Second Chance provides care and rehabilitation to ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife — especially those that have been negatively affected by human activities — with the goal of returning them to the wild.
Each year, concerned citizens and animal services officers bring us about 3,000 wild animals: songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles, and a host of other native species.
Note: Second Chance Wildlife Center does not have a permit to work with beaver, raccoons, foxes, or deer and cannot accept these animals. We do not rehabilitate rats or mice, nor do we accept domestic species — dogs, cats or exotic pets; feral or stray cats; domestic ducks, chicken, or other livestock; or wild animals who have been kept captive for more than a week or so. Please call your local animal shelter for help with these animals.
A Wood Duck admitted on December 10 was originally found badly injured in the outdoor tiger enclosure at the National Zoo. She had deep punctures and lacerations around her neck, which we believe were more likely to have been the result of a hawk attack, as opposed to a tiger attack. Our pro bono veterinarian, Dr. Klein, performed two separate surgeries to suture the duck’s torn esophagus and lacerated neck, and staff had to gavage (tube) feed her while her inner injuries were healing. She is currently fully healed and growing new feathers. We are looking forward to releasing her in the spring and will be searching for a spot where Wood Ducks congregate in the general vicinity of zoo.