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Find a dog or a cat looking for a home.

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 say hello, meet our cats and dogs and find out how you can get involved — also come visit us at one of our Thrift Stores! Read more about how Second Chance benefits people and pets throughout the Western Slope of Colorado!

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Our Vision

Loving Homes for All Pets

Services we offer

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Our Mission

Saving Lives & Promoting
the Human-Animal Bond.

  • Human Animal Bond

    Part of our Mission is promoting the Human-Animal Bond…

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    Adopt a Cat

    Look who is waiting for you…

    Meet our cats

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    Events

    We host fun and mission-driven events all year round

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    Pet Services

    Sniff out our Community Services and Outreach Programs!
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    Adopt a dog

    Look who's waiting for you

    Meet our dogs

  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    The Rewards of Volunteering
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    Make a Difference

    Support Second Chance, our animals and our work, with a donation today...

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Events & Media

Fury Flicks and Fashion
Ouray County Event Center - Ridgway

Second Annual Furry Flicks & Fashion

"a film festival and fashion show that's gone to the dogs"

Saturday March 9th, 5:30 - 9:00 pm 

Featuring:

  • 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 financial support of this fundraiser helps achieve our mission of saving lives and promoting the human-animal bond!

Paws For Art
Seeking New Venue

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!

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 Empowerment

Fulfilling a dream formed since taking residence at Angel Ridge Ranch in 2011, Second Chance Humane Society expanded its community outreach services by hosting an animal-assisted therapy program!

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.

The Pet Column

Dogs Makes the Best Valentine’s Dates

Dogs Makes the Best Valentine’s Dates

Ahhhh, Valentine’s Day, the perfect day for snuggling, petting, kissing and purring – but really so is every day.  For those who greet Valentine’s Day with “Ugh”, you’re not alone. Yahoo News reports that one in five people would prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their pet over their partner. Basically, dogs like me have this love thing totally nailed and everyone knows it. Below are some reasons why dogs make the best Valentine’s Day date:

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Reintroducing Animal Protection Law

Reintroducing Animal Protection Law

Today I write to share more good news on the political front! I know I am a dog and by nature not interested in politics – and I also know that the term “good news on the political front” can raise a few eyebrows these days – but if you were an animal you would agree this is good. So stay curious with me here people…

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Picturing the Human-Animal Bond

Picturing the Human-Animal Bond

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened”- Anatole France

Do you remember the first time this slumbering part of your soul was awakened? Often people respond to this question by describing a poignant moment of connecting with a family pet during childhood. Others recall connecting with a pet that they simply met in passing. Some, who grew up with family pets, have unknowingly felt this connection for their lifetime. Regardless, at Second Chance this awakening is referred to as the human-animal bond. It is a force to be reckoned with and I will share with you how to capture it.

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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

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Contact

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

Ridgway thrift
(970) 626-3233

Telluride thrift
(970) 728-1100

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