Second Chance Kittens for Adoption
Ready to adopt a dog or a cat?

Welcome to Second Chance Humane Society, located in Southwest Colorado and home to Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose County's lost or abandoned lovable pets.

Since 1994 we have been saving lives through our shelter services while developing Community programs and services.

Come meet our homeless cats and dogs and find out how you can get involved — also come visit us at one of our Thrift Shops which support our life-saving programs and services! 

We Believe

Pets & People Live Better Together

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Our Mission

Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives

  • Human Animal Bond

    We Believe Pets & People Live Better Together
  • Adopt a dog

    Adopt a dog

    Adopt Love & Kisses into Your Life...
  • Rowan with cat

    Adopt a Cat

    Adopt Purrs & Cuddles Into Your Life...
  • Community Services

    Community Services

    Explore our Community Services & Outreach Programs
  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Discover the Many Rewards of Volunteering
  • Events

    Events

    We host fun and mission-driven events all year round!
  • Donor photo

    Make a Difference

    Support Second Chances with a donation today...


CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRI-COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAMS:

Pet Pantry
Community Medical Program
Pet ID Program 

If you need help with providing food, medical care or behavioral training for your pets call us at 970.626.2273

Second Chance is committed to keeping our community's pets together with their families.

We're Here to Help


Take a virtual tour of our tri-county programs and services and all that we do with your support - Click Here!

Events & Media

Paws For Art
Now Open: Friday - Sunday noon- 4 PM or by appointment!

Paws for Art Gallery & More

Our Paws for Art Gallery...& More is our latest fund-generating program supporting our animal welfare programs and services through the sale of donated art, antiques and other unique quality items that are getting their second chance. Consider making a donation of art or come by our Gallery to find great deals!

Expanded medical care services now offered!

Living Better Together

To support families in keeping their pets happy and healthy for their lifetime we (with Dr. Shari Depauw, pictured above left) are offering low cost veterinary services for pets of low-income families. 

  • Free Medical Exams
  • Spay/Neuter - starting at $40
  • Vaccinations starting at $8
  • Dental Care starting at $150
  • Micro-chipping - $15
  • End of life care
  • And a variety of other medical services at similarly low costs (bloodwork, diagnostics & medical treatments)
  • Call for pricing on pets over 70 lbs or in heat. 

Second Chance Shelter - 177 County Rd 10, Ridgway - No emergency care provided at this time.

Call 970.626.2273 for eligibility requirements and an appointment.

Walk-In Mobile Clinics in Nucla - Upcoming Clinic Date TBA: Nucla Fire Department

Learn to raise and train your dog using force-free, reward-based methods. Registration required .

Try our Low Cost Pet Behavior Services

Puppy Socialization and Skills (8 to 20 week old puppies)                                     Learn methods for safely socializing as well as important basic skills. Time for monitored play included .
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Basic Manners (5 months and older)
Learn calmly greeting strangers, sit, lie down, come, stay, walking nicely on a loose leash, and proper focus with the distraction of other dogs in the area .
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Private Sessions
One on one sessions addressing fearfulness, anxiety, aggression toward other dogs or people, resource guarding, house training issues, destructive chewing, multiple dog household conflicts, and more...

Location: Indoor training center at Second Chance Shelter in Ridgway, limited socially distanced class size - call to register today!

Memorial Wings garden
Honoring the Everlasting Bond

Angels Wings Memorial Garden

Promoting the human-animal bond is one of the most important things we do here at Second Chance. We believe in the power of unconditional love we share with our pets, and are forever grateful for each one of these furry family members who enrich our lives, even long after they are gone.

Purchase a Memorial Gift

Visit the Gardens

In the Media

Check us Out on Animal Planet's Dr. Jeff!

1.3 million people across the nation were able to take a look at some of Second Chance Humane Society’s outreach services. 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. 

Watch our Ridgway Shelter episode

Watch our Nucla outreach episode (about 22 minutes in)

In the media

Second Chance In the News

Second Chance received some great media coverage of our programs and services.

Read "On the Way to a Forever Home" in Shelter Magazine

And "Must Love Dogs" in Telluride Style Magazine

Power of the Human - Animal Bond

Equine Assisted Therapy Program

This program has been placed on hold due to the pandemic but we will revisit it in 2022.

Stay tuned for details...

The Pet Column

Tax Season for Pets

Tax Season for Pets

Wahooo it’s the beginning tax season! Sorry, I know for fur-less beings tax season is akin to a snow-less winter, a weekend of domestic chores, or even to sticking pins under your fingernails. But for us furry folk it means saving lives, thanks to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF). I will tell you how this works…  

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Therapeutic Robotic Cats

Therapeutic Robotic Cats

I read an article in the New York Times about the use of robotic cats for therapeutic purposes with Alzheimer’s patients. At first, I thought it was offensive to the elderly patients, as well as to living cats who should be providing the therapy themselves. But as I read further, I pushed judgment aside, recognizing it actually honors both…

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Doing New Right

Doing New Right

A new year, a new life, right? Well, I am hoping so anyway. Not sure how to start the new year off right? I am here to help; my life is all about new beginnings.

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Being in a New Year

Being in a New Year

Writing the last Pet Column of 2021 should be an honor, but quite frankly I am feeling rather anxious about it. What if it is not as inspiring and uplifting as I want it to be? How do you encapsulate a year like 2021 into 600 words? Why am I such a perfectionist? Why am I spinning out right now? Why am I homeless?

Read more


Job Opportunities

Interested in working with Second Chance Humane Society? Check out a few of our job opportunities online.

Meet the animals looking for a home.

Raevyn and Sunny

Meet Raevyn and Sunny! These girls are 4 year old coonhound sisters. Raevyn is blind and relies on Sunny. These...

Chipeta

Chipeta Hi! I came in with my brother Kinikin. I live in a room with other kittens where I love...

Sweety

Sweetie Sweetie is a young cat but dont let her name fool you! This girl can be a bit sassy!...

Kinikin

Kinikin Hi I'm a loverboy! If you like a cat on your lap, please consider me! I also like to...

Lollipop

Lollipop Hi I'm as sweet as my name. I'm super active and love playing string and feather but my specialty...

Dottie

Dottie is a playful girl! Favorite games include chasing feathers and the laser pointer. She's a bit shy at first...


Our Thrift Shops

Ridgway Shop

309 Sherman Street (HWY 62)
PO Box 2096 (mailing)
Ridgway, CO 81432

(970) 626-3233 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax

Mon - Sat: 10 - 5pm, Sun: 12 - 5pm

Telluride Shop

335 W. Colorado Avenue (Main Street)
Telluride, CO 81435

(970) 728-1100 | phone
(888) 751-0520 | fax

Daily: 10am - 5pm

Second Chance Humane Society

Animal Resource Center

Ridgway Thrift

Telluride Thrift

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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