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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Last Chance Animal Rescue, Inc. (LCAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to end the pet overpopulation crisis in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area. We provide high-volume low-cost spay/neuter services to the public, rescue and relief services for pets in disaster-affected areas, and help homeless pets find permanent, loving homes. Since we began in 1999, LCAR has rescued and rehomed over 100,000 homeless pets to adoptive families in our area. We rescue animals from high-kill shelters in a five-state area and partner with 25 PetSmarts in the Washington/Baltimore area to adopt animals out through their multi-day adoption center program. We also operate an affiliated animal hospital, the Waldorf Well Pet Clinic. It provides full-service veterinary care to animal patients throughout our area as well as extensive medical care for each pet we rescue, including spay/neuter services, vaccinations appropriate to age and weight, and any other medical care and attention each pet needs to give it the very best chance at having a long and happy life in its new home. Last Chance Animal Rescue envisions a world where no adoptable animal is euthanized in a shelter simply because it has no home.

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC-MD-VA

Programs: Rescuing/Rehoming Homeless Shelter Pets Through a Partnership with PetSmart Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I think the world of this charity! They save, spay/neuter and find adoptive homes for a staggering number of pets each year. It was my honor to get involved with them when they branched out to rescue and rehabilitate a group of severely neglected feral horses. They have a truly dedicated staff and volunteers who worked hard to rehabilitate and train a herd that ended up being over 40 horses! It was a herculean undertaking, and almost all of the horses have found new adoptive homes -- all without taking resources away from the dogs and cats. Amazing. Caring. Great group of people. All the good things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy from Last Chance Animal Shelter very recently and have had a very good experience with this organization! They couldn't have been nicer! My little pup, I named Pearl,had to come in after her spaying to take care of a little bump on her belly and the hospital staff/ doctor saw her quickly, were very professional and explained all I asked about. The doctor was very friendly, and I was out of there with some necessary meds. in a timely manner. They have done everything they claimed they would. My puppy is healthy and happy, and I am very happy with my experience! I definitely reccomend this shelter! Here's Pearl!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally toured this very large rescue and hospital, where I was amazed at the sheer number of animals being rescued. Yes, sometimes animal rescue workers may seem gruff, but I think it’s all the heartache that does it. Life for life, I am very proud to be involved in helping the kitties at Petsmart get adopted and grateful to the staff at LCAR who do the medical treatment and field rescues.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do want to say that Last Chance is making every effort, right now, to prove that they do take good care of the kitties that are sick, and have even offered me a tour! So let’s just withhold judgment, because they do save lives, and because it’s important for me to see the place in person before making statements about kitties and how they are being cared for at the main shelter. There is no doubt in my mind about the fact that Last Chance Animal Rescue saves the lives of cats and kittens through Petsmart adoptions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw the mixed reviews on this site so, I decided to investigate for myself. I went down, without letting them know I was coming, and asked to see the facility because I was interested in volunteering. Although they were visibly very busy, I only had to wait a few minutes for a manager to show me around. I have volunteered at many Rescue's across the country and I know and understand what to look for. The animals were all clean and cared for. Some were sick and you could see their care regiment on their treatment charts. The staff was pleasant and no one was goofing off, they were all tending to the animals in their areas. Since my visit, i have stopped by at least a dozen times to help socialize the animals and my opinion has not diminished. This Rescue saves a lot of lives every year and the staff genuinely cares.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I stopped taking my dog to LCAR for care because the last time I took her for her yearly shots and follow-up the doctor we saw was extremely rude to me. My dog has a history of a collapsing trachea and an enlarged heart and I wanted to have another x-ray done as it had been a year and I wanted to make sure that her conditioned had not worsened. The vet tech was great and spoke to me very nicely and gave me lots of advise. When the vet came in to give my dog her booster shot, she never even spoke to me, gave my dog her shot and walked out of the room. She never asked me one question about how my dog was doing or anything. I went back to Waldorf Animal Hospital after that. I feel LCAR is a cat and dog mill and they really don't care about the animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last Chance Animal Rescue is an incredible organization that does not shy away from tough cases like this beautiful girl, Emma. Emma arrived in December of 2018, emaciated and having suffered double amputation of her hind legs and tail, as well as, burns in the same region. She went from traumatized and terrified to being the resident Diva.
Such amazing work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster volunteer for Last Chance Animal Rescue for two years. The number of animals they rescue and adopt out is amazing. The staff works so hard caring for them, bringing them in and getting them ready for their forever homes. In addition, they are able to offer extraordinary care, that most rescues cannot, because of their full service veterinary clinic.
They truly making fostering as easy and enjoyable as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Sadly, I believe that this organization is all about making money rather than saving animals. The Director has many cars including BMWs, Mercedes Benz, etc. paid by the Rescue.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two animals from Last Chance Animal Rescue and both times I have been very pleased with their exceptional service. The animals were healthy and well adjusted and in great shape. The rescue reached out and contacted me both times and asked me if they could do anything to help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

