The mission of Second Chance is to provide compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals, and to advise our community on helping animals.
Each year, concerned citizens and animal services officers bring Second Chance about 3,000 distressed native wild animals — songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles, and a host of other native species — for medical treatment, attentive care, and release.
Staff, interns, and volunteers work 12 to 14 hours per day caring for patients during the busy spring and summer months. Our volunteer wildlife veterinarian oversees the animals' treatments and performs surgery on site, as needed. We thoroughly test the animals before they are released to ensure that they have sufficient skills to survive in the wild.
Innovations and advancements in the care and treatment of wildlife are constantly being made, and the staff and volunteers of SCWC keep abreast of these developments through networking with other rehabilitators, membership in state, national and international wildlife rehabilitation organizations, and conferences and training seminars.