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Second Chance Animal Shelter Inc

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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 recently renovated our Adoption Center in East Brookfield. We were able to do so because we opened our Wellness Center in 2010 which moved our spay/neuter, wellness and education programs out of the adoption center.

Target demographics: animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 animals

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

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

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Beth C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Second Chance, not only have I adopted two wonderful family members from them, there Vetrinary team is the very best. They have treated my family like their own!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the greatest love and respect for what the folks at SCAS do every single day! We adopted both of our boys from them as pups when they were just starting out and were fostering the puppies in their own homes. After many long, happy years together our dogs crossed the rainbow bridge and although it took us over a year to grieve, we felt ready to welcome another fur-baby into our lives. Enter SCAS with their amazing staff and special animals, we came home last week with a 9-year old "pup" who had fallen on hard times and needed her second chance. We love this organization so much, we plan on including them in our estate planning wishes.

Danielle Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at the Wellness center and have never before worked with such a great and caring group of doctors and technicians who go above and beyond for the animals and owners. Numerous people thank us on a daily basis for helping them care for their animals and appreciate how much we care for both them and their animals. I also volunteer at the shelter with my son and see the compassion the workers and volunteers have over there as well. The care and love at the shelter for these animals is amazing! To see the transformation of the animals from when they first arrive to when they find their new forever home is nothing I can put into words. I am truly grateful for being able to work for such a great organization who never stops trying to help animals in need.

Casey N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of working for Second Chance Animal shelter and I have never worked with such a compassionate group of people before! Everything the organization does is for the animals and for the community!

Lindsay39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second chance helps so many animals each year with their programs. They strive to help wherever possible. I have worked there for several years and it has been a pleasure to help so many pets and their families.

Blake J.

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 Shelter is an amazing place. The passion of each of it's volunteers for every animal is overwhelming. They are a shelter that accepts dogs that most other rescues would either not take, or would euthanize. The most recent in my memory is Mr. Higgens, who was abandoned in a torrential rain storm, weighed 52 lbs, had lost most of fur to flee infestation and was filled with parasites. He went to his new home months later as a 98 lb, healthy, loving companion. And there was Blake the puppy pittie, who was abused and subjected to dog fighting, covered with scars and wounds. He was nursed to health and now lives in a loving home. There was Baron the 3 legged dog, and Rick the cat who had to have a leg amputated... and the list goes on and on. It is sad to read comments by disgruntled self-centered humans who think it is all about them. No dog is ever without love and care at Second Chance. For those angry soles, I suggest you go to Walmart and get yourself a stuffed animal. There is no more compassionate people in any shelter on the planet than at Second Chance. I would love to have these malcontents spend a few days volunteering at the shelter to see first hand what they do. It is insulting to each of the dedicated volunteers to post such inane comments.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Chance helps over 20,000 pets a year through adoption, spay/neuter, veterinary care including subsidized rates for pets in need, community vaccine clinics, training, educational outreach, and a pet food pantry. Second Chance is an innovative shelter that is revolutionizing animal welfare by getting to the root causes of animal suffering and abandonment

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is directed to Sweetstuff who gave Second Chance Animal Shelter a poor rating because you decided that the sweet little dog you adopted was too much trouble because he had to go to the bathroom and you were too lazy to clean it up! You then complained because you couldn't get your money back after "returning" the dog.

People like you should not have animals! Your con didn't work! Thank goodness this poor little dog was returned to the good, kind and generous people of Second Chance!

1 Jeanne16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Second Chance about 15 months ago. While it is not the first animal organization I've volunteered with, it is certainly the most rewarding experience I've ever had. The staff are knowledgable and personable. They never ever fail to express appreciation to the volunteers. Yes, they have some strict adoption policies, such as no same-day adoptions, you must have your adoption application preapproved, but the policies are there for the protection of the animals. And it's all about what's best for the animals

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My domestic partner and I had been searching for a new best friend to join our household for about 3-4 weeks with regular weekend trips from Boston out to Second Chance as well as many other shelters in between. During this time we learned that although pet adoption is a much more P.C. path to take in getting a pet then a breeder a lot of the adoption agencies held some serious reservations about young couples (mid-20s) and seemed to treat both of us as though we were making poor life decisions. This, however, was NOT the case at Second Chance. We loved the atmosphere and the adoption fees are INCREDIBLY low. These reasons alone made the ~45 minute drive worth it each weekend to find the right dog for us. After our long search we found 'Betty,' now known as Fenway, the (what was stated as) "Short-haired chihuahua mix." (The jury is still out on her being 'short-haired' and WHAT the mix is because she looks like a golden retriever puppy). Without getting any further long winded I just want to say that I wouldn't change ANY of the choices we made, Second Chance and the staff we had the pleasure to meet and deal with were great, location was as clean and pleasant as you can expect for a building with 20+ animals living there, and the fees, oh the fees are SO0o0o0o minimal!

Client Served

Rating: 1

our family was looking for a small dog to join our family and picked out a dog from second chance...although the dog was a wonderful dog we were lied to and had no other option but to bring her back. we were told she was fully house trained and after having her for over 2 weeks she peed and pooped everywhere but outside.... this posed as a problem seeing i have two your children and having a dog pooping and peeing everywhere is unsanitary. we even tried crate training and she would poop and pee in her crate. so we brought her back and they refused to give us back our money because we singed a contract..........so.... WARNING THESE PEOPLE ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY NOT THE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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loving pets 07/13/2012

