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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.

Our Background:

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 14,000 cats and dogs since December of 2008. Our Middle Mutts Program has saved over 15,000 cats and dogs since March of 2011. 

Highlighted Dogs
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Holly: The Shy but Loving Boxer Mix Who Needs Your Patience Meet Holly, a sweet and affectionate 6-year-old boxer mix who is looking for her more about HOLLY
Stowe is on the lookout for his forever family! From his foster: He just fits in so well and is so low maintenance that I forget to market him more about STOWE
  MAGGIE (SHIRLEY  - Boston Terrier mix)
Introducing Maggie, the delightful 5-year-old Boston Terrier Mix with a heart full of joy! Maggie's vibrant spirit and boundless energy make her more about MAGGIE (SHIRLEY - Boston Terrier mix)
Loki is a name that means "God of Air".  It is also associated with the Norse god who was considered to be a trickster.  Our Loki more about LOKI
FERGAL is a happy 3 year old, 117lb goofball of a pup wants to know why he's not adopted yet?! This big ole mush of a boy loves humans. He may more about FERGAL aka RAMBO
Allow me to introduce you to Louis, a dashing 2-year-old Labrador mix weighing in at approximately 70 pounds. Louis is the embodiment of charm and more about LOUIE
Salvador is truly one-of-a-kind, a dog with a unique and captivating appearance that is sure to steal your heart. Sporting one brown eye and one blue more about SALVADOR
Aria is a 3-1/2yr old, 70lb boxer/terrier mix.  She is a total sweetheart who walks nicely on a leash, is playful and eager to please her humans more about ARIA
Miss Oreo  is a playful 7 year old lab mix, who is approx 65 pounds.  Oreo loves to play with her toys! Tug, fetch, catch…Her foster more about OREO
Topaz: The Lively and Playful Pup Who Loves to Be On the Go Meet Topaz, a lively and playful pup who loves people. She is confident, fun, and more about TOPAZ
Bee is a truly remarkable dog, a stunning shepherd mix with a heart as vast as the meadows and as sweet as honey. Her captivating brown eyes tell a more about BEE
Winnie: The Sweet and Loving Pup Who Is Ready for Her Forever Home Meet Winnie, a sweet and loving 1.5-year-old girl who is looking for a family more about WINNIE

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. Underā€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

For more Information please call 631.478.6844 or email us

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