Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD

Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife. www.scwc.org.
Mission Statement: Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.
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SCWC is housed in an old Gaithersburg farmhouse surrounded by fields, woods, a marsh, and a stream. Several spacious flight cages, small mammal enclosures, and waterfowl pens are located on the adjacent lawns. Many recently released songbirds share the grounds with the permanent wild residents before moving on to establish their own niches in the surrounding fields and woods. Other animals are released back into their home territories or at special sites such as nature centers and animal sanctuaries that are protected for wildlife. Each year, concerned citizens bring thousands of native wildlife for medical treatment, attentive care, and release. Founded by Christine Montuori, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1986, who trained as a volunteer at a wildlife center in Bowie and obtained her State and Federal wildlife rehabilitation permits in 1986 and 1988, respectively. Working out of her home, she cared for as many as 1,200 animals per year and incorporated as Second Chance Wildlife Center in 1995. In June of 1996, she moved the operation to its present location in Gaithersburg. The facility, owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, now treats an average 3,500 animals annually. SCWC rehabilitates orphaned, injured, and ill songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles, and a host of other native species. Our volunteer staff veterinarian performs surgical procedures on site as needed. We thoroughly test the animals before they are released to ensure that they have sufficient skills to survive in the wild. As a relatively new science, wildlife rehabilitation is a growing field. Innovations and advancements in care and treatment are constantly being made, and the staff and volunteers of SCWC keep abreast of these developments through networking with other rehabilitators; membership in state, national and international wildlife rehabilitation organizations; and attending conferences and training seminars. SCWC accepts admissions from 9:00AM to 5:00PM every day of the year. Staff, interns, and volunteers work 10 to 14 hours per day caring for patients during the busy spring and summer months. SCWC was accredited by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council in 1997 and was awarded the Governor's Citation in October 1998. SCWC is a 501(c) non-profit organization and relies on public donations to continue its work. The average cost to rehabilitate a single wild animal is $100.00. Take some time to explore our web site to learn about what we do and how you can help us make a difference. NOTE: SCWC does not deal with domestic animals; for example feral/stray cats, domestic ducks, or "egg hatching projects". Please call your local Humane Society for issues concerning domestic animals.

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

Found a rabbit's nest? See a baby bird on the ground? Be sure to check out the Wildlife Rescue Guidelines on our website...
05/29/2020
Second Chance Wildlife Center – Rescue Guidelines

Found a rabbit's nest? See a baby bird on the ground? Be sure to check out the Wildlife Rescue Guidelines on our website BEFORE you need them! Here's the link (and share with your friends so that they are prepared, too!). http://www.scwc.org/?page_id=90 #WildlifeBabySHower

The following general guidelines may help you decide if an animal needs to be brought to a rehabilitator. For more detailed instructions, see our Guide to Rescuing Wildlife.

CuddlingCuties #VirtualWildlifeBabyShower www.SCWC.com
05/25/2020

CuddlingCuties #VirtualWildlifeBabyShower www.SCWC.com

05/24/2020

A different kind of Wildlife Baby Shower video - Volume Up!

05/20/2020
Gender Reveal

This video was so popular during our Virtual Wildlife Baby Shower last year that we are sharing it again!

CAPTION THIS PHOTO! Our supporters are not only generous, they are clever, too! Have fun and share your captions far and...
05/19/2020

CAPTION THIS PHOTO! Our supporters are not only generous, they are clever, too! Have fun and share your captions far and wide. www.SCWC.org #2020VirtualWildlifeBabyShower

Have you been "heron" about all of the baby animals in our care? Over 300 admitted thus far in 2020 - each with unique s...
05/18/2020

Have you been "heron" about all of the baby animals in our care? Over 300 admitted thus far in 2020 - each with unique situations and healthcare needs. Our #2020VirtualWildlifeBabyShower raises critically needed funds to help us and help them.