Just to set the record straight..... the dog in question has since been adopted successfully and the adopter has reported NO issues with housebreaking. It is very sad that you did not give the dog time to adjust. As for the adoption fee, the adoption fee is non-refundable, as noted in the contract. We do this so that people will think seriously about adopting and remember that these are living breathing pets, not sweaters to be returned. The adoption fee is very low and does not even begin to cover the costs of helping these animals. It is merely a financial commitment to taking a pet home. We offer free after adoption training and advice which you never used. Pets need time to adjust to a new home, having the dog for only a few days is not a fair amount of time for a pet to get used to their surroundings, your schedule, and the change in their lifestyle. I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a pet to be sure they are ready to give a pet time to adjust to their home. Houssebreaking issues occur when a pet does not know the schedule and when they get let out. Getting them on a schedule as quickly as possible will avoid any housebreaking issues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Client, Donor & Volunteer. In February 2003 we adopted our first dog from Second Chance, the little shelter in the woods. We were so impressed by the staff & volunteers that in November 2003 we adopted our second dog. Over the years we have seen how other shelters operate and Second Chance was the only shelter doing it right. They cared about the dogs & cats, they made sure they got the medical attention needed and checked every application to be sure both the adopters and the new family member were perfect for each other. We have donated, sponsored, volunteered, adopted and will keep doing so because we believe in the mission of Second Chance. We just adopted our fifth dog and just as before our family is overjoyed. Thank you from Lady, Brownie, Baby, Miss Molly & Ebby for giving them a second chance at life.

Sandy N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Second Chance Animal Shelter. They do a thorough check to make sure that the animals are going to good homes, but they don't make the process overwhelming (like other shelters I was considering). After my adoption application was approved, I went down to pick out a dog. They talked to me and helped me pick out the perfect match. You can see that they genuinely care about these animals, and it has little to do with money. They charge, what to me, seemed like too little for a dog. I was looking at other shelters that wanted $400 plus for dogs (that to me means they work more for profit than the animals best interest). When I got there to get a dog there were many people there waiting to look too. What caught my attention was that as we were looking one of the workers said that they would be going to the Springfield Shelter to get dogs that were due to be put down due to over crowding. I was impressed and I know you will be too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago my husband and I adopted a 12 week old Australian Shepherd/Collie mix named Matty. When we went to the shelter we were so impressed with how clean it was and how caring the staff was with all the animals. I'll never forget the day Joe called and said that they would be honored for us to have Matty and how when we picked him up, the volunteer had tears in her eyes as she watched Matty romp away with us. This shelter really does care and takes extra effort to make sure the animals are matched with the right families. Matty turns 3 on Feb 2nd and I'll be sending his birthday pic in to the Happy Endings because I know how much they really do care. Thanks to Second Chance, not only for Matty, his sister Missy and mother Maggie who all found great homes. But also for all the other wonderful animals they cared enough about to find them Forever Homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

10 years ago I adopted a dog from Second Chance Animal Shelter as the result of a fateful encounter with a volunteer foster family. The dog had come to the shelter as a stray, in poor health, underweight, and had scars on her body indicating an encounter with a moving vehicle. By the time this dog came into my life she was in full health and happy as could be. I was very impressed with the network of people who came together to bring this stray dog to health and provide her a promising future: from the person who found her and thought her worth saving, to the veterinary team that nursed her to health, to the volunteers and the foster family who cared for her and taught her how to trust again.

A few years later, my husband and I were looking to add a cat to our family and we immediately thought of Second Chance Animal Shelter. We visited the physical shelter for the first time and were immediately impressed by the cleanliness of the facility. We adopted not one, but two cats that day. In the nine years since, I have heard much about the shelter. The Second Chance Animal Shelter is so much more than what goes on inside its walls. The SCAS family is wholeheartedly dedicated to the animals in every way, from ensuring the health and well being of the animals, to screening potential adopters and finding the best possible match, to educating the community about pet wellness and the services available. I needed to be a part of this, a part of something good, something bigger than myself. So I signed up to volunteer. Being a part of the mission and knowing I am making a difference has been so rewarding. Not only am I contributing to improve the lives of the animals, but also to help those seeking to add a new pet to their family and those struggling with giving up a pet so that it may be better cared for. Most rewarding of all is the look in the eyes of a dog or cat that just knows something special is going on.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance Animal Shelter was a life-saver for my two Maltese dogs who needed to be spayed.
Living in Connecticut, the cost to do the two dogs was in the thousands and we just couldn’t afford the fees. Plus the CT Vets wanted us to leave the dog’s over-night and they would be unattended. Second Chance Wellness Center in East Brookfield was able to do both dog’s for an affordable price, and my wife and myself were able to bring both dogs up in the morning and return back to Ct with them in the afternoon. Not only did the dogs not have to stay, but they receive the most advance method of spaying available, receiving less than an inch cut. Both dogs had no post-op problems and are doing great. Thanks to Second Chance Animal Shelter my dogs were able to get the care they needed and we were able to afford it. Great Shelter and Wellness Center worth the ride from anywhere, don’t miss out on this amazing place.

Helen10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second chance is an awesome no kill shelter. Got my dog Lady there. I also volunteer there. They make you feel good you came to help. The dogs and cats are in a clean and happy place.

Sharon L L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second chance is an awsome no kill shelter. Got my first foster dog and so happy that they are giving me a chance to do this. They are the best.

1 Julie37

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance is the best shelter around. They truly do it for the sake of the animals. Some shelters are all about money and the people who work there don't really care about animals. I have read so many horror stories about shelter workers abusing the dogs, not taking care of them etc. but not Second Chance. I got my 6yr old pug there and he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He came fully vetted up to date on ALL shots even a doggy flu shot and he was neutered and had dental work done all for a decent price. If you are thinking of adopting GO TO SECOND CHANCE and no where else. If you are thinking about volunteering GO TO SECOND CHANCE, if you want to donate money or goods give it to SECOND CHANCE. They truly deserve it and work hard to take care of their animals and they really do care about their well being.