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We need YOUR HELP to accomplish our mission

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


  1. Visit our volunteer portal to register
  2. Complete your online training using the password you receive during registration.
  3. After you complete your online training, watch for an email from our volunteer coordinator to schedule a pet care training session at the Adoption Center if you want to work with our shelter pets OR next steps if you would like to volunteer in other areas.

Questions? – Email volunteering@secondchanceanimals.org

Volunteer portal
Volunteer Training


If you need to complete court appointed community service hours, please email volunteering@secondchanceanimals.org for additional information before you register.


  • 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

Active registered volunteers* who have completed dog care training at the Adoption Center are invited to take a dog out for field trip through our 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: (508) 867-5525.

* You must be an active registered volunteer to participate.



Second Chance took part in a pilot of Jackson Galaxy’s CatPawsitive program which uses  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.  You may see some of our volunteers using these techniques to help some of our cats.

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 four full service Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield & Worcester. Volunteers with a variety of skills are needed to ensure the success of all our programs. Your help is GREATLY appreciated.

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.

Visit our volunteer portal to register and start your online training today!

Volunteer Portal
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Your support will change the lives of pets in need