“Adopt” an Animal

“Adopt” An Animal

Who can adopt (sponsor)?

Individuals: for self, or gifts such as birthdays, graduations, endowments, and holidays

Classrooms: you can raise money by collecting coins, car washes, read-a-thons, art contests, parents associations, chores at home, bake sale

Scout groups: for meetings and badges

Church groups: for small clubs, entire church community outreach

College groups: for service projects and hours, sororities, fraternities

Why adopt?

Second Chances receives no state, city, or federal funding. 100% of animal care comes from private contributions from animal lovers and kind people like you. Sometimes, animals stay with us for several months. Consider the costs of feeding over 300 animals each year plus providing medical care and individualized housing. Cleaning is a substantial expense as well. Your sponsorship will help ensure the best care possible which ensures a successful release back into the wild. Please consider joining our Second Chances family no matter you live.

All donations are tax deductible.

If you’d like to adopt an animal, please fill out the application and return it with payment to Second Chances, 487 Mt Washington, KY 40047. You may also send the completed form back via e-mail and make a donation through our Paypal link. If this is a gift for someone, confirmation will go to you and all items will be mailed to the indicated party with a note specifying you as the provider. 

Our non-releasable animals in need:

Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos came to us as a baby still young enough to be bottle fed. Several days after being with us, the discovery was made that something wasn’t quite “right” with him. His health declined. We tried to battle this illness with medicines and supportive care, but he was simply not responding to our medicines. He refused the baby bottle, he refused soaked dog food. We put him on IV fluids for one week solid. Towards the end of the week, he was TIRED of the needle for sure! It was getting very tough to take care of him but we were not giving up…not yet! We were close, however. We tried offering one last thing which was yogurt from a syringe. He started licking it. It had just enough calories and nutrition for him to start taking the turn for the better. We suspect that he went through a bought of parvo and it’s amazing that he is alive today. He lacks coordination, climbing skills, and running ability: all of which are needed in the wild for survival. We built him a large outdoor enclosure which he loves. Juan Carlos does not visit schools as it really stresses him out being placed in a crate. We don’t make him. People can see him when they visit our center. 


Balckjack was dumped off at a local nature center in a tupperware box. Unfortunately, he was fed an incorrect diet and suffers a metabolic bone disease making him unreleasable. We treated the calcium deficiency but the damage to his hip joints was not repairable. Blackjack loves belly rubs and is very loving for a raccoon. Blackjack’s current favorite toys are a hanging jingly bell and a plastic happy meal toy. He has a special basket in which he sleeps. Depending on his mood, he chooses a certain toy or stuffed animal to sleep with and it varies each night.



Brooks is our miracle skunk. Coming to us as an orphan, Brooks was small in size and really has not grown as he should. Brooks has been to the veterinarian plenty of times to monitor his health. Regular blood work was done for the first six months of his life. At one point, his white cell count was only 5% of what it should be. FIVE PERCENT. Brooks has almost died on four separate occasions. No answers were ever found in any of his tests. Brooks lives with our center director so he cane be ever so closely monitored. He started off at her house, went to the center, and took a nose dive. She brought him back “home” for further testing and evaluation. He has a seizure right before his return home. His health plummeted. The vet warned her he would likely not make it. She already knew this. One night, Brooks was on his last bit of life…so much that no Hail Mary’s were offered: only love. Our director held him so he could pass peacefully and take his last breaths on her. Two hours later, his little head moved, nose sniffed, and slowly started wiggling. He perked up enough that our director offered a bit of yogurt which he ate. This is nothing short of a miracle. It can not be explained. He has been on the upswing ever since. Brooks loves to follow her around the house, loves his back scratched and head rubbed but dare anyone pick him up! He would bite very hard! That’s okay, we don’t try any more…we respect what type of love and security he needs and that is what he is given. 



Farrah was rescued from the pet trade. We flew to Texas on a Tuesday to get several Egyptian fruit bats and drove all the way back to Kentucky on Wednesday. Farrah is one of 10 Egyptian fruit bats that now have a safe and enriching environment to spend the rest of their lives. Farrah only has one leg and we estimate her age to be between 16-22 years old. Egyptian fruit bats tend to live 25 years in captivity. Farrah is one of only two bats that will accept a slice of banana from a hand. She has a couple of favorite stuffed animals to hang from which include a green dinosaur and brown mouse with a red and white polka dot shirt. Those are always her go-tos when landing from flight.


