About Second Chance

About Second Chance Animal Services:

Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies solely on donations from grants to operate. The organization operates an adoption center in East Brookfield, Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Springfield, and Worcester. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through adoption, spay/neuter, veterinary care, community outreach, educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. 

Awards and Honors

  • Medical Director Dr. Park voted 2019 Best Veterinarian by readers of Worcester Magazine
  • Voted Top Non-Profit on greatnonprofits.org 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Pet Services 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Veterinarian 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Voted Best of Central MA for Nonprofit 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.

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:

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.

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

Medical Director: Dr. Grace Park

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

Hospital Director, Springfield: Julie Sullivan

Hospital Director, Worcester: Erica Dwyer

Development Director: Lindsay Doray

Animal Relocation Director: Wendy Hall

Marketing Director: Diane Tillotson

Your support will change the lives of pets in need

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