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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


Average Review 13 reviews

Would you recommend 2nd Chance 4 Pets?

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 Kevin D. (September 24, 2011)
With the free time I had on my hands I wanted to volunteer with an organization that provided a service which I feel strongly about. Animals, and assisting to provide them with further shelter for the duration of their time with us, was definitely top of my list. I found 2nd Chance 4 Pets, applied - despite living in the U.K. - and was immediately accepted. This worldwideweb not only offers us the opportunity to communicate with others around the globe, but it can also help great organizations like this to further its work. Over the past year I have worked with the most friendly, easy-going staff, which is always a plus in my books. The requests are never demanding but always rewarding, whether that be to myself, to the animal helped or to the person who we have put into contact with the pet. I'm proud to volunteer for 2nd Chance 4 pets and hope their work continues benefitting our eternal companions
by Molly R. (September 12, 2011)
As the adoptive mother of a wonderful little creature who’d spent 6 months in her vet’s boarding facility because her owner did not come home from the hospital, I know first-hand the need and the importance of 2nd Chance 4 Pets. I am very glad to have found this organization and this remarkable volunteer opportunity. Though a relatively new volunteer, my interactions with the staff have been exceptional – these caring, dedicated people are working to assure long and secure futures for pets and peace of mind to the humans who love them. As other reviewers have noted, volunteer duties are varied, low pressure, allow for and encourage individual input, and many can be done at home. To anyone who wants to make a difference for pets and feel appreciated and gratified while doing so, I highly recommend volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets.
by Rachael C. (August 10, 2011)
I've been volunteering with 2ndChance4Pets since 2007 and it's been one of the best things I've ever done. The team is organized, smart and dedicated to the overall well being of animals. The projects are clearly explained, virtual and have deadlines that are very realistic to meet. I highly recomend this organization to volunteer with and hope others will take the time to give back to the well being and safety of the little animals out there.