A New Direction for Second Chance Center for Animals

Dear Supporters of Second Chance Center for Animals,

The Board of Directors of Second Chance Center for Animals yesterday unanimously made the fiscally responsible decision to pause shelter operations for the organization while new, community-wide, funded initiatives that will save the lives of more animals are pursued.  We believe that this small mountain community cannot financially support two large animal shelter operations, each with budgets nearing $1 million, through donor dollars alone. Our focus now is to welcome collaboration between all partners who seek to help animals in our region, including the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County and Coconino Humane Association.

While the community-wide plan is developed, Second Chance Center for Animals will not be accepting animals into its shelter facility at 11665 N. Hwy 89 in Flagstaff, AZ. All remaining animals in the shelter will be adopted or transferred to our partners at Sedona Humane Society by May 1st. Dog training and animals behavior services will continue as a specialty practice at this time.

I have stepped down as a staff member in the role of Executive Director for Second Chance Center for Animals, effective May 1st and I have accepted a volunteer position with the Second Chance Center for Animals Board of Directors to assume a leadership role in developing the new community-wide strategy.

We truly believe that the Second Chance animal shelter, a $2.1 million modern, state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to support a full-service veterinary hospital as part of its operation, situated on 10 beautiful acres, would better serve the community if it were dedicated to house animals for both Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff.  We already have commitments from Coconino Humane Association, Ark Cat Sanctuary, Paw Placement and Humane Society of Sedona to utilize a high-quality combined shelter medicine veterinary practice at the current Second Chance facility. Grant-seeking efforts to open that practice are underway.  Our goal in creating a new community shelter partnership would be to continue the unique “rescue from the rescues” mission while utilizing foster homes, veterinary services, and transfers to continue a 100% placement guarantee of adoptable animals, with all homeless pets from the community under one roof.

We know that the news to interrupt shelter services is unexpected.  The decision is necessary to be in a financial position to continue and indeed expand the work of the organization.  We take our responsibility as financial stewards of donor dollars seriously.  Additionally, we are committed to honoring the vision and legacy of Dick and Jean Wilson who created Second Chance Center for Animals.

Very Sincerely Yours,

Sean Hawkins
Executive Director

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