To the Editor:

Vermont is a state blessed with many people who care about each other, their communities, and not least of all, their pets. At the top of that list are the wonderful people at Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury. We know Second Chance very well. We have volunteered there and five of our pets are Second Chance alumni. The managers, staff, and volunteers there gave these animals the love, care and affection that they needed and deserved. They are now our cherished family members.

A while back, we became involved with a Long Island shelter called Bobbi and the Strays. This shelter had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. It has recovered nicely, but the dog kennels there are somewhat old and in need of modernization. I remembered that Second Chance had modernized their dog kennels in 2011. Their new, state of the art, dog area is beautifully constructed and a model for other shelters to follow. We contacted Shelter Manager, Sharon Burnett, who had led the effort to modernize three years ago. Sharon invited us to tour the new area and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in explaining the improvement process and what it entailed, as well as taking us through it step by step and answering all of our questions. She was extremely patient, thoughtful, and provided very valuable insights.

We are so fortunate to have a shelter like Second Chance. Last year they found homes for almost 600 animals. In the last weekend in May of this year alone, they found new homes for 52 cats and dogs.


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That is an incredible accomplishment. They are national leaders in the battle against pet overpopulation, abuse, and neglect. But there is a role for all of us.

Adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, and educate. You'll be glad you did!

Kathy and Joe Egan

Dorset