Can I help?

The answer is YES! Everyone can do something to help animals in need, no matter the age, ability, income, or schedule.

 

1. Chose adoption: Choosing to adopt from a rescue helps in some many ways and saves more than just the life of your new forever friend. Your adoption opens up a space in a foster home for a new animal that is currently homeless, in a shelter, injured or sick, and/or at the risk of euthanization. Your adoption fee not only covers your pets medical needs, but the needs of other animals in the rescue for their live-saving heart worm treatments, medical care, and spays and neuters which ultimately reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters and on the streets. One adoption touches so many lives, but also gives you the unconditional love of the new furry member in your family!

 

2. Foster: Fostering is the backbone of our rescue at last chance. Our fosters are from all over and take in animals from high-kill shelters, puppy mills, research lists, or who were abandoned by previous owners. Many of these animals have never known the feeling of a warm bed or a soft stroke of encouragement. Many have never known when or where their next meal was coming. Many are fearful of the humans that have failed them. Fostering is more than babysitting, it’s rehabilitating. In foster homes, dogs and cats learn how to be a pet and live in an household. We get to learn about their individual needs so that we can choose the very best homes for them and set them up for future success. And the best part, we get to feel the love and appreciation from an animal who had no hope. Rescue animals somehow seem to know they were rescued are constantly finding ways to “thank” their foster family, whether it’s sweet cuddles or a warmth in their eyes that says “thank you for saving me!”

 

3. Volunteer: Fostering is understandably a huge commitment and welcomes an animal into every aspect of your daily live. If you aren’t quite ready or able to foster then you can always volunteer! We hold adoption events every weekend at the Pet Smart in Brighton from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Stop by and take a dog for a short work, hold a kitten and provide some feline-human socialization, get to know the animals and talk to potential adopters about their special qualities and why adoption is the best choice. There are many ways to help out! To find out how, when, and where to volunteer, contact lcrhowell@yahoo.com or call (810) 220-9394.

 

4. Donate: If your short on time, donations to Last Chance are always needed. There are always animals in need of medical care and rescues depend on your donations to cover some of the expensive medical bills of our severely sick, injured or neglected animals. Donations are tax deductible and provide us with the medical funds we need to save lives. You can also always donate supplies to our rescue such as food for all stages of life, toys, beds, blankets, crates, treats, raw hides, or newspapers. If you have it, we could probably use it. We’ll take anything from cleaning supplies to cars! Monetary donations can be sent directly to Last Chance Animal Rescue P.O. Box 1208 Howell, MI 48844-1208. For more information contact lcrhowell@yahoo.com or call at (810) 220-9394.

 

5. Educate: Education may seem like the smallest way to help but it has the biggest impact. Think of a world where families chose to adopt, where owners spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted puppies or kittens, where everyone reported animal cruelty and neglect and no one turned a blind eye to an animal in need, where shelters were empty and every animal had a loving home and never knew the feeling of hunger or abandonment. This world can become a reality but only with education. It’s easier than ever to become an animal advocate. You can research several animal rights causes from puppy mills to dog fighting so that you know the warning signs and how to prevent or take action in your community. Talk to your friends and family about adoption, the importance of responsible ownership, rescues, spaying and neutering and helping animals in need. Or “like” our facebook page www.facebook.com/lcrhowell and “share” our animals and stories to spread the world. Now, more than ever, social networking is being used to find homes and spread the word. It can be as simple as a click of your mouse and take just a second, but it can change the whole life of an homeless animal.

 

For more information on animal advocacy, we recommend visiting the ASPCA’s website:  http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/advocacy-center

 

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