Please see below for Frequently Asked Adoption Questions.

If you have a question not answered here please feel free to contact us for more information.

I turned in an application on a specific pet, how can I find out where things stand?

You may email us, or call our public line at 919-851-8404 to obtain information on the status of an application. Please be sure to clearly leave your name and number, and the pet's name and whether it is a cat, kitten, dog or puppy. Please listen carefully to the voicemail instructions to ensure your message is left in the correct mailbox.

I am interested in a specific pet, what now?

Once you have found a pet you like, first you will want to make sure the pet is still available and has not already been adopted. Once you have verified that the pet is still available, fill out an application (dog / cat). It's that easy! Your application will be reviewed and an informal meeting will be arranged (if you have not already met the pet and an adoption counselor). Once you and the adoption counselor are confident that you and the pet are a good match for each other, we will arrange for you to take home the newest member of your family! Please note that we do require a 24-hour waiting period for the adoption of a dog or puppy. Canines are not allowed to go home from an Adopt-a-thon.

I am interested in a specific pet, how can I find out if they are still available?

We try very hard to keep our website up to date with the pets that are in our program. If you are interested in a specific pet, check to see if the pet's profile is still listed on our website. If it is, you can call us at 919-851-8404 or email us to obtain information on the availability of a specific pet.

What should I expect when adopting a pet from Second Chance Pet Adoptions?

First and foremost, you can expect to receive a healthy pet. We pride ourselves on the excellent care we provide our pets. In addition, you can expect someone willing and able to counsel you through your decision. For our animals in foster homes, you will have access to a foster parent that has intimate knowledge of your potential new pet's abilities, qualities and even its limitations. We will work with you to ensure that you are making the right decision for yourself, your family and your new pet. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the adoption process. Please remember that we have the pet's best interests in mind and want to ensure that all parties enjoy a smooth transition.

I want to see your cats and dogs; where are you located?

Second Chance has a facility that houses most of the cats in our program. It is located 1 mile west of the State Fairgrounds at 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607.

We are open for cat adoptions Monday-Friday 11am-5pm and every Saturday from noon to 4pm.

For dog adoptions, please see our Calendar of Events.

We also utilize a variety of foster homes and generous volunteers to keep our pets safe and loved until we can place each one with a lifetime home. We encourage potential adopters to visit our online database for a listing of pets currently available.

What should I consider before adopting a pet?

A comprehensive list of considerations for adopting a pet can be found at the HSUS website.

To learn more about the health and wellness needs of an animal, check out the 1-800-PetMeds education database.

What is an Adopt-a-thon?

An Adopt-a-Thon is an opportunity for you to see some of the pets in our program, and possibly talk to the pet's foster parent or assigned counselor to learn more about them. Adopt-a-Thons are usually held for a couple of hours on a Saturday and/or Sunday, generally at the Second Chance Pet Adoptions facility or at a local PetSmart or Petco stores that support our organization through donations of food and space.

To find more information on when our next Adop-a-thon will be please visit our Calendar of Events.

I am interested in adopting a new pet. How do I get more information?

Excellent, we are sure you will find the perfect pet for you in our program! The first place to start for more information is on our website in the adoptable animals section. There you will see a picture of the pet, as well as its details. If you are interested in more information than what is found in its profile, you can contact us at 919-851-8404. You may also send us an email for more information on a particular pet.

We strongly encourage anyone considering adopting a pet to come to one of our Adopt-a-thons. If there is a particular pet you are interested in, it's a good idea to call Second Chance (919-851-8404) ahead of time to make sure the pet will be at the Adopt-a-thon you plan to attend. Unfortunately, not all of our pets can be brought to every Adopt-a-thon.

All Second Chance animals have been spayed or neutered. Cats and kittens have been tested for FeLV and FIV, dewormed, and are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Dogs and puppies have been heartworm tested (if old enough), dewormed, and are up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Adoption Fees:

Cats ages 1+:
Single cat: $75.

Pair of cats: $110.

Kittens under 1 year:

Single kitten: $110.

Pair of kittens: $170.

1 kitten + 1 cat: $140.

Dog and puppies: $225.

Allergy Testing

Did you know that there are options available for people with allergies who are looking to adopt?

While you might consider particular kinds of animals, you can also consider allergy testing.

For a low cost, you can identify your reaction to pet allergens like dander, epithelia, feathers, serum, droppings, urine, and more.

Test results can help you determine which pet is right for you or your family. Schedule a test today!