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Not all animals who might appear to need your help actually do.  For example, many young birds leave the nest before they can fly, and baby deer and rabbits normally spend all day on their own with no mother in sight.  For advice on when to rescue an animal and when it’s best to leave the animal alone, please see our Rescue Guidelines or call us at 301-926-9453.

It’s always best to call Second Chance Wildlife Center before bringing an animal to us.  We do not have permits to work with a number of species — raccoon, deer, fox, and beaver — and cannot accept them.  In addition, from time to time, we may not have the capacity to take any more animals of other species. There are also laws which prohibit us from accepting certain animals from outside of Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Please do not leave animals outside our center after hours when we are closed.  The raccoons and foxes in our area have learned to look for easy prey in boxes on our porch at night.  Chances are not good that any animal left there overnight will survive until the morning.

Please do not give food or water to an animal you have rescued.  Do not handle the animal any more than is absolutely necessary.  If a wild animal appears tame, as if it doesn’t mind being handled, it is probably going into shock.  Keep it in a secure box in a quiet location: no loud voices, television or radio, or barking dogs.  Make the car ride to our center as quiet as you can.  For the sake of their health and recovery, it is imperative that ill, injured, and orphaned animals endure the least amount of stress possible.

Please consider leaving a donation to help offset the care of the animal you are bringing to Second Chance Wildlife Center. Rehabilitation is expensive, and our patients cannot contribute to their own care.