DO NOT ADOPT OR DONATE. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY TO THE DIRECTOR. The conditions of the pets in this "rescue" is deplorable. If you want to help, GET THEM SHUT DOWN.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

With this rescue and take care of many of the kittens that come through these doors they come into my home I make sure they're healthy I make sure there's nothing wrong with them before they're even giving back to last chance for their Spay/Neuter and then to be allowed to be adopted out it is up to the foster parents to make sure they are healthy so they are having problems they are responsible for notifying last chance if there is a problem and last chance we'll take care of the problem in the foster homes care they are a great organization I know a lot of you need help I'm not sure about them killing or as amazing a lot of cats I'm not really sure about that but I have at least Fostered 30 kittens for them

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Former staff

Rating: 1

Be warned- many of the "adopter" reviews on here are actually LCAR employees being paid on the clock to write them. I worked at this rescue and have seen from the inside what it's all about- money. The animals are kept in poor conditions and the health verification that is signed by a vet is false- those animals are not examined before they are adopted.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I no longer volunteer for Last Chance Animal Rescue once I found out that they routinely send cats to the shelter to be euthanized even though they say they are a no kill animal rescue. I discovered that in 2012 they sent over 700 cats to Tri County animal shelter to be killed. I did not want to believe what I was told by a Last Chance employee so I contacted the shelter and asked for and received copies from the shelter showing last Chance's request to euthanize the cats. I believe these are deceptive practices since they call themselves no kill.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

II adopted my kitty Jameson from LCAR about two weeks ago, he is just a blast! He came fully vetted and neutered. When we took Jameson to the Vet they alerted me that he has cocciddia, something that was common in the shelter environment. I contacted LCAR and they offered me to bring my kitty to their clinic to be checked by their vet and they would treat him totally FREE. That was such a relief! Last Chance is a great organization and I will be getting a new sibling for little Jameson soon!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Chance Animal Rescue is an amazing non- profit organization that strives to help as many animals as they can. I got my kitty from LCAR about a year ago and they were as helpful as could be. I called with many questions about my new member of the family and they were quick to try and help me with whatever I needed. I would recommend anyone to adopt from Last Chance to find their furrever friend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog and two kittens from last chance, they were nothing but professional. They were there for us all through the adoption process. They truly care about each and every animal they rescue. The staff is fantastic, they go above and beyond for all of their clients. I would recommend this rescue to anyone looking to find the perfect pet !!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance Animal Rescue is an amazing organization. They are truly all about the animals. I have never had a negative experience with them. I have many friends and family members who have adopted from them, and have been very satisfied with the process from start to finish! Last Chance is all about finding animals from high kill shelters who are about to be euthanized, new homes! I love having an organization like this one in my own community. Please consider Last Chance Animal Rescue if you are considering adopting a cat/dog in your future. You will not be disappointed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family recently adopted a little kitten from Last Chance Animal Rescue. The adoption process was smooth and the volunteer who helped us was very knowledgeable. We love her to pieces and now couldn't imagine life without her. If your looking for a kitten or even an adult cat I strongly recommend adopting through this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Chance Animal Rescue is a top notch organization. We adopted a chocolate lab/Doberman puppy from them a year ago, and he's been such a great addition to our family. The staff at LCR is caring, helpful, and professional. The adoption process was efficient and well-organized. We were very impressed with the director, Cynthia Sharpley, as she walked us through the process and answered our many hundreds of questions. We highly recommend them to anyone wanting to adopt a cat or dog. Last Chance Rescue is the place to adopt from!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, great pups, great experience! I adopted a healthy, loving Schnauzer mix from Last Chance earlier this year. At first I was nervous to adopt, but Last Chance treated us like family and put all of my concerns to rest with their personal attention, care and affordable vet services. When I got my puppy, she was happy, social and already had learned a few basic commands from her Last Chance foster home. Definitely going back here when I'm ready to make the next addition to my family!

