About Second Chance Animal Adoption, Inc.


We strive to act as faithful stewards for all abandoned, lost, homeless, and abused animals entrusted to our care in Boundary County, with the ultimate goal of finding lifelong, loving homes for every one.


Helping to build a community of compassion and kindness toward all animals.

Our History

Second Chance Animal Adoption, Inc (SCAA) was formed in 1998 by Kate Turner and Alice Miller.

scaa puppyThey were volunteering at the City Pound in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Animal control was handled by law enforcement and they were overwhelmed with the amount of unwanted and running at large dogs.

The city pound was simply not big enough and they did not have the funding to house all the unclaimed dogs. As many pounds do, they were forced to euthanize due to lack of space, which was just not acceptable to Kate and Alice; therefore, the inception of SCAA. scaa kitten

Being lifelong animal lovers it seemed only natural to assist with animal care and give the dogs of Boundary County a better chance at life. Alice and her husband, at their own expense, built kennels in their large indoor barn and soon were fostering dogs for the City Pound. Not long after, volunteers severed ties with the City Pound and officially became SCAA.

Driven by its mission, SCAA is now a formidable force in Bonners Ferry. In 2010, the organization realized its dream of constructing a shelter to house dogs and cats and well as building a strong foster care program. SCAA's vision is to become more than an adoption agency, but also an animal care resource and educational center for those living in Boundary County.

SCAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is governed by a board of directors. The Organization runs solely through the proceeds of the Second Chance Thrift Store, donations, philanthropy, fundraising, and grants.

About Bonners Ferry

Bonners Ferry (Boundary County) is located in the northeastern corner of Idaho just 24 miles south of the Canadian border. Bonners Ferry has the natural beauty of the Kootenai River Valley and is surrounded by three forested mountain ranges and bountiful wildlife. Bonners Ferry was honored by Idaho's Governor as "Idaho's Most Friendly Community," (voted by visiting tourists.)

canine caperThis town offers many unique, accessible, high altitude, pristine lakes, rivers, streams, trails and back roads. Also to be enjoyed are white water rafting, rock and ice climbing. Boundary County's scenery, recreational opportunities and quality of life draw people to the area and those who visit Bonners Ferry cannot miss the massive American flag flying adjacent to Highway 95 on the north end of town.



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