Mission: TO HELP SICK, INJURED, AND ORPHANED BIRDS OF PREY RETURN TO THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. BIRDS THAT ARE DEEMED NON-RELEASABLE AND ARE NOT SUFFERING PHYSICAL PAIN ARE UTILIZED AS EDUCATIONAL AMBASSADORS AND ARE PROVIDED PERMANENT SANCTUARY. LAST CHANCE FOREVER BELIEVES EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO MAKING A LARGER IMPACT IN THE WORLD, AND SUPPORTS THIS BELIEF WITH PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING ABOUT RAPTORS AND PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM.
Results: We receive 200-300 birds of prey each year. Approximately 67% return to the wild. Over the lifetime of LCF we have returned over 9,000 birds to the wild.
Target demographics: sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey
Geographic areas served: South Central US.
Programs: veterinary care and physical therapy to raptors. We also conduct educational programs seen annually by over 50,000 people to educate about the role of raptors in our environment and stress their positive impact on the environment and humans.
I first began volunteering with LCF in 1987 when they came to MN to do educational demonstrations. This became an annual occurrence for me. The rest of the year I volunteered in various capacities in various charities. I sat on the Board of Directors of a handful of organizations as well. In all that time, LCF stood out as having the highest integrity of its work and its fiscal managment.
In 2006, I moved to San Antonio and used the opportunity to become more active with LCF. I now give about 500 hours per year doing everything from cleaning bird chambers to assisting with physical therapy exercises, conducting educational demonstrations and creating and maintaining the internet presence.
Besides LCF's extraordinary ability to make the most out its available resources it has done well maintaining a message of environmental conservation which is multidimensional and based in biology instead of emotional manipulation.
I have seen hearts and minds opened by LCF's demonstrations and I have experienced the joy and wonder of an eagle's first true flight post-injury.
There is no charity I recommend more highly than Last Chance Forever