We've decided to put our "What We're Doing/In The News" info on our photo album page. So please check there for our new endeavors! Thanks all!
Nancy saw this little stray kitten in her neighbors yard on Thursday morning, a very unusual sight in that neighborhood as no one has strays around...poor little thing was so skinny and frail, clearly feral and very scared of humans but trying to make friends with one of her adult cats who was not interested in the kitten.........almost like he needed help and was trying to make friends......so sad.
Samantha received an email from a fellow transporter who was having trouble filling a transport. Samantha crossposted to her wonderful drivers and they came through and the transport filled. We are lucky to be surrounded by such awesome animal lovers. Below is Lizzie, the girl who will now be in her forever home thanks to all the drivers who came through for her !
We will be having our 2nd annual garage sale fundraiser THIS WEEKEND (5/16/09-5/17/09) from 9am - 4pm. It will be located at CBS Outdoor, 185 US Highway 46, Fairfield, NJ. We have LOTS of items and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to saving the lives of more animals!!! Come on by with your family and friends. You can even bring your four-legged friends!!!
Samantha coordinated a transport for 2 lab puppies, Mike & Ike, that were found in Knoxville, TN. They were going to be turned into a kill shelter until one of Samantha's drivers stepped in and offered to help find rescue for them up north. He sent Samantha an email and the rest is history! Kamu, an australian shepherd, also joined the transport. He was found by a cat rescuer in TN who asked Samantha to courtesy post him on our site. We found a great home for him! Here are some pictures of their journey to NJ!
Samantha recieved the below email about a baby pitty girl urgently needing a home. She forwarded to someone she knew who was looking for just that and the rest is history. Jane Doe, now known as Shanti, was brought to her new mommy that day!!!
Hi everybody. My friend Tony found a beautiful pit puppy at work, "Jane Doe", but is unable to keep her due to apartment restrictions. She is very sweet without a mean bone in her body and animal control has told Tony that if Jane Doe is surrendered it is almost definite that she will be euthanized due to lack of funding, lack of space, and the fact that she's a pitbull. Tony and "Jane Doe" are in NY.
If you are unable to help Tony and "Jane Doe" personally, please forward this to anyone or any rescue you know who can help. Thank you so much for your time and have a great weekend!
Please contact Tony if you can help at email address:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:45 PM
Subject: Jane doe
Hi , my name is Tony and my workers found a female pit bull. She must have been in the area no more than a day. She is skinny and shy. She took to me after just one can of food. She got further attached after i gave her a bath. It breaks my heart but i cant keep her. I called animal control but with cut backs they can't assure me she won't be put down.
If you can help please let me know. Her temperament is good as far as can tell but she is only a puppy and who ever adopts can make sure she stays sweet.
Here are some pixs before the bath. Ill send you some tomorrow after bath pix.
We had our bake sale today at the Newton Shop Rite and it was a HUGE success!!! We made over $1200! We would like to thank Shop Rite for letting us have the sale there. And also Cassie & Deb for putting it all together and baking a TON of stuff! Also, thanks to all the bakers Deb, Cassie, Linda, Jen B., Tara, Linda L., Carole, Darlene & Kirsten. A special thanks to Joanne and her daughter Marissa and Marissa's friend Taylor for making flower pens and selling them with all proceeds going to The Last Resort. Here are some pictures from the event.
There was a transport coming from GA to NJ that was not getting filled. Samantha helped by asking her drivers in those areas if they could help out otherwise the transport would have to be canceled! Her drivers came through for her and the transport was successfully filled!! Here are some pics of the pups on that transport, Whiskey & Brandy! Below is the email from the other rescue thanking Samantha.
YOU made this happen! I never would have filled without your help Sam. Anytime you need anything, please let me know.
Samantha coordinated a transport from Columbia, TN to The Last Resort for the 6 coonhound puppies momma, Reba. Since the transport was only for one dog, a maltese rescue in Hixson, TN asked if they could add 2 pups to her transport as they needed to find a way to NJ. We added Sienna & Furbette (a brussels griffon) who were former breeding dogs so they could safely be transported here. Here are some photos of Reba, Sienna & Furbette's journey along the way taken by Samantha's wonderful volunteer drivers who, without them, these journeys would never be possible.
Here are some pictures from Amethyst's transport from GA with her new best friend Amstel who were both saved from high kill shelters in GA. Ammi byThe Last Resort and Amstel by Rotts N Pups. Thanks to everyone who helped make their journey a safe one! Enjoy the pictures and click hereto see some videos taken by one of the wonderful transporters Phyll & Khyra!
