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.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

I love October! Not because it brings pumpkins, Halloween costumes (hate those things!), or crunchie leaves to roll around in (love those things!) but because for millions of dogs it brings the promise of a better life. Welcome to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month where the focus is to help homeless animals find loving, happy homes! Aand here is how you can help… First and foremost, Adopt. If you are ready to open your heart and home to an animal in need, please consider adopting a pet today. Here at Second Chance you will find many adorable, adoptable animals waiting to meet you right now.

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The Social (or Not) Life of a Cat

Sorry for your loss. And yes, the confusing myth of The Lone Cat... On the one hand we have the solitary tiger hunting in the jungles while on the other is the social lion living in prides in grasslands. Are domestic cats more like tigers or lions? And, if your cat is more like a lion can you turn it into a tiger? Are cats happier with other cats around or soaking up all the attention themselves? Do cats get lonely without other cats around?

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Puerto Rico Pets

Your concerns are absolutely warranted. The United States commonwealth of Puerto Rico was not only hit hard by Hurricane Irma, but was also decimated by Hurricane Maria a mere two weeks later. The entire island of 3.5 million people remains largely without power, few lines of communication, and supplies for both humans and pets are quickly diminishing, including potable water.

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Proper Petiquette

Wow Petiquette Seeker – you have a very strong point there. I agree that pet parents should consider themselves the ambassadors of the pet and model how to be a good parent to a good pet. Thus I have thrown down a rough outline to help others do this.

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The Sacred Secret

Thank you for sharing your secret and trust me in that you are not alone in your pooch pal preferences. The dog has been considered the best friend to people for many years. The earliest written record of this claim being made was by Frederick, King of Prussia (1740-1786) who referred to one of his Italian Greyhounds as his best friend. He received less criticism for this than you would expect for that day and age.

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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