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Concerned Adopter

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Review for Last Chance Animal Rescue Inc, Waldorf, MD, USA

Rating: 0 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Uses an older, more dangerous drug in spay/neuters than others available. Death of a dog. Possible dangers to rescue animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Immediately require the vet to take updated training in current anesthesia practices; order and use safer drugs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My cat. I am grateful for him.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nice and entirely unaware of this frightening practice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve standards of veterinary care it provides to animals. But it could and should do that anyway.

Ways to make it better...

I had never found out about the drug their vet uses, which he admitted in court.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Killing some of the very same animals it is trying to save with use of xylazine, an old drug with high risks.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really wish they'd do better. I know they save animals on balance, but deaths associated with xylazine are unnecessary when better drugs are available.

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Role:  Client Served & Adopted a cat; witnessed testimony in court from their vet.