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.

Gifting a Humane World

Gifting a Humane World

Someday animal shelters will no longer be necessary. When people better understand and connect to animals like me we will no longer be mistreated or discarded. Ok, so that day is a probably a bit into the future – but if this vision inspires you than you should read on to see how you can participate in this “movement”.

The mission of Second Chance Humane Society is Saving Lives & Promoting the Human-Animal Bond. So although their shelter operations are critical in saving homeless pets like me – the organization has also maintained a focus on prevention and humane education programs for the majority of its 23 year history. Now you can play an important role in supporting their efforts in impacting how humans relate to animals.

Via one novel approach to achieving its mission, Second Chance has staff and volunteers going into the public schools in Telluride and Ridgway and bringing dogs into classrooms where children can read to the dogs and build confidence in their reading as well as connect with a furry friend. In Telluride staff and volunteers are also teaching an education unit about what it means to act humanely, and how to safely interact with animals.

Second Chance is also working toward supporting teachers and students in integrating humane education into school curriculum. Here is where you come in. Second Chance is seeking classroom sponsors for Kind News subscriptions for elementary school classrooms. Kind News is an eight-page magazine that encourages youth to celebrate the human-animal bond and become active in efforts to protect animals through colorful articles, short features and fun activities. Kind News teaches students how to treat animals with kindness, the importance of proper pet care and wildlife appreciation while emphasizing abstract values like compassion, citizenship and responsibility.

Kind News is published five times during the school year and is available in three reading levels: Primary (grades K-2), Junior (grades 3-4) and Senior Edition (grades 5-6). A classroom subscription includes 28 copies of each issue and a teacher’s guide. (Kind News is also available as a single-copy home subscription.)

A classroom subscription is $30 and includes 5 bimonthly bundles of one reading level of Kind News. Each bundle contains 28 copies and a teacher's guide. The super awesome part is that through Second Chance’s Adopt-a-Classroom program, civic groups, parents, individuals, and businesses can "adopt" elementary school classes by providing them with gift subscriptions of Kind News. Now this is truly the Holiday gift that keeps giving! Contact Second Chance to learn more about sponsoring a classroom.

My name is Scarlet, a three and a half year old white healer mix with a strong affinity for belly rubs. One of my other favorite things is to do is to meet, greet and snuggle with people so you can imagine my delight at being the shelter dog of choice last week for the Ridgway 2nd Grade Class students to read to. I enjoyed the stories but more importantly – the belly rubs…

I love playing with other dogs too so if you are looking for the snuggliest snuggler as a new family member who exudes love and kindheartedness – I am your girl.

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.

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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