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 life.
We have provided over $315,000 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, furniture and more! In turn, we support animal rescue charities and spay/neuter programs with much-needed cash grants. Our newest 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
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.
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.
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.
Open on Tuesdays for the Holidays!
It's hard to believe the holiday shopping season is almost here...but it is! Second Life will be giving you extra shopping days in November and December when we open on select Tuesdays during the two months.
Make sure to mark your calendar to see our great finds on these bonus days.
Note: Second Life will be closed extra days around the Christmas and New Year's holidays to give our volunteers and employees time to be with their families.
Thanksgiving Holiday Closings
The Day Before Thanksgiving (Wed., Nov. 26) - Closing at 4pm / Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) - Closed
Christmas Holiday Closings
Tues. Dec. 23 / Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) / Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
New Year's Holiday Closings
Tues. Dec. 30 / New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) / New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
Sneak Preview - Thanksgiving Week!
There is still time to shop for Thanksgiving! We've got all your holiday needs for entertaining guests, decorating your home, cooking holiday meals...and more!
Wednesday: Our stores will be closing early at 4pm next Wednesday on the day before Thanksgiving...to give our employees and volunteers a few extra hours to spend with their families.
Thanksgiving Day: Our stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day...sorry, no early Black Friday shopping! We will be busy eating side-dishes, watching football and relaxing with our friends and family.
Friday: Join us for our Black Friday sale on November, 28. Once a year only...save 50% off storewide in both stores! Open regular hours from 11-6.
Join us for the Holiday Market with Atlanta Underdog Initiative - find great new items for the pet-lovers in your life...and proceeds benefit dogs in their rescue.
Saturday: Small Business Saturday: If you aren't able to make our Black Friday sale...you can still save on Saturday for Small Business Saturday. It's the day to shop local businesses and make a direct difference in your community.
Holiday Market to Benefit Dogs!
Atlanta Underdog Initiative!
Atlanta Underdog Initiative will have a Holiday Market in our Main Store during our Black Friday Sale on Friday, November 28 from 11am-3pm to help raise funds for their organization. Find new, fun and unique gifts for the pet-lovers in your life - all purchases will help AUI continue their mission and will support Cora.
Sweet Cora is an adorable pittie who has needed some extra love and training to be ready to go to her forever home. Read her story here - she's still looking for that special family to give her a forever home!
Here is a sampling of the many items available for purchase on Black Friday week! Click on the photo for a larger image.
Celebrating Our 1-Year Anniversary
For Our Furniture, Decor & More Store!
On November 17, 2013 we opened the Furniture, Decor and More store in order to keep up with the quantity of donations coming in. It is hard to believe a year has passed and we want to thank our customers, donors and volunteers for their continued support.
We are always amazed at the quality of donations we receive so we can help give homeless pets a second chance at life. Animal lovers are generous people!
From kitschy to traditional...from modern to antique...and everything in between...we have a great mix of merchandise to satisfy any decor style. Shop often as new items are put out daily!
Thank you for making a difference to animals in our community.
We are short-handed - literally!
If you have ever thought about volunteering, your help is especially needed during the next 2 months. Both Tanya, our co-founder, and Sharon, our volunteer coordinator, have had recent surgeries and aren't at 100% quite yet. We are short a few hands (and a couple of feet too).
We can really use a few extra hands on deck to help with the busy holiday months. We are flexible with your schedule and there is no minimum number of hours per week required. No training is necessary - just a willingness to help. Even an hour to hang clothes on the racks would be helpful.
Ask for Sharon in the store or call 678-974-5681 for more info. For more information about our volunteer needs, visit the Volunteer page on our website. Thanks!
Photos with Santa - December 13!
Make plans for your dog to meet Santa next month at our stores on Saturday, December 13 and support Bullseye Rescue! Any friendly furry pets are welcome...but we haven't seen any brave cats or bunnies yet! However, the dogs who visited last year are adorable!
We are still figuring out the details and will post them here soon! In the meantime, here are adorable pictures from last year's photo shoot with Santa to get you in the mood!
Donate Holiday String Lights
Working and Non-Working Lights!
