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Avondale Estate’s Second Life celebrates its five-year anniversary

Avondale Estates Business

Avondale Estate’s Second Life celebrates its five-year anniversary

A kitten hangs out at the Second Life Thrift Store in Avondale Estates.. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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A kitten hangs out at the Second Life Thrift Store in Avondale Estates. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A kitten hangs out at the Second Life Thrift Store in Avondale Estates. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Second Life thrift shop in Avondale Estates just celebrated its five-year anniversary.

The business, which opened in 2011 on North Clarendon Ave., is a 501(c)(3) organization that donates to animal-related charities.

Second Life has provided more than $600,000 in grants to animal charities and spay and neuter programs since it first opened.

It thanked supporters for helping provide grants to those charities in an Avondale Estates city email.

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Toby Tobias and his wife, Tanya Mahrous, founded the thrift shop with the intention of benefiting animals after seeing a similar idea while visiting Nebraska.

Pet adoptions are often held at the shop on weekends. And the thrift shop has expanded since it first opened, taking over another building next door. Decaturish profiled the thrift store in 2014.

Second Life celebrated its anniversary over the weekend with adoptable pets on site and a pet food drive.

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Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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