Sponsored Pet Packages – Holiday Gift on Sale Now!

Quantities are limited and Santa’s on a delivery deadline, so don’t delay–order your sponsored pet packages today! These life-saving gifts are delivered directly to your recipient in time for Christmas and this year, we’ve created more diverse packages than ever before!

The Sponsored Pet Package

This $25 gift includes:

  • A photo of Boogie the cat or Boone the dog (your choice) printed on high-quality photo paper and placed in a durable metal frame featuring either Santa or a holiday tree;
  • The story of the animal you have chosen;
  • A pet-themed greeting card with a handwritten note to your recipient (add your own message!);
  • Two festive candy cane treats!

The Second Chance Shirt Package

This $35 gift includes:

  • Everything in the $25 Sponsored Pet Package;
  • A limited-edition Second Chance 30th anniversary t-shirt!

The Cozy Coffee Mug Package

This $40 gift includes:

  • Everything in the $25 Sponsored Pet Package;
  • A limited-edition Second Chance 30th anniversary ceramic coffee mug;
  • A package of hot chocolate mix and a K-Cup coffee pod to enjoy in the Second Chance mug!

>> ORDER HERE <<

The contents of the package will be wrapped in tissue paper and tied with red ribbon before being mailed directly to the recipient.

As the USPS deadline for Christmas delivery is Dec. 19, Santa Paws will be extra certain of a timely delivery by loading these onto the sleigh on Dec. 18Therefore, all orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 17. Order yours today HERE before supplies run out!

Second Chance Elves to Wrap Your Gifts for Donation to Animals

Happy pawlidays! A holiday gift-wrapping service to benefit homeless animals is being provided at Crossroads Plaza in Cary. Volunteers from the community and local businesses will wrap your gifts for a donation (amount of your choice) to support the animals of Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

All supplies are provided, so there is a huge selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, gift tags, gift boxes, or gift bags from which to choose–all you need to do is bring all your gifts and pick out what you would like us to use! Save time, effort, and your stress level–let us do the work for you! Dogs and cats that are available for adoption will be stopping in, too – come for a visit!

Cary Crossroads Plaza – at the corner between the Men’s Wearhouse and Steinmart.
– December 16-23: Noon to 9pm
– December 24: Noon to 6pm

Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the Triangle area’s oldest no-kill animal rescue organization, started in 1987 by three local women concerned about stray and abandoned animals. Special thanks go out to Kimco Realty and Crossroads Plaza for the donation of space for this event.

See an Amazing Transformation and Send Your Gift for the Season!

 

This time last year, the Second Chance family made a commitment to homeless cats and dogs facing a scary prospect: suffering through a cold winter outdoors. We promised these animals that though snow may fall and winds may blow, our love would keep them warm. 

This is the story of how your love kept one puppy warm in a very real way:

This past January, we found Ms. Beasley—then a 5-month-old shepherd mix—in an overcrowded county shelter. Her growing body was colder than most: a terrible case of mange had robbed her of her fur coat. Through her thin hair, we could see her red and scabbed skin.

Ms. Beasley was a timid puppy, and obviously suffering, but she wanted to be touched nonetheless. She slowly scooted over to Dave, our dedicated Board president, and put her head in his lap. As you can see in the video above, she let him pet her and licked her face in gratitude.

Thanks to your gifts, we were able to provide medical treatment, and Ms. Beasley soon showed obvious signs of progress.

Her inflamed skin began to cool off, the scabs on her face disappeared, and the cute sweaters donated by supporters like you kept her warm as we moved into spring. During her occasional quick visits from her foster home to the Adoption Center for check-ups, she continued to give us gentle licks of gratitude.

Within a few months, Ms. Beasley’s skin—and spirits—had healed. Her foster mom, Tanya, cared for her until, at long last, Ms. Beasley was healthy, comfortable… and adoptable! She went home with her new mom, Sandi, in June.  Click HERE to see her “after” photos and to see her with Sandi!

From sheltering this sweet pup, to adorning her with sweaters, to providing the medical care that allowed her fur to grow in, your support of Second Chance animals–your love for the vulnerable, the ill, the injured, and the alone–kept Ms. Beasley warm.

Thanks to your generosity, she and over 450 other dogs and cats have gone to their forever homes so far this year—an increase over our adoption rate at this time in 2016!

Your partnership with Second Chance is the only way we can continue this life-saving work. 

