Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Giving

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These are just a few of the hundreds of animals that you helped us rescue in 2013. Please consider giving an end of year gift to the animals so we can continue our life-saving efforts in 2014.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Tales for Beethoven and the other rescued hoarding dogs!

Here is a video of Beethoven (now known as Bates), who was one of the 14 rescued hoarding dogs, playing with his new brother and sister!

Please click to read more happy outcomes for the group of "hoarding dogs" that Second Chance helped rescue---they are now enjoying their new homes and lives!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2nd Annual Furry 5K Run/2K Walk:

    The 2013 Furry 5K Run/2K Walk, at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary on Sat. Oct 12 was an incredible event! We had a huge turnout of participants and their dogs. There was something to do and see everywhere you turned! All participants received a complimentary goodie bag and Second Chance event t-shirt (some delivered at a later date!) when they registered or checked in, and there were many local pet and specialty businesses with booths offering a wide variety of products, services, and information--even free massages and nail trimming for the dogs! KISS FM 93.9 radio was on hand to get everyone pumped up for the race and McCormick and Moore Photography took photos capturing all the excitement (please visit our facebook page photo album to see pictures of the event-and we will keep updating it with more photos)! All of the participants (dogs included) had a great opportunity to meet and get to know others, who believe in rescuing homeless and abandoned animals and finding them their forever homes!

Second Chance's very special ambassador dog, Oscar, was even at the race to show his support! He enjoyed seeing all the activities and watching the participants once the race started! For more info. about Oscar, please read our previous blog post to find out about this wonderful dog!

We are happy that so many people came out to be part of this event (the participants, donors, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers) and all that Second Chance is able to accomplish for the animals is because of the support and caring of people like you!
We would like to add a special mention of all the event sponsors and attending businesses/vendors that offered their support and services as well:
Presenting Sponsor:
 Care First Animal Hospital: compassionate and exceptionally responsive client service care with multiple award winning staff and quality medicine
Big Dog Sponsor:
HPW/Coldwell Banker: #1 Coldwell Banker Company in NC, one of the leading full service residential real estate firms in the nation
Cat's Meow Sponsor:
Petco Foundation: serves as a voice for companion animals by helping to raise awareness and quality of life for pets
Media Sponsor:
Kiss 93.9 FM: Raleigh's hit music party station
Best of Show Sponsors:
Foot Solutions of Cary: customized, comfortable, and stylish top quality footwear
Hughes, Pittman & Gupton, LLP: one of the Triangle's largest locally owned & managed CPA firms with a broad set of professional services
Town & Country Animal Care Center: full service veterinary & boarding facility & Pet Care Services Association accredited kennel  
Best Friends Sponsors:
Armadale Farm Kennel: providing pets with healthy & happy boarding services and friendly staff
Aussie Pet Mobile, Triangle, NC: innovative & environmentally friendly luxury grooming services 
Furry Feet Retreat: high quality dog products, boarding, and grooming services
McCormick & Moore Photography: experienced local family, pet, & wedding professional photography company
Petmania: personalized service pet store with knowledgeable staff and a fun environment
Phydeaux: independent, locally owned, high quality pet store
The Pet Pantry: convenient pet food home delivery & leader in pet food nutrition
Participating Businesses:
Barley Labs Dog Treats: all natural dog treats homemade with barley from recycled beer brewing
Bone Appetit Bakery: Delightful, delicious, & decadent dog treats
Brier Creek Pet Hotel: successful boarding, in home care, training classes, and grooming services
Camp Bow Wow-RDU: premier social play environment doggie daycare, boarding, and pet services
Chew Monster: wholesome & preservative free dog treats
Four Legs Barking (Ed Fry): all natural gourmet dog treats
Good Grace's Dog Treats: home-based, handmade treats with human-quality ingredients
Melanie Hampton: canine massage for improving physical and emotional well-being
Mialisia Jewelry: complete line of interchangeable exclusive jewelry styles
Omega Chiropractic Center: skilled chiropractor specializing in new and improved techniques
Penny Pinching Pooches: individualized dog sitting and doggie daycare
Scentsy: variety of scented fragrance wax for electric wickless candles & perfume products
Sleeping Dog Pottery: customized pet portraits on ceramic pieces of pottery
The Pampered Chef: popular direct seller of high quality kitchen tools 
Topline K9 Obedience: fun, effective, and reliable dog training
Unleashed: healthy & all natural treats, food, & pet supplies 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Have you heard about Oscar?

