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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 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

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Loving Homes for All Pets

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Our Mission

Saving Lives & Promoting
the Human-Animal Bond.

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

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    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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Our next event

Memorial Garden OpeningMemorial Garden Opening

Second Chance Memorial Gardens & Equine Empowerment Opening

Sunday June 10th, 2-4pm | Second Chance Animal Resource Center, Ridgway

Please join us on June 10 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm to celebrate the opening of our new Angels Wings Memorial Garden as well as the new Equine Assistance Therapy Program. All activities take place at our Animal Resource Center at 177 County Road 10 in Ridgway:

  • Dedication ceremony of the Rainbow Bridge & Memorial Garden
  • Self-guided tours of the Cat Castle, Dog Den, and new Hyneman Community Building
  • Demo of the new equine assisted therapy program, Equine Empowerment, we are hosting at Angel Ridge Ranch

There will also be an opportunity to create a lasting remembrance to your faithfully departed pets or loved ones. We offer engraved plaques and granite markers for placement within the garden.

New for 2018!

Equine Assistance Program

Fulfilling a dream formed since taking residence at Angel Ridge Ranch in 2011, Second Chance Humane Society is now expanding its community outreach services to include an exciting new animal-assisted therapy program!

To honor 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

Preparing an Evacuation Emergency Kit for Companion Animals

Preparing an Evacuation Emergency Kit for Companion Animals

To continue the topic of Second Chance Humane Society’s Pet Column from last week on emergency preparedness, and how to be prepared to evacuate your animals if the need arose, I will be reviewing how to create a pet emergency kit that can be available to quickly grab if the need arises. As the potential for fire driven evacuation increases throughout Colorado I am hearing that people are not as prepared as they should be.

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Emergency Preparedness for Companion Animals

Emergency Preparedness for Companion Animals

With recent wildfires raging in the region and the weather pointing to a high risk for more, Second Chance Humane Society has been hearing from many concerned pet parents on how to be better prepared for emergency situations. Thus our next few Pet Columns will be devoted to this topic, but know that your participation level will measure its effectiveness. I don’t want to incite anxiety by discussing these topics, instead my goal is to help you feel more prepared should the need arise.

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Dogs & Water

Dogs & Water

Hmmm, would you like to be tossed from an airplane to get over your “apprehension” of heights? Similarly, not to toss is certainly the best means of introducing your dog to water. That being clear, I will offer you some more gentle alternatives that will enhance the trust between you and your dog rather than drown it.

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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


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

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