Second Chance Needs Zip Bags to Get Pet Food to Hungry Pets

Second Chance Needs Zip Bags to Get Pet Food to Hungry Pets
Supplies Needed to Help Meet Increased Demand

EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (December 15, 2020) – Second Chance Animal Services is urgently asking for donations of zip style plastic bags to help meet the great need for pet food at area food pantries.  The pandemic has financially impacted many pet owners. Distributions from the Second Chance pet food pantry have increased dramatically, wiping out the nonprofit’s supply of large zip-style bags and the nonprofit is asking the community for help.

“As people finish up their holiday shopping, it would be great if they could consider donating a box or two of zip style plastic bags. We hope area businesses will check their supply shelves and consider donating any sturdy plastic zip style bags they aren’t using or can’t sell because the outer packaging has been damaged,” said Second Chance CEO Sheryl Blancato.  

“Our pet food pantry distributions have already increased 30% and the year isn’t over.  The need is great.  We are working with more pantries this year and providing additional pet food to each pantry.”

Second Chance receives donations of large bags of pet food, which are repackaged by volunteers into smaller bags for distribution so they can help all the pet owners who need help feeding their pets.  

Blancato said the greatest need is for thick plastic bags in gallon size or larger, but Second Chance can make use of all sizes.  “This could be a great opportunity for area businesses to donate stock they no longer or can’t use.”

Second Chance founded the pet food pantry many years ago when they recognized that pet owners facing financial hardship will often go without to make sure their pet has food.

Donations can be dropped off at the Second Chance Adoption Center, 111 Young Road, East Brookfield.  Businesses can email if they have questions or to schedule a large donation.

PHOTO: Adoption Center Manager & Vet Tech Shauna Griffin

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, Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, 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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