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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! 

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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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
  • Vaccinations - $8
  • De-worming - $10
  • FELV testing - $15
  • Heartworm testing - $3
  • Flea & tick prevention - $10
  • Micro-chipping - $15

Walk-in clinic - Last Thursday of the month - Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10.

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

Mr. Microchip is Your Friend

Mr. Microchip is Your Friend

Jelly Bean here, a homeless kitty at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter. I am one of many pets at Second Chance who arrived without any identification, making it rather difficult for me to be returned to my family. So today’s Pet Column lesson is one word. Microchip. And for y’all that spell it as two words…well you are wrong.

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Long Live the Dog

Long Live the Dog

Whaddup? My name is Buddy Studly. I am a bit of a stud. Not in the “still intact/un-neutered” way of course, but in the “wow, look at that good looking, athletic, cool and charming dog” way. I’ll admit I also get “look at the auricles on that stud, he can probably hear 10 miles away!” but I’m cool with that. Anyway, I really enjoy life and I think it stinks that dogs have a shorter life span than other species. I have decided to change that.

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Socially Conscious Sheltering

Socially Conscious Sheltering

My name is Florence Brightengale. Recently my person passed away and so I am going through two difficult transitions of missing him and being homeless. But fortunately my person made arrangements for me to be cared for by Second Chance until they can find me a new home. I learned Second Chance is a partner of an animal-welfare model in Colorado that hopes to be the future of the industry. It is called Socially Conscious Sheltering and it is very good for pets like me.

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Seeking Common Sense Candidates

Seeking Common Sense Candidates

Hi my name is Sugarcane Jane. Currently I am homeless but I intend to change that by writing this week’s Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column to outline the simple criteria of what I am looking for in a new family. This summary would be helpful to all dog parents who also want to be responsible and keep your pets safe.

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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

Address

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

Contact

Phone
(970) 626-2273
animalcare@adoptmountainpets.org

Ridgway thrift
(970) 626-3233

Telluride thrift
(970) 728-1100

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