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 your pup than Cottonwood should you be heading our hills for a few turns in the new pow pow. Yes, finally, it’s here, with more coming this weekend.

Partying hardy at Wine & Whiskers

Partying hardy at Wine & Whiskers


Ready for another unique and energizing evening to benefit the region’s homeless pets in need? Second Chance Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Wine and Whiskers Weekend, and to accommodate the quickly growing interest, it is now a two-night affair.

Thursday March 14th from 6-8 p.m.:Opening Night Mixer

The opening night mixer is geared toward those who are most interested in seeing the fashion cabaret, which combines fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop), dance, and music for a high energy evening. Although there is a small silent auction prior to the show on Thursday, the focus is on the roof-raising show.

Saturday March 16th (5:30 pm – midnight): Gala.

The gala includes delectable chef samplers (from local chefs throughout the tri-county area), a buffed out silent auction, a lively live auction. The famous fashion cabaret concludes with a dance party.

The chef samplers (which in the past included some New Orleans favorites such as crawfish, gumbo, and decadent bread pudding with bourbon sauce) are complimented by the on-site cooking of Chef Alix Fremgen, the man responsible for this being the best “foodie” event of the year for the past five years in Ouray County.

Auction items include golf, balloon, horse, sleigh, and bike adventure packages, wonderful art, restaurant and get-away packages, and 100s more quality items and gift certificates from regional generous merchants, restaurants, artists, and service providers.0011

Tickets are limited for both evenings to be sure every attendee gets a seat.  Tickets are $15 in advance for Thursday night ($20 at the door) and $40 in advance ($45/door) for Saturday night. They are on sale now at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway, Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, and the Telluride Veterinary Clinic.

The Mission of Second Chance is Saving Animal’s Lives and Promoting Responsible Pet Parenting and the Human-Animal Bond. Fundraising events such as Wine & Whiskers enable our efforts as we depend upon strong community support from our broad service area. All Wine & Whiskers Carnival proceeds go directly toward our animal shelter and programs.

As the region’s only animal shelter, Second Chance Humane Society is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose Counties with animal rescue and animal welfare programs. Second Chance does not euthanize adoptable pets for time or space and provides rehabilitative services for homeless pets with physical, emotional, and behavioral issues so that they can be adopted into loving forever homes.

Visit our website,, to see all of our community programs and services, such as Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Feral Cat, Mobile Adoption, Education & Prevention, and Volunteer & Foster Care Programs.  Visit the events page on-line to learn more about Wine and Whiskers or call 626.2273 for further details.



And now a word from our homeless sponsors, Smokey and Tipper…



Hi, I’m Smokey, a wonderful one-year-old male Blue Heeler mix. I was very sad when I first arrived at Second Chance because one of my family members became had become ill and could no longer provide for me. Though dropping me off was the right decision, it would really help me to feel better if I could find a new family, particularly an active one, because I do enjoy playing in the water and running. So, if you’re interested in adopting a playful hiking buddy come meet me at Second Chance.




They call me Tipper. As a fun 8-month-old male tabby, I do have a curious streak. I am often found exploring and tipping things to see what is inside. I am careful not to break any treasures and really prefer things that squeak.  I love things that squeak. My previous home life was great until one of the kids turned out to be allergic. I did not want to ruin anyone’s life by making them sneeze all the time, so I am here now looking for a new home. I would love to live someplace where I can run and play, lie in the sun, and be loved. I’m keeping my paws crossed to find a forever home soon…

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