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Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare was organized in October of 2000 and incorporated as a Massachusetts based non-profit 501(c)3 corporation in 2001. We have over 50 volunteers, and 6 part-time paid staff. Since 2001, we have spayed/neutered over 8,000 cats and dogs, including many homeless cats - either feral or lost or abandoned pet cats. According to the MSPCA, 6% of all pet cats are not spayed or neutered. This appears to be a relatively small number, only 6,000 in Worcester County. But once lost or abandoned, these 6% in the home become 66% of all homeless street cats or 50,000-150,000 cats! They breed like crazy for several years before the stress and peril of homelessness sadly overcomes them. Therefore we focus on spaying and neutering as many pet cats as possible to curtail homelessness before it starts. We believe this is the most effective way to end the suffering, by addressing the root cause.

The organization is managed by a passionate and resourceful Steering Committee namely:

Jan Beckwith
Carol Kallander
Adrienne Linnell
Cathy Gadway
Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVA
Leona Pease, Animal Control Officer

Board of Directors

Jan Beckwith, President and Founder.
Armed with a trap and a desire to help, Jan started the group by trapping one cat in October of 2000. Having spent most of her career in the corporate world as an IT specialist and program manager, receiving her MBA from Bentley College in 1990, Jan left her corporate post in 2002 to put her talents to work fulltime. This allowed her more time to dedicate to leading the organization on its humane mission.

James Bolger, DVM, Director, Veterinary Medical Adviser.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Bolger has worked as a veterinarian since 1994. He opened Clinton Veterinary Hospital in 1999 and partners with Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare to conduct the Quick Fix Clinics and supports our spay/neuter and our Scratch’s Patch-Up Fund services.

Stephen Beckwith, Director at Large.
Husband to our founder, and strong supporter of our mission, Stephen is a technical marketing director in the corporate world, where management and motivating technical teams is his specialty. Stephen’s contributions focus mainly on strategic direction and management issues.

Adrienne Linnell, Treasurer
After adopting two cats from SCFAW in 2004, Adrienne became a volunteer and was tapped to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator for the organization. She has been an active participant in many of SCFAW's programs. Her activities include staffing and participating in feral cat clinics, adoptathons and fundraising events. In 2005 Adrienne became a member of the Steering Committee and in October 2006 moved into the position of Director of Marketing & Publicity. She was elected to the Board of Directors as Clerk in the Spring of 2007 and became Treasurer in 2008. Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has extensive corporate business experience, having held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, program management, strategic planning and consulting.

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Three homeless cats

Feral cat photo provided by: Meredith Weiss, Neighborhood Cats, NYC

Jan Speaking at a Conference

SCFAW - PO Box 118, Bolton, Ma 01740 - 978-779-8287 - info@secondchancefund.org