Second Life Benefits Animal Rescue

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Second Life has two upscale thrift stores in the Atlanta, GA area that were created with the mission of giving homeless pets a second chance at

grant amount donated - 715K Oct2016 no borderWe have provided over $715,000 in cash grants to more than 40 animal charities and spay/neuter programs!  Your support really does make a difference. 

Our 5,000+ square foot main store sells gently-used clothing, housewares, electronics, home décor, books, and more!  In turn, we support animal rescue charities and spay/neuter programs with much-needed cash grants.  Our Furniture, Decor and More store opened in November 2013 and is located next door - and features our furniture, artwork, lamps, decor, vintage and collectibles.   Park once and shop twice!  Find a treat for yourself and give homeless pets a second chance at life!  

Since opening in 2011, our goal has been to offer our customers a unique and fun thrift store shopping experience where every purchase benefits homeless dogs and cats. Our store is bright, organized and fun! All items are donated so every visit is a treasure hunt – you never know what kind of goodies you’ll find – and new items are added daily. At Second Life, you will find everything from antiques to vintage to brand new items. Get consignment store quality at thrift store prices

Donations of gently-used items are needed year-round and can be donated during open store hours. No appointment is necessary. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

You’ll find our store is geared to the bargain shopper and animal lovers- with fun animal motifs painted on the back wall, rescue and shelter information posted throughout the store – and our Chief Smile Officer, Riley, roaming the store and looking for a good ear scratch. We host pet adoptions on a monthly basis so animal rescue groups can find homes for their adorable dogs and cats.  Second Life Thrift Store benefits animal rescue in Stone Mountain, Decatur, Marietta and the metro Atlanta area. Donate your gently-used household items & shop!


Well behaved pets on a leash who are up-to-date on vaccinations and are preferably, spayed or neutered, are welcome.  Their humans must be on a leash.

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Call:  678.974.5671  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Main Store:  1 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Furniture, Decor & More Store: 89 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 

Store Hours:   / Monday: Closed / Tuesday - Saturday: 11-6 / Sunday: 12-5 

Thanksgiving Holiday Closures:  Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 4pm; Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 25

divider dadada gray1Ana, our Store Cat, is Recovering

Ana Second Life store cat compressSecond Life's store cat, Ana, had a major emergency on November 12. Ana is a fixture at Second Life now. She asks for love from our customers and they ask where she is if they don't see her when they come in. She happily provides cat therapy as needed. Ana is a big, laid back tabby lioness who loves to cuddle and eat. She's officially our store cat, although when she pulls through this, we may have to give her a real title. A special title.
Saturday we brought her into the store for the night and realized something was very wrong. She was lethargic. Her eyes were glassy and dim and she was obviously in pain. We rushed her to the emergency room, where we got the first news of the night that knocked us for a loop - Ana was a HE.

He was diagnosed with a urethral obstruction, meaning he was poisoning himself every time he tried to go.  His kidneys began to fail and his levels soared to 43 times above normal. Thankfully the emergency vets were able to stabilize him and cleared the blockage. 

He's in recovery now, getting lots of love and care from family who is making sure he gets his fluids and medications to help his kidney and bladder return back to normal function.  He is eating on his own, snuggling and you can see the life is back in his eyes. His kidney values finally dropped into the normal range.  He's doing better but isn't out of the woods yet. 

If you'd like to help offset some of the costs for Ana's care, or for more information about our ordeal, you can visit: 

To everyone who has inquired, sent love and donations, and is waiting for Ana to return to work, a huge and grateful Thank You!!Ana isn't out of the woods. His kidney levels and urine will continue to be monitored for a few days at our vet.  His bills have reached $2500 so far. More costs will be incurred at the vet as he stabilizes and hopefully returns to normal. 

divider dadada gray1Adopt Love!  Meet our Foster Cat! 

Where:  In our Furniture, Decor & More store
When:  Until he is adopted
PAWS - Ricky foster nov2016A Home for the Holidays. That's the dream for our new foster cat, Ricky (look at that face!)! This gorgeous boy adores people and is very affectionate. He has simple requests - just a window perch and pipe cleaners to play with...that's not too much to ask. Meet him in our Furniture, Décor and More store.

