EAST BROOKFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services broke a record in 2023 by assisting 49,036 pets in living healthier lives. As the nonprofit organization commemorates its 25th anniversary this year, it is grateful for its dedicated team of volunteers, supporters, and staff who have demonstrated exceptional resilience in a year marked by challenges, rising to address the growing needs of pets within the community.
Second Chance Animal Services is committed to preserving the bond between pets and their owners, striving to keep pets in their homes whenever possible. This commitment is realized through accessible and affordable full-service veterinary care, a pet food pantry program ensuring that no pet goes hungry, and adoption services for homeless pets.
Sheryl Blancato, CEO and founder of Second Chance, expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the organization’s accomplishments and acknowledges the collective effort that made them possible. “In a year of widespread challenges, the demand for assistance has been significant. Through innovative programs and strategic partnerships, we actively address the root causes of pet surrender and homelessness.”
Blancato highlighted the organization’s focus on providing access to quality veterinary services for all pet owners, supporting those struggling to provide for their pets during difficult times, and fostering stronger bonds between families and their beloved animal companions. She noted that Second Chance veterinary hospitals provided assistance to more pets at subsidized rates than ever before, and the pet food pantry program saw record distributions to meet requests from local human food pantries.
Looking ahead, Blancato emphasized Second Chance’s commitment to expanding services to meet the rising needs. “We are actively hiring at all our hospital locations to extend our reach and assist more pets in need.”
Additionally, Second Chance serves as an emergency partner for various agencies, responding to natural disasters and aiding pets rescued from unimaginable living conditions.
“Our mission to advocate for pets in need is ongoing,” Blancato said. “We must continue to fight for their well-being.”