Seize the opportunity today to change an animal’s life—hundreds of animals’ lives—by sending a gift by clicking HEREPrecious cats and dogs deserve a second chance to find love—you can grant their holiday wish this winter.

But first, consider this: you can increase your impact on our rescue efforts with a convenient, automatic monthly donation by submitting HERE

There’s more! 

Until Dec. 31, 2017, you can be promoted to the position of Second Chance Elf (Santa Paws is hiring!) with complimentary merch to promote Second Chance around town! All new monthly donors will receive a Second Chance backpack, and those who donate $10-$14.99/month (or a one-time donation of $150-$224) will receive a Second Chance 30th anniversary t-shirt. Make it $15/month or more (or a one-time donation of $225 or more) and ALSO receive a 30th anniversary water bottle or travel tumbler while supplies last–HURRY!

#GivingTuesday Is Here – Your Opportunity to Save Lives!

 

117 Days.

That’s how long an average cat waits for their forever home at Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

638 Days.

That’s how long Snickers, an angelic 6-year-old cat, waited for his forever home. Snickers had glaucoma, and while his vision was still great, it would eventually deteriorate and he would need his eyes removed, and until then, he would need his daily eye drops. This worried potential adopters, so Snickers was passed over time and time again. He was safe at the area’s oldest no-kill animal shelter, free to nap or play as he saw fit in one of our cageless community rooms, but he longed for humans to call his own.

Waiting since October 2015, Snickers met Krissy in June of 2017. She and her husband were looking for a sweet boy to bring together the female felines of their household. Krissy read his online profile, thought Snickers would be a perfect fit, and made an appointment to come and meet him. We were excited for our boy, but anxious that his heart–and our own–would be broken if Krissy opted not to adopt him.

But, our dreams came true: on the final day of National “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month, Krissy brought Snickers home.

Snickers is one of over 12,000 homeless cats and dogs that Second Chance has rescued since our inception in 1987. He exemplifies the promises we make to our animals: to feed and shelter them as long as needed, to treat their medical conditions with the best care, and to give them the second chance they each deserve.

We cannot fulfill these promises alone. Cats like Snickers (and the dogs, too!) depend on our generous supporters to help them as they wait to meet their perfect families. With your help, we sent 483 pets to their adoptive homes in 2016; we are on track to surpass that number in 2017 and to exceed our goal of sending home 525 animals in 2018. Just how much we exceed that goal depends on you. Click HERE to become our partner in rescue today with an investment in our mission: to champion homeless cats and dogs until every animal has a home. 

But first, consider this: you can increase your impact on our rescue efforts with a convenient, automatic monthly donation by submitting HERE

There’s more! 

Until Dec. 31, 2017, you can be promoted to the position of Second Chance Elf (Santa Paws is hiring!) with complimentary merch to promote Second Chance around town! All new monthly donors will receive a Second Chance backpack, and those who donate $10-$14.99/month (or a one-time donation of $150-$224) will receive a Second Chance 30th anniversary t-shirt. Make it $15/month or more (or a one-time donation of $225 or more) and ALSO receive a 30th anniversary water bottle or travel tumbler while supplies last–HURRY!

Second Chance Welcomes New Dog Program Manager, Laura Honeycutt

 

Second Chance extends a warm welcome to our new Dog Program Manager, Laura Honeycutt. Laura grew up in Wake Forest, NC, and her first love (other than her parents and sister) was her pet dachshund, Kappy. Even now, at 29, she asks if she can pet every dog she sees. Laura studied Economics & Entrepreneurship at UNC-Wilmington, then served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as a Small Business Volunteer. It was there that she started rescuing dogs after seeing so many street dogs in need. Laura adopted 4 dogs while living in Nicaragua and brought home 10 foster dogs when her service was over in 2014.

 

After struggling to find good homes for her fosters, she joined Franklin County Humane Society, who took in all 10 and found forever homes for them. Since then, Laura has fostered for FCHS and, in 2015, became Dog Team Leader. While fostering dogs, she worked as a bi-lingual Employment Specialist at the U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants. Since jumping head first into rescue, she’s dreamed of finding a full-time job dedicated to saving dogs and is ecstatic that her dream has come true with Second Chance. We are similarly ecstatic to have her join the team and look forward to meeting the many dogs we know she will work hard to save!

2017 Evening of Pawsibilities Draws 30th Anniversary Celebration–and Three Successful Fundraisers–to a Close

See our 2017 Evening of Pawsibilities “Meet the Animals” video!

