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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Last Chance for Animals (LCA) recognizes that animals have the ability to experience pain, and as such they deserve certain basic rights protecting them from pain caused by humans. LCA believes that non-human animals should not be subjected to suffering and exploitation by humans because alternatives exist for nearly every traditional "usage" of animals.LCA opposes the use of animals for scientific curiosity, entertainment, clothing, and food. LCA recognizes the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation as both immoral and of questionable scientific validity due to the tremendous biological difference between species. LCA''s work advocates conscious and informed lifestyle decisions, and the organization is committed to disseminating truthful information about societal animal abuse to improve the treatment of animals.

Target demographics: put an end to animal abuse.

Geographic areas served: all parts of the world

Programs: investigations, education and public outreach, and advocacy and media outreach. LCA's undercover investigations that expose and document animal cruelty form the basis for camapaigns geared toward education and media outreach.

Community Stories

491 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I researched this charity, Last Chance for Animals, before I donated. They have the highest charity ratings on give.org and charity navigator. I called their office and spoke to their campaigns director who gave me information on their current investigations and campaigns. I was really impressed with the quality of work they are doing and on a lower budget than most animal advocacy organizations. Their work is impressive and the organization is led by one of the pioneers of the animal rights movement, Chris DeRose. I recommend everyone to support this organization if you love animals. They are doing great work! I signed up for monthly donations.

Dominique A.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do great work by ensuring that the laws are followed and working on new regulations. They do so independently and with all their facts documented. Eye-opener on what happens behind some close doors.

Michele H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Long-time supporter (since 2004). Their work covers a wide range of issues that negatively impact animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of LCA after watching their documentary about Class B dealers (who "supply" animals to research institutions). This film was shown on HBO. It was direct, accurate and heartbreaking. LCA goes above and beyond in exposing the horrors that animals experience in a variety of settings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LCA woke up my determination to become a voice for animals. I listened the undercover investigation at the ITR lab at Bay d'Urfe presented by W5. I think i wanted to believe that there was not so many crimes against animals. I realised i was wrong. I was devastated by leaning that it was happening in Montreal too.
Since, i sign all the petitions, from groups of everywhere on the planet and send money to help, when i can afford. I participated at the one year later demonstration against ITR. We were outside in february, it was so cold, but i would not leave. I discovered that the policemen were there to protect us, because the employes trying to scare us with their cars, at rhe end of the day.
Danielle Tremblay

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last chance for animals are true heroes for all the animals they help save to recover from the bad people.

Donor

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is the most effective organization for exposing major abuse hidden from view. Chris DeRose is a truly authentic, effective leader of this small organization with powerful results. I support LCA because they get results and eliminate animal abuse wherever they go.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most effective, no-nonsense, campaign-based organization fighting animal cruelty. Chris DeRose is a fearless legend who stands against every cruelty.

SouthPhillyGreaseball

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Chris DeRose when he started producing segments at the ‘80’s tv show Hard Copy. Chris exposed the world to the horrors of vivisection & puppy mills, among other unconscionable acts committed on innocent animals.

I’ve never seen anyone to date work so tirelessly, and selflessly to help animals than Chris DeRose, Founder & CEO of Last Chance for Animals. Every penny he earns & every ounce of energy In his being goes to saving the animals. They just don’t come any better than Chris & LCA.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HI there
My name is Maureen I live with my rescue Dog our Tilly in a small town called Eston in Middlesbrough (Captain James Cook is from this part of the world just in case you have never herd of Middlesbrough ) it's way up in the North East of England, I'm nominating & hope I can help LCA by rating them an excellent nonprofit
Animal Charity by helping the most vulnerable little people after poor Abused Children I just cannot understand the logic in Child & Animal Abuse whether it's home or abroad this makes me so upset that World & Religious Leaders choose to turn a blind eye on these 2 very important issues there is no excuse for it, not whats so ever
So pleased help the little Guy's at LCA to be nominated
Take care
Love
Maureen & Tilly the dog xxx

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a follower of and a donor to LCA way back when Chris De Rose first started it.
LCA has done amazing and courageous work over the years and I know absolutely that this organization is one of the most important in the continuing fight for animal rights and survival.

