EAST BROOKFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services, at its annual dinner auction event, announced an $85,000 capital campaign to replace the roof on both the Adoption Center and the Almost Home transport facility in addition to replacing the aging high-top transport vehicle. The campaign, which the nonprofit is calling “Raise the Roof,” will raise funds to replace the roofs over the heads of homeless pets as they wait for their own ‘second chance.’ The first $15,000 in donations toward the campaign will be matched thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the ASPCA.
Chief Development Officer Lindsay Doray told attendees about the urgent need to replace the roofs. “These facilities see thousands of animals every year, and we need to make sure that we keep our facilities in top form to welcome the many pets that need our help.”
Doray said Second Chance also needs to replace its high-top transport vehicle. “Ours has aged out and is no longer reliable for the long journeys that we do. On our last trip, we had to rent a vehicle because we couldn’t let pets down that needed to get to us.”
Second Chance has a contractor on standby to begin as soon as the funds are secured. The three roofs represent the journey that many animals make on their road to a better life. Pets that come through transport are brought in with the high-top transit and spend their first 48 hours at the Almost Home transport facility in North Brookfield for their state-mandated quarantine. There, animals get a check-up and any necessary care in the adjacent hospital. Finally, they go to the Adoption Center in East Brookfield in search of a home.
“This journey is vital to help the animals that need our help,” Doray said.
Anyone interested in making a gift to the Raise the Roof capital campaign can visit secondchanceanimals.org/raisetheroof. Gifts can also be mailed to Second Chance, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515, with ‘Raise the Roof’ on the check memo line to be eligible for the $15,000 match.