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.

Saving the 22

Saving the 22

My name is Bear. I was rescued a few weeks ago by Second Chance Humane Society, along with 21 other amazing Border Collie/Cattle Dog relatives, from a serious situation. Our story of how we got here is one filled with heroes, fortuitous (divine?) circumstance, and happy endings which I share with you now…

There were 32 of us living in rather tight quarters in eastern Colorado. One of my sisters felt that it was too crowded for she and her pups and decided to leave (that is her story but I think she knew she needed to save all of us). A kind-hearted woman named Drew found her and her pups on the highway and took them back to our property. Drew met the elderly man who was our caretaker (he was a pet hoarder but he was kind). He asked her to help him find homes for us as he was terminally ill. She agreed. Feeling that we would now be cared for, he died later that day.

Fortunately Drew kept her word and she returned to our property just in time to stop the local sheriff from shooting all of us. He gave her a week to find us all homes. Drew worked very hard on our behalf. She found some of us new homes locally as ranch dogs but with time running out Drew looked further away. This is how she found a place for the rest of us here at Second Chance.

We had lived our lives in a small back yard interacting with only one human so you can imagine how frightened we all were through this ordeal. Fortunately when we arrived the staff and volunteers here didn’t push us and gave us space to settle in. They were kind and gentle and that allowed us to respond positively to their love and attention. They were quickly able to see the amazing strong spirits and sweet temperaments we all possessed.

Our ages range from a few months to just a few years old and some of us are more trusting than others as we learn new things - like collars and leashes are not scary. We are all super eager and committed to bonding with the kind people around us and we make huge progress every day. In fact – I am excited to report that my courageous cousin Sprite was adopted last week – only 2 weeks after our arrival!

As we gain our confidence some of us have graduated to learning basic training and spending time up at the Cat Castle to adjust to being in a home environment with people coming and going. We also love getting out in the shelter’s dog yards with other dogs where our true personalities emerge and we’re most confident.

Me and a few others even took an adventure to Telluride for an adoption event and were smothered with love and affection – which now we really can’t get enough of – helping me know I too am ready for family of my own. I just need my new family to understand that I will take more patience and gentle guidance than other dogs – but I am so committed to growing with my new life that I don’t think it will take long to adjust to this big novel scary but fun world.

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