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.

The Adoption Ambassador Program

The Adoption Ambassador Program

Dear Second Chance, 

I cannot commit to adopting an animal long term but would love to give a homeless pet a home for the summer – do you have a foster program?

Sincerely, Furry Foster Friend

Dear Furry, funny you should ask as we are just unleashing a very cool new expanded foster program here at Second Chance called the Adoption Ambassador Program that is even better than fostering because you get to take on finding and approving your foster furball’s forever home!  As an Adoption Ambassador, you get the incredible satisfaction of making an incredible impact on your foster pet’s life by getting them adopted!

How does it work?  There are two options available depending on your life situation and schedule.  The first option is to be a traditional foster home where you take a pet in to live with you until you find an adoption family.   I would be the perfect candidate for this actually.  My name is Rosie and as an 8 - 10 year old chocolate Lab I would make a great and super easy foster – I am a super relaxed, quiet gentle bear needing little exercise and I get along great with dogs, cats and people.   

Not enough time to do this on a full time basis?  No problem! We welcome 'drop in' Ambassadors via our 'Dog for a Day' program. For a minimum of a day a week you will be matched with the same dog who you can take to work or out for a hike on a regular basis until the dog is adopted.  The exposure and getting out into the world can make a huge difference toward finding a forever home for a pet. 

Both options offer minimal risk if it does not work out – sometimes it just isn’t a good fit between person and foster pet– as there is a two week period (after which a 90 day commitment is requested to allow kennel space at the shelter to be opened for another dog) where you can decide to try a different pet. 

So the other fun part is that you can develop a “marketing program” for your foster pet.  For example you take them to “places to be seen” such as parks, road trips, walks in town, the office, hiking trails, festivals, etc. to let them be noticed by potential adopters.  Dogs can wear their “Adopt Me” vests wherever you go.  You can get creative and post your foster on your favorite social media websites or throw “meet my foster” cocktail parties…whatever works for you to help us get homeless pets like me better exposure so others can realize what a great pet is up for adoption! 

This program is available to you whether you currently have pets or not and designed for some of our shelter cats as well.  Swan, an 8 week old kitten who is ready for adoption is a great candidate as she is a bit shy and would benefit from the socialization that a foster home can provide.

Second Chance asks for a minimum of a two week commitment from its Ambassadors and is prepared to offer extensive support such as pet training, ideas for marketing your foster pet, resources such as food, treats and medical, and other support Ambassadors request.  Contact Second Chance today (info below) to learn more about this exciting program!

 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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PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
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