Ginger M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Rescue is an outstanding rescue group. As a Last Chance volunteer for 6 years, I never cease to be amazed at the outstanding work they do. Saving the lives of up to 10,000 animals per year is incredible. Not only does LCAR save lives, they also offer spay neuter clinics at a very low cost in locations outside the main rescue. They reach out and help with natural disasters like Katrina and 2012 East Coast hurricane by providing manpower and supplies. Two of my cats are Last Chance cats and they are the best cats ever. My other cat is a patient at the LCAR animal hospital where he receives first class treatment and care. The LCAR staff is professional and always willing to assist whether it is a volunteer question, an adopter question, or pet hospital question. My recommendation for 5 stars is confirmed. I would give them thousands if I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family recently adopted our wonderful Chihuahua, Ozzy, from Last Chance Animal Rescue and we couldn't be happier! Ozzy is a friendly, well adjusted and an all around awesome dog. The staff working the adoption event where knowledgeable, very friendly and answered all of our mainly questions. I would highly recommend adopting though Last Chance Animal Rescue to anyone looking to expand their family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow- Very nice folks- Friendly and happy to talk about their beloved 4 legged friends- The cats themselves looked well taken care of and loved - Everyone had warm beds to keep them comfy and freshly cleaned boxes- The staff even stared to tear up with excitement when we decided to adopt one of their kitties.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for Last Chance Animal Rescue for a few years now. I've seen first hand the lengths they go to to save animal lives. The amount of work it takes to keep each and every animal healthy, clean and loved is beyond imagination. And yet, LCAR does an amazing job at helping homeless animals find loving homes. I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that really cares about every single animal that comes through it's doors. I'm also proud to be a foster, a weekend puppy wrangler and a part-time photographer. Thanks for your amazing efforts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that last Chance Animal Rescue is fantastic! I adopted two little orange kittens from them a few months ago and the entire experience was flawless. I met the kitties, underwent an interview process and filled out a form or two and was allowed to adopt them in a matter of hours. When I took them to the vet he gave them a clean bill of health and spoke about how great it was that they were already neutered! They are healthy and happy to this day and I am very grateful to Last Chance Animal Rescue.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! I adopted my pup from them last summer. The staff was friendly and helpful and were there to help me with post adoption questions. I would highly recommend Last Chance to anyone considering adoption.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Chance is a very good organization that serves the community very well considering the amount of animals it rescues each year. I highly recommend exploring a rescue as an option before purchasing a pet. Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Chance Animal Rescue is an amazing organization that saves 8,000 to 10,000 animals a year and spays and neuters some 20,000 animals a year, doing more than their share to reduce the needless euthanasia of some 74,000 animals in Maryland every year. They do this with a quarter of the budget of other organizations of the same size and a very small staff. Not only have I adopted 7 of my personal pets from them, I am also proud to serve as a volunteer for Last Chance as a foster mom, and as an in store volunteer among other functions. They are truly a great organization that help not only the animals but also the people of the community in which they operate and help other rescue groups with medical care that their animals need. The staff is professional and helpful. I highly recommend volunteering and adopting from Last Chance Animal Rescue.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I adopted a kitty from LCAR in Alexandria, VA about a year ago who was very sick immediately after I brought her home. My vet told me the project age was actually much lower, and when I brought the cat to the vet they said, that she was spayed WAY to early. Eventually she ended up dying after a short but happy life. Just assuming this was a fluke, and her death not necessarily having to do with LCAR.

We just adopted another kitty on Sunday evening and it is now four days later and our kitty was in the hospital because he was very ill then he died. AFTER FOUR DAYS. This rescue has a horrible virus going around and do not adopt ANY Animals from them. They need to be shut down immediately, because multiple families have gone through this same thing.

Keep in mind these cats were both cleared by a vet with a supposed "clean bill of health." This animal rescue, clearly do not look after or care for their animals. They should be shut down immediately, and I will never ever adopt another pet from here ever again. If you considering getting run far away, because even if you have pet insurance, it will not kick in by the time you incur a major bill because of the poor health of your kitty.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Brighton, Michigan Volunteer was extremely rude and gave us the run around. They stated they could not get any information from our vet and no record on our current dog when they called. I called my vet and was told no one had called for a reference. Come to find out they place a lot of dogs to friends they know and not the general public. Will never deal with this shady organization again.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Update: Tonight we euthanized our kitten. The emergency vet did all he could. We are heartbroken. This sweet animal deserved so much better. The vet says he suspects that a lethal virus is going through their cattery. Another cat adopted through LCAR was brought into his emergency room earlier in the week. He strongly recommended not adopted from LCAR in the future. I pass that recommendation on to you.

