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.

Home for the Holidays pet fostering

Home for the Holidays pet fostering

Happy Holiday Season! My name is Blanca, a young homeless Husky selected to introduce our special holiday program here at the Second Chance Humane Society, Home for the Holidays Pet Fostering Drive! This program is an opportunity for homeless pets like me to get a short break from shelter life and for families in the community to share the joy and love of the season with an animal in need by bringing us home for a few days. (Pssssst…I hear that Santa is extra generous to those with big hearts…)

Interested foster families can fill out a foster application on the Second Chance website and speak with a Second Chance representative who will help properly match a dog or cat for each family’s expectations and lifestyle. Foster pets will be available either December 23 or 24 and can be returned between December 26 and January 1st. Food and any other necessities will be sent along with each animal to ensure foster families can just relax and have fun with their four legged guests.

The foster experience can be invaluable for homeless pets like me, even over a period of a few days. Positive exposure to new environments and people can be a difficult task in the shelter and a change of scenery is always something we look forward to. But most of all my furry friends and I would simply appreciate some extra love and company during this special time of year.

My feline friend Winnie was commenting how cats are often overlooked during foster opportunities but how they can benefit just as much from a more traditional environment. Winnie is a very sweet and gentle girl and the hectic pace of the shelter can be overwhelming when she just wants to relax on a bed in the sun. Winnie also mentioned how helpful she can be during the Holidays as she is skilled at batting wads of wrapping paper out of the way.

Even if you’re not a year-long resident and only visiting the region for the Holidays, you can still participate in Home for the Holiday’s – if you had to leave your pets back home it is a good way to feel connected to some furry love.

Also, if you happen to fall in love with your foster pet (ahem…like me…) adoption is always an option as well and foster families receive $50 off an adoption during the Home for the Holidays Drive! And who can’t use $50 during the Holiday Season?!?!

Thanks for reading. I invite you to stop by and meet me, Winnie, and all my four legged friends here at Second Chance. Enjoy the Season of Giving!

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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177 County Road 10
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