Getting Pets Out & About
Howdy folks my name is Pluto and I’m a one year old Hound Mix in waiting (for a new family) here at the Second Chance Humane Society. Although, we don’t just sit around and wait for you to come to us, we get out into the community to make it easier for you to find us (and as part of our Shelter Enrichment Program). This is not as simple as it sounds and I thought, to guide you in getting your pets out more as well, I would talk today about how the staff prepare us for this.
For some dogs and cats, particularly a stray like me, the world can be a chaotic and scary place filled with unusual and unfamiliar experiences. So to get us ready for our outings the staff gradually introduce us to some of these unknowns using tasty high value treats and lots of positive reinforcement and love. We start with the basics, being introduced to things like getting in and out of a car, which many of us have never done before. Once comfortable with the car we get to go into Ridgway to walk in the park and visit the Second Chance Thrift Shop.
Before any of us get to go to our first event we are also socialized and introduced to as many other dogs, cats, and people as possible here at the shelter, because out in the community we get to meet all kinds of new furry friends and people and so we need to be comfortable with strangers and the excitement of the Telluride Farmers Market, just one of the events you can find us at this summer. All this training also helps us to be calmer, happier and more adoptable.
My feline friend Moqui is no stranger to chaotic and crowded situations because she just finished nursing and caring for her litter of five kittens. Moqui already has a paw up on some because the cats that get to attend offsite events have to be adaptable and not be overwhelmed by travel or lots of stimulation. But weather and conditions permitting, the shelter cats also attend our offsite events.
So if you’re unable to visit us all here at the shelter keep your eyes peeled while out this summer and you might just meet me, Moqui, or other furry friends while at the Free Concert Series in Ridgway or at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Montrose, just a couple more of the offsite events we get to enjoy. And remember if you have a pet that is uncomfortable in new or social situations – let them tell you when they are ready as they get comfortable with greater and greater challenges.
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: www.adoptmountainpets.org.