2nd Hand Ranch & Rescue is a small independent wildlife rehab home and all animal rescue. Nancy has been rescuing wildlife since she lived in Minnesota as a child and her mom saved orphaned squirrels, injured birds and lost kittens. We are a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Center under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and work closely with many other rehabbers as well our our local veterinarians, shelters, Conservation Police and DNR.
All wildlife is given lots of TLC, and raised with the goal to release back into the wild where it is most happy.
BUT WAIT...... we are more. We are also a Licensed Illinois Department of Agriculture companion animal rescue . We are foster based - dogs stay in foster homes until we can find a permanent home. Our niche are the hard luck cases..... the older dogs that have found their way to 'death row' in animal controls and in open door (kill) shelters, dogs with medical conditions that need much TLC to mend. Many of our old dogs are permanent residents as they are hospice or have had such abuse that we feel they need special long term care. Our Hospice Program currently has 8 old souls here.
The Long Term Goal of 2nd Hand since we now are a 501 (c) (3) Charity is to grow our wildlife rescue as well as create a sanctuary for abused and senior animals of all kinds. We dream of creating a weekend getaway for folks who want to spend a day in the country working with animals and learning about the beauty rural Illinois, Fall of 2020 has been good for us, even in these crazy covid times, and bit by bit we are finishing this amazing retreat. It will be open this spring 100% with an outhouse too - total glamping experience - safety is our greatest concern so it will be sanitized and a safe place to social distance and enjoy nature,