Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.


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Second Chance relies on committed and dedicated people who give their time to care for the animals in our center and help with a myriad of other equally important tasks. If you are thinking of volunteering to help wild animals at Second Chance, we welcome your assistance.

But here are a few things you might want to know first:

  • Second Chance provides comprehensive and ongoing training and support for all the volunteer positions.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old.
  • Regular volunteer hours vary seasonally but are generally 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year round and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the busy months (April – September) every day of the week.
  • We ask volunteers for a commitment to work a four-hour shift once a week.
  • Second Chance has a special summer intern program for college and veterinary students.
  • Volunteering at Second Chance might not be appropriate for people with respiratory illnesses, allergies, immune diseases or neck or back problems. Potential volunteers may wish to contact their physician before volunteering.  They should have a current tetanus vaccination and be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Volunteer positions include:
  • ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEERS who assist the staff in caring for the patients and maintaining the center.  Basic duties include preparing food, feeding animals (including hand-feeding baby birds and baby squirrels), cleaning cages, monitoring patients’ health and condition, and general housekeeping duties.
  • WILDLIFE COUNSELORS who answer the telephone and, with assistance from the staff, provide basic information on rescuing and helping wild animals. They also receive incoming patients from the public and Animal Control Officers and help collect relevant information on the animals.
  • ANIMAL TRANSPORTERS who drive patients to other rehabilitators with whom our Center cooperates on an as-needed basis. Transporters use their own vehicles and are asked to keep the animals comfortable and quiet – no music, loud talking, or smoking – on the drive. Some trips may be lengthy, up to 100 miles.  Transport volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • BUILDING AND GROUNDS KEEPERS who mow our lawns, tend our gardens, and help maintain the outdoor cages.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS include bookkeepers, graphic artists, and people who can help assemble mailings to Second Chance supporters.
  • To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out and return the linked Volunteer Application and a resume. Our staff will contact you shortly thereafter to set up an informational interview.

For information on our internship program, please visit our Internships page.