RIDGWAY – The effort by Second Chance Humane Society to secure a permanent home at Angel Ridge Ranch outside Ridgway has gained momentum with the announcement recently of a $30,000 challenge grant. According to Second Chance executive director Kelly Goodin, the anonymous donors have pledged to match the next $30,000 the pet-rescue non-profit raises. “They are calling it the Nutmeg Challenge after a dog they rescued,” Goodin said.
“We are also looking at bank financing,” Goodin told The Watch on Monday, Aug. 1, to complete the purchase. “That’s looking promising.” Second Chance currently holds a lease on the 52-acre property at the corner of Hwy 550 and CR 10. The owners live in Boulder, Colo.
“We’ll have 30 days from the approval of our Special Use Permit to complete the purchase,” Goodin said. That SUP is scheduled to be heard by the Ouray Board of County Commissioners, tentatively, Goodin said, at their August 23 regular meeting. The Joint Ridgway/Ouray Planning Commission gave its recommended approval July 19, with conditions, some of which in Goodin’s opinion “may be outside the purview of the Land Use Code.” She cited as an example the condition that Second Chance not walk dogs on CR 10. “We can’t walk dogs on CR 10? That’s a public road,” she said.
“There were a handful of neighbors opposed to our move,” she concluded, “but the majority of folks at the meeting were in favor of it.”
The Nutmeg Challenge will continue until Sept. 1, Goodin said.
The Nutmeg story is a sad one with a happy ending, like a lot of Second Chance stories. She was a chocolate lab who was beaten, according the Second Chance website, “by a group of boys” and saved by the current anonymous donors. She lost an eye and had damage to her jaw and cheekbone. But “despite the . . . attack and the pain of her recovery, Nutmeg never met a person she didn’t like – a true testament to her Labrador nature. She was a greatly cherished member of her family.”
Meanwhile, “Once we get the SUP, we could transition over there [to Angel Ridge Ranch], even before the purchase is final,” Goodin said. “We may be asking for help from volunteers to get the facility ready for the dogs and cats.”
Additional fundraising continues, Goodin said. “We’ve got some grant applications out there. And we’re doing some fundraising events for potential donors, people who have donated in the past, and people our donors know.”
Anyone interested in learning more, Goodin said, should go to www.adoptmountainpets.org or call the shelter at 970/626-2275.
Second Chance long ago outgrew its current space on Sherman Street in Ridgway. The shelter has been serving Ouray and San Miguel counties with pet adoption, spay-and-neuter, and other services since 1994.