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Second Chance
Humane Society

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Second Chance Humane Society Ridgway Colorado

- Second Chance's staged approach to realize its Animal Resource Center vision.

Phase 1 – Angel Ridge Ranch

Recognizing that the region's animal welfare needs were greater than the organization's capacity, Second Chance established a step-wise framework to realize the development of a true animal resource center and ensure long-term operational and financial sustainability.  In 2011, Second Chance initiated its Building Second Chances capital campaign to acquire a new location and facilities for the organization.

In October 2011, after a quick and successful Phase 1 of the campaign, Second Chance purchased Angel Ridge Ranch, a 52-acre plot of land and existing structures located approximately 2 miles north of Ridgway, Colorado. The purchase of this property has strengthened the organization’s potential to deliver existing core programs as well as develop new responses for animal needs within its underserved communities.

For the impact that Second Chance can have on the life of just one dog, please watch this brief story about Miles, who survived having to hide under vehicles to live the good life in a forever home. There are too many dogs like Miles and Second Chance must expand to help them.

Phase 2 – The Dog Den

Second Chance purchased Angel Ridge Ranch with the intention of building purpose-built structures for the dogs in the immediate future.  At the time, a few existing structures were renovated to temporarily accommodate the existing shelter population until purpose built structures could be built.  Currently, the shelter dogs are housed in a barn that accommodates about 12 dogs, limiting capacity to half of the permitted population that Second Chance could otherwise rescue.  Further, the barn is not designed as a dog shelter and presents operating challenges and inefficiencies.

To learn more about Second Chance and this exciting project, begin by viewing the slideshow presentation below. Then, for more detail, please navigate through the menu at the right.

Second Chance Humane Society Adoptable Dogs
Second Chance Humane Society Adoptable Cats

Second Chance Humane Society Thrift

Two store locations: Ridgway & Telluride

Second Chance Humane Society


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


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

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm