Second Chance to Build State-of-the-Art Dog Pods
by Peter Shelton
Jun 07, 2012 | 577 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RIDGWAY – In a slow real estate market, Second Chance Humane Society managed to sell its development lot in Ridgway’s Light Industrial Park. And, according to Executive Director Kelly Goodin, the $125,000 sale price will go directly to the “Building Second Chances” phase-two capital campaign, toward building two “purpose-built dog pods” at the Society’s Angel Ridge Ranch facility.

The in-town lot had been purchased as a site for a possible future dog-and-cat shelter. But the lot was small, and when Angel Ridge and its 52 acres plus farm buildings became available a couple of years ago, Second Chance pounced, leaving the in-town property expendable.

“When considering Angel Ridge Ranch as the new location for the organization’s animal welfare operations and programs it was clear that Angel Ridge offered a great package as an animal resource center, only lacking in industry specific facilities to house a high turnover of pets. We tagged the dog facilities as our first priority after purchase and are now ready to move forward on that,” Goodin said.

Right now, Second Chance can house a dozen dogs in the barn on the property, which was reconfigured for the purpose. But Goodin and the Second Chance staff would like to house twice that many in pods modeled after ones at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southwest Utah, “the best-run animal facility in the world,” according to Goodin. The goal for this summer, she said, is to complete one pod and have the infrastructure in place for a second.

These pods are essentially “cageless octagons,” Goodin said, “with several dogs in each ‘room’ and open access to the dog yards outside. Our barn is not really designed for housing dogs. We have to walk each dog outside to the runs and bring them in again for the night.”

So, the new structures will be better for both the animals and for staff efficiency.

“We are working on completing the design – ours will have a little more western, ranch-y look. For the first pod our goal is [to spend] $225,000.” That leaves $100,000 yet to raise given the “windfall” from the recent sale. “I’ve got some sizable grant applications in,” Goodin said, “and we’re pretty confident.” She set the organization’s self-imposed goal is to complete the first pod by the end of this summer.

“We’re encouraging donations, said Goodin. “And we’re looking to do an event in Telluride. We haven’t done one up there in a while. Since the last Fur Ball.”

Second Chance provides animal welfare services to San Miguel and Ouray Counties, and beyond.

For more information, call the Shelter at 626-2273 or www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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