Thank you for supporting the 2021 Evening of Pawsibilities by bidding, buying, voting, donating, and sponsoring! Because of our generous supporters, we received approximately $110,000 for homeless animals, more than we ever have through this event! We are deeply grateful for every member of the Second Chance family who came to the event, watched via the live stream, and participated remotely. Your life-saving gifts to the animals will ensure that stray and abandoned cats and dogs get the second chances to find love that they need and deserve.

If you missed the live stream, you can view it via Facebook, but please note that the audio does drop out at some point due to the use of copyrighted music within. You can also use these buttons to view just a few of the particular components of the stream that our remote participants were able to enjoy that night.

Congratulations not only to our live and silent auction winners, but also to:

  • the winner of our $1,500 Visa gift card raffle prize: Ryan V.
  • the winner of our $100 Amazon gift card: Mary C.
  • the winner of our $100 Uber Eats gift card: Janet S.
  • the feline winner of our “Wags With Swag” contest: Carlisle
  • the canine winners of our “Wags With Swag” contest: Dr. Joe and Beau


Second Chance Pet Adoptions’ 21st annual Evening of Pawsibilities returns as an in-person event at the newly-renovated Embassy Suites hotel in Cary on the evening of September 18. Join us from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a complimentary cocktail hour (thanks to our friends at Tito’s Handmade Vodka), dinner, and dessert; silent and live auctions; a Wine Pull (score a pricey bottle at a steal) and raffle (the prize is a $1,500 Visa gift card); and a photo booth and visits with furry friends!

September 18, 2021, 6 – 10 PM

Embassy Suites
(201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary)

Wine Pull opens noon on 9/18; Live stream 7:30 – 9:15 p.m.


For those who are unable to join us in-person, you’ll be able to register for free and purchase raffle tickets and bid in the silent auction (OPEN NOW HERE and closing 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Sat., Sept. 18) as usual, but NEW this year, you’ll be able to bid in the live auction (7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Sat., Sept. 18) from home (or wherever you may be that evening) and get in on the fun through the professional live stream coming straight to you from the venue Saturday night, 7:30 – 9:15! (The stream is free to access, though anyone who makes a contribution towards the cost of the stream will be entered to win a $100 gift card.) Given our generous pick-up window and complimentary shipping on many items, you can bid and win from anywhere in the world! See our pick-up/shipping policies here.

Our 2020 host, Brian Pate, will graciously return as emcee/auctioneer!


Whether you need household goods, clothing, hobby accessories, pet treats for Fido and Fluffy, or entertainment, Visa can do it all. With this $1,500 Visa gift card (sponsored in part by New Hope Dental Care) that you can spend like cash anywhere Visa is accepted, the pawsibilities are endless! Need not be present to win! 

Raffle tickets start at $10 each, but the more you buy, the more each ticket is discounted; purchase as many as you’d like! Tickets can be purchased HERE until 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 18, or–for even greater convenience for auction bidders–they can be purchased directly through GiveSmart (the bidding platform) until 8:30 p.m. Eastern Sept. 18 for one easy check-out transaction after the event.


Also NEW this year: the “Wags With Swag” pet costume contest! Fetch your pearls and bowties, feather boas, and whatever else will turn your feline fashionable and your dog dapper. Now, pet parents can submit photos of their cats and dogs looking furbulous and red-carpet ready and have their friends and family vote for their pet; the cat and the dog with the most votes (to be announced at the event) will each win a $100 Amazon gift card! Plus, your pets’ photos will be shown on the big screen at the front of the ballroom to add some festive flair to the evening!

More details about this contest (including directions for submitting photos and voting, deadlines, and prize info) can all be found HERE–click through to enter your pet ASAP, as voting is now open (HERE)!

This contest is generously sponsored by our friends at Moon Interiors

Event Program for In-Person Guests:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Check-In Opens; Cocktail Hour Begins
  • 6:45 p.m. – Buffet Opens
  • 7:30 p.m. – Welcome and Live Auction
  • 8:00 p.m. – Dessert Served; Last Call for Silent Auction, Raffle, and Wine Pull
  • 8:30 p.m. – Silent Auction, Raffle Ticket Sales, and Wine Pull All Close
  • 8:35 p.m. – “Wags With Swags” Winners Announced; Special Presentation
  • 9:00 p.m. – Raffle Winner Announced; Heads or Tails Game
  • 9:15 p.m. – Check-Out Opens; Guests Depart by 10:00

Event Program for Remote Participants:

  • 7:15 p.m. – Live Stream Opens (all registered in GiveSmart will receive the Zoom link prior to this; to receive the link, please register now!)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Welcome and Live Auction
  • 8:00 p.m. – Special Content for Live Stream Viewers
  • 8:30 p.m. – Silent Auction, Raffle Ticket Sales, and Wine Pull All Close
  • 8:35 p.m. – “Wags With Swags” Winners Announced; Special Presentation
  • 9:00 p.m. – Raffle Winner Announced
  • 9:05 p.m. – Instructions Given for Check-Out and Item Retrieval
  • 9:15 p.m. – Live Stream Closes