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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 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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    Make a Difference

    Support Second Chances with a donation today...

In order to keep our visitors, volunteers and staff safe we are scheduling appointments only to visit with pets at the shelter or in foster care.

OR

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRI-COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAMS:

Pet Pantry
Community Medical Program
Pet ID Program 

We're Here to Help

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

Second Chance is committed to keeping our community's pets together with their families.


Click Here for a virtual tour of our tri-county programs and services!

Events & Media

Part of our tri-county community resources programs

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 - starting at $10 (priced by weight)
  • FELV testing - $15
  • Heartworm testing - $3
  • Flea & tick prevention - $10
  • Micro-chipping - $15
  • No emergency care provided at this time.

Dental Cleaning (Ridgway location only) starting at $150!

Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10, Ridgway - Call 970.626.2273 for eligibility requirements and an appointment.

Walk-In Mobile Clinics in Nucla - Upcoming Clinic Date TBA: Nucla Fire Department

Note: call for pricing on pets over 70 lbs or in heat. 

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

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 Assisted Therapy Program

We are excited about expanding our equine assisted therapy program for the 2020 season!

Stay tuned for details...

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!

Fury Flicks and Fashion
March 14, 2020 Event Postponed - we'll be back...

Furry Flicks & Fashion

  • 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 support of this fundraiser promotes our mission of Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives!

July 24 - Aug 7, 2020

Thank you for a Great 2020-2021 Bow Wow Virtual Film Festival & Auction!

Second Chance kicked off a Successful new Virtual Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction!

Enjoy the Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction "Safer-From-Home"-Style. 

  • Bow Wow Film Festival celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film! Online Auction runs concurrent with the Festival
  • Bid on art, jewelry, self-care and adventure packages, sporting goods, birthday parties and so much more!
  • All from the comfort of your home anytime you choose!
  • Only $16 covers your entire household.
  • Your ticket purchase supports our life-saving animal welfare programs and services.

The Pet Column

Eye Boogers

Eye Boogers

So, eye boogers…kind of a normal natural bodily function but somehow makes you humans queasy. Would it help if I called it leaky lookers instead? Or I could stick to the more technical term “ocular discharge”, although somehow that almost sounds worse. Anyway, pet parents are worrying about an increase in this “activity” due to all the smoke in the air these past weeks so I wanted to address this.

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The Real Story of Cats & Birds

The Real Story of Cats & Birds

As a feline I am very concerned to hear that the status of the world’s birds continues to deteriorate, that even once common birds are vanishing. I am concerned, not only because I love watching birds and they are of critical importance to our planet, but because my species is being innocently and inhumanely blamed and punished for this.

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Pets For Life

Pets For Life

Second Chance Humane Society believes that pets and people live better together. Unfortunately, one of the most significant barriers in maintaining lifetime care for pets, particularly for families that are struggling financially, is access to veterinary care. Like access to medical care, the cost of veterinary care for financially struggling families is beyond reach and subsequently, some pets just don’t receive it. 

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Dog V Cat People

Dog V Cat People

I want to weigh in on this whole cat people versus dog people debate, because I think it is just a bunch of poppycock, and sorry no, I don’t actually know what poppycock is. Pitting one stereotype against another to determine which self-identifiable group really has life figured out? Come on people. But just for those who have been suckered by the diabolical plot to divide animal lovers from one another I have dug into the research on this phenomena and come up with, pretty much poppycock…

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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

Second Chance Humane Society

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