About Us

Second Chance is a registered not-for-profit organisation (reg# CC50223) founded in July 2013. Our mission is to help dogs in need. We do not receive council or government funding and rely solely on donations and sponsorship.

Here at Second Chance we want to find loving homes for dogs that have been dumped, neglected or abused. The majority of dogs we re-home come from the Richmond or Nelson Pound. Many of these dogs are young, energetic and just need a Second Chance in life.

All the dogs we re-home are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. We rely 100% on donations made from the public. We do not have a dog shelter so foster families are vitally important in helping us get the dogs out of the pound and into a family environment. This also allows us to get to know the dogs and what they are like around the home, so we can make a good match with a family.

Second Chance is overseen by a committee of three hard working gals. They all work full time jobs and look after the dogs at Second Chance in their spare time:




Photo Of Sue Walsh, Rosie (the doggie ) and Sinead White – founding members of Second Chance. Photo taken by Neil Smith Chocolate Dog Studio


Director – Sinead White   

Originally from Wicklow, Ireland, Sinead now lives in Tasman and calls Upper Moutere her home.  Sinead is the Director of Second Chance and does much of the day to day running of the organisation. Sinead lives in Upper Moutere with her son and beloved Golden Retriever Gypsy.  Sinead will answer your call if you telephone us with queries.

Dog Advisor – Sue Walsh, Dog Almighty

Sue is the dog trainer and behaviour consultant from Dog Almighty. Sue advises Second Chance on training issues and carries out behaviour assessments on Second Chance dogs when necessary. Sue is a certified Dog Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants and has a Diploma in Canine Studies (Oxford College Distance Learning). Learn more about Sue at http://www.dogalmighty.co.nz.

Treasurer – Zanna Bird

We are very glad to have Zanna Bird as Treasurer for Second Chance. Zanna lives in Nelson and has two small terriers, Eddie and Josie – they keep her suitably busy!

Social Media – Alli Jackson

Alli lives in Nelson with her partner & menagerie, sometimes including a lucky Second Chance foster dog.  Alli takes care of our Facebook page and generally tries to be helpful, with occasional success.

You can support the work of these dedicated wāhine by donating at our Givealittle page – it’s quick, easy and safe:



We’d LOVE to hear from you so please contact us on secondchancetasman@gmail.com – we’re also on Facebook! Find our page by searching Second Chance Tasman. Send us a message and say hi 😀