Second Chance Animal Rescue’s “Dinner at the Distillery” held to sold out crowd



By Ron Giofu


Second Chance Animal Rescue’s fundraising dinner brought a packed house to Wolfhead Distillery.

The first-ever “Dinner at the Distillery” brought in a sold out crowd of roughly 75 people for dinner with the evening also featuring silent auctions and raffles.

Cherie Smith, president of Second Chance Animal Rescue, said it was an opportunity for the group to raise funds to support their operations.

“We rescue animals and adopt them throughout Windsor-Essex County,” she said.

Julie Bortolotti of Second Chance Animal Rescue (left) greets Grace, the rescue dog adopted by Sam Manherz, during “Dinner at the Distillery.”

Smith added they also rescue animals from “kill shelters” in Quebec, Ohio, Texas and Georgia. Animals are treated by veterinarians including being spayed and neutered. When an animal is ready to be adopted, it is placed into a foster home before it is adopted. Smith noted there are reference and background checks done to all people looking to adopt.

Second Chance Animal Rescue tries to hold two dinners per year as well as other fundraising events in order to fund themselves, as it is a non-profit organization. As part of last Thursday night’s dinner, attendees got a chance to meet the dog Grace, who is cared for by the Manherz family. Sam Manherz, daughter of Wolfhead owners Sue and Tom Manherz, brought the dog to the dinner where the public got a chance to see her.

Fundraising events like “Dinner at the Distillery” also gave them a chance to educate people on how to care for animals and what Second Chance Animal Rescue is all about. Second Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2015 “to heal, help and re-home pets of all ages and size” with their mission being “to provide the necessary veterinary care for animals in need and to place animals into homes where they will be treated with love and respect.”

For more on Second Chance Animal Rescue, visit or They also have a Twitter site found by searching @scarescue.

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