Second Change has been so wonderful to me - they gladly accepted the two injured birds that I found - even though I know that resources are tight. They are a great organization serving a big need in Colorado. I honestly don't know where else in the state I would take injured wildlife.
I can't speak highly enough of this organization. Sometimes human activities unintentionally harm wildlife. This charity, consisting of a small group of dedicated volunteers, tries to make it right by doing all they can to rehabilitate and re-release injured and orphaned animals. Our story began on a cold winter day with a walk around a pond in a small park in our neighborhood. We found a small black duck that had swallowed fishing line and had it wrapped around its back and around its leg several times. It could barely stand and couldn't walk. We picked it up and freed its leg of the fishing line, but when we came to the realization that the line was stuck down its throat and its leg injured, we knew who to contact. Second Chance Wildlife came to the rescue for this poor creature we later learned was an American Coot. We were so thankful to have a such a caring organization to take in the injured coot and provide it with the best chance for recovery. Its so sad to witness an injured animal suffering from something as simple as a careless scrap of fishing line, and doomed to die without intervention. This orgainization gives them a second chance at recovery and life back in the wild. I'm proud to support this charity with my donations and hope others will too so they can continue their good work.
We witnessed a snapping turtle attack a Pekin duck at a pond in a local park we frequently visit. Her webbed foot was torn up and bleeding badly by the time she had reached us on the shore while still trying to shake off her attacker. Not knowing what to do, we called Second Chance Wildlife and were told to bring the duck over right away. Poor Ms Duck rode peacefully in my lap wrapped in a towel on the car ride over. While she might have been simply in shock, I prefer to believe that she knew we were trying to help her. Nancy at Second Chance Wildlife was so kind and knowledgeable. We were confident that we left Ms Duck in the most capable hands with the best possible chance for recovery. The pond where we walk is not as animated without Ms. Duck's boisterous personality, and we miss her. But we happily learned later that her foot healed better than expected and she has gone to a new safer home for domestic ducks where she will be cared for properly instead of left to fend for herself in a public park. We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome! We realize that not every injured animal story will have a happy ending as ours did, but without the dedication and noble work this charity does, there would certainly be far more sad outcomes. We were humbled to witness the selfless and compassionate work this charity does, and at the same time anguished to know that funding for this charity is running short in this poor economy. For the animals that come into their care, they make a life changing impact! Please help bring attention to the important work this charity does with your endorsement.
Being a volunteer of Second Chance Wildlife Rehab Center is truly a gift. They have so much compassion for each animal that comes through their doors. Every year we volunteers are reminded of how important our responsibilities are to the facility, to our community, and to each individual animal. We have been taught--and continue to teach others--to respect wildlife both those in nature and those receiving care at Second Chance.
Volunteering is about making a difference. As a volunteer at Second Chance Wildlife Rehab Center, I help make a difference in the lives of our local wildlife. Even though many of my weekly responsibilities circle around cleaning responsibilities, I know that my small part plays a big role in ensuring the good health and release of each little bird that comes through those doors.
I have been working with Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation for many years as a veterinarian, and recently helped in their fundraising efforts. The director and volunteers who rehabilitate injured wildlife in Pueblo, Colorado are very dedicated, spending countless hours and contributing their own funds and resources to this cause. The director has worked out of her home doing medical transcription to help with this funding, and with medical records becoming computerized, will likely lose this source of income. This group is continually working to raise funds in other ways, but any awards that can help are much deserved, in my opinion. We always refer clients to this organization when they have found an injured wild animal, and it would be a great loss to the community if they could no longer provide this service.