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    Second Chance Pet Adoptions
  6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133
  Raleigh, NC  27607-5148
  919 851-8404
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Second Chance Pet Adoptions

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.


6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607-5148

Directions:1 Mile West of the State Fairgrounds

Adoption Hours:

Cat Adoption Hours:
11 am - 5 pm Monday thru Thursday
11am - 6 pm Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm every Saturday

Dog Adoption Hours:
please see our Calendar of Events

Phone numbers:
Main: 919-851-8404
Fax : 919-851-8401

E-mail Address:


Second Chance's mission is to champion homeless cats and dogs who are healthy or treatable in the quest to find their forever home and engage the community in responsible pet ownership - ultimately reducing future generations of homeless animals.

Nonprofit Status
We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, charitable corporation.

Our federal tax ID/EIN # is 56-1671883.
We have been recognized by the IRS as eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, you can verify our IRS standing by calling IRS Customer Service at 877-829-5500 or go here: IRS website

You can view our current IRS Form 990 at

Note: Our legal name and address:

2nd Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc.
PO Box 73
Cary, NC 27512

Second Chance Board of Directors

Joanna Reynolds
Board President

Linda Aidukas
Board Vice President

Carol Ballesteros
Board Treasurer

Board Secretary

Board Members:
Bonnie Millis
Dave Ballesteros
Kelly Bohlander
David Ungaro

Second Chance Staff

Lisa Imhof

Allison Paris
Operations Coordinator

Sarah Weisenburn
Development Coordinator

Volunteer Questions?

Contact Lisa at


It is hard to believe how far we have come from the day when three women, Cheri Sowter, Deborah Ruggero, and Judy Benrud sat down in 1987 and committed themselves to helping the 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 the many tasks involved with caring for the animals and to assist with screening applicants.

Other volunteers began fostering animals, fundraisers were created, and ways to show the animals were discovered. 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. Namely that Second Chance itself would make a lifetime commitment to each of the animals it rescued; retaining the option of taking them back in the event the new home could not keep them, if we are able. Each animal will receive the medical care they need, unconditional love, and will be carefully matched with the best home for its needs in order to ensure a lifetime of safety, love, and companionship.

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