Season of Love & Light

Here at Second Chance Humane Society we are closing the year with our hearts filled with gratitude and humility while feeling energized by great optimism for 2019. The Second Chance folks and I are feeling most fortunate to be part of such a compassionate caring community. But we are also pushing for more – read on if you are up for a challenge.

Mahatma Gandhi was said to have spoken the words, “You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals”. I believe you can judge the morality of a community in this same manner and our community is getting it right as Second Chance enters its 25th year of community support. However, there are still some gaps to fill and that is what Second Chance is targeting for 2019.

Gandhi also said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. So in this vein, I challenge you to join Second Chance in becoming this change for 2019. Help someone, some being, help yourself – just help, help create the change that is so desperately needed on our planet. 

For our part, Second Chance will be furthering its mission “Saving Animals & Promoting the Human-Animal Bond” and you are most welcome to join us in any capacity you choose.  Pets have the power to change lives and this is what Second Chance will continue investing in for 2019 with community outreach programming for people and pets that most need us. Our wish is that whatever change you pursue may it be grounded in love and connection rather than fear and exclusion. 

As for me, I am filled with sincere appreciation as this Season of Light is upon us.  Truth is, I may not even be alive if not for people like you. Sounds morbid and dramatic but it is true.  Without this community’s support for second chances like mine, who knows where I would be...

But this is also time to look forward. I am hopeful that 2019 begins with me in a new forever home.  My name is Raisin and I am a lovely young homeless female feline. My letter to Santa read something like this:  Dear Santa – please bring me a loving family in a loving community in a loving world. I should also add, for potential adopters, that although I am quite shy at first I am a loud purrer and when snuggled I get so happy and relaxed that I tend to dwool, I mean drool, while making funny growly noises.

Wishing you warm and fluffy Holidays. And, on behalf of Second Chance Humane Society, thank you for making a difference – let’s keep it up. Bring it 2019.

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:

Canine Colds

Without a doubt, winter is the worst time of the year to be homeless. Fortunately I am safe and warm here at the Second Chance shelter as I patiently wait for my first real home ever. While I have been snug in the Shelter it is getting cold outside so I thought I’d take this opportunity to throw down some important factoids about…colds.

Read more: Canine Colds

Be a Love Bug not a Humbug

Dear person reading this,

Holidays can either be crazed and chaotic or meaningful and magical. It is simply a choice. If you choose the former, well…good luck with that. If you choose the latter I can supply the meaning and magic, otherwise known as love. Love is the purpose and the reason. Love makes every day a holiday. I am love. The cuddly generous kind.

Read more: Be a Love Bug not a Humbug

Cage Free

Hi my name is Taylor. I am a puppy mill survivor. The Second Chance Pet Column often promotes the end to this cruel and inhumane treatment of animals and although progress on this front has been slow nationwide things are improving. Additionally activism against puppy mills is also having a positive impact on the treatment other kinds of animals. Did you know that California voters made history a few weeks ago with the passing of Prop 12, the nation’s most progressive legislation for farm animals to date?

Read more: Cage Free

Make it Furever

My name is Bo and I am a homeless cat here at Second Chance waiting to be adopted. Animal welfare folks like to refer to adoptive homes as forever homes, but I for one know there certainly is no guarantee of that, having come from a home I thought would be forever. So I have a few things to say on all this so listen up.

Read more: Make it Furever

The Love Doctor is waiting

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which many may think wouldn’t mean much to a homeless dog like me. But once again I am underestimated. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for our lives and for those who make our lives better each day, so of course my ears are perking. What an ideal time of year to be caught in the act of being grateful for your animal friends. How about taking a short moment right now to remember all that your pets (past and present) give to you and how they transform your view and engagement with the world around you.

Read more: The Love Doctor is waiting

How to I.D. a Cat

My name is Tommy and I have a pet (pun intended) peeve to share. According to the Humane Society of the United States, only 2 to 5 % of the millions of lost cats entering shelters annually nationwide are reunited with their owners. Compare this to dogs, reunited with owners at eight times the rate that cats are. Why? Because only 14% of cats arriving at shelters have identification as compared to 43% of dogs. What the fur ball is up with that?

Read more: How to I.D. a Cat

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

So our little Second Chance Pet Column caught the attention of an interesting organization called Tuck, based in Seattle and devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness. They create and disseminate comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources (check them out at The cool thing is they asked us to share information about pets and sleep. So as it such a universal and important topic (who doesn’t need sleep?!) we are going to cover some of their info today.

Read more: Sweet Dreams are Made of This

The Fortune of the Black Cat

So what is the deal with Halloween and black cats?  Do you people still think that we are the vessels of evil witchcraft or minions of the devil? Seriously? People, this is the 21st century - can we please get over it already? Yes, black cats have endured a major role for centuries in folklore and mythology but continuing to perpetuate this superstitious mumbo jumbo isn’t helping our cause – to love and be loved.    In the immortal words of Groucho Marx, "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere."

Read more: The Fortune of the Black Cat

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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