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Second Chance Sunday: Anita

Second Chance Sheltering Network, Inc. is an all-volunteer,
not-for-profit animal rescue group serving the Western New York area. 
Their goal is to help place homeless animals while simultaneously
helping interested individuals find a new furry companion.  Every
Sunday, we will be running a homeless pet spotlight to help these
animals find families.

Alone, scared, hungry and pregnant, what a dilemma to be in if you are a human or a cat!  This was what this beautiful 1.5 year old grey tabby was dealing with.  She was desperately trying to find a place to shelter herself and her soon to be born kittens when she stumbled across an old abandoned dog house at the back of some property in Amherst.  Little did Anita know that she had hit the lottery… This property was the home of one of the Second Chance volunteers!  Anita had her kittens and was soon discovered by “Anita” our volunteer who scooped up mama and babies, put took them in the house and the rest is history. Anita was an owned cat at one time as she is very loving, playful and loves to sit in your lap.  To put in an application for Anita, call Second Chance at 716-652-6051.  Anita is negative for feline leukemia/FIV, spayed, had rabies/distemper vaccinations, been dewormed and had flea control applied. More adoptable animals can be seen on our website:  www.secondchanceshelteringnetwork.com

Stopping pet overpopulation starts with you!

Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

It happens everywhere…

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering traditional kill animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions. The number of homeless animals varies by state–in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year.

Yes, your pet’s offspring could be shelter animals…

Many people believe that their pet’s puppies or kittens would never become homeless shelter animals. But the reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor’s female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat comes back home pregnant again, the result is a litter of dogs or cats. Even if they are placed into homes, it is still possible for them to end up in shelters once they become “hard to handle,” or for them to reproduce further and for the next generation of puppies or kittens to wind up homeless.

Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats. Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution.

We in Erie County are very fortunate, there are low cost spay/neuter clinics available for both cats and dogs.  Below are some of the  available clinics.

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (no income restrictions apply)
Sponsored by Second Chance
(716) 652-1359

OPERATION PETS (income restrictions apply)
3443 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14219-1059
(716) 783-8998

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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