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The mission of Second Chance is to care for and rehabilitate ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife, especially those negatively affected by human activities, with the goal of returning them to the wild; to educate the public about the importance of wildlife and to help them live in closer harmony with wild animals; to be an information resource for people and agencies.

Each year, concerned citizens bring SCWC thousands of 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.

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.

The Center accepts admissions from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the year. 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.

Second Chance Wildlife Center was accredited by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council in 1997 and was awarded the Governor's Citation in October 1998.