Second Chance Center for Animals volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. In addition to traditional volunteer activities like walking dogs, interacting with cats, preparing meals and enrichment activities, laundry, off-site adoptions and special events, new programs and activities to save the lives of more dogs and cats were announced during the 2016 National Be Kind to Animals Week. We invite the community to learn about helping homeless animals in three new areas at Second Chance Center for Animals; Open Paw, a program that turns the shelter into a education and training center for animals and people, Orphan Savers Brigade to provide foster care for orphaned and underage puppies and kittens, and a new Enrichment Garden to grow fresh vegetables for chewing and herbs for scent activities for shelter pets while they are waiting for their forever homes.
Second Chance Center for Animals operates from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm every day of the year. During our monthly orientation program, volunteers gain an overview of the organization and about current needs. From feeding and cleaning to loaned jogger and loaned hiker programs and community education and fundraising events, volunteers support every area of our operation.
OPEN PAW PROGRAM
The Open Paw Program is designed to teach shelter dogs and cats how to model good behaviors in order to get them adopted and stay adopted. Volunteers working in the shelter are critical to the success of the program. Basic household manners and friendly behaviors are taught to shelter pets to assure their success in the real world. Volunteers in the shelter learn Open Paw Level I – IV.
KONG toys stuffed with vegetables like pumpkin and green beans are an essential chewing activity for dogs in our shelter. To keep cats mentally engaged, scent enrichment activities with herbs like lavender and catnip are part of the routine. Our enrichment garden for shelter pets is a community volunteer project to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for pets.