U.S. shelters travel to Puerto Rico to provide hands-on support
Second Chance Animal Shelter is traveling to Puerto Rico to visit with its “sister shelter” to provide mentorship, support and hands-on problem solving and skill sharing. In an effort to assist overwhelmed animal shelters of Puerto Rico, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund® established the Sister Shelter Project to pair each shelter with a thriving shelter in stateside U.S. Other participating shelters are located in Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, District of Columbia, California, Massachusetts, Texas, New York and New Jersey.
This is the first time a program like the Sister Shelter Project will be carried out on this scale. It will set a precedent where rural and underserved communities in all states have resources and support from strong, knowledgeable animal shelters and animal welfare professionals.
The project is part of a larger program of The HSUS called Humane Puerto Rico. The HSUS has been working in Puerto Rico to address the crisis of a staggering 300,000 street dogs and embed animal welfare into the fabric of the commonwealth.
“We were excited and extremely honored to be chosen as 1 of 11 shelters in the United States to be a part of this exciting program” stated Sheryl Blancato, Executive Director of Second Chance Animal Shelter. “We are looking forward to working with our sister shelter as part of this program. It will be exciting to see the lives of so many pets transformed by this partnership. Being part of a program like this is life changing for the pets, and for everyone involved.”
To see a video regarding this, go to: http://newsroom.humanesociety.org/video/video.php?bctid=4428025503001&channel=929963352001
About Second Chance Animal Shelter:
Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies soley on donations and grants to operate. The Shelter operates an adoption center in East Brookfield, a Pet Wellness and Veterinary Center in North Brookfield, as well as a Community Veterinary Clinic in Springfield. Second Chance helps over 26,000 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 www.secondchanceanimals.org.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people, and visit us online at humanesociety.org.
About Maddie’s Fund:
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today. Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.