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Second Chance For Pets

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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The DeWitt County Animal Shelter was formed in the early 70's after a new law was passed in Illinois that required counties to establish an Animal Control Program. The Shelter was built around 1972 or 1973, as required by this law, and according to state specifications. Current Administrator and Animal Control Officer is Tammi Dash and Dr. Mary Ella Mennenga, DVM, is the Animal Control Veteranarian. For many years there was no adoption program at the Shelter, so the animals were euthanized when they weren't reclaimed. In January 1991 though, that all changed when the DeWitt County Board passed a new Animal Control Ordinance that allowed animals to be adopted from the Shelter. Since that time, two not-for-profit organizations have helped adopt out animals from the Shelter. The current organization is Second Chance for Pets. The organization donates food, supplies, vaccinations, and vet care when needed for the Shelter animals.

About Our Rescue Group:

Second Chance for Pets is a not-for-profit organization, begun in 1998 and made up of volunteers, most of whom have full-time jobs away from the Shelter. We work closely with DeWitt County Animal Shelter, Animal Control, and the DeWitt County Vet Administrator. We constantly strive to find suitable adoptive homes for the Shelter animals, through ads and pictures placed in the local newspapers, and on the Petfinder website. Because of this, hundreds of animals have been saved and have avoided death by euthanasia. We also rely on good foster homes to care for animals from the Shelter until permanent homes can be found. We pay for vet care for any Shelter animal or foster care animal that has need, and furnish distemper vaccinations to all animals in the Shelter and foster homes. We also pay for internet service and maintain this website on Petfinder, so that the animals can have as much exposure to future adoptive homes as possible.

Needless to say, we are always in need of volunteers and good foster families. We also accept monetary donations to help with all of these efforts. Our future dream is to raise enough money to build an animal care facility, as we do not have a building of our own. To volunteer or make a donation, PLEASE call 217-935-3488 and leave a message, or mail to: P.O. Box 243, Clinton, IL 61727. Also, if you are interested in adopting any of the animals you see online, call us and one of our volunteers will return your call within 24 hours. This is only if you call Second Chance at 217-935-3488. Our adoption fees vary as some pets require more vet care than others, but are in no way unreasonable.

Our Adoption Process:

Our Fees vary, and we required full references, in home visits and signed contracts. Please go to to fill out an application for adoption today!!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.