Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter started with a dream of former Onondaga County Executive, Joanie Mahoney. The brilliant idea of pairing up inmates with shelter dogs was a sure way to give second chances to both the inmates and the dogs! The dogs are cared for and trained by the inmates and placed up for adoption. The inmates utilize the skills acquired in a productive way as they enter back into the Central New York Community. On October 16, 2015, the Second Chance Adoption Shelter opened its doors! Since then over 400 dogs have been adopted and over 140 inmates have gone through the program! We are proud to say all of the dogs we rescue are local dogs in need of help from the city of Syracuse shelter.