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!
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 for pets of low-income families.
Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10, Ridgway - No emergency care provided at this time.
Call 970.626.2273 for eligibility requirements and an appointment.
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 .
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 .
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...
Trainer: Krissi Goetz (photo above), Founder of Animal Adoption Center’s Training and Behavior Program in 2006
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)
This program has been placed on hold due to the pandemic but we will revisit it in 2021.
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...
Enjoy the Bow Wow Film Festival & Auction "Safer-From-Home"-Style.
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!
People like to celebrate. I think this is good as pausing to appreciate the good things in life, or to remember things that are important, gives life meaning and value. Dogs celebrate life like all day long, so we don’t really do it as formally as you people do, what with holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays and such, but I do have an idea for a great new holiday…
Is your cat fat? Is your furry feline sporting something extra on the midriff? Are you in denial and pretending it is just extra fur to keep her warm? Well you are not alone, according to my research there is an estimated 60 percent chance that your cat is too chubby. But this epidemic (up 5% in 5 years) is leading to shorter and less healthy lives for cats, so I am putting my paw down.
What do you get when you cross a Boxer with a Body Builder? About 90 pounds of warm cuddly deliciousness. That’s right, you get me, Bustalicious (my friends just call me Buster though) a buoyant big-hearted boy dog, who also happens to be homeless. So how come I haven’t been adopted yet? Am I too big? Nonsense. Read how I dispel those rumors that give large dogs a bad rap…
Although an estimated 90% of bird species partner up for life, it is estimated that only 3% to 5% of all mammal species form monogamous (albeit somewhat complicated) relationships. Why so many birds? Why so few mammals? Good questions, although those are not the answers you will find in this week’s Second Chance Pet Column.
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