He's only 3 years old and is already neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is FIV+, but that doesn't slow him down at all.  He can live with other cats as long as they all get along. He was recently returned after being adopted 2 years ago and is ready for his forever home. Thank you to PAWS Atlanta for giving him a second chance at love. Meet him this weekend!
Paws Atlanta / 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur 
Phone:   770-593-1155 / 

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It's that time of year!  Please Re-Register your Kroger card to continue support us.  The program starts over every August!

kroger plus cardDid you know you can support Second Life simply by registering your Kroger Plus Card and shopping at their Atlanta metro stores?  After August 31, you will no longer be able to support us if you haven't re-enrolled. 

Once your card is registered to our organization, your purchases at Kroger will be turned into cash donations from Kroger each quarter. It's simple and takes less than 5 minutes!  Shop for groceries...and help homeless pets!

Our organization information is: NPO 29325 or Second Life Thrift Store. 


Register online at  Read more information here...

divider dadada gray1Now Hiring - Furniture Donation Specialist

NowHiring red white 2016When:  Until position is filled
Where:  Pick up an application at our stores or download below
We are currently looking to hire for our Furniture Donation Specialist position.  This person will be responsible for accepting furniture donations, assisting with furniture donation pickups and deliveries, arranging items in our store and providing excellent customer service .
This position will require the following: 
  • heavy lifting (100 lbs. or more) on a regular basis
  • outgoing, customer-focused individual
  • able to work Saturdays and Sundays at a minimum (20-25 hours average)
  • work in close proximity to animals and be an animal lover
 Download job description here and job application:  MS Word application (can be filled out electronically) or PDF Application (cannot be filled out electronically)

divider dadada gray1Fun Pet-Themed Items for Sale! 

Visit us inside our Main Store for a variety of new, pet-themed t-shirts, bandanas and magnets.  Show off your love of animals!

Original Design T-Shirts!

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When:  While available  

t-shirt designs - aug2016 collageNew T-Shirt Colors are Here! Show off your love of animals and promote our mission at the same time. They make great gifts for the animal lovers in your life!  These are original, unique designs - not available anywhere else.  AOur small logo on the back helps promote homeless pets. 

Soft cotton Canvas and Bella by Canvas shirts. $20 each. Sizes M-2XL in both a unisex and a women's style.
The unisex shirts run true to size.  The women's style runs about 1-2 sizes smaller. 

Send us an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will let you know how to order.  

Fun Pet-Themed Bandannas for Sale!

Where:  Main Store 
When:  While available 

fundog bandanas - collage nov2016Looking for a fun stocking stuffer for the dog lover in your life?  Look no further than our great new selection of new FunDog Bandannas!  

We've got a selection of silly sayings, rescue love, special needs and holiday greetings...many more that aren't listed here. 

They make a great holiday gift for large or small dogs

Show off your dog's silly side.  Show your pride at adopting a rescue dog.  Show off your adorable pooch!

 Shop early!  Supplies are limited.  Some items may no longer be available.

divider dadada gray1Adopt Love!  From Egypt to Atlanta...

Where:  In a PAWS Atlanta foster home
When:  Until adopted!  
PAWS - haboob may2016Meet Haboob...a silly, loving street dog from Egypt who has been given a second chance at life!  Rescued off the streets of Cairo with an injured front paw, it was obvious when we met him at the ESMA shelter in March that he adored people. He couldn't get enough love and snuggled with anyone who would let him (including me!).  
Haboob is now up for adoption through PAWS Atlanta.  He's about 2 years old, 30 lbs. and looks like a tiny German Shepherd. As you can see in his pictures, he loves the life of comfort!  He is a happy go-lucky-dog who seems to know he's hit the jackpot!  
From his foster mom:  Haboob is the friendliest, most loving PAWS Atlanta foster dog we've ever had in our home.  Haboob gets along perfectly with our dogs, but can be leash-reactive on walks. With a little positive training, that would not be an issue. He gets along with his foster dog sister...but snuggling with people is his first love!
Haboob has a damaged front paw from an injury now years-old. It cannot be surgically-repaired because the nerve was permanently damaged when the injury went untreated. He hops when he walks and it's pretty darn adorable. His sole goal in life is to snuggle with you. He cannot get enough of you.

