Second Life Upscale Resale

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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 life.  

We have provided over $480,000 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.

divider dadada gray1We Will Be Closed Saturday & Sunday!
Happy 4th of July!  

Shop early this week as we will be closed this weekend to give our employees and volunteers time-off to celebrate the 4th of July holiday!  

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divider dadada gray1Meet Cat Winslet, Our Store Foster Cat!

Meet our newest foster, Cat Winslet. She is a long-haired, black beauty who is about six years old and is very sweet and cuddly. She is up for Paws - cat winslet june15.2015adoption through PAWS Atlanta and is ready for her forever home. Her $100 adoption fee covers her being spayed, vetted, and micro chipped - and is an amazing deal for a lifetime of love.

We love the older ones and hope you'll give her a chance. She has many more years of love and deserves a second chance.

Come meet her today in our main store – and you can pick up an application here too. / 770-593-1155

5287 Covington Highway, Decatur

divider dadada gray1Meet our Foster Kittens!
And then there were only two... 

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Cuteness Overload! Meet our newest foster kittens in our Furniture, Décor and More store. These sweeties are about 2-months old and are adorable!  

Nate and Nathan have watched their siblings go home this week, and now it's their turn.  We'd love for them to be adopted together before the weekend - as we are closed for 3 days and they will be so lonely! 

They are brothers and are so much fun to watch together.  

You can pick up an application in our stores and fill it out here.  Once we text it to Lifeline, they will be in touch within 24-48 hours to talk to you about your application.  

The adoption fee is just $65 and includes him being neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and FIV/FeLV tested. This is an amazing deal for a lifetime of love. They are up for adoption through Lifeline Animal Project

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AARF - july dog adoption flier 2015Dog Adoptions - Saturday, July 11th!

Cuteness Overload!  Join us on Saturday, July 11th from 11am-2pm for a fun-filled day of adorable dogs and storewide sales!  

We are excited to have Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) join us from 11am -2pm with their adorable dogs.  

Come out and meet Kramer, Baxter, Duck and Bat Girl - and maybe you'll meet your new best friend.  (More info. coming soon on Duck).

And even if you're not looking to adopt, come say hi and support their rescue efforts.  Perhaps you know a friend or family member who's looking.  Smiles are guaranteed! 

Note:  if the heat gets to be too much, they will plan to leave early

Click here or on the adoption flier to view a larger image.

divider dadada gray1Storewide Sales - Saturday, July 11th!

It's our monthly 40% off storewide sale in BOTH stores!  It's a great day to beat the heat and help homeless pets!  Stock and save for summer - for your beach or lake vacation, road-trip and more!  

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divider dadada gray1Greyhound Meet & Greet - Saturday, July 25

greyhound - july 2015 adoption signWe are excited to have the Southeast Greyhound Adoption group  (SEGA) join us on Saturday, July 25 from 12-2pm. 

While the actual greyhounds available for adoption won't be joining the adoption event, as the activity is stressful for the dogs who aren't used to such commotion, there will be pets of current greyhound parents on-site who can answer questions.  

You can learn more about this wonderful breed and the types of homes needed for these retired racing greyhounds. 

Please come out and support their rescue efforts even if you're not looking to adopt.  Smiles are guaranteed. 

Click here for a larger view of the flier. 

From their website:
The mission of Southeastern Greyhound Adoption/Greyhound Pets of America-Atlanta (SEGA) is to find good permanent homes for former racing Greyhounds. In furtherance of this mission, SEGA seeks to educate the public about why Greyhounds make good pets.

SEGA currently houses its Greyhounds in an adoption kennel or in foster homes of experienced Greyhound owners to ease the transition from track life to pet home life. Before any hounds are released for adoption through SEGA, they are thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. The dogs are spayed or neutered, brought current on shots, given a heartworm test and preventative, and teeth are cleaned as needed.

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Over $480,000 in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 

Thanks to you...Second Life has donated more than $480,000 in grants to animal charities since our doors opened in January, 2011!  We are so excited that our supporters have helped us give so many homeless pets a second chance at life! 

