Second Chance SPCA

Lara Haji-Avedikian, director of operations at Second Chance SPCA

Freddie came to Second Chance SPCA in Plano as a puppy. Poor little Freddie didn’t know it, but this group of animal lovers saved his life; he was facing euthanasia at a Dallas-area shelter. No one would adopt him as a puppy, so he spent two years growing up at Second Chance SPCA before he would find his forever home.

The story of Freddie’s two-year stay before adoption is quite rare. No other animal at Second Chance SPCA has had to wait that long before being adopted.

Second Chance SPCA, a no-kill facility, provides just what its name implies. It gives dogs and cats a “second chance” at life after facing euthanasia elsewhere.

Lara Haji-Avedikian, director of operations, said many of the rescued pets come from Dallas Animal Services as well as other area shelters. She said the City of Plano Animal Shelter does a very good job in being self-sufficient and not needing assistance from Second Chance SPCA. Animal drop offs from the public are not allowed at Second Chance.

Second Chance SPCA // photos Tim Sporcic
Second Chance SPCA // photos Tim Sporcic

Since its inception in 2006, Lara said they have adopted out approximately 4,000 pets.  Adoption fees vary, but charges are necessary for medical care, ID microchipping and other services. The facility is funded through adoptions and financial donations.

Donations from $25 to $450 are accepted, but Sponsorship Level donors ranging from $500-$5,000 and more are needed. Second Chance SPCA is not associated with the SPCA of Texas, so funds do not come from that organization.

Lara said that Dillon/Farrar Chiropractic donates one week of its income each year.  Other sponsors are Animal Medical Center of Richardson; Hills Science Diet; Living Earth Mulch, Compost, Soils; CitiTurf and

Fundraising events such as Barks ‘n Brews and a summer wine tasting event are being planned, according to Nadgee Gonzalez, director of fundraising.

Those interested in adopting can come to the facility at 1700 J Ave. in Plano to visit with an adoption counselor, and complete an application to provide a loving home to a cat or dog.

Lara said approximately 100 individuals volunteer regularly, and another 200 give their time less frequently.

“If you can’t adopt, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate,” Lara emphasized. “We are very fortunate to be here. It’s very expensive to run Second Chance SPCA.”

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Second Chance SPCA
1700 J Ave.
Plano, TX 75074

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