Look at what we are achieving!
!!! UPDATED !!! Second Chance Pet Network, serving Dryden and surrounding areas, is proud of our 85% adoption rate! Most shelters have an adoption rate of about 35%. Since opening our doors in our temporary location in February 2009, we have taken in 1,058 animals (up from 676), adopted out 805 (up from 560) and returned 14 (up from 13) to their owners. Below is the break down of those totals to date:
CATS Intake – 742 Return to Owner – 11 Adoption – 530
DOGS Intake – 282 Return to Owner - 3 Adoption - 242
OTHER Intake - 33 Return to Owner - 0 Adoption - 33
We have a brand new facility!
Although it is exciting and wonderful that the new animal shelter is now built and mostly functioning, Second Chance Pet Network needs continued funding to be completed and to pay off all outstanding bills for work done to date. We are still working on finishing this excellent facility. As it is now, it enables us to more adequately meet the needs of Dryden and the surrounding area. However, we are in desperate need of funds to pay for existing work done, and to continue to pay for the work still being completed.
Our new facility located at 270 Wilson Road in Dryden has:
18 dog kennels
40 cat kennels
4 cat rooms (designed to house up to 20 cats per room)
A exercise/play room
A nursery for pregnant/nursing cats
An isolation room for new rescues
A small animal room for exotic animals
Dogs have a play yard where they can run and play with or without human interaction. Many of the cats have outdoor play facilities with independent direct entry from their cat rooms. Others are free roaming outside of cages in our main cat room. All caged cats, are given daily freedom out of cage to exercise, explore, interact with other cats and play.
This structure gives us the ability to rescue adult dogs and allows us to offer boarding facilities for cats and dogs. The boarding facilities is some help in funding the shelter’s day-to-day operations and fill a business need here in the Dryden area.
We have a dog trainer who will work with Second Chance!
To better meet the needs of dogs in our care, a fenced area which can be used to train or re-train dogs who have been neglected and or abused. A local dog trainer has offered to provide some behaviour training for these overly exuberant, out of control dogs but in order to do this, a specific area is needed, fenced for safety, outside of the actual kennel area. A small building would be even better but a yard would be a start. Once trained in basic commands, these dogs would become likeable and then they would be adoptable by more families and people who would love to take one, but who can not deal with the exuberance.
!!!UPDATE!!!! With our Trap-Neuter-Release program, we have spayed 125 females (up from 35), neutered 121 males (up from 27) and rescued and socialized) 142 feral kittens (up from 99). We currently manage 9 (up from 9) feral cat colonies. T-N-R has proven to be the most efficient and cost effective way of controlling the over-population of cats.
!!!UPDATE!!!! When we receive enough in donations of pet food we provide them to the local Food Bank so those less fortunate can have the love and enjoyment of a pet. With the use of your generous donations of cat and dog food, Canadian Tire Money, Extra Food Bucks, we have provided 3965 lbs of food to date. Christmas is near…please look for SCPN FOOD BANK donation boxes in town and help us fill them to help people in need to feed their animals! Please consider giving some of your time to help Second Chance continue the work of rescue and sheltering. We have so many opportunities for you to consider.
In partnership with Think Recycle and the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, our recycle program has diverted over 50,000 kg of waste from landfills and has raised $13,000. It continues to be one of our busiest fundraisers!
Second Chance Pet Network (SCPN) operates strictly on donations received from the citizens of Dryden and surrounding areas and its own fundraising activities. We have had many community supported fund raisers in the past 4 years and will continue to run them as we have the people power to do so. All the manpower required to operate the shelter and related activities and the thrift shop comes from volunteers.
So, a huge thank you for the interest in and contributions to, the ongoing activities of Second Chance Pet Network. The support received over the years is a testament to the caring and generous nature of the people of this region. Thank you to everyone that has adopted, fostered, volunteered and donated to support SCPN.