05/17/2020
We work every day to help orphaned baby squirrels like these survive and thrive until ready for release. Your gifts help...
05/16/2020

We work every day to help orphaned baby squirrels like these survive and thrive until ready for release. Your gifts help provide formula, medicine, and more. www.SCWC.org #2020VirtualWildlifeBabyShower.

We are halfway through our 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower! Your donations have been helping us to help injured, ill, and orph...
05/15/2020

We are halfway through our 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower! Your donations have been helping us to help injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife babies. Thank you.

Our 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower Fundraiser Continues! We hope you are enjoying our daily photos, videos and wildlife rescu...
05/14/2020

Our 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower Fundraiser Continues! We hope you are enjoying our daily photos, videos and wildlife rescue tips! Please remember to share these posts with your Facebook friends. Thank you

Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue to lend a helping hand (and skilled expertise) to wildlife in need. ...
05/13/2020

Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue to lend a helping hand (and skilled expertise) to wildlife in need. #2020WildlifeBabyShower www.SCWC.org

05/12/2020
Found a rabbit's nest?

As part of our Wildlife Baby Shower, here is a simple video on what to do if you find a rabbit's nest. You can find this and other wildlife rescue tips on our website 24/7. www.scwc.org

05/09/2020
Baby Squirrel Yoga?

Baby Squirrel Yoga. Volume Up, deep breaths....ahhhh #2020WildlifeBabyShower

Our work with injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife is always something to tweet about. Just ask these little finches! #Wi...
05/08/2020

Our work with injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife is always something to tweet about. Just ask these little finches! #WildlifeBabyShower #SecondChanceWildlifeCenter

At Second Chance Wildlife Center our hands are full...and filled with love every day. #SCWCWildlifeBabyShower
05/07/2020

At Second Chance Wildlife Center our hands are full...and filled with love every day. #SCWCWildlifeBabyShower

Our team is very busy caring for injured, ill and orphaned animals, but if you have some extra time on your hands, you m...
05/05/2020

Our team is very busy caring for injured, ill and orphaned animals, but if you have some extra time on your hands, you might want to print this Wildlife Baby Shower word search filled with the names of items that your donations help to provide and see if you can find them all. Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Thank you and we hope that you have fun with this.

05/04/2020

Enjoy this sweet video brought to you in part by one of our 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower sponsors, Northwest Federal Credit Union (supporting us for the second year in a row!). Volume up.... even though these Second Chance Wildlife Center babies are sleepy....

Properly feeding baby birds requires skilled hands, lots of time, and plenty of patience. Drew, one of our SCWC Clinic T...
05/03/2020

Properly feeding baby birds requires skilled hands, lots of time, and plenty of patience. Drew, one of our SCWC Clinic Technicians, handles it all like the pro she is. Thanks, Drew! #SCWCVirtualWildlifeBabyShower

Three cheers for Hannah and Tyler, two Second Chance Wildlife Center staff members continuing to care for the babies (an...
05/02/2020

Three cheers for Hannah and Tyler, two Second Chance Wildlife Center staff members continuing to care for the babies (and other animals) that need our help! #2020VirtualWildlifeBabyShower

05/01/2020
Feeding Frenzy at SCWC

Turn up the sound! SCWC's annual Virtual Wildlife Baby Shower begins today - a baby animal post each day all throughout the month of May! These hungry ducklings are being cared for at Second Chance and are shown eating at ACTUAL speed. No fast-motion effect needed here. They eat like this several times a day, and we have more ducklings in our care than shown here! Please "like" and share this post, and give if you are able at www.scwc.org.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regul...
04/29/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please remember the human caregivers and wildlife patients at Second Chance on this important day, and give if you are able.

Arriving May 1! A daily dose of adorable baby animals. It's our annual online baby shower. Please share this with your f...
04/27/2020

Arriving May 1! A daily dose of adorable baby animals. It's our annual online baby shower. Please share this with your friends so that they can enjoy it, too!

