The Companion – December 2016

The Companion

A Second Chance Pet Adoptions Newsletter

December 2016

Upcoming Events

Holiday Gift Wrapping

December 17-24: Second Chance elves will wrap your gifts! We’ve got all the supplies you need, so bring all your presents, pick out your favorite paper, bows, bags, and boxes, and then sit back as we do all the work for you! Simply bring a donation for the animals when you bring your gifts to Crossroads in Cary.
Location, Dates, and Times 

Sat., Dec. 14, 11:00-3:00: Dog Wash at Unleashed (Creedmoor). Are your holiday guests about to be greeted by a smelly pup? Don’t let that happen: Second Chance will wash your dog for you! Suggested $10 donation per dog.
More Info 


November Adoptions: 49
2016 Adoptions: 408

Ways to Support Second Chance

The holiday spirit puts everyone in the giving mood, and we at Second Chance are so grateful to be a recipient of your generosity! If you’re wondering how best you can help our animals, remember that we always welcome the opportunity to bring in new donors, volunteers, and pet foster parents.

But did you know there are also ways to support Second Chance that don’t cost you time or money if you’re already strapped this season? One way is to use Amazon Smile if you’re using speedy Amazon to fulfill your last-minute shopping needs!

When you begin your shopping at the URL and select Second Chance as your charity of choice, you get the same great deals (and the same fast shipping!) on the same wide variety of items, but Amazon will also donate a portion of your purchase to Second Chance!
Select Second Chance as your Smile charity 

Thank You!

As 2016 draws to a close, we are ever more grateful for all of your support and 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. We could not do this rescue work without the support of this wonderfully loving community (that’s you)!

And, of course, we are also grateful for the reliable support provided by our generous corporate sponsors all year long!

News from Second Chance

As 2016 comes to a close, it may be cold outside, but our hearts are warm and cozy when we reflect on the accomplishments of Second Chance Pet Adoptions this past year, made possible by you!

Rosanna and Hendrix by the Fire

Rosanna, adopted in September (along with her brother, Bill Bradley), and Hendrix, adopted in November, will be safe from the cold and warmed by the love of a family this winter!

In 2016:
•    We have sent over 420 cats and dogs to their forever homes as of today, an increase of 13% compared to this time in 2015;
•    We added a new staff position and a new staff member;
•    We enhanced our Evening of Pawsibilities auction with mobile bidding (and a photo booth!) and our Art to the Rescue auction with online bidding;
•    We raised over $20,000 with our Racing for Rescues 5K, our most successful race yet (save the date: the 2017 event is May 7!);
•    We launched our corporate sponsorship program and secured the reliable support provided by four sponsors (Dogtopia of N. Raleigh, Care First Animal Hospital, BottleMixx, and Triangle Law Group);
•    Last month, we received a Petco Foundation grant to install bigger and better kitty condos in 2017;
•    We returned to our favorite places for fundraising events (like Raleigh Brewing Company) and forged new connections (like with Compass Rose and Bottle Revolution) for fun and fantastic fundraisers this year and plans for even more presence in the community in 2017!

On the eve of our 30th birthday (Second Chance began in 1987), we are so proud of how far we have come and so thankful to all of you who have made it possible!

We are excited for the arrival of 2017 and all the plans we can’t wait to share with you…but

we can only make 2017 our best year yet with your help!

Last month, we set a goal to raise $20,000 by the last day of 2016 with our “Love Keeps Us Warm” campaign. We are over 70% there thanks to your donations sent in from #GivingTuesday onward! Please invest in Second Chance today and help us reach our goal so we can help more homeless cats and dogs in 2017 than ever before!


Spotlight on the Animals


Make Linus and Kelsey Part of Your Holiday: “Sponsor a Pet” Gift Packages On Sale Now! 

Sponsor a Pet

HURRY–Orders must be received by Dec. 18 to arrive in time for Christmas!

Is there an animal lover on your holiday shopping list? Second Chance Pet Adoptions has holiday pet sponsorships that make beautiful gifts for your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, and anyone else on your list! With this special gift, you’ll not only be saving the life of an animal in need, but giving a thoughtful gift as well!

This $25 sponsorship package will be mailed to your recipient in time for Christmas (hassle-free!) and includes:


•    A handmade 4″ x 6″ wood frame that features a beautiful ombre “snow” effect to tie into the photo within and either three-dimensional snowflakes or alternating three-dimensional gold and silver stars.
•    A gorgeous and fun photo of Linus the cat or Kelsey the dog (your choice) printed on quality photo paper.
•    The story of Linus or Kelsey (depending on the photo) and their Second Chance rescue journey.
•    One of five festive holiday greeting card designs with a personalized message from you to the recipient.

Thank you to our Sponsors!