Second Chance: Community Generosity Shared + Highlights!

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 11am – 5:30pm. Community veterinary services are available by appointment.

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Second Chance thrift shops are incredibly fortunate to have the support of  generous communities. We receive loads of donated goods and, by reselling them, we’re able to fund a significant portion of our work. Our shops allow us to rescue, educate, and serve pets and people in the counties we serve and beyond.

We can’t , however, predict what will come into our donation center, so we’re bound to have weeks where we are inundated with, say, men’s pants, kids’ boots, bath towels, women’s jackets, or who-knows-what. When we cannot resell a good, usable item, we get creative.

Oh, and we also call Sveri.



Sveri Stomsta May has been described as a force of nature. She’s a Ridgway resident who has dedicated her life to helping others and teaching kids the value of volunteering. May organized the local PeaceJam clubs in Ouray County. Previously, she led a PeaceJam Club in Kalamazoo, MI, beginning in 20003.

PeaceJam is a global organization with chapters in high schools, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. around the world. Led by advisors and with Nobel Peace laureates, PeaceJam creates opportunities for volunteer service for students.

Sveri says: “I love Second Chance. The donations that come from the shop make a huge difference for those who are struggling in our community, in the four corners area, and beyond.”

Working with our Ridgway Thrift Shop and other donors, Sveri and the PeaceJam kids recently collected, sorted, counted, and delivered 5,136 items of clothing to the Ute and Navajo reservations in Towaoc and Shiprock. Items were also delivered to White Mesa, Haven House, The San Miguel Resource Center, and Abraham Connection.

“Second Chance is so proud to be working with organizations like PeaceJam and, by association, people like Sveri. Together, animal welfare and other non-profit organizations can make a huge difference for communities throughout the region,” says Nicholas Gilman, Executive Director, Second Chance Humane Society.

Sharon House, an adult outreach worker at the Ute Mountain Ute Social Services Center in Towaoc says the donations are very much appreciated and needed. The tribes need ongoing support, which is in the plan for Sveri. PeaceJam and Sveri are working with CJ Brafford at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose to organize a food and toy drive, as well as planning future deliveries of clothing, shoes, and home goods from Second Chance, other community members, and Ridgway School students.

Second Chance has sent other donations to the reservations in the past, including clothes, household goods, coats, and children’s books. Our thrift shop has an ongoing cache of items to send, as we are committed to helping now and in the future.

Going into the winter months, we continue to encourage donations of clean, quality, sellable. We appreciate the gesture very very much and will do our best to resell or pass along everything useful. Our “overstock” items could also end up at Haven House, Abraham House, San Juan Resource Center, Dolphin House, and other local organizations which serve those in need.

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

To the Rescue!

SCHS Employee Steps In

The morning of 10/24, one of our recently adopted dogs, Denver, escaped from her people when they were out for a walk north of Delta. Our Dog Den Staffer, Lizzie saw the “lost dog” post on social media and immediately jumped in her car. Knowing that hers would be a familiar face, she drove to Delta to help search.

Denver was found, and is now safe and back with her new family.

Denver’s family recently checked in with us, letting us know that Denver is an angel and being so good. They’re all enjoying being couch potatoes together.


Tofu & Ellie

Tofu and Ellis are best friends. Both are young, healthy cats with distinctly different personalities. Tofu is a bit reserved, but loves attention; Ellis is much more outgoing. They seem to bring out the best in each other. Their adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous person to help them find a home together.

Adoption Hours: 11-5:30 Wed-Sun.

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