Cheers to 8 Years: BottleMixx’s Mega-Milestone for the Animals!

Virtual Hugs of Appreciation for BottleMixx’s 8th Anniversary Gift!

From left to right: Second Chance’s Board President, Dave Ballesteros, presents honors to BottleMixx owners Ellen and Bruce McKim at their bottle shop. 

In honor of National Hugging Day, Second Chance sents all of the virtual hugs we can to a Second Chance sponsor that has changed the lives of thousands of stray and abandoned cats and dogs: BottleMixx!

Ellen and Bruce McKim opened BottleMixx, an independent bottle shop, in 2012. Dog-friendly from the start, BottleMixx offers a vast selection of beer and wine for purchase, hosted regular tasting events and anniversary parties pre-pandemic (many as fundraisers for Second Chance!), and has swapped their indoor bar for outdoor seating as of late.

As a Platinum Paw sponsor of Second Chance, a Grand Champion sponsor of the Heeling Hearts program, and an annual sponsor of both our 5k/fun walk and our auction/gala, BottleMixx plays an important role in helping us save stray and abandoned cats and dogs who need their second chances. They have truly served the animals in every capacity possible: they are sponsors, event hosts, and dog foster parents; Ellen, a regular volunteers at Durham Bulls Bark in the Park games and other events before the pandemic canceled fundraisers, was on our Board of Directors and served as co-chairwoman of the Evening of Pawsibilities; and Ellen and Bruce even adopted two of their three dogs, Rocky and Duc, from Second Chance!

This past October (2020), BottleMixx celebrated its 8-year anniversary. Since opening in 2012, they’ve donated and matched all tips–and their celebration this year included not just 8 years of successful business but also having donated over $100,000 to local animal rescue organizations! We are honored to be the organization that has received most of their very generous donations.

To thank them for the endless support they’ve given to our mission, Second Chance has presented them with a sponsorship plaque as well as a trophy in celebration of their major milestone. We, and the animals, thank the owners and staff at BottleMixx from the bottom of our hearts!

The McKims’ dogs enjoying a Thanksgiving meal from their boarding facility, another Second Chance supporter, Dog Tales (Durham, NC)!