Outreach and Education

Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue are committed to educating people of all ages about the needs of pets, humane treatment, bite prevention and spay/neuter programs in order to promote kind and caring behavior and attitudes towards animals. We are also involved in community initiatives and collaborations that promote proactive strategies to reducing pet overpopulation.

Our community programs include:

Humane Education and Bite Prevention for Children and Youth
Owner Assistance Services
Multimedia Signage Program

Humane Education and Bite Prevention for Children and Youth
If children learn not to be afraid of dogs, they are less likely to be bitten. If they learn that animals feel pain, they are less likely to abuse them. And, if they learn that animals need food and shelter just as people do, they are less likely to act irresponsibly toward an animal. For many children, these are new concepts. Our education program is provided at several pre-schools and youth centers in Contra Costa, Alameda Counties and Marin County. We expose animals to kids and demystify some of the myths such ìpit bulls donít feel painî and to share career opportunities working with animals.

Our dog trainer (who trains police and bomb-sniffing dogs) is a central part of the educational process. Youth are often surprised when a police officer shows what his dog can do and to learn that dogs help find people during disasters. This newfound appreciation for animals teaches them how to approach dogs and helps them be safer in their homes and in their neighborhoods.

Currently, our education programs reach approximately 400 kids throughout Bay Area schools. Our hope is they will take the lessons learned and spread compassion for all animals to their parents, and into their community. For more information on how to bring our program into your childrenís school, call us at (415) 721-1721 in Marin or (510) 267-1915 in the East Bay.

We currently have no permanent funding in our budget for this program, and would like to raise $2,000 to buy supplies and to ensure that each child takes something tangible away with him/her to remember what they have learned. If you would like to help fund this effort, please contact Paula Vlamings, Development Director at (415) 721-1721 or by email at scrpaula@aol.com.

Owner Assistance Services
If you can no longer keep your animal or have found an abandoned animal, you can access our continuum of services to help find a new home for the animal.

Once the animal meets our medical and temperament requirements, owners can access our adoption services and get assistance in screening potential adopters. Found animals must be advertised as lost in accordance with the law prior to entering the program and all animals must be current on vaccinations and altered. Owners must maintain the animal in their home. For a $25.00 donation, animals are placed on our websites and can attend mobile adoptions. This small fee helps to defer the costs of offering these services.

If a potential adopter wants an animal that fits the profile of one of our owner assist animals, we facilitate him/her getting in contact with the pet guardian. Although these animals have been screened by us, owners are responsible for the contract, and Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue make no guarantees as to their temperament or health. Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue are not liable for any damages to humans, other animals or property as a result of the placement of one of these animals. This is a community service which provides one alternative to relinquishing animals to a shelter.

We do occasionally take in animals surrendered by their owners for a small donation. These animals are placed in our foster homes and become a formal part of the program. We do this on a limited basis as we have foster homes available.

Multimedia Signage Program
Thanks to a generous donor, Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue launched its first digital multimedia signage program at the HilltopMall in Spring 2006. To our knowledge, this is the only program of its kind in support of animal welfare. Using state of the art digital video equipment remotely updated from our office so that information can be kept timely and relevant, we can let the public know about the wonderful animals available for adoption in their backyard- the Pinole and Martinez Animal Shelters - and through our organization. This information is broadcast during mall hours, thus reaching thousands of people on a weekly basis. It also increases public awareness about our organization, the great animals available through us, and ways to get involved with Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue. In December of 2006, we launched a similar program at Your Basic Bird in Berkeley.

By increasing awareness about the problems of pet over-population, spay/neuter and other relevant programs and sharing the stories of many animals available for adoption in our community, we hope that many more of our furry friends will find loving, permanent homes.