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 Marty! Marty is a 7 year old male cat who really does not care for people. Instead of a...


Meet Moe! Sweet but shy, Moe will steal your heart away by just his looks! Moe takes pride in his...


Meet Mason! Mr. Mason is a sweet, loveable, 1 year young cat who will follow you absolutely everywhere! Mason says...


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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