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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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Holly J.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted the perfect dog there a couple of years ago. All the staff seemed extremely dedicated and were very nice. Fast forward a year later and that same dog that I adopted had to have surgery and the only local, affordable place to have it done was at the Second Chance Vet Climic in North Brookfield. They did a great job removing the corn cob from my dog’s digestive system and she lived to tell (or bark) the tale!

Libby L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Georgie Girl (formerly Fumble) in September of 2020 after losing our family dog of 15 years. We had no idea the amount of love and light she would soon bring into our home. Second Chance made the adoption process easy while still ensuring we were the perfect match for her. Our Georgie loves going to our house on Cape Cod, which we have lovingly dubbed “Georgie’s Dog House”. She loves the beach, snuggling and playing with whatever toys she can find. Second Chance gave us the gift of unconditional love on four legs. Georgie is our whole world and we are eternally grateful for her. Thank you Second Chance Animal Services!

Diane S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering to take care of kitties to honor a perfect kitten I had who died at two years old. He was gorgeous and he knew it. That was over eleven years ago and it is one of the most rewarding and heart-healing things I have ever done. I have taken care of thousands of kitties and fall in love every week. I have spoon fed them, wiped their noses and butts and loved them all to the moon and back. Some of the staff have become like family, and I love them.

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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'!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our pup Rocco (formerly Tackle) from Second Chance Animal Services in September of 2020. The staff there are awesome and the process was smooth, but also thorough. We immediately fell in love with Rocco and cannot imagine our lives without him now! He is the sweetest, funniest, smartest, most handsome guy. He won the Redemption Rock Brewing taproom dogs calendar contest and is the proud cover dog on their 2021 calendar. He loves all people and dogs, loves going places, loves to play and go on hikes, loves the beach, and loves food. We've taken him on two big road trips this year (to the Southwest and to Florida) and he did so well! He just turned a year old and we can't wait to take him on more adventures this year. Thank you Second Chance!

Sally H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanksgiving 2020 was all planned, not at our home and 2 days before at 11PM I decided to look one more time at the Second Chance website. There she was..adorable little white fuzzy face. I woke my husband up and we decided we would be there long before they opened the very next day. We loved Gracie (formally Margo) and called our family to see if all the Thanksgiving stuff could be transferred to our home. Never looked back...Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do..

Deborah H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We did a foster to adopt with Elsie (black & white lab mix) as she was heartworm positive. Second Chance never gave up on her and she finally recovered after many months and we were finally able to adopt her. Being a very shy girl, we then adopted Luke (black lab) to help bring her out of her shell. They are such a happy pair and we are so thankful to Second Chance! Staff at the shelter and the vet clinic are wonderful and always so happy to see the dogs when they come in for a checkup.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never wanted anything more than a dog and we adopted Ellie (formerly known as Sunday) over five years ago from second chance! she is a sweet, happy, funny girl with a whole lot of fire and personality. her favorite activities include going on walks, playing outside, cuddling on the couch or in bed, and going on adventures and vacations with her family. she loves her people the most and enjoys hanging out with her doggy friends. we even did a DNA test and discovered that she’s mostly beagle and poodle with a little bit of yorkie! we love her so much and can’t imagine our family without her, thank you so much to second chance for rescuing Ellie and so many wonderful animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopted my dog Oscar from here nearly two years ago while working at Second Chance. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan after his previous owner, overwhelmed and not knowing what to do, tried to place him in a dumpster. I am so thankful that this man knew Second Chance would help find him a loving home. They got him neutered and all up to date on his vaccines before adoption. He was quite a handful when I took him home, but he has truly changed my life, I knew he was meant to be my dog the minute I meant him, and I’ll be forever grateful for Second Chance and the man who saved him for bringing him to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

best place ever to adopt your for ever friend love them and they are very help full on what you need for your pet they are wonderful people lovely staff it was an excellent experience to get a dog with them

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a excellent experience adopting my dog Ranger (formerly Oreo) from Second Chance Animal Shelter in Nov. 2020. The staff were very friendly and helpful during my experience and I utilized the complimentary Vet Wellness Check too. I highly recommend Second Chance to anyone interested in adopting a pet from a great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted both my super mutt Coco and epic cat Sherman from Second Chance, and have them both there for medical care. They're the nicest people on earth and genuine animal lovers. We're fortunate to have them in our community.

