Second Chance: Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinics



Second Chance Humane Society has been operating a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program for over a dozen years now in an effort to drive a critical aspect of our mission: promoting responsible pet parenting.  We are working toward making this program more affordable and accessible. To do so, we have partnered with the Montrose Animal Shelter, Telluride Animal Foundation, and Dr. Joseph Alaimo to offer monthly low cost spay and neuter clinics.

Until we secure appropriate facilities in Ouray and San Miguel Counties, we will be offering these clinics at the Montrose Animal Shelter (3383 N. Townsend Ave). They will occur the last Tuesday of every month beginning Tuesday June 25th. And the best news: we worked hard to make the fee to pet owners only $20 per pet.

Spay/neutering saves lives and makes a direct impact upon the pet overpopulation problem that has caused over 4 million homeless pets to be euthanized annually. Through these clinics, Second Chance hoped to eliminate the cost barrier for pet owners – although we will not be asking for proof of income, we do ask that participants be those who cannot otherwise afford to spay/neuter their pets – while continuing to educate as to why spay/neutering is so critical.

It should be noted that these clinics are only for domestic dogs and cats (no feral cats at this time) and will not include vaccinations. All interested pet owners should contact Second Chance Humane Society at 970.626.2273 or for details and to register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated and there is limited space per clinic.

And now, a word from the Second Chance pets of the week…


My name is Bailey and I am authorizing today’s Pet Column. As a homeless animal here at Second Chance, I would like to see a lot fewer cute puppies from unplanned litters entering the shelter and competing with me for potential adopters. Those little stinkers are like people magnets and I get overlooked. Additionally, unwanted litters take up space, keeping other homeless pets out on the streets. Please spay/neuter your pets and make a difference in the lives of homeless pets…




They call me Crush, for obvious reasons. At only eight weeks of age, homelessness is really all I’ve known. But I decided to just continue on, happy, playful and trusting, in the hopes you will develop a crush and take me home. I am already using my litter box and just so interested in exploring the world every chance I get!


Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue.  Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent homes. The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel, who from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.

By the by, there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Club for added benies. (Details on Ted’s website.)

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 the shelter pets and services online:

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