EAST BROOKFIELD, MA – Last week, Second Chance Animal Services founder and CEO Sheryl Blancato had the honor to accept not one, but two awards recognizing the nonprofit’s vet hospitals in a single day.
The Springfield Regional Chamber awarded Second Chance’s Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital with a Super 60 Award in the nonprofit category at a ceremony held on November 9th at the MassMutual Center. The award recognized organizations that have displayed selfless dedication to serving the community through exceptional programming and support. “We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible diversity and innovation within our business community through this year’s Super 60 program,” said Diana Szynal, President of the Springfield Regional Chamber. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of our region, and we’re excited to celebrate so many nonprofits that make a difference in our community. As we continue to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to shine a light on the accomplishments and unwavering resilience of our local businesses and non-profits.”
Later that evening, Second Chance once again took home the Best Veterinary Clinic award in the Telegram & Gazette Best of Central Mass as voted by the community at a ceremony at the DCU Center.
“These awards are a testament to the trust and confidence the community places in our commitment to excellence,” said Blancato. “They are a reflection of the dedication of our amazing, compassionate vet team and the support of our community. Their generosity has been enabling us to assist more pets at subsidized rates than ever before, ensuring that every pet receives the high-quality care they deserve.”
“However, amid these celebrations, we are well aware of the challenges ahead. The demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels, and we are on track to set new records for the number of pets assisted in 2023. In the face of an uncertain landscape in animal welfare, characterized by high inflation, rising housing costs, and a veterinary care crisis, your continued support becomes more critical than ever.”
Blancato is urging animal lovers in the community to rise to the challenge at a time when pets need help more than ever before. The nonprofit has announced that Ted and Barbara Hebert of Teddy Bear Pools and Spas has generously offered to match donations for Giving Tuesday up to $2,500. “Together, let us continue to build upon the legacy of our award-winning veterinary hospitals, ensuring that every pet receives the care they need. Donations can be made online at secondchanceanimals.org/giving-tuesday or mailed to Second Chance, 111 Young Road, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.
About Second Chance Animal Services: About Second Chance Animal Services
Second Chance Animal Services is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 1999. Second Chance began as an animal shelter and grew to help more pets in need. Today Second Chance operates Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester providing access to the highest-quality veterinary care for all. Subsidized rates are provided to underserved communities to ensure access to care for all pets in need. Last year Second Chance helped over 44,000 pets live better lives through full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, community & educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at www.secondchanceanimals.org.
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