Many people know that in addition to my passion for representing people injured in accidents on Long Island for over 30 years, I am an avid dog lover and am actively involved with Last Chance Animal Rescue (LCAR). LCAR is a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue based on Long Island and for the last 10 years, I have volunteered with Last Chance and donated much of my time with the organization to help these deserving animals.
I am proud to be an adoption event coordinator, a member of the transport team that meets the van of arriving rescued dogs from South Carolina, a Platinum Sponsor of their annual golf fundraiser, and act as the organization’s Pro-bono attorney. Curious to learn more about Last Chance Animal Rescue and the amazing work they’re doing to help animals? Keep reading!
Last Chance Animal Rescue’s amazing foster program
The founder of Last Chance resides in South Carolina and in 2013, LCAR established St. Francis Farm, an animal sanctuary that is home to approximately 100 dogs and 100 cats on any given day. LCAR works with shelters in South Carolina to find the most adoptable dogs and cats to save from kill shelters. These animals are then shared with their network of foster families on Long Island and the fosters are able to pick and choose which dog/cat they want to foster until they are adopted.
The lucky dogs and cats that are chosen to be fostered are given the green light to ride on the Last Chance Animal Rescue van which arrives every other Saturday on Long Island. Once they arrive, the fosters meet the transport team, volunteers and the animals at the van, and they take them home until Last Chance is able to find forever homes for them.
This foster program is incredible and couldn’t happen without the help of amazing volunteers and a well-run rescue. Last Chance Animal Rescue is so successful that last year they were able to save over 700 animals! If you’ve ever thought about fostering, I encourage you to give it a try and see how it makes you feel, you can always reach out to me if you have any questions and I am happy to walk you through the process.
My journey with LCAR
I started with Last Chance over ten years ago when my daughter and I would join them for their adoption events that were hosted at Petco at the time. I then got involved in helping to run the adoption events weekly and did so for many years. As an avid volunteer for the rescue, it became clear that my experience as a lawyer could come in handy and I proudly became their Pro-bono counsel many years ago.
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes as the Pro-bono attorney for Last Chance. Mainly I deal with any legal issues that arise, the insurance that we must have in order to operate in Suffolk County, and all health department regulations to ensure compliance.
In addition to being the Pro-bono attorney, I also run adoption events for the organization from time to time and meet the transport vans that arrive from South Carolina every other Saturday morning. While the van arrivals are very early in the morning, greeting the pups after their long drive up to Long Island is always a fulfilling experience and if you follow me on social media, you know that I love to post photos of the new arrivals!
How you can get involved
Helping animals in need is incredibly rewarding. Whether or not you’d like to foster an animal, are looking to adopt a dog or cat for your family, or would like to donate, there are so many ways you can get involved with Last Chance Animal Rescue. One great way to help is to make a monthly contribution to help a lifelong dog and/or cat resident who lives on St. Francis Farm which will help with costs like medical care, food, and medicine.
If you have any questions about fostering, adopting, or how to get involved with Last Chance, you are more than welcome to call me at 631-495-9435. If you’re ready to get started, click here to fill out a foster application, here to fill out an adoption application, and here to fill out a volunteer application.