Bacardi, a big brown bat, came to us in very bad shape as he was found on the floor of a local business with several compound fractures. We had to operate on Bacardi’s wing…twice… for his survival but he is doing so well and is so sweet. He is a favorite to take to classes as both kids and adults love seeing how cute he is. During classes, he is wrapped in a baby washcloth for his comfort. We call this our “bat burrito”. Why is his name Bacardi? Bats are important pollinators of sugar which is used in the making of this drink. They do also eat insects that attack corn, which is also needed in manufacturing bourbon.

Amelia and Harriet

Amelia and Harriet, named after female pilots, are southern flying squirrels. These girls are very social and super fast! They like to run around on you and find a cozy spot for a piece of pecan. They sleep in their ” pouch” each night storing left overs inside there as well. They are both notorious for chewing holes in both insides of their pouches. We think they chew “back doors” on them. They do love to peek their tiny noses out of this door and check things out.


Have you seen the movie Rudy? It’s about a football player that was not allowed to play in games due to his small size. That’s where our Rudy gets his name. Rudy came to us as an orphan in critical condition. He came with one sibling who we lost just hours after we admitted them. We were very worried about Rudy as well: so worried in fact, that he went home with Second Chances’ director so he could me monitored extremely close and have round-the-clock IV fluids and medication. All of Rudy’s body functions were taken care of by her. It paid off. He is still very small and gets extra snacks throughout the day to keep a steady metabolism. He does not have much tail fur at all, but he is healthy in every other way.  Rudy enjoys snuggling while over our director’s shoulder when she is standing. He thinks lap time is play time. He’s funny. 


Pepperoni is an Eastern Red bat that was found at a local Pizza Hut restaurant. She came to us as an adult. She has some slight head trauma and we had to amputate one of her wings in order to save her life. Her wing had a compound fracture in her humorous, not repairable. For several months, Pepperoni would only eat if she was on our director’s (Brigette) lap! The process of Pepperoni took an average of thirty minutes. When she was finished eating, she would find a snuggly spot in Brigette’s hand and fall fast asleep. She now eats on her own but still enjoys “hanging” out on Brigette’s shirt or hand. Bats do appreciate a warm cozy spot. 


Cash was rescued after he was attacked by a dog at only 60 grams! He was not happy about his trauma and vocalized his displeasure. He was placed with other skunks so he’d know he was a skunk and learn skunk ways, but he choose us for his life. After careful observations while in his pre release enclosure, we decided he did not have what it takes to survive even through the first winter, let alone life in the wild. You can read more about him on our blog post from August 17. Whenever we have a few free minutes and sit on the floor, he comes right over and gets on our lap. He is very affectionate is knows he’s in a safe place now.



Major came to us at just three weeks new, eyes still closed, after his family was bulldozed over so a new housing development could take over his home. Major and his two siblings were a bundle of fun while little and ate us out of the center! His two siblings have been released to a perfect location where they have two barns, a creek, and 200 acres of freedom. Major stuck around for an important job of teaching people how to co-exist with other groundhogs, therefore saving many lives. Major is a handful and is into everything. His latest activity includes chewing the bottom off of a cabinet as we have it locked and he does not want it locked. Major cuteness and Major trouble!



Arnie was just a couple of months new when he came to us. Unbeknownst to us, he came to us very, very sick. After stumbling upon issue and after issue, it was discovered that Arnie has something wrong with his blood. We are still testing him regularly to find out what is it. One day, his blood count was 9. The normal blood count for an armadillo is between 30-40!!! Arnie needed a blood transfusion, but we did not have another armadillo. We pulled him through that bought. A few weeks later, our center director found Arnie in a coma one morning and it took her almost two hours to revive him! CPR was even done. This armadillo could not be more fragile and more loved. He is constantly being observed, medicated, and is in an incubator at the moment as he can not regulate his own body temperature. He loves playing in water and napping on our center Director.


Paisley came to us as a tiny orphaned baby. She had to have some of her tail amputated and there is not quite enough left for her to use it as needed in the wild. Opossums use their tails to gather nesting material, and balance when climbing low branches of trees. Opossums do NOT hang by their tails. Paisley enjoys wandering around the center and exploring new hiding spots. She particularly like to hide under Blackjack’s cage. When Paisley sleeps, she often has a petit and very lady-like snore. 

