Volunteer Opportunities

How you can help

We have a number of volunteer opportunities. If you can help, please send an email to
info@2ndchance4pets.org. Click here to read what our volunteers are saying about their experience volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets.

Sarah Felchlin
Sarah Felchlin joined the 2nd Chance 4 Pets volunteer team out of her deep passion for helping animals. At her home in South Lake Tahoe with her boyfriend and dog, a 4 ½ year old border-collie mix named Tenaya, her passions become reality. Her most recent project was assisting with the design of the organization’s avian welfare newsletter, which gave her more insight on the plight of companion birds. When Sarah isn’t helping out with 2nd Chance 4 Pets, she is working at home as a freelance graphic designer, editor, and project manager. You can check out her portfolio at www.sarahfelchlin.com. Sarah’s outside interests include climbing, hiking, and skiing the mountains around Tahoe.
Jaspal Singh
Jaspal “Jassi” Singh, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been a significant part of the 2nd Chance 4 Pets volunteer team for more than 2 years. His finance, marketing, and artistic abilities have contributed to our efforts to reduce the number of pets being euthanized when their owners die. Jassi has been a key contributor to the quarterly newsletters and fundraising efforts. According to Jassi, his most rewarding experience was the design of homeless pet flyers that told the story about pets in need of new forever homes. Because of his efforts, many of the animals featured in the flyers were adopted by new, caring families. Jassi is married to Alice, an accomplished American Saddlebred horse enthusiast and equine photographer. They both enjoy spending time with their two Jack Russell Terriers, Lucy and Taz. Lucy enjoys hunting and running with Jassi, and Taz loves getting into trouble!
Kathryn Shewey Kathryn Shewey
Meet Kathryn Shewey, an environmental scientist who started volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets when health problems forced her to take a leave of absence from her job. Because animals always have been a part of her life and her family, Kathryn wanted to help an organization whose mission is close to her heart. Kathryn has been driving our veterinarian outreach project, and has enthusiastically helped with promoting our local workshops. Kathryn lives in Glen Allen, Virginia with her husband James and her two dogs, Kelsey and Chestnut. She adopted Kelsey from the Roanoke, Virginia SPCA. Chestnut was adopted from Save Our Shelters - Pen Pals, a program featured on Animal Planet in which inmates train shelter dogs that are about to be euthanized and turns them into adoptable pets. When not volunteering, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, pets, and friends.

Dan Vold
Dan Vold lives in Los Gatos, California (here shown with his best buddy, Barney). Dan has been volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets since the organization was launched in May 2004. Dan manages much of the backend operations- accounting, mailing, organizing our participation at conferences to name a few! Dan's profession is as a Physical Therapist; his special interests are home remodeling and music.
(Photo courtesy of Gary Parker, www.catdogphotography.com)


Vicki Kerner
Meet Vicki Kerner who volunteers with the 2nd Chance 4 Pets' virtual volunteer team helping out with editing content and staffing the organization's booth at veterinarian and animal welfare conferences. Vicki lives in Truckee, California with her husband Dan where she telecommutes as an IBM software engineer. Vicki and Dan share their home with 5 rescued dogs and cats: Charcoal, Gus, Ashley, Abigail and Patches. Vicki enjoys hiking with the dogs, mountain biking with Dan, snow skiing, yoga, photography, movies, cooking and reading. Vicki also volunteers with the Humane Society Silicon Valley, Humane Society Truckee Tahoe and Best Friends Animal Society.

