Rescuing animals is no easy job–but seeing animals in their new homes makes it all worth it a hundred times over.

MARCH 15, 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


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


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


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


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


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!