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Second Chance Animal Services Celebrates 80,000th Spay/Neuter Surgery Milestone!

SPRINGFIELD, MA (APRIL 30, 2024) – Second Chance Animal Services, a beloved animal welfare organization, is excited to announce a significant milestone: 80,000 all-time spay/neuter surgeries performed. This achievement coincides with the organization’s 25th anniversary, marking a quarter-century of dedication to furry friends in need.

Mable Henderson, a female 16-week-old Basset Hound, had the honor of being the 80,000th patient when she received her spay surgery at Second Chance’s Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital.

“Reaching 80,000 spay/neuter surgeries is a remarkable accomplishment for us,” said Sheryl Blancato, CEO and founder of Second Chance. “It’s not just about preventing unwanted litters; it’s also about ensuring the health and happiness of our pets. Spaying and neutering can significantly reduce the risk of certain health issues, such as life-threatening infections and reproductive cancers, ultimately leading to a longer, healthier life for pets.”

Second Chance’s Springfield location recently expanded their spay/neuter surgery schedule, enabling the hospital to meet the overwhelming demand. The organization began its low-cost program in 2005 at their East Brookfield shelter, aiming to address the root causes of pet homelessness. Today, the nonprofit’s hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester continue to provide spay/neuter services to hundreds of pets each month.  All Second Chance hospitals offer comprehensive veterinary care, and for those in need, subsidized rates ensure that every pet receives the necessary attention and treatment they deserve.

“As we celebrate this milestone and our 25th anniversary, we reflect on the countless lives we’ve touched and the community that has supported us every step of the way,” notes Blancato. “Together, we’ve made a difference in the lives of animals and their human companions, and we look forward to continuing our mission for years to come.”

For more information about Second Chance low-cost spay/neuter programs, visit