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Second Chance Wildlife Center needs second home

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The Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg is looking to find a new home and asking the public for help.

Christine Montuori, founder of Second Chance, started treating wounded and orphaned animals in her own home in 1995 before moving her services to the Gaithersburg farmhouse.

But 15 years later, the aging infrastructure is forcing the non-profit to relocate within a year.

"Apparently it was never really designed for doing 12-13 loads of laundry every day and it's gotten kind of overwhelming," Montuori said.

With a paid staff of six and dozens of volunteers who take care of more than 3,000 animals a year, Second Chance has become one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in Maryland.

Animal Control, the Humane Society and residents from as far away as Ocean City come by with mammals and reptiles.

The 'busy season' is in the spring, and that's when the center hopes to be in a new spot.

While the County has offered a few options, the team at Second Chance is asking the public for help.

If you're interested in donating money or offering a lease to Second Chance, visit www.scwc.org/index.html.

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