Second Chance: Home For The Holidays Pet Fostering

Happy Holiday Season! My name is Blanca, a young homeless Husky selected to introduce our special holiday program here at the Second Chance Humane Society: “Home for the Holidays Pet Fostering Drive.”

Blanca

Blanca

The program provides an opportunity for homeless pets like me to get a short break from shelter life and for families in the community to share the joy and love of the season with an animal in need by bringing us home for a few days.  (Pssssst…I hear that Santa is extra generous to those with big hearts…)

Interested foster families can fill out a foster application on the Second Chance website and speak with a Second Chance representative who will help properly match a dog or cat for each family’s expectations and lifestyle. Foster pets will be available either December 23 or 24 and can be returned between December 26 and January 1. Food and any other necessities will be sent along with each animal to ensure foster families can just relax and have fun with their four-legged guests.

The foster experience can be invaluable for homeless pets like me, even over a period of a few days. Positive exposure to new environments and people can be a difficult task in the shelter and a change of scenery is always something we look forward to. But most of all my furry friends and I would simply appreciate some extra love and company during this special time of year.

My feline friend Winnie was commenting about how cats are often overlooked during foster opportunities, but benefit just as much as we dogs from a more traditional environment. Winnie is a very sweet and gentle girl and the hectic pace of the shelter can be overwhelming when she just wants to relax on a bed in the sun. Winnie also mentioned how helpful she can be during the Holidays as she is skilled at batting wads of wrapping paper out of the way.

Winnie

Winnie

Even if you’re not a year-long resident and only visiting the region for the Holidays, you can still participate in Home for the Holidays. If you had to leave your pets back home while out here playing, this is a good way to connect with some furry love.

Also, if you happen to fall in love with your foster pet (ahem…like me…) adoption is always an option as well. And foster families receive $50 off an adoption during the Home for the Holidays Drive.

Who can’t use $50 during the Holiday Season?!?!

Thanks for reading. I invite you to stop by and meet me, Winnie, and all my four-legged friends here at Second Chance.

Enjoy the Season of Giving!

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: www.adoptmountainpets.org

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