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2nd Annual Furry Flicks and Fashion

Get ready for the 3rd Annual Furry Flicks & Fashion!

Saturday March 14, 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 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

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Memorial Garden Opening

Animal Saints, Pet Shrines & Second Chances

February 1- 28 at La Cocina De Luz - Telluride

Animal Saints and Pet Shrines is a whimsical folk-art exhibit paying reverence toward local animals and highlighting the human-animal connection.

Local artists and elementary school teachers, Klara Lapp and Rachel Lackey have collaborated to bring you this Saint Valentine’s Show for the month of February at La Cocina de Luz Restaurant in Telluride. 

Ten percent of Proceeds will be donated Second Chance!

Thank you to Klara, Rachel & La Cocina de Luz and to all animal lovers for your support! 

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

Save the Date: 6th Annual Bow Wow Film Festival - Saturday July 25, 2020!

Sheridan Opera House - Telluride

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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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...

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Recent Pet Columns

Mr. Microchip is Your Friend

Mr. Microchip is Your Friend

Jelly Bean here, a homeless kitty at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter. I am one of many pets at Second Chance who arrived without any identification, making it rather difficult for me to be returned to my family. So today’s Pet Column lesson is one word. Microchip. And for y’all that spell it as two words…well you are wrong.

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Long Live the Dog

Long Live the Dog

Whaddup? My name is Buddy Studly. I am a bit of a stud. Not in the “still intact/un-neutered” way of course, but in the “wow, look at that good looking, athletic, cool and charming dog” way. I’ll admit I also get “look at the auricles on that stud, he can probably hear 10 miles away!” but I’m cool with that. Anyway, I really enjoy life and I think it stinks that dogs have a shorter life span than other species. I have decided to change that.

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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


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