If you haven't, let us tell you a little bit about him.

Oscar came to us on Sunday, September 22nd.
He was covered in fleas, missing hair on his back, and the rest of his body was severely matted.

On Monday morning, he went to the vet for what seemed to be a minor issue. During his workup, it was discovered that his prostate was extremely large and putting pressure on his urethra. This made it difficult to relieve himself completely. By Tuesday morning, his condition worsened to the point where he was unable to urinate at all.  That day, we had a decision to make.

Our choices were:
  • euthanize him, because he simply could not live in this condition much longer,                                                                      OR
  • have him go immediately into a surgery that was estimated to cost $2,500 dollars.

What made this decision more difficult, was the concern that his prostate might actually be cancerous.

What would you tell this face?

We chose surgery.  We chose to give him a second chance. Once he was under, it was evident that his urethra was completely blocked with tissue and sediment. The procedure essentially rerouted his urinary tract system to bypass the blockages. During the surgery he had his prostate biopsied, his bladder was scraped, cleared of sediment, and cultured.

The surgery was a success! A few days later we got the preliminary results that the prostate did not seem to be cancerous. However, his Packed Cell Volume (red blood cells) had dropped down to 11 percent, which is significantly low. He had made it through the surgery, and didn't seem to have cancer, but here we were again faced with a decision. Oscar needed a blood transfusion. As with any transfusion, the body could possibly reject the new blood coming in, and we could still lose him. Once again, we chose to give him the ability to fight. We chose the transfusion. It has now been 10 days and his Packed Cell Volume is up to 30 percent! (low normal) and holding steady. 

The biopsies and cultures are in. It is confirmed; he is cancer free! He is finally on the path to a true recovery. We are particularly thankful to the vets and staff at CareFirst Animal Hospital for helping to save his life.

Oscar's difficult beginning has a happy ending and was a roller coaster ride every day in between.

With each decision, we knew the cost was rising. Even with the rescue rate from the vet, the cost for his care is still substantial, but we committed to get him back to being healthy.

Oscar is an amazing dog, with a strong will to live and love. Throughout all of this, he has maintained his sweet nature, and covered us in kisses. We know he is grateful.

We're hoping that you think that we made the right choices. We are also hoping that you will choose to make a donation towards Oscar's medical care.

For those of you that have not had the privilege of meeting him and even for those of you that have, please come visit him at our Furry 5K on October 12th at Wake Med Soccer Park. Oscar will be our good will ambassador!

Until then, please click below. He would like to thank you now and again in person later.

To make a donation towards Oscar's medical care, please click the donate button. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

13th annual Auction for the Animals Video

2013 Auction for the Animals Video from Second Chance Pet Adoptions on Vimeo.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 2013 Auction for the Animals what it was! Everyone who helped plan, organize, donate, and of course, those who attended in support of the work of Second Chance Pet Adoptions. This video above is what played at the Auction, we wanted to share it with you in case you missed it or would like to see it again. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Season

Hurricane Fran

Hurricane season officially started June 1, and experts are predicting an extremely active Atlantic Hurricane Season. We already had a brush with a Tropical Storm earlier this month, so if you don't already have a Severe Weather plan for your pet, now is the time to make one!

 Some important things you can do to help keep your pet safe during a disaster:

• Put a collar with visible identification on all your pets, including indoor-only pets. Make sure all microchip information is up to date.

• Make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations.

• Have a current photograph of your pet for identification purposes, just in case you and your pet get separated.

• Put a sticker on your door or window of your home, letting rescuers know how many animals you have inside. This is in case an evacuation is necessary and you are unable to take your animals with you. If you can take your pets with you, leave a note on your door informing rescuers that you have evacuated and have all of your animals.

• Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet First Aid supplies. This should include a list of emergency telephone numbers, such as your veterinarian, local animal control and local animal shelters.

• If you're planning on evacuating to a pet friendly hotel, evacuate early. These hotels fill up very quickly, and keep in mind that a good rule of thumb is to evacuate at least 100 miles inland.

• Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind. Make sure there will be someone who can take care of your pet in the event that you are unable to do so.

We hope you and your pets have a safe and fun summer!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Meet Macy!

