Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 21, 2010

Second Chance Commitment to Our Pets


Snoopy gets Another Chance

As has been discussed in past Pet Columns, Second Chance Humane Society is very committed to finding loving homes for all pets.  To fulfill this commitment they never turn away a homeless pet found within its service area (Ouray and San Miguel County) nor are adoptable pets euthanized simply because a certain period of time has expired without an adoption.  Additionally, any pet adopted out from Second Chance is accepted back at the shelter at any point of its life, regardless of the circumstances.

As a result of these policies, there are pets like me who have been provided a second, third, fourth chance at finding the right home.  For some of us it is more challenging than others to find our forever homes.  Typically a pet’s personality, appearance, age, size, breed, etc. all impact how quickly we find a new home – but other less tangible factors also intervene – luck for example.  Some of us meet situations well beyond our control, usually involving unforeseen events that occur in the lives of our adoptive families.

Whatever the reason, some of us spend more time at the Shelter waiting for the right family than others do, and some of us return to try again.  But the wonderful folks here at Second Chance always welcome us back and never give up on us.  My friend Lulu is one of the dogs who have benefitted from this level of commitment that the staff makes to us.

Lulu has been a shelter resident on and off (mostly on) for the past three plus years. She is a lovely Blue Tick Hound/Blue Heeler who was very challenged in trusting other people due to early trauma in her life.  This made it very difficult to find an adopter who had the skills and patience to provide Lulu with the special care and training she required.  Recently Lulu spent over 2 months in “Dog Camp” at Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel in Crawford, CO ( where owner/trainer Ted Hoff invested intensive training, (pro bono – thanks Ted!) aimed at building her self-confidence and willingness to trust.  It made a phenomenal difference for Lulu who had never been happier than the time she spent with Ted.

This kind of intensive training was what Lulu needed and the Shelter staff recognized that they could not provide it for her at the level she required.  It was clear that Lulu needed a permanent change of environment to maintain the progress she was making with Ted. So last week Lulu went to the Four Corners All Breed Rescue near Farmington, NM.

There she will continue to receive the more intensified support that she needs and she will have greater opportunity to socialize with different species of animals, as well as other dogs.  She will also be exposed to people with developmental disabilities and learn how to be comfortable in different environments.  She will have space to safely and securely run more freely and regularly. 

Four Corners will keep Lulu as a resident of the facility until she can be matched with an adopter, so although we will keep in communication with how she is faring – Lulu is moving on to bigger pastures and a much better opportunity at finally finding the forever home she so deserves.  We will miss her and we are celebrating this new road to greatly improving Lulu’s chances of the forever human-animal bond she seeks.

My name is Snoopy.  I have returned to the Shelter after meeting with some bad luck again.  But I am not letting it get me down – I am still playful, loving, good mannered and ready for a true forever home.  Will you be my Charlie Brown?Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to: 

Photo by Real Life Photographs.


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