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

grant amount donated - 715K Oct2016 no borderWe have provided over $715,000 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, 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

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.

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!


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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Call:  678.974.5671  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Main Store:  1 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Furniture, Decor & More Store: 89 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 

Store Hours:   / Monday: Closed / Tuesday - Saturday: 11-6 / Sunday: 12-5 

Christmas & New Year Holiday Closures:  Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Tuesday, December 27, New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1)

divider dadada gray1Holiday Pet Photos - Sunday, December 11

holiday pet photo shoot 2016When:  Sunday, December 11 from 12-2pm
Where:  At our stores

It's time for your pets to get in the holiday spirit and you to make memories!  Join us on Sunday, December 11 from 12-2pm by signing up now for a 10-minute slot. 

The image will look similar to this picture - so if you're pet isn't a fan of sitting on the lap of an unknown jolly Santa, this is a great alternative!  
It's only a $10 minimum donation when you sign-up and prepay here.  Walk-ins are welcome for a minimum $15 donation.  You will receive a digital file of your photos that you can print and share online.  All proceeds go to Lucky's Legacy Fund, which helps support animal rescues and spay/neuter programs.  
Read more and sign-up here.

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40 off - storewide flier dec2016When:  Saturday, December 10
Where:  Both stores
Join us this Saturday, December 10th for our last 40% off storewide sale in 2016.  
It's the perfect shopping day for your finding unique gifts, last-minute holiday decor and updating your holiday party wardrobe. 
The best give homeless pets a second chance at life with every purchase!  


divider dadada gray1Greyhound Meet & Greet - December 17

greyhound - meet and greet dec2016When:  Saturday, December 17
Where:  At our stores

Meet adorable retired racing greyhounds at the Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) Meet and Greet on Saturday, December 17th from 12-2pm.

Caleb and Kiki are greyhound ambassadors and are here to teach 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.  Meet the dogs up for adoption on their website

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

divider dadada gray1Ana, our Store Cat, is Recovering

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Update:  December 6, 2016

Thanks to everyone who has generously donated to Ana's care.  It has been 3 weeks since that terrifying night of rushing him to the emergency vet.  We are happy to report that he is doing well and is eating, getting lots of snuggles and playing with the other cats in the home where he is recovering.  

His kidney levels are back in the normal range and we are weaning him off the sub-q fluids.  He isn't completely back to himself 100%, but his sweet personality is coming back. He is a big snuggler and happy when he is in someone's lap. 

We will continue to watch his kidney levels for a while to make sure he continues to heal and there is no relapse. 

We appreciate everyone's concern and support for Ana.  We have yet to change his name, as he will always be Ana to us...perhaps short for Anakin, Anomoly, Anaboy or Anatole - all great name suggestions!  We are still having a hard time calling him a "he" but he doesn't seem to mind. :-) 

Thanks again for all your support, well-wishes and concern.  It meant the world to us as we fought alongside him during his recovery.  Sincerely, Tanya, Toby & entire Second Life team.

We are still accepting donations towards his care.  You may donate at: 

divider dadada gray1Adopt Love!  Meet our Foster Cats! 

Meet Ricky, Our Snuggle Cat

Where:  In our Main Store
When:  Until he is adopted

PAWS - Ricky foster nov2016A Home for the Holidays. That's the dream for our new foster cat, Ricky (look at that face!)! This gorgeous boy adores people and is very affectionate. We truly can't believe he hasn't been adopted yet.  He is one o the friendliest and snuggliest cats we have fostered.  We call him Ricky Ricardo as he's a charmer and gorgeous.  Meet him in our Main Store.
He's only 3 years old and is already neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is FIV+, but that doesn't slow him down at all. He can live with other cats as long as they all get along. He was recently returned after being adopted 2 years ago and is ready for his forever home. Thank you to PAWS Atlanta for giving him a second chance at love. Meet him this weekend!

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

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Meet Baby Outlaw, Our Sweetheart

PAWS - foster Baby Outlaw dec2016 bedWhere:  In our Furniture, Decor & More Store
When:  Until he is adopted

Meet our newest sweetheart of a foster, Baby Outlaw.  She is a goregeous 1 1/2 year old tabby with beautiful eyes.

Love a good companion?  Baby Outlaw is extremely sweet and loves people, although she is not too fond of other cats.  No need to put her in the other room during your house parties because she loves meeting new people.  She is very very playful and will definitely keep you entertained.  

Being a young mom, she watched all her kittens find forever homes...not it's her turn.  Are you a match for her?  Make her dream come true and give her a forever time for the holidays!  She's up for adoption through PAWS Atlanta

divider dadada gray1Holiday Closings - Mark Your Calendar

christmas new year holiday closings dec2016 borderWhen:  December 24 - 27 and December 31-January 1
Where:  Both stores
The holidays are a time to relax and reflect with friends and families.  
Second Life will be closed during the Christmas and New Year's holidays to give our employees and volunteers extra time to do just this. 
Mark your calendars to shop and donate the days we are open during the last week of the year (December 28 - 30).
Thank you for your year-long support!  

divider dadada gray1Fun Pet-Themed Items for Sale! 

Visit us inside our Main Store for a variety of new, pet-themed t-shirts, bandanas and magnets.  Show off your love of animals!

Pet-Themed Magnets

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Where:  In our Main Store
When:  Until sold

Looking for a fun stocking-stuffer for the animal lover in your life?  Look no farther than our pet-themed magnets!

Show off your love of rescue pets, your love of animals and more!  At just $2.99, they are a perfect gift.

Check out our selection before your favorites sell out! 

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FunDog Bandannas for Sale!

Where:  Main Store 
When:  Until sold

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We've got a selection of silly sayings, rescue love, special needs and holiday greetings...many more that aren't listed here. 

