More Animal Talk

Last week’s Pet Column was about cat chatter and what it means. The “language barrier” between pets and animals is challenging and pets like me are often misunderstood. And as people like to anthropomorphize pets in many ways – our communication often is put in human perspective rather than pet perspective.

This can have an impact upon how people relate to their pet and sometimes even leads to us being homeless. Take my friend Ace for example. He is a handsome year and half old Catahoula, Australian Shepherd mix who was bred to be a working dog. But chasing cows didn’t really appeal to him. Because he couldn’t say, “hey, I would rather be a lover” his owners just thought he was not very smart and decided they didn’t want him anymore.

Well it turns out that Ace is very smart. He just happens to prefer the company of people to cows. So here at Second Chance they are not looking to place him at a ranch but rather as a hiking or running partner or as a member of an active family. Ace does well with other dogs but is a bit much for cats. I think if he could talk he would say, “yo cat – let’s have some fun” but cats just think he is annoying.

And then there is me, Savannah. Just an adorable kitten that loves to play on the cat wheel and other toys in the Second Chance Cat Castle rooms. I am about 4 ½ months old, brown tabby with some splashes of white. Young kittens don’t do well on our own so I am happy to have been rescued and brought to Second Chance. I especially enjoy napping and playing with the other two kittens I share a room with here.

Because of my rough start of fending for myself and not knowing kind people, I am shy and timid at first. But I am quickly learning the language of love and that it is nothing to fear and I am now letting people come up to me and pet me. If I could talk I would say, “I am young and resilient and if you adopt me and treat me kindly I will be a loyal and loving forever pet to you”.

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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