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Mission Statement

2nd Chance 4 Pets has been established to reduce the number of pets unnecessarily euthanized due to the death or incapacity of their human companions.


Every hour 575 companion animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. 2nd Chance 4 Pets, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization based in Los Gatos, California, intends to decrease this number by educating current and future pet owners how to ensure lifetime care for their pets. 2nd Chance 4 Pets is the first and only organization in the United States that addresses this long, unrecognized issue. Every year, 500,000 companion animals are relinquished and euthanized in shelters due to the death or disability of their human companion. Most of the volunteers with 2nd Chance 4 Pets are virtual; located in different parts of the country and several located in countries outside the US. Our volunteers assist with writing articles for our quarterly newsletter, designing brochures, developing our website, assisting with operations, communicating with pet owners and veterinarians, event planning and fundraising. More information about our organization and our volunteer opportunities can be found at www.2ndchance4pets.org.


Average Review 11 reviews

Would you recommend 2nd Chance 4 Pets?

by michelle m. (March 12, 2013)
I work at an animal shelter. So many animals are brought to us because the owner died or went into assisted living. The family or neighbors bring us pets that were left behind. It breaks my heart. One day a woman called and asked if I knew how she should go about planning for her pet. I had no idea what to suggest. When I came upon 2nd Chance 4 Pets at a conference I was excited to find iformation, GOOD information, to help people plan, and to encourage people to realistically think about the chance that they could outlive their pets. This is so important. These animals come to us frightened and confused. Many become depressed. This organization is the only one I know of that is asking people to plan. And the resources offered on their website are really terrific. I highly recommend 2nd Chance 4 Pets! Naturally, I volunteer my time here as well, and despite a hectic schedule, and being on staff at a shelter, consider it time well spent!
by Kimberly S. (March 11, 2013)
I started volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets several months ago, and the experience has been so fulfilling thus far. With my hectic schedule, it would be nearly impossible to volunteer during working hours, so the virtual aspect of this organization is really great. The other volunteers I have encountered are so passionate, and the love for animals truly pervades everything we do. I look forward to the work, knowing that I'm saving helpless animals and giving them another chance!
by Jane F. (March 8, 2013)
This organization brings attention to something that many people never think about - what will happen to their pet if something happens to them? Amy is very dedicated and does a great job of coordinating the volunteers and raising awareness. I have been volunteering for 2nd Chance 4 Pets for about 9 months, and have enjoyed the opportunity. I know the mission of this group is important and I am glad that I can contribute to the cause.
by louise z. (March 8, 2013)
I've been a virtual volunteer for over a year, assisting with editing content for the website and for press releases. Amy is terrific to work with and appreciative of volunteers' efforts. It's a great cause and I like knowing that I'm helping to make a difference in raising awareness of the need for planning for our pets' futures.
by Amanda F. (August 28, 2011)
2nd Chance 4 Pets is a wonderful organization with a mission that I am very passionate about! I have been a volunteer with them since 2009. 2nd Chance gives me the opportunity to volunteer on a number of different and interesting projects from the comfort of my own home. The work is also always very flexible and I can do it when I have the time whether it is during the day or in the middle of the night. If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity I would definitely recommend 2nd Chance 4 Pets.