Second Chance: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Second Chance: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Watching the mercury drop, it is understood why the Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column has been fixated on housing issues. Having completed a three -part series on helping families with pets find homes, followed by a discussion about getting shelter pets into homes for the holidays (through innovative adoption and fostering programming), we also want to make sure we, literally, get feral cats covered.



For those unaware, Second Chance does operate a community Feral Cat Program and we work with members of our community willing to help us get our region’s feral cats spay/neutered and vaccinated. For those who do manage feral cats or even feral cat colonies, this is also the time to help them get through our challenging winters.

I found this great youtube video showing how to make a cheap and easy shelter and keep feral cats warm:

To learn more about Second Chance’s Feral Cat Program or report feral cats in your neighborhood, contact our shelter at 970-626.2273. Our humane and effective program has helped to significantly control feral cat colonies in our region.

So the same chap who created the feral cat video also developed a host of other cat-centric info-video shorts starring his two cats Cole & Marmalade (they have their own Facebook Page of course). These cats live a good life and help demonstrate and legitimize videos such as “How to Make a Cat-proof Christmas Tree,”“Cat Logic,”  and “What a Cat Sees at Christmas Time” to name a few.

This British bloke who clearly has a big soft spot in his heart for cats– and clearly some spare time on his hands– comes up with some brilliant ideas that you can employ to keep your neighborhood feral cats and your own cats happy and healthy. Give them a watch and let me know if you have any questions.

My name is Jolly and I am one of many young kittens here at Second Chance looking for a home for the holidays. Fortunately for Second Chance, I was spared from the life of a homeless feral cat. So now I would love to help you decorate your tree, keep your lap warm by the fire, share some eggnog and unwrap your presents for you on Christmas morning. I come with a guarantee to add jolly to your life well after the tree and decorations have been put away…

Jolly holidays to you!

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.

Ted Hoff & Mae

Ted Hoff &  Magnificent Mae

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) Club for added benies. (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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