Macy is an adorable Boxer and Pitbull terrier mix, weighing in at only 18 pounds. She will be full-grown at about 50-60 pounds. She has beautiful markings: a bindle body with white socks, a white collar, a white stripe on her face, green eyes, and the most adorable freckled nose. Macy is an extremely quick learner. She already knows a few tricks (sit, shake, lay down) and always aims to please. She is very sweet and generally very calm. As a puppy she loves to play and she’ll make you laugh J. She loves to cuddle and be anywhere you are. Learn more about Macy.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Auction for the Animals

 The Auction is fast approaching and we're working hard to make sure that this year is a great event full of fun, entertainment, and most importantly, heart warming stories of the lives we save.

Second Chance Pet Adoptions is depending on your support for our 13th Annual Auction for the Animals! Funds raised at this special event will be used in 2013 to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt more than 300 cats and dogs in Wake and the surrounding counties.

How can you help?

-Donate: We are looking for items for our auction, so if you own a local business or know of someone who'd like to donate, send them our info! We're looking for jewelry, vacation home getaways, gardening and cooking gadgets and of course, cat and dog themed items. If you'd like to donate, send an email to

-Sponsor: What better way to promote your business than to help homeless animals? Our Sponsorship Packages start at $500 and include social media promotion, your logo on our event website, ad space on the Auction slideshow, recognition in at least one email blast to our more than 5,000 email subscribers, auction tickets and more! If you're interested in sponsoring, email

-Attend: This year the Auction will be at the elegant Prestonwood Country Club on Saturday, July 27. All attendees will get a gourmet, seated dinner that includes water, sweet tea, soda and lemonade. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased. The evening will include a Live and Silent auction, wine pull, raffle and lots of fun to celebrate saving lives! You can purchase your auction tickets here.

-Raffle: If you can't attend the auction but still want to help, the raffle is a great way to get involved! Proceeds from the auction and raffle go to help the homeless cats and dogs in our adoption program. This year's raffle items include a Canon PowerShot digital camera, a $500 Visa gift card, and a TV Entertainment Package, including a wireless sound bar and Roku box. You can learn more about our great raffle items and how to purchase raffle tickets here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Countdown to $5,000!

The 14 dogs we rescued earlier this month are all on their way to their happy endings! And you, our supporters and volunteers, have been so amazing in making that possible! When the dogs first arrived at the center, you immediately stepped in to help bathe and walk them, and most importantly, love them.

When we reached out to you about helping to cover part of their medical care, you immediately responded, and we raised just over $2,000 in two weeks. We cannot thank you enough for your support. Our gratitude is beyond words.

You went above the call of duty, helping spread the word about these dogs by posting info about them on your bulletin boards at work, sharing our social media posts and talking to everyone you knew to let them know how they could help. Because of this outreach effort, Heather Walliga with ABC11 did a story on these sweet dogs and helped us get even more exposure and find forever homes for some of the pups.

Through patience and love, these 14 dogs are adjusting beautifully to life outside of a cage. And we are so close to our original goal of $5,000 to cover some of the medical costs of these dogs.

Why are we asking for your help with this? This hoarding situation was unexpected, but we knew we couldn't walk away from these dogs who so desperately needed our help. We knew we could reach out to our amazing supporters to help us give these dogs a second chance at life. We estimated it would cost about $5,000 for their care, but unforeseen severe medical conditions became apparent over time and several dogs required hospitalization. Their medical care has cost approximately $7,000, which may affect the number of dogs that we can potentially rescue later in the year.

To date, because of YOU, we have raised $4,670 for these sweet pups. We're going to keep fundraising and try to hit the new goal of $7,000 by the end of the year, but we want to hit $5,000 today. We're only $330 away from our original goal of $5,000! We know we can do it, because we have such amazing, wonderful, and loving supporters. Supporters who recognize that Second Chance Pet Adoptions is a family and we take care of our own, no matter what.  We are so close!

So keep checking this blog post throughout the day as we'll be updating it as donations come in. Also, please share this with your friends and family and let them know how they can help!

11am Update: We $290 away from hitting $5,000!

1pm Update: $240 left to go, whoo hoo!

10pm Update: $210 left to go!! We are so close!

May 30 Update: We just hit $5,000!!!! Way to go everyone! Thank you to all who donated!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dog Days of June

It's hard to believe but May is almost over, and that can only mean one thing.... Dog Days of June!

The Dog Days of June is a fantastic, free event held at Fred G. Bond Metro Park with tons of fun for your family, both two and four legged! This year it will be on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 2pm. Second Chance Pet Adoptions, along with Sound Pet Animal Rescue, is hosting the event.

There will be lots of vendors such as local veterinary hospitals, dog treat bakeries, custom pet accessories and more.

