Mike Quat is the vice president of Second Chance for Animals, a volunteer run not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing quality care for animals surrendered to the Franklin Township Animal Shelter. Second Chance for Animals funds programs and services that are not covered by Franklin Township’s budget.
“We provide funding for veterinary care, dental care for seniors, blood work, surgery, as well as spay and neuter services. We also clean, foster kittens, and socialize animals,” stated Mike Quat.
According to Quat, Second Chance for Animals relies on volunteers to share in the responsibility of caring for the animals at the shelter. Volunteers are also needed in leadership roles to increase fundraising and adoption efforts. The shelter currently has approximately 14 cats, 12 dogs, 10 hamsters, 3 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs available for adoption throughout the year. During the summer months, kittens are available for adoption. Quat spends his Saturdays and Sundays taking care of the animals and getting them ready for the adoption process. Three parts of the adoption includes: filling out an adoption application, interacting with the animal, and sharing your lifestyle with the team in order to find out if the animal is a good fit for your home.
“If it's a good match, the animal generally goes home within a week depending on the details of the application, and sometimes sooner,” stated Quat when asked about the pet adoption process.
According to Quat, older cats and dogs have personalities that make it difficult for volunteers to find a suitable home for them. Older cats and dogs are used to a routine that might be different to their potential owner. They may have also been surrendered to the animal shelter because their owner had allergies, or moved into an apartment that was not pet-friendly their owner had health and financial problems. In any case, all animals including guinea pigs, hamsters, and kittens spend time in the shelter waiting to be placed inside a warm and loving home.