Santa hopes to fulfill Pumba's wish for a forever home


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. And there is no better place to park or pup than Cottonwood should be heading out of town for the holidays — or arriving in the Telluride region, but your rental is not dog friendly.

Trust you all made it to Santa Paws last night, Noel Night.

The event provided provided a wonderful venue for Telluride locals and guests to meet adoptable pets without having to drive to Ridgway. It was also a great opportunity for social interaction among furry friends and a chance to shoot a wonderful holiday keepsake photo. Santa Paws created some extra revenue for Second Chance too, which helps offset the waiving of adoption fees for all cats over one year of age. And that helps get more cats into loving forever homes this holiday season.

Domesticated animals, particularly of the canine and feline species are very social by nature. It is important to begin socialization at a young age and continue it throughout their lives so that they learn and maintain a comfort level regardless of situation or company. At Second Chance we often see the results of inadequately socialized pets, who have a more difficult time finding an adoptive home. They are sometimes are returned even after adoption because of a lack of  social skills.

Santa Paws was a great training site, where your dog could build confidence and relax in a safe social setting. The more opportunities like that your dog is afforded, the sooner and easier any necessary adjustment might be.

If you missed Santa Paws, please do come visit us in Ridgway.

What better gift than a gift that touches the heart — with its paws?



Hunter, hoping for the gift of a home this Xmas


My name is Hunter and I would still like to meet you, particularly if you are looking for a purry furry bundle of lovin’ for the holidays. I am mature (seven years old), cuddly, laid back, and pretty hip. I am hunting for a warm lap and home to call my own and will keep you in jubilant holiday spirits this month and all year long.


Santa hopes to fulfill Pumba's wish for a forever home

Santa hopes to fulfill Pumba’s wish for a forever home

Ok Hunter enough already – my turn!  And not all dogs are drooly by the way…I for one am quite proud of my lack of saliva seepage. My name is Pumba by the way, and I am self-described as full of character, potential and good intentions.  I have led an interesting life for a pup of nine months. Upon arrival here at Second Chance, it did not taken me long to win the hearts of the staff and volunteers. I am a skilled at chasing balls and cuddling and I enjoy other dogs and people of all variations.

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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