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.

True Second Chances

I am eight years old and have never had a home or a family. I have never gone on a nice walk feeling the sun on my face and a cool breeze brushing through my hair. But all that is changing (and the sun and breeze are wonderful!) now that I have been rescued from a puppy mill and brought to Second Chance Humane Society. My name is Pandalla and I’m an eight year old German Shephard. For the first time ever my world is an exciting and wonderful place and now I just need someone to share it with.

For most of my life I’ve been a momma and had the responsibility that comes along with litters of young ones. So ever since I’ve had the chance to take some time for myself and enjoy the simple things in life it’s been a welcome change. This is going to be the summer of Pandalla!

Because I’ve cultivated that maternal instinct over the years I have a very sweet and gentle disposition. I get along well with other dogs and love people, and since I’ve been at Second Chance I’ve really embraced the attention and love that has been lavished upon me.

I’m still getting used to taking daily walks and while I don’t see any marathons in my future I’ve loved exploring the beautiful shelter property. It’s not just leash walking that I’m learning about, it seems every day brings a new and novel experience, everything from the taste of hotdogs and cheese to the view after my first hike and even my first cat friend, Skittles.

Skittles is a two year old short haired cat that also recently arrived at Second Chance. She and four other cats she arrived with all came from a rough background as well. They were rescued from a rather unhealthy hoarding situation and were pretty anxious and stressed out when they first arrived.

Skittles and I both agreed that as soon as we got some time move around and freely explore our new environment we felt a lot better. Skittles has now familiarized herself with the Cat Castle and loves all the nooks and crannies, many laden with soft blankets, her favorite being all the scratching posts and pads. She even discovered this new thing, a keyboard, which she just loves to walk across K98][]+?$^&234hKLSDjfjhjij0293u9.

So I hope you all remember that when you adopt a pet you are not only giving us a new life to live for but also hope and trust in humanity – something we may have never had before. Although you will receive so much more in return – like a lifetime of unconditional love and affection – I would like to thank now whoever it is that adopts me or Skittles for giving us the chance at true happiness that we have never had before.

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

2017 Holiday Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Closed Sunday and Monday, as well as November 22, 23, 24 (Happy Thanksgiving) and December 24, 25, 26 (Merry Christmas)