Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to: scheduling vet appointments, transporting animals to vet appointments and to foster homes, cleaning the shelter and providing basic animal care, dog walking, screening potential new adopters by making vet reference checks for us, delivery and/or pick up of donated or needed supplies.
If you are interested in volunteering for Second Chance for Pets, please fill out this short application and a Second Chance member will get back to you.
Do you have a fenced-in yard? Do you have spare time and love animals? Do you want to play an important part in placing a pet in its forever home? If so, please fill out this short application and we will get back to you to discuss our foster care program. Please review the following requirements/guidelines for our fostering program before submitting an application:
- If you have current pets, they must be current on vaccinations, including bordetella - which is the kennel cough vaccine - because you may be taking pets from a shelter environment, and your first priority is your own pet's health.
- We cannot guarantee how long you will have that specific pet, so once you commit to foster you are committed until they are adopted which could be several weeks to several months.
- All foster pets must be kept indoors. Foster dogs must be crated within the home when you are not there to supervise their actions. We will not be held financially responsible for any damage they may cause to your home, property, or otherwise.
- We will pay for any vet care while the pet is in a foster home, and we can provide food as it is available to us.
- As a foster parent, you will be responsible for the following things:
- Basic training of the pet: leash training, house and kennel training, socialization, etc.
- Transport to and from “showing” to potential adopters to the Clinton area as well as possibly to one of our vets located in Bloomington-Normal or Decatur.
- Many of our foster homes do what is called “crate and rotate” as they have pets that don’t get along. It’s a temporary solution that works until the pet can find the perfect home.
If you are not comfortable with all of the requiremenst and guidelines above, then please pass the word to others who might be better suited for such a situation. We cannot promise you a perfect foster pet, but we can promise you the rewarding feeling of knowing when that pet is placed that you saved a wonderful life and because of you they will have a happy ending!
Foster home testimonials:
"In 1981, I continued my mothers passion of helping lost and injured animals when I took in Kali, a 5 week old puppy from the Michigan Humane Society of Kalamazoo, MI. Since then, I have done this type of fostering everyplace I have lived. Fostering animals is a lifelong mission for me. At this place in my life, it is a chance to use my nursing skills to help animals in need after retiring due to a spinal cord injury.
"I had been fostering for CCHS and was looking for a new dog for my home when I found Heather and Second Chance for Pets. During the adoption process of my dog Maxine, I had the opportunity to forge a relationship that has brought many survival stories into my life and the lives of those around me. Fostering for Second Chance for Pets has given me a chance to make new friends and participate in the healing process of discarded animals." Kathleen - Foster mom
dogs for Second Chance for Pets is a wonderful, rewarding
experience. Very few things in life make me as happy as placing
dogs in their forever homes, knowing that they will be well
cared for and loved. Sharing much of my free time caring for
and training foster dogs has taught me so much about the joys
and sacrifices of animal rescue. I wouldn't trade my experiences
for anything, and I will be fostering with Second Chance for
Pets for a long, long time!" Leeann Stallman - Volunteer,
Webmaster, and Foster Mom
"Opening my home and heart to a pet in need has been a wonderful experience. You cannot replace the joy and fulfillment you get when you have saved a pet from euthanasia and then seeing them happy, healthy in their new loving forever homes. Knowing that I had a major part in the pets' happiness and helping to complete families is a great way to spend the little bit of extra time I do have. Saving just one really does make a difference. I highly recommend the experience and know that it can change your life." Heather - Volunteer and Foster Mom
"My name is Cathy, and I foster animals for Second Chance for Pets. Prior to being involved with the group, I took in strays and had them vetted and placed them in loving homes. I always checked up on the animals I placed. Taking animals into my home has taught my children and now my grandchildren many things, They have learned to be responsible because animals require care. They learned respect because nobody wants someone pulling on their tails or ears. I think the most important thing that we have all learned is that an animal gives you unconditional love. There is nothing more fulfilling than getting that phone call or letter with pictures of the animals you have loved and cared for and now passed on to their permanent home. I will probably go to my grave being known as the crazy animal lady, and that's okay because I love saving them." Cathy - Volunteer and Foster Mom