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.

Missy Missing a Home

You know those emotional yet heart-warming animal stories full of initial hardship followed by some kind of divine intervention and ending in miracles and happiness? Well I don’t have one of those stories. But I want one. Thus, I have hijacked this week’s Second Chance Pet Column in hopes of finding mine…

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

Dear Dismayed, at the risk of sounding harsh, Second Chance does not carry pet parent’s responsibilities for them – but – they are here to support pet parents however we can. So dismay no further - Second Chance has a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program. This program was developed about 20+ years ago to support low income residents within our tri-county service area in making the best choice for their pets. Finances should not be a barrier to you for helping to save lives…

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Dear Pets

Dear Pet Column, I know this column is typically read by pet parents but I am hoping you will share the attached to a different audience – my pets…

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I Think Therefore So Must You

Steven Kotler, author of A Small Furry Prayer, fell in love with a woman that was in the “cult” of animal rescue and soon found his life upended from a single professional living in L.A. to taking his writing career to a goat shed in rural New Mexico and sharing his girlfriend (and eventually wife) and bed with 15+ special need rescue dogs. Kotler’s experience completely transformed his relationship to non-human beings, as marked by the subtitle of his book: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life…

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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


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


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