Adoptable Cats

Looking for a furry feline friend? We don't blame you! Cats are all around great companions that dig living in Colorado. Seriously, they can watch the snow falling from the warmth of their kitty bed which is perfectly perched in a sunlit room next to their food, water and buzzer to summon you in case they need something.

Just take a look at some of these cool cats and prepare to open up your home so they can take it over! Once you've identified a pet that you're interested in, be sure to read our adoption process and download an adoption profile.

Check back often as our adoption pages are updated daily!

Clementine, a small, female Domestic Long Hair

Clementine

Date of Birth: 09/20/2016 This big beautiful girl is Clementine! Clementine is a quiet cat who enjoys napping in a high, quiet spot. While she does enjoy affection, she can be a bit shy, however her ...

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Tilly, a medium, female Domestic Long Hair

Tilly

Tilly is a beautiful sweet girl who had a rough start in life. She is shy to come forward but will snuggle in and give all the loving she can get. Tilly is a quiet and just learning to play but will...

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Kayla, a medium, female Domestic Short Hair

Kayla

Kayla is an 11 year old senior seeking a quiet home with a place in the sun. She was found at a gas station where the overnight employees would feed her. They had been doing so for awhile, but the ga...

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Jellybean, a small, female Domestic Short Hair

Jellybean

Jellybean is a very sweet all black 4 month-old kitten. Jellybean came to Second Chance after being found wandering around all alone. Jellybean is very shy but with lots of patience and love we believ...

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Sterling, a large, male Domestic Short Hair

Sterling

Sterling is a lovely short haired gray guy. He does well with other cats and likes hanging out with his friend Knight. He's easy going but a bit shy so he is looking for a home where he can come into ...

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Franklin, a medium, male Domestic Short Hair

Franklin

Meet Franklin! Franklin came to us as a stray with health issues, but has since been treated and is now looking for a home to call his own. We don't know his age, but we are guessing he is a mature ca...

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Paradise, a small, female Tortoiseshell

Paradise

Meet Paradise! This beautiful girl came here as a stray, and she's about six months old. She is ready for a forever home and looking for a new family. Paradise is extremely independent, loves to explo...

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Gracie, a medium, female Dilute Calico

Gracie

Gracie is a beautiful Dilute Calico and she is about 3 years old (Date of Birth 3/25/2016). She has been living in a communal room with other cats and she gets along with other cats. Gracie is very l...

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Charlie, a large, male Tabby

Charlie

Charlie is a gentle, giant grey tabby. He loves attention and will come running to greet you when you walk in to see him. He is not very playful with other cats, but he does well living with them. He'...

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Sophia, a medium, female Domestic Long Hair

Sophia

Sophia is a special needs girl who has had a tough life and came in as a stray with matted hair. She has had painful teeth removed, is missing part of an ear, and we're unsure of her vision as she's a...

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Sweet Kittens, a medium, female Domestic Medium Hair

Sweet Kittens

KITTENS NEED HOMES! We have many, many sweet kittens ready for their new homes and families. We have both boys and girls, and many colors and personalities to choose from. Come spend some time in our ...

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Marbella, a medium, female Domestic Short Hair

Marbella

Marbella is a sweet sweet girl she came to us with 4 beautiful kittens! Now they are weaned Marbella is looking for a forever home where she will be spoiled and loved. she loves to be petted and sit i...

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Poppy, a small, female Tabby

Poppy

Poppy is a very sweet and energetic cat. When Poppy came to Second Chance she lost both of her ears and had some medical concerns. After a series of testing Poppy was diagnosed and is now ready for he...

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Cloudy, a large, male Domestic Long Hair

Cloudy

Cloudy is a big, handsome fluff. He loves cuddles and is very affectionate. He enjoys playing with toys and will do well in a home with other cats. He can be a little shy in new situations, but settle...

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Freya, a small, female Domestic Long Hair

Freya

Sweet Freya is looking for her forever family! Freya came in with 4 beautiful kittens who have all grown up and found homes of their own. Now it is her turn! This girl is affectionate, playful, and c...

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Countering Counter Cats

Countering Counter Cats

Many cats naturally aspire to great heights. And yes this often leads to kitty kitchen counter cruising. Some feline inclusive families just accept this as part of the agreement they make with their cats while others wonder if there’s an actual solution to keeping their counters paw and butt free. Today I will enlighten you on the secrets to countering the counter cat…

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Bursting the Puppy Bubble

Bursting the Puppy Bubble

Dear Pet Column, is it true that I should not take my new puppy out in public until she has received her last puppy vaccination at 16 weeks?

 -Perplexed Puppy Parent

 Dear Perplexed, I am going to help you put this mythology away in a puppy crate forever. Puppies should absolutely be taken out into the world before the age of 12 weeks and certainly should not spend this incredibly critical period of development wrapped in a plastic bubble at home.

Because I am just a dog and you may not respect my wisdom I am lifting a quote from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statement on puppy socialization: “Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.”

AVSAB’s statement continues, “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life... For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.

And here is a quote from the American Veterinary Medical Association (meaning regular vets not just animal behaviorists): “By 8-9 weeks of age most dogs are sufficiently neurologically developed that they are ready to start exploring unfamiliar social and physical environments. Data show that if they are prohibited from doing so until after 14 weeks of age they lose such flexibility and may be fearful in these situations. Such dogs may function well within extremely restricted social situations but may be fearful and reactive among unfamiliar people, pets or in environments outside of the house.”

My advice is to find a good positive trainer before you adopt, as well as a veterinarian who will administer your puppy’s vaccinations on a schedule that will facilitate the pup’s timely admission to a puppy class. Do as much thoughtful, structured socializing as possible (more tips on that in an upcoming Pet Column) with your puppy at your home, and/or in the homes of friends or family members who have no dogs or healthy, vaccinated, reliably dog-friendly dogs who can be trusted to not scare or harm the puppy.

My name is Moo and I am an energetic 3.5 month young heeler mix that came to Second Chance after being found wondering the highway near the Ridgway State Park. I am a very sweet and happy puppy looking for a lot of love and special attention. Because of my early emotional trauma from abandonment I currently do not do well when left alone. I would love an attentive family that has a confident dog that I can learn from. I love to play with other dogs and go for long walks after long cuddle sessions with humans. Come meet me today!

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

 

 

 

 

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