Second Chance: A Request!

Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center (SCHS) and Thrift Shops have been serving San Miguel, Ouray and 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.

View shelter pets and services online:

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

Donate here.

Go here for more options from Second Chance.

Is there anything more boring than taxes? Many of you will undoubtedly be scrambling to file over the next two weeks. Not your favorite task; you’d probably much rather be doing anything else. Or maybe you’re one of those organized people who have been working on them for weeks and relish the satisfaction of being ahead of the game. Whichever you are, we’d like to ask that you remember us and homeless pets around the state of Colorado.

If you’re lucky enough to receive a refund, there are a couple of ways to help.

The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) is a specific charitable fund established in 2001 by the Colorado State Legislature. The nonprofit works to curb pet overpopulation by supporting spay/neuter programs for shelter and owned pets; providing medical care and microchips to shelter pets and educating the public about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.

Second Chance Humane Society (SCHS) has been a recipient of these funds for many years, and was awarded a License Plate grant again this year to provide spay/neuter, veterinary care, and microchips to the over 400 lost, abandoned, and owner-surrendered pets we will care for in 2023.

The License Plate grant is supported by every sale of an Adopt-a-Shelter Pet License Plate. The next time you go in to register your car, purchase one of these sporty plates – there are over 15,000 on the roads now!– to support animal welfare. Second Chance is very grateful for this state-funded program that provides financial support for essential medical care for shelter animals.

The tax check-off program of CPOF funds spay/neuter of owned animals by local coalitions of humane societies, veterinary clinics, and animal care and control organizations. Second Chance offers affordable prices on spay/neuter and CPOF tax check-off is one of the grants that allows the organization to offer these services at deeply discounted rates to those in need. To contribute, simply enter the amount you would like to donate on the Voluntary Contributions Schedule on the state income tax form and the state of Colorado will forward the designated amount to CPOF. Your donation will enter the collective and help keep the CPOF fund healthy and viable. If you need affordable spay/neuter for your pets, call the clinic at 970-626-9713.

If you’d like to give directly to Second Chance with your tax refund, we’d be so thankful! You can donate by entering our ID on the Voluntary Contributions Schedule (form DR 0104CH) of your Colorado Tax Return. You can look us up by name, or jot down this number to put in the “registration number” field: 20063005031.

Okay, now the boring stuff is covered. April has so much to be excited about! As days get warmer and the mud starts to dry, our dogs and cats will be enjoying one of the best times of the year. Dogs can be outside more, going on long walks and playing in the play yards. Our cats will surely spend more time basking in the sun in the windows and out in the catios.

Meet Chester, Loxy, Rocky, Kiki, and Cleo. They won’t be a tax write-off – but will deduct lonely days from your home. They’ve been at the shelter for a long time, and we think they’re being overlooked because they are “mature” cats (as in, over 8 years old).






AND… To continue the Second Chance Highlights section, we want to share the following:

Don’t Forget the Fostered Pets

When potential adopters visit the shelter, they see all but a few available pets. Some pets are enjoying life in a home setting with our wonderful foster volunteers. It’s great for those who may need a quieter environment and special attention they receive.

However, their adoption sometimes takes longer because they are not seen by as many people. Today, we’d like to introduce you to a few of the pets in foster care.

Mario: What a silly, friendly, entertaining guy he is. He’s in foster because he really doesn’t like other cats, so the shelter was stressful. He was formerly a “street cat” who came to us in rough shape. After getting healthy, his wonderful personality shined. Mario would love to fill your home with love and laughter.

His foster mom says, “He’s quirky and playful and just fun to have around. His hobbies include epic string sessions, playing chase and relaxing/napping. He also does an awesome Marge Simpson impression when he’s got something to say.”

Manny: This puppy had a pretty rough start. He was rescued by another organization on the Ute Reservation, where he had received little interaction with people. They gave him medical care and one of their skilled foster volunteers made great strides socializing him. After being transferred to us, we see even more progress. Manny is in foster care with another dog, Molly, and her person, Sue. He really needs a home with another dog, like Molly, who is teaching him the secrets to being a good pet. Smart, young, healthy, and energetic – Manny’s well on his way to being someone’s best dog ever.

Twilight: After winning the hearts of our entire staff in the cat castle, Twilight is now in foster care. She’s a young, black cat with a bit of white on her chest. She loves to play and play, then will take a long nap. She is often found on top of the cupboards or spying on the staff and other cats from the top of the stairs. She’s a sweet girl who would love to have a home of her very own.

To meet any Second Chance pets who are in foster care, please reach out to the shelter to arrange. Call: (970) 626-2273 or email:

We always need caring foster volunteers. Please sign up to help:

Sign up to foster dogs, cats, bottle-fed kittens, senior pets, special needs pets, and more. Long-term and short-term fosters needed.

One Response

  1. Isabella says:

    Thanks to the people who do this, wonderful animals, it’s a pity that my husband and I already have two similar houses, but I still try to maintain such places for overexposure of cats, I buy them food or donations in any form of help, I try not to refuse, because it’s nice and unique when such a ball of happiness gives you care and warmth in response to your efforts