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Second Chance Animal Center (SCAC) is dedicated to providing compassionate shelter and adoption services for the animals in our care, improving the lives of companion animals in the communities that we serve via spay/neuter assistance, humane education, advocacy, and humane investigative advice and assistance to law enforcement agencies.

-Approved 3/4/15


Second Chance was incorporated in 1959 as the Bennington County Humane Society, but to better reflect its philosophy and scope of services, it does business under the name Second Chance Animal Center. Initially, animals were cared for by local veterinarians. But in January 1961, the Board negotiated the purchase of a building on Route 7A in Shaftsbury which was previously used as a restaurant. What started as a two-room shelter has expanded to a facility able to accommodate up to 14 dogs and 100 cats. The shelter has two outdoor dog exercise yards, a pet socialization room, administrative offices, an intake ward for new arrivals, an operating room for spay/neuter surgeries, a recovery room, and 3 feline adoption rooms open to the public.

Mission and History