Second Chance would not exist if it were not for our wonderful volunteers. You will find them at any given time playing vital roles in every aspect of the organization, including animal care, fostering, fundraising, working adoption events, and taking care of all of the needs of our furry friends. If you love animals and have the time and energy to give, please consider helping out. Click HERE to view our calendar, which will tell you the date of the next volunteer orientation or email us at volunteer@columbia2ndchance.org.

Foster an Animal

Our foster homes are the backbone of our organization. We are looking for foster homes for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. We work with you to make sure you take a foster that fits in your home situation. We provide the food and vet care – you provide the love! Click HERE to apply to be a foster parent.

Work With Cats

We need volunteers who can either go regularly (one day a week for about two hours) or occasionally (flexibly as your schedule permits) to visit cats in our adoption center about a 10 minute drive from Columbia. Weekly visitors are paired with another volunteer to feed and care for the cats.

Work in Our Adoption Center

Our Adoption Center is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are always looking for friendly folks who can greet visitors and care for dogs who are there to be seen. It’s a great way to get to know other volunteers and our adoptable animals.

Work at Off-Site Adoption Event

In addition to our Adoption Center, we often have adoption events at other locations throughout the area. Check out our schedule to see where we’ll be next.

Take Pictures of Adoptable Animals

Do you have a digital camera and an eye for good photography? Excellent photos make for very fast adoptions! We are always looking for good photos of our animals to help tell their stories.

Animal Transport

Our foster homes do a tremendous amount of work for the animals of Second Chance. Sometimes, foster homes aren’t able to get their foster to an event or to the vet. We need reliable folks willing to let an animal hitch a ride to our Adoption Center or elsewhere to assist our foster homes in the big job they provide for us.

Office Help

We always need help with computer database work as well as record input work. After some training, this can be done from your home instead of the Adoption Center.

Education Ambassador

Want to teach others about the state of animal welfare in our community and what Second Chance is doing to help reduce the population of unwanted pets? Join our education team and help us spread the word about the work we do and the work others can do to solve the problem.