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ARLINGTON — Because their kittens are adopted so quickly, Second Chance Animal Center in Arlington does not include photographs of young kittens on their website.

They adopt out over 400 cats and kittens each year.

he shelter is continuing to adopt kittens through their “Kurbside Kitties,” program. Those who are interested are encouraged to submit an online adoption application and then call the shelter directly to inquire about the availability of kittens ages 2 months to 6 months. The shelter will call you once your name comes up on the waiting list.

While the shelter has continued to operate during the pandemic, some services have been temporarily suspended and visits to the shelter are by appointment only. Adoptions of pets occur with pre-approved applications, the community pet-food pantry, foster program for kittens, feline and canine spay/neuter clinics are just some of the active programs.

All events have been postponed until further notice because of the pandemic.

}Since fundraising campaigns are postponed indefinitely, people can make an online donation to help the shelter continue to purchase the supplies they need to care for the animals.

According to their website, i}f you are interested in helping Second Chance to continue its operations, participate in their foster-care program by submitting an online application. They are still taking kitten surrenders and need to find families who can provide daily care. All supplies and medical attention will be supplied by Second Chance.

You can also go to their Amazon Wish List and order some of the kitten supplies to care for their youngest feline charges. Contribute dry cat and dog food to their community food pantry and/or contribute canned cat and dog food to enrich the lives of the animals in their shelter. They encourage online ordering through Amazon or Chewy.

For more information go to their website Second Chance Animal Center.

Gillian Jones is a staff photographer for New England Newspapers. She can be reached at

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is a staff photographer for the Bennington Banner and The Berkshire Eagle. She began her career in 1992 at The North Adams Transcript.


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