Samantha received an email from a volunteer at Darlington Shelter in SC. She had found this perfect, sweet dog and needed to find a home for her. We had just come across a brand new, awesome foster home that would be perfect for her!! See the original email below.
I am writing to see if Last Resort might have room for this sweetie. I found her after church one Sunday and she is currently being fostered with me, but I've got to find someone to take her. I haven't had luck so far.
Amber is a red and white Beagle/Corgi (?) mix. She is a small girl...approximately 30 pounds of sweetness. She was found after church one Sunday morning. She was walking through the parking lot, greeting all the adults and kids. She would just sit and wag her tail. They were planning to call Animal Control, so I took her home instead. She had terrible scabbing on her body. She was taken to the vet. It was confirmed that she was most likely injured after being by a car. Her injuries, however, are only superficial. Evidently, the injury caused her to be badly grazed by the asphalt. She wasn't hit head on. You can see from the pictures that she is healing well. She is a love who is desperate for one on one attention. She has the cutest white feet with spots. She has been spayed and is up to date on shots, including rabies. She is also hw negative. If you could find someone to take her, I will cover her spay. I had her spayed immediately after finding her because she was in heat when I found her.
She is a dear girl, but we will be going out of town in another month and she needs to find a rescue by then. She is a LOVE!!! She's great with kids and other dogs. (She has been with our dogs - I have 7.)
We will be having a bake sale on Sunday April 26th from 9am - 4pm at the Newton Shop Rite located at 125 Water Street in Newton, NJ. 973-383-6900. If you would like to help us by baking something for this event or helping us let people know about it, please contact us. Thanks everyone!! Hope to see you there!
Samantha coordinated the transport for the next set of coonhound puppies from Columbia, TN; Judith, Joseph & Josephine. They, along with their three other siblings, Jacey, Jonas & Jonah are all available for adoption! Here are some pics from the transport! And as always, thank you to all the drivers who made their safe journey to NJ possible!
Here are some of the photos that were taken by James of James Morrissey Photographyat our fundraiser at Mike's Feed Farm. The dogs here are either adopted from us, available for adoption from us or are friends of ours dogs. Aren't they great? If you like James' photos, please visit his website and tell him we sent you as we will receive a percentage of your purchase as James is such a great guy!!
The Last Resort was the lucky recipient of many donations that the children of a local youth group in Belleville, NJ decided to collect for the animals. We thank them so much for their thoughtfulness (escpecially Cara!!) for wanting to help the animals!! Samantha thought it would be a nice idea to bring some of her rescues (Abbie & Kodah) down to their next youth group meeting so they could meet some of the dogs they helped!! Here are some of the pics from that day!
The Last Resort held a bake sale fundraiser at Mike's Feed Farmin Riverdale, NJ on Saturday, March 14th and it was so very successful!! We want to thank Mike's Feed Farm for having us there!! And also our wonderful volunteers Sondra, Tara, Lauren, Kirsten & Amy for baking some yummy treats to sell and also just being there to help out!! And thanks to James for taking photos of the pets who came and is donating a portion to The Last Resort!. He took some wonderful shots!! You can check out his website here.
All of your help is truly appreciated!! Here are some photos from the event!
Samantha coordinated a transport to get 3 coonhound sibling puppies Jacey, Jonas & Jonah from Columbia, TN to NJ. Here are some of the photos taken by the drivers!! Thanks to all who made it possible for these babies to get here safely. You are so truly appreciated!! Their other 3 siblings Judith, Joseph & Josephine are coming next weekend and all 6 siblings are available for adoption!
About a month ago, Nancy got a call last week from an old friend and previous adopter that their dog of 15 years had passed away and that they were looking for a springer puppy.
On Tuesday (a week later), Nancy received an email about a 7 1/2 month old purebred Springer needing a new home. She has been looking for someone to adopt for over a month with no success due to the dogs recent aggression and was turned away by all the Springer rescues she called.
She sent Nancy this email:
The Last Resort :
I need your help
I need to find a new home for our almost 8 month old English Springer Spaniel.
She was given to us at 4 months old. Although Coco is loving & sweet she has had a few snapping & growling occurences. Luckily it was just with me and not my young children. She needs a home with older or no children who are prepared to give her extra training and the vigorous exercise that she needs. She is spayed & up to date on all vaccines.
