About Last Hope Animal Rescue
Founded in 1981 by two visionaries, Last Hope Animal Rescue is a humane organization with a central Adoption Center in Wantagh, NY (and several satellite cat adoption centers in retail pet food stores) plus outreach programs manned by more than 500 volunteers throughout Long Island. Striving to “repair” and re-home abandoned and stray animals, Last Hope takes dogs in need from municipal shelters on Long Island as well as from impoverished rural shelters in Southern states, whereas cats come many local sources of distress. In 2012, Last Hope placed 700 cats and 300 dogs in loving, responsible homes. Determined to reduce pet overpopulation, Last Hope assists owners undergoing hard times with free spay/neuter for their pets. Last Hope also hosts free rabies vaccine clinics. A Fix-A-Feral program and free Trap/ Neuter /Return clinics make it financially feasible for caretakers to spay/neuter feral cats they are feeding. The organization assists the public in trapping feral cats while making the community aware of humane alternatives to the ubiquitous feral cat problem. Since 2003, over 12,000 cats have been altered via Last Hope’s Fix-A-Feral vouchers. In addition, Last Hope works with local shelters to transform the public’s image of the typical pound animal and to help municipal facilities enhance their own adoption policies. In 2008 Last Hope hosted a “Pit Bull Predicament Symposium” at Suffolk Community College, the first Long Island event of its kind to address the breed stigma and the plethora of Pit Bulls inside town shelters. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Last Hope joined forces with Hempstead Town Shelter, inviting NY metropolitan area shelters to our “Bully Breed Brigade, spotlighting the potential of these often overlooked dogs. Last Hope, Inc. is an approved 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, attempting to control the overpopulation problem on Long Island by spaying and neutering every cat, kitten, dog or puppy that they place prior to adoption and offering a low-cost spay/neuter program for feral cats.The organization has successfully campaigned for the mandatory spay/neuter of all animals in the Island's municipal shelters before being placed. From the beginning, Last Hope never denied assistance to ANY stray or abandoned animal in need despite a three digit bank account balance at times. The group advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves and has learned to change with the times, becoming proactive. Last Hope's volunteers own hope is to continue their work for many years to come so that eventually every dog and cat born on Long Island is wanted, loved and inside a nurturing home. For more information, visit them at http://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/.
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