Second Chance Assisting in Tornado Recovery Efforts

Second Chance Assisting in Tornado Recovery Efforts
Nonprofit Takes in Transport from Kentucky Shelters

EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (December 15, 2021) – Second Chance Animal Services this morning took in 11 homeless cats and kittens from animal shelters in tornado ravaged Kentucky. The transport, facilitated by the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,) will free up space and resources to care for pets that have been displaced by last weekend’s devastating tornadoes.

Second Chance CEO Sheryl Blancato explains that the cats picked up at Hanscom Field Airport by Second Chance were already in animal shelters when the tornadoes struck. “Our hearts are breaking as we see the devastation and are ready to do anything we can do to help,” says Blancato. “As an ASPCA Emergency Placement Response Partner, we were expecting the call and began preparations at our Almost Home transport facility.” 

There will be a full house at the Almost Home facility. 13 cats are still at the facility from the recent large-scale local rescue. A total of 15 kittens were born to six pregnant cats, bringing the total to 88 for that case alone. The facility also welcomes weekly transports from overcrowded shelters. 

The cats and kittens will complete a 48-hour state-mandated quarantine and have all their veterinary needs met before they make the trip to the Second Chance Adoption Center to begin their search for a new home. Anyone wishing to donate toward their care can donate at or checks can be mailed to Second Chance Animal Services, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.

PHOTO: Cat picked up at Hanscom Field Airport ready for the trip to Second Chance.

About Second Chance Animal Services:

Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies solely on donations from grants to operate. The organization operates an adoption center in East Brookfield and Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through adoption, spay/neuter, veterinary care, community outreach, educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at

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