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Our Mission:

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 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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3 years later and MIMOSA is back with us looking for a forever home. Adopted as a kitten from us, she didn't live in an environment where she more about MIMOSA
These two came from a hoarder. One who didn't take care of them or the others. One who ignored medical attention for so many of these cats. So we& more about FINN
  Charlie (aka ZAZU)
Charlie (aka Zazu) is a super cute and playful lab   ready for his forever home. With continued direction and guidance, this adorable boy more about Charlie (aka ZAZU)
Sawyer is 4yrs old and 60lbs.   He is a sweet boy who has been through a lot in his life.  When arriving in NY , he was a happy guy more about SAWYER
 Maybeline is about 5 years old and 47 pounds. She is sweet and timid at first, but quickly relaxes and is eager for affection.& more about MAYBELINE
Daisy is a 9 year old Lab mix and whoever is lucky enough to adopt her will be adored by her! Daisy is very playful & oh so cute! She is house more about DAISY
Well hello gorgeous  ❤️ Stitch is amazing in the crate, food motivated and house trained. He is working on his manners such as more about STITCH
Jetson is a beautiful 2 year old, 60lb, black, pitty/pointer mix. He's wonderful with people, doesn't mind cats but would do more about JETSON
BB loves her people. She is crate trained, house trained and is working on leash skills. She loves to go for walks but gets excited when she sees more about BB
Seven year old Willow has been enjoying life up north. She's really been a pleasure to have around. She enjoys being near her people. Willow more about WILLOW
Fairfield County Animal Control and Adoption Center is an overcrowded facility packed to the max with cats. Tiny kittens have come to the shelter and more about ROGER
Fairfield County Animal Control and Adoption Center is an overcrowded facility packed to the max with cats. Tiny kittens have come to the shelter and more about TOMMY

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

For more Information please call 631.478.6844 or email us

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PO Box 1661 •  Southampton, NY 11969  •  (631) 478-6844 •  applications [ at ]