The same day, Nancy picked up Coco and brought her to her new family where she will be loved and live there happily ever after!
Around Valentine's Day, Samantha received a call from a friend of a friend who was looking to find a home for a pappillon that one of her clients (she's a groomer) had left with her because she couldn't handle him anymore. We were able to find the perfect home for him!!
We will be having our next fundraising event on 3/14 at Mike's Feed Farmin Riverdale, NJ from 12-3. Please stop by! We will be having a bake sale. There will be treats for your dog as well as for yourself!! Also see some of our pets we have for adoption. Although we are unable to bring the dogs there, we will have their photos. If you can donate some of the items on our wish list, that would be greatly appreciated. You can find our wish list items on our How You Can Helppage. We also need Natures Miracle, canned pumpkin, paper towels, food, treats, etc. We are also treating 5 heartworm positive dogs. If you care to contribute to their medical bills, that would help tremendously! Thanks all and hope to see you there!
Samantha coordinated a transport from Columbia , TN to West Milford, NJ for 3 dogs. There was Buddy the malamute who was found in Murfreesboro, TN. After looking tirelessly for his owner with no luck, we rescued him and had him sent to NJ and he is now looking for his forever home. Then we had Bella, a hound mix we rescued from a kill shelter in Columbia, TN. She is a sweet, energetic puppy who is loving happily in her forever home. Then there was Tony, a newfoundland puppy. Tony was rescued through another rescues in AL called PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving). When the rescue saw Samantha's transport, they asked if Tony could hitch a ride as his adopters lived in CT. Of course he could!! Below are some pics from the shelter as ell as some from the transport. A special thanks to all the drivers who helped drive these furkids to safety!
Here is a note from Dan - the president of the rescue that Buddy came from:
Samantha, Please accept my sincere thanks for allowing Tony,the Newfie, to hitch a ride on last weekend`s transport to NJ. I spoke to the adoptive family , the Dalton`s, yesterday and they are thrilled with their new addition. He is everything they hoped for ... in word, PERFECT! You helped to make it happen. Please pass along my thanks to the magnificent group of volunteers who transported him to his new family. Thanks again. Dan Summy,PAWS
We received updated pictures of Samantha. She is the 7 month old catahoula leopard dog that we sponsored so she would be safe and not euthanized in the kill shelter in Murfreesboro. Here is the email and pictures.
This girl is something special! Thank you Martha for rescuing her and Samantha for sponsoring her pull fee! These pictures were taken this morning in our surprising March snow. Isn't she adorable?
Samantha received an email about a 2-3 year old malamute that was found in Murfreesboro, TN. The nice gentlemen who found him has posted him up on all the lost dog websites but had no luck finding the owners. He was unable to keep him as he has 3 other dogs already and 2 cats and just didn't have the room. He sent out a plea for rescue for this gorgeous boy so he didn't have to take him to the kill shelter. Samantha knew of someone looking for just the dog and sent the email to them and they were very interested!!! He is on his way to NJ the weekend of the 7th of March. Here he is!! Isn't he beautiful?
Today Nancy picked up a trunk full of donations from her daughters school. Sage's teacher and fellow animal lover, Miss Rhinesmith took up a collection in her classroom for The Last Resort.
Among the donations were beautiful soft dog beds, plush dog pillows, toys, bowls, collars and treats. Some of these dogs that we rescue have never even been inside of a house, much less had a soft bed to sleep on or a toy.
A BIG Thank You to Miss Rhinesmith and to all who donated!!!!
The Last Resort sponsored this gorgeous catahoula leopard mix puppy. She is only 7 months old!! All she needed was her pull fee sponsored and she would be saved from being put to sleep. Since we didn't have anywhere to put her, we thought, at least we can save her life. She will be going to Great Dogs Rescue in MA. Isn't she a cutie?? And they even named her Samantha!!
Samantha coordinated a transport to bring Shiloh, Freeway, Minnie, Ginger and Honey from TN to NJ. Minnie, Ginger & Honey all came from a high kill shelter in Columbia, TN. Shiloh was found in Murfeesboro and with no luck finding the owner, we vetted her and found her a wonderful forever home. Freeway was found on the side of the freeway when we were having Sasha (another husky we rescued) brought to foster in Cookeville, TN. Thanks to Pam & Kyle at P.E.T.S. LLCthey were able to foster both for us until we could get them to NJ!! Here are some photos from the transport. Thanks to all the drivers who made it possible!!
