NORTH BROOKFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the welfare of animals, announced a significant achievement in its mission to reduce pet overpopulation. In September, the organization performed its 75,000th low-cost spay and neuter surgery.
This achievement builds on the success of Second Chance’s longstanding commitment to providing accessible and affordable spay and neuter services. The organization began its low-cost program in 2005 at its East Brookfield shelter, aiming to address the root causes of pet homelessness. Today, the nonprofit’s hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester continue to serve hundreds of pets each month in state-of-the-art surgical suites, made possible by grants and generous donors.
Spaying and neutering not only contribute to controlling the population of stray and unwanted animals, but also play a vital role in enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. These procedures can prevent various cancers and other serious health issues while positively influencing pets’ behavior by reducing aggression and roaming tendencies.
“This milestone is a testament to the dedication of our team and the support of our community,” said Sheryl Blancato, CEO and founder of Second Chance. “However, our work is far from over. We are committed to continuing our efforts to reach even more pets in need.”
Blancato urges all pet owners to consider spaying or neutering their pets, emphasizing the preventive benefits. “Routine spays and neuters can protect pets from life-threatening conditions, including pyometra and testicular cancer. Our goal is not only to address the immediate needs of pets, but to contribute to a healthier pet community in the long run.”
Pet owners interested in availing themselves of the low-cost spay and neuter program can visit www.secondchanceanimals.org and complete a SPOT application under the Vet Care tab.