Second Chance: Volunteer Love + Highlights

Second Chance: Volunteer Love + Highlights

Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops have been serving San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties for 27 years. Call 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about our Emergency Response, Community Medical, Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, or other services. View shelter pets and services online:

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Ben is looking for a forever home. Learn more about him below.

Believe it or not, there are people who willingly spend time cleaning litter boxes, teaching rambunctious puppies good manners, holding cats during medical procedures, walking dogs, teaching frightened cats to trust people, scooping dog poop, bottle feeding tiny kittens every few hours, reading with pets and kids at schools, and holding leashes at adoption events.

Oh, and they don’t get paid  – unless you count tail wags, puppy kisses, or purrs.

These are the noble, loving, generous species known as volunteers. They come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and talents, but they all have one thing in common. They want to make the world a better place- one pet at a time

Here at Second Chance, we pets depend on our volunteers. We come to love them and look forward to the time they spend with us. The staff loves them too. We have dog den volunteers (whom I adore), cat castle crew (who enjoy a good purr), foster families (for pets who need a more home-like environment or extra care), medical clinic helpers (with steady hands and strong character), event folks (who like to fundraise or talk to other humans while helping pets find homes), thrift shop workers (who sort and sell generous donations that help us pay the bills), and even people who help with things like thank you notes, spreadsheets, and databases (whatever that is, doesn’t sound very tasty).

We wondered what motivates the volunteers who step forward to do these jobs for us, so we asked a few.

One volunteer who especially enjoys events says:

“I love seeing the animals get new homes, and seeing the joy a new animal brings to a family.”

Another of our friends who enjoys walking us dogs says:

“I love giving back to the community and sharing my love of animals. I also just love helping out the hard-working staff at the shelter.”

When I find my home, there will be other pets who take my place, creating a constant need for good helpers. We always need more people to step up. A good volunteer should be flexible (you can’t predict what might happen each day) and caring (obviously). A good sense of humor helps a lot, as well as strong integrity, patience, and commitment to service.

Hi! I’m Ben. I’m a 7-year-old mixed breed. I’m a happy guy, who loves attention. I’m most comfortable with adults, but cats are not my thing. I have plenty of energy! I love to go on walks and fetch a ball. Come meet me today!

AND… To continue the new Second Chance Highlights section we wanted to share the following:

Volunteers Make It Possible – Join Second Chance in Celebrating Global Volunteer Month.

Second Chance is incredibly thankful for volunteers who show up every day at the shelter, clinic, events, thrift shops, gallery, and in their own homes as foster families and administrative support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Watch our social media as we highlight some of these important folks throughout the month of April.

Would you like to join our volunteers? We have opportunities in animal care, thrift shops, art gallery, adoption events, construction projects, and medical clinic (to name a few…).

And, we have a new sponsor to recognize:

We are thrilled to welcome the newest sponsor for our Community Medical Services.

Circle of Dreams Foundation focuses their philanthropic efforts on people and partnerships that assist in achieving a vision of our world where all species, by land, sea, or air, have the opportunity to co-exist in balance.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

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