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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: We save injured and abandoned native wildlife for release back into their natural habitat. We teach the public to be aware of the native wildlife around them and how important it is to preserve.

Target demographics: conservation efforts

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 people, 200 animals, 1500 students

Geographic areas served: Kentucky

Programs: wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education programs.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chances Wildlife Center gave a 'second chance' to a baby orphaned racoon that had fallen from its home after a storm.
I contacted them a bit later to find he was happily released with 3 other 'new' friends.
Wonderful organization with such a big heart.

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Gordon D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Chances Wildlife Center is a quality organization that serves a vital role in this community. The rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals is a great service to the community and gives animal lovers a caring and reliable place to call when they come across such animals. In addition, they provide many wonderful educational programs to school groups and other organizations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chances is a very well run organization that helps wildlife in need. The animals are well taken care for by the director of the organization and the volunteers. It is a professionally run nonprofit that rehabs wildlife and returns them to the wild for another go! The organization also provides many educational programs and gets involved in other community events.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Second Chances Wildlife Center to help support their wonderful education program. Education of the public is the best way to help wildlife. Caring for injured and orphaned wildlife and then safely returning them to their wild lives is a privilege. Most of these animals have been injured or orphaned because of human interference, so it feels like the right thing to do.

Tim_56

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Chances specializes in expertly rehabilitating distressed wildlife that is native to Kentucky. The quantity of animals rehabilitated at Second Chances is amazing and only constrained by the size of the facility. The staff is talented and dedicated to the organizations mission. Second Chances is a true asset to the local environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few months ago, while on a run, I came across a small fur ball motionless in the middle of the road. The fur ball turned out to be an infant rabbit which had somehow been carried from its nest. The animal was in dire conditions and needed attention. Not knowing where to take mammals who had been injured, I did a quick Google search which led me to Second Chances. I was hesitant at first because I was unfamiliar with this rehabilitation center, and knew from past experiences that not all centers are created or managed equally. That day, however, I was able to meet with Brigette and transfer the rabbit to her passionate care. Her compassion for the animal and knowledge of the condition and processes needed to rehabilitate the rabbit was immediately evident. And her eagerness to get the infant rabbit to immediate care was more than enough to dissuade any notion that I may be doing the wrong thing or leaving him in the wrong hands. I am certain that the quality of care for the animals at Second Chances as well as their educational and community outreach efforts are well above the average in this particular field. From the people to the facility, this non-profit is a great example of what every non-profit should strive to become.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is very passionate and professional about what they do I am so glad I found them. They were wonderful to work with. Beth E.

Nikki24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working at the Louisville Zoo for 12 years. One of those years I was a docent and that is where I first met Bridgette. Well last year my cousin that lives in Irvington, KY. Was picking her kids up at the bus stop when they found 2 baby opossum's. Naturally their first thought is to call me and see if I will take them in. Well knowing that here at my house I couldn't provide the proper care they needed so I asked around the Zoo and Doug McCoy told me about Bridgette working here at Second Chances and so I made the call and she was more than happy to take them in. As I have to name everything.... Thelma and Louise were taken great care of and have since been released. I look forwards to supporting and helping in the future. Yes I am a very happy and satisfied client as well as donator. Thanks for all of y'all's hard work that y'all do.

Michelle227

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I began volunteering for Second Chances, I honestly had no idea how vitally important this work is. Second Chances is a small, grass roots organization. The founder and team of volunteers are passionately dedicated to the conservation of wildlife through rehabilitation and education. There are very few agencies whose services are as comprehensive as those offered by Second Chances. To have the opportunity to preserve a tiny beating heart....to care for an injured animal who would perish without intervention...that is making a difference. It is hard work....it can be emotionally uplifting, and at other times, emotionally exhausting, but we are making a difference for wildlife in Kentucky. I love and stand for everything Second Chances does to care for and protect our wildlife.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Second Chances Wildlife Center 2 years ago. I couldn't be prouder of the charity I volunteer for and our mission; helping wildlife through education and rehabilitation. I'm glad that there is such a great organization to help out these animals. There are tons of organizations that help with all sorts of causes, but wildlife is often overlooked. Help support this great cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful opportunity to volunteer for this organization! I absolutely love caring for these precious ones who need us. Of course, cleaning out all of their cages is not as fun (ha-ha!) but keeps this center healthy for all of the animals and volunteers. I have only been volunteering for a short time but it has been so worthwhile. It is hard saying goodbye to the animals as we release them but we know that we are doing the right thing. I have participated in several of the educational opportunities at libraries and Farmington, and it is so rewarding to see the reactions of everyone to our little charges. We volunteers all adore the animals we have for educational purposes and spoil them! My favorite is the groundhog Major. You will see him on our website and Facebook page.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just absolutely wonderful!! Second Chances helped take a sweet little bat for us when it couldn't fly well enough to move out of the house it accidentally found itself inside. Lots of hearts and minds eased and one very lucky bat saved! Thank You!!!!!

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brigette 12/10/2013

Thanks Jessie and Kevin!

Marilyn32

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the help that Second Chances provided me earlier this year. I had become very attached to a possum who would visit me each night to eat some dinner when one night she showed up unable to use her back legs. I was frantic with worry as to what was going to happen to her and I had no idea what I could do to help her. A friend suggested I contact Second Chances and they immediately agreed to take her. Ultimately they were not able to save her but it was a huge relief to know that she had a humane ending with love and care. Even months later I still miss my possum friend.

Second Chances provides vital information and education on how humans can coexist with wildlife rather than destroy it.

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brigette 12/10/2013

Thanks, Marilyn and Posey!

Tracy59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chances will now forever hold a place in my heart. It is so wonderful to see so many animals get the help they need, and be released back into the wild. The countless hours that the volunteers put in to make sure these animals have a fighting chance is nothing short of amazing. Thanks Second Chances!

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brigette 12/10/2013

Thanks, Tracy…for your comments and time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year of volunteering and it has been wonderful. My attitude about racoons, opossums and squirrels has changed so much. This is nothing more rewarding that bottle feeding an orphan animal and watching it grow and be set free.

Lisa N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been so wonderful and inspiring to see so many helpless animals thrive under our care and be able to be released back in the wild where they belong.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Chances was created to help injured and abandoned wild animals that would otherwise suffer a slow and agonizing death if left in the wild. The facilities are very clean, well maintained, and safe for the animals as well as for the volunteer staff that works there. The care provider is accredited in animal rehabilitation and very knowledgeable about how to care for all types of wild animals, from raccoons to bats. Second Chances also offers educational programs about our state's wildlife to local public and private schools in Oldham and Jefferson Counties in KY.
Once they are healthy and/or old enough, the animals are slowly transitioned back into the wild through a process that helps them learn to forage for food and adjust to their natural habitat.
Both my 9 year old and my 7 year old have learned a lot from this organization and Brigette Williams, the director and rehab specialist who started Second Chances.