Of the approximately 600.000 dogs that call NYC home, it's great to see a growing number of new pet parents choosing adoption, with dogs being adopted from shelters and rescue groups. Second Chance Rescue NYC is one of those rescues and they really stand behind their name – to give a second chance to dogs and cats that have been neglected, abused or homeless and deserve a second chance in life.
Established in 2009, Second Chance totally depends on public donations and, since they do not have a brick and mortar shelter, relies on its wonderful volunteers who foster dogs and cats in their homes until they find a permanent home.
Second Chance works with a network of vets who medically treat, spay/neuter and microchip all animals prior to adoption. Naturally, some animals are easier to find new homes for, whereas others require lots of patience, special therapy and training.
As they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, Second Chance also works on educating the public about the importance of spay/neuter to prevent shelter overpopulations. Although the number of shelter animals getting euthanized is going down, 1.5 million animals are still euthanized in the US every year. (source https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics)
Summer is a particularly tough time for rescues and shelters and the reasons for that are manifold: people moving to non-pet friendly places, taking vacations on which pets would be “in the way”, peak times for litters and generally, the number of donations is going down during the warm months. Having rescue groups such as Second Chance play a vital part in our city’s canine and feline well-and better-being.
We are excited to highlight the efforts of Second Chance which is why all the proceeds of our upcoming Pup Crawl will be donated to them. Bring your dog, meet some others, and visit some great local dog-friendly businesses in the Park Slope/Gowanus area.