November 2015 Last Chance Ranch staff members were able to attend an Equine Welfare Workshop presented by the ASPCA. The topics of the workshop explored grant opportunities, disasterous preparation, emergency relief funds, horse slaughter in the U.S. and more! We were so grateful to be part of such a wonderful learning opportunity.
April of 2015 Last Chance Ranch received approval for a matching grant of $10,000 from the ASPCA to aid with our current expansion process! The grant for "Equine Facility Expansion" aligned perfectly with our 5-Phase Expansion that began in early 2015. These funds went directly to the construction of our Agricultural building, which will be able to house 12 additional horses and allow for all weather training and exercise. Thank you so much to the ASPCA!
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Please Help LCR Give "Angel" Back Her Wings!
Thank you so much for voting for Last Chance Ranch in the 2015 Everything Bucks contest. Because of your support we're proud to announce that we were named Best Charity for 2015! Your efforts and donations will go a long way to ensure that we will continue to rescue a record number of unwanted animals in 2015!
Be sure to pick up a copy of the May/June issue of Lehigh Valley Magazine for a wonderful in-depth look at Last Chance Ranch!
In late December of 2014, LCR was called in by ACCT in Philadelphia to help with a severely injured pot-bellied pig. It's likely that someone unsuccessfully tried to use her for Christmas dinner by attempting to decapitate her. We brought her into LCR and began treating her substantial injuries. Despite the tremendous pain she was in, Cheesedoodle, was a sweet and trusting (still!), house-trained sweetheart who quickly became a kennel favorite with our volunteers and media: Abused pet pig, left for dead, gets new lease on life in Quakertown (WFMZ 69)
Then on January 24th, 2015, Cheesedoodle gave staff and volunteers a huge thank you (and surprise!) by delivering 4adorable piglets! We promptly named Cheesedoodle's new "snack pack" Triscuit, Chip, Pringle and Chex! Mother and babies have since been adopted!
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Horses, goats, pigs and chickens, oh my! Many other animals besides dogs and cats find their way into shelters and rescues each year. Last Chance Ranch located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania accepts on average about 200 farm animals each year. They arrive into our care for reasons varying from severe neglect and cost of care, to local zoning ordinances not allowing these types of animals. Many farm animals are euthanized in county Animal Control Facilities and Shelters simply because they do not have adequate housing or staff trained to handle and care for animals other than dogs and cats.
We have depended on farm animals for centuries as a means for transportation, as a food source and even for companionship. While the city of Philadelphia does have ordinances prohibiting the housing of livestock in most of the city and other areas because they require at least 3 acres of land, the city does not view horses as livestock. While we do not recommend housing a horse in a warehouse or vacant lot, there are many boarding stables in and around the city with access to trails in several of the city’s parks. Philadelphia’s surrounding counties of Bucks, Delaware and Chester are more rural areas that still have a lot of farming and zoning for agriculture. We do still recommend that you check with your local town or township before you decide to adopt, but many do allow different types of livestock even on small lots of land. Read more.....
We wish to thank everyone who has donated, adopted and volunteered to help Last Chance Ranch grow to what it is today. Our kennel has been completed, but our space is limited. With the growing need for our life-saving services, education seminars and clinics, LCR has used up every inch of space to help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused and neglected animals(including horses, dogs, cats, farm animals and small companion animals). Early 2015, we received the final go-ahead to begin our 5-Phase Agriculture and Education Center Expansion Project! This is a million dollar project that will allow everyone of all ages and abilities to interact and become an integral part of LCR's animal rescue family.
The expansion includes, but is not limited to, Meet and Greet rooms for potential adopters to get to know their new 'family member' in a comfortable atmosphere, our own Surgical Suite for in-house veterinary care, small animal areas strategically built into the walls, a large covered building for evaluating. training and teaching volunteers about the animals we care for, along with 3 large seminar rooms for all-weather training of dogs, horses, seminars and clinics.
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015:
Last Chance Ranch began as a non-profit horse rescue in 1999. Since that time we have grown and changed in many ways to help animals in need. We have found the best way to help more animals is to partner with other organizations to achieve a common goal. Last Chance Ranch wishes to develop a new program in an effort to save more horses from uncertain fates, as well as provide a service to the community.
Last Chance Ranch is proud to partner with Local Mounted Patrol Units including Baltimore and Philadelphia to help save more horses and provide a service to the public. We currently have two horses serving Baltimore and four horses serving Philly. We hope to continue providing horses to mounted patrol units across the United States. For more information regarding this program, please contact Lori.
9 Beck Road - Quakertown, PA 18951