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 Human-Animal Bond Service Learning Project

The Human-Animal Bond Service Learning Project

Dear Pet Column,

We are a group of Telluride Middle School students who have chosen Second Chance as the nonprofit organization that we want to support through our service learning project.  We really connect to the part of your mission that promotes the human-animal bond and wrote this essay about it.  - Friends of Second Chance Humane Society

The bond between humans and animals is a strong, unique connection that is unlike any other. When a human chooses an animal for their pet, they are receiving a new member of their family. To retain this bond, each party must work hard to maintain a symbiotic relationship.  A dog’s warm, exuberant energy may be sharply juxtaposed with a cat’s serene and composed aura, but they both come into our lives with hearts open to our love. 

Studies show that animals can dissolve tension and improve mood. In fact, many dogs have a calming effect that helps humans cope with difficult times or phases in their life. But dogs aren’t the only animal that share such a strong bond. One particular study shows that cats are just as close to humans as canines are. When introduced to new items or experiences, a cat would look to the owner to discover how to deal or feel about the new items or experiences. If the owner was surprised, the cat would be surprised. If the owner was afraid, the cat would be afraid. And if the owner was nonchalant about it, then the cat would be too. 

This example clearly shows the strength of the animal and humans bond. Supporting our local Second Chance Humane Society is important to keep the human and animal connection thriving in our community. So stop by the Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway to find your new furry friend and create a lasting bond that you will treasure forever.

Dear Friends,

Your essay so fully captures the essence of paradigm shift that Second Chance is working to create – that the limits of the human-animal bond have yet to be discovered and that each party benefits far beyond what we can imagine from this magical interdependent relationship.  Thank you for already understanding this at such a young age and for championing it as part of your service learning project.  This gives me great hope for your generation and those that follow…  

My name is Todd Two (not to be mistaken with Big Head Todd who was recently adopted) and I am a super sweet natured Black Lab who has recently become homeless after 12 years of living in the same family since puppyhood.  Needless to say I fully embrace the wisdom of your essay and appreciate it dearly…thanks Friends of Second Chance!

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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