Part of the Solution!  Part of our focus is helping families be a part of the solution to pet overpopulation by

providing grants specifically for spay/neuter of family pets. 

To date, we have provided more than $147,000 to organizations specifically for spay/neuter grants of family pets and trap/neuter/return (TNR) of feral cats. image - spay neuter multiply may2014

At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped between 1,650 and 1,960 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!

You are the reason for our success!  We couldn't do it without our supporters: our customers, our donors and our volunteers. 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 treasures and bargains, but you are giving homeless pets a chance to find love. When you clean out your closets to donate, you make a difference.  It's such an easy way to help!

grant logos - june 2015 for 1Q2015 grantsYour purchases have helped with:

  • Spaying & Neutering of animals before they are adopted - to stop the cycle!
  • Offering low cost spaying & neutering to family pets
  • Vetting costs of animals brought into rescue
  • Boarding of beloved pets who are affected by domestic abuse in the home 
  • Education promoting the human-animal bond
  • Promoting pit bull awareness and education
  • Rescuing animals from high-kill shelters 
  • And more!

More than 40 animal charities have benefited from Second Life and we hope to be able to continue to help others as we grow. Learn more about the great work these groups are doing in upcoming emails.

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 Are you looking for a fun-part time job where you can make a difference in the lives of homeless pets?  Apply to work at Second Life today. 
now hiring june 2015 borderWe plan to hire at least 2 people and are looking for outgoing, friendly, customer-service oriented individuals to work in various roles...including as a cashier and/or in our back room. 

Both positions will also help with pick-ups and deliveries, which means you must be able to lift large, heavy items such as furniture, sofas, etc. 
We estimate around 15-20 hours per week and you must be able to work on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), with the potential for more hours as needed.
If you or someone you know is looking for a fun place to work, submit your application today.  If you have already submitted an application and would like to be considered for this round of hiring, we ask that you complete another application.  
Print out our application form or ask our cashiers in our Main Store for one. Return the application at our Main Store to one of our cashiers or email it to  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
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divider dadada gray1Pet-Themed Magnets are Back!

They're back! Due to popular demand, we have a new shipment or magnets in stock - with an even greater selection!Magnets - new inventory june2015 square white

Show off your love for dogs, cats, chickens, mutts, horses, rescues...and more! 

We also have "Save our Pets" decals to place on your front door to alert emergency responders that your pets are inside. 

Come check out the selection while you have many designs to choose from.  They make great gifts too for the pet-lovers in your life. 

We also have new designs behind the counter so be sure to ask

Click on the photo to the right to view a larger image of the magnets.

divider dadada gray1Adopt Our Foster Dog, Gordy

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Our Egyptian foster, Gordy, is back with us after being in his "forever" home for 9 months. His mom has decided she can no longer give him the attention he needs as she figures out changes in her life. We feel so sad for him as he has already had so much abandonment in his life.  

He is up for adoption and looking for a home where someone is home a lot and can be patient with him as he adjusts to a new environment.  He is such a big teddy bear with a lot of character. Look at his smile!  

He's about 7-9 years old and is not a high-energy dog, so he'd be great with a family that just wants a big dog to love.   Gordy loves riding in the car and would make a great road companion too!  He just wants to be with his people.

We brought Gordy back from the ESMA shelter in Cairo, Egypt, where a large mixed-breed dog with a deformed paw had little chance of being adopted in his home country. 

We believe his forever home really is out there somewhere.  For more information, send an email to  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

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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, we 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.  Although we kept Riley and Lucky, there have been many more foster dogs that have left our homes and gone on to their forever families. hurts a bit when they go their new homes...and we certainly miss them.  

But you know what keeps us going...getting updates and stories about how happy they are in their new homes. 

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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!  
I challenge anyone who has thought about fostering to try it once.  If nothing else, you'll at least have saved the life of one pet - it is a rewarding feeling like no other!

For more information on fostering, visit our website.  For a list of groups looking for fosters, click here