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 625000 grant sign - digital with border feb2016life.  

We have provided over $625,000 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 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.  Second Life Thrift Store benefits animal rescue in Stone Mountain, Decatur, Marietta and the metro Atlanta area. Donate your gently-used household items & shop!

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 gray1Meet our Foster Cats!

PAWS - foster - ms kiddybomboms mar2016

Meet Ms. KBB!  She loves humans and affection.  

When: Until she is adopted  
Where:  In our Furniture, Decor & More store

Adopt Love! Meet Ms. Kiddybomboms, our newest foster cat in the Furniture, Decor and More store. This sweet 6 year old is adorable As you can see, she is gorgeous!  Such pleading eyes that seem to be begging for a forever home.

She has a lot of life left and a lucky someone will get to spend theirs giving her lots of love.  We love that our supporters are willing to adopt cats who have been overlooked due to their age or special needs.  

Paws Atlanta / 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur 
Phone:   770-593-1155 / 

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divider dadada gray1Greyhound Meet & Greet

greyhound meet and greet - may2016When:  Saturday, May 21 from 12-2pm
Where:  Inside Main Store or outside 

Meet adorable retired racing greyhounds and their pet parents at the Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) Meet and Greet event on Saturday, May 21 from 12-2pm. 

Learn 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. 

Come out and support their rescue efforts even if you're not looking to adopt.  Smiles guaranteed!

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divider dadada gray1Celebrating 5 Years! 

Wow!  It's hard to believe that 5 years ago, on January 8, 2011...we opened Second Life with high hopes and big dreams.  

It is amazing how much we have all accomplished since that day, providing almost $600,000 in grants to animal rescues and spay/neuter programs.

Our success is truly related to all of you...who volunteer, shop, donate and promote.  

If any one of these pieces to the puzzle were missing, we wouldn't be where we are today. 

before and after photos opening day and 5th anniversary 2016

Click on the photo above for a quick glance at how far we have come.  We are not done dreaming though....and hope you'll be on the journey with us.  

divider dadada gray1Over 1/2 Million in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 

altanimals helped -4Q2015 grant mar2016Thanks to you...Second Life has donated over $625,000 in grants to animal charities since our doors opened 5 years ago!  

Your support has helped dogs and cats get needed medical care and life-saving surgeries, has helped families be a part of the solution by sponsoring their spay and neuter and has helped women fleeing domestic violence keep their pets safe until they are back on their feet...and more.

Every one of you plays key role in helping us give homeless pets a second chance at life.   Like pieces to a puzzle...we couldn't do any of this without all of you.  

Part of the Solution!   

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 $210,000 to organizations specifically for spay & neuter grants of family pets and trap/neuter/return (TNR) of feral cats. 

image - spay neuter multiply may2014At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped between 2,335 to 2,800 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 all of you.  It takes teamwork from our customers, donors, volunteers and employees. 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, you are shopping for a higher purpose. Not only do you find great treasures at bargain prices, but you also give hope to homeless pets. When you clean out your closets to donate, you make a difference.  It's such an easy way to help!

 2015 Grantee logos - recipients - feb2016Your 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.

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