Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | September 30, 2008

Volunteer Growth

Oliver and Gang - Volunteer Power

Oliver and Gang - Volunteer Power

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, here at Second Chance Humane Society we are learning that it takes children (and pre-adults) to raise a shelter.   Such has been the case lately here at Second Chance, where we have been touched, inspired, and high on gratitude from our local young volunteers.

Let’s start with the poor neglected yard and flower garden at the Second Chance Shelter that our Staff are too busy to take care of due to the relentless demands of all the shelter pets.  Thus steps in a very big-hearted and generous young man, Oliver Hagemeyer.  For his Eagle Scout project Oliver transformed the grounds of the Shelter into something we can now be proud of!  He and his team of equally hard working and generous helpers labored for hours – all on a volunteer basis – and created a welcoming environment that surrounds the Shelter.

What better time to learn of the essence of giving, of community, and of how to make a difference, than at a young age?   Service allows us to participate in something bigger than ourselves and to learn that in the act of transforming our communities for the better, we end up transforming ourselves. 

One is never too young to start learning about giving.  For example we had a young boy who for his 3rd Birthday Party raised money for Second Chance in lieu of birthday gifts. We also have young regular volunteers such as Dillon Carlson-Nafziger, who work with the shelter animals on a weekly basis doing everything from cleaning kennels to walking dogs. 

And of course, we honor Flannery Martin and Lydia Hangfen for their creative ideas in generous giving.  These two young ladies made and sold cat toys for Second Chance.  They then donated the remaining toys to the shelter kitties to play with.  We at Second Chance find our work that much more meaningful when surrounded by such heart.

Second Chance Humane Society was established by volunteers, it grew from the efforts of volunteers, and we still very much depend on volunteers for fulfilling all our animal care, thrift shop and programming endeavors.  We couldn’t do all that we do, nor could we provide the high quality of services to the growing quantity of animals in need, without our growing tribe of volunteers.  Below are examples of the various ways volunteers make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in the region, perhaps one will be of interest to you:

 Thrift Shop Shifts– supports the greatest income producing entity of the organization.

Dog Walking/Care – helps homeless dogs develop socialization skills, while reducing their stress, increasing well-being, and making them more adoptable.

Cat Cuddling – also increases adoption possibilities of the felines through increased socialization and improved health.

Event Support – fulfilling a variety of needs of our big fundraisers like Wine & Whiskers and the Fur Ball, as well as Mobile Adoptions, The Adoptathon, etc. is critical.

Foster Care – temporarily providing a home for a pet in need.

Mobile Adoption – helping out when the SCHS Mobile Mutts and Meows is in various communities throughout the region.

Pet Power – supporting the therapeutic connections of shelter pets amongst the senior residents of local nursing homes.

Or you can apply your individual skills toward a specific purpose – anything from graphic design, advertising, marketing, building, community presentations and education, musical performance, photography, etc. are always desired.  Second Chance gives thanks to all who volunteer – past, present and future – and help further our vision of Loving Homes For All Pets!

Everyone can be great because anyone can serve… You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs.  Visit to see our adoptable pets.  Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to


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