Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue.

Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles two of the many animals from the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving homes.

The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel, who from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer and partners with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.

Adoption. That is what is foremost on the minds of all the animals here at Second Chance Humane Society. (In their words, it is all about “Take me home! Take me home! Take me home!”)

To make their dreams come true, Second Chance creates as many opportunities as possible for adoption to happen. As the weather cools and days become shorter, the trend is for the number of adoptions to decrease so we have to work harder to ensure potential adopters get to meet our adoptable pets.

Below are a few of those upcoming events…

• Saturday November 10, KOTO Ski Swap, Telluride.

Adoptable pets arrive in the Mobile Mutts & Meows Van to greet fans and visitors with purrs and wags just outside the Wilkinson Public Library on Pacific Street, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(Please note the event is weather dependent and the forecast is not looking super friendly for dogs and volunteers to be standing outside for four hours…)

We have found that skiers hold great affection for pets and that this weekend is always a great chance for our adoptable animals to deepen those feelings.

Whether you are looking for a new family member or just want to share some furry hugs please stop by for a visit.

Saturday November 17, Ouray County Nonprofit Holiday Bazaar, 4H Event Center, Ridgway,10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Bazaar is filled with holiday booths from dozens of local non-profit organizations throughout the county. Second Chance hosts one of them. We also feature jolly Santa Paws, who will be sitting for Holiday Keepsake photos of your pets and/or your kids and family.

As in past years, we hope to offer Santa Paws photos in Telluride in December on Noel Night.

Finding a venue to help us out is always a challenge and right now, we are seeking a Main Street presence. If any of you out there has a possible space for Santa and some adoptable pets, please contact Second Chance.

The mobile adoption program concludes another very successful year after receiving continued funding from the Telluride Foundation and the Town of Telluride.

The program enabled weekly mobile adoption events within various communities throughout San Miguel and Ouray Counties. Not only does the Mobile Adoption Program provide an opportunity for community members of the extended Second Chance service area to meet adoptable pets, it also gives shelter pets a “vacation” day from the shelter.

And now for the adoptable stars of the week.





My name is Duffy. I am a two-and-a-half-month-old fluff of sunshine.

I arrived at Second Chance with three litter-mates through Second Chance’s Spay Your Mama Program.  So my Mama (who hadn’t really planned on having a litter) was able to get her spay surgery and return home. We were taken in so that we could also be spay/neutered and adopted into loving homes.

(See the Second Chance website for details on this program).

So far, so good, but I am rather lonely now that all my litter-mates have been adopted. I am hoping that I do not have to wait much longer for my turn. I mean, why not me? The only difference I could see between me and my sibs is that I have a tail. But tails are nice. They help cats to keep their balance, so I am actually the most agile of the whole litter. That should count for something…

MARYANNE (dying to play with the cameraman)

MARYANNE (being held back cause she wants to play with the cameraman)


So I, MaryAnne, was on a three-hour tour with my best girlfriend Ginger when our ship wrecked and we lost our family and ended up here at Second Chance. Ok, I admit it. I am embellishing a bit, but it felt like a shipwreck because I have no idea where my family went. And I haven’t found a new family yet. Although Angel Ridge Ranch is far from a deserted island, I do have an abundance of energy that is better suited to an energetic family than a shelter environment. I am only a year young and super playful with people and other dogs. My zest for life is contagious. I guarantee you cannot not smile when you meet me. And I will keep you smiling.

Note: The Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway but 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:

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