Second Chance schedules Carnival for Care for June 23

SHAFTSBURY — Second Chance Animal Center will hold its second annual Carnival for Care event on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington.

"We are thrilled to announce the schedule for our outreach and fundraising event, Carnival for Care," Cathi Comar, executive director, said in a release. "This one-day affair is family oriented and has a slight animal-themed twist, offering carnival-like games and prizes, activities, demonstrations, presentations, and over 35 craft and food vendors from the community.

"There is no admission fee, and all games cost a minimal fee. This year music will be provided by local artists Homer's Odyssey and Kevin Breese. We appreciate the support offered by MAUMS for allowing us to use their beautiful fields for this event."

Proceeds from the event will benefit Second Chance's animal-care program. Each year the shelter incurs more than $280,000 in expenses to provide food, treats, medicine, training, grooming, cleaning, and veterinary care to the animals in its facility. The core of the center's mission, since its founding, has been to prepare homeless animals for their new beginnings.

Those planning to attend Carnival for Care are asked to please leave their pets at home. For those needing transportation to the venue, for just 50 cents, anyone can hop onto Green Mountain Express's Light Green Line (North) from downtown Bennington and ask the driver for a "request stop" at MAUMS.

Second Chance Animal Center, incorporated as the Bennington County Humane Society in 1959, serves Bennington County in Vermont and parts of Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York. The center is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals in the communities it serves, and [roviding compassionate shelter, care, and adoption services for homeless and unwanted animals.

For more information, visit or call 802-375-2898. Second Chance, located at 6779 VT Route 7A in Shaftsbury, is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday for inquiries and visits. Check the website for hours.


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