Todd Bynon
Todd Bynon is serving in the United States Air Force, stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. A new member of the 2nd Chance 4 Pets volunteer team, Todd has been helping out writing for the newsletter and creating the profiles of his wonderful co-volunteers. An avid surfer, Todd also enjoys volunteering with organizations to promote clean beaches and clean oceans. His other passions include serving as a youth mentor, and spending time with his wife Keiko, who taught him how to surf.
Wendy Feldstein
Wendy Feldstein lives in San Jose, California with her two adopted cats, Kiki and Yoshi. Wendy has a degree in Business Management and her background is in administrative work. She has always been an animal lover and volunteers with 2nd Chance 4 Pets to make a difference in the lives of pets. Wendy is an integral part of the virtual volunteer team helping with grant research and grant writing. Wendy enjoys volunteering with other nonprofit organizations, watching movies, attending concerts, and is a devoted San Jose Sharks fan.
Vicki Alexander
Vicki Alexander volunteers as a virtual editor with 2nd Chance 4 Pets. Vicki has her M.A. in Teaching (English as a Second Language and Spanish) and she is completing the Editing Certificate program through the UC Berkeley Extension. Vicki lives in San Jose and is the mother of a sixteen-year old boy and Duke, a border collie/cattle dog that she adopted from the local Humane Society. Vicki has been especially helpful with adding her magic touch to our website content and developing a blog for a very special foster dog.
Jana Owens
Meet Jana Owens, who joined the 2nd Chance 4 Pets team as a volunteer almost two years ago. Since then, Jana, a technical writer by profession, has parlayed her writing and layout skills into adoption magic by collecting digital photos of pets that need homes and creating beautiful "homeless pet flyers." Thanks to her flyers, which are posted locally in Northern California, these formerly homeless pets have found new forever homes. Jana helps with a variety of creative projects. Jana lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes user documentation for local software and hardware companies. She has a 12-year old Chihuahua/min-pin mix named Rikki and two cats, Spazz and Midnight. In Jana’s spare time, she enjoys walking Rikki, working out at the gym, reading, playing guitar, and volunteering for 2nd Chance 4 Pets.
Rachael Chambers
Rachael Chambers and her family live in Morgan Hill, California. Rachael has been volunteering her time with 2nd Chance 4 Pets since May 2007. Rachael has a deep passion for the well being of animals. She had wanted to be a veterinarian, but life took her down a different path. Now the mother of two (human) children, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 Chinese Water Dragon lizards and a giant goldfish named Lou. Rachael works as a Project Manager for a high tech company, volunteers for 2nd Chance 4 Pets, serves as a Master Instructor for UCSC Extension and is a huge San Jose Sharks hockey fan.
Claire Vath
Claire Vath lives in Birmingham, Alabama with the two loves of her life—Stephen, her husband, and Gracie, a well-traveled, incredibly smart miniature schnauzer. At four months old, Gracie had visited four states. Claire decided to volunteer for 2nd Chance 4 Pets as it was a perfect fit for her desire to volunteer virtually and make an impact helping pets. Her volunteer work includes writing and editing press releases and newsletter articles. Claire is the copy editor at a national farming magazine. In her spare time, Claire enjoys writing book reviews, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.
Amanda Fales
Amanda Fales lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband Steve and her Scottish Terriers, Casey and Gavyn. Amanda received a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Amanda initially signed up to volunteer with 2nd Chance 4 Pets as a virtual volunteer editor. The organization discovered her ability to do just about anything so Amanda often takes on a variety of projects including public relations, internet research and project managemen. Amanda volunteers out of her deep passion for the welfare of animals.
Sophia Marx
Sophia Marx resides in Santa Clara, California and is the owner of a professional writing services business. Sophia came across 2nd Chance 4 Pets and decided to volunteer her services for writing and editing projects. Sophia is of Greek descent, married for 16 years and has one son and a lab, Jazzmine. Jazzmine is also one of Sophia's babies and Sophia cannot imagine life without her. In addition to her volunteer and professional work, Sophia enjoys spending time with her family, going to the pool, riding bikes, and taking walks with Jazzmine.
Amy Farnham
Meet Amy Farnham, a graphic designer working in the high tech industry, who started volunteering with 2nd Chance 4 Pets in 2004 when her home was full to capacity with rescued dogs. Amy was looking for other ways to help animals. Amy has provided many hours of her free time to help design our newsletters, flyers and our brochure. Amy lives in Saratoga, California with her fur kids Sam, Libby and Jaegar.
Erin Vader
Erin Vader lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her two cats (Henry and Brandie) and sometimes a foster cat or two. She volunteers for 2nd Chance 4 Pets as an editor because she truly believes in spaying and neutering, planning for the future, and just plain giving some thought to our own animals' well-being but also for the well-being of the millions of companion animals who are euthanized every year for lack of homes. Erin is vegan and works during the day as an editor for an animal rights group. She also paints, crochets, and volunteers backstage at a local theater.

Kevin Danson
Kevin Danson lives in in Manchester, United Kingdom with his cat Ra. Kevin has been employed as a Legal Secretary and is currently working on earning a degree in English Literature in anticipation of entering the publishing industry. Kevin first applied to volunteer with 2nd Chance 4 Pets because of his passion for pets. Since Kevin was young, has always been around animals. He has an incredible respect for elders and appreciates the company a pet provides to humans. Kevin serves as an excellent resource to 2nd Chance 4 Pets assisting with a variety of complex research projects. He also volunteers as a literacy and aspirational mentor for children in Primary and Secondary schools. Kevin enjoys travel, reading, writing, gardening and research.


Ken Allen
Ken Allen lives in Napa, CA with his wife Maggie and 8-year-old daughter Chelsea. Ken received a Masters Degree in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College and has been writing and editing technical documentation professionally for over 20 years. Ken has volunteered his time to edit projects for 2nd Chance 4 Pets since late 2009. He has a deep love for animals and over the years has had many pets that have enriched his life. Ken and his family are very excited about adopting a dog in the near future. In his spare time Ken enjoys traveling, writing poetry, reading, movies, and spending time with his family.






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