A Second Chance at Life
The Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ is the largest shelter-based trauma center for homeless animals in the Southwest. Second Chance is dedicated to providing veterinary care for animals with nowhere else to turn.
Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, which was established in 1996, is an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited facility located at our Sunnyslope Campus. Second Chance has a staff of more than 30 veterinary medical professionals, including veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and animal care specialists, who have chosen to dedicate their careers to shelter medicine.
Advanced Medical Care
Second Chance features state-of-the-art medical equipment, including digital x-ray machines, in-house diagnostic equipment, orthopedic instruments and dental equipment — all made possible through generous Arizona Humane Society donors — which allows us to provide prompt medical and surgical attention to more than 12,000 homeless animals that need our care each year. Two-thirds of the animals that come into our shelter receive lifesaving care in Second Chance. The hospital occupies an entire building with its own ventilation system and isolation ward. In 2010, again through the support of generous donations, Second Chance expanded its isolation ward, increasing its ability to potentially care for an additional 600 animals per year. In 2014, Second Chance opened a kitten nursery to help care for our youngest feline friends who aren’t quite ready to go up for adoption. And in 2015, we began treating the deadly parvo virus in our Parvo Puppy ICU. Lifesaving programs like Second Chance and our Mutternity Suites, Kitten Nursery, Bottle Baby Kitten ICU and Parvo Puppy ICU help save the lives of pets routinely euthanized in shelters.
Expert Medical Care and Emergency Staff
The skilled vets at Second Chance can give new hope to an animal through a variety of different life-saving procedures, including fracture repairs, trauma surgery, wound treatment, amputations, malnourishment treatment, hip surgery and much more!
Many of the animals rescued by the Arizona Humane Society’s EAMTs are treated at Second Chance, as AHS is the organization who rushes to the aid of sick and injured animals throughout the Valley and who also investigates animal cruelty cases.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only companion animal exclusive veterinary association. AAHA is best known for its accreditation of companion animal practices. To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care. AAHA’s standards often times exceed the state medical board standards that clinics are required to follow. The Arizona Humane Society has been a proud member since 1999, because we want the best for every pet we treat. Only 30% of the veterinary clinics in the valley have met the strict criteria to hold this prestigious certification. So please remember when you think of great veterinary care, think Arizona Humane Society.