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.

Tarzan & Idina

Tarzan & Idina

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Tarzan. I’m a one year old Red Heeler/Catahoula (CataHeeler) freshly arrived at Second Chance. CataHeelers like me are awesome athletes built to be active and have a good time so I am very lucky to be homeless in a region where that is the mindset for so many of the humans around here. Surrounded by mountains to climb and water to splash through I’m prepackaged for the outdoor adventurous person or family.

Since I’ve arrived the staff have been teaching me manners and self-control and I am learning that the more well behaved I am the more fun I get to have. I’ve enjoying this game, fetch, which I’m not expert at yet but I love. I like other dogs but, not to brag, I’ve found that not many can keep up with me. That’s why fetch is nice because the ball never seems to get tired.

Another cool thing about me…I checked the Second Chance annals (and not the ones on my butt, I think that is spelled with one “n” anyway) and verified that I am the first dog at Second Chance with the name of Tarzan. Don’t expect to find me swinging from the trees but this is a testament to my distinctive qualities and agile nature.

This is the neat thing about adopting a pet – we are all so unique and varied that everyone can find a lifelong furry companion that matches their own personality and lifestyle. For example, I realize not everyone has the gusto I do and for those more laid-back people you would love my mellow friend Idina.

Idina was very shy feline when she first came to Second Chance, but she really came out of her shell when the staff moved her into one of the cat communal rooms. She’s much happier and more active now but she is still a lounger at heart. She loves to curl up and nap and the only thing she would love more is someone to scratch her behind the ears and gently stroke her fur.

Idina has had a hard time finding a home because she is so relaxed. She gets along well with other cats, but isn’t much for playing with them and it’s hard for her to get noticed by adopters with young and energetic cats running and playing around her.

So come down to the Second Chance Shelter to meet your match - someone like me who will get you off the couch or someone like Idina who will join you on the couch. We’re both up to date on vaccinations, spayed and neutered, and microchipped, all we need is a loving home.

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
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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