That was Second Chance Humane Society’s Kelly Goodin, thrilled to have moved, finally, from their cramped, in-town shelter to the new site at Angel Ridge Ranch.
Second Chance closed officially on the 52-acre property October 6, and moved the animals, 10 dogs and 35 cats, out to Angel Ridge last weekend, October 14 -15. The dogs are in the barn and adjacent runs, and the cats are in two “colony rooms” in the ranch house. This week, Goodin said, “We will be building climbing structures for the cats, with amazing views of the mountains.”
“We had lots of volunteers” for the move, Goodin said. “A bunch of people just showed up! They saw that something was going on and just offered to help.”
More help is needed. Even with community donations of about $200,000 raised over the summer, Second Chance had to finance the remaining $400,000 of the purchase price, Goodin said. “We’ll be continuing to fundraise to pay that down.”
To that end, the non-profit is planning three events for the end of this month. The first is a book signing at Cimarron Books in Ridgway on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-5 p.m. with Durango author and rehabilitation therapist Holli Pfau. She will read from Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers, her recent book about how six adopted strays changed her career, her home, and her life. Five dollars of each sale will go to Second Chance.
The second event is Oct. 25 in Montrose. It’s a fundraiser at the Horsefly Brewery, part of that organization’s “Community Tap Night,” during which they raise money for numerous local causes. Second Chance will get $0.75 for each pint of beer sold.
Event number three is an Open House and Halloween Party at Angel Ridge the afternoon of Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m., for all ages. “We’ll have costume contests,” Goodin said, “and bobbing for apples, and pumpkin carving, and property tours, treats, and more.”
Beyond paying off the loan, Goodin sees two other needs that Second Chance will have to work to fill. “We need to build, and hope to next spring and summer, a couple of dog-specific structures to get them out of the barn, so they can go in and out at their convenience.” These will be indoor/outdoor “pods” like those used at Best Friends shelter in Kanab, Utah, a model rescue facility on thousands of acres, Goodin said. She estimated the pods will cost about $200,000.
And thirdly, operating expenses out at Angel Ridge will likely go up compared to the old, in-town location.
Still, Goodin reflected, the move made eminent financial sense for the shelter, which serves both Ouray and San Miguel counties. Second Chance had been looking at a building on an empty lot it owns in Ridgway. “But that would have had hardly any outdoor space for dogs and no room for growth,” she said. “And we were looking at $2 million” in construction costs.
So, Angel Ridge is a bargain by comparison.
And, Goodin announced with glee, “We had our first adoption, on the Saturday of the move!” Katie Silver of Ridgway took home a gray tabby kitten she named Silver.
For more information on adoption or the upcoming fundraisers, call the shelter at 970/626-2273.