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.

Cats & Cavities

So here is a mostly unknown feline fact: cats don’t get cavities like humans do. Instead we get something called cat tooth resorption. To add to the allure of the mysterious cat, no one really knows what causes it. But here is what you should know about it…

Continue Reading

Casper & Arvin

Ok I will admit it. I was amazing. For those who missed the first ever Furry Flicks & Fashion last weekend in Ridgway (which was a great success by the way!) you missed out on me leading the shelter dog line in the dog fashion show. I nailed it. And being deaf really gave me an advantage for a change. I could feel the music but it didn’t bother me one bit. It was a super fun night, I rocked it, but I still need a home so keep reading…

Continue Reading

Feline Fashion Forever

In last week’s Pet Column one of the silly shelter dogs wrote all about his upcoming debut in Second Chance’s Furry Fashion Show happening this weekend (March 10th at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway). Well this Putty Tat is here to throw down some feline fashionista finger snapping facts. Cats do not care about fashion. We do, however, inspire some of the greatest fashion in history. So, although I will despise you for even thinking about dressing me in a Tutu, I will give you a little fashion advice for keeping it real from the catwalk to the sidewalk.

Continue Reading

Furry Fashion Forward

I am a dog. I am not a fashion statement. Or am I? Two weeks ago during New York’s Fashion Week it was the dog’s that stole the show. The Pet Fashion Show, which kicks off Fashion Week, uses shelter pets to model jaw dropping canine couture and raises funds for animal welfare organizations. This event draws more excitement than any other that week. Is it the clothing or the dog that draws people’s attention? And an even tougher question – do the dogs enjoy it?

Continue Reading

Ban Breed Bans

Breed bans have been a hot topic in this country for many years. This approach of targeting specific dog breeds has not proven to be effective and has negatively impacted families who consider dogs of these breeds as family members (not to mention shelters that rescue them). An alternate approach is being championed by Representative Paul Rosenthal of Denver through the introduction of House Bill 1126. This Colorado House bill seeks to prevent such bans on dogs of particular breed while encouraging responsible pet ownership.

Continue Reading

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


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


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

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm