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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

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!


  • 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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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. 

View Episode 1 View Episode 2
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.

Some of our animals

Recent Pet Columns

Declawing a Cat is Inhumane. Period.

Declawing a Cat is Inhumane. Period.

 Take a look at your fingernails. Now imagine what it would take to permanently remove them. Ouch. Looks like you would have to remove part of your fingers? Yep. Well that is what you’d have to do to me to remove my claws. I am not sure how declawing is still even legally allowed in the U.S. as in most developed countries it is recognized as totally inhumane and is prohibited. 

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The Two and a Half Year Human

The Two and a Half Year Human

Would you like to understand your dog better? Stanley Coren, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, canine researcher and author of books such as "How Dogs Think" and “The Intelligence of Dogs”, has some interesting research to help. He utilizes tests meant for pre-linguistic or limited-linguistic humans to see whether dogs have certain mental capacities.

Coren states, "And that allows you then to do a whole bunch of things, not only to determine whether a dog has a certain thinking skill but to place him where would he would be in terms of human beings, as well as in terms of other animals ". Coren’s research has found that the mental abilities of dogs are close to those of a human child between 2 and 2½ years old.

Thus, Coren's research reveals how dogs are more like humans than previously thought. He says dogs can learn about 165 words and signals (265 for the more intelligent dogs), can count up to four or five, and have a basic understanding of arithmetic. Also, he says, dogs can intentionally deceive other dogs and people to get things they want (well you don’t need a Ph.D. to figure that one out…).

Illuminated about the abilities of dogs, Coren stated: "We all want insight into how our furry companions think, and we want to understand the silly, quirky and apparently irrational behaviors Lassie or Rover demonstrate. Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought."

I would like to offer some words of caution regarding the application of this data as I believe Anthropomorphizing intelligence indicators of dogs can be misleading. We must remember there are species specific “intelligences” that humans may not value as highly but were important to the development of certain breeds. For instance, the tracking abilities of the Hound breeds (the breeds on the bottom rung of the “intelligent breeds”) mark a hunting intelligence but just not an intelligence that humans might value as much.

So, just because the Border Collie is considered the most intelligent dog by obedience trainers does not mean that it is the best dog for everyone. As Coren points out, depending upon your lifestyle it may be more difficult to live with a more intelligent, rather than a less intelligent dog. An intelligent dog that is not appropriately trained, socialized, exercised, or mentally stimulated will find other (undesirable to the pet parent) ways to manage these energies.

My name is Pueblo and I am a bright and energetic 3 month-old Boxer/Lab mix dog here at the Second Chance Shelter. My brother Rifle and I are the last of the litter to be adopted and very eager to find new homes. Also, I was the star of the shelter dog fashion show during last Saturday’s successful Second Chance fundraiser, Furry Flicks & Fashion.  So I am a famous, adorable, fashionable, smart and slightly mischievous pup that loves to play with the big dogs. How can I still be homeless? 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:

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