Petco Love Invests in Second Chance To Save Cats in Rural Counties

Raleigh, NC (June 6, 2022) – Second Chance Pet Adoptions has just received a $6,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for cats in rural counties in central North Carolina.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations—like ours—across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting. 

“Our investment in Second Chance Pet Adoptions is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“While Raleigh’s county shelter, the Wake County Animal Center, is well-networked with rescue organizations like ours, rural shelters in counties like Montgomery, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston have fewer rescue partners and much less funding,” said Lisa Imhof, Senior Director of Operations at Second Chance Pet Adoptions. “To get more cats out of those shelters and off the euthanasia lists, we prioritize them in our shelter pulls, but at an increased cost to our organization since those shelters are forced to do less vetting of the animals what with their more limited budgets. Petco Love’s investment in our organization will ensure we can rescue, vaccinate, spay/neuter, and microchip 150 cats who need—and deserve—a second chance to find love.”

Second Chance, Raleigh’s oldest no-kill animal rescue, is a nonprofit organization that has saved (and found adoptive homes for) over 16,000 stray and abandoned cats and dogs since its inception in 1987. In addition to finding local forever families for approximately 850 homeless animals each year, Second Chance also sends an additional 400 dogs per year to rescue organizations up north (where they then find permanent homes) and funds the spay/neuter surgeries of hundreds of feral and unowned cats each year.


About Petco Love

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us.  Join us. Visit or follow on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.