The Companion – September 2016

The Companion

A Second Chance Pet Adoptions Newsletter

September 2016

Upcoming Events

Fri., Sep. 30, 5:00-8:00: Happy Hour at Bottle Revolution (Lake Boone). Join us for drinks, bring your pup, play the raffle (tickets can be purchased online; need not be present to win), and meet some of our adoptable animals!
More Info and Raffle Tickets 

Sat., Oct. 15, 11:00-3:00: Dog Wash at Unleashed (Creedmoor). Love a clean pup, but dread bathtime? Have a better weekend: Second Chance will wash your dog for you! Suggested $10 donation per dog.
More Info 


Spotlight on the Animals

Meet Puck! He’s a 4-year-old miniature poodle who loves to cuddle. Puck had been shot in his leg and never received medical treatment for it, so it “healed” badly and when we took him in, we needed to remove it. Despite his painful past, Puck has the best temperament anyone can ask for! He is easy-going and easy to care for. Apply to meet him today!
More About Puck

Meet Marshmallow! He is just as sweet as his name makes him sound and quite a softie, too. He’s a very happy cat that loves to play and be petted (cheek rubs are really his absolute favorite). He would do well in a home with other feline friends. Please come visit him and see how he fits into your home!
More About Marshmallow

BIRTHDAY CORNER: It’s Hero’s birthday this month! Hero is a gorgeous two-year-old cat who is very curious; he likes to sniff his way into something to figure out what it is. Hero has lots of energy to play, be it with people, kittens, or other adult cats. (He met a dog once and we suspect he’d be fine with a calm one). Can you give Hero a second chance for his second birthday? Meet him at the Adoption Center!
More About Hero

August Adoptions: 43
2016 Adoptions: 275

Thank You!

Thanks for reading this issue of The Companion, and for all you have done for the animals, be it adopting, volunteering, fostering, donating money or supplies, sharing our social media posts, or attending our events. Thanks also to all of our 16th annual Evening of Pawsibilities sponsors, including our new corporate sponsor, Triangle Law Group!

Welcome to the new Companion!

We are so thrilled to finally launch our fully interactive Second Chance Pet Adoptions newsletter! Gone are the days of following a link to a PDF that must be downloaded, only to be left with a static document. Now, we can link you directly to content like our event calendar, pets’ adoption profiles, informative articles, and more! We hope you love it. (Psst–feel free to send us an email telling us what you think of it or what you’d like to see in future issues!)

News from Second Chance

Lilly's PizzaOn Monday, September 12, Lilly’s Pizza in both Raleigh and Durham graciously hosted a fundraiser on behalf of Second Chance animals. Thanks to those of you who enjoyed some great food that day, our dogs and cats received over $500! We are so grateful to Lilly’s and to those of you who were able to make it out there and give animals a second chance!

Evening of PawsibilitiesOf course, a few days later on September 17, we held our 16th annual Evening of Pawsibilities at North Ridge County Club. It was a wonderful gala event, well-attended by guests who enjoyed dinner, conversation, and–of course–fundraising with friends. Our wine pull sold out within minutes, and almost every single auction item had a winner. For the first time ever, we used electronic, mobile bidding, and we were very happy with it–and our guests seemed to like it, too!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, guests, and supporters bidding from home, we were able to raise nearly $70,000 for homeless cats and dogs in our community! As we reflect on this year’s event in preparation to plan an even better one next year (we’ll definitely bring back the photo booth!), we are feeling the love and proud of you, our community, for helping us to fulfill our mission. As we expressed in the video we showed that night, “rescue” is not just a verb–it is a promise, one that we cannot keep without your support.

Did You Know?

September is National Preparedness Month. From disaster response training to emergency sheltering and evacuation plans, there are many resources to help you prepare for trying times. Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to a permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Follow These Simple Steps To Be Prepared

Ways to Support Second Chance

There are many ways to support our rescue efforts!

We are always grateful to those of you who drop off donations at the Center, but even if you live far away or just don’t have the time to make the drive to us, Amazon will ship items ordered from our wish lists for cats and dogs directly to the Center! (Double donation opportunity: select Second Chance as your Amazon Smile charity and use a Chome extension like Amazon Assistant to make sure you’re always ordering on Smile!) We are currently in need of dog treats.

(Not ordering from Amazon? See Our Wish List )

We are also always looking for volunteers! Unlike other organizations, we do not require a minimum number of hours per week or month, and our volunteer opportunities range from daily cat room cleaning to special events. Almost anything you enjoy doing can somehow benefit our animals–just ask!

Learn More About Volunteering

And of course, we could not operate our dog program without foster parents. The more foster parents we have, the more dogs we can save! (Not a dog person? We also foster kittens under six months old.) We provide the supplies; YOU provide the love and fun!

Learn More About Fostering

We know: the holidays can’t be this close! But they are, and this year, the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, will be granting Holiday Wishes in the form of more than $750,000 in grant awards to qualified animal welfare organizations. This contest is designed to help the animal welfare organizations save more lives during the holidays and year round.

So, what does that mean for Second Chance? We have a chance to win $100,000, but we need your help! It’s simple: share your story of love! The Petco Foundation wants to know how the love of your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. Because if you’ve ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective.

Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, big or small, and made it better. By submitting your adoption story and giving us the opportunity to participate in this year’s campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants to continue doing what we do best—saving lives.

Abbie the cat, adopted by Rebecca, and Henry the dog, adopted by Lisa. Henry sleeps cheek-to-cheek with Sam, age 11, every night.

And get this: If our organization is selected to receive the $100,000 grand prize as a result of your story submission, you will receive a $1,000 Petco gift card! (If we win one of the smaller grants, you also win a Petco gift card!)

If you adopted your pet through us, please consider submitting your story along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk about how your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other! The deadline to submit your story and nominate us for a Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. BUT HURRY: only the first 10,000 submissions are guaranteed to be considered, so please submit as soon as possible! If you need help with writing, a photo, or a video, simply let us know!

Psst! Be sure to include this contact information on your submission form to ensure that we can respond to the Petco Foundation if your story is selected as a finalist:
• Organization Name: Second Chance Pet Adoptions
• Contact: Rachel Cronmiller, 337-580-4559,

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