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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 Community programs and services.

Come meet our homeless 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

We're Here to Help.


Pet Pantry
Veterinary Services
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.

Events & Media

Veterinary Services Available to All

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. 

Services are available to all with two-tiered pricing (low-income and general public)

Walk-In Mobile Clinics at Nucla Fire Department. Watch Social Media for dates, times, and details.

Paws For Art
Now Open: Friday - Sunday noon- 4 PM or by appointment!

Paws for Art Gallery & More

Our Paws for Art Gallery...& More is our latest fund-generating program supporting our animal welfare programs and services through the sale of donated art, antiques and other unique quality items that are getting their second chance. Consider making a donation of art or come by our Gallery to find great deals!

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

Our Current Campaign

Watch your mailbox for our annual appeal. Return the donor card or donate on the website. We appreciate you.

The Pet Column

Puppy Dog Eyes

Puppy Dog Eyes

If you have a dog in your family, you’re likely adept at reading your dog’s eyes. Of course, you know the “I love you” stare, where you are the most wonderful person in his world. There’s also “feed me”, “play with me”, “yep, that’s the spot”, “guilty as charged”, and “give me some attention”. Researchers have found that dogs evolved muscles around their eyes, allowing them to make expressions that appeal to humans.

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Pets & People Giving Thanks

Pets & People Giving Thanks

Here at Second Chance, we are sharing gratitude this Thanksgiving week. 

We are incredibly grateful for our adopters. Watching our pets go to their forever homes is the best feeling! 

Our pets and people are thankful for all who bring in donations (food for the pet pantry, dog beds, toys, sunshades, etc.). We’re also grateful for those who donate money and time enabling our organization to thrive.

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Who Pays for This?

Who Pays for This?

A few weeks ago, the Pet Column talked about the difference between a shelter and a rescue. One big difference is how an organization is funded.

Sometimes, a shelter or rescue is funded by a city or county government through taxes and fees collected and designated for animal control. Some shelters are funded and supported by a larger organization (like ASPCA or Best Friends). We’re neither of those.

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Pet Years to People Years

Pet Years to People Years

With November being “Adopt a Senior Pet” month, the age of a pet is something we’re thinking about. Although our pets who are 7 years old and older are available for our special “older” pet adoption rate, most pets are not really “old” at seven.

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Job Opportunities

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

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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