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Ready to adopt a dog or a cat?

Welcome to Second Chance Humane Society, 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! 

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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...
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    Adopt a Cat

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

    Explore our Community Services & Outreach Programs
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    Get Involved

    Discover the Many Rewards of Volunteering
  • Events


    We host fun and mission-driven events all year round!
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    Support Second Chances with a donation today...

We are Here to Help.

Updates on our Programs & Services in Response to COVID-19:

Our pets are more important to our health right now than ever before. They are helping us get through the overwhelming daily changes to our lives as impacted by COVID-19. Second Chance is here to help keep our community's pets together with their families.

If you need help with providing food, wellness care or foster care for your pets call us at 970.626.2273

We appreciate the support we have received for our COVID-response programming so far and feel better prepared for the anticipated increase in relinquished and abandoned pets. Currently our greatest needs are for:

  • general donations to help us keep doing what we are doing
  • adopters 
  • foster home applications
  • donations to our Tri-County Pet Pantry for low income community members (see note below)

Those interested in adopting or fostering pets call us at 970.626.2273 to learn more. We are anticipating an increase of pets needing care in the coming weeks and are working toward supporting a community foster care network for our tri-county region.

This is an ideal time to adopt a pet. Pets are experts on caring for humans during times of social distancing and provide us with much needed emotional support. Our adoptions are taking place by appointment only with very minimal time and interaction at the shelter. Call us to set an appointment to meet your Covid Companion today!

As for our Thrift Shops, currently they are closed and we are unable to process donations at this time. With our main revenue source suspended right now any funding donation you can provide will make a difference to allow us to keep doing this critical work.

Thank you for your support! Please join us on our social media platforms and send us photos of you and your pets at home together – it cheers us on and shows others how important our pets are!

Wishing you all health & strength during these challenging times...


To donate to our Tri-County Pet Pantry, please buy pet food from any source and drop at our Second Chance Shelter gate, at 177 Cty Rd 10 in Ridgway. Although we are closed to the public just call us at 970.626.2273 when dropping off food. Second Chance will distribute the food directly to community members in need.  You can also make a direct donation online. Thank you for caring for our community pets!

Events & Media

Our newest community resources program!

Living Better Together

To support families in keeping their pets happy and healthy for their lifetime we are offering wellness clinics for pets of low-income families. 

  • Free Wellness Exams
  • Spay/Neuter - starting at $40
  • Vaccinations - $8
  • De-worming - $10
  • FELV testing - $15
  • Heartworm testing - $3
  • Flea & tick prevention - $10
  • Micro-chipping - $15

NEW: Now offering Dental Cleaning starting at $150!

Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10, Ridgway

Call 970.626.2273 for eligibility requirements and an appointment

We are not providing emergency care at this time.

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

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!

The Pet Column

Some Good News Amidst the Crazy

Some Good News Amidst the Crazy

I have noticed that when people are scared, overwhelmed, anxious and living amidst great uncertainty, sometimes even good news can trigger you. I totally relate to that. The world is changing so fast right now, there is so much that no longer feels within our control, even good news can feel suspect. I get that too. So perhaps simply look at today’s Second Chance Pet Column as news that is not bad, creating some bandwith for that…

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Second Chance Updates and Adoptables

Second Chance Updates and Adoptables

Second Chance Humane Society wants to thank the publishers of our weekly Pet Column for continuing to give us the opportunity to connect with our pet loving communities during these challenging times. We know that platforms for disseminating information are more important than ever right now. As such today’s column is geared to educate and support pet parents but we tossed in an uplifting tale of two of our adorable adoptable dogs.

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Best Dog on the Catwalk

Best Dog on the Catwalk

Doesn’t the name Topaz just have that Super Model ring to it? Yeah, I thought so too. Which is why I am anticipating great things for myself at this weekend’s doggie fashion show (part of Furry Flicks & Fashion event this Saturday March 14th at the Ouray County Event Center in Ridgway). I am excited as it is my big chance to finally get noticed for my beauty, talent and grace plus get adopted.

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Be an Advocat!

Be an Advocat!

As a shelter cat here at Second Chance Humane Society I have been witness to what I believe is a growing disparity between the feline versus canine connection with humans. There are some strong indicators in shelters nationwide. For example, stray dogs are far more often reclaimed by their owners than stray cats and there always more cats in the shelter than dogs. This is not the cat’s fault and it needs to change.

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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.

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

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


PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432


(970) 626-2273

Ridgway thrift
(970) 626-3233

Telluride thrift
(970) 728-1100

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