Second Chances:
Helps Fight the Holiday Blues

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[San Juan Silver Stage |November 2020 | By Kelly Goodin, Executive Director]

This Holiday Season will be unlike any other in recent decades as family gatherings and various traditions that bring friends and family together are cancelled, shifted, and revised in order to be safe and follow restrictions for keeping others safe. The situation is disheartening and challenging for so many of us and it requires a new way of being. Second Chance Humane Society believes the power of the pet has never been more needed.

And there are dozens of pets here at the Second Chance Shelter just waiting to do their jobs. Don’t let yourself sink into feelings of loneliness and isolation. Instead turn to a pet for comfort and companionship. Fight back anxiety and other emotional responses to our unprecedented and unstable times by committing to the love and companionship of a new forever pet.

What better way to keep your body, heart and soul warm during the cold winter days than by saving the life of a loving furry companion? Pets thrive in the role of emotional support and companionship so connect with Second Chance Humane Society today about adopting a dog or cat, a furry companion that fits your lifestyle.

Second Chance also has a foster program that you might consider if you are unable to make a lifetime commitment to a pet but are able to help an animal in need for a short term. Through this program you can help a pet requiring additional socialization or some home-care while recovering from an illness or injury.

Second Chance offers both fostering and adopting. Find the right furry family member to help you fight holiday blues —for both you AND your pet.

If you are unable to adopt or foster a new pet at this time you can still help save lives by shopping at one of Second Chance’s popular Thrift Shops located in Ridgway and Telluride. There are endless affordable gifts, Holiday decorations, winter gear and stocking stuffers available at these stores (which are practicing very safe measures and adherence to State and County restrictions).

Need an ugly Christmas sweater for a Zoom call? How about more decorations to make your home feel more festive? Or that unique gift for that unique person in your life? They have you covered. The Second Chance Thrift Shops provide 75% of the organizations income for their tri-county service region programs and services while providing a great resource for the critical recycle/reuse movement.

Contact Second Chance Humane Society at 970-626-2273 or online ( to learn how you can receive services, adopt, volunteer, foster, or donate to our life-saving programs and services. Also please let us know of any additional needs you are facing in keeping your pets as part of your families, we are here to help.