For a list of other items we collect, visit our Donations page
Order your Second Life T-shirts!
Great Holiday Gifts!
They are now available to purchase in our store or through PayPal by completing the attached form.
There a limited quantities in each size and color so get yours before it's too late. T-shirts are $15 for one or $25 for two (plus tax). It's only $6 to ship 1 or 2 shirts! See the form for shipping or in-store pickup options.
Click here to print out the T-Shirt Order Form.
For information about t-shirt measurements, visit our Facebook Album.
Our Volunteers Are Wonderful!
We had a great turnout at our Volunteer Work Day on Monday, November 3 as our crew came together to get the store ready for the holidays, restock our shelves after recent sales and to create a great shopping experience for our customers.
Our volunteers truly are the backbone of our organization and we wouldn't be helping homeless pets today if it weren't for their dedication and commitment. Please thank them the next time you're in our store - we certainly can't thank them enough for all they do.
Come shop this week! The store looks fabulous and you can get a head start on your holiday shopping - so you can relax in December.
Adopt Me! From Egypt to Atlanta
Looking for a Second Chance at Love!
Second Life is not a rescue organization. We prefer to help the many rescue organizations and animal charities with cash grants to help them meet their mission. However, one of the founders of Second Life is originally from Egypt and visits her family when she can.
She is a big supporter of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) shelter in Cairo, Egypt. This shelter is privately-run and has over 1,100+ dogs and cats in their care - with most of the adoptions and support coming from abroad. Their staff and volunteers give so much of their time, love and life to caring for these animals in a country that does not value animals or pets.
We help out by bringing dogs back to the US who have little chance of getting adopted in Egypt. We believe rescue knows no boundaries and we will help an animal in need - no matter where it was born. Meet our other special needs dogs here, including 2-legged Mazi, 3 1/2 legged Angel and Gordy who were given a second chance!
Ramses: These two dogs came from Egypt in March 2014 and are still looking for their second chance at love.
Ramses is a 4-year old beauty. He was originally rescued from the desert near Cairo by an American man who, when he left Egypt, decided it wasn't worth paying to bring him along because he was "just a rescue." He wasn't doing well at the shelter so their founder asked us to bring him back and give him a chance at love.
He finally made it to the US...where he deserves a family who looks at him as a member of their family. When we met him at the shelter, he was in one of their kennels and wouldn't come out because he was depressed. Now look at him.
Ramses is just a happy dog who loves to play with all dogs. He would do great in home with another dog that loves to play or an active person who loves to run.
If you or someone you know is looking for a dog with a unique story and great personality, Ramses may be for you!
ADOPTED! Auggie (FKA Agram)
Auggie has been adopted! We are so excited for our sweet boy to finally have his forever home! He will be top dog and will be spoiled every day by his new mom and dad. From Cairo, Egypt to a loving home, this is what second chances are all about!
Thank you to ESMA for giving him love and caring for him. They do amazing work for their 1,100+ dogs and cats in a country that doesn't value animals and given their limited resources.
And thank you to Royal Potcake Rescue who took them into their rescue and are helping us find their forever homes.
Thanks to Our Supporters...
Over $315,000 in Grants Provided to Animal Charities
A new focus starting in 2013 was sponsoring spay/neuter surgeries for
low-income families so we can keep unwanted pets from ending up in shelters.
One of our main focuses is sponsoring spay/neuter surgeries for low-income families so we can keep unwanted pets from being born and ending up in shelters.
To date, we have provided more than $90,000 to organizations specifically for spay/neuter grants. At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped between 1,000 - 1,200 family-owned dogs and cats take the "no mommy" and "no daddy" pledge.
We couldn't do it without our supporters - our customers, our volunteers and our donors. Every person plays such an important role in our success in being able to help animal rescue organizations give homeless pets a second chance at life.
When you shop at our store, not only do you find unique bargains, but you are giving homeless pets a chance to find love.
More than 40 animal charities have benefited from Second Life and we hope to be able to continue to help others as we grow.
Look how many unwanted pets you helped save from being born: