Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated October 25th 2013.
Q: Is SHC a rescue or shelter?
A: Neither, Second Hope Circle is a website that tries to help special needs and hard-to-place animals from participating rescues & shelters through promotion, education and funding. The animals are not in our care and in order to adopt a pet from our website you need to contact the organization responsible for that pet.
Q: Will you help me find a pet to adopt?
A: Yes! Whether you are interested in a hard-to-place pet or not, Second Hope Circle would love to help you find your furry best friend (within Ontario)! Please contact us and let us know your general location and what species (cat, dog, bunny, horse etc.). You will then receive a list of rescues and shelters within your area as well as their contact info. We hope you’ll come back and tell us all about your new friend!
Q: Will you help me re-home my pet?
A: Second Hope Circle urges you first to go through all of your options. Is there some way that you can keep your pet? If there is anyway we can help you and your pet stay together we will try and help! Animals that go through multiple homes have to deal with a lot of stress and in an ideal world they would stay in their first loving home forever. However! We do not pass judgement and we can direct you to the shelters and rescues closest to your area (in Ontario) so that you may get in touch with them. Please use the contact page to get in touch and remember to provide your general location. SHC does not courtesy post animals on our website.
Q: I want to spay/neuter my pet but I can't afford it... can you help?
A: We will try! We have a list of spay/neuter clinics in Ontario and will hopefully be able to direct you to one located close to you. Check out the Pet Financial Factsheet for more information or email us for the most up to date information. There are not a lot of clinics in Ontario and especially not in Northern Ontario, we wish we could change this but right now we don't have the resources. If there are no clinics near you, we will direct you to animal organizations near you, they may have a program or know a local vet clinic that can help.
Q: My pet needs an expensive surgery and I can't afford it... help!?
A: We will try! We have a list of organizations that help pet owners with veterinary costs. We also have a list of fundraising ideas that you may be able to utilize. Check out the Pet Financial Factsheet for more information or email us for the most up to date information.
Q: My pet is missing... what do I do?!
A: Please see our lost/found pet resources page for a list of websites that post pets in Ontario. You can also contact us for even more organizations. We encourage you to put up posters (Helping Lost Pets generates a poster when you put your pet on their website) in your neighbourhood, pet stores, vet clinics and other public spaces (grocery stores, library etc.) Consider posting an ad in your local paper. You can contact us for even more ideas. If your pet is special needs we will courtesy post it on our Facebook page.
Q: What are some of the easiest or most important ways I can help pets in my community?
A: There are so many things you can do that it's hard to point to just a few. Most organizations will tell you that fixing your pets is THE most important thing. I think this may be the second most important. First on my list is committing to fostering and/or adopting pets from your local animal shelter or rescue. Fostering is an amazing way to help pets in your community and can reduce the number of healthy adoptable pets that are killed every year in shelters. Spaying and neutering as mentioned above. Another great way to help is listing your pets on Helping Lost Pets so that if they go missing you can quickly spring into action, notifying your surrounding neighbours, clinics and organizations. You can also sign up to receive notifications of lost pets in your area! On average only 3% of cats found as strays find their owners again. If this number increased, the number of pets in shelters would decrease! Microchip your pet, keep pets inside or on a leash and always check in with local shelters every single day that your pet is missing.
Q: I want to volunteer with animals… will you help me?
A: Yes! What a wonderful thing you are going to do not only for the animals you help but also for your community! Let us know what kind of things you would be interested in doing and your general location and we’ll send you a list of places you can volunteer!
Q: Can I volunteer for Second Hope Circle?
A: Just recently an aweosme person has stepped up to be our volunteer coordinator. This means that will soon be able to offer a volunteer program! Jobs could potentially include helping update social media, planning/hosting a fundraiser, helping to advertise, using your artistic talents and more! Go to this page to learn more.
Q: If I can't volunteer how else can I help Second Hope Circle?
A: We are always looking for people to advertise Second Hope Circle, this is as easy as telling your friends about us or sharing our website via social media! You can also donate! Check out our donations page for more information. You can also participate in our many projects and initiatives. October 22nd - November 12th you can submit photos of your pet for a small donation to our 2014 Calendar Contest! we also attend many events throughout the year and would love to see you there!