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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our Mission is to provide opportunities for a quality life for homeless and unwanted companion animals and to provide resources to enhance the human animal bond.

Target demographics: homeless and abandoned companion animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 625 animals were adopted last year and over 300 animals were helped through training and behavior classes.

Geographic areas served: Northern Arizona including the Navajo nation.

Programs: adoptions, training and behavior classes, volunteer opportunities, hosting regional adoption events with area shelters and rescues. We rescue from the rescues exclusively, creating second chances for animals that may not otherwise be adopted or survive other situations. We never euthanize for time or space and will keep an animal until we are able to find it a "forever home."

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Second Chance does not take walk-ins from local residents. They only take animals from rescue groups which are seldom in Flagstaff because Flagstaff has very few rescue groups. I would consider helping this group out if they were more locally invested. They are liberally funded by local groups for some reason and don't need my money.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work for the animals and the community. My charity of choice

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love our cat Mysterion. He is the best lazy fat mouse hunting loveable huggable feet warming curious cuddable feline ever.!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to give my 1st experience with 2nd Chance Center for Animals. My K-9 son's name at birth happened to be "Pongo." He is an English Pointer with no off switch, needless to say, very high energy. Since his adoption he tended to respond to the name "Chuck." The name stuck! Something tells me that the reason he responds may be associated with the expression of something which rhymes with a common superlative "Found Under Carnal Knowledge," having to deal with his energy. Since overcoming and gaining some control... I've come to appreciate his playfulness and through 2nd Chance's behavioral training classes for the "K-9 Good Citizen" training. He has surprised many of his foster family custodians and continues to impress even me his adopted papa and my ability to remain accepting of otherwise embarrassing public displays of alpha behavior. I sincerely want to thank 2nd chance for rescuing me by putting Chuck in my life. In a collective effort to see our K-9 son reach graduation, he will continue to attend classes until he is a k-9 Good citizen. Thanks guys!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my best bud Angel from SCCA. The amount of love and rehabilitation they showed her is amazing: she was a puppy mill mom who had been locked inside a cage for most of her life - but they gave her a second chance and the start to a wonderful and love-filled life! I am so grateful to see the work they do with these beautiful (and often mistreated) animals. I wanted to much to give back to them I became a volunteer! Now I really get to see how in-depth their care for these animals go. They provide amazing training for staff, owners, and volunteers and really focus on positive reinforcement. Their animals aren't just 'a number in a cage'; I have seen everyone there become truly invested in the care and love of each animal - giving them specialized attention and really catering to each individual personality. Their goal seems to be to show these animals a nicer side to human nature and to show these animals care and compassion so that they may have a second chance at a beautiful and fulfilling life. I absolutely love everything about Second Chance and I am so grateful wonderful people like their staff members come together each day for the care of these loving dogs and cats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCC is a great place that helps so many great dogs cats and other pets. Great people who really care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just goofing around researching dog breeds on the internet and there she was...my "Angel in Blue Jeans"...Moon Pie, a black and tan coonhound. It was 2008 and it was love at first sight. Moonie had been at SCCA for months and was in shut down. They worked with us in every way to get her from AZ to NM and even met us half way in Gallup, NM. It took two years for her body to heal from being so underweight and overbred, but she blossomed into the most beautiful, sweet, and loving BT coonie in the world. Thanks to SCCA for giving her a chance and God for bringing her to us. Cancer took our angel on Oct 26, 2014 and I still miss her so very much. Thank you SCCA for saving her so we could have her in our life and in our hearts forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2nd Chance takes unplaceable animals and makes them placeable.
The staff are miracle workers! Animals that were abandoned and unwanted
and terrified of humans become the gentle, loving animals they truly are
and find their forever homes. I have volunteered for many rescue organizations
and this one is truly the best. The workers and volunteer work diligently to
