Second Chance Kittens for Adoption
Ready to adopt a dog or a cat?

Welcome to Second Chance Humane Society, located in Southwest Colorado and home to Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose County's lost or abandoned lovable pets. Since 1994 we have been saving lives through our shelter services while developing effective education programs and events. Come meet our cats and dogs and find out how you can get involved — also come visit us at one of our Thrift Shops which support our life saving programs and services! 

We Believe

Pets & People Live Better Together

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Our Mission

Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives

  • Human Animal Bond

    We Believe Pets & People Live Better Together
  • Adopt a dog

    Adopt a dog

    Adopt Love & Kisses into Your Life...
  • Rowan with cat

    Adopt a Cat

    Adopt Purrs & Cuddles Into Your Life...
  • Community Services

    Community Services

    Explore our Community Services & Outreach Programs
  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Discover the Many Rewards of Volunteering
  • Events

    Events

    We host fun and mission-driven events all year round!
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    Make a Difference

    Support Second Chances with a donation today...


CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRI-COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAMS:

Pet Pantry
Community Medical Program
Pet ID Program 

If you need help with providing food, medical care or behavioral training for your pets call us at 970.626.2273

Second Chance is committed to keeping our community's pets together with their families.

We're Here to Help


Take a virtual tour of our tri-county programs and services and all that we do with your support - Click Here!

Events & Media

July 23 - Aug 6, 2021

Virtual Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction!

Second Chance kicked off a Successful Virtual Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction in 2020 and we are bringing it back for 2021!

Enjoy the Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction "Safer-From-Home"-Style. 

  • Bow Wow Film Festival celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film! Online Auction runs concurrent with the Festival
  • Bid on art, jewelry, self-care and adventure packages, sporting goods, birthday parties and so much more!
  • All from the comfort of your home anytime you choose!
  • Only $16 covers your entire household.
  • Your ticket purchase supports our life-saving animal welfare programs and services. 
Expanded medical care services now offered!

Living Better Together

To support families in keeping their pets happy and healthy for their lifetime we (with Dr. Shari Depauw, pictured above left) are offering low cost veterinary services for pets of low-income families. 

  • Free Medical Exams
  • Spay/Neuter - starting at $40
  • Vaccinations starting at $8
  • Dental Care starting at $150
  • Micro-chipping - $15
  • End of life care
  • And a variety of other medical services at similarly low costs (bloodwork, diagnostics & medical treatments)
  • Call for pricing on pets over 70 lbs or in heat. 

Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10, Ridgway - No emergency care provided at this time.

Call 970.626.2273 for eligibility requirements and an appointment.

Walk-In Mobile Clinics in Nucla - Upcoming Clinic Date TBA: Nucla Fire Department

Learn to raise and train your dog using force-free, reward-based methods. Registration required .

Try our Low Cost Pet Behavior Services

Puppy Socialization and Skills (8 to 20 week old puppies)                                     Learn methods for safely socializing as well as important basic skills. Time for monitored play included .
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Basic Manners (5 months and older)
Learn calmly greeting strangers, sit, lie down, come, stay, walking nicely on a loose leash, and proper focus with the distraction of other dogs in the area .
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Private Sessions
One on one sessions addressing fearfulness, anxiety, aggression toward other dogs or people, resource guarding, house training issues, destructive chewing, multiple dog household conflicts, and more...

Location: Indoor training center at Second Chance Shelter in Ridgway, limited socially distanced class size - call to register today!

Trainer: Krissi Goetz (photo above), Founder of Animal Adoption Center’s Training and Behavior Program in 2006

Memorial Wings garden
Honoring the Everlasting Bond

Angels Wings Memorial Garden

Promoting the human-animal bond is one of the most important things we do here at Second Chance. We believe in the power of unconditional love we share with our pets, and are forever grateful for each one of these furry family members who enrich our lives, even long after they are gone.

Purchase a Memorial Gift

Visit the Gardens

In the Media

Check us Out on Animal Planet's Dr. Jeff!

1.3 million people across the nation were able to take a look at some of Second Chance Humane Society’s outreach services. The most watched series on the Animal Planet Channel, Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet, partnered with Second Chance to provide free spay-neuter and medical clinics in Nucla and Ridgway. 

