The owners of SecondLife Atlanta, a six-year old nonprofit thrift store in Avondale Estates, want to help homeless pets. Co-founders Toby and Tanya Tobias donate money to help various nonprofits and hope to reach $1 million this year. CREDIT: SHELIA POOLE

Avondale Estates thrift shop donates $1 million to save pets

Seven years ago, Toby Tobias and Tanya Mahrous opened Second Life Atlanta Thrift Store in Avondale Estates .

Their dream for the upscale thrift shop, located at  1 N. Clarendon Ave., was to give homeless pets a second chance at life by supporting animal rescues. 

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Since then, the business has donated over $1 million a million in cash grants to animal rescues and spay/neuter programs, providing help with medical care, community outreach and education.

The Second Life Atlanta thrift store is decorated with pet art, some of it carries a message. CREDIT: SHELIA POOLE

The  four-legged inspiration for the shop was Lucky, who was days away from being euthanized when the couple were asked to foster him for a  few weeks. He had been deemed unadoptable but a rescuer wouldn’t give up on him. Lucky inspired them to foster and volunteer with animal rescue – and then to open Second Life as they realized the tremendous need for funding to help animal charities save lives. 

Pet art at the Second Life Atlanta thrift shop. CREDIT: SHELIA POOLE

Lucky was the store’s first Chief Smile Officer . Lucky lived until he was 17. His position was taken on by Riley, another foster dog they rescued from a shelter in Egypt. 

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Second Life will celebrate their anniversary from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday . In addition to a 40 percent off storewide sale in both stores, at select times there will be giveaways, snacks, a dog adoptions, photos with their Luckydog mascot, and a pet food drive to help Pet Buddies Food Pantry. 

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