Here is a link to some more photos to enjoy that were taken by Shiloh's adopter Nicole's friend Jen, enjoy - they are great pics! Nicole & Jen drove all the way to WV to pick all 5 pup up and bring them to NJ!!
Samantha had a co-worker ask her for help. Her friend was having financial difficulties as so many of us are nowadays, and she had to move back in with her parents. Well, they moved to GA from NJ and were not able to take their daughters pet bunny Bun Buns because they couldn't afford her plane ticket. Samantha was able to find a flight attendant and her friend (Thanks Britta & Elaine!!) through Pilots N Pawswho flew Bun Buns to GA to be reunited with the little girl!! Here is a photo of Bun Buns.
Samantha received an email of an urgent husky named Pepper in Stroudsburg, PA. With all of The Last Resort's foster homes already full, she forwarded the email to all the husky rescues in the area and nationally as she always does. One of the rescues she sent the email to ended up rescuing her!! Yay!! Here she is! What a beautiful girl.
When Sasha (our husky we rescued from the chicken coop in TN) was being driven by Lisa (an awesome rescuer in TN) to where she is going to be fostered until she is transported she spotted something white on the side of the freeway. Look at what she found!! Freeway is on her way up here with Sasha in two weeks!!
When we picked up Sophia, Pebbles, Lucy, Levi & Pixie from their transport today(Thanks Irina!) there were some extra passengers on board. When Irina was driving through VA, she stopped at a gas station to use a restroom. Much to her surprise, when she opened the door, 5 tiny puppies were inside!! She asked the gas station attendant who knew nothing about it and said no one had been in there for days!! So she put them in her van and continued on her journey. Once she arrived, of course, Nancy fell in love and couldn't resist so she took them home!! Here they are. They will be ready for adoption shortly!!
Last Thursday The Last Resort received a call about a husky mix that was going to be gassed in the gas chamber at a high kill NC shelter in 10 mins!! Samantha, of course, is a sucker for huskies so they scrambled to find somewhere to put her as our foster homes are currently full! She decided to just pull her to spare her life and figure out where she will go later. She made the call to tell them she would rescue her. They said "It might be too late!" They ran down the hallway to see if she was still there. They were actually loading her into the chamber and were able to stop them. Her life was literally saved by seconds!! She was sent directly to the vet. We found out she was heartworm positive. The vet thought it was best she be euthanized. Before we gave up on her, Nancy called the Vet and insisted they do bloodwork to see how her organs were functioning. Her results came back great!! All organs in working order!! Then we did xrays to see how her heart looked. Also great!! So, up she came from GA to NJ! She just arrived today and here she is!
The Last Resort received an email about a chihuahua and a husky that were living outside in Murfreesboro, TN in a wire chicken coop ! And this being the coldest week of the winter so far with a temperature of 13 degrees!! The owner had moved and left them. There were no pictures or even an email address to contact, just a phone #. When Nancy called the # and she was told by the man who answered the phone that we could take the chihuahua but he was going to keep the husky so he could tie it to his tractor trailer as his neighbor was trying to steal it!! Nancy called everyone she could think of in that area and finally was able to find someone in TN to go out there and save the chihuahua and offer them some $ for the husky thinking that may change their mind. Still they weren't budging on the husky. By the time the ladies got there, someone had already come to rescue the poor chihuahua. Good news for the Chi but the husky was still in the wire chicken coop outside. The thought of the poor husky still haunting her the next day, Nancy called them again thinking that they maybe changed their minds overnight. With a little convincing, and of course, the $100 cash offer, she was able to persuade them to let us take the husky! Now our next mission is trying to get her here to NJ. But she is out of that wire coop and safe and warm till she leaves for NJ.
Here are some photos from Dozer & Scout's ride home with their new foster mommy and daddy.
Here are some pics once they arrived to their foster home.
And the cutest of all!! Scout fresh out of the tub!
The Last Resort rescued 2 Jack Russell Terrier X pups from a kill shelter in Murfreesboro, TN. Here are some photos from their transport this weekend. They are going into a loving foster home and will be available for adoption as soon as we get them here and evaluate them. They are 3-4 months old and tiny bundles of joy!!
The Last Resort rescued a one and a half year Siberian Husky boy who was found by a soldier wandering near the military base in North Carolina. His collar was embedded into his neck. Since the soldier was unable to keep him, he brought him to a nearby shelter and as it turns out, it was a kill shelter. They were going to euthanize him but we stepped up just in time. We had him transported up right away. He is currently in foster. Once he is evaluated, he will be available for adoption. Here are the pics from the shelter.