I have adopted two cats from PetSmart through LCAR. Both were checked by LCAR's vet. One of the cats came to us with a broken hip and had to have surgery to repair the break. Sadly, we thought it was a fluke since the severity of the injury only showed up on X-rays. So we adopted a kitten from them this past week. She is currently at the emergency vet with an upper respiratory infection. We don't know if she is going to make it. Luckily, we're able to afford the thousands of dollars it has and will take to give these two cats a chance at a good life. That doesn't excuse LCAR from putting unhealthy kittens and cats up for adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Good Afternoon, I recently adopted a dog from this rescue and had to return her the very next day. The dog had fleas and bloody stool. At times she would defecate blood and mucus mixed. Upon returning the dog and explaining these problems to the employees of this rescue I was told that she didn't have fleas, but when a younger volunteer checked the dog with the flea comb she found a flea & a flea egg. I was then told, "It’s just one flea". An employee instructed a young lady to take a picture of the dog and the very next day she was listed again on Petfinder. (With the collar I bought for her on) My home now has to be exterminated despite vacuuming and washing all of the linens.
I requested a refund, left many messages requesting to have the director give me a call, sent emails with pictures of flea bites, and even faxed a formal compliant letter. I have yet to get the results of my refund request. I even called to make sure the dog was ok; I received no information on the fecal results or flea issue. I would not recommend this rescue to anyone. Once I posted this HONEST account of my experiences they blocked me from there Facebook page.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This is long, but if it prevents someone from having the same awful experience I did, then I'm satisfied...

I've had pets my whole life, have volunteered at shelters, and also work at an animal hospital. I feel I have a pretty good handle on animal health, care, and the costs and potential concerns that involve owning a pet. Nothing prepared me for the horrible ordeal of dealing with Last Chance Animal Rescue.

I adopted a 13 wk old kitten from LCAR through a local Petsmart. He was playful, and when invited to hold him, he fell asleep almost immediately in my arms. His records from LCAR said he was healthy (signed off on by two of their veterinarians) and had had his boosters.
I only had him for a day or two though, when I noticed he would tire out very quickly from minor play. He would just plop down and sleep, then wake up and try to play again, but seem worn out. I took him to the vet where I work to get him checked out, and the findings were alarming. The first vet immediately heard a severe holosystolic heart murmur, likening his heartbeat to the sound of a whirring, leaking washing machine. The second vet, who had completed a cardiology residency, verified the diagnosis. They said it's a rare heart murmur (about 1 out of 100 cases of heart murmurs have his type) and the prognosis was guarded to poor.

My frustration came when my boyfriend who has never had a pet could literally hold my kitten up and very clearly hear something off with his heart. It didn't sound like a normal heartbeat at all.
I absolutely understand that animals come with unexpected health concerns, but WHY would two Last Chance Animal Rescue veterinarians let such an unhealthy animal be cleared for adoption, or without a special needs label?
Even working at a vet, I couldn't afford further diagnostics from a specialist, and even then, his heart issue could get very bad very fast. I was warned that with heart issues in kittens, they can develop quite quickly and one day I might just come home and find him dead. I was literally heartbroken.

I contacted LCAR and voiced my concern. I was offered a new cat in exchange, but I really didn't want a new cat. I had wanted a cat made available in good faith that he was healthy! I also didn't trust the medical knowledge or care of their staff at this point. They said they would consider my request for a refund, but to bring the kitten back. It was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made, but I knew that I couldn't afford the cost of his heart issues at such a young age, and that if he were adopted out with the proper warning assigned, someone who could afford his care could help him better than I could.

We couldn't return the kitten to the Petsmart, we had to take him all the way to Waldorf. Their headquarters and where the animals are held is a literal heck hole. We accidentally walked in a back door into a low-ceilinged basement. There were animals packed into small stacked cages with fans running. I don't know if there was central air or not. We ran into a staff member who literally appeared from a dark door and they pointed us to the top floor-- the "office" and other holding area. When I signed him back over, they said they'd take him to the vet on staff to get checked out. I said I'd be in contact to send his updated medical records, doctor's notes, and even the results of a cardiomyopathy test I had run, in the hopes that it would paint a better picture of his case. They said they'd get back to me about a refund. I still feel guilty about returning him there, but I didn't know what else to do.