04/22/2020
Found under a fallen tree alongside his deceased mother, this Eastern Fox Squirrel, a larger and more brightly colored r...
04/02/2020
Second Chance Wildlife Center - Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.

Found under a fallen tree alongside his deceased mother, this Eastern Fox Squirrel, a larger and more brightly colored relative of the Eastern Gray Squirrel, was brought to our center in early March. We take in hundreds of squirrels annually, but this was the first Fox Squirrel brought to us in several years. Fortunately, this orphan had not suffered any injuries and responded well to our care (eating about four times as much as the Gray Squirrels his age!). Part of our work includes helping with each animal’s social development. Although we didn’t have other young Fox Squirrels at our Center, we placed him in with a group of five gray squirrels his age. Any concerns we had about him being so much larger were quickly put to rest, as all the squirrels quickly snuggled up together. They are still getting along wonderfully, and continuing to grow, but it will be some time before they are ready for life in the wild. Until then, we will continue to care for and nurture them.

Helpful Tip: Before calling about an animal situation, consider reading the RESCUE GUIDELINES section of this website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Although our hearts are heavy due the suffering and uncertainty around the world today, your continued support of Second...
03/28/2020

Although our hearts are heavy due the suffering and uncertainty around the world today, your continued support of Second Chance Wildlife Center gives us reason to smile.

You have kept our doors open for a quarter of a century, and only you can enable us to continue to provide a unique and important service during this challenging year and, hopefully, for many years to come.

While we are taking a brief moment to acknowledge this milestone, you know that those of us at Second Chance aren't here for accolades. We're here for our community and for the precious wildlife entrusted to our care.

And, we are wishing each and every one of you health, comfort, and brighter days ahead.

This WUSA-TV behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life at Second Chance Wildlife Center is worth posting again. It onl...
03/24/2020
Road to a Better Community: Helping wildlife animals return to their natural habitat

This WUSA-TV behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life at Second Chance Wildlife Center is worth posting again. It only takes a few minutes to watch. Hopefully, it will warm your heart during this challenging time.

https://www.wusa9.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-washington/road-to-a-better-community-helping-wildlife-animals-return-to-their-natural-habitat/65-8085ac3c-a6d6-4609-9f3e-4204e4f211ed.

Second Chance Wildlife of Gaithersburg has been helping thousands of injured wildlife animals return to their natural habitat, all while teaching humans how to co-exist. Easterns Automotive Group heard about their mission and donated to their cause. You can learn more at wusa9.com/BetterCommunity.

During these challenging times, we hope to brighten your days at least a little bit with heartwarming posts of our wildl...
03/23/2020

During these challenging times, we hope to brighten your days at least a little bit with heartwarming posts of our wildlife patients (past and present). Let's start with this adorable sleeping baby squirrel. Please share with your facebook friends to help brighten their day, too.

"Baby Season" is officially underway at Second Chance Wildlife Center. These two were brought to us yesterday.
03/06/2020

"Baby Season" is officially underway at Second Chance Wildlife Center. These two were brought to us yesterday.

Education is part of our mission, and our Clinic Director, Kathleen Handley, was a featured panelist at the University o...
03/03/2020

Education is part of our mission, and our Clinic Director, Kathleen Handley, was a featured panelist at the University of Maryland's recent "Careers in Wildlife" event. She captivated and inspired students with her stories, advice, and an overview of our college internship program. Bravo, Kathleen! For information on college internships click here: http://www.scwc.org/?page_id=192

Extra! Extra! Read all about...US! Second Chance is featured in the March/April issue of Bethesda Magazine. With the cos...
02/28/2020

Extra! Extra! Read all about...US! Second Chance is featured in the March/April issue of Bethesda Magazine. With the cost of care increasing each year, we hope this will result in new supporters of our work and of our wildlife patients. Thank you to all involved.

