Our staff

Saving Lives & Promoting the Human-Animal Bond

Telluride Thrift Shop Manager

Laura DePalma

Laura has a rich background in shelter medicine and management which brought her to Second Chance to also follow her passion on educating the public on humanely decreasing pet overpopulation.

In 2001 Laura moved to Telluride to work at the local animal clinic inspiring her to complete a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies in 2007. After her clinical year in Australia she did her internship at a shelter in Bali, Indonesia. Over the next 20 years she worked in a variety of hospitals and shelters in positions ranging from TNR (Trap Neuter Release) Coordinator to Executive Director. 

Another area Laura is passionate about is fostering kittens and special needs cats and she remains active with that. Laura also had a history, before joining the staff of Second Chance, of volunteering for various Second Chance outreach and fundraising events where her energy and enthusiasm were always so welcome.

Additionally Laura shared, “I have supported Second Chance’s Telluride Thrift Store since it opened knowing the money saves homeless animals and now I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization!” In her spare time Laura can be found skiing, mountain biking, riding horses, teaching fitness classes and lecturing on plant-based nutrition, in other words she doesn't sit still for long...  

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

Federal EIN: 84-1266231

Our animals


Meet Blizzy! Blizzy is a 5 year young cat looking for her forever home! Blizzy is a simple girl who...


Meet Domino! Domino is a sassy young cat with a beautiful personality to follow. Domino must be a strictly indoor...


Meet our sweet but shy girl Mabel! Mabel enjoys the company of other cats but does well on her own...


Meet Pogo! Pogo is around 5 years young and has quite the story here with us at Second Chance. Pogo...


Meet Angel! Angel is a 1 year young Aussie mix full of energy! Angel loves to do everything and anything...


Meet our sweet girl Penelope! Penelope is a 1 year young Pitbull mix awaiting her forever home! Penelope is a...

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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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