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.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

Dear Pet Column,

Help me to help you. I have a cat that is not spayed. I do not want her getting knocked up but cannot afford to get her spayed. Will Second Chance pay for this surgery so there are less unwanted cats in the world?

Sincerely, Dismayed about the Spay

Dear Dismayed, at the risk of sounding harsh, Second Chance does not carry pet parent’s responsibilities for them – but – they are here to support pet parents however we can. So dismay no further - Second Chance has a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program. This program was developed about 20+ years ago to support low income residents within our tri-county service area in making the best choice for their pets. Finances should not be a barrier to you for helping to save lives…

Clinics are held onsite at the Second Chance Shelter every two months (or more depending upon demand) to help ease the expense of what can be a costly procedure (although one of paramount importance). The next clinic is Saturday February 25th so call today (970.626.2273) to reserve a spot.

As you seem to be aware, spaying and neutering is a vital element in controlling pet overpopulation and saving lives of homeless pets like me. Below are a few additional considerations as to why this is good practice:

Altering intact animals can also help improve your pet’s health while preventing negative behavioral issues. Intact cats have a much stronger urge to spray than those that have been spayed or neutered, similar to dogs and urine marking. Spraying is a mostly preventable behavior that otherwise leads to many felines being dropped at a shelter.

Additionally, unneutered male dogs are more prone to urine marking and unspayed females have a much stronger urge to roam while in heat (and thus also ending up at as shelters). Spaying and neutering can also help “chill out” excessively high strung animals and decrease undesirable dominance related behavior such as mounting or aggression.

A common myth surrounding spaying/neutering is that the animals’ personality will be transformed after the procedure. This is simply not the case, there are no procedurally related fundamental changes (other than the positive ones discussed above) in altered pets.

Second Chance’s low cost spay and neuter clinics are here as a community resource and are available to residents of Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. Prices for surgeries range from $20 - $40. Call to learn more or follow us on Facebook for additional clinic dates…

My name is Shellie. I am about 5 years ago and, sadly, this is my second time here at Second Chance as my owner could no longer care for me. I am very affectionate, quiet and good with other cats, so basically I am the ideal adoptable cat (and already spayed!). I am hoping my broken heart will be mended by a Valentine’s Day adoption.

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
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

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