In loving memory of JB
(to help other “forever animals” in need)

“JB” is short for Justin Beaver. What a busy beaver he is! He lived with our center director for two years before moving to his very own pond with a two their waterfall at the center. While at the director’s house (JB’s Mama), JB enjoyed chewing on her doors, walls, and baseboards. He built damns from treasures he found around the house: magazines, recycling bin, lap top, stuffed animals, shoes, rugs, and socks. He built them by doors, the dishwasher, and in front of the refrigerator. He adored sweet potatoes, apples, white birch, willow, and kale. He liked to swim in the bathtub and often just floated around. He always fell asleep with a big wad of baby blanket in his mouth. In his enclosure with a pond, he loved getting in and out of the pond all day. He still loved his custom built lodge home that he willingly shared with a favorite stuffed animal and his blankey. JB left our Earth too early and gave many people a little hole in their hearts. JB’s memory will forever live on via various social media entities as well as the help he will bring when you “adopt” JB.


Rawlings came to us as a pup that had experienced some trauma. We believe he was attacked by a dog. He had a slash over his eye, all of his canines were broke, and he was having seizures. Fluid therapy really helped with his seizures. He has not had one since his first few nights with us. His eye did not heal completely. His eye lens “dropped” and hw would find great difficulty catching his dinner each night. Rawlings has remained friendly and social but can be pretty energetic. He is a fox, after all. They are so smart, so curious, so busy, way faster than any person is! Foxes are notorious escape artists so we spent a lot of time making sure his outdoor enclosure is very safe. Foxes do NOT make good pets as some people may hope. They scent mark with their urine which is quite potent in smell. They are very territorial and can be extremely destructive. They need room too run and constant mental enrichment. Rawlings gets new toys and activities regularly. He loves stuffed animals. His way of playing with them is ripping them apart. He sure enjoys doing that, though! He also likes to play with tennis and heavy duty plastic balls. His favorite toy, however, are our director’s old Brooks running shoes. 


Rocket is unique to us. Although we provide permanent sanctuary to animals, it is primarily to native Kentucky wildlife. Rocket is an exception. He is an African Sulcata tortoise, the third largest tortoise species in the world. These guys can live over 70 years!  Rocket was in need of a good home that offered him plenty of space. Rocket came to us at 5 years old, 28 pounds! He was kept by  lady who kept him under her trailer. Sulcatas are notorious escape artists and will plow through big objects and fences, just to keep on movin’! He kept escaping so she moved him to her deck. One year before finding us, she tried unsuccessfully to find a good home that she trusted and knew would take great care of Rocket.  We now give him time outside and around the center to roam, but we do need to build him an outdoor enclosure. Rocket  loves being placed in the bath to soak. He also loves to sit by his favorite window getting natural sunlight. He does try to hunt crumbs on the floor tossed out by squirrels that might be under our current care. Rocket really is awesome! Our whole team just loves him! 


Spartacus is very well-known around the United States after making his debut on National Geographic’s Bandit Patrol reality series. His episode was called “All shell breaks loose”. Spartacus was ran over by a lawn mower and received life-threatening injuries. Not only did the blade cut his shell, but it was deep enough that his lung was exposed and some nerve damage was done. The rescuers drove four hours to get him to us! We flushed, cleaned, medicated, and bandaged his wounds daily for weeks. We made sure he did not get infection or fungus. We did physical therapy on his back legs which weren’t working due to the nerve damage. Spartacus refused to eat so a feeding tube had to be surgically placed in his stomach though his throat. We fed him multiple times each day to make are he received the needed calories and nutrition. We are thrilled that he made such an awesome recovery! He is eating on his own (like a pig some days!) and he walks fine. His hole is still there but scar tissue has grown over his exposed lung. He would not hibernate well in the wild so he stays with us permanently. Students LOVE seeing Spartacus…our reptile warrior that won so many battles. . 


$40.00 “Adopt an Animal Kit”

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • 8 X 10 photo of your animal
  • Animal bio and history

$125.00 Class Adoption (or individual)

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • 8 X10 photo of adopted animal for classroom
  • Animal bio and history
  • In depth information about chosen species and worksheet for students
  • 25 wallet size photos of adopted animal
  • Update on animal during year
  • Second Chances decal
  • E-newsletter
  • Invitations to special events

$185.00+ Class Adoption (or individual)

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • 8 X10 photo of animal
  • Animal bio and history
  • In depth information about chosen species and worksheet for students
  • 25 wallet size photos of adopted animal
  • Update on animal during year
  • Second Chances decal
  • E-newsletter
  • Invitations to special events
  • Class visit from animal of choice* or if individual, a visit to our Center with animal contact

*within a 30 mile radius of Second Chances. Otherwise subject to additional travel fees.