Donor

Rating: 5

Only $5/month is all I can afford but LCA makes sure they update me on all that 100% of the proceeds are used for. This organization Is a Godsend that I appreciate knowing they’re doing all that can be done to save animals globally. When I get updates I always cry tears of joy and gratitude. Thank you LCA!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Among the many animal charities I have supported over the past 57 years, LCA is a gold star winner. In its investigations, range & marketing it is the best! For a man to give up an acting career & devote his life to animals is a pretty impressive begining!
I highly recommend LCA! It does a world of good!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is little that this charity hasn't done for animals, it's amazing. From taking on the dog meat trade, to reaching out to large animals like gorillas, and looking out for our small friends at home. They are tireless, devoted, caring and far reaching. They are inspiring in their pursuit for animal welfare and have hearts as big as the sky. When life brings you down, it's life saving to know people like them exist out there and they're doing all they can for the animals. If that's not inspiring, I don't know what is

Donor

Rating: 5

I know my donations to LCA will be used for worth animal causes. My love of animals will always play a part in the charities I donate to, and LCA is certainly one of them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Good. It is necessary to help animals. But why do you pretend at least fifty characters?

Natalie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive relevant emails from LCA to sign petitions which I feel that they care & are taking action.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Exposing the Cruelty of Animal Testing - This year LCA released footage from our 2016 undercover investigation at ITR Laboratories Canada ("ITR"). LCA's investigation revealed how researchers subjected beagles, macaque monkeys, and pigs to cruel tests and repeated abuse, and failed to take proper measures to mitigate the suffering that the animals endured. LCA has filed official complaints with multiple Canadian government agencies and is petitioning the Canadian government to properly prosecute ITR.

Stopping the Dog Meat Trade - LCA is hard at work in South Korea and China to stop the brutal dog and cat meat trade. With full-time investigation teams on the ground and an active campaign on ending the slaughter of dogs and cats, LCA will stop at nothing to end this brutal industry.

Bringing an End to Circus Cruelty - After countless
protests and advocacy, Ringling Bros. finally shut down on May 21, 2017. LCA has been at the forefront of this issue, leading the charge to see the end of this cruel industry. The end of Ringling Bros. has been a hard-won victory through years of investigations and campaigns.

Donor

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals is a great organization. They tirelessly protect animals all around the world. They produce many petitions to forward to governments and urge them to aid with new laws and assistance in improving the lives of animals. I'm proud to be a petition signer and donator.

damovand

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this organization for years and as always have checking their campaigns and the results. So far I have not been disappointed. They take on many cases and do what is possible to get justice for animals.

dogs-r-my-passion

Donor

Rating: 5

LCA is a very worthy organization. They work tirelessly to help the innocent and voiceless animals survive and thrive. I have been donating to them for over 8 years now. I support their mission of rescue and rehabilitate. I strongly urge the public to support their efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organisation works very hard to help animals in many situatiins, worldwide, including regarding cruelty issues, as strays, and as wildlife. I am happy that they use my donations to them with care.

elisemar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA works hard to save countless innocent lives!

With so many animals being exploited and hurt, it's phenomenal that LCA continues to raise funds and help many animals who would suffer and perhaps die without LCA's intervention.

Donor

Rating: 5

Undercover Investigations put them on the map. LCA takes unprecedented action to educate the public via these risky undercover investigations. Many years ago I saw an LCA undercover investigation documentary on HBO. LCA took the bold step of infiltrating a "Class-B" dealer operation revealing in graphic detail the horror of these inhumane "kennels" and the frightening individuals that operate these facilities in the back woods where no one will ever know the misery. LCA brought this secret industry out in to the light. LCA revealed the heart breaking and horrifying abuse of dogs that are sold to research labs via these kennels. They revealed that this kennel purchased and sold "random source" animals to research labs. These animals are often stolen pets, strays, or animals obtained under false pretenses through "free to good home" ads. Others are obtained from shelters and breeders. There was also a back yard "slaughterhouse" where dogs were killed in order to retrieve their heart worms for research. LCA's ability to educate the public about animal abuse is immeasurable.

Henrietta K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for LCA. It is a great organization helping abused and tortured animals worldwide founded by a true hero and selfless animal activist, Chris De Rose.

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Donor

Rating: 5

LCA has always done amazing animal rights work! I can't imagine what we would do without them! Thank you, LCA for taking on the cases that few dare to and not stopping until you change the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very active and extremely important for the animal world! Efficient and hard working! Beautiful nonprofit!