LCAR continued to fumble and twiddle their thumbs. I finally got a hold of them after several attempts. Not only did they refuse me a refund, but they refused his medical records and the test results from our office. The woman I spoke with (or rather, was spoken over by) very literally SCREAMED at me, saying that he "didn't have a heart murmur" and after going on about how difficult her day had been, hung up on me. (a side note: she butt-dialed me from their office at one point and said "that room downstairs is my ******* nightmare.") I have never been spoken to in such a demeaning, condescending fashion, and to deny a diagnosis that even a layperson could hear still worries me. I don't know how many unhealthy animals are adopted out from these people, but it's to where quantity is far surpassing quality. I even contacted the Humane Society of the United States for advice in dealing with them.

Be very aware that LCAR adopts out through Petsmarts all over Maryland. I will NEVER adopt through them again, and make it my mission at work to refer people elsewhere.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Last Chance. We got our kity from them and while it's true they do not do any screening I beleive it's because their main goal is to get animals out of high kill shelters, get them spayed/neutered and medical care. they just don't have the time or resources to background check everyone that adopts a pet. If they did it would totally slow down the whole process. many of their workers are volunteers. In addition, doing a background check on someone doesn't always mean that person isn't going to neglect or abuse the animal. They DO require that once you adopt a pet, that you contact them "within a certain timeframe" with proof of your first vet visit. They also DO ask that you periodically post photos or an update on their facebook page or email. I feel they are doing the very best that they can and rescue a LOT of animals each year. Without Last Chance, our Missy would have been euthanized :( Can they do things better? Of course, there is ALWAYS room for improvement with everything and maybe one day if & when we don't have SO many unwanted pets, there will be more time and resources to properly screen adopters but for now I'm forever grateful to them for all the hard work they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

It has been three years since my dog died at this clinic without having a neuter surgery, on April 28, 2008 They used Xylazine 100mg/ml labeled for cattle & horses. The drug manufacturer stated NOT recommended for cats & dogs, yet they used it anyway. My dog died at this clinic . I do not recommend this clinic. My life has been changed by this and my heart forever remais broken. I had to pick a star as a rating but they don't deserve not even one star.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Waldorf Well Pet Clinic is where I took my dog to have a neuter surgery not knowing that this clinic was operated by last chance rescue. My dog was given a drug 43 times with a higher risk factor than other comparable ,safer drugs and he died before any surgery occurred.(XYLAZINE)T,his is a drug that is over 30 years old now their are safer drugs.I was charged for a surgery that NEVER happened. My dog should not have died. My life will never be the same. My dog was only 2 years 10 months old and he was found to be a normal dog on a necropsy report. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FACILITY TO ANYONE.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Assembly line, cats have no names, they don't care who adopts them, they are basically selling them. Business model to move cats as quickly as possible, not a real rescue.

1 felix

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Workers at Last Chance Animal Rescue Inc. & Waldorf Well Pet Clinic are dedicated to doing a great job in rescuing animals. They always take special care in treating the sick animals with the proper meds donating surgeries to the sick. They take pride in cleanliness of the animals and they even spend some quality time with the cats and dogs. I will not take my pets to any other pet well clinic, as I trust them that much!

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Client Served

Rating: 0

I am very concerned about the standard of care (or lack thereof) employed at this charitie's "Wellness Clinic" for pets. I have adopted a cat from them. I recently learned that they use the drug xylazine as a pre-anesthetic for neuters/spays. Not only that, but they order the version intended for HORSES, which is a higher concentration. This drug, according to published reports, is associated with a high incidence of mortality compared to average. For dogs, it is 43 times higher than average. It has fallen out of favor witht the better vets. I realize that LCAR is rescuing animals, and I am grateful they rescued my cat, but WHY do they not believe that these animals are entitled to better, more appropriate, more modern drugs? They confirmed the use of this drug in a small claims court case which I witnessed. The plaintiff who sued them lost, but during the case they admitted to using this drug in the HORSE version for dogs and cats. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR PRACTICES! All animals should be entitled to the best available care, yes, even rescues. Animal lovers, oif all people, should know that!