Second Chance: Launching Fundraiser To Support Spay/Neuter Programs!

Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center (SCHS) and Thrift Shops have been serving San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties since 1994. The shelter is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 5:30. Community veterinary services are available by appointment.

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Go here for more on Dr. Shari DePauw of Second Chance. Second Chance veterinary clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call (970) 626-9713 or email

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway announces a new fundraiser to expand low-income spay/neuter assistance and feral cat spay/neuter/vaccination programs. The fundraiser launched on February 14 and ends on March 5.

Second Chance practices TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) the standard, proven way to manage feral cat colonies. In 2022, the veterinary staff at Second Chance altered 440 feral cats, and have a goal to double that in 2023. Second Chance is committed to controlling the feral cat population by working with volunteer groups and other organizations. Each TNR procedure includes spay/neuter, vaccines, and ear-tipping (universal way to signify that a community cat has been spayed or neutered) and costs $40.

Assisting low-income and struggling families with the costs associated with spaying and neutering is part of Second Chance Humane Society’s belief that “Pets & People Live Better Together.” Helping with spay/neuter costs will enable family pets to stay in their homes, living longer and healthier lives.

Second Chance’s veterinary clinic, located at the Animal Resource Center in Ridgway, opened in 2020 and serves the Tri-county region by providing low-cost veterinary care for dogs and cats. Currently, the program services include spay/neuter, dental, vaccinations, end-of-life care, x-ray, bloodwork, diagnostics, and microchipping. These funds will significantly increase the capacity of the medical program to perform important spay/neuter surgeries.

There is a $5,000 match in place to launch this fundraising campaign, with other matches added in the coming weeks.

Donations for this fundraiser can be made directly online at or through Second Chance’s online fundraising campaign at

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