chnace’s website and decided to arrive early on a Saturday morning to be first in line. We ended up first but the puppy we wanted was at a mobile adoption event. The woman at the shelter called the mobile adoption and we were able to go and meet the puppy there. After her getting spayed, we were able to take Zoe (formally Alice) home! Second Chance was great to work with and we are so happy that we found our Zo Zo!

1 Meredith B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 kittens from Second Chance, 1 about 4 years ago the other around 2. Both of them changed my life. They brought me companionship when I lived alone. Second chance was great to work with. I thank you for my fur babies!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A little over a year ago we went to Second Chance Animal Shelter hoping to adopt a kitten, but there were none. One of the volunteers suggested that we take a look at the cats just the same. We did and we were chosen by a 3 yo cat who stole our hearts. The whole experience with the staff and volunteers was wonderful. We fostered until adopted. Whenever I had a question I reached out to them and I always either got a call or email from Second Chance. Their responsiveness shows just how dedicated they are to helping animals find their forever homes. Even after the adoption was finalized they reached out to make sure everything was going well. We love our baby! Would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking for a pet to stop by Second Chance and take a look, ask questions, and adopt!

Lisa J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

So this little dog had fallen on hard times and needed her "Second Chance." As she was not able to tolerate the shelter environment, SCAS arranged a foster family for her until we saw this irresistible face on their website and charged on up to get her. She is a happy, sweet girl who just wants to tell everyone how grateful she is to SC that they would go to any length to get her into a loving forever home. Thank you SCAS!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance does an AMAZING JOB! They save and help so many animals each year and are such an important part of our community. I’m thankful for organizations like them and for giving making me a fur mom again with my little baby Dot!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally, seven years ago, trapped three feral cats, a momma and her kittens. Second Chance loaned me the trap. They took such good care of them. Of course, they remain as pets in my home. Pets who actually don't appreciate petting.
I have my 4 cats and two little dogs vaccinated there. I watch who flows through the waiting room as I wait to see a vet. Everyone is taken care of in a timely, caring way. I have watched the growth of this business in our region to the benefit of hundreds of abandoned creatures. They are incredible and have saved so many animals from hardship and death. I have the utmost respect for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of sharing my life with two rescues from Second Chance. Ace and Boomer are two black labs with very opposite personalities which makes for lots of fun. They give me something to look forward to every day i get out of work. The staff here were very helpful in making the adoption process almost effortless!

Becca J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Made my dog and myself trip here very easy and mind easing. All for a low cost neutering. They made it happen!!

Michelle Gordon C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the very best!! The staff was so welcoming, helpful and friendly from the very first phone call through to the wonderful vet doing my dog's checkup and follow-up calls. They are affordable and have convenient locations. I highly recommend Second Chance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering seven years ago on Saturdays, and following my retirement I am now there four days per week. I am constantly impressed by the professionalism and caring attitude of all staff members and the attention and affection shown to the animals by my fellow volunteers. Every animal is treated with the utmost care , particularly the most in need of such treatment. I have adopted two kittens from Second Chance, and both of them have added so much joy to my life that I will be always grateful to the shelter and recommend it to my friends.

Natalie75

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued an elderly Chihuahua from the euthanasia list in NYC. She needed a dental...badly. Second Chance Wellness treated her like the queen she was and at about half the cost of "retail" veterinarians. This helps rescuers like me help more seniors. When someone tossed a sickly 5 week old kitten into my yard, Second Chance worked wonders with him! He was underweight, FIV+, and had a botfly larva lodged in his neck. One year later he was FIV-, HUGE and happy! Wonderful organization and the scope of their services is impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a -14 degree February day, local animal control picked up a skinny, mostly furless, not neutered, Lyme positive, Rottweiler with infected skin and several tumors. Second Chance took him in. A week later I fostered him. They supplied multiple medications, supplies, ongoing medical care, and surgery to neuter and remove the tumors. With my love, medicated baths 4 times a week, and Second Chances' expertise and support, within a few months "Carl," now Gideon was covered in the sleekest black fur and ready to go to his forever home—with me! He is the light of my life, shining love and positive ambassadorship (and a kiss or two) for an often maligned breed wherever we go. Check out the before and after pic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Second Chance Animal Clinic...we get our dog's vaccines there and recently even had a little bunny spayed since they have a vet who is rabbit savvy. Also our cat was very sick last year (I though he was sick, anyway) and turned out he had a bad tooth which they were able to pull with sedation and it didn't cost a fortune. The building is very bright and clean and comfortable. The service is awesome and the staff is very compassionate. We recommend Second Chance to everyone.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I booked appointment for my 5 month old pup to be spayed. I filled out an application only to find out she would be done Free of charge. I couldn’t believe it ... free. On the day of the appointment I couldn’t have been happier with the staff. They all fell in love with my fur baby, and I felt good leaving her there knowing how friendly, and caring the staff was to everyone. It only took 24 hours for her to return to her happy self with no complications at all. I would recommend Second Chance to anyone looking for veterinary care for their pets. Thanks for everything!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

LOVE Second Chance! We are proud foster failures, having adopted Abby last year. The shelter and vet staff are very caring and supportive. I'm now a volunteer, helping to support this great rescue!!

Kristin Schmickel M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Second Chance for over 10 years and in that time I have seen such devotion and passion from everyone involved that it is amazing. At Second Chance every animal that comes into the building is treated with dignity and love from employees, vets and volunteers. They truly care to make sure each pet gets a forever home and will keep and care for every one until that time. You won't find a shelter that cares more or does more to help animals.

1 Blake J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Second Chance back in 2003, after retiring from the Corporate World. 15 years later I am a member of the Board of Directors. This is an organization that is driven by the passion of its founder to assist all animals and their families in any way that they can. Having begun life as a home based foster rescue at its inception in 1999, it has grown to serve over 26,000 in 2016 and approaching 30,000 this year, with its 3 subsidized veterinary clinics and its 3 adoption locations. With an estimated 23 million animals living in poverty in our nation, it was an imperative for Second Chance to become the ONLY animal welfare organization in the state of Massachusetts to provide full service veterinary care to the under served families of our communities who can not afford private vet care. Their love of their companion animals is as deep and committed as any pet owner. I am proud to be a part of the most compassionate, committed and talented group of staff, volunteers, donors and friends. This organization is helping in so many ways to make the lives of animals as happy and healthy as they can. It is far, far more than just a shelter!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an organization that works to bring help to the underserved. By providing subsidized veterinary care to those who would never be able to afford it frim conventional sources. They helped over 26,000 animals this hear. Their mobil units go direction into the neediest neighborhoods providing care to animals that would never get to see a vet otherwise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Animal Services is the best! I have been a volunteer for a few years now and am so impressed with all that they do for pets in need and the services they provide within several communities. We also adopted Sammi from Second Chance, our best dog ever! She was probably about 7 yrs old when she was rescued from a hoarding case and came to SCAS as an emergency placement from HSUS. She then went to Project Good Dog - a prison program where she spent 8 weeks with an inmate receiving 24/7 care and training. This is an outstanding SCAS program which provides such a positive outcome for dogs and inmates alike. Second Chance has wonderful staff, volunteers, vets and vet techs. I'm honored to be a part of this organization and we love our Sammi!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a cat room volunteer for almost 10 years now at Second Chance and just adore this place! I have 4 cats, 3 of whom have been adopted through Second Chance as well! The love, care and devotion shown to all the animals in all stages from sick to healthy is unprecedented. I also use the full vet service at their North Brookfield facility and love the fact I can bring the cats in for their shots on clinic days there. Please consider Second Chance when you are looking for a furry member to join your family! =^.,.^=

Diane S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance has so many great programs to help pets and their pet parents. I volunteer every week and it is comforting and rewarding. I always tell people "I get to fall in love every week!". Come help out and get your 'fur fix'!

