Second Chance: So You Want to Help Kittens!

Second Chance: So You Want to Help Kittens!

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 the emergency response, community medical, spay/neuter, volunteer, or other services.

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What is happening?!? There are kittens downstairs, upstairs, and in the front room right now! And I just heard the phone ring with another person who has kittens they want to bring in. My caregivers here at the Second Chance Cat Castle need help with all these cute little babies- since most of them are not ready to move to their forever home yet. “Kitten season” is in full swing!

Foster care for kittens is the best way to make sure kittens are ready to be welcomed into a family when they’re old enough. They get the cuddles they need to learn how wonderful it is to be someone’s pet, while getting care and feeding all babies require.

Do you have a couple weeks to a couple months to foster kittens? It’s a job that, although time consuming, is very rewarding and filled with entertainment and laughs. (Kittens are goofballs!)

If you think you might be interested, there are a few things you need to consider. First, your household needs to be appropriate for young kittens, and everyone who lives there needs to be on board with welcoming the little fur balls. You’ll need a place for them that is safe, easy to clean, and separated from other animals in the home.

Your schedule needs to allow for kitten care. Depending on the age and health of the kittens, you may need to be available as often as every 2-3 hours. This means bringing them to work or arranging for care when you’re unavailable.

You’ll want to kitten-proof your home. Open trash cans, toilets, toxic plants, etc. can get kittens into trouble. Just think of them as furry, curious toddlers that can climb really well and get into tiny little nooks.

After your kittens are healthy, well-socialized, and ready to join a family, saying goodbye might be hard! However, you can pat yourself on the back knowing that you saved a life. Saying goodbye is the best part of fostering, because you’ve opened your home up to be able to save even more animals. It also means the kittens will soon be in a home with their own family. Like the rest of us here at Second Chance, we know that is the ultimate win for all of us.

Do you think you want to foster? My friends at Second Chance will provide instructions and supplies. Give us a call at (970)626-2273.


Hi, I’m Rebekah. I’m one of the non-kittens here at Second Chance, although I’m petite and very much lap-sized. I used to be a shy cat, but I’ve decided people are a-okay. I love toys, get along with other cats, and don’t really mind dogs. Sudden noises can startle me a bit.

AND… To continue the new Second Chance Highlights section. We want to share the following:

Meet Tabby Camber

Have you met Tabby? Tabby is one of those people who seems to have the ability to talk to animals. We hit the jackpot when she joined our staff nearly 2 years ago. She started as a caregiver, but soon became a vet tech (doing both jobs). As our medical clinic grows, (serving the general public, low-income families, and our shelter pets) she is now able to focus exclusively on the medical needs of dogs and cats.

In a typical day, Tabby assists Dr. Shari with spays, neuters, and dental, draws blood for testing, sets catheters, gives vaccines, checks clients in and out, answers phone calls, schedules appointments, and attends to the medical needs of our shelter pets. Tabby says, “I love my job, so it never feels like work to me!”

Tabby loves saving lives one day at a time- seeing our animals find their furever homes and watching them grow.
Her biggest challenge is not being able to help more people and pets with our vet services. People say they wish we had more clinic hours- so they could come to us for vet care.

Ben’s Story

We are partnering with one of our sponsors, The Hotel Telluride, for a fun and creative way to get pets adopted. The hotel recently hosted a little vacation for one of our dogs.

Ben was scheduled to be in Telluride for a week, meeting people, relaxing, and hoping to find his forever home. As Tom and his staff got to know this lovable guy, they decided that Ben would be staying… not just in Telluride- but at the hotel!

Tom adopted Ben, and he will be a greeter of guests, locals, and visitors!

Thank you for giving Ben a place in your hearts and hotel!

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