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

New: Virtual Bow Wow Film Festival - May 8-22, 2020

Watch in "safer-at-home"-Style from the comfort of your couch!

Bow Wow Film Festival celebrates, educates & inspires all things doggie via the art of short film 

Watch from home anytime you choose.

Only $16 covers your entire household.

This is our 5th year of bringing Bow Wow to our region. Your support of this fundraiser helps achieve our mission of Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives!

View Trailer Purchase Tickets

Please thank our Event Sponsors when you do business with them:

Alpine Bank

Crumb Bakery Café & Market

Office Depot

David Reed, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Chow Down Pet Supplies

Citizens State Bank

Golden Heart Canine Boarding & Training

Norris-Snell Real Estate

Montrose Ford Nissan

NuVista Credit Union

Stacie's Apothecary Shoppe

The Mac Doctor

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Kindred Collective Graphic Design

Another Great Community Resources Program...

call us to learn about eligibility requirements

Memorial Garden Opening

Memorial Gardens & Equine Empowerment

open now at Second Chance Resource Center, Ridgway!

Stop by and see the Memorial Gardens at our shelter property 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 Program.

It is never 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.

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. 

View Episode 1 View Episode 2

2nd Annual Furry Flicks and Fashion

Notice of Postponement: Furry Flicks & Fashion

March 14, 2020 Event Postponed


  • 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 support of this fundraiser promotes our mission of Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives!

Buy Tickets Here!

Click here to Watch the Bow Wow Films Trailer

Event Sponsor Auction Donor

Paws for Art

Second Chance's Touring Art Sale

Seeking New Venue - Contact Us!

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 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...

Meet our adoptable pets

Recent Pet Columns

Preparing Your Pets to Return to Work

Preparing Your Pets to Return to Work

It is true that pet adoptions have spiked nation-wide during the pandemic, one of the few silver-linings of this tragic situation. As families have more time at home to transition a pet into their lives, and have greater need for the emotional support and physical comfort of a pet, it makes sense that this trend is occurring. But, as communities begin re-opening and people are returning to work, it will be important to make sure your pets are prepared for the adjustment. In other words, as the country re-opens people need to make sure animal shelters don’t fill up again from pets you no longer have time, interest or patience for.

Read more

Spay/Neuter Returns

Spay/Neuter Returns

Dear Pet Column,

I recently read a statistic from an article promoting the spay/neuter philosophy that left me awestruck and I am wondering if it is true. The statement was that one unaltered cat could yield 420,000 cats in seven years (based on the average cat having a litter of 6 every year and each cat from that litter producing the same, etc.)? 

Read more

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


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177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432


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