Second Chance is Here to Help

[San Juan Silver Stage | October 2021 | By Kelly Goodin]. Second Chance Humane Society (SCHS) has been serving the tri-county region of Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties for 27 years. Their mission is Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives. They are here to help.

The past few years have highlighted the importance of pets in our lives as they provided social, emotional and physical support to people when it has been most needed. With the belief that pets and people live better together, SCHS’s Community Resources Program works to keep pets and people connected.

This program eliminates the economic barriers some families face with veterinary care while creating a pathway to additional critical pet services (such as low cost behavioral training and a Pet Pantry, circulating over 40,000 pounds of free pet food and supplies to families in need last year). Their Community Medical Program offers free medical exams and low cost services such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro-chipping, bloodwork, diagnostics, end of life care, etc. and are accessible to the tri-county region.

SCHS also is committed to providing high quality care to homeless pets, with a goal of keeping them healthy and adoptable. Their shelter model applies individualized treatment and enrichment programs aimed at keeping the pets in their care healthy and happy. This ensures that pets, even those arriving with medical and behavioral issues, get the care they need to quickly be adopted into loving forever homes.

With an array of additional prevention services and programs: humane education (read their weekly Pet Column!), school programs, a pet memorial garden, and more, SCHS remains connected to our communities.This includes operating Thrift Shops in Ridgway and Telluride (that support 75% of their operating revenue).

Second Chance depends on community support for its breadth and depth of programs and services. Contact them at 970-626-2273 or online ( to learn how to donate, sponsor (Alpine Bank partnered with SCHS for an advertising sponsorship to get the word out to those needing their services!), adopt, volunteer, foster and more.