2ND CHANCE PET ADOPTIONS INC
SUPPORT OUR MISSION BY CREATING YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER. Second Chance’s mission is to rescue abandoned and stray cats and dogs, provide excellent care for each pet and match each pet with the best home for its needs, in order to ensure a long lifetime of safety, love and companionship. Second Chance also encourages responsible pet ownership through education, advocacy, programs and services.
Sometimes all you need is a Second Chance
Second Chance Pet Adoptions is a non-profit animal rescue organization that has rescued stray or abandoned cats and dogs in the Triangle Area of North Carolina since 1987.
Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County. At Second Chance, our mission is to champion homeless cats and dogs who are healthy or treatable in the quest to find their forever homes and engage with our community to promote responsible pet ownership-ultimately reducing future generations of homeless animals.
Overview and History
It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come from the day when three women, Cheri Sowter, Deborah Ruggero, and Judy Benrud sat down in 1987 and committed themselves to helping homeless animals in the Triangle. They began by “fostering” the stray cats and dogs they would find. Word got around and other people who found strays would bring them to Second Chance. Things began to get bigger and bigger. They built a ”cat condo” in one of their back yards and one of the other women penned off part of her back yard for the stray dogs.
Judy and Cheri had ties to The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and were able to get donated time from some vets and vet students. Things blossomed even more, and in 1989, they decided to apply for non-profit status and became a bona fide 501 (c) (3) rescue organization. They began recruiting volunteers to help them with caring for the animals and with screening applicants.
Other volunteers began fostering animals, raising funds, and introducing rescued animals to potential permanent homes. Throughout this time Second Chance had relied on foster homes for all the animals in its program. However, as Second Chance continued to grow and create more programs, a cageless no-kill facility to house cats was opened in February 2004.
Second Chance will continue to partner with its extended family of supporters, volunteers, and other rescue groups to work toward the common goal of no more homeless animals.
The guiding principles on which Judy, Cheri and Deborah founded Second Chance continue to this day. The central principle is that Second Chance makes a lifetime commitment to each of the animals it rescues, retaining the option of taking them back in the event the new home cannot keep them. All rescued animals will receive the medical care they need, will be shown unconditional love, and will be carefully matched with the best homes for their needs in order to ensure a lifetime of safety, love, and companionship.