Last Chance Animal Rescue is a charitable, not-for profit 501(c)(3)organization, created to save the lives of animals. We rescue animals that are locate in "KILL" facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to "NO KILL" facilities and foster homes in hopes of finding them a forever family. We work with veterinarians for spay-neuter and provide other medical services until permanent placement is secured into a pre-screened home. We depend on your donations to continue to save these helpless loving animals from being killed, as a faithful friend you can support our ongoing mission to save as many lives as we can. We are grateful for our dedicated community of adopters, fosters, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, without you we could not achieve our life saving mission.
Founded by Whitney Knowlton in 2008, Last Chance Animal Rescue is a volunteer based nonprofit and our focus is to rescue animals located in "KILL" facilities trapped on death row in rural shelters still using inhumane methods of killing such as gas chambers or heart stick. Our Adoption Program has successfully found homes for over 10,000 cats and dogs since December of 2008. Our Middle Mutts Program has saved over 15,000 cats and dogs since March of 2011.
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Hi my name is Ruger and I am a great dog! I am playful, happy and a great com...read more about RUGER
This adorable pup is Juniper! She is a Labrador Retriever mix that is estimated to be three years old and weighs forty-five pounds.&nb...read more about JUNIPER
This sweet senior came to us when his owner wanted to have him PTS, after what appears to have been a neglectful life and untreated cushings dis...read more about COCO
This gorgeous boy is Duncan! Estimated to be between 2-3 years old and 65 lbs, Duncan is a very sweet, affectionate boy that l...read more about DUNCAN (aka HENDO)
Lee County Animal Control and Adoption Center is an overcrowded facility packed to the max with cats. Tiny kittens have come to the shelter and are gr...read more about MULAN
Buster is a short, stocky guy, that is 55 lbs of love. He loves to play and absolutely loves his tennis ball. Buster is great with kids bu...read more about BUSTER
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about REESES
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about VAUGHN
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about SLOANE
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about SAPPHIRE
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about COOKIE
We heard a plea from Catawba Animal Shelter and couldn't turn it away. With the shelter crammed to the max with cats and kittens, they were g...read more about CHICKPEA
Did you know that millions of pets are unnecessarily euthanized each year in the United States. LCAR is working to change the way shelters treat these precious animals so that this senseless loss and incredible cruelty can one day end. These animals are highly adoptable and die each day because of legislative deficits, lack of resources and limited chances of local adoption. We rescue these animals regardless of age, breed or general health, trying to save as many as we can from death by underwriting the cost of relocating to "NO KILL" facilities and foster homes while finding the adoptive furever families that they all deserve. We network with other rescue organizations to transfer animals from our shelter partners into adoption programs and to educate shelters on reform and assist them in achieving “NO KILL” regardless of current legislation. To date, LCAR has rescued thousands of animals and is growing everyday thanks to the support of our volunteers, fosters, adopters, donors and sponsors.
The Problem: In poor rural areas, spaying & neutering animals is not a priority. Under‐funded by local jurisdictions, KILL shelters are cruel depositories for healthy animals who are exposed to disease, unsanitary conditions and outside elements before their brutal and untimely demise. Many shelters are still using gas chambers for this purpose, pumping Carbon Monoxide into a chamber killing groups of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. It takes approximately 25 minutes for an animal to suffocate to death…provided the chamber is maintained properly.
What We Do: Our volunteers work with rural shelters to rescue as many animals as possible. The decision on who gets to live and who is left behind to die is based on two factors: available funds and available foster homes! The animals we help to make it out alive are then sequestered in our quarantine facility, where their journey begins. Once the rigorous vetting process of vaccinating, worming, and altering is completed, we transport them to the Northeast for adoption. Upon arrival, animals are placed into foster homes and given as much exposure as possible at weekly adoption events and online to help find them a furever home! The demand for these animals is very high and adoptions generally happen very quickly!
PLEASE browse our list of available animals and fill out an Adoption Application if you are interested. Please be sure to check our Events Calendar and come meet your new pet. If you have trouble finding the information you need, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us