About Second Hope Circle
(Last updated October 25th, 2013)
A network of people, shelters and rescues giving hard to place animals a second chance at finding a loving home through promotion, funding and education.
Second Hope Circle is a place where people can search for hard to place and special needs pets in Ontario and also access pet related resources. The animals featured on the website are having a hard time finding the right home due to various reasons. All of the shelters and rescues participating in this project have signed an agreement, which ensures everyone participating is on the same page and agrees to follow similar practices.
There is also an action alert service that shelters/rescues and members of the public can sign up for. Subscribers receive a monthly update about what has been going on at Second Hope Circle and will also be messaged in emergency situations. These situations could include a large number of animals brought into a shelter that is unable to accommodate them, natural disasters and outbreaks within shelters (and a necessity to quarantine).
At the moment Second Hope Circle is a registered non-profit business. In the future we will hopefully become a registered non-profit organization and then a registered charity.
Our Mission and goals:
- Help promote 'special needs' pets so they can find loving homes
- Help promote animals that are 'difficult to adopt' which could be due to any number of reasons
- Provide resources and aid to shelters and rescues
- Provide informative resources to pet owners
- Notify subscribers of emergencies within Ontario
- Promote responsible pet ownership and encourage adoption from shelters/rescues
- Help participating shelters/rescues with emergency medical costs
- Help people in Ontario adopt and foster pets from rescues/shelters in their area
- Create a network of caring people, shelters and rescues across Ontario
- Provide support to the public and Ontario's pet owners through resources, education and by answering pet related and emergency questions via email
- Animals should be adopted from shelters/rescues, rather than purchased from pet stores
- Responsible pet ownership includes spaying and neutering pets to prevent unwanted pets
- Before adopting a pet you should do research and know the costs of that pet
- Pets should be cared for their entire lives, they are not disposable. pets are often abandoned because a child loses interest, a new baby or pet joins the family, people move or an allergy develops. These should be taken into account before the adoption of a new pet, not after.
- If an animal is to be re-homed due to unavoidable circumstances it should not be done over the Internet where potential adopters cannot be screened. Animals should be given to a trusted friend/family member, returned to the shelter/rescue where they were adopted, returned to the breeder they were bought from or surrendered to a reputable rescue or shelter.
- Breed standards are important but we do not believe in unnecessary medical procedures like tail docking/ear clipping
- Unless medically relevant, cats should not be declawed and we believe that dogs should not have their voiceboxes removed.
- Everyone is responsible for helping those who cannot help themselves. Even small acts of kindness can make a huge difference! Fostering, volunteering, adopting, donating and word of mouth are all great ways that you can help pets in your community.
Our Projects and Initiatives :
- FIV+ cat awareness in partnership with The Feline Fund. This initiative began in the hopes that we could create a list of people interested in fostering or adopting FIV+ cats.
- Compiling a comprehensive list of animal organizations in Ontario that people could volunteer for, in partnership with Canada Universities Volunteer page. Over the course of a year we submitted hundreds of organizations in Ontario that accept volunteers! Check out the completed list here: http://www.canadian-universities.net/Volunteer/Rescue_and_Adoption-Ontario.html
- Financial Aid Factsheet for both Ontario pet owners and animal nonprofits. These factsheets have been viewed thousands of times and help people find organizations and programs that reduce the costs associated with pet care. Find the pet owner factsheet here, find the nonprofit factsheet here.
- In order to help reunite lost pets with their owners and hopefully also reduce the number of pets ending up in shelters, we now run 3 lost pets pages on Facebook. Guelph Lost Pets helps people living in Guelph and the surrounding area. Oakville Lost Pets helps people living in Oakville and the surrounding area. Muskoka Lost Pets helps pets living within a large range around Muskoka Ontario. Each of these areas was chosen because there was little to no representation of these areas on current lost pet pages and because we have a volunteer that lives in each of these areas.
- Compiling a list of all pet related organizations in Ontario. This list is even more comprehensive and long then the list of organizations to volunteer at. It's a work in progress and will hopefully be published by 2014. We want people to be able to download it as a pdf. There are currently over 400 organizations listed.
- Nominating our participating organizations for grants and other programs. In 2011 we were able to nominate Sheba's Haven Rescue for the Santa Paws Drive. They were chosen and received $2000 worth of toys, treats and money for their palliative care dogs. Yay!
- We are occasionally able to directly assist shelters/rescues and pet owners. We have helped find a foster home for a cat which would otherwise have not been able to get into a rescue (as they didn't have any foster homes available). We have temporarily fostered pets for some of our participating organizations and we have also assisted with transportation of pets to reputable organizations when their owners were unable to transport them. So far this means we have directly helped 6 pets find loving homes.
My name is Kimberley and I am the project director and founder of Second Hope Circle. I am currently completing my undergrad degree as well as running this project. I want to go into animal behaviour; although I'm still figuring out which field I like best. I love animals and cannot imagine my life without them. My family and I currently have a dog, 4 cats, and 2 rabbits (and I have two foster cats!). I became vegetarian in July 2010 and I’ve found that cooking is a lot more fun that I originally imagined (especially baking... yum!) My other passions include dancing and photography.
I want to create change and really make a difference in my lifetime. I'm not sure how that will play out in the future but I am currently a part of several initiatives. This project is so important to me and I truly believe that this website will help hard to place animals find homes. If even one animal is able to find a home because of this website, it will be well worth the effort!
If you would like to contact me feel free to send me an email to kimberley @ secondopecircle.org !
Taken at the Donkey Sanctuary (one of our participating orgs!) This is my favourite donkey... Gemini!