Alpena rescue group’s new refuge will open this fall | News, Sports, Jobs

News photo by Ben Ackley The exterior of the new Second Chance Animal Shelter, which will be completed this fall.

ALPENA – The Second Chance Animal Shelter in Alpena was born from an idea discussed over coffee in 2018.

Since then, the group has functioned as a network of volunteers who welcome rescued animals until they are adopted.

Since then, they have helped more than 400 animals find permanent homes.

The group planned to open a shelter last year, but COVID has interfered with those plans. Now it’s finally moving forward.

Workers renovate an old warehouse that used to be a warehouse for a construction company into a new shelter. When complete, the facility will be able to accommodate approximately 40 to 50 animals at a time.

Second Chance Treasurer Leanne Bloom said Alpena’s generosity has helped the project move quickly.

“The community here, locally, has been so supportive”, Bloom said. “We have so many people donating regularly every month, and it adds up. We appreciate a $ 5 donation as much as a $ 100 donation because that’s what makes it possible. The people of this community.

The group’s new facility, which will serve Alpena County and surrounding areas, is funded entirely by private donations.

Bloom said Second Chance hopes their new facility will be ready by fall.

This story is part of the Michigan News Group internship. A collaboration between WCMU and eight newspapers, including Alpena News. Learn more at and

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