Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program

Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program

A critical part of the Second Chance Humane Society mission focuses upon prevention and one of our most successful and longest running programs is our Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program.  We have been operating this program for over a dozen years and prevented hundreds and hundreds (if not thousands if you consider generations of litters that were prevented) of unwanted litters of new pets.  During this time we have also developed strong collaborations with other animal welfare organizations to broaden the accessibility and affordability of this program.  Read on to learn more…

Through funding made possible by the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (which generates grant funds through a simple donation contribution on your tax returns) we offer a voucher program to San Miguel and Ouray County residents who would otherwise not be able to afford spay/neuter procedures for their pets.  Additionally, in partnership with Telluride Animal Foundation, Dr. Joseph Alaimo, and Montrose Animal Shelter, we host low cost Spay and Neuter clinics at the Montrose Animal Shelter on a regular basis (the next clinic is scheduled for October 3 – contact Second Chance at 626.2273 or www.adoptmountainpets.org to learn more or to register).

For the flat fee of only $20 (for dogs and cats only) participating pets receive a brief exam, sedation and pain medicine, general anesthesia, and a spay or neuter surgery performed by a licensed veterinarian.  Although we hope to include vaccinations at these clinics in the future we currently do not have the resources to do so.

To schedule an appointment simply follow these simple steps:

1.    Download the Spay/Neuter Assistance Application from our website.  (You can also call and request an application be emailed or fill one out at the Shelter.

2.    Complete and Email the application to the Second Chance Shelter animalcare@adoptmountainpets.org.  Please fill out separate applications for each animal needing surgery.

3.    Call the Shelter 970 626 2273 or stop in and provide payment for service requested.

All healthy cats and dogs over the age of 8 weeks and weighing at least 2 pounds are eligible for surgery.
We urge you to consider participating in this program if you have unaltered pets and we thank you for doing your part in reducing pet overpopulation and saving lives!

My name is Flynn and I am a homeless pet here at Second Chance.  I am very handsome and when people describe me they typically use words such as Borzoi or Suluki Border collie mix. That doesn’t mean a lot to me but, like other border collies (or mixes) that I have met, I am handsome, energetic, smart, and I just love everyone and everything.  I figure, why not love everything, life is short.  Ok, I will admit I don’t love being without a home or family...I have too much to give and do and be.  I am just waiting for my person or persons to come find me and pursuit all that life has to offer - with me.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway but 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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Second Chance Humane Society


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


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

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm