Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

World Spay Day

My name is Steve. I grew up in a puppy mill. Frankly, it was a crap existence. So now that I have been rescued, along with looking for a forever family, I have become the poster child for World Spay Day here at Second Chance Humane Society. I will tell you more about what World Spay Day is but first want to share that Second Chance is hosting another low cost spay/neuter clinic here at the shelter this Saturday February 20th. Come celebrate World Spay Day with a little snip snip of your unaltered pet…

So World Spay Day is an annual campaign (since 1995) of the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. On the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street. The 23rd annual World Spay Day is February 28, 2017.

The purpose of Spay Day is threefold:

  • To raise the public's awareness of the pet overpopulation problem.
  • To promote spay/neuter surgery as the primary means of humanely addressing companion animal overpopulation (and that the spay/neuter solution also improves your pet's health, reduces unruly pet behaviors and saves on the cost of pet care).
  • To inspire each humane citizen to take personal responsibility for preventing the births of surplus litters by sponsoring the spay/neuter of at least one companion animal or feral cat.

So basically on Spay Day you can pledge with others worldwide to educate and promote, as well as help fund, the benefits of spay/neutering pets throughout the year. Now I get to talk more about me...me being a handsome one year old Australian Shepherd with bright eyes and sensitive nature. Having only ever known the confines of a wretched puppy mill I was pretty scared when I first arrived at Second Chance. But with loving staff and volunteers guiding me through an enriching rehabilitation plan I am starting to actually enjoy myself.

I arrived with four Border Collies and a German Shephard, and running together outside in the sun is something we all can’t believe we lived without. Although we feel a little more comfortable when we are all together we are starting to see that people can actually be kind and caring. What a remarkable revelation.

So, while the prospect of life with people is still a little scary, I’m definitely watching out for that special person that can show me all the things I’ve missed out on and what it truly means to be human’s best friend. In the meantime, call Second Chance today to learn more about the upcoming spay/neuter clinic.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at adoptmountainpets.org.

Second Chance Humane Society

Contact

(970) 626-2273 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax
animalcare@adoptmountainpets.org
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift

Address

PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

Shelter Hours

Tuesday - Sunday
11:00am - 5:00pm