Say Hi To Our New Dog Program Coordinator, Sarah Foster

It’s a new year, and that means new changes for Second Chance! As Jess Jones steps into the Transport Liaison position, we have a new face on the Second Chance Team, officially making us a staff of eight! Everyone please give a warm welcome to our new Dog Program Coordinator, Sarah Foster!

Sarah grew up in the Pocono Mountains. Her love of animals began when her family began taking in the “misfit” dogs who needed homes in the area. She truly found her passion for animal rescue when she started volunteering at her local animal shelter in PA. While earning her degree, she went on to become a Kennel Technician there, where she gained knowledge on dog handling and behavior. After moving to North Carolina, she spent almost 3 years at the SPCA continuing to learn. Sarah has a soft spot for dogs with behavior challenges and seniors. She and her husband have a dog Tawny, who has her own behavior challenges, and two family dogs who they have “part time” – Boxer and Peanut. Sarah is beyond excited to be working in rescue again and helping save lives!

So next time you stop by the Second Chance Adoption Center, say hi to Sarah and welcome her to the Second Chance family!

Second Chance Pet Adoptions Receives PEDIGREE Foundation Grant for Dogs in Need of Behavioral Rehabilitation

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Fetch Your Best Attire: It’s the 2022 Evening of Pawsibilities

This year, Second Chance celebrates 35 years of saving lives, so it’s time to get our pawty on–will you join us? Our 22nd annual gala, the Evening of Pawsibilitiesisn’t far away! It’s coming up on September 24 at the Embassy Suites in Cary, so paw-pare yourself for an evening of food, friends, fun, and furry pals!

The year’s event features:

  • Decadent drinks, dinner, and desserts, including vegan and gluten-free options!
  • A live auction, with amazing prizes like vacations, high-end jewelry, and more!
  • Hundreds of silent auction items, which you can bid on remotely if you’re unable to attend the big night in-person!
  • An exciting high-value raffle prize: a $1,500 Amazon gift card! And, you need not be present to win!
  • A Wine Pull featuring luxurious wines (you may score a $100 bottle for $25!) and a brand new Coffee Pull for those looking for a new brew!
  • Free photo booth fun with four-legged friends.
  • Our second annual “Wags With Swag” pet costume contest!

While our auction items are not yet ready to be seen, added to a “watch” list, or bid on, event tickets are on sale and bidding accounts can be created FREE if you will be bidding from afar. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets HERE today!

It’s Our 35th Annifursary!

Petco Love Invests in Second Chance To Save Cats in Rural Counties

Raleigh, NC (June 6, 2022) – Second Chance Pet Adoptions has just received a $6,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for cats in rural counties in central North Carolina.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations—like ours—across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting. 

“Our investment in Second Chance Pet Adoptions is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“While Raleigh’s county shelter, the Wake County Animal Center, is well-networked with rescue organizations like ours, rural shelters in counties like Montgomery, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston have fewer rescue partners and much less funding,” said Lisa Imhof, Senior Director of Operations at Second Chance Pet Adoptions. “To get more cats out of those shelters and off the euthanasia lists, we prioritize them in our shelter pulls, but at an increased cost to our organization since those shelters are forced to do less vetting of the animals what with their more limited budgets. Petco Love’s investment in our organization will ensure we can rescue, vaccinate, spay/neuter, and microchip 150 cats who need—and deserve—a second chance to find love.”

Second Chance, Raleigh’s oldest no-kill animal rescue, is a nonprofit organization that has saved (and found adoptive homes for) over 16,000 stray and abandoned cats and dogs since its inception in 1987. In addition to finding local forever families for approximately 850 homeless animals each year, Second Chance also sends an additional 400 dogs per year to rescue organizations up north (where they then find permanent homes) and funds the spay/neuter surgeries of hundreds of feral and unowned cats each year.


About Petco Love

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us.  Join us. Visit or follow on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.