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.

Volunteering Grows Who You Are!

Volunteering Grows Who You Are!

Volunteers are special people.  They are compassionate, giving, kind and they make a difference in the world.  They also smell good and love to cuddle and make soft cooing noises when they hold me.  My name is Batgirl and I have a strong sense about volunteers and what makes them so unique.  I find they have certain qualities that become even more pronounced the more they volunteer.  So if you are looking to expand your character here are my favorite volunteer assets:

1. Creativity & Imagination: We can probably all agree that people who are creative and have good imaginations are great to be around. The level of passion and excitement they bring doesn’t allow the craziness of the unknown to overwhelm them or the drain of the mundane to them down. Volunteering doesn’t need to be a solemn or stressful thing.  When individuals use their talents, passions, and humor they bring life into the tasks at hand.  

2. Integrity: As a volunteer you are often trusted with various levels of responsibility.  Therefore, one of the most critical aspects to bring to volunteering is integrity.  When people are sincere in their everyday life it enriches their volunteer work in a way that speaks louder than words.  The way you serve really shows who you are and how much you care.

3. Sacrifice/Selflessness: Volunteering is just that - sacrificing of one’s time, energy and services without expecting anything in return.  But the more you give the more you get back.  The more you scratch behind my ears the more kisses I give you.  Learning selflessness can also help you minimize your own life issues and drama by realizing that a big part of life is about the difference that you make.

4. Flexibility: In the volunteer world things change often.  Projects can unravel, challenges can leap out of nowhere and puppies you were attached to get adopted and move one.  It takes someone willing to be adapt and flexible to thrive as a volunteer.  Volunteering is simply more practice for the real world.  Be all that you can be – volunteer with Second Chance today – you can start by filling out our online application at www.adoptmountainpets.org.

I am a young happy adventure loving little pup seeking to swoop into your life and rescue you from loneliness, boredom or any sense whatsoever of not feeling needed.  I also have a great BatMobile to add some excitement to your life.  What lies behind my mask remains a mystery – could be a Border Collie, Terrier, Chihuahua – or maybe a Borderier Collihua.  The mystery may unfold as I grow – although I don’t expect to get very large.  Come meet me today! 

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