Three Village Patch: Join Me In Helping Last Chance Animal Rescue

Last Chance Animal Rescue is always in need of volunteers, fosters and donations...what a great way to give back

There is nothing better than donating to save the life of a dog, and then being able to see them come up to Long Island, carry them off of the rescue transport van, and help to find them a home of their own. This girl is named Rayne, and I will be meeting her Saturday morning at the Selden Petco while leading an adoption event for Last Chance Animal Rescue. For information on adopting her you can call me at 631-402-5527 me or visit

Last Chance Animal Rescue is a foster based 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue right here in Suffolk County on Long Island. We are all volunteers helping to find so many animals deserving homes. We have a sanctuary in South Carolina, where most of our dogs are saved from high-kill shelters. Unfortunately there are no non-kill shelters in South Carolina, and many dogs only have 72 hours to find a home or be euthanized.

Every Saturday all year long our rescue van filled with about 20-25 dogs makes stops at our 5 adoption events at local Petco or Petsmart stores in Suffolk. We hold adoption events each Saturday in Commack, Lake Grove, Selden, Patchogue and Riverhead, and in Selden on Sundays. These events are run by volunteers, and if the animals are not adopted at the events, the foster will take the animal home until the next event.

Fosters are the life line for all of these animals, as we cannot bring an animal up to Long Island to become adopted until a foster steps forward and agrees to foster the animal once it arrives.

Last Chance is also one of the few family friendly rescue organizations, with a great Rescue Rangers programs. Kids can become a Rescue Ranger and assist at our adoption events (with parental supervision of kids under 16). The kids can earn Community Service hours for their volunteer service, while feeling a sense of pride of being a part of helping an animal find a home. I have been volunteering with Last Chance with my daughter for three years, and I now lead animal adoption events most Saturdays. In addition, I provide Pro-bono legal advice and services to Last Chance.

If you are unable to volunteer or foster, then please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Last Chance. I can promise you that it will make a difference, I see donation dollars at work every week. Follow us on Facebook at learn more and to see the difference we are making in the lives of animals each and every day. You can also call me with any questions if you are curious about getting involved.

Mark T. Freeley, Esq.