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

760K grants given - dec2016We have provided over $760,000 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 

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PAWS - foster Bagley Jan2017
When:  Until adopted
Where:  Our Furniture, Decor & More store
Adopt Love! Bagley is about 3 years old and is queen of the castle. She loves all the attention and would do best in a home without other cats. Her gorgeous green eyes are mesmerizing and she really loves people. 
She's a sweetheart who has spent the past year at the PAWS Atlanta shelter - she is ready for her forever home.  Start the new year off with a new best friend!  Meet her in our Furniture, Décor and More store.  
Paws Atlanta / 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur 
Phone:   770-593-1155 /

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greyhound - meet  greet flier jan2017When:   Saturday, January 21 from 12-2pm
Where:  At our stores
Meet adorable retired racing greyhounds at the Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) Meet and Greet on Saturday, January 21st from 12-2pm.
Caleb and Kiki are greyhound ambassadors and are here to teach about adopting this wonderful breed...many who are big couch potatoes and are just looking for soft beds to spend their days.  Did you know they don't need a lot of space or a lot of exercise, even though they are big dogs?  
Since the commotion can be a bit overwhelming for the dogs that aren't used to it...the dogs up for adoption won't be coming, but you can meet volunteers with the rescue and learn about the dogs waiting for forever homes.  Meet the dogs up for adoption on their website.
Come out and support their rescue efforts even if you're not looking to adopt. Smiles guaranteed!

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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 T-Shirts

Where:  In our Main Store
When:  Until sold

second life tshirts jan2017 compress great friendsNew t-shirt colors and sizes 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...and for you too!
We have long-sleeve shirts in our Word Cloud design - in royal blue and grey!  These are great for the winter months and show your support for pet adoption.  Limited quantities are available so shop early!  
second life tshirts jan2017 compress word cloudSoft cotton Canvas and Bella by Canvas shirts. $20 each for short sleeve; $24 each for long sleeve. Sizes M-2XL in both a unisex and a women's style.
We can also ship if you can't make it into our store!  Send us an email 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
Thank you for helping to promote our stores!

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 Pet-Themed Magnets

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Where:  In our Main Store
When:  Until sold

Looking for a fun stoway to express your love of animals?  Look no farther than our pet-themed magnets!

Show off your love of rescue pets, your love of animals and more!  At just $2.99, they are a perfect gift.

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FunDog Bandannas for Sale!

Where:  Main Store 
When:  Until sold

store -fundog bandannas dec2016 compressedLooking 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.

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6 year thanks - collage animals helped 2017

On January 8, 2011, Second Life became a reality.  We were so excited (terrified too) about following our passion to help homeless pets.  There were many thoughts running through our head...but we believed that animal lovers would give us a chance and we were right!  The next night, the ice storm hit that shut down Atlanta for 5 straight days.  It was just the first in many challenges but we overcame it...and here we are today.  

This Sunday marks the 6 year anniversary of opening our doors.  It has been quite an amazing journey...and this month, we are kicking off our $1 Million dollar campaign.  We can't believe it!  We are more than 2/3 of the way to our goal, having given over $760,000 in grants to animal rescues and spay/neuter programs since opening our doors.  

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of homeless pets - and helping families be a part of the solution to pet overpopulation.   Without you, we couldn't have done any of this!  Your support as a donor, shopper, volunteer, employee, promoter and the reason for our success.

We look forward to a fabulous 2017 and helping even more animals...thanks to you!  

Main Photo Credit:  Natlalia Kacala of Hot Photo Dog

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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)

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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. 

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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