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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. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year 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

Awards and Honors

  • Voted Reader Raves Best Veterinary Clinic 2022
  • Voted Top Non-Profit on greatnonprofits.org 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 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Nonprofit 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Guidestar.org Platinum Level 
  • HSUS Emergency Partner since 2010
  • ASPCA Emergency Placement Partner since 2013
  • Only Pets for Life Designated Organization in MA
  • Grey Muzzle Grant Recipient 2018

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.

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:

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.

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

Member: Sara Gasparrini

Member: Heather Gablaski

Key Management Personnel

CEO & Executive Director: Sheryl Blancato, CAWA, CFRE

Medical Director: Dr. Ashley Raymond

Chief Operations Officer for Hospitals & Hospital Director, North Brookfield Community Veterinary Hospital: Amanda Normandin

Hospital Director, Springfield: Lisa Middlebrook

Hospital Director, Worcester: Erica Dwyer

Development Director: Lindsay Doray

Animal Relocation Director: Wendy Hall

Marketing Director: Diane Tillotson

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