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Welcome Back Volunteers!

With the lifting of state COVID restrictions, Second Chance is excited to welcome back all registered volunteers.  
Masks will now be voluntary and are highly recommended for volunteers who are not fully vaccinated.  
A reminder to all adoption center volunteers to please continue to sign up for shifts on Volunteer Matters.  



At Second Chance Animal Services we rely on volunteers to accomplish our mission

Do you love animals? Do you have a talent? We can use your help!

Volunteer application
Volunteer Training
  • Clerical: General filing and copying
  • Maintenance/Cleaning: Dog Kennels and Cat Cages are cleaned twice a day or more and occasionally need minor repairs.
  • Dog Walkers: Volunteers needed to walk the dogs. They LOVE this part and its important to their well-being!
  • Animal Socialization: Volunteers to play and socialize with the animals. The cats appreciate this special one on one time!
  • Basic Obedience: Volunteers to teach basic commands to the dogs.
  • Odd Jobs: Anyone with building skills to assist us with interior improvements.
  • Transportation: We can always use more volunteers to help with the transportation of supplies and donations. We also need volunteers who are available in the morning or afternoon to take animals to and from the vets or other facilities.
  • Writers: We need volunteers to help with the writing of our bi-annual newsletter.
  • Junior Volunteers: Youths 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Youths 16-18 years old must volunteer when another volunteer or adult is present.
  • Dog’s Day Out & Cat Pawsitive:  Help enrich the lives of pets while they are waiting to find their forever home.

Dog’s Day Out

Registered volunteers* who have completed dog care training at the Adoption Center are invited to take a dog out for field trip through our new Dog’s Day Out Program. Everyone needs a day off, shelter dogs included!  This program is designed to get them out of the kennel environment and into the real world, providing enrichment and giving them the opportunity to meet more potential adopters.  It gives you the chance to get some dog time, even if you don’t have a dog of your own.

Dogs can be picked up Monday through Saturday beginning at 10 AM. You should plan to spend at least two hours on your field trip and return no later than 4 pm on Fridays and 5 pm the rest of the week. (Sorry, no field trips on Sundays.) We’ll set you up with everything you need for your adventure, including a list a dog friendly businesses to visit. Please remember to bring a valid ID with your current address to participate. Call ahead to ensure that we have a dog available to participate OR just drop by our Adoption Center: (508) 867-5525.

* You must be a registered volunteer to participate.



Second Chance recently took part in a pilot of Jackson Galaxy’s CatPawsitive program which uses “mom-enhancing, positive reinforcement” to enhance the lives of shelter cats, teaching them new skills while promoting the human-cat bond and helping them become more-adoptable.  Interested volunteers should watch for more information.

Apply to become a volunteer

Thank you for considering volunteering with Second Chance Animal Services. We are a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, which operates a no-kill shelter and foster care program for stray, abandoned, neglected, and surrendered dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. We also operate a high quality low-cost spay/neuter clinic as well as a full service veterinary clinic at our Pet Wellness and Education Center in North Brookfield. Volunteers with a variety of skills are needed to ensure the success of these programs. Your help is GREATLY appreciated. Please take the time to fill out this application and read and sign the agreement. This information will help us find the volunteer work that you would enjoy most and to keep you posted on new projects. After we review your information, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities with Second Chance Animal Services.

Jr. Volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on premises. Jr. Volunteers that are 16 – 18 that are volunteering as part of a school project or requirement can volunteer without a parent or guardian with the approval of the parent/guardian and the school’s permission.


    Dog Walking/Feeding/CareCat CareFosteringTransportClericalTelephone CallsFundraisingAssisting at EventsVeterinary AssistanceNewsletter WritingGeneral Housekeeping/MaintenanceDog's Day Out Field TripsOther

    GroomingKennel AssistantAnimal RescueFundraisingVeterinaryWritingFeral Cat TrappingOther

    Adoption Center (E. Brookfield)Veterinary Hostpital (N. Brookfield)Veterinary Hospital (Springfield)Veterinary Hospital (Worcester)Spay Worcester Feral Cat Program


    I agree
    In consideration of this opportunity to volunteer, I agree to the following terms and conditions, intending to be legally bound by them:

    I will abide by the mission, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and programs of Second Chance Animal Services while I am a volunteer; a copy of which will be made available to me for review.
    If I stop being a volunteer for Second Chance Animal Services for any reason or upon the shelter’s request at any time, I will promptly return all of the Organization's supplies, equipment, records, moneys, and other items in good clean condition.

    I assume the risks of being bitten, scratched, injured, or frightened by the cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies in connection with my volunteer work for the shelter. Second Chance Animal Services is not liable to me for any injuries, damages, liabilities, losses, judgments, costs or expenses whatsoever, which I might suffer or sustain in connection with the performance of my volunteer activities for the Organization unless they are the result of the Organization's gross negligence or intentional misconduct. I will indemnify, defend and hold the Shelter harmless from and against any claims or losses in connection with my gross negligence or intentional misconduct in my performance of volunteer activities for the Organization or my intentional breach of Organization's rules, regulations, policies, procedures and programs.
    I understand and agree that the shelter may refuse volunteer applications for any reason.

    If I will be sheltering or providing foster care or boarding for any of the Organization's animals in my home or business, I consent to the shelter visiting my home or business from time to time to observe the animals and their living quarters.

    I have accurately and truthfully completed this Volunteer Application and Agreement.

    Any modification to this Agreement must be in writing signed by both partied. This agreement is binding upon the Organization, me and the Organization's and my respective heirs, successors, assigns, executors, and personal representatives.

    I agree
    In consideration of the Organization offering this volunteer opportunity, I/we agree to the following, intending to be legally bound:

    My/our child(ren) or child(ren) under my/our guardianship has enough experience with dogs and/or cats and is mature enough to volunteer with the Organization and to participate with dogs/puppies of all sizes and/or cats/kittens

    Whenever my/our child(ren) or child(ren) under my/our legal guardianship participate(s) in the Organization's activities, I/we hereby release and agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Organization, it’s directors, officers, employees, agents, and volunteers and it’s and theirs heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives from and against liability for any injuries, damages, liabilities, losses, judgments, costs or expenses whatsoever (the “Losses”), which such child(ren) or any pet or other person might suffer or sustain, except any losses which are the result of the Organization's gross negligence or intentional misconduct. I acknowledge that there are risks that the child(ren) could be bitten, scratched, injured or frightened by the dogs/puppies and/or the cats/kittens and I/we assume such risks.
    I understand and agree that SCAS may refuse volunteer applications for any reason.

    I have accurately and truthfully completed this Permission and Release Form.

    This Permission and Release Form is binding upon me, my spouse, partner, and my and his/her respective heirs, successors, assigns, executors, and personal representatives.

    Your support will change the lives of pets in need