Candee B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following LCA for a long time now. They are one of the most wonderful rescue organizations for animals that there are. I have also checked them out on Charity navigator and they have the most number of stars possible (4) for their overall score and rating (and that is very difficult to do) and, 4 stars for financial, and 4 stars for Accountability and Transparency. They are extremely reputable and do wonderful things for animals. They havew been helping and saving animals since 1984. I love them.!!! They are truly on of the very best by far.!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned all about your organization throughout the years and your life saving work for animals is amazing. I love you guys and your tireless efforts for the animals. I have always loved and admired you and thank goodness for you. You are truly heroes for these poor animals that suffer such abuse and cruelty. Please, keep up the wonderful work you do.!

kimbeagle

Donor

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals has been on the front lines saving animals world wide for many years. This organization gets things done. Please support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals does a good job in exposing the bad guys.

Richard39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent charity. Does great and outstanding work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome work done by this charity. They do so much for animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organisation doing extraordinary things in order to save animals & educate the public. Keep up your fantastic work...& most importantly Thankyou for all that you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I TRUST LCA!! IHAVE NO DOUBT THAT ALL THE MONEY DONATED IS USED FOR THE
ANIMALS, INVESTIGATIONS & CAMPAIGNS. I RESPECT CHRIS DEROSE, HE IS MY
HERO. I HAVE DONATED TO LCA FOR MANY YRS AND I HAVE LEFT THEM A BEQUEST
IN MY WILL.

CHRIS IS 110% DEDICATED TO UNCOVERING CRUELTY & REPORTING IT TO THE PUBLIC
AND HELPING ANIMALS IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE.

THE FACT HE WAS ON A SOAP OPERA DOESN'T HURT EITHER!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Last Chance for Animals for many years now and have
included a bequest to them in my Will.

The reason for my involvement is one name- CHRIS DEROSE.

I believe and trust CHRIS DEROSE based on all I have read about him and the mailings

from Last Chance. Administration costs are cut to the bone so that the donations

can go where they are supposed to: THE ANIMALS IN NEED, THE ANIMALS WHO

ARE ABUSED, TORTURED, SICK AND LIVE IN ABJECT MISERY.

I think Chris' first love are the puppies forced to live lives in Puppy Mills.

In the last several years, Last Chance is helping many more animal problems.

Mr. DeRose is dedicating his entire life to helping animals and especially closing

down Puppy Mills.

He is MY HERO.

MRS. HELENE FRANKEL, NJ

deb51851

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization who work tirelessly in the name of animal welfare.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making donations and signing petitions on behalf of LCA . What a wonderful organization and I must commend their efforts in helping those who cannot speak for themselves.

Lisa M.26

Donor

Rating: 5

Last chance for animals is one of the best animal charities I have helped their tireless work helping to stop the suffering all over the world is amazing. In particular they are trying to end the dog and cat meat trade which is unbelievably horrific these dogs and cats spend their entire short lives in horrendous conditions and pain before being butchered and or tortured in the most agonising ways. LCA also expose and work towards ending Animal suffering in laboratories where horrific testing is carried out on defenceless creatures Usually for cosmetics or chemicals. I will support LCA as much as I can and have great respect for their work Thankyou to the team with all my heart. Xxx

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that accomplishes great things on behalf of those that cannot speak for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that works tirelessly to promote animal welfare

Michelle H.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Groundbreaking investigations and strong hearts. Love this charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

LCA is a wonderful charity fighting for the welfare of all animals from gorillas to chickens. A combination of undercover investigations; such as
the one carried out at Sheik Halal Farms Inc; and partnerships with the likes of Virunga National Park's AirWing program ensures that animal welfare violations continue to be exposed and improvements fought for, ensuring positive progress is made.