Here are some pics of Zachy after arriving in NJ in foster.
Samantha drove the last leg of the transport from Woodbridge to West Milford, NJ for Binx and Ebbie. Here are some photos from their final leg on The Freedom Train.
Here is a photo from Leg 14 of the transport, Alexandria, VA to Baltimore, MD . Thanks Dera for all your support, we truly appreciate it!!
Here are some photos from Leg 13 of the transport, Fredericksburg, VA to Alexandria, VA. Thanks to all the drivers for bringing these furkids to safety!
Here is Binx during the South Hill, VA to Richmond, VA leg in a photo taken by one of the transport volunteers for The Freedom Train.
The Last Resort has rescued more pups from the high kill shelter in Anderson, SC. Here are some photos of the pups along the way on their first leg from Anderson, SC to Spartanburg, SC.
Samantha received this email (seen below) about a boxer X girl that was going to a kill shelter in NC that euthanizes via dump truck gas chamber!! She forwarded to all the boxer rescues she could find, nationally and locally. One rescue stepped up and rescued her!!! Yay, another life saved!!
Sadie is a 7 year old female boxer mix dog who was abandoned by her previous owner to live on her own. Kind neighbors have fed her and provided for her but she needs a home to call her own! She was at one time a much loved dog as she was hit by a car and was given expensive medical care only to be abandoned. She gets along with other dogs, not sure about small children. She has a very sweet personality and will make someone a very special dog!
Samantha coordinated a transport for Bronson, the chocolate lab from a high kill shelter in Cambridge, OH to safety in Hewitt, NJ. He arrived safe and sound only to be adopted by his forever family!
Samantha has been working on coordinating a transport for the past week to help get Purdee from the kill shelter in TN to a waiting foster home in NJ this weekend. Here are some photos from the drivers who helped Purdee and Jill (a beagle who piggybacked from TN to SOS Beagle Rescue in Atco, NJ). Thanks to my drivers for volunteering and helping get these furkids to safety!
Rosco was transported today from West Virginia to his loving forever home. Here are some pics from today when Samantha brought him to meet his new mommy and siblings.
Here is the email that we received the first night from Rosco's new mommy and daddy!
Just thought you may want to know how everyone is getting along. Well, he is a sweetheart to put up with three other dogs making him the center of attention. Our older stiff-legged guy turned into a youngster and was barking constantly at Rosco when they met. This old dog even walked 4 laps around and pulled! Something he has not done in quite a long time. After Rosco got his drink of water, we all enjoyed this nice long walk. He is very good on a leash and a sweetie. He ate some of his Science Diet for dinner--not too hungry but enough to hold him over for the night. He followed me all around the kitchen--wherever I went, he went. Actually, he'd come to Bob or me to get away from the other three as if to say SAVE ME. Now all are sleepy and chilling with us by the TV.
He seems to be adjusting very well in just a few hours. There is a lot of humping going on though Rosco is usually the victim. Now the others are even jumping on each other--I hope they don't throw their backs out.
On the way home from our meeting, he sat patiently in the back seat--great passenger and gave me a kiss when we pulled into the garage. I just can't imagine someone leaving such a well-behaved beautiful animal behind. It blows my mind. This guy is no trouble at all (so far). He did take a quick pee on the Christmas tree, but now we blocked it off and watch him more carefully around objects that could be peed upon. He sure likes to lift his leg and so 8 times in a row in one section of the backyard. It was crazy to watch how he went back and forth changing legs to lift.
What a joy and pleasure Rosco is. Thank you for finding him for us.
I'll keep you posted on how we are doing--so far--so very good.
Janice and Bob
We were able to find a perfect match for an adopter we met at the Super Pet Expo in Edison. After researching and finding lots of dogs needing rescue that matched their requests, we were able to make a match!! Here are the photos of Rosco! What a gorgeous boy!!! He was at a high kill shelter in Grafton, WV and will be here on December 6th!!!
Here are some updated photos of Bear who arrived via volunteer transport today from a high-kill shelter in TN, rescued by Husky House, after Samantha forwarded his email to one of their volunteers.
The Last Resort received an email from Murray County Animal Shelter in Chatsworth, GA with a list all of their urgents that were going to be euthanized that week. Samantha noticed there was an 11-week old Miniature Pinscher on the list. She happened to know someone who had just recently had to say goodbye to theirs and was wondering if perhaps she was needing a new puppy. She sent her an email and the rest is history!!
