MAY 17, 2017
About a month ago, Rocky celebrated his first “gotcha day” anniversary. He had been surrendered by his former owner to a county shelter and we rescued him and brought him into our program. One month later, he found his new home, and we are so tickled by his little party–there is clearly a lot of love in his house!
MAY 10, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: There were no blog updates the week of May 8-12, 2017, as the staff member who maintains this blog was out of the office.
MAY 3, 2017
Another beautiful Second Chance success story! We’ve had a fabulous 30 years of matchmaking and we are so excited to celebrate all of our adoptions at the Second Chance Family Reunion on Sunday. Remember, if you’re joining us, please bring great photos like these for our Family Tree bulletin board. They will really make the day complete!
APRIL 19, 2017
How Adopting a Dog Will Change Your Life
By Carly at The Carly Collective (source)
It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since adopting Kona but It’s harder to believe I almost let her go. I couldn’t imagine life without my four-legged, wet-nosed best friend now.
I decided to foster for Second Chance Pet Adoptions in the early summer of 2016. The day before I picked up Kona from the shelter, I selfishly told a friend I didn’t want a female or a pit. She was exactly what I thought I didn’t want, but everything I needed.
I immediately started crying when I saw her. Tyler and I picked her up from Second Chance and took her home to our tiny college apartment. She was scared of most noises, nervous to be touched, and hesitant about us. She was overjoyed when I gave her toys, a collar, and a bath —almost as if she’d never received these things before. Over the next few months, we started bonding and it was if she had become a new dog.
In September, it was time to put her up for adoption. I was so devastated that I cried for days. I had never cried about something so much in my life. She had already received multiple adoption applications at the center and a nice family was supposed to look at her during the weekend. I tried to tell myself I was doing the right thing.
When the family called and said they no longer were interested in Kona, I took it as a sign. Obviously, they weren’t interested in her because she was MY dog. I wanted the best life for Kona and I knew she would be happiest with me. A couple days before my twenty-second birthday, I adopted Kona. She was the best gift I’ve ever received.
What You’ll Learn
Adopting a dog will change your life drastically. You are responsible for another living creature. They depend on you for food, shelter, and safety. You can’t splurge on those new boots you want because you’ll need that money for the dog walker or a vet visit. You will learn how to put yourself second and your dog’s needs first. Do you think I want to wake up at 7 am every morning to take Kona out? Even if it’s downpouring?
However, it’s all worth it when you see their smiling face after a long day at work. Or when they scootch a little closer to you in bed. They’ll teach you all you need to know about unconditional love because they’re full of it. You can scorn them for an accident or eating your sandwich when you’re not looking *cough* *cough* and they still want to give you kisses and play. I swear they make your heart 10 times bigger, just by being there…
Finally, adopting a dog will be like adopting a best friend. Everywhere I go, Kona has to go too. She is always by my side and there for me when I need her. Whenever I’m upset, she consoles me. If I’m scared, she’ll try to protect me. (Keyword: try) And on days it’s hard for me to get out of bed, she’ll give me the extra push I need to get outside. I never feel lonely anymore. I’d rather stay in with my dog nowadays than spend money on drinks at the bar.
More on Adopting
According to the ASPCA, 6.5 million companion animals (dogs and cats) enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. These animals are given to the shelter for numerous reasons. Some owners have given them up or some have been found on the street. While shelters do the best they can, most shelters do not have enough space or money to host these animals for long.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized. It personally scares me to think Kona could have been a statistic. If you want to help lower these numbers, you can make a difference by adopting a furry friend, opening your home to a foster, or donating to a reputable foundation.
I will never be able to thank Second Chance Pet Adoptions enough for all they have done for me. Please check out https://www.secondchancenc.org/ for information on how you can help. They are the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County, NC.
APRIL 12, 2017
Marsha recently celebrated the 6-month anniversary of Eli’s “gotcha day” and sent us an updated photo. Look at this stud!! This handsome little man was actually being fostered by Marsha and she decided that her home was his forever home. He sure looks like a guy who knows he’s lucky, doesn’t he? Looking forward to seeing photos like these–and dogs in the flesh!–at the Family Reunion on May 7! If you’ve adopted from us, please come, bring your fur baby, and bring their photo for the Family Tree bulletin board!
APRIL 5, 2017
This message from Ruth, one of our dedicated volunteers, about a kitty she adopted from us in late February of this year gives us the warm and fuzzies–and perfectly shows what we will be celebrating this year! On May 7, in addition to our annual 5K run/2K walk to benefit homeless animals, we’ll be having our first ever Family Reunion to celebrate three decades of finding the perfect fit for our furry friends and their family members with this fabulous community of volunteers, adopters, donors, and supporters! Our Family Reunion registration page is NOW OPEN! If you can’t/don’t want to do the 5K/2K, this registration form is for you! (You do not need to register to join us, but if you want an event t-shirt–and you do!–you must register to guarantee a shirt in your size!)
MARCH 29, 2017
BARNEY AND TABITHA
Back in January, a lovely woman named Tina and her family adopted two little kittens named Barney and Tabitha. Well guess what–Barney and Tabitha have a big ol’ best friend! This is a photo of them in their new home with their new doggo. We love how comfortable they are there–one big happy family! It’s photos like these that we hope all of you who have adopted from us will bring to Racing for Rescues and the Family Reunion! We’ll have a big Family Tree bulletin board there on May 7 for you to tack up your pictures–can’t wait to see them!
MARCH 22, 2017
When foster parents decide to adopt their foster animals, it’s called a “foster failure,” but as you can see from reading Rocket’s story, foster “failures” are success stories nonetheless! Thanks so much to Marty for fostering for us, adopting from us, sharing this story, and–most of all–giving Rocket exactly the kind of loving family he needed. To all our past and present fosters, volunteers, and adopters: we are looking forward to hearing more stories and seeing more photos like these (and by all means, bring your pets!) at Racing for Rescues and our Family Reunion!