Emma W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

LCA are my preferred charity for Amazon Prime. I love the fact that focus on animal welfare across the board, both wildlife, companion and farm. They have a great record in investigative work exposing animal cruelty and illegal practices. All in all they are an amazing non profit and do vital life saving work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA is a great organization. I love reading about all the steps they are taking to help animals. Not just domestic but wild too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals is a wonderful organization fighting hard for the rights of animals everywhere.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit team who work tirelessly to help animals. Thank you for your compassion and making the world a better place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Always there on top of the most critical issues for animals! They provide good background and details on the issues and they lead so many important initiatives!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals is a legacy organization, having been operational since the 1980’s. Founder Chris DeRose and his team played a key role in changing Americans’ attitudes toward Animal Rights and have brought about significant change. From circus animals to adopt-don’t-shop to Fur-Free Fridays and more, they have my continued support.

1 kimlbeach

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit charity for animals is wonderful!! I don't have just one specific experience to tell about, I just follow them and I know how much they do to help protect, rescue, and save animals lives! They are awesome!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of Last Chance for Animals, I was made aware of the plight of Davey the Puppy. This little puppy was severely beaten and tortured, and because of his injuries had to be euthanized. The person who did this terrible act, needed to be punished and held accountable. But unfortunately his sentence was not long enough. Then Last Chance for Animals stepped in! Because of this organization, I was able to help out and participate in the "March for Davey"! We did this at the Santa Barbara courthouse on July 19, 2015.
I felt so proud to be a part of this event. I became a small part in a "voice for animals"! And this was all because of Last Chance for Animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

A while ago I received a link to the webpage of this charity. Until then I hadn't heard of it - I live abroad.
There are several ways you can take action to help. They nicely explain what they are about, how they help, the successes etc. I feel really part of it and I think it's great that I can take part in making it a better world for our animals.

Karen B.16

Donor

Rating: 5

They give voice to the voiceless. I donate to this organization because I am an animal lover and if that is helping their cause I will continue to donate. I am grateful for the work they do and think they should be recognized for that.

Jodi B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals has been on the forefront of animal activism since the movement started. Their undercover investigations have been instrumental in exposing the atrocities animals endure and educating the public about the dog meat trade, animals in laboratories, pet theft and Class B Dealers, live animal markets, animals in entertainment etc. A great grassroots organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals does so much to stop animal abuse. I've joined several of their protests/demonstrations for circus animals and fur in fashion over the last few years. Their undercover investigations have been instrumental in bringing awareness to the general public.

Margarita P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This group is very helpful around the world. They fight the dog meat trade and protect mountain gorillas. They work against all forms of animal abuse.

Donor

Rating: 5

Worthy cause that I support all I can... giving s voice to the ones who need it the most. Thankyou for all you do

Client Served

Rating: 5

I literally don’t know what we would do without LCA, from informative reports to excellent campaigns for animals. The website is easy to navigate and regular emails keep you updated.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and donating to LCA for quite a while. I always read reviews on any non-profit I am considering, and LCA gets superior reviews and testimonials. I add this very positive review to that list. These people are tireless in their quest to help animals in so many different ways...especially RESCUE and ANIMAL RIGHTS. Don’t hesitate to give!

Veda S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experiences with Last Chance for Animals have ALWAYS been positive and inspiring and educational since April 1988! They have always used their resources on projects that have made thousands of positive differences for millions of animals!

Flowers and Bugs

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA is fantastic and has helped animals for over 35 years. Their successes are numerous! I first fell in love with their work when the HBO documentary, "Dealing Dogs", came out about 10 years ago. Watch it, you will never forget it and you will never forget LCA!

Karina H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great organization helping animals all over the world with their passion, perseverance, and total dedication. Despite being based in the U.S., it doesn't stop this group from exposing animal cruelty everywhere with their very visual educational campaigns and programmes.

Kristin Leigh W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity inspires me to keep fighting for the animals. They cover all of the animal cruelty in all areas. They have petitions. They have always been nice.