Canine Frisbee Disc Competition
FREE Registration time: 9:30 a.m.
Competition begins at 10 a.m.

Team up with “Fido” and compete in the Skyhoundz Dog Disc Competition. This is a distance and accuracy competition, sorry, no free style competitions. All dogs regardless of lineage or breed, are invited to compete. No experience necessary. All “Fido” needs is a lot of energy and a desire to catch a disc. Spectators are welcome! Dogs not competing must remain on a leash!

Dog Wash
After competing in the dog disc competition or visiting the vendors, let “Fido” cool down with a nice, clean bath. Members of the Cary Teen Council will wash and dry your dog before you head home. Please, friendly dogs only! Bring your own towel if you are able!

Fees: Small Dog (1-15 lbs) $5, Medium Dog (16-35 lbs) $7, Large Dog (36 & up) $10

Rescue Groups
Be sure to visit all the local animal rescue groups as well. Many of them will have adoptable pets you can meet!

Rabies Vaccines and Microchipping Clinics
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Keep you pets safe by vaccinating and microchipping. All pets must be on a leash or in a kennel. Cats are welcome. For more information, call Cary Animal Control at (919) 319-4517.

Fees: Microchips $10 and Rabies Vaccine $5 each pet

Learn more about the Dog Days of June at

Friday, May 10, 2013

Meet Velcro!

Velcro is a shoulder riding, brave, alert and playful companion kitty now available for adoption. Velcro is not afraid of vacuum cleaners, showers, loud noises or general mayhem. Velcro likes to hide his toys around the house, in your shoes or behind the cushions, and you will hear his joyful two-tone, squeaky meow as he races around retrieving his toys! He is a confirmed animal lover, eagerly tracking the birds and squirrels outside through the windows. Although a very busy, active boy, Velcro will take time out to sit in your lap and will ask you for cuddling often. He loves to wrestle and play with other cats, but does well on his own, too. He is a mannerly boy with good litter box and scratching post skills and is very neat with his food dish. He is a little spoiled, used to receiving lots of attention, but that should not be a problem for the right family!

When Velcro came to us, he was very little and sick. He had a respiratory infection that took a while to clear and it left him with a touch of asthma. He takes a small, pill daily, is very easy to medicate (likes his pill pockets!), and his vet says he is good to go. And if you watch him, he will show you that a touch of asthma does not slow him down one bit!

Why did we name him Velcro? Because when he first came to us, he would cling tightly to us, not wanting to ever let go. When you get to know this boy, you will not want to let him go, as well. 

Apply to adopt Velcro today!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 14: Recap, recovery and adoptions!

Yesterday marked the two week anniversary since we rescued the 14 dogs. So much has happened since then!

All 14 dogs have been medically treated for their infections. Some, like Mylie, needed emergency surgery for a uterine infection and was hospitalized for many days. Little Beethoven had to have an eye removed. Both are now doing great and on their way to a full recovery.

Beethoven, post surgery.

Our supporters made this emergency rescue possible. We are very grateful for the help of our volunteers and local community members, who immediately stepped up to assist us in any way that they could with these dogs. In the first few days, that meant coming to the Adoption Center to walk, feed and provide love to 14 scared pups. After that, many kind folks stepped up to be foster parents to these precious dogs and help them learn what it was like to live with a family. 

The dogs are adjusting well to their new foster homes and many have started to come out of their shell and show their true personality.

Below is a video of Kitty playing, something she wouldn't do when she first arrived in our care. Beware! Extreme cuteness coming up!

Isn't she adorable?? Her foster momma should be so proud!

We've also very excited to announce that a few of the dogs have found their forever homes! Cami is in a foster to adopt home, Beethoven will be adopted this upcoming weekend, and Beemer was adopted last Sunday!

Beemer with his new family!

Friday, May 3, 2013

ABC11 Video

Thanks so much to Heather Waliga from ABC11 for coming out to cover this story, as well as Dr. Mendise with CareFirst Animal Hospital, for taking time out of her day to talk about these 14 sweet dogs. A big kudos to all of volunteers who helped us get this story out there!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 10: Settling In and Other Updates

Many of the 14 dogs we rescued last week needed medical care for various issues. The great vets and techs over at CareFirst Animal Hospital took wonderful care of them.
George recovering from surgery. Photo by CareFirst Animal Hospital.

Beethoven prior to his surgery.
Nearly everyone had spay/neuter surgery. Additionally, most required dental procedures for removal of infected and rotted teeth.  Beethoven, had his left eye removed and little Miley, was dehydrated, anemic and had a uterine infection, so she required hospitalization for several days.

