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 $425,000 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.

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Meet 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 june2015adoption 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

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Greyhound Meet and Greet
aturday, June 20

Greyhound Meet greet sign june2015 border revWe are excited to have the Southeast Greyhound Adoption group  (SEGA) join us on Saturday, June 20 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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 Thanks To You...Over $425,000 in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 

Thanks to you...Second Life has donated more than $425,000 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! 

To date, we have provided more than $125,000 to organizations specifically for spay/neuter grants. At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped around 1,500 family-owned dogs and cats take the "no mommy" and "no daddy" pledge.

Considering how easy it is for dogs and cats to reproduce, you can see what a difference you are making in keeping unwanted pets from being born: 

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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.  

Your 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.  Groups receiving grants include:

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Thank You For Your Pet Food Donations!

altThank you to everyone who has donated pet food and supplies this year to help struggling families feed and care for their beloved pets. 

We accept donations year-round in our Main Store. These items are picked up Pet Buddies Food Pantry and distributed to families who need a little extra help to care for their pets. 

Donations of pet food, kitty litter, flea/tick medications, collars and leashes are accepted any day we are open. 

It's a simple solution to keep loved family pets out of shelters. 

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 Adopt 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.  

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Fostering 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, 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. There is nothing like seeing a shy, scared dog come out of her shell and learn to trust for the first time. Watching them gain confidence and skills to be happier family pets. We love getting to meet and love on more dogs than we could ever share our home within our lifetime. 

We post information about fostering often because we are such strong believers in its power to save lives.  I learned recently that two people - one of our Second Life customers and a friend of Toby's (one of our co-founders) - decided to take the plunge and foster for the first time because of our repeated posts.  

I am happy to say that thanks to our messages, the 11 dogs in this picture were given a second chance at life. Without their fosters, they may not be here today. 

Most rescue groups do not have shelters, so they rely on foster homes. Once these homes are full, they cannot save additional homes until their rescues get adopted or more people sign up to be foster homes. 

What does it mean to foster? 

You provide love and shelter and take care of the dog or cat (or bunny or bird or guinea pig, etc. ) until their forever home is found.  The guidelines vary between groups, but generally, the rescues take care of the costs for vetting, spaying/neutering and often the food too. You just provide the love, shelter and perhaps some training.  Oh...and lots and lots of TLC....this is required for fostering!  

When you agree to foster, you save another 2 lives - the one you are fostering and the room you open up in the shelter for another dog or cat.  

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

Stay tuned to our email next week to learn more about the dogs in this photo and how they got a second chance at life from their fosters.