Please help him find the life he deserves!  
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Paws Atlanta / 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur 
Phone:   770-593-1155 / 
We believe rescue knows no boundaries.  If we can help an animal in need, we will, no matter where they were born.  Their lives matter just as much as the lives of those dogs and cats lucky enough to be born in a culture that adores pets. 
The Egyptian mixed breeds have zero chances of getting adopted in Egypt.  Their culture does not embrace pets, especially not the street dogs and cats.  The shelters and rescuers give their hearts and lives to making a difference with little support or cultural approval.  They rely on help from abroad to give these amazing animals a chance at being loved, and we are happy to help when we can.  
Thank you to both rescues, ESMA in Egypt and PAWS in Atlanta, for giving him a second chance at life.  
We are looking for more rescues who would be able to help.  If you are a rescue and would be willing to give other Egyptian dogs or cats a second chance at life, please contact me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  It would only be a few dogs per year.  You will be rewarded with giving an animal a chance to be loved, and we will sponsor some of their vet costs. 


divider dadada gray1Over $715,000 in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 

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You are our heroes whether you realize it or not! When you come to our stores you are not just thrifters or smart shoppers, you are part of a mission to create a better community. When you volunteer, you are giving time to save lives. When you clean out your closets or garage and donate goods, you are providing a path for the most vulnerable animals in our communities to live in safety and security.

You help us benefit over 40 rescue groups and spay/neuter programs that do heroic work around the clock.

Whatever treasures you might pick up at our stores, here's what else you buy:

A second chance at happiness and safety for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. 

Some of the pets you help save when you shop at Second Life are pulled from high-kill shelters. Many are pit bulls and pit bull mixes, victims of over-breeding for profit and worse. Many more are cats born during the Spring "kitten season" and there simply isn't enough room in rescues to house and feed them all. These pets cannot rescue themselves. It's up to all of us to be their bridge to a better tomorrow.

spay neuter image dachschund kitten border oct2016Spay & Neuter 
Reducing the number of unwanted pets from being born is a big part of our focus - there are simply not enough homes.  To date, we have provided more than $250,000 to organizations specifically for spay & neuter grants of family pets and trap/neuter/return (TNR) of community cats.

At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped around 2,800 to 3,300 dogs and cats take the "no mommy" and "no daddy" pledge.

We know there are many people that want to do the right thing but simply can't afford it...and we are happy to help!

Our grants help in many more here.

divider dadada gray1Fostering Saves Lives!  

Both of our Chief Smile Officers, Riley and Lucky, were our foster dogs. We had no intention of keeping either dog, but once they found their way into our hearts, weimage - foster homes wanted aug2015 knew they were home.  

This is usually the first thing I hear from people when I talk to them about foster.  "I could never give them up" or "I would keep every one."  My answer is always along the lines of "I would rather cry tears of joy knowing they have a forever home than tears of sorrow knowing they never had a chance to get out of the shelter." It's the absolute truth. 

We's hard not to fall in love with an animal quickly as they are so loving.  Fostering is one of the most rewarding things we have ever done and will ever do.  

We post information about fostering often because we are such strong believers in its power to save lives.  

Types of fosters needed include: 

  • Long-term - cruelty cases, military deployment, harder to place pets (special needs, shy, seniors, etc)
  • Short-term - 2-3 weeks until the animal transported to rescues in the Northeast US
  • Medical Care - pets recovering from heartworm treatment, medical procedures, mange...any medical needs.
  • Mama's and babies - moms and their puppies or kittens who are too young to be adopted 
  • Happy, healthy dogs and cats - adorable, healthy dogs and cats (and other types of animals) who need a place to crash until their forever families find them
Every once in a while, you find a pet that is a perfect fit for your family and that steals your heart...and you become what is known as a "foster failure." And that's ok! For more information on fostering, visit our website.  For a list of groups looking for fosters, click here