02/19/2020
The birds of Mt. Rushmore. We treat many of these same species here at Second Chance Wildlife Center. #President'sDay ht...
02/17/2020
Birds - Mount Rushmore National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

The birds of Mt. Rushmore. We treat many of these same species here at Second Chance Wildlife Center. #President'sDay https://www.nps.gov/moru/learn/nature/birds.htm

Many different birds live at Mount Rushmore during different parts of the year, including this white-breasted nuthatch (pictured at right). Nuthatches, which live here year round, eat insects, nuts and seeds. Watch for them creeping head first down ponderosa pine trunks in search of food.

Happy Valentine's Day and THANK YOU!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day and THANK YOU!

Address

7101 Barcellona Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20879

General information

Call the Center @ 301-926-9453 if you've found a wild animal in distress. Proud Partner of the United Way National Capital Area region: CFC #65923, NCA Donor Designation #8901.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(301) 926-9453

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It’s day 2 and the fawn is still there. I don’t know if you all could help it but I can’t seem to get through to anyone to help the poor thing.
There’s a baby deer over at Saint Mary’s Rockville under a tree in the cemetery. It doesn’t look well. Please help
I have been reaching out to rescues and people on rescue sites for the past two days with no luck! I NEED HELP, ACTUALLY SEVERAL BABY BUNNYS(Between 10-20days old) NEED HELP, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO! I DONT WANT TO HURT THEM, PLEASE HELP! Sorry for the caps but I'm desperate! If I dont get food in them soon, they are going to die. I'm afraid to try to feed them until I've spoken with someone who knows what they are doing. I've researched and gotten as much knowledgeable and reliable info as I can but info on the process is limited. Please please someone contact me. All I need is guidance. Thank you for your time and the work you do 💜🍼🐇🐇🐇
This little guy wondered off from his family. It was scared and chirping. All the other geese shunned him. He’s at the little lakes behind Herons Cove Condos. Can you help it?
I saw this poor little gosling today by the path next to the lake at Montgomery Village very close to the Dr. Gordon W. Bowie Music Pavilion. I don’t know what happened to him. Very sad.
Some rabbits took refuge in my garden after being inured from a car or lawn mower. I managed to catch one and brought it to 2nd Chance where they cared for it. We're so fortunate to have them in our community. I make sure to support their work at least twice a year with a donation. This year I'll be donating more. We are fortunate to be still be working, although from home during the pandemic.
Hi! When cutting the grass yesterday, a sparrow took off the ground as we approached. After making a pass with the mower, we noticed a sparrow's nest in the grass with 3 eggs in it. The nest was not hit, but the removal of the surrounding grass now makes the nest visible. We don't know if mom returned overnight or not but the eggs are still there this morning. What should we do with it? Do we leave it there or attempt to move it? Thanks for your help or suggestions.
Have you ever seen anything like this before? What in the heck is on its beak?
Yesterday 4/14/20. We dropped this little guy off at MC animal services. They were going to bring him to you. Just wondering how he is doing? What type of bird he may be? Thank you.
Help!! Our dog just found some baby bunnies under our deck. We’re worried that momma may not come back! Any suggestions???
Hi! My husbands co-worker found 3 newborn squirrels in the insulation of an attic today. He brought them home for us to care for until we could transition them outside. We’ve worked with babies before, so it wasn’t a big deal - but one of them has dried spray foam insulation all over its body. It’s nose is covered, 1 ear, fingers and toes matted together. My biggest concern is the nose being covered. The poor little guy is only breathing through his mouth and seems so uncomfortable. He is eating and sleeping, just seems restless at times. I’ve tried coconut oil to get it off but it’s not helping. Any suggestions? Thank you!!
I've started a meal delivery and each week is packed with high-quality freezer bags (not for use on people or animals, but for coolers, etc.). Would you ever have a need for them? I could drop 8-10 off every month. Also, they had denim pads included, if you could use these for the animals.