Events

We host mission driven community events year round, scroll below to see what's next.

5th Annual Bow Wow Film Festival - Sunday July 21st

Sheridan Opera House - Telluride

Don't miss this premiere event kicking off the nationwide tour:

  • Bow Wow Film Festival - which celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film! 
  • Stellar silent & live auctions
  • Yappy Hour with Nibbles & Cash Bar

Your financial support of this fundraiser helps achieve our mission of Saving Lives and Promoting the Human-Animal Bond!

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Memorial Garden Opening

Memorial Gardens & Equine Empowerment

open now!| Second Chance Resource Center, Ridgway

If you missed this event please come by and see the Memorial Gardens during our public hours (Tuesday through Sunday 11AM - 6 PM).  It is a beautiful space and we want our whole community to experience it.

Learn more about our Memorial Garden or Equine Empowerment.

It is not too late to create a lasting remembrance to your faithfully departed pets (or loved ones who were dedicated to their pets). Engraved plaques and granite markers for placement in the garden are available all year.

We are excited to Announce the Winners of the 2nd Annual Furry Flicks & Fashion Amateur Photo Contest

Third Place - Most Creative: "Crash Course" by Alissa Crandall

Yin Yang by Iva Jahlichkova

First Place - Best Representation of the Human-Animal Bond: "Yin Yang" by Iva JahlichkovaPatience & Trust by Rebekah Rogers

Second Place - Most Artistic: "Patience & Trust" by Rebekah Rogers

Crash Course by Alissa Crandall

Paws for Art

Second Chance's Touring Art Sale

Seeking New Venue

Paws for Art is a touring sale of the best artwork donations to our Thrift Shops.  This allows art collectors, or those just looking for something new for their homes, a better opportunity to view these amazing pieces.  It also allows us to get better prices for these donations - which go directly toward our life saving animal welfare programs and services. 

Paws for Art is always seeking a new venues to take its traveling art sale of donated art. Contact us if you would like to host this life-saving fundraiser of fabulous art at fabulous prices!  

Giving Great Art & Homeless Pets a Second Chance...

Second Chance on Animal Planet

Second Chance Featured on Animal Planet's Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet

1.3 million people nationwide were able to take a look at some of Second Chance Humane Society’s outreach services when the most watched series on the Animal Planet Channel, Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet, partnered with Second Chance to provide free spay-neuter and medical clinics in Nucla and Ridgway. The episodes (links below) aired this past summer.

78 pets went through the spay/neuter clinics and additional pets also received special medical care (from pulling rotten teeth to removing masses and treating ear infections). All services were provided free of charge with the exception of a $5 charge for vaccinations.

It was a pleasure to work with this team of veterinarians who clearly embrace an incredible passion for saving lives through spay/neuter programming. 

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2nd Annual Furry Flicks and Fashion

Thank you for a Successful 2nd Annual Furry Flicks & Fashion!

This event took place on March 9, 2019 and will be back again in 2020!

Featuring:

  • Bow Wow Film Festival - which celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film! 
  • Furry Fashion Show - starring Second Chance shelter dogs modeling the latest fashion trends from Chow Down Pet Supplies
  • Stellar silent & live auctions
  • Second annual amateur photo contest
  • Yappy Hour with Nibbles & Cash Bar

    Your financial support of this fundraiser helps achieve our mission of Saving Lives and Promoting the Human-Animal Bond!

Click here to Watch the Bow Wow Films Trailer

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Some of our animals

Recent Pet Columns

Countering Counter Cats

Countering Counter Cats

Many cats naturally aspire to great heights. And yes this often leads to kitty kitchen counter cruising. Some feline inclusive families just accept this as part of the agreement they make with their cats while others wonder if there’s an actual solution to keeping their counters paw and butt free. Today I will enlighten you on the secrets to countering the counter cat…

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Bursting the Puppy Bubble

Bursting the Puppy Bubble

Dear Pet Column, is it true that I should not take my new puppy out in public until she has received her last puppy vaccination at 16 weeks?

 -Perplexed Puppy Parent

 Dear Perplexed, I am going to help you put this mythology away in a puppy crate forever. Puppies should absolutely be taken out into the world before the age of 12 weeks and certainly should not spend this incredibly critical period of development wrapped in a plastic bubble at home.

Because I am just a dog and you may not respect my wisdom I am lifting a quote from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statement on puppy socialization: “Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.”

AVSAB’s statement continues, “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life... For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.

And here is a quote from the American Veterinary Medical Association (meaning regular vets not just animal behaviorists): “By 8-9 weeks of age most dogs are sufficiently neurologically developed that they are ready to start exploring unfamiliar social and physical environments. Data show that if they are prohibited from doing so until after 14 weeks of age they lose such flexibility and may be fearful in these situations. Such dogs may function well within extremely restricted social situations but may be fearful and reactive among unfamiliar people, pets or in environments outside of the house.”

My advice is to find a good positive trainer before you adopt, as well as a veterinarian who will administer your puppy’s vaccinations on a schedule that will facilitate the pup’s timely admission to a puppy class. Do as much thoughtful, structured socializing as possible (more tips on that in an upcoming Pet Column) with your puppy at your home, and/or in the homes of friends or family members who have no dogs or healthy, vaccinated, reliably dog-friendly dogs who can be trusted to not scare or harm the puppy.

My name is Moo and I am an energetic 3.5 month young heeler mix that came to Second Chance after being found wondering the highway near the Ridgway State Park. I am a very sweet and happy puppy looking for a lot of love and special attention. Because of my early emotional trauma from abandonment I currently do not do well when left alone. I would love an attentive family that has a confident dog that I can learn from. I love to play with other dogs and go for long walks after long cuddle sessions with humans. Come meet me today!

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

 

 

 

 

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Our animals

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

Address

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

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Contact

Phone
(970) 626-2273
animalcare@adoptmountainpets.org

Ridgway thrift
(970) 626-3233

Telluride thrift
(970) 728-1100

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