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!