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CHEAP SPAY/NEUTER is available! Email us & we'll be happy to give you options-without inquiring your income!

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Who We Are

We are a small NO-KILL home-based shelter in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and a network of loving foster homes, friends, sympathetic veterinarians and feline rescuers, working to reduce the number of homeless cats in our backyards and on our local Boston streets. We are strictly NO-KILL. We believe that no one has the right to judge (as many shelters do) who is deserving of his or her own life. We euthanize only when a veterinarian concludes an animal is terminally ill with no hope of recovery. We are always asked our hours of operation. We are not staffed during the day, we receive no state, city or federal funding, we are all volunteers who give our time and money for love of the animals. We all work paying jobs during the day and care for the animals every evening. We use many private foster homes, so potential adopters must be screened first and come by appointment only. All adoptions involve completing an adoption application, vet and/or personal reference checks, and a nonprofit adoption fee which helps to recover our costs, and supports our work:

Fees may be increased/decreased depending on our costs for a particular animal. Fees may be reduced if you can adopt more than one! Email us now for an Adoption Profile!


Please help the cats with your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donations. We are a registered, non-profit public charity. 100% of your donation goes to the animals because we are ALL VOLUNTEERS and draw no salaries! We have a food donation box at Pet Supplies Plus in West Roxbury and would love any dry or canned cat food! If you can offer help to animals in some other way, please contact us. For those who've considered letting your female cat have 1 litter before spaying her, if you love her you won't expose her to the diseases the 1st flea-bitten, abandoned tomcat who walks by will give her. Consider taking in an already pregnant abandoned cat and giving her a safe place to give birth.

If you know of someone who has everything they need and loves cats but can't have another, a donation to Second Chance in their name would be a great alternative gift idea! A lunar calender is also a great gift idea, take a look at the very unique calender produced right here in Jamaica Plain: THELUNAPRESS.COM. For every calender purchased, a portion of the proceeds will benefit our cats-if you mention Second Chance.

Special thanks to some great 6th graders at Newton's Schechter school-Jessica, Jenna, Shoshana & Anna for raising enough money at their benefit bake and crafts sale to pay for a very special cat's medical care. Boydwell was left behind in a foreclosed Dorchester home. He was alone for around a month with no food or water and needed urgent medical care to survive. Thanks to these girls, we were able to give Boydwell exactly what he needed. Look for him soon in our "adoptable pets" section. We are also grateful to Evan Epstein who came to our shelter to learn more about the problems facing abandoned animals. He helped us with cleaning for weeks and donated a significant portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to help the animals. Mazel tov to him and his family. Look for the cats Evan has sponsored for care on our website soon!

To help abandoned cats lucky enough to find space in our shelter, or find foster homes to safely have their kittens, please make check payable to: "Second Chance Shelter for Cats"
Mail To:
Second Chance Shelter for Cats
675 VFW Parkway #266
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Did you know that we have a donation bin at the Pet Supplies Plus in West Roxbury? We take all food donations, litter, toys, coupons and any other unused cat products that you have. We accept ANYTHING that you think can help feed/house/place our rescued cats! Remember, if purchasing food for us, our motto is "quantity not quality" because we have a lot of mouths to feed!
Pet Supplies Plus
1665 VFW Parkway
West Roxbury, MA 02132


We are always looking for great volunteers! We have a wide variety of opportunities available depending on your interests and availability. We can always use help with cleaning around the shelter. This includes washing food bowls, changing food dishes, scooping and changing litter boxes as well as light cleaning like vacuuming and dusting.
Fostering is another great way to help our shelter! During the warm months we need extra foster homes for abandoned pregnant cats. We also look for fosters for adult cats and kittens that are getting over illnesses or that just need a little extra TLC before being put up for adoption. If you can help give a cat a safe place to raise her kittens, please let us know.
Throughout the year we have special events that help us raise awareness about our Shelter. We always need volunteers to help us with these events. Some examples are:

  • Adoption Events -Volunteers staff an information table at a local pet store with information about our shelter and if possible some of our adoptable cats and kittens. These events can happen on the weekend or on weekdays.
  • Fundraising Events -Volunteers are needed to help us with annual mailings and events. New ideas are always welcome!

    Call or Write, and Arrange to Visit Us!

    Second Chance Shelter for Cats
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Phone: 617-522-1852
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