 

The 17th annual Evening of Pawsibilities brought closure to our summer of celebration. Over the course of three decades, the staff and volunteers of Second Chance Pet Adoptions have rescued over 12,000 homeless and abandoned cats and dogs, an accomplishment that we officially began celebrating at the Family Reunion and Racing for Rescues in May. The dual event was record-breaking and our best 5K/2K yet, with 576 registered participants and over $45,000 raised!

 

Over the summer, you sent us hundreds of photos of your Second Chance pets in their forever homes–a project with which we built beautiful a Family Tree at our concluding auction event. We also launched the “$30 for 30” campaign and asked you to be a part of history by sending a gift in honor of the occasion. You surpassed our goal of $9,000 and then, when we raised our goal to $12,000, you kept giving and surpassed that goal, too!

 

Finally, summer came to an end, and with a bang–the Evening of Pawsibilities sold out with the highest attendance ever! The result? Thanks to our donors, sponsors, attendees, bidders, and those who purchased raffle tickets, Second Chance animals received $75,000–around 13% more than last year’s total!

 

Be proud of yourselves, Second Chance family. We challenged you this summer to invest in this rescue organization and confirm your commitment to the animals, and you stepped up. You renewed your promise to be there for the sick, the injured, the alone, and the abandoned. Because of you, precious cats and dogs will be rescued, will be healed, and will be loved. Thank you for being our partners in rescue.

 

Thank you for being our partners in rescue!

Triangle Law Group Upgrades from Silver Paw Sponsorship to Gold Paw

Second Chance is elated to announce that Triangle Law Group, formerly a Silver Paw sponsor of our rescue organization, is now a Gold Paw sponsor!

 

Owner Laurie Gengo adopted a Second Chance cat in 2006 and, upon visiting the facility in early 2017, adopted–with her colleagues–Peaches and Cream (pictured here). Peaches had been in the Second Chance program since 2008 and now happily roams the halls of the law firm, visiting each staff member throughout the day and entertaining them all with her antics.

 

Laurie and her team have been a consistent source of support for Second Chance animals and we are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Triangle Law Group through this upgraded sponsorship!

 

Thank you, Triangle Law Group!

Allison Paris to Leave Second Chance; New Dog Program Manager Hired

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news that Allison Paris, our Dog Program Manager, is leaving Second Chance. With her strong commitment to the welfare of the animals, Allison has made significant contributions across both the dog and cat programs. She has been responsible for the rescue and rehoming of over 1,000 dogs since she joined us in 2009. Additionally, she has been instrumental in the training of many volunteers and to the operation of the adoption center, and has been contributory to the successful execution of many fundraising events.  Quite simply, she has played an integral role in the success and growth of the organization over the eight years she has been on staff.  While we are sad to see her leave us, we are supportive and excited for her as she strikes out on an adventure towards something new and different.  Her last day on duty will be October 11. We wish her our very best and she has our deepest thanks.

 

To build on the foundation that Allison has laid, we are pleased to announce that Laura Honeycutt will be joining Second Chance as our new Dog Program Manager. Laura has extensive experience in animal rescue, most recently in a volunteer capacity as a Dog Program lead for the Paws for Life rescue group based in Franklin County.  Laura will be joining us November 6.

 

Should you have any matters relating to the Dog Program between October 11 and November 6, please direct them to Lisa Imhof.

 

Lisa Imhof                                              Dave Ballesteros

Director, Operations                            President, Board of Directors

Lisa@SecondChanceNC.org               DaveB@SecondChanceNC.org

Dog Days Vendor Application Deadline Extended to Oct. 4!

Around 1,000 people–including children–will come through with their dogs at Dog Days of Cary at Bond Park on Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 (9am-1pm). Affordable vendor spaces still available–$30 for a 10′ x 10′ space! Be a part of it: email Rachel@secondchancenc.org to reserve your spot by October 4!

2017 Pawsibilities Glover Photo Booth

2017 Evening of Pawsibilities: Glover Photo Booth Pictures

2017 Pawsibilities Glover Photo Booth

This year, we had OVER 235 PEOPLE attend the 17th Annual Evening of Pawsibilities – making this year a record breaker! We had a photo booth for fun and in celebration of our 30th Anniversary (thanks, Glover Corporation!) and here are photos of all the Second Chance family members who stepped inside. View the pictures HERE!