2nd Chance

"He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all."

aka Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Rescue & Second Chance   |   Brownsville, TX   |  https://vetspace.2ndchance.info/

Mission

2nd Chance Sanctuary, operating as Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Rescue, accepts and whenever possible restores to health and then releases injured wildlife free of charge. We are the only such facility within 160 - 313 mile radius and the only one in a considerably larger area with the knowledge and expertise to do complex avian and small mammal orthopedic surgery. As far north as 164 miles to Corpus Christi, 379 miles east to Del Rio and 313 miles south to Monterrey, Mexico. We are fully bilingual.. Local residents are encouraged to volunteer their time and develop a love and respect for native animals and the environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Very small organizations, staffed with dedicated volunteers and small budgets accomplish as much or more than large organizations weighed down with administrative staff.

Ruling year info

2018

Veterinary Director

Dr. Ronald Steven Hines

Main address

70 Haynes Lane

Brownsville, TX 78521 USA

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Formerly known as

2nd Chance

Gulf Coast Sanctuary

EIN

01-0580350

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our primary goal is to improve the lives of animals - both domestic and wild. Located in Brownsville, Texas, we are the only organization within a 160 mile radius north and a 200 mile radius south involved in those activities (as far as Corpus Christi north, Monterrey, Mexico south. Both Texas Parks & Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service utilize our facilities and expertise. However they give us no financial support - other than the occasional provision of supplies that accompany the animals. This will be a never-ending problem. Most of the animals that come to us were injured crossing roadways. Others, in their international migration. We release the ones that fully recover and attempt to find permanent homes for the rest.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Rescue

We are the only such facility within 160 - 313 mile radius and the only one in a considerably larger area with the knowledge and expertise to do complex avian and small mammal orthopedic surgery. As far north as 164 miles to Corpus Christi, 379 miles east to Del Rio and 313 miles south to Monterrey, Mexico. We are fully bilingual.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

We are the only such facility within 160 - 313 mile radius and the only one in a considerably larger area with the knowledge and expertise to do complex avian and small mammal orthopedic surgery. As far north as 164 miles to Corpus Christi, 379 miles east to Del Rio and 313 miles south to Monterrey, Mexico. We are fully bilingual.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Accepts all injured wildlife presented by Texas Parks And Wildlife, US Fish & Wildlife Service and the general public for immediate care rehabilitation and later release.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

US Fish & Wildlife PRT689288 Texas Parks & Wildlife 1213-172, 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of captive animals released

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of wild animals that 2ndChance is able to help is dependent on the very modest donations we receive and the number of local volunteers willing to assist. That has remained quite stable

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We are always in need of the contributions of medical apparatus and supplies to accomplish the goals
mentioned in the previous paragraph. Our contact telephone number is (512) 730-0311
Information on our organization that is not given on this site can be obtained by contacting that
phone number or by email.

Change in human nature would be required to decrease the number of injured animals we receive. That is not our goal. Our goal is to assist these animals when they arrive. We have no strategy to change driving habits or roadways. Strategies and endeavors to change the underlying need for organizations such as ours is left to others. Our strategy is to train other individuals locally in helping animals and develop improved techniques of medical assistance to heal injured wildlife. Further information can be supplied by telephone or email.

We maintain a complete surgical suite, pharmacy, cages and flights to house all animals we receive and to care for them until they are well enough to release.

We have accumulated the largest and most sophisticated medical and veterinary equipment devoted to the free care of injured animals in South Texas.
With the aid of Home Depot, we house the best facilities in our area to maintain such animals during their recovery.

Financials

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Operations

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2nd Chance

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ronald Hines

Valley Vet

Gail Straight

Sharyn Baxley

Pamela Zoppe

Morley Parent

Ronald Hines

Steven Ripasy

Lisa Ross

Derrick Rosaire

Olinka Walenda

James Logan

Linda Ross

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No