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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


Melissa’s Menagerie provides doggy daycare free of charge for our dogs while they are in foster care. Melissa’s Menagerie also offers discounted services for active foster families’ fuzzy family members. Additionally, when our shelter is over-capacity, Melissa’s Menagerie boards our dogs and cats free of charge. We thank them immensely for their kind generosity!

Our partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition allows us to purchase Science Diet food at a special shelters-only discount. This program allows us to feed all of the animals in our care a consistent, high-quality diet and provides adopters with a 4 lb. starter bag of food.

Note: We will always accept food donations as well as treats and puppy and kitten formula. Any food donations we do not use directly are shared with our community outreach partners.

Thanks to Petsmart Charities for the grants they have provided to help make Second Chances happen!

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


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