Sometimes in life you need a second chance to get it right. The Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter in Jamesville works to give that second chance to dogs and inmates at the same time.
The hope is to give training to dogs that will be placed up for adoption while giving inmates skills to become productive, effective and give back to the Central New York Community.
“It’s certainly a great program for the dogs and it’s a great program actually for the inmates because it gets the inmates out of the facility. They are still on the grounds. But each day they come over and help care for the dogs,” said Sheriff Gene Conway. “So for us it’s a great program. It’s another program the inmates can participate in and the deputies as well are eager about it. We’re just happy that we’re part of this program.”
The program has saved over 300 dogs. Dogs like Chico haven’t had it easy. Chico is just 2 years old and was found in a backyard with 4 other dogs living in cardboard boxes. “He’s a great example of the local dogs that we save. There are so many dogs in the city of Syracuse that need our help,” said Second Chance board president, Kimberly Smith-Ford. “An Evening of Second Chances dedicated to giving local dogs, like Chico, the second chance that they deserve. We run completely on donations so this is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” adds Smith-Ford. “So why not have dinner with us and help dogs like Chico at the same time.”
An Evening of Second Chances includes dinner, dessert, drinks and plenty of raffle items. There will be a photo booth and DJ so you can dance the night away. One former inmate will share his story of success with the Second Chance program alongside adopters.
An Evening of Second Chances is Friday, May 17th at Drumlins Country Club from 6pm to 9pm. Presale tickets cost $45. You can purchase tickets at the door for $55. For more information or to purchase tickets visit JamesvilleSecondChance.com