match animal with their best match. I am so grateful for them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers and the training one receives are fantastic! These people really care about animals and their well being. Everyone can find a way to assist either by donations or volunteering to take care of the animals. Well worth the experience!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I committed to volunteering at Second Chance Center for Animals several years ago now and I get so much out of the experience. A dedicated, kind and professional staff put their hearts and souls into caring for dogs and cats while they wait to be adopted. SCCA is a visible player in the community of Flagstaff working adoption events like Pets in the Pines and creating outreach and fundraising events that educate people on our responsibilities to the animals we have domesticated. SCCA has many dedicated volunteers, a tribute to how this nonprofit executes it mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs and 3 cats from Second Chance and have been a volunteer there for 5 years. I love the organization for the way they treat the animals - like the precious, innocent, lovable beings they are. At SCCA, the dogs all have large outdoor play areas and are frequently walked both onsite and off, giving them great socialization opportunities. The cats have a huge room with many play options, as well as an enclosed outdoor area that they have easy access for sunning and playing. All animals are given plenty of time to adjust to their environment before being allowed to roam with the others, and those who need extra time or special arrangements get it. I love the staff there, as well. They are very professional and caring. I am proud to be mom to my dogs Flipper and Polar, and my cats Shanti, Dillon, and Pixie (as well as the others who are not from SCCA, Princess the Chihuahua and RatCat the Maine Coon).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance is a no-kill shelter with high visibility in the Flagstaff community and the northern Arizona region in general. They work hard, with very little in the way of financial resources, to provide homes for animals that might otherwise be put down. They take in birds, horses, cats, and dogs alike. I have rescued two dogs from this shelter, and the staff are dedicated to finding not just any home for their rescues, but a GOOD home for them. They screen adopters carefully. If they do not think the adoption is a good fit, they will not send the animal home with the potential adopter. They offer dog training courses, and they have volunteers who come in just to take dogs for walks and hikes. All of their staff receive behavioral training to reinforce desired behavior in the dogs so that the y will have an easier time transitioning to a permanent home. This is an exceptional non-profit organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Is there anything better than a 'Second Chance'? Wouldn't we all appreciate a second chance at any number of our decisions in life? Give to this wonderful organization that gives a 'Second Chance' to beautiful animals needing that opportunity. They live at SCCA until they are adopted into their Forever Home. As long as it takes.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My family and I have adopted two cats and a dog from Second Chance Center over the years. The staff and been excellent with their attitude and assistance and they do a wonderful job helping these animals find their forever home. I cannot say enough in praise for their work and attitude.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great shelter! I've adopted from them and couldn't be happier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Center for Animals (SCCA) is an amazing, loving place for our fury friends. The staff is sincerely committed, the facility is clean, organized and runs efficiently, and everyone who gives their time there really, truly cares for the animals. I loved my experience as a volunteer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance is the BEST! I adopted my dog Gumbo several years ago and the staff still remembers him whenever they see him! About a week after I adopted him he escaped from my yard and ran away. I went to Second Chance hoping for any kind of help or advice. Mark and a couple other employees not only came out to the woods by my house but they also brought one of Gumbo's former playmates hoping he would come to her. He didn't, but they helped me search until it was almost dark. I was touched that they would go to all that effort. Gumbo did come home later that night and when I called Second Chance to tell them they sounded as relieved as I was! Everyone at Second Chance cares deeply about the animals in their care!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SCCA is one of the most amazing organizations I've ever seen. The people who work their have hearts of gold. They search hard to find homes for needy animals. And, in the meantime, they love those animals like they were their own. It's the kind of place you dream of. It's the kind of place that makes people and animals' dreams come true.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SCCA is a wonderful organization! We took in a stray dog and one month later she gave birth to 7 adorable puppies. We were only able to keep one of the puppies, and our attempts to find homes for the remaining 6 were fruitless. SCCA was an absolute miracle for us. They agreed to take in the puppies at 8 weeks old and found them all loving forever homes. We are forever grateful. While we often wonder where the puppies are, we never worry about their happiness or safety because we know that SCCA does such an amazing job placing animals in loving homes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

