Our staff

Saving Lives & Promoting the Human-Animal Bond


Dr. Shari DePauw

Dr. DePauw will be leading Second Chance Humane Society’s shelter medical program as well as the organizations Community Wellness Program (offering free wellness exams and low cost services from spay/neuter, vaccinations, dental cleanings, microchipping, FELV testing heartworm testing and prevention, de-worming, and flea and tick prevention). This program is open to low income pet owners throughout the tri-county region and includes mobile wellness clinics serving residents of Nucla and Naturita and the West End area. 

Originating from upstate New York, Dr. DePauw attended Cornell University for her undergraduate and veterinary degree, which she completed in 2003. After performing an internship in Atlanta, she moved to NYC where she treated the pets of the rich and famous. She then volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic in India, where she developed a passion for shelter medicine and serving the under-served. 

When she returned to the United States, she worked at a humane society in Washington D.C. before the mountains drew her to Colorado. She worked at a humane society and low cost clinic on the Front Range for 7 years before recently moving to the San Juans. She loves being able to provide care for those animals who otherwise may not get it, and during her free time, she enjoys exploring the mountains on foot, bicycle, skis, or with rope and harness.


Second Chance Humane Society is a registered 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS.

Federal EIN: 84-1266231

Our animals


Friend is a great cat that just wants to go to a home and be with someone that will cuddle...


Timon is kinda shy but would like someone to play toys with and to cuddle with. We highly encourage calling...


It's Kitten Season!!!!! We have a bunch of little kittens awaiting their forever homes! Ranging in colors, sex, and personality...


Buddy is a 5 year old beautiful and sweet Mix breed. He is very friendly and well behaved. He loves...


Louise is a beautiful Border Collie mix and she is about 1 1/2 years old. Louise is very sweet, loving...


Meet Jack! Jack is a 4 to 5 year old Shepherd Mix awaiting his forever home! He loves to go...

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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