Writer

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.

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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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Gail Sharon S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Douglas in June. the whole experience was very positive; Second Chance staff clearly cared about Douglas getting the right - even though he had been there for 6 months they were very patient in trying to assess whether we were the right family for him. The staff knew him very well and answered all of our questions and interviewed us - observing how we were with him when we met Douglas. . We love our new family member! He was nervous at first - quite a change for him but after a week or so he settled in and gets calmer and more comfortable every day. Second Chance was very honest about his issues but they gave him basic training and all he needed was love and some boundaries and he has done extremely well. He was a little wild at first and a little nippy as you said he would be but with plenty of chew toys and discipline that has almost gone away. It is really exciting to see how a dog with "issues" can do so well with the right environment. We are so thankful for your work and wish we could do more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to the emergency room and was told Dash needed surgery to remove fabric he had ate. If he didn’t receive surgery he was going to die a painful death or need to be put down. The emergency room needed $5,000 up front. I didn’t have the cash or credit to cover that. I was told to try several nonprofits and had until morning to find some one to do the life saving emergency surgery. Second Chance in Worcester saved Dash. Dash is my daughter’s and son’s life line. Their father was deported and will never be seen again. Dash came in to their life and that’s their shoulder to cry on. To talk to. And to run wild hiking and swimming. Dash is our everything and Second Chance allowed our family to keep our Dash with us. Second Chance saves more than just one life at a time. They save the family when they save the beloved pet.

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2chancedusty 05/03/2021

Thank you for sharing Dash's story. We are humbled to have helped Dash and the people he loves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance is by far the most wonderful place in animal care. The staff members legitimately care about animals. They treat all animals as if they were their own pets. I have 6 dogs and I trust Second Chance with all of my fur babies. They are AMAZING!!!❤

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2chancedusty 05/03/2021

Thank you for your kind words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance is staffed by very professional and caring staff and volunteers. The animals are treated with kindness and given much attention. The adoption process is very thorough with much emphasis on the appropriateness of the match.

omumzie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for Second Chance and I can't say enough about the care and support provided to foster families! They are always ready to assist with any questions and their vet staff is top notch! I then became a volunteer and that too is a great experience
We LOVE Second Chance!!!

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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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first acquainted with Second Chance seventeen years ago when I went to the shelter to give them a donation and came home with a cat. When they opened the clinic I started to go there because of the location. Over the years I have never found a more caring and knowledgeable group of people. Just recently I had to put down my cat. Although it is never easy to lose a furry family member, they did every thing in their power to make it easier. I could go on and on about Second Chance but it would all come down to "they are the best!"



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family & I adopted 2 dogs, different times. Staff are very friendly & helpful & caring for their animals
My son & I volunteer there also, great volunteer opportunity to share our love for animals

1 Tricia D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. They are amazing and their prices are very reasonable. Compassion is another’s quality, when one of my last pets had to be put down, they sent me a beautiful card with her actual paw print on it. Love them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known them since their inception. They where a true blessing to the area back then, as they are still roday.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and have seen the care of both humans and animals with the staff. They really make sure that the adoptive pet and potential family are a good match.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Brookfield Second Chance Animal Shelter. I was always impressed with the care given to each animal by the staff and volunteers.

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.

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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

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Second Chance community vaccine clinics for 8 years. I assist people in filing out paperwork prior to their visit with the vet. Most of these clinics are set up where many people do not have access to or cannot afford needed vaccinations. Many times these vaccines are free or only five dollars and on many more than a few occasions, serviced over 250 pets lasting hours after the two hours planned in all sorts of weather. For many people this is the first time their animal has been seen. I started doing this when I retired from psychiatric nursing after 40 years. I had been helping people for years and as an animal lover, my plan was to now help animals. I see and pet the animals but what I have most taken away is the reactions of their guardians. Their comments are forever implanted on me. As they wait in lines that are sometimes down blocks and around corners, they keep cheerful and interact with each other and each other's pets. Dogs going around kissing everyone and unhappy cats meowing from their carriers. Labs named Buddy and black and white cats named Oreo abound. Their stories of adoption and rescue are inspiring and their love for their furry family members is never ending. They thank us in many languages and at time with tears. We are helping their lives by helping their animals. I have come to realize that in working at the clinics, I am still helping people.

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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

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.