While any time a non-profit animal group can save animals it is good, every time I have visited this center, I have a sinking feeling that something is not on the up and up. They rarely take adult dogs or dogs that are not super cute minatures. Every time I have visited this center, they are less than 1/2 full. The guy who runs it makes excuses about this fact. In my opinion they should spend a bit of their funding on helping cases where animals are older, may need behavioral work for being shy, or senior dogs. There is something that I just don't trust about the people who run this center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance is amazing! This place personifies why animals enrich humans lives! One of the only shelters I know of that allows a dog to stay there for his/her entire life, if they can't find a suitable home.

Joan42

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this place. They take in the most vulnerable animals and find them a home- what a great way to make the world a better place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked in the animal welfare field for over thirty years, I can say that I have never worked for, worked with or known of an organization like Second Chance Center for Animals. Their work of only and exclusively rescuing from other rescues, makes them unique in this field. I am proud to be a part of such a unique organization doing such important, life saving work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our puppy from here 2 months ago. They have a pretty extensive adoption process, including a meet and greet with the dog we already had. They got along beautifully. It has been such a great experience and we feel so lucky to have adopted from Second Chance. The animals are treated with such care and respect. The dogs are so much happier here than any other shelter I've ever been to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance does so many positive things for our community. I work with the Community Blood Drive Program and they have partnered with us on blood drives to help raise awreness of the need for blood. They also have educational spay and neuter programs and their vet facility has spayed some of my pets as well as pets of countless friends and neighbors who also count on their low cost vaccination clinics. They have many events giving their animals up for adoption an additional chance to find a new home. I do not know what we did prior to Second Chance for Animals. I am happy to support them and that they are a part og the Flagstaff Community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We decided to adopt a puppy from Second Chance after losing our beloved
Lizzie ,she was a yellow Labrador and she gave us 14yrs of unconditional love ,we still miss her.
We found Zoe at Second chance and she captured our hearts the first time we saw her she is the cutest best dog very lovable. Thank you Second Chance !
I would recommend Second Chance to anyone looking for that special pet , the staff are caring and dedicated to finding homes for these animals

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Chance is the hardest working charity, trying to find homes for deserving animals. They are all dedicated animal lovers struggling to help animals. They have a convenient way to donate on their website when you make any purchase thru Pets Mart online.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know the people at Second Chance and am impressed by the love they show for animals and the professional way they reach out to help. They are terrific partners in the community and work with other groups that help animals with a generosity that I have not always seen. I don't have a lot of money, but have helped run events for them and my husband and I give what we can. When our cat died at the age of 17, my husband brought cat food, toys and treats to Second Chance to help other animals and then came home to me describing how he broke down and cried as he gave our beloved cat's treasures to help another animal. The understanding and help at Second Chance extends to humans as well. If there were 6 stars, I would give them that rating.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My fiance and I decided to adopt our first animal together this year and we had only heard amazing things from friends about Second Chance so we knew that is where we wanted to go. We fell in love with the most adorable little pup and had to have him! We went back to the Vet at Second Chance to get all of his puppy shots as well. 9 months later and I am still convinced that we made the best choice EVER and have the BEST dog in all the land. He is the smartest pup and was a absolute perfect match for us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SCCA is one of the best non-profits in our city. I happen to be a huge advocate of no-kill shelters, and wish that someday I can open one of my own. I adopted my baby girl, Luna, in August of 2010, after volunteering and working with them also on a professional level. The experience was amazing. You can tell that they love all animals they come into their shelter and are determined to find the best home possible for them.

I don't know what I would do without my Luna! Thanks, Second Chance!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago, we were looking for a small companion dog. We went to the Humane Society, and I left in tears, not only because they didn't have a suitable dog, but I felt so badly for the dogs there that I wanted to take them all home. It took a few months to recover from that, but finally we went to Second Chance. What a difference! The dogs weren't locked in kennels all day; they were outside in play groups, and looked happy. We found a wonderful little dog there, and the staff was amazing! We left with Gigi (shelter name CG) and a bag of goodies for her. It was a wonderful experience, and I recommend Second Chance to anyone who is looking for a companion animal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am actually an employee at second chance but I did start out as a volunteer. I really love second chance, the staff and volunteers are some of the most caring people I have ever meet, I have seen these guys pay outta pocket for things that aren't in the budget but the animals would enjoy. My puppy who was dropped off in our parking lot is now 8 months old and on her way to being a service dog with second chances training classes. Second chance does training with the animals and does everything possible to help with their adoptability and tries to make their stay as stress free as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Second Chance for quite sometime now. I absolutely love the way try take care of the animals and the staff is really nice and helpful. The dogs get to go outside at least three times a day and they also get walked over a mile a day. The staff and volunteers really work hard to make the dogs feel comfortable and give each one attention. Every dog gets known personally and doesn't get treated like a number. They also put so much effort into the adoption process. They want the dogs to go to the best homes possible and do an extensive adoption process to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Not only does Second Chance treat their dogs well, but the cats get indoor and an enclosed outdoor space to play and lay around. All the animals get clean kennels every day and fresh blankets and many treats. This is a good place to adopt a pet because the people put so much effort into making them adoptable and they give them a lot of care. I couldn't imagine adopting a pet from anywhere else.

