|SPRINGFIELD, MA – Second Chance Animal Services wants Springfield area pet owners to know they can count on Second Chance. While some area veterinary care providers continue to limit services or make plans to permanently close due to the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide shortage of veterinarians, Second Chance stands committed to providing access to the best quality veterinary care for pets in the Springfield community.
Second Chance remained open throughout the stay-at-home restrictions, providing essential care to the many pets who needed urgent and emergency care. From the onset, the Springfield hospital was seeing twice their normal caseload and that volume has continued according to hospital director Julie Sullivan. “Every day, pet owners thank us for being here for their pets and for Springfield.”
Sullivan and her staff will be welcoming additional veterinarians to the hospital this summer, expanding capacity to see more patients. The hospital is currently looking for qualified veterinary technicians to join the staff.
Sullivan says the hospital is once again booking wellness appointments and the low-cost spay/neuter program has resumed. They expect to begin providing vaccine clinics in July with modifications to ensure social distancing. Pet owners who need to update their pet’s rabies or distemper/parvo vaccines are encouraged to watch the nonprofit’s website or Facebook page for an announcement on registering for upcoming vaccine clinics.
Second Chance first came to Springfield in early 2014 with community vaccine clinics to help combat parvo. Recognizing the great need for access to veterinary care for the surrounding community, the nonprofit opened their first vet hospital in Springfield in early 2015. In 2018, they moved to the new Mulberry Street location, opening the Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital to expand services for area pet owners.
Second Chance vet hospitals are open to all and offer subsidized rates for qualified households. Those that qualify can receive veterinary care at a reduced cost. Those who do not qualify pay the regular rate and help support all the programs offered by Second Chance that help pets in need. In addition to an adoption center, Second Chance operates three full-service vet hospitals to help end the cycle of pet homelessness by keeping pets in their homes through access to high-quality veterinary care.
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