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, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal. And there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood should you be heading out of town for the off season. (Yes, it is nearly that time.)

Sasha Wins Big at Wine and Whiskers:

The buzz is still buzzing: this was the best ever Wine & Whiskers Weekend. The super sixth year did not disappoint. It also brought a new result that we are celebrating here at Second Chance. Sasha, our long term feline resident at Angel Ridge Ranch, who has patiently waited for a home for over a year now, was highlighted during the live auction last Saturday night and – ta-da!– will be going home with one of the event attendees.

Additionally, Sasha and Rusty (the featured dog of the event) combined for the highest bids of the live auction.  And although we offered balloon rides, trips, art, etc. to bid on in the auction, Rusty and Sasha’s line, where people bid to sponsor their care for a month, was the most active of the whole night. AND the crowd even asked for more! They were so into bidding on the care of the pets, they asked us to keep bringing it, so we had another round of active bidding for the care of Vinnie: $1,700 later, we raised more than enough money to care for three pets for a month.

I can’t repeat often enough how much we value our extended community, who values the lives of our pets in need more than they value the range of opportunities provided by the live auction. Love it.





So now Rusty is still looking for his home. The reason we chose him to be highlighted in the live auction is because he has been here longer than most of the other dogs and faces more challenges than most to getting adopted. As reviewed in last week’s post, Rusty is middle-aged (about eight or nine) and has a slight foot deformity that prevents him from being the active Australian Cattle Dog he would like to be.  However, for those who love the undeterred devotion of the Healer, but could do without the high energy demands, Rusty is your guy.





Our cat of the week is Alden. When you look at his photo you can get a pretty clear idea of what his litter mates Myles and Plymouth look like too. They are what the staff call “our television” at the shelter right now: their non-stop antics keep us all entertained. They entered the shelter much younger and less healthy, but thanks to our Wags & Menace Foundation Medical Fund are in great health now and ready for new homes.

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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