Miley after arriving at CareFirst Animal Hospital.
Your generosity has helped provide $2,000 of the $5,000 needed for their medical care. A big THANK YOU to all who have donated! If you would like to help Second Chance provide for these pups, you can donate here.

The dogs are now settling into their foster homes and getting used to life outside cages. They are receiving the kindness, patience, and, most of all, the love they need during this time of adjustment. Handsome George has become quite the lap dog. and is house trained. Others are working on it and some have made big strides. Rosie is coming around quickly and has gone to the bathroom outside! This is a huge breakthrough for her - Rosie would much prefer snuggling on the couch with her foster mom than to walk outside.  Mylie is getting used to people and walked out of her crate by herself, which is happy progress, for such a shy girl.  We're celebrating the little steps!

We're still learning about their individual personalities as they acclimate to normal home living. We'll keep you up to date as we find out more about them, and they continue their journeys to their forever homes!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet April!

April is a beautiful dilute tortoiseshell cat. She came to Second Chance as a very scared kitten, but with lots of love and patience from her foster mom, she is turning into a sweet girl!
She has learned to play with toys and that treats and feeding time are wonderful. 

One of her favorite games is chase the feet or hand under the blanket. Are you the perfect person to play that with her? All she needs is a little patience and someone who is willing to let her blossom into the wonderful girl she can be.  To learn more about April, and to put in your adoption application, check out her profile!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 3: Nap time and other updates!

 Today is the 3rd day we've had the 10 dogs we rescued from the local hoarding situation. They were understandably nervous when they first arrived at the Adoption Center and we knew it would take a while for them to adjust to their new surroundings. However, it didn't take them long, as you can see by the nap pile photo we snapped this morning!

Nap time!

A lot of these sweet dogs are not house trained. In fact, most have probably never been on a leash before. So, the always amazing Second Chance volunteers have been coming in shifts, to help take the dogs outside, work on their leash training and get them on a potty schedule. Because of this, when a dog does learn to do his or her business outside, we have to celebrate! (Ahhh, the things that make us happy here.) We are proud to say that Nugget has gone to the bathroom outside for two days in a row! Yaaaaay Nugget! Extra kisses for you!

Nugget getting kisses

In other great news, of the 14 dogs we rescued, 13 now have foster parents! We are absolutely humbled by the outpouring of love and support that we received, after we sent out the plea for help, and are eternally grateful to each and every one of you.  You have shown these dogs what love and kindness is.

Scooter is still looking for a foster parent. He is very social and sweet, but is having some house training issues. We believe that after he is neutered, and with a bit of training, he will be the perfect dog! If you have questions about fostering, or think you may be interested, please contact Allison at


We're still looking for sponsors and donations to help cover some of the medical costs of these precious dogs. You can learn how to donate here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We need YOUR help!

Last week we rescued 4 dogs from a local hoarding situation, and urgently rescued 10 more this week. The video below showcases the dogs and the help they need. We will try to give progress updates as often as possible on the 14 dogs. If you'd like to foster one of these dogs, or learn how to donate to help with their medical care, you can learn how to do so here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Gracie and Bogie’s Journey Home

Gracie and Bogie are two very sweet, inseparable siblings who were adopted from Second Chance in 2002 as puppies, and later returned in 2012, homeless with heartworm disease.  

They were treated for their heartworms and are now healthy. Gracie and Bogie have been staying at doggie day care since their return, and have been patiently waiting for their forever home. 

After waiting for fifteen months for a family, Gracie and Bogie have finally been adopted!  We could not be happier for this pair who will be moving to Ohio with their new parents, Kathy and George.

You can read all of Gracie and Bogie's story here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Meet Cambria!

Cambria is a sweet, beautiful girl with her unique silver-tabby markings and lovely blue eyes. She is quiet, gentle, and affectionate. She would be best in a home without other pets only because she is too easily intimidated by other animals. She would prefer a quieter home without very young kids. She loves to share your lap and to be petted. If you looking for a sweet, quiet feline addition to your home, Cambria is your gal. Come meet this lovely blue-eyed beauty, she'd love to make your acquaintance! You can learn more about Cambria here.

Monday, March 18, 2013


Welcome to the new blog of Second Chance Pet Adoptions! This will be the place to learn about the everyday happenings at the Adoption Center, as well as upcoming events and stories of adoptable pets.