Good Stories That Help

Last week the furry feline Clover used this Second Chance Pet Column to provide pertinent program updates for community members in the region to help feed and care for their pets during these uncertain times. Those updates can be found on the Second Chance website. Today I share a few stories that give us hope and inspire us to keep helping one another, the best way for all of us to be living during these scary times.

I’ll start with my staff. My staff are definitely heroes. Through all of the daunting and unsettling realities that COVID has brought, my staff have shown up every day and tackled new and unprecedented challenges without any hesitation. They knew that pets like me needed them and so they have been here for us, positive and truly leaning into the day not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

They have also been here for the hundreds of community members who have needed them these past weeks. The phone here at Second Chance has been ringing non-stop with more combined calls in the past 3 weeks than in the past 3 months. People are nervous, financially strapped and fearful about being able to care for their pets.

My staff, skilled with animals, are becoming phenomenal at working with people as well. They are supporting people and alleviating their fears and providing them with food, resources, answers, advice and setting up plans to support them in keeping their pets at home rather than surrendering them.

And they are succeeding. They are keeping pets where they belong, at home supporting their families in a time that they are needed more than ever before.

Additionally, thanks to my staff, my life has changed dramatically the past few weeks as well. I had been living at the shelter for over half a year now. I was rescued from a puppy mill where I spent four years in a horrible place enduring terrible conditions. By the time I finally got away from there I didn’t trust people and I didn’t really want to even try.

My staff changed my mind. They taught me that people are kind and loving and can be depended upon. They brought me a long way but I was still unsure if I was ready to try living the true life of a dog, as a family member and companion for people. But they worked hard to find a foster home that would give me a shot. And these past weeks more people have been willing to foster than ever before – go people!

So guess what, I totally nailed it. Being a foster family member is so freaking awesome and I am finally understanding what family means and feels like. I am hooked and now ready to find my forever family.

My foster family is amazing, particularly the guy called Dad. His gentle energy had me from the day I met him. Although they can’t keep me long-term I am so grateful for my foster family for showing me and others that I am going to make the best forever family dog (just a side note: I walk nicely on a leash and I love other dogs and am good with cats too). 

Times are tough and transforming us all in good and bad ways. COVID is truly nightmarish but also challenging us to be our best selves. Follow my lead and grab at the opportunity.

PS - The pic is of me enjoying being a dog in my Foster Home. If you are interested in adopting me, my name is Wilma, give my staff a call…

Contact Second Chance Humane Society at 970.626.2273 or online ( to learn how you can receive services, adopt, volunteer, foster, or donate to our programs and services. Also please let us know of any additional needs you are currently facing in keeping your pets as part of your families.

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

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