Our staff

Saving Lives & Promoting the Human-Animal Bond

Lynda Burns of Second Chance Humane Society

Ridgway Thrift Shop Manager

Lynda Burns

Lynda has bachelor degrees in nursing and sociology and worked toward a master’s degree in healthcare management. Lynda worked as an RN for many years in a variety of settings ending her career as a hospice nurse educator. Her interest in improving the lives of dying patients eventually led her to animal rescue and the care and fostering of homeless pets. Lynda’s hospice background drew her to the special needs of senior and dying dogs who are often abandoned at a time when they need a family the most. Lynda has been a long time volunteer for English Springer Rescue fostering and caring for many dogs in her home over the years.

Lynda has spent her life around animals, growing up with rabbits (5,000 of them!) chickens, goats and guinea pigs as well as dogs and cats. Currently she lives on a ranch with her husband Robert, 6 horses, and an ever changing family of foster dogs.

Lynda began volunteering at the Thrift Shop in 2004 as a way to help support Second Chance Humane Society’s mission. Shortly after she becoming a volunteer Lynda accepted a staff position at the Thrift Shop. Lynda’s interest in books and collectables has made the thrift shop a perfect fit for her as she comments “The wide variety of generous community donations makes working at the Thrift Shop a continuing adventure and provides daily opportunities for learning”. Lynda has been the Thrift Store Manager since 2006.

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

Federal EIN: 84-1266231

Our animals


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Bindi is an adorable 3 year old Chihuahua lap dog. All she wants is to be with her person. She...


Chara is a young girl that needs a special kind of person to give her a home. Chara is not...


Meet Junior! What breed am I? I have no clue! But I do know that I will love you forever!...

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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