Second Chance Animal Shelter (SCAS) in East Brookfield, MA has been named as one of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)'s "Top Ten Emergency Placement Partners of 2012." The nonprofit, no-kill organization is one of 200 HSUS Placement Partners, assisting with ongoing care of animals who are saved during large-scale rescue missions.
In 2012, staff members at Second Chance Animal Shelter provided hands-on care at HSUS Animal Rescue Team emergency facilities housing victims of a dog fighting case in Michigan, as well as numerous pets temporarily surrendered by homeless families in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
During the last year, SCAS also accepted and found homes for dogs from Kentucky who were left homeless after severe tornadoes and cats from Jefferson Parish, LA who were displaced by Hurricane Isaac. They also cared for pit bulls as part of HSUS's Dog Fighting Rescue Coalition.
"We are thrilled to recognize Second Chance Animal Shelter for its enthusiasm and dedication to helping when animals are in need," said Michelle Cascio, Manager of HSUS's Emergency Placement Program. "Emergency Placement Partners play a critical role in our important mission to end animal cruelty, and we are thankful to Second Chance Animal Shelter for being involved in this life-saving program."
SCAS helps many local dogs and cats, too. It cares for "stray, abandoned, and surrendered" animals not only at its shelter, but in a network of foster homes, until suitable permanent homes can be found. Based on its Petfinder listings, SCAS currently has 17 dogs and 11 cats available for adoption, but those numbers fluctuate every day. The Adoption Center is open six days a week; walk-in visitors are welcome.