Kim C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance took in dogs and cats from Florida after hurricane Irma. I heard from a friend one of the dogs was a "big shepherd female". I inquired about her and they were very honest that she was older and had some health issues. They were GREAT with communication every step of the way. We made arrangements to foster- to- adopt her. They were so helpful. This sweet girl has been with me over a month now. It's sad to say but I believe if she had landed at a different shelter she might not have made it.
She just went back to Second Chance for her spay and to have some tumors removed. Second Chance was amazing!!!! It's obvious everyone there really loves these animals, and cares about us crazy animal people. Nothing but positive things to say about my experience. Thank you Second Chance!

Jessica C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Adopting my dog was an amazing experience thanks to Second Chance. I felt confident in my decision and supported by their team. Thanks Second Chance for introducing me to Tucker (formerly Frank).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family spent many years at the Second Chance Walk n Wag event at Westville Dam with our dog. A fun way to raise money and awareness for a great organization. We look forward to working with Second Chance again as we find ourselves looking for new furry friends for our family.
I have been so impressed reading about the programs they have spearheaded over the years. Project Good Dog is that kind of win win situation that I love to hear about. The outreach and training they have done in Puerto Rico astounds me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted Roxie (formerly Juno) a few years ago when our other dog passed away from cancer. I never thought another dog could even come close to being as awesome as our first dog but Roxie proved me wrong! I can't picture our lives without her! Second Chance is a great organization as they try to help every animal they can! They are super friendly & help you through the adoption process as smoothly as they can! And above all they blessed us with the sweetest loving dog you could meet! Thank you Second Chance for bringing Roxie into our lives! Adopt don't shop!

Lisa R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster with Second Chance and to watch first hand the animals they help save is amazing!! They are uncomplicated for those adopting animals... the process always go very smoothly as they are very organized. Their adoptable animals do not stay in the shelter long as they do many events to ensure they are adopted quickly!! Here is a small sampling of some of the fosters that we have been fortunate to help through this wonderful organization...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at second chance taking care of the dogs for 8 years now. They go above and beyond to make sure every animal that comes through their doors gets the care and attention they need and to find the best home for their happy ending. Five stars isn't enough to show how I feel about this shelter and their staff!

Theresa M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our foster to adopt kitty Charlie (previously known as Elvis Pawsly). He was just cleared medically this weekend so we look forward to completing the adoption process soon!

EricaB.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting from Second Chance Animal Shelter was a fantastic experience. From the moment you submit the adoption paperwork, to bringing your pet home and even afterwards, they are with you every step of the way.
The staff really gets to know the animals and they try to fill you in as much as possible so you KNOW what to expect from the animal you are choosing and steer you in the right direction for a good fit into your family/home. You never feel rushed, they allow you to spend ample time with a prospective fur family member.
The animals come vetted as well as microchipped. You are made aware of their veterinary findings so nothing is hidden from you.
The facility was well staffed, clean and the animals in their care were very well taken care of. The staff is polite, knowledgeable and helpful. So much so that they encourage you to contact them for any reason post adoption.
We did see that there were many more animals looking for homes than what was on the website, so definitely go in and a take a look.
If you are looking to adopt, Second Chance should be a first choice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two kittens from SCAS. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. They went out of their way to give us time to meet their available pets. In the end, we brought home Luna and Skye and we couldn’t be happier. We have recommended SCAS to many of our friends and they have thanked us over and over!

Jennifer Olsen P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three cats and a dog through this wonderful shelter. They are tireless when it comes to caring for animals...finding them homes and providing low cost care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just recently adopted an 8 year old lab, actually still in the fostering stage. SCAS has made sure she's completely vetted before the adoption is complete, and has been very proactive with our new Allie.
Our other dog, Dammit, has been going to their wellness center for 2 years, and just loves them there.
I could not be happier with both the adoption center and the wellness center. The vets have a better bedside manner than MY doctor!