Second Chance Animal Rescue of Connecticut and Missouri
Second Chance Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to rescuing dogs from Missouri puppy mills. These dogs have spent their entire lives in filthy cages. They do not receive veterinary care or adequate food. They have limited human contact. Second Chance provides them with thorough vetting, social rehabilitation and places them in loving adoptive homes.
Second Chance Animal Rescue's mission is to educate consumers of one simple fact -- that puppies sold from pet stores come from puppy mills. It also seeks to enroll volunteers to help with transports, fostering a dog and with financial help by sponsoring a dog or making a donation.
With the passage in November 2010 of the Missouri Puppy Mill Cruelty Act, thousands of puppy mill survivors will be released in the coming months. Second Chance Animal Rescue will bring as many dogs as possible to Connecticut and to other shelters across the country. In 2010, 50 mill dogs made the trip from Missouri to Connecticut All of them now have loving homes throughout New England. Another 1000 dogs were transported to the safety of rescues in other states.
Who We Are
Janet and her husband, Bill are the owners of 9 rescue animals .
Janet is a member of the Humane Society's National Disaster Response Team. Through NDART she has done rescue work in puppy mills and after Hurricane Katrina. She has also raised 3 dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Janet has been volunteering at local shelters for over 20 years, fostering over 100 animals in her home and barn in the last few years. Through Second Chance Rescue of Clinton, Missouri she has coordinated the transport, vetting and adoption of over 50 dogs in Connecticut in 2010.
Shannon McGinness, Second Chance Animal Rescue of Missouri
Shannon originally moved back to Missouri to take care of her ailing father. She volunteered at the local shelter only to find that the shelter did not take in dogs that owners could no longer care for.
Shannon founded Second Chance Animal Rescue with the goal of fostering these dogs until they could be re-homed. Soon after many puppy mill operators began calling to relinquish their animals when they were going out-of-business. Shannon drives all over the country delivering animals from puppy mills to rescues. In 2010, she has rescued over 1000 dogs. She fosters dogs in her own home using mostly personal funds.