Second Chance Animal Services Helps Record Number of Pets in 2022

EAST BROOKFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services is asking for the public’s help as it prepares to help pets in 2023. The nonprofit, which helped more pets in 2022 than in any other year, is expecting a significant increase in the demand for services in the coming year. Second Chance is hoping animal lovers will consider making a donation to help pets get the care they need.

“With just three days left in the year, we know that we have broken the old record, helping more pets than ever before,” CEO Sheryl Blancato said. “This is wonderful news, but we are bracing ourselves for a tremendous challenge in the new year.”

Blancato pointed out that pet owners are having a tough time right now. “Financial uncertainty is bringing more and more pets to our doors who have nowhere else to turn. Many are facing what can be called economic euthanasia. When people’s finances are limited and an emergency arises, they may not be able to afford a necessary surgery to stop the suffering. Second Chance offers subsidized rates to those that qualify, providing an alternative to euthanasia and surrender.

“It’s heartbreaking, and we need to be ready to help,” she added. “Second Chance is committed to keeping pets in their homes whenever possible. We have worked so hard and come so far. The need is great, and we must keep fighting for pets in need.”

Donations can be made online at or by mail to Second Chance, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.