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About Second Chance

About Second Chance Animal Services, Inc.

Second Chance Animal Services is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 1999.  Second Chance began as an animal shelter and grew to help more pets in need.  Today Second Chance operates Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester providing access to the highest-quality veterinary care for all.  Subsidized rates are provided to underserved communities to ensure access to care for all pets in need. Last year Second Chance helped over 49,000 pets live better lives through full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, community & educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry.  Second Chance is a 501c3 tax exempt organization – EIN: 04-3490671

EIN: 04-3490671


Core Values

Teamwork ~ Compassion & Understanding ~ Efficiency ~ Innovation

Awards and Honors

  • Voted Reader Raves Best Veterinary Clinic 2022
  • Voted Top Non-Profit on greatnonprofits.org 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Pet Services 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Veterinarian 2023, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Nonprofit 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • 2022 Plantinum Seal of Transparency from Candid (fka Guidestar.org)
  • Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator
  • HSUS Emergency Partner since 2010
  • ASPCA Emergency Placement Partner since 2013
  • Pets for Life Designated Organization
  • PetSmart Charities Access to Care Accelerator Grantee

Our Vision

Second Chance Animal Shelter will be a model shelter, addressing the issues of pet over-population, suffering and abuse and the euthanizing of healthy adoptable animals locally, state wide, nationally and internationally, by providing services and programs that focus on the root causes of these issues. We will be the exemplary animal welfare organization, executing exceptional business practices and offering cutting edge services and programs that establish Second Chance as the model to revolutionize animal welfare.

Donor Privacy Policy

We Respect Our Donor’s Privacy Second Chance Animal Services has a deep commitment to the privacy of our donors.  Whether the donation is in-kind or financial, we will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of any other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by Second Chance Animal Services, both online and offline, or on any platform of payment.  To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation. We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. Many donors use credit cards for donations. We protect the security of credit card transactions through the companies we use to process credit card transactions, those companies use encryption and other appropriate security measures.

Our Mission

To provide temporary shelter to stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals for the purpose of finding permanent suitable new homes.

To provide assistance and financial aid to prevent overpopulation through spaying and neutering programs.

To support a healthy pet community and responsible animal husbandry by providing reasonably cost general veterinary services,
as well as low/no cost general veterinary services to those unable to afford care for their pets.

To provide low/no cost general veterinary services to animal control agencies, animal shelters and rescues.

To establish cross-referral networks with local “for profit” veterinary doctors and clinics.

To provide assistance and information to others whose purposes are consistent with the purpose of Second Chance Animal Services, Inc.

Our Annual Report

Want to know more about how we help to save lives? Read our annual reports.  Learn about the many programs and services that help us to save so many lives each year.

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

Adoption Center Statistics

To view our yearly adoption center statistics, click on the links below.

We are proud to say that we have a 100% live release rate!  No adoptable pet is ever euthanized for space or for a treatable medical condition.  You can see our statistics here:

2023 Asilomar Report

2022 Asilomar Report

2021 Asilomar Report

2020 Asilomar Report

2019 Asilomar Report

2018 Asilomar Report

2017 Asilomar Report

2016 Asilomar Report

2015 Asilomar Report

Financial Information

Second Chance strives to be a sustainable non-profit that will have the ability to provide vital services for many years to come.  Donor dollars are important to this mission. Therefore, we have a 100% transparency policy. All of our information is available to donors on this website.  More detailed information is also available on our profile on Guidestar.org where we have received the highest rating of Platinum.

2023 990 Tax Return

2023 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2022 990 Tax Return

2022 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2021 990 Tax Return

2021 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2020 990 Tax Returns

2020 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2019 990 Tax Returns

2019 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2018 990 Tax Returns

2018 Independent Audited Financial Statements

2017 990 Tax Returns

2017 Independent Audited Financial Statements

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board: Joseph Blancato Sr.

President: Sheryl Blancato (founder)

Vice President: Robert White, Esq.

Secretary: Rebecca Austin

Treasurer: Sara Gasparrini

Member: Heather Gablaski

Key Management Personnel

CEO & Executive Director: Sheryl Blancato, CAWA, CFRE

Medical Director: Dr. Ashley Raymond

Sr. Hospital Director, North Brookfield: Amanda Normandin

Chief Development Officer: Lindsay Doray, CFRE

Animal Relocation Director: Wendy Hall

Hospital Director, Southbridge & Worcester: Erica Dwyer

Hospital Director, Springfield: Caitlin Langone

Marketing Director: Diane Tillotson, CFRE


Second Chance Nondiscrimination Policy

Second Chance Animal Services does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; genetic information; national origin; ancestry; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions); sexual orientation; marital status, gender identity or expression; age (over 40) ; differing abilities or handicap; citizenship status; service member status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.

Your support will change the lives of pets in need