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Second Chance to Distribute Donated Pet Beds at Block Party on June 22 

EAST BROOKFIELD — At its 25th-anniversary block party on Saturday, June 22, Second Chance Animal Services will be handing out free pet beds, donated by Chewy in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The cozy, cave-style beds are perfect for cats and small dogs to relax or take a nap. 

When Second Chance Chief Development Officer Lindsay Doray got the call about a large donation of pet beds, she was excited about all the pets it could help. “Second Chance is committed to helping pets live better lives, including the pets in our community,” she said. “We are grateful to Chewy and HSUS for the donation, which will help to spread the word to pet owners about the resources available for their pets.”  

Each of Second Chance’s community veterinary hospitals offers full-service veterinary care from checkups and sick visits to general and dental surgery. “We pioneered access to care in Massachusetts to help people care for their pets,” Doray noted. “We offer reduced pricing for households that qualify. If someone doesn’t qualify, they pay our regular fees, and the proceeds benefit programs helping pets in need.” 

The pet beds will be distributed free of charge at Timberyard Brewing Co. on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the 25th-anniversary festivities hosted by Timberyard and Klem’s on Route 9 at the East Brookfield/Spencer line. The day’s events include live in-store demos, raffles, and prizes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Klem’s with a vendor fair in the adjacent field. 

The fun will kick off at Timberyard at 11 a.m. with pet-reunion ‘yappy hour’ and Walking Off Leash book signing with authors Sheryl and Joe Blancato, followed by the anniversary barbecue, with seatings at noon and 6 p.m., Lion’s birthday party from 1 to 3 p.m., and pet trivia at 4 p.m. There will also be music, raffles, and a silent auction featuring gift baskets, gift cards, and more. Online bidding is already open, and the auction closes at 6 p.m. on June 22. 

Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased in advance for the anniversary barbecue meal seatings. For ticket purchases, silent auction, and a detailed schedule of events, visit secondchanceanimals.org/anniversary