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 Pet for a Day Program

The Pet for a Day Program

Dear Second Chance, 

Your “Dog for a Day” program sounds perfect for me as I can’t have a pet in my home but I want to help find homes for pets that don’t have one – do you also have Cat for a Day program?

Sincerely, Cuckoo for Cats

Dear Cuckoo, yes indeed we have some cats here at Second Chance that would do well in a Cat for a Day program.  Although you can’t put on an “Adopt Me” vest and walk them around town, some of them would make great office cats for certain businesses.   And similar to the Adoption Ambassador Program, although your foster pet would not be living with you, having a pet for the day allows you to do a lot with social media promotion to help find a furry feline a new home.  

Although there are some basic safety measures that need to be addressed, the Cat for a Day program can work with more outgoing cats such as me.  My name is Grover and I am only 18 months young and yes, homeless.  However I am very friendly, curious, bold, awesome, and do great with other cats and dogs so having an adventure as a shop cat for a day (as long as you take precautions to prevent me from getting out the door) could really help me find my new family more quickly.

The other option for those who want to help me and my friends find homes but can’t take us to your homes or office is to do a “virtual foster” where you simply promote a pet of your choice, particularly one who has been waiting for awhile, for adoption.  You can develop your own social media campaign to send out that shows how awesome a certain pet really is.  You can come to the shelter and get great photos of that pet that really highlights its unique characteristics.

Similar to the Adoption Ambassador program detailed in last week’s Pet Column, Second Chance asks for a minimum of a two week commitment to participate in this program.  Second Chance also offers extensive support for these programs 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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177 County Road 10
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Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
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