Samantha received an email about a dog named Rex needing rescue. Here is the email:
We believe this dog was a "drop-off" at the side of road. He waited in the same area on the side of the road waiting for his owners to return? He is in a situation where his time is up, the man is threatening to take him to the pound. He needs a home or a foster ASAP. Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated. FAST. Thank you again, Kathy
Below is the information and picture.
Here is a picture of the dog that we talked about on the phone today. Rex
is approximately 50 lbs and somewhere around 4 to 5 years old. He sits,
lays down and shakes his paw on command. I understand that he is
housebroken and neutered but not microchipped. He is loveable and wants to
be around people. Presently the people who found him are keeping him
outside with no fence or protection from other outdoor creatures. He plays
and gets along well with their other two (much smaller, male) dogs. He
sleeps under the porch and wants badly to be indoors and around other
He is badly in need of a foster family as the folks that currently have him
will only agree to keep him through the weekend. Please call me to let me
know if you can help after you have talked to Cassie and have sent his
picture around to your contacts.
Thanks ever so much!
Samantha was able to forward to her contacts and find Rex a WONDERFUL home. He is going to go to a home in Washington DC, he will have 10 acres to play on and another dog for company, very nice family. Transport is being arranged and I think he will get to go to his new home this Saturday. He is going to a new foster home situation tonight so he will be out of the cold! Great news!
We want to thank each and every one of you who stopped by our booth at the Super Pet Expo this weekend in Edison, NJ and last weekend in Suffern, NY. We were so happy to get so much exposure. To us, that means saving more dogs!! Please spread the word about our rescue. The more people who know about us, the more lives we can save!! Thank you all!!!
We rescued this precious boy Lucky from a high kill shelter in Chatsworth, GA. We knew we would have no problem finding him a great home and we were right......we found him a home before he was even transported up........look at this cutie!!
Samantha was able to find someone to rescue this beautiful Malamute mix puppy and save her before she was euthanized at the high-kill Rutherford County shelter in Murfreesboro, TN. Isn't she a doll??
We had really great exposure at the Super Pet Expoin Rockland, NY this past weekend. Hercules even got in the The Journal News, September 9th edition as well as on video on their website. Check it out here!! And a special thanks to Natura Pet Productsfor donating all their left over food samples to us for our boy Hercules. The Natura folks also held a raffle for a free bag of their Evo dog food and all the money raised was split between the three rescues that were at the expo. What a wonderful gesture! And the winner actually donated their bag of food to us as well!! I'm glad to see there really is kindness in this world!! Here is a photo of our booth and one of Naylah, Hercules & Cedar, all available for adoption except Hercules, of course!! Please be sure to join us this coming weekend at the Edison, NJ Super Pet Expo.
We will be at the SUPER PET EXPOthis weekend (11/8/08-11/9/08) in Suffern NY and next weekend (11/15/08-11/16/08) in Edison NJ. Please stop by and see our dogs for adoption and ones we can save as well!!
Samantha received an email from one of her transporter friends asking for her help. She was hoping we could do a courtesy posting for her on Petfinder. She had been fostering a Boston Terrier named Rocket who was saved from death row from a high kill shelter in SC. He had tested low positive for heartworm and they were doing the heartworm treatment while fostering and he now had a clean bill of health and was ready for adoption. We put him up on our site and was able to find Rocket that perfect forever home!
Samantha coordinated her second transport this week for a sweet husky/collie perhaps wolf mix named Sweetheart. We received a desperate plea from a volunteer at the high-kill Maury County Animal Shelter in Columbia, TN. She had been working there for over 30 years and had never come across a more sweeter, loving dog and couldn't stand the fact that this girl had not been adopted and it was her time to be put to sleep. So we decided to step up and take her and she is now living in her foster home in NJ. To find out information and how to adopt Sweetheart (now named Sadie) please go to ouradoptable pets page.
Samantha mapped out a route for Tyler in GA who had recently found 6 puppies about 7 weeks old who were thrown away like trash in a dumpsite. He found them living in a recliner and he needed someone to layout legs of a transport route from Moreland, GA to Richmond, VA where he had found someone to foster them. Although Samantha had only coordinated her first transport herself last week and was currently working on her second, she, of course, couldn't say no. If saving these puppies lives meant only mapping out a route, how could she not do it