Watch our Ridgway Shelter episode

Watch our Nucla outreach episode (about 22 minutes in)

In the media

Second Chance In the News

Second Chance received some great media coverage of our programs and services.

Read "On the Way to a Forever Home" in Shelter Magazine

And "Must Love Dogs" in Telluride Style Magazine

Power of the Human - Animal Bond

Equine Assisted Therapy Program

This program has been placed on hold due to the pandemic but we will revisit it in 2021.

Stay tuned for details...

Paws For Art
Seeking New Venue - Contact us!

Paws for Art

Paws for Art is a touring sale of the best artwork donations to our Thrift Shops.  This allows art collectors, or those just looking for something new for their homes, a better opportunity to view these amazing pieces.  It also allows us to get better prices for these donations - which go directly toward our life saving animal welfare programs and services. 

Contact us if you are interested in hosting an event at your business or home...

 Giving Great Art & Homeless Pets a Second Chance!

Fury Flicks and Fashion
March 14, 2020 Event Postponed - we'll be back...

Furry Flicks & Fashion

  • Bow Wow Film Festival - which celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film! 

  • Furry Fashion Show - starring Second Chance shelter dogs modeling the latest fashion trends from Chow Down Pet Supplies

  • Stellar silent & live auctions

  • Second annual amateur photo contest

  • Yappy Hour with Nibbles & Cash Bar

    Your support of this fundraiser promotes our mission of Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives!

The Pet Column

Boredom Busting With Bumble

Boredom Busting With Bumble

Hi my name is Bumble and I would like to apply for the position of “boredom buster” in your home. Are you the kind of person that does not like to be alone, that is always needing to be distracted by something to ward off feeling bored and fatigued with life? I am a master self-entertainer (as our most of the adoptable cats here at Second Chance) and am here to help you.

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The Best Dog Movies

The Best Dog Movies

Dogs have been starring in film for well over a century, since 1905 when a “Lassie”-looking collie starred in the silent film Rescued By Rover (which became a cinema sensation). Recently the magazine “Dogster” did a review of dogcentric movies, and I have a bone to pick with their summary, likely because it was written by a human and not a dog.

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Declawing a Cat is Inhumane. Period.

Declawing a Cat is Inhumane. Period.

Take a look at your fingernails. Now imagine what it would take to permanently remove them. Ouch. Looks like you’d have to remove part of your finger right? Yep, that is what happens when you declaw a cat. Speaking from experience it is awful.

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Dogs Dig Beds

Dogs Dig Beds

Recently I heard someone say that the reason dogs turn in circles before lying down is to wind the biological clock down. From a figurative translation it sort of makes sense. Read on as I help you make sense of your dog’s mysterious pre-sleeping routines…

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Job Opportunities

Interested in working with Second Chance Humane Society? Check out a few of our job opportunities online.

Meet the animals looking for a home.

Pogo

Meet Pogo! Pogo is around 5 years young and has quite the story here with us at Second Chance. Pogo...

Angel

Meet Angel! Angel is a 1 year young Aussie mix full of energy! Angel loves to do everything and anything...

Blizzy

Meet Blizzy! Blizzy is a 5 year young cat looking for her forever home! Blizzy is a simple girl who...

Domino

Meet Domino! Domino is a sassy young cat with a beautiful personality to follow. Domino must be a strictly indoor...

Penelope

Meet our sweet girl Penelope! Penelope is a 1 year young Pitbull mix awaiting her forever home! Penelope is a...

Bandit

Meet Bandit! Bandit is a young shepherd mix with more energy than he knows what to do with some days!...


Our Thrift Shops

Ridgway Shop

309 Sherman Street (HWY 62)
PO Box 2096 (mailing)
Ridgway, CO 81432

(970) 626-3233 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax

Mon - Sat: 10 - 5pm, Sun: 12 - 5pm

Telluride Shop

335 W. Colorado Avenue (Main Street)
Telluride, CO 81435

(970) 728-1100 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax

Daily: 10am - 5pm

Second Chance Humane Society

Animal Resource Center

Ridgway Thrift

Telluride Thrift

Shelter Hours

Open Tuesday - Saturday

Animal Resource Center
11 am - 6 pm

Cat Castle
11 am - 6 pm

Dog Den
11 am - 5:45 pm


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