Telluride Thrift Shop Transfers to Second Chance Humane Society

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ALWAYS BUSY -  Katja Wichland took a breather next to a fun selection of brightly colored clothing displayed outside the thrift store she co-founded. "We're busy every day" she says. Beginning Aug. 1, the Telluride Thrift Shop, opened November 2011, will be fully owned and operated by Second Chance Humane Society. (Photo by Allison Perry)

ALWAYS BUSY – Katja Wichland took a breather next to a fun selection of brightly colored clothing displayed outside the thrift store she co-founded. “We’re busy every day” she says. Beginning Aug. 1, the Telluride Thrift Shop, opened in November 2011, will be fully owned and operated by Second Chance Humane Society. (Photo by Allison Perry)

TELLURIDE – Telluride Animal Foundation and Second Chance Humane Society announced this week the transfer of the Telluride Thrift Shop to the Second Chance Humane Society.

Beginning Aug. 1, the Telluride Thrift Shop, which opened in November 2011, to support the Telluride Animal Foundation, will be fully owned and operated by Second Chance Humane Society. Second Chance, which has run its Ridgway Thrift Shop since 1998, will operate both shops to directly support animal rescue and outreach programs.

The transfer will allow the Telluride Animal Foundation to focus solely on outreach and spay/neuter programs throughout the Four Corners region, and Second Chance to focus on local animal rescue and outreach programs in a clearer distinction of roles.

Since 2011, the Telluride Animal Foundation has spayed and neutered over 5,000 animals and distributed close to $450,000 to animal outreach initiatives.

The incredibly successful Telluride Thrift Shop, which grosses over $200,000/year, has helped the foundation make a major impact on animal programs throughout the region, and founders Josh Rapaport and Katja Wichland say they are thrilled that the shop will continue to positively affect on animal welfare in the region.

As originally intended, the shop will remain a staple of the local community and a hub for animal rescue.

“We’ve done so well,” Wichland said in a recent statement. “I’m so glad we can be here forever now.”

Second Chance Executive Director Kelly Goodin said, “We are very grateful to the Telluride Animal Foundation for the hard work they put in to make the Telluride Thrift Shop so successful and for entrusting Second Chance to continue pushing the Shop’s potential forward. This truly is a win-win situation for both organizations and the community and we couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities it presents. And, as the proceeds from both shops will continue to fund animal welfare programming, animals in need benefit most of all.”

In addition to local rescue and outreach programs, Second Chance has entered into a protracted funding arrangement with TAF to further ongoing outreach and spay/neuter programs.

In collaboration with the Telluride Thrift staff, Second Chance Thrift Shop Manager, Lynda Burns will apply her 10 plus years of experience with the Ridgway Thrift Shop to ensure a smooth transition. “We plan on creating a more streamlined system between both shops, resulting in a more efficient and productive experience for donors and customers. Through this approach this transfer just makes sense and will simply amplify the performance that either shop can do singularly.”

“This opportunity comes at the perfect time,” said Goodin. “We just celebrated our 20- year anniversary, and the opening of our new dog facility which, although it more than doubles our capacity to rescue dogs (from 10 to now 25 dogs), our operational expenses have increased. Additionally, with the capital campaign behind us we can now focus more resources on expanding our community programs and services.”

Second Chance will hire additional staff for the Telluride Shop to increase the store’s capacity to receive and sell donations and facilitate the transfer of items between the shops, per space and market limitations and demands.

Second Chance will continue to pick up large donations in the Telluride area for  transfer to its Ridgway shop, which has the space for larger items that the Telluride shop cannot receive. Both shops will continue to serve as major sources for the repurposing of quality items, from clothing to household goods and furniture, jewelry and anything else with resale value, except for electronics.

Questions about either shop can be directed to Lynda Burns at 970/626-3233.

Learn more about Telluride Animal Foundation by visiting tellurideanimalfoundation.org and Second Chance Humane Society by visiting their website, adoptmountainpets.org.

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