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!
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. Second Chance is here to help keep our community's pets together with their families. We are working to stock our Pet Food Bank and to safely provide wellness care and foster care, when needed.
We appreciate the many offers we have received for support in getting our shelter ready for the anticipated increase in relinquished and abandoned pets. Currently our greatest needs are for:
Those interested in adopting or fostering pets please email email@example.com to learn more. We are anticipating an increase of pets needing care in the coming weeks and, as the Montrose Shelter is unable to receive stray pets at this time, we are working toward supporting a community foster care network for our tri-county region.
For those unsure on adopting at this time, this is actually an ideal time to adopt a pet. Pets are experts on caring for humans during times of self-isolation and 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. Email us to set an appointment to meet your Covid Companion today!
Due to a shortage of personal protection equipment for our medical community all elective veterinary procedures, such as spay/neuter have been suspended in Colorado. We will be providing updates on how we will be setting up protocols to reduce a pet population boom this spring.
As for our Thrift Shops, currently they are both fully closed. We are cleaning and designing new safety protocols for our donation center at our Ridgway Thrift Shop and will be receiving donations by appointment only sometime next week at our Ridgway donation center.
With our main revenue source suspended right now any donation you can provide will make a difference to allow us to keep doing this critical work.
Lastly, we appreciate the many offers for volunteers at the shelter but we are currently limiting volunteers to the minimal necessary and utilizing our longer term trained volunteers who can perform volunteer routines without interacting with staff.
Thank you all 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 support families in keeping their pets happy and healthy for their lifetime we are offering wellness clinics for pets of low-income families.
NEW: Now offering Dental Cleaning starting at $150!
We are not providing emergency care at this time.
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.
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 Nucla outreach episode (about 22 minutes in)
We are excited about expanding our equine assisted therapy program for the 2020 season!
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...
In response to the heightened public concerns regarding the evolution of the Coronavirus in our region and in respect of the guidelines being put forth by the medical community and government, Second Chance Humane Society has made the difficult decision to postpone Furry Flicks & Fashion, scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 14th at the 4H Center in Ridgway.
We do intend to present the wonderful live and silent auction items in an online format that will still enable our supporters to benefit from the exciting items that were so generously donated to our auction.
Please consider continuing your support of Second Chance Humane Society and our mission of “Connecting Pets, People and Community While Saving Lives”, by participating in our online auction or, alternatively, sponsoring an animal’s care for a period of time or making a donation en lieu of attending our fundraiser.
While this remains a challenging time for us all, please know that the animals we take in and care for still require every bit of love, nurturing and care as we have always prided ourselves on giving them. Your support during this difficult time is more valuable than ever.
We will be providing updates shortly on the status of our online auction. Wishing everyone in our community health & strength during these challenging times.
The Staff and Board of Second Chance Humane Society
We will once again be kicking off the nationwide Bow Wow Film Festival tour from Telluride.
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
335 W. Colorado Avenue (Main Street)
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-1100 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax
Daily: 10am - 5pm