Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 3, 2010

Second Chance thanks Maddie’s Fund

The Second Chance Humane Society mission involves saving animal’s lives through shelter, foster, rehabilitation, and adoption programs but also by preventing the cause of homeless pets through spay/neuter and other community outreach programs and efforts.  In order to make a bigger impact in prevention Second Chance has been working with the WeCARe SW Coalition for the past 4 years, a coalition of other animal rescue and welfare groups throughout the Colorado Western Slope region.  WeCARe recently secured a $40,000 grant to support its combined prevention efforts.

The grant was awarded from Maddie’s Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation, ( a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer. 

The Pet Rescue Foundation typically awards grants to large demographic areas where a great need is demonstrated.  The WeCARe SW Coalition covers 7,283 square miles and includes Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. It is home to approximately 216,000 people and 100,000 dogs and cats.

The $40,000 grant will support the worthy goal of eliminating euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in this Western Slope Region. This grant supports the collection and sharing of shelter statistics and reporting shelter data.  By partnering together the ten animal welfare organizations of WeCARe were able to establish a need for this grant as a united group.  As goals are achieved, the WeCARe SW Coalition will be eligible to apply for additional grants to develop and implement a strategic plan to achieve this admirable objective.

The grant amount for each agency was determined using the number of animals adopted or transferred by each agency in 2008. Mesa County Animal Services will be administering the grant based on those statistics.

Second Chance is also proud to announce that despite an economically challenging year, homeless pet rescues and adoptions were at an all time high for 2009.  With 388 pets rescued into the shelter and 316 matched into new loving forever homes, Second Chance was able to complete 100 more adoptions than the previous year.  Additionally, 49 lost/stray pets were safely reunited with their parents (the remainder of the rescued pets are awaiting adoption).

2010 does not look like the need for rescuing pets will be slowing down, the shelter is full, adoptions are going strong, and the staff are working at full capacity as usual to meet the demands of these pets in need.  As always Foster Homes are being sought to help care for young, elderly, ill, or overflow pets.  Consider making a difference in the life of a lovable homeless pet like me.  My name is Lucy and I am grateful to Second Chance for all that they do – consider being a part of it.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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