Second Chance: How Can We Help? + Highlights for Kitten Season!

Second Chance: How Can We Help? + Highlights for Kitten Season!

For 30 years, the Animal Resource Center and Shops of Second Chance Humane Society have been serving Ouray, San Miguel, and Montrose Counties. Our adoption hours are from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. View shelter pets and services online at Connecting Pets, People, and Community While Saving Lives. 

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At Second Chance, we care for and work to find homes for homeless companion animals. While that will always be the most visible part of our work, we also provide services and care for pets and people in our community. One of our guiding principles is “We Believe Pets & People Live Better Together.”

If we can help a pet stay with his or her family, it’s better for everyone. We see the heartbreak when a family has no other option than to surrender a beloved dog or cat to us. These situations come about because of economic hardships, health challenges with the pet, declining or chronic health issues for the pet parent, unavailability of pet-friendly rentals, loss of housing, or challenges with the animal’s behavior.

We offer behavior resources to our adopters, and we hope to offer canine training classes to the public soon. We lobby for pet-friendly housing and have an emergency foster program for those who have a short-term need.

We have several programs to assist those who need help feeding their pets or getting veterinary care. Our pet pantry has food and supplies available for those who need it. Our generous retail partners and local community members donate to the pantry to keep it stocked.

While our veterinary clinic has undergone some changes in the past year, we continue to offer resources and services to those who cannot afford essential veterinary care. In addition to hosting spay/neuter clinics, we are working with local veterinarians to provide cost-sharing vouchers to those who are approved. We have monthly vaccine and wellness clinics starting in March, alternating locations in Montrose and Nucla.

To support  our community, Second Chance has developed a survey to better understand what people need. That is available on our website. Paper copies will soon be available at Sharing Ministries, and Montrose County Human Services. We hope to partner with social service agencies in the future to serve those who need pet-specific help.

Please take a moment to fill out our survey:

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to

Tiger is a young tabby cat who is a source of calm for the other kitties. He gets along with everyone and is playful and affectionate. He’s got the deepest purr and a wonderful temperament. He’d love to bring one of his friends along with him when he gets adopted – he’s very good at sharing.

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

Second Chance is expecting the yearly influx of pregnant cats and orphan kittens otherwise known as “Kitten Season.” It’s a time when we need our community to help out by signing up to foster pregnant cats, bottle-feed orphan kittens, and help us with much-needed supplies.

Sign up:

Nervous about bottle-feeding? We are offering a class to train interested fosters how to care for these adorable, yet vulnerable, tiny felines.

Kitten Season Wish List:

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