Second Chance was founded by Christine Montuori, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1986. After training as a volunteer at a wildlife center in Bowie, Maryland, Chris obtained her state and federal wildlife rehabilitation permits in 1988 and 1989, respectively. Working out of her home, she cared for as many as 1,200 animals per year and incorporated as Second Chance Wildlife Center in 1995. In June of 1996, Second Chance moved their operations to its present location in Gaithersburg. The facility has taken in over 75,000 since it moved to Gaithersburg and now treats about 3,000 animals per year.
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. Second Chance Wildlife Center was accredited by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council in 1997 and was awarded the Governor’s Citation in October 1998.
As a non-profit organization, Second Chance relies on public donations to continue its work. The average cost to rehabilitate a single animal is $75. All contributions to the center are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.