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Melissa’s Second Chances is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue in Shawnee, KS. We find homes and safe refuge for animals in need of a second chance to be a beloved family pet.


Meet our management team & board of directors


View our annual reports & rescue statistics


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Melissa’s Second Chances has a partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition which allows us to purchase Science Diet food as a part of a special shelters-only discount program. Using this program allows us to feed all of the pets in our care a consistent high quality diet and to send each of our adopters home with a 4 lb starter bag of their pet’s new food.

We will always accept food donations as well as treats and puppy and kitten formula. We will share any food donations we do not use with our partners who complete outreach in our community.

If you have any questions please email us at


Thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation for the grants they have provided to help make Second Chances happen!