Second Chance: World Spay Day

Second Chance: World Spay Day

On World Spay Day, Second Chance Humane Society is offering  $110 Spay/Neuter Vouchers



In its commitment to fighting pet overpopulation, Second Chance Humane Society is not only promoting World Spay Day on Tuesday, February 25, we are also offering an affordable means for spaying and neutering unaltered pets throughout the region with a rebate vouchers up to $110 now through March 15. Now everyone can be a part of saving lives.

Second Chance, together with the Telluride Animal Foundation and partnering veterinarians, is working to make the cost of spay and neuter surgeries attainable for all.  Pet parents within the Second Chance service region of Ouray, San Miguel, and Montrose Counties are eligible and with an approved voucher, valid for 30 days, the cost of this life-saving surgery will be discounted up to $110. For details and a list of participating veterinarians contact Second Chance at 970.626.2273 or

World Spay Day began as Spay Day USA, but has now gone global through the partnership of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. The partnership shifted the focus beyond domestic spay/neuter to include community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be euthanized in a shelter or killed on the street.

Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are euthanized in U.S. shelters alone each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, including purebreds. Maybe someone’s cat or dog got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely.

Additionally, spaying/neutering of pets leads to many positive behavioral and health benefits for the pet, such as reducing its desire to roam, reducing the risk of ovarian or testicular cancers, decreasing aggressive behavior (particularly in males), and promoting longer and healthier lives. Spaying and neutering also typically eliminates or significantly decreases a pet’s tendency to mark (urinating in/around the house and neighborhood to reinforce territory).

My name is Avalanche, as the youngest (and I daresay cutest) homeless pet here at Second Chance, I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity or to spread the word to others.  Please Spay it Forward!

Beautiful Be a

Beautiful Bea

Another shelter pet here who is a strong proponent of spay/neuter is Bea.  She was a young mother left to fend for herself and her six young kittens, which made life even more challenging. Fortunately she and her litter were all rescued by Second Chance and so all her kittens grew healthy and all have been adopted out.  Now it is Bea’s turn. Please consider giving this super momma a home where she can be nurtured and mothered herself.

Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Well, pet 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 at least one, generally two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent 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.

By the by, there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Clufor added benies. (Further details on Ted’s website.)

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 the shelter pets and services online:

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