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Second Chance Animal Center, established in 1959 as the Bennington County Humane Society, is a private, limited-admission, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the needs of homeless animals as well as the needs of pet owners in our community. Our service area includes all towns in Bennington County (Vermont), sections of Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York State, and northern areas of Berkshire County in Massachusetts.


Second Chance Animal Center is dedicated to providing compassionate shelter and adoption services for the animals in our care, improving the lives of companion animals in the communities that we serve via spay/neuter assistance, humane education, advocacy, and humane investigative advice and assistance to law enforcement agencies. (Approved March 4, 2015)


Though incorporated as the Bennington County Humane Society, we changed our business name to Second Chance Animal Center in 2000 to better reflect our shelter philosophy and scope of services. We purchased our first shelter site in 1961 (Shaftsbury, VT), then built a new state-of-the-art facility in Arlington (VT) in 2018.  

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