Paige O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for about a year there, and i am always very proud of the animals and the staff. I have seen animals bounce back to a loving animal after being a stray. I am in love with this place. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an animal to adopt.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at Second Chance Center for Animals, is amazing. They have always been kind, considerate, and have a true love for animals. Second Chance Center for Animals is almost a second home to me now. I love it. I wouldn't change a thing about the place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a birthday party for our daughter at Second Chance Animal Center. The kids had such a fun time! We are always impressed by the cleanliness of this facility and how well it seems to be run. We will definitely return again possibly for some camps this summer, and definitely to see the animals! I'm glad Flagstaff has a place like this!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my beautiful cat nuetered and the care that was given to him was great. He bounced right back and the people handling him were caring and polite. I live in Bullhead Az where the need is great. My neighbors and I take in a few feral cats and try to get them taken care of them as soon as possible. Again, we need another visit to Bullhead. Thanks for your hard work and dedication

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Second Chance Center for Animals since 2006. It's a wonderful place to work both because of the dedicated staff and volunteers and because of the way the animals are cared for. The cats have access to a safe outdoor habitat where they can enjoy places to climb, play, and sleep in the fresh air. They are allowed to roam free in the cattery during the day, which makes them easy for visitors to approach and get to know. The dogs also have safe outdoor facilities and are placed into playgroups with compatible dogs. Staff and volunteers work with training and socializing both dogs and cats. Adoption counselors know the animals and work with potential adopters to make the right matches. Second Chance works with other area shelters to truly give animals a "second chance." I'm happy and proud to be a part of this organization that saves so many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Center for Animals is an incredible organization. I originally began volunteering there about 14 months ago as a community service project for my sorority. After having a wonderful experience there I decided to become a fully trained volunteer, and began coming in 2 days a week. I have now transitioned from the shelter to the clinic at SCCA, and I'm loving every minute. The staff and other volunteers are amazing, and with the stresses of finishing up my last semester of college, my time Second Chance serves as a stress reliever and is oftentimes the highlight of my week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The only thing better than the wonderful dogs and cats at Second Chance Center for Animals is the caring staff and my fellow volunteers that improve their lives (and chances for adoption) on a daily basis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great place. The staff is efficient, knowledgeable, and caring. We took both of our dogs to get spayed/neutered at Second Chance because of their reasonable prices and great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for second chance animal center in Flagstaff Az. I feel that the staff and volunteers do a wonderful job of rehabitatating the dogs and cats that end up there. Being a no-kill shelter some of of the animals there have been there for 9 months to a year.They do a great job and there clinic helps many low-income people care for their pets.My favorite story is of Panda, a pit mix that came to the shelter last year. Panda was so shy and timid that you could ot get him to walk fifty feet from his pen. After 6 months of intensive work starting with just sitting in his kennel with him and building up to taking him out on walks, Panda is now confident enough that he will allow people to touch him without shrinking from the contact. Hopefully someone with patience will come and adopt him.

Alex11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was a great place to volunteer. The staff were really friendly and it was very exciting when the animals found their new homes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired RN and animal lover I came to Second Chance almost 6 years ago as a volunteer. I was first attracted to the beautiful facility and during training I learned more about the mission and goals of SSCA. It was a perfect fit! My only regret is that I am not able to dedicate more time to this wonderful organization. Someday, hopefully. Despite the financial struggles that many non-profits are facing today I am always impressed with the dedication, passion and kindness displayed by both the staff and volunteers at SCCA. One of my greatest joys is while walking my rescue pit-bull mix (from SCCA) I will meet someone with their own adoptee, forever friend. I'm always surprised at how many I remember! I am proud to say that I am and will always be a supporter of Second Chance Center for Animals.

Tina17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family have adopted two dogs from Second Chance. They were great in helping to find a dog that would fit in with our family. Abby is a wonderful adult dog I adopted for my Mother. My Mother loves this dog and she has a great home. She has been in the home for over two years. Sadie was adopted as a puppy for my daughter and is also a great dog.

1 Bill H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a dog for one day a week. We take him for a hike in the forrests or nearby parks, then we go back to our apartment(which does not allow resident animals) and we buy him "lunch" walk around the trails adjoining us and give him time for a nap and recreation. Everyone wins the animal who gets a day out of doggy jail, us who get to enjoy the love and affection of an animal and the Center because we fill out a report stating all the encounters and habits of the animal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. Volunteering for them in any capacity I feel like I have really contributed to the welfare of animals. For the people who work there it is their passion, not just a job. This is the only animal shelter that is allowed to take the stray dogs from the Native American Reservations in Northern Arizona. They take these scared dogs and nurture them into these amazing loving adoptable pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering at Second Chance Center for Animals on a weekly basis since 2006. The organization rescues animals from the reservation and from rescue groups throughout the state. The animals receive medical care and socializtion, and are then made available for adoption. Without this facility, those animals would continue to suffer and breed. It is uplifting and so rewarding each time that I'm at SCCA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Second Chance Center for Animals in the fall of 2011 after my own pet of 12 years became ill. Being with the fellow volunteers, staff, and the wonderful animals helped me through a difficult time. I was struck with the care and dedication shown to the cats and dogs at SCCA and the genuine love for animals demonstrated by the volunteers and staff alike. SCCA even has a reiki master working with the cats! It is a wonderful place for animals!