They make a great holiday gift for large or small dogs

Show off your dog's silly side.  Show your pride at adopting a rescue dog.  Show off your adorable pooch!

Shop early!  Supplies are limited.  Some items may no longer be available.

divider dadada gray1The DipJar:  A Simple Way to Help Homeless Pets


store - dipjar nov2016When:  Ongoing
Where:  In both stores

The DipJar is here to make it even easier for you to be a hero for homeless pets!  We've had customers ask for an easy way to make a donation with their credit or debit card, and we have found one!  

It's called the DipJar and it debuted last weekend at both stores. Simply "dip" your credit card and the machine lights up to let you know you've donated the amount on the jar.  It all goes to Lucky's Legacy Fund, which allows us to provide grants to animal rescue groups and low-cost spay/neuter programs.  

It only takes about 5 seconds to make a difference and every bit helps!  Click here for more information.  Thanks for your support!

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We know you are getting ready for holiday entertaining. Now your shopping trip can earn funds for homeless pets.

Make sure to register your Kroger card - or regeister - to continue support us.  

kroger plus cardDid you know you can support Second Life simply by registering your Kroger Plus Card and shopping at their Atlanta metro stores? After August 31, you will no longer be able to support us if you haven't re-enrolled. 

Once your card is registered to our organization, your purchases at Kroger will be turned into cash donations from Kroger each quarter. It's simple and takes less than 5 minutes!  Shop for groceries...and help homeless pets!

Our organization information is: NPO 29325 or Second Life Thrift Store. 


Register online at  Read more information here...

divider dadada gray1Now Hiring - Furniture Donation Specialist

NowHiring red white 2016When:  Until position is filled
Where:  Pick up an application at our stores or download below
We are currently looking to hire for our Furniture Donation Specialist position.  This person will be responsible for accepting furniture donations, assisting with furniture donation pickups and deliveries, arranging items in our store and providing excellent customer service.
This position will require the following: 
  • heavy lifting (100 lbs. or more) on a regular basis
  • outgoing, customer-focused individual
  • able to work Saturdays and Sundays at a minimum (20-25 hours average)
  • work in close proximity to animals and be an animal lover
 Download job description here and job application:  MS Word application (can be filled out electronically) or PDF Application (cannot be filled out electronically)

divider dadada gray1Adopt Love!  From Egypt to Atlanta...

Where:  In a PAWS Atlanta foster home
When:  Until adopted!  
PAWS - haboob may2016Meet Haboob...a silly, loving street dog from Egypt who has been given a second chance at life!  Rescued off the streets of Cairo with an injured front paw, it was obvious when we met him at the ESMA shelter in March that he adored people. He couldn't get enough love and snuggled with anyone who would let him (including me!).  
Haboob is now up for adoption through PAWS Atlanta.  He's about 2 years old, 30 lbs. and looks like a tiny German Shepherd. As you can see in his pictures, he loves the life of comfort!  He is a happy go-lucky-dog who seems to know he's hit the jackpot!  
From his foster mom:  Haboob is the friendliest, most loving PAWS Atlanta foster dog we've ever had in our home.  Haboob gets along perfectly with our dogs, but can be leash-reactive on walks. With a little positive training, that would not be an issue. He gets along with his foster dog sister...but snuggling with people is his first love!
Haboob has a damaged front paw from an injury now years-old. It cannot be surgically-repaired because the nerve was permanently damaged when the injury went untreated. He hops when he walks and it's pretty darn adorable. His sole goal in life is to snuggle with you. He cannot get enough of you.

Please help him find the life he deserves!  
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Paws Atlanta / 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur 
Phone:   770-593-1155 / 
We believe rescue knows no boundaries.  If we can help an animal in need, we will, no matter where they were born.  Their lives matter just as much as the lives of those dogs and cats lucky enough to be born in a culture that adores pets. 
The Egyptian mixed breeds have zero chances of getting adopted in Egypt.  Their culture does not embrace pets, especially not the street dogs and cats.  The shelters and rescuers give their hearts and lives to making a difference with little support or cultural approval.  They rely on help from abroad to give these amazing animals a chance at being loved, and we are happy to help when we can.  
Thank you to both rescues, ESMA in Egypt and PAWS in Atlanta, for giving him a second chance at life.  
We are looking for more rescues who would be able to help.  If you are a rescue and would be willing to give other Egyptian dogs or cats a second chance at life, please contact me at  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 .  It would only be a few dogs per year.  You will be rewarded with giving an animal a chance to be loved, and we will sponsor some of their vet costs. 


divider dadada gray1Over $715,000 in Grants to Animal Rescue Charities! 

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You are our heroes whether you realize it or not! When you come to our stores you are not just thrifters or smart shoppers, you are part of a mission to create a better community. When you volunteer, you are giving time to save lives. When you clean out your closets or garage and donate goods, you are providing a path for the most vulnerable animals in our communities to live in safety and security.

You help us benefit over 40 rescue groups and spay/neuter programs that do heroic work around the clock.

Whatever treasures you might pick up at our stores, here's what else you buy:

A second chance at happiness and safety for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. 

Some of the pets you help save when you shop at Second Life are pulled from high-kill shelters. Many are pit bulls and pit bull mixes, victims of over-breeding for profit and worse. Many more are cats born during the Spring "kitten season" and there simply isn't enough room in rescues to house and feed them all. These pets cannot rescue themselves. It's up to all of us to be their bridge to a better tomorrow.

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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 $250,000 to organizations specifically for spay & neuter grants of family pets and trap/neuter/return (TNR) of community cats.

At an average of $75-90 per procedure, this means you have helped around 2,800 to 3,300 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!

Our grants help in many more here.

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