Onondaga Lake Leaving the Lights On


Lights on the Lake is open for more night along Onondaga Lake Parkway to benefit a great local cause. The Second Chance Adoption Shelter is not only a second chance for those who have not seen the lakeside event, but it’s also a second opportunity for dogs who are in search of a forever home.

The Second Chance Shelter was created nearly two years ago and is run solely on donations and volunteers, County Executive Joanie Mahoney said. Since its inception, more than 140 dogs have been adopted out of the shelter but there are more who still need homes. Lisa, a cattle dog mix has been at the shelter for over a year and is ready to be adopted, board member Stefanie Heath said.

The shelter aims to benefit dogs in need of adoption as well as inmates at the Jamesville Corrections Center. Incarcerated caregivers volunteer their time in exchange for skills to help them assimilate back into society and keep them out of the correctional facility, hopefully for good, Mahoney said.  To date, all incarcerated caregivers who have volunteered have not returned to the correctional facility since their release, she added.

Lights on The Lake in support of Second Chance Adoption Shelter. runs for one night only on January 8th at Onondaga Lake Park from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. The cost is five dollars per car and all the profits go to the Second Chance Adoption Shelter.  Donations such as collars, leashes, dog beds, and treats will be accepted at the booth.

For more information visit their website jamesvillesecondchance.com and find them on Instagram by searching secondchancecanineshelter.

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