“Work for a cause, not for applause.


Our Story


Second Chance Humane Society has been working in Ouray, San Miguel, & Montrose Counties since 1994.

Our Mission: Connecting Pets, People, & Community While Saving Lives

Angel Ridge Ranch, our 52-acre property, is just a mile north of Ridgway and serves as our animal resource center. Here we rehabilitate, provide medical care, spay/neuter, re-home, and nurture hundreds of homeless pets a year.


Our work is possible because of the generous support and advocacy from our surrounding community, visitors, and other animal welfare partners. We hold the deepest gratitude for all who support us.

We Believe Pets & People Live Better Together

The Cat Castle at our Animal Resource Center

Take a Look Around our Animal Resource Center in beautiful Ridgway, Colorado.

Our cats are housed in the ranch house. They are grouped by compatibility and temperament in separate rooms with windows to see the world outside. Cat rooms also have catios, climbing structures, and other feline-enriching features. We also have individual cat cubbies for those who don’t play well with others, are adjusting to shelter life, or need time to recuperate from medical procedures.

Smitty’s Dog Den is a newer, thoughtfully-designed space for our canine residents. They have outdoor runs, and inside rooms. A separate wing of the den is for new arrivals, where they can settle in and we can get to know them. We have a large storage room that houses our Pet Pantry. Our volunteers and staff take dogs to our fenced play area or on walks around our acreage. There are ponds to splash in and spacious areas to play fetch.

In our big red barn, our Veterinary Services has a surgery room, a waiting area, an x-ray room, and several spaces for pets to rest and recuperate.

We also have a community building on the property for classes, meetings, and gatherings.

Our Animal Resource Center is Open
11 am-5:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday

We Look Forward to Your Visit!