Sadie's Story

My name is Sadie. Before my housemates and I arrived here at Second Chance we lived in a small house with far too many dogs. There were dogs just everywhere I turned and only one elderly person who was trying to take care of us all. She did her best and she thought she was doing a great job, but she wasn’t. 

Now that I get regular food, care and attention, walks, and space to run around I am feeling much better. But I spent 5 years in very close quarters with far too many dogs so, although I am ready to find a new home of my own, I will still need some time to adjust to this novel (and greatly improved!) lifestyle. 

My staff here are Second Chance have been amazed by what they call the resiliency of my housemates and I since arriving at Second Chance. In our former life we had to learn to be quite adaptive.  Fortunately we brought that skill with us and have been rather trusting and accepting of the many new people and dogs we have met here at Second Chance. We continue to get along well with each other and are really hoping to settle in to new homes of our own fairly smoothly.

I will admit that I would probably feel quite lost without any other dogs around so I would really like one other dog in my new home. I think that will help me to transition as well to to build confidence in a new environment.

I am a lovely Border Collie/Aussie mix of five years young. As would be expected I am a shy girl but I am very gentle and once I get to know someone I do love to snuggle up and give and receive affection. I think I could really get used to doing that!

Because I grew up in rather different circumstances from most dogs I will need a patient and understanding new family but I already love going on nice long walks and being with people so it won’t take me long to adjust to a less chaotic lifestyle. 

When people hear about how I lived they get distressed and even angry. I would like to share that people who hoard are ill.  They simply cannot see that what they have created is not the way a dog (or person) should live. They do have good intentions but just not the capacity to make good choices or take the right actions. It is sad and I hope that better solutions for helping people with this disease are forthcoming so that less pets like me have to suffer.

So I just want to move onward now and let go of my past. I look forward to meeting the family that will better help me to understand what being a dog is really supposed to look and feel like. And thank you all for supporting Second Chance in all the different ways that you do – you have all saved my life and that of hundreds of others.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online:




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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