General FAQs:

What is Second Chance’s mission?

Second Chance’s mission is to champion homeless cats and dogs who are healthy or treatable in the quest to find their forever home and engage with our community to promote responsible pet ownership-ultimately reducing future generations of homeless animals.

I really like what your organization is doing, How can I contribute?

Second Chance is a growing organization and has many exciting ways in which you can contribute: become a volunteer, become a foster home, or donate to Second Chance!

I may want to volunteer with Second Chance. What does that mean and what should I do if I am interested?

Volunteering with Second Chance is a rewarding way to help save abandoned and stray cats and dogs in the greater Wake County, NC area. There are many different ways to volunteer with Second Chance and you can do so for any amount of time. You can work directly with the pets at our facility, adopt-a-thons, or as a foster home (permanent, one time only, back up/vacation home, etc). If you want to help Second Chance without being directly involved with the pets, then you may be interested in becoming a telephone, candy box service, special events or a committee volunteer.
Whether you just have an hour a month, or 40 hours a week to volunteer, Second Chance will be able to accommodate your schedule.

What does it take to be a Second Chance foster home?

The availability of foster homes is the single biggest bottleneck in Second Chance’s ability to rescue pets. We’ll provide the food, litter and supplies–all you need is the time, space and compassion. Please contact us if you’re interested. We would love to add your home to our list of fosters!

How do I donate to Second Chance?

On  behalf of all our pets, thank you for considering a gift to Second Chance. Direct donations can be mailed to:
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
6003 Chapel Hill Road Suite 133
Raleigh, NC 27607

Please see “What types of donations does Second Chance accept?” for information on our different contribution opportunities, or go to our Support Us page.

What types of donations does Second Chance accept?

Second Chance offers a variety of ways people can donate to our cause. All donations will be acknowledged with a receipt indicating the donated sums or items in accordance with IRS regulations and applicable laws.
Make a Direct Donation
Second Chance happily accepts all unrestricted donations. Any restricted donations, or donations with attached conditions, must first be approved by our Board before they can be accepted. A donation made for a specific pet, pet program, or for a particular project (e.g. a building fund) is not considered to be restricted.

Make a Donation “In Honor Of”
Donations as gifts to honor and/or to memorialize a person, event or pet will be accepted and appropriately acknowledged.

Make a “Part of Proceeds” or “Part of Profit” Donation
Second Chance happily accepts donations from businesses or organizations making a “part of proceeds” or “part of profit” contribution. Organizations wishing to hold programs, events or tournaments with part of the proceeds going to Second Chance should contact our fundraising committee.

Donate an Item
Second Chance has many opportunities to donate outside of strict monetary donations. We require spare crates, pet housing and fencing, and food just to name a few. If you would like to donate an item(s) to Second Chance, please bring the item(s) to Second Chance any time we are open to the public.

Donate at One of Our “Candy Boxes”
Second Chance has candy for sale at various locations throughout the Triangle area. Money contributed at any of these locations goes directly to Second Chance.

Adoption FAQs:

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!

Stray and Lost Pets FAQs:

Can you help me find a new home for my personal pet?

Unfortunately the number of pets that need new homes exceeds our capacity to house and place them. As a result, Second Chance has made the decision to only accept pets that do not already have a home — specifically stray or abandoned pets. It is important to realize that if we are asked to make an exception to this policy — if someone asks us to place their personal pet — then they are also asking us to turn away a stray or abandoned pet that could have been accepted into the program instead. For this reason, requests to enter personal pets into the program will be invariably denied. In addition, we believe that you are the most qualified person to find a new home for your personal pet. You are aware of your pets needs, capabilities and limitations.

Please see “I have rescued a stray cat/kitten or dog/puppy. Now what do I do?” for ideas on how to locate a loving and permanent home for your pet. In addition, we encourage you to visit other rescue groups that may offer alternatives not available through Second Chance.
Click here for a list of other local rescue groups.

I have rescued a stray cat/kitten or dog/puppy. Now what do I do?

Be sure to put a found ad in the local papers (it is usually free). Keep a copy of the ad to give us if you end up turning the pet over to us for rescue. In addition, try putting up posters in the area the pet was found. We encourage you to contact other rescue groups and place the pet on all waiting lists to increase its chances of getting into a rescue group quickly.

Click here for a list of other local rescue groups.

Please try to find a home for the pet while you are waiting for space in a rescue group. Depending on availability, we may be able to post the pet on our website to help you find it a home yourself. We will be in touch periodically to find out if you still have the pet, and to let you know your status on the waitlist (if accepted). If you’d like to consider being a foster home for the pet you found (which will expedite getting the pet into our rescue program), you may indicate that on the waiting list application form. If you do so, someone will be in touch about the foster process.
Please note, Second Chance does not commit to accepting all stray pets. All pets will be evaluated for aggressive or unsocial behavior before we accept them into our programs.

If you have found a stray or lost a pet, please refer to the following information:
How to Help a Stray
How to Find a Lost Pet

To request help for a stray pet, please complete one of the following:
For help with a stray cat:
Stray Cat Information Form

For help with a stray dog:
Stray Dog Information Form
For stray dogs, please also send a picture of the dog to
A “found pet” posting on must be made and either a copy of the posting or the posting number must be provided to Second Chance upon intake of any stray animal.
Please keep in mind that Second Chance receives many more requests for help than we have accommodations or the financial resources to fulfill. We can only care for a limited number of stray cats and dogs and there is usually a waiting list for space.
Second Chance only accepts strays found in the RTP area, which includes Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Chatham counties. We cannot accept strays from outside these counties.
To notify Second Chance about a lost pet, e-mail us at

How long is the waiting list for getting a pet into your organization?

Our waiting list varies, depending on the number of foster homes and openings we have available and our ability to place our existing pets into loving homes. The wait list may be for only weeks or as long as a few months. If it becomes too long, we may close the list. If you are open to the possibility of becoming a foster home, that’s fantastic, please contact us.

Is there any way I can speed up the process to get my stray pet into your program?

Yes! You can agree to become a temporary foster home for your found pet. Second Chance provides a lot of support for its foster homes, and its an excellent way to get your stray placed into the program more quickly. Be careful! You may fall in love with fostering (it is a wonderful experience) and continue even after your rescued pet finds its new home!
If you are open to the possibility of becoming a foster home, that’s fantastic, please contact us.

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