MARCH 15, 2017
In June of 2016, we held our “Art to the Rescue” fundraiser, which was covered by a journalist named Carly with The CW22. In July 2016, we rescued a 2-year-old Boston terrier mix from a high-kill shelter. She was a scared, shy little girl in need of a foster home; Carly signed up to foster Kona for us. Kona soon blossomed into a playful and loving lady. Carly fell in love with Kona, who wiggled her butt and LOVED belly tickles as much as she enjoyed cuddles and Netflix time. In September of 2016, Carly decided that Kona didn’t need to be up for adoption–she was already in her forever home. As you can see, Kona still very much enjoys cuddling and is wonderfully happy with her forever mom.
MARCH 8, 2017
For everyone who’s been following along with Clarence’s story (he’s our one-eyed kitten that many of you met at BottleMixx during our Paws and Pours event–or saw his video that day): he got adopted yesterday! Preeta will be his perfect new mom! Thanks to Linda and to BEST kittens and Billy-bear for fostering this special boy, to Care First Animal Hospital for giving him great medical care, to Paul for sponsoring his adoption fee, and to Preeta for not only taking Clarence home, but donating to Second Chance in memory of her beloved Puck as well. It takes a village to do what we do!
MARCH 1, 2017
Elena Lee was an adult kitty living in a shelter–until Second Chance came into her life. We rescued her in October 2015 and she lived here for a few months as a quiet girl. She gave head bumps and liked to get rubbed behind her ears. A year ago, Dana brought her home, so they recently celebrated her “gotcha” day and we got an updated photo! Happy anniversary, sweet girl!
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
WRIGLEY (FORMERLY MARCELINE)
We found Marceline as a 3-month-old baby stuck in a high-kill shelter. We rescued her and could tell she was a smart girl right away, as she quickly learned right from wrong. Well–now Wrigley in her forever home–she’s even smarter than we realized! This girl knows the safest way to ride in a car is in a safety seat!
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
LUCY AND LUKE
In honor of our director’s birthday this week, we’re featuring her Second Chance babies for #warmandfuzzieswednesday! Lucy the pup and Luke the kitty cat were both adopted by Lisa. Luke was adopted in 2009 and Lucy in 2014–after having puppies! (All were healthy and got adopted, too!) We’ll add one more “L” word to describe Luke and Lucy: LUCKY! They couldn’t have gotten a better home than with Lisa!
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
BETTY (FORMERLY NOELLE)
We got a great picture from the owner of Betty (formerly Noelle)! She turned a year old in October. As an adult, one ear is up, while the other is down. How adorable is that?! Her mom says: “Betty has gotten along great with every dog we’ve introduced her to. She’s a good running buddy. She does great with kids. She’s not scared of anything – vacuum cleaners, storms, etc. She’s still a professional table surfer. Our trainer suggested putting an invisible fence around our kitchen table. I didn’t want to do that so she goes to her bed while we eat. We tested her DNA – she’s one super mutt! Hound, beagle, lab, terrier, German Shepherd. Looking at her, she might have some Carolina dog in her also. The DNA test doesn’t include Carolina dog so we don’t know for sure. She’s active and playful, but is willing to stop and snuggle some now that she’s a big girl. ” Awww!
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
POE AND CALLIE
One of our cat care volunteers, Chris, recently adopted a black kitty named Poe from us…to join Callie, a Second Chance adoptee formerly known as Calypso…and sent us an update! Chris says: “Poe is a very sweet, energetic, and happy-go-lucky little boy who had no problem adjusting to his new environment. As soon as he came into the house, he knew he was home. He and Callie have quickly become very close and they hang out and play all day. In fact, Callie has become very protective of Poe and watches over him at all times. Poe’s most favorite activity is ‘fetch.’ I throw a little stuffed chipmunk, he takes off after it at full speed, and then he slides across the living room floor while grabbing the squirrel on his way past. Afterward, he proudly carries back his ‘prey’ and we start all over again. It’s great entertainment for me and Callie!” Thanks so much for the update, Chris–and for taking such great care of our kitties!
JANUARY 25, 2017
ROSALEIGH AND HOLLY
Look. At. These. Two. Snugglebugs. The larger of the pair is our Rosaleigh (one of the litter of lab puppies we had last July), who recently welcomed a new baby sister, Holly (who was rescued from a local shelter). Rosaleigh is clearly a dream of a big sis and she and Holly are obviously bonded already! Please watch your step as you exit–don’t slip in our puddle of tears.
JANUARY 18, 2017
This is what we aim for: a cat who feels SO secure in their forever home that everything in it is theirs–including the dog beg! (Just kidding…or are we?) Bryson here was found (along with his sister) at a Chick-fil-A and both went to live with one of our current board members. We just can’t get enough of his expression!
JANUARY 11, 2017
“Go outside in the snow,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. #NOPE
Tegan came to us from the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) as “Lulu.” She had a badly broken leg and was in the “rescue only” portion of the shelter. When we arrived at WCAC to bring some pups back to Second Chance, WCAC’s rescue coordinator, Cindy, asked us to stop and meet Tegan. Cindy explained that Tegan was a really sweet girl, but she would need to be euthanized the next day if no rescue took her.
We met her, and she was amazing—and treatable! We were thrilled to advance our mission by taking Tegan in and getting her medical assistance. After recovering from an amputation, Tegan’s winning personality quickly secured her a new “forever home” with parents Jessica and Mike. She’s been a rising star at recent Second Chance events—and her fame will only increase now that she’s on Instagram! See more pictures like these by following her @TeganTheTripawd!