Second Chance Updates and Adoptables

Second Chance Humane Society wants to thank the publishers of our weekly Pet Column for continuing to give us the opportunity to connect with our pet loving communities during these challenging times. We know that platforms for disseminating information are more important than ever right now. As such today’s column is geared to educate and support pet parents but we tossed in an uplifting tale of two of our adorable adoptable dogs.

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Best Dog on the Catwalk

Doesn’t the name Topaz just have that Super Model ring to it? Yeah, I thought so too. Which is why I am anticipating great things for myself at this weekend’s doggie fashion show (part of Furry Flicks & Fashion event this Saturday March 14th at the Ouray County Event Center in Ridgway). I am excited as it is my big chance to finally get noticed for my beauty, talent and grace plus get adopted.

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Be an Advocat!

As a shelter cat here at Second Chance Humane Society I have been witness to what I believe is a growing disparity between the feline versus canine connection with humans. There are some strong indicators in shelters nationwide. For example, stray dogs are far more often reclaimed by their owners than stray cats and there always more cats in the shelter than dogs. This is not the cat’s fault and it needs to change.

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Mr. Microchip is Your Friend

Jelly Bean here, a homeless kitty at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter. I am one of many pets at Second Chance who arrived without any identification, making it rather difficult for me to be returned to my family. So today’s Pet Column lesson is one word. Microchip. And for y’all that spell it as two words…well you are wrong.

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Long Live the Dog

Whaddup? My name is Buddy Studly. I am a bit of a stud. Not in the “still intact/un-neutered” way of course, but in the “wow, look at that good looking, athletic, cool and charming dog” way. I’ll admit I also get “look at the auricles on that stud, he can probably hear 10 miles away!” but I’m cool with that. Anyway, I really enjoy life and I think it stinks that dogs have a shorter life span than other species. I have decided to change that.

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Socially Conscious Sheltering

My name is Florence Brightengale. Recently my person passed away and so I am going through two difficult transitions of missing him and being homeless. But fortunately my person made arrangements for me to be cared for by Second Chance until they can find me a new home. I learned Second Chance is a partner of an animal-welfare model in Colorado that hopes to be the future of the industry. It is called Socially Conscious Sheltering and it is very good for pets like me.

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Seeking Common Sense Candidates

Hi my name is Sugarcane Jane. Currently I am homeless but I intend to change that by writing this week’s Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column to outline the simple criteria of what I am looking for in a new family. This summary would be helpful to all dog parents who also want to be responsible and keep your pets safe.

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Activating the Prey Drive

Ok cat parents – I’m throwing down a reality check for you today. The life of the indoor cat is not natural. I understand that it is a necessary and preferable way of life these days for the majority of cats, and we certainly prefer it to homelessness, but, it is not always healthy (according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59 percent of cats are overweight or obese). So I am also going to throw down some ideas to support a healthy, happy and more natural indoor cat life.

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Sitting Saves Lives

If I told you I had a trick to reduce dog homelessness would you be interested in learning about it? What if I said it was a free and only requires a few minutes per day? And what if I said you could earn one million dollars in one month by doing this trick, would that increase your interest?

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Cat Tales

Hi my name is Poppy. I am a very special cat. More on that shortly but I wanted to address you, “I’m more of a dog person”, people out there. Many of your type just haven’t taken the time to understand cats. You think we are non-expressive and incomprehensible. Not. True. You just aren’t listening to our tales, I mean tails. Perhaps you don’t yet realize you truly are a “cat person” too…

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