Second Chance Animal Services Issues Urgent Appeal for Support

EAST BROOKFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services is shattering all previous records in its mission to help pets live better lives. The nonprofit expects that, by year’s end, it will have helped more than 48,000 animals, passing last year’s record of 44,000.

While this may seem a reason for celebration, the increasing need for help is deeply concerning for the nonprofit. Second Chance is committed to meet the great demand for programs and services for animals as economic pressures contribute to stagnant donation levels.

“With less than a month remaining in the year, we know that we have broken old records, helping more pets than ever before. This is wonderful news, but we are bracing ourselves for a tremendous challenge in the new year,” CEO Sheryl Blancato said. “The economy has truly taken a toll on pets in 2023 and has erased so much progress for shelters across the country. We expect this trend to continue in 2024.”

Blancato highlighted the financial pressures faced by pet owners who are struggling to care for their pets. “At our four veterinary hospitals, more pet owners are relying on subsidized rates than ever before. Meanwhile, across the country, shelters are reaching capacity. Second Chance is taking in as many pets from other shelters as possible to save countless lives, but our space is being limited due to an increase in surrenders from local pet owners.”

The economy has also taken a toll on donors who still want to help but may have less means to do so. Nonprofits throughout the U.S. are reporting that donations are flat or declining. Second Chance remains steadfast in its commitment to pets in need and is calling upon animal lovers to join the fight against pet suffering. Supporters are urged to make a donation online at or by mail to Second Chance, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.

“The need is great,” Blancato said. “Your contribution, big or small, will directly impact our ability to provide vital care, prevent unnecessary suffering, and keep families together.”