Second Chance for Pets receives donation

Bank employee donation inspires company to support local animal shelter with $2,500 gift

February 28, 2018

Clinton, IL February 28 2018 – First National Bank donated $2,500 to Second Chance Pets inspired by employee Debbie Stapleton’s $1,000 donation in honor of her 35-year anniversary.

First National Bank and Trust of Clinton, IL honored Debbie Stapleton’s 35 years of service with a donation to a local non-profit of her choice. Stapleton selected Second Chance for Pets to receive the $1,000 donation. 

“So many changes have happened in banking in the last 35 years, technology for one. When I started we entered everything by hand, now we have machines that count bills in seconds.” Said Debbie Stapleton. 

Stapleton was hired as a teller before moving to book keeping for the majority of her 35 years of service, more recently she served as ATM Coordinator. She has lived in Clinton all her life and has been married to husband Steve for 47 years. They have two children, Tiffany who now resides in Wisconsin and Travis who resides in Illinois, both with families.  

Stapleton just recently retired and her last day was March 2, 2018. She plans to spend retirement working cattle and spending time with her three grandsons in 4-H.

Based out of DeWitt County, Illinois, Second Chance Pets is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and re-homing homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets.

“I have personally used Second Chance many times and my current dog, Madison, is a rescue dog. I’m just a huge animal lover and I’m proud to support Second Chance because they truly offer cats and dogs a second chance to find a good home.” Said Stapleton. 

Second Chance volunteers rescue pets from local high kill shelters and relies solely on donations from the public. All of their pets are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, heartworm tested, Feline Leukemia tested, dewormed and on flea and tick prevention. They are also microchipped and ready to be registered. 

“For the past 20 years, Second Chance Pets’ volunteers have been rescuing, fostering, and rehoming abandoned and unwanted animals. The group also helps owners who want to keep their pets, but just need a little extra assistance from time to time in caring for them.” Said Glenna Rogers, a Personal Banker at First National Bank and Second Chance Pets board member. “We offer food, veterinary care, and shelter to those most needy, in addition to helping the DeWitt County Animal Shelter with adoptions and transports to other rescues. On a monthly basis, we coordinate a transport for owned and shelter pets to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Springfield. Annually in March, we aid the DeWitt Co. Veterinarian Dr. Mennenga at four low-cost rabies clinics.”

It is an honor for this group to be the recipient of a donation that will help us continue these projects and expand upon them for the future. It is our goal to make a solid contribution to the quality of life, not only of needy pets, but also of the members of this community, through our efforts.” Said Glenna. 

Visit First National Bank’s Facebook page to see a few of the animals currently up for adoption. 

Learn more about Second Chance Pets here: 

First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois. Dedicated to community prosperity, the bank was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank. The name was changed to First National Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was recently acquired by TS Banking Group in 2017. With $125 million in assets, First National Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information visit