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 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


    We host fun and mission-driven events all year round!
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    Support Second Chances with a donation today...

We're Here to Help

Our pets are more important to our health right now than ever before and Second Chance is committed to keeping our community's pets together with their families.

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

Click for a visual overview 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 - $10
  • FELV testing - $15
  • Heartworm testing - $3
  • Flea & tick prevention - $10
  • Micro-chipping - $15

NEW: Now offering Dental Cleaning 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: Thursday June 25th, 11 AM - 3 PM, Nucla Fire Department

We are not providing emergency care at this time.

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

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!

The Pet Column

Cat Play

Cat Play

Dear Pet Column, I just adopted my first young cat. He is usually friendly unless I try to play with him, at which point he usually ends up scratching me. I am wondering if it is ok to roughhouse with cats or does it trigger their hunting instincts?

Sincerely, Perplexed About Play

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The Self-Empowered Dog

The Self-Empowered Dog

Hi my name is Arlow Wagaton and I am proud to be a dog. I have been reading John Olson’s book that his dog barked to him, “Too Proud to Beg, Self-Empowerment for Today’s Dog” and it has been a transformative experience indeed. Every dog household should own a copy. Its truths will lead to our emancipation once we are finally and rightfully recognized as domestic partners, by our human automatic door openers and chefs, rather than simply, dogs.

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Life Skills Un-Pawsed

Life Skills Un-Pawsed

Here I sit. A homeless cat at a humane society. Leads me to pondering…what are the main causes of pet homelessness? One thing is clear, the reasons are beyond the control of the pet. Causes are typically financial (loss of a job that leads to reduced income and inability to feed or provide medical care for a pet) or behavioral (pet parent does not understand how to address an unwelcome behavior of their pet, gets frustrated, gets rid of pet). So by addressing these causes we eliminate pet homeless right? Great let’s do this!

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Adopt a Cat Month

Adopt a Cat Month

Why is June the best month of the year? Is it because summer has finally arrived, the days are long and the air is sweet? Nope. Is it because so many wedding vows are exchanged this month? Nope. Is it because school is out and children can more freely annoy their parents? Nope. It is because June is Adopt-A-Cat Month!

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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


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


(970) 626-2273

Ridgway thrift
(970) 626-3233

Telluride thrift
(970) 728-1100

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