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If you are feeding and caring for a colony or group of homeless cats, feral or tame, and need resources to trap and spay/neuter them, ending the unwanted flow of kittens every spring and fall, call our hotline at 978-779-8287. One of our coaches will return your call to help you develop a plan and offer resources such as traps and guidance on how to use them. Affordable spay/neuter services are available, as well as limited free services. All transportation is the responsibility of the caregiver.

Although we cannot take in any surrendered cats or dogs, we can help you locate a broad list of area shelters that can. Call our hotline at 978-779-8287 to request a list of No Kill Shelters or click here to download a pdf file.

If you are frustrated or overwhelmed by a situation with your cat or homeless ones you care for, our counselors may be able to help you by providing resources and/or guidance. Call our hotline at 978-779-8287 or email us at info@secondchancefund.org with your situation. We will contact you promptly and address your individual need with kindness and compassion.

Scratch's Patch-Up Fund is a program that supports care for catastrophic illness or injury of companion animal dogs and cats owned by people in desperate need. All SPUF recipients must meet income guidelines and be qualified. The process to approve a SPUF candidate may take up to 2 weeks, so is not typically suitable for emergency situations. If you are struggling with such a medical crisis, call our hotline at 978-779-8287 or email us at info@secondchancefund.org.

Income restrictions apply; proof is required. Please click here to fill out our REQUEST FOR PET SERVICES form and select "Scratch's Patch Up Fund" as the service you need for your pet. Click "submit" at the bottom of the form to submit online. We will get back to you promptly.

To receive our 5 monthly mailings per year, sign up to be on our mailing list. Send us your email and postal addresses by writing to info@secondchancefund.org or mail it to SCFAW, PO Box 118, Bolton, MA 01740. Our mailers are full of vital information about our programs, offering current highlights and pictures, news of recent events, and much more.

Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare shares information about its programs and the benefits of spay/neuter services at various locations throughout Worcester County. We also participate at major festivals each autumn, including the Pet Rock Festival (www.petrockfest.com). For specific dates and locations, please go to our Events Calendar. Volunteers are happy to talk to you about our programs, sell you tee-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags featuring our adorable mascot "Scratch", and distribute literature. If you would like us to participate at an event you are holding, please contact us at info@secondchancefund.org.

If you would like to help us spread the word about the importance of spay/neuter, please click to download the double-sided flyers below. To volunteer in other ways, click here.

SCFAW General Information (flyer)
Spay/Neuter Service (flyer)
How You Can Help (flyer)
Quick Fix Clinic Volunteering (flyer)
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program (flyer)
No Kill Shelters list
Barn Cat Placement Program (flyer)

We have a great collection of informational links, click here for the list.


Cindy-Lou healed using Scratch's Patch-Up Fund
Cindy Lou was burned by hot wax and her caretaker had no means to help her. Scratch’s Patch-Up Fund stepped in to help...
Cindy Lou - After
Cindy Lou found her forever home with Dan and Melissa Hallock of Marlborough amd their cat! The Hallocks were taken in by Cindy's charms, and Cindy was taken with them - what a great ending to this story!

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