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Petco Foundation Invests in Life-Saving Work of Second Chance Pet Adoptions

 Grant of $3,500 will extend efforts to save more animals’ lives in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC (July 25, 2019) — The Petco Foundation has once again partnered with Second Chance Pet Adoptions and has given the organization a $3,500 grant which will support treatment for adoptable dogs with heartworm disease.

In 2017, Second Chance announced the inception of its Heeling Hearts program, through which heartworm positive dogs are treated and then adopted out to loving families. The Heeling Hearts program aims to treat 75 dogs in 2019 — a goal made possible in part by the support of the Petco Foundation.

Second Chance’s Dog Program Manager, Laura Honeycutt, expressed gratitude to the Petco Foundation saying, “Because of the Petco Foundation, 15 dogs have been treated and have either found, or are now ready for, their forever homes. It is an honor that Heeling Hearts is among the lifesaving, high-impact programs in which the Petco Foundation has chosen to invest.”

“Dogs in southern states test positive at higher rates than dogs elsewhere in the U.S. due to the prevalence of mosquitoes, with North Carolina ranking in the top 10 states. Thanks to our partnership with Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital, Second Chance is able to rescue a heartworm positive dog from a county shelter (saving the life of not only that dog, but also of a second dog for whom space was made), have the dog treated (while being fostered by a volunteer), and send the dog home with a forever family,” said Honeycutt.

Second Chance’s ultimate goal is to save as many lives as possible, a goal shared by the Petco Foundation whose mission is to create a better world for animals and the people who care for them by investing in lifesaving animal welfare initiatives.


About Second Chance Pet Adoptions (

Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County, having rescued over 13,500 since we began this work in 1987. Our mission is to champion homeless cats and dogs who are healthy or treatable in the quest to find their forever homes and engage with our community to promote responsible pet ownership—ultimately reducing future generations of homeless animals. Visit to learn about our animals and ways to help.

About the Petco Foundation (

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.