Second Chance Kittens for Adoption
Ready to adopt a dog or a cat?

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! 

  • 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!
  • Donor photo

    Make a Difference

    Support Second Chances with a donation today...

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.

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

Pet Pantry
Community Medical Program
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.

Take a virtual tour of our tri-county programs and services and all that we do with your support - Click Here!

Events & Media

Expanded medical care services coming soon!

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. 

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

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!

Learn to raise and train your dog using force-free, reward-based methods. Registration required .

Try our Low Cost Pet Behavior Services

Puppy Socialization and Skills (8 to 20 week old puppies)                                     Learn methods for safely socializing as well as important basic skills. Time for monitored play included .
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Basic Manners (5 months and older)
Learn calmly greeting strangers, sit, lie down, come, stay, walking nicely on a loose leash, and proper focus with the distraction of other dogs in the area .
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Private Sessions
One on one sessions addressing fearfulness, anxiety, aggression toward other dogs or people, resource guarding, house training issues, destructive chewing, multiple dog household conflicts, and more...

Location: Indoor training center at Second Chance Shelter in Ridgway, limited socially distanced class size - call to register today!

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

This program has been placed on hold due to the pandemic but we will revisit it in 2022.

Stay tuned for details...

The Pet Column

The Story of Maizie, the Puppy Mill Survivor

The Story of Maizie, the Puppy Mill Survivor

Cheyenne first met Maizie in 2019. The Pomeranian mix was, as all puppy mill survivors are, terrified of people. Working as a dog trainer for Second Chance, Cheyenne had seen her fair share of dogs like Maizie. 

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Booty Scootin'

Booty Scootin'

Every dog does things that are cringe-worthy. Humping, licking those places, sniffing crotches, gagging (causing the mad dash to get outside), and yes… scooting our butts across the carpet or grass. Whether we choose to scoot in the middle of your dinner party or while you’re enjoying a cup of coffee- it’s something you probably wish would stop. 

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Not Pretty

Not Pretty

Mascara. Shampoo. Perfume. Laundry Detergent. Oven Cleaner. Yes, these products might help us look and feel prettier and make our house shiny and clean. But, did you realize there is a very ugly side to some of these products? Yes, I’m talking about animal testing.

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Outside Time for Inside Cats

Outside Time for Inside Cats

Sitting in the window, tail twitching, eyes darting- yes, cats yearn for the great outdoors. No doubt, most cats want to roam. 

You know the indoor/outdoor cat debate (“outdoor cats are in danger and decimate the bird population” vs “cats are meant to hunt and be outdoors”). Whichever side you land on, you know your kitty’s environment can affect their behavior, health, and lifespan. Indoor cats live longer, are healthier, and are less likely to be lost. Outdoor cats have more stimulation and are more active. If you choose to have an indoor cat, but understand the lure of the world beyond the door, you can try some creative ways to help your cat scratch the itch to be outside.

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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.

Bobby

Bobby loves playing. You can count on him to be chasing toys around or napping peacefully with his siblings.

Bobbette

Bobette is a sweet, cuddly little girl. She love any and all attention she can get and will sit on...

Barrly

Barrly is a sweet but shy cat. He enjoys taking naps with his siblings and chasing toys arounds.

Waffle

Waffle is a sweet, playful girl. She loves running around and playing, but you can also count on her to...

Toast

Toast is very curious and playful guy. He'll be the first thing you see when you come home. He loves...

Happy

Happy is a shy, quiet kitten. She likes to nap with her siblings and would do best in a quiet...


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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