drjodirowe

Donor

Rating: 5

AMAZING WORK!! I DONATE BECAUSE OF THEIR TOP RATING AND THE CAUSES THEY PURSUE. THEIR LEGAL WORK WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ANIMALS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the late 80s or early 90s, I began to be interested in the plight of animals, and decided I wanted to get more actively involved with trying to alleviate it. I started with a protest at Cedars Sinai organized by Last Chance for Animals. As I listened to their charismatic and eloquent leader, Chris DeRose, speak so passionately, I was rooted to the spot and mesmerized. That moment determined the entire future direction of my life in activism, and I immediately got involved with LCA and their subsequent offshoot organization, Sunset Greens. I donated, leafleted, attended every protest near and far, and became a voice for the voiceless and defenseless animals, something that has endured through the decades. At the time, LCA was a rag-tag bunch of young people with no office and no money, only a passionate conviction that this is what we had to do. It has been awe-inspiring to me to follow its rise to a position where it now holds sold-out fundraisers at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and has expanded into diverse missions where it can now afford to make a vast difference, such as purchasing a state-of-the-art helicopter for the rangers in Virunga National Park in Congo, who protect the imperiled gorillas. I am so proud of LCA and all that it has accomplished over the years, and so very proud to have been affiliated with them for nearly its entire existence. Thank you to LCA and Chris, who still continues with his passionate defense of the defenseless and voiceless innocent animals. You are an extraordinary and unique organization. Despite now having star spokespeople such as Priscilla Presley, Mena Suvari, Pam Anderson and many more, you remain true to your activist roots and having your boots on the ground for what this is all really about: saving them all.

snewman1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an LCA donor for several years and am always impressed by their hard work, courage and dedication to ending animal cruelty all over the world. They have fighting tirelessly to end the horrific, senseless dog and cat meat trade in South Korea, and I believe they are making a real difference there. LCA has been instrumental in the campaigns to end whale and dolphin captivity, elephant captivity, puppy mills, and animals in entertainment. They have fought tirelessly to advocate for credible animal sanctuaries and to end the torture of live export. I don't donate to just any cause, but I do support LCA and will continue to do so.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very pleased with Last Chance for Animals' commitment to the difficult, heroic work of ending the horrific dog and cat meat trade in South Korea, and their rescue efforts for the dogs and cats trapped on those disgusting farms.

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Emma G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals is a wonderful non profit that helps animals in need all around the world. I have been signing their petitions for a while now and feel I have a done a little for the suffering of animals while doing so. They care deeply and are dedicated to those who do not have a voice. The animals are lucky to have Last Chance working for them and on their side.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA has many current campaigns against animal cruelty. This is an exceptional nonprofit animal organization. A few of their campaigns include the following Exposing the Cruelty of Animal Testing, Stopping the Dog Meat Trade and Bringing an End to Circus Cruelty. LCA has done a lot for animals in need and I will continue to support their efforts.

Corinne R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals is one of the many nonprofit organizations who go out of their way to protect animals. With all the deregulation with animals having no rights we need Last Chance for Animals. Please think of the animals and what LCFA does for animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Last chance for animals says it all in the name. They cover such a vast range of the horrific animal cruelty, neglect and abuse that goes on not only in our country BUT in the world. Hidden horrors that must be brought into the public light and public knowledge. I support this organization every chance I can, they are invaluable to all of our animals and sentient beings and to our environment!

Karen N.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA is doing life-saving work to make real positive change for animals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love animals,all animals, and I know many non-profit organisations.
I have particularly the conditions of dogs and cats in the Far East at heart.
LCA does a great job for animals.it is a reliable and effective organisation.You can trust LCA.

Jim R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great group of individuals doing amazing work to help the most vulnerable. Everyday their work helps to protect innocent and defenseless animals. They are a voice for the voiceless.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization!!! Doing great work for animal's around the world.

Patricia C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only know about the amazing work Last Chance for Animals does from reading about it & have been supporting this lifesaving work for years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance for Animals tackles some of the most challenging practices and cases- and doesn't let up.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA keeps me up to date on what is happening in the area of fighting inhumane actions towards animals...and what I can do to help. If we didn't have organizations like this the cruelty would simply escalate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Chance For Animals tackles the toughest and most egregious animal rights abuses head-on and with endless determination to never give up until all animals are treated with respect. I admire their resilience and dedication because I myself would have crumbled in despair a long time ago. Thank you LCA for keeping up the fight and the hope for a better future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE CHARITY THAT TRULY "WALKS THE TALK" & HELPS ANIMALS EVERY OPPORTUNITY THEY GET!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA is one of the top non-profit organizations dedicated to fighting animal cruelty. Through working with committed volunteers, veterinarians and trainers, they are able to rescue many animals every year and provide them with necessary care. They also serve as a key resource to the community by providing crucial education and information.

Tammy C F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LCA is a wonderful non profit!! They are so compassionate and loving fir the Animals! It is nice to see an organization like this in this crazy world!