Kristin10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about Second Chance! My family has adopted three animals (two cats and a dog) from this facility. Each time we visit, the staff is friendly and helpful. When we went in to adopt our dog, we told them exactly what we were looking for, and they gave us their opinion of which animals would work best. They couldn't have done better! Our dog, Dallas, adopted us from the first, and he is an irreplaceable member of our family now. His temperament is exactly what we had been looking for! We also adopted two cats, Romo and Zion, and the experience at Second Chance was again above par. Those who worked in the cat room knew exactly which animals to introduce us to after we gave them some information on what we were looking for (ok with dogs/other cats and likes humans). We only intended to adopt one, but both cats stole our hearts and we knew we had to take them both home with us. True to what the staff told us, they are wonderful with each other, are fine with the dog (occasionally actually being affectionate) and love being with their humans. We have been to other shelters, but none seem to know their animals well, and none go to such lengths to make sure all of your questions are answered, and that each animal will be a good fit for the family. When we took the cats in a month ago (about a year after they had been adopted) for their shots, the vet actually remembered them both! My family wouldn't dream about going anywhere else to find a animal to be part of our family. Even if it takes a little bit longer to find a good fit, it is worth it! Go visit this shelter, and you too will see exactly how much the staff care, and how well they know their animals.

Zachary H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm writing to describe my experience adopting my first dog, Ein. When I went in to look at animals the receptionist and everyone I interacted with were extremely friendly and helpful. When I was looking at Ein they gave me a room to go play with him in and hang out. I was never pressured to hurry up or to make a decision so I felt very calm. Adopting was simple and everyone was very happy to see another animal find a home. After getting Ein home I realized why someone would have taken him to the pound. He had a bad house training problem. Another thing I noticed is that every time I raised my hand or any item near him, he would cower thinking that I was going to strike him. Through months of training and tender care he both broke his bad accident problem and learned to trust that I wouldn't hurt him. Now, almost 3 years after I adopted him I couldn't be happier and couldn't be more grateful to Second Chance for keeping Ein in this world long enough for me to meet him and for giving me a chance to meet such a wonderful best friend. Thanks Second Chance, Zachary Huffman.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I loved working at Second Chance Center for Animals, for several reasons. One, all of the people, staff and volunteers alike, were just wonderful. I had previously volunteered at several other shelters at which the staff was either rude or ignorant of volunteers, which made me feel unwanted. But at Second Chance, they were friendly enough to ask how I was doing, who I was working with, how things were going, etc., and to help out. Another reason I enjoyed Second Chance so much was because of the facility. The dogs get to be outside during the day, rather than in concrete holding pens like many other facilities. The cats are allowed out for different amounts of time, and get to roam the large cat room and play with each other, and even have an outside area accessible by kitty doors! This is the first time I have seen a facility let cats roam freely during adoption hours, and it makes quite a difference. The cats are so much happier, and I personally felt better about helping a shelter that cares about making their animals happy. It is obvious from day one of volunteering that Second Chance is a very caring and responsible place that treats their animals well and is quite successful with adoptions.

1 Basil C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer friendly staff and volunters. I have volunteered there since 2009 and still there, Done it all from cleaning up poop to being Santa, I also run the volunteer web site Friendsofsecondchance.webs.com

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in March, my boyfriend and I were looking to adopt a cat or kitten. We came to Second Chance Center for Animals because we love the way they operate as a facility (keeping animals as long as it takes for them to find homes). The day we went in, a lot of the animals were at a home show adoption event but we decided to continue our search with the cats that were still at the center. After walking around the cat room and kitten room, we saw the miracle room, a special room for cats with minor illnesses or special needs. We went in and instantly fell in love with a 5-month-old kitten that had a permanently dilated pupil and a crooked tail. The adoptions counselor was very thorough in explaining his condition and helped us fill out a survey to make sure he was right for our home. We came back the next day to adopt him and he has been a part of our family ever since.