Victoria, the founder, has always believed in giving horses another chance at life. She established The Last Chance Corral as a much-needed asylum for horses. L.C.C. focuses specifically on Thoroughbreds and Nurse Mare Foals. By working directly with Thoroughbred farms, L.L.C. has lowered the annual mortality rate to 3.5%. In addition to saving around 40 horses and 200 foals annually, L.C.C. also offers community education and outreach programs.
The Last Chance Corral works to alleviate the suffering and senseless slaughter of domestic equine and to provide an environment for rehabilitation and carefully select adoptive homes.
All horses are welcomed with open arms, though L.C.C. has special programs for Thoroughbreds and Nurse Mare Foals. Not all horses that come to L.C.C. are infirm; actually, few among them are. Most are simply unwanted. Situations such as children leaving for college, divorce, and relocation can leave a horse with no place to go. The alternative of the sale house offers a potentially grim solution that most owners would rather avoid.
L.C.C. offers horses hope, shelter, and opportunity regardless of their situation or problems. First, L.C.C. develops an individual diet, treatment regiments, and then a training program for each horse according to its needs. When a horse has been sufficiently rehabilitated, L.C.C. finds appropriate adoptive homes that suit the horse's needs and abilities.
The Thoroughbred Donation/Adoption Program annually caters to 20-40 horses. The Nurse Mare Foal Rescue Project has grown to save thousands of foals. 2008 was the biggest year with 207 babies saved!
L.C.C. hosts farm tours to 4-H groups, class trips, clubs, individuals, and the general public. The L.C.C. team also visits libraries, schools, 4-H clubs, and summer camps with a pony or horse and literature about rescue.
LCC is dependent on the charity and goodwill of its donors and benefactors. Here are a few ways to get involved:
Sponsor: if you're not in a position to raise a foal, consider being a sponsor. A $250 donation will be used to purchase one foal, but also will be used to purchase another foal, and another foal with each subsequent adoption.
Adopt: provide a responsible, loving home and promise to raise the little guy or gal with love and dedication. This is a tremendous commitment, but one of the most rewarding efforts one can imagine.
Contribute: you can help bring in items that the babies need every day. Milk replacer, yogurt, mineral oil, enemas, kaopectate, milk of magnesia, foal blankets, small buckets, milk pellets, nutraceuticals, and other supportive items are purchased by LCC almost daily.
Volunteer: hands-on help with the foals. If you would like to learn the specific needs of orphan foals, and don't mind getting a little messy, L.C.C. will give you the proper training to help.
Donate Hay: L.C.C. needs a great deal of soft, palatable, green grass hay. It's difficult to find, so if you can locate it great! If you can donate it, even better!