Second Chance Animal Center to Build New State-of-the-Art Facility
A longtime dream has come true for Second Chance Animal Center. Board of Trustee president Kimberly Gould has signed an agreement to purchase over five acres on Route 7A in Arlington, now the Valhalla Motel, from Bob and Claudette Martins.
“We plan to remove the buildings on the property before winter weather sets in and prepare the site for construction of a new, state-of-the-art building and barn,” Gould stated.
“Through its new facility, Second Chance Animal Center will better serve all of Bennington County and some bordering towns in New York and Massachusetts. Designed by North Bennington architect Timothy Smith and Associates, the new facility will offer the animals, staff and the communities we serve many amenities not possible in the present building,” she explained.
Second Chance was incorporated in 1959 as the Bennington County Humane Society, and has been serving the needs of homeless animals for more than 56 years. The present quarters in Shaftsbury was cobbled together from an old tavern, and not designed for the purpose it has served for the past 40-odd years.
Gould points out that the new quarters will accommodate approximately the same number of animals but expand visiting areas, have a modern surgical suite and incorporate ease of cleaning, heating, air conditioning and air flow systems, providing a better working environment for the staff and volunteers.
“The new facility in its new location will improve our ability to care for animals, allowing Second Chance to better separate dogs and cats, as well as healthy animals and those who are receiving veterinary care. The property will be large enough to contain not only both new buildings, but also the outside exercise pens and walking trails, so that dog walkers will no longer need to contend with busy 7A,” added Gould. In addition, Smith has incorporated the latest techniques in sheltering design and construction so that exterior lighting and noise will be kept to a minimum. “We intend to be the best neighbors possible,” said Gould. The barn will house the Second Chance’s popular summer camp and allow SCAC to expand educational programming.
Second Chance Animal Center helps individuals and families find a pet who is an appropriate match for their household, offering adoption and surrender services, a spay and neuter assistance program and humane education for local schools and community groups.