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.


If you are a reading this post you probably received a Second Chance Humane Society Holiday Appeal letter in the mail. We send those out annually this time of year because unfortunately, if people like you don’t give to help with the cost of operating our shelter programs and services, we would not be able to continue providing “second chances” to as many animals in need.

We do not find it easy to ask people like you to open your heart and wallet, but knowing your generosity helps animals like those featured below should soften the blow. The bottom line is this:as a private nonprofit organization, we could not survive without support from our extended community. But as stated in last week’s post, we never ever take that support for granted. We are grateful every day we are able to open our doors to animals in need.

So, please consider reading our appeal and doing whatever you can this holiday season to help our cause.

And with that last plug I am going to turn over this platform to two of our very adoptable pets, Candy Cane and Norman, who would like to appeal their own cause.





Season’s Greetings! My name is Candy Cane. My litter mates – Mistletoe, Holly and Peppermint) – and I are English Springer Spaniel/Australian Cattle Dog mixes looking for our fur-ever homes. Although we are only two months young, it wasn’t hard for us to conclude there is a limited adoption pool out there. We also figured the more cat lovers who can be converted to dog lovers the better our chances of finding a place to live. So we curled up together last night and put together this Guide for the Potential Adopter. (We specifically targeted the single woman, but the rules are flexible enough to allow for both genders and any marital status…)

–If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say it’s not quite as good as his mother’s…adopt a dog.  

–If you want someone who’s always willing to go out with you, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want…adopt a dog.  

–If you want someone who will not touch the remote, doesn’t care about football, and will cuddle with you as you watch romantic movies…adopt a dog.
–If you want someone who is content to get on to your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores…adopt a dog.  

–If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn’t care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is worthy of attention, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually…adopt a dog!  

–On the other hand, if you want someone who never responds when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness… adopt a cat!

The truth of the matter is we believe the right person/family is out there for every homeless pet. And when you adopt anyone of us, you save a life – and brighten up your own. Still, a little puppy humor never hurt anyone.

So, go for it. Come meet me, my litter mates and all the other wonderful animals at Angel Ridge Ranch. Check out my picture: my litter mates and I obviously fun loving, eager to please –

and heart-meltingly cute.





My name is Stormin’ Norman. Yes, like the general with a second home in Telluride. But in my case, the Stormin’ part is only because I will conquer your heart.

I am an adorable six-month-old kitten who can certainly compete with those silly puppies in the battle for a new home. I am ultra friendly and loving and will not chew your shoes, poop on your carpet, or demand your full attention all day long. And don’t forget that the adoption fee for all kittens here at Angel Ridge Ranch is reduced by 50% (or two for the price of one!) until Saturday, December 22.

How purrfect is that?

Note: 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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