I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter . . . the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal.
I was angry.
"God" I said, "this is terrible!
Why don't you do something?"
God was silent for a moment, and then spoke softly, "I have done something," was the reply. "I created you."
~ Jim Willis

about the program

Some of us simply cannot bring ourselves to go to a shelter and pick out a dog or a cat from so many eager—or shy—faces looking back at us. Emotions run high when we have to leave behind so many crestfallen faces, each of whom could make a wonderful pet. Many of these animals are in the shelter due to no fault of their own . . . perhaps their owner has died with no one to care for them, a family has suffered a job loss, or some other unforeseen circumstance.

Monroe County Animal Shelter took in over 5000 animals in 2010, down from the record 6000 the previous year. 2018's final intake numbers were a little over 2200. (See the shelter statistics on the MCFA's website: MCFA Stats. The decrease is encouraging and we believe due to education and also a strong spay/neuter program largely funded through SNAP and Maddie's Fund. However, we knew we still had a problem to contend with: to alleviate overcrowding, especially for those who only need another chance at life.

second chance pals was formed to save the lives of many adult adoptable pets by getting them into foster care and out of an already crowded and chaotic shelter situation. We also intend to feature these older and sick animals that remain in the shelter awaiting foster care. This, in turn, should give them a greater chance at a finding a forever home.

A dog or cat that has been fostered will have already been "chosen" to live within a home for a period of at least two weeks where they can experience family life and be evaluated. If the volunteer is fostering a dog, they are required to take the dog out into a public setting for socialization for two hours/week to socialize and promote the animal for adoption.

second chance pals fosters, unlike Rolling Rescue fosters for puppies which are easily transported, are eligible to adopt from the program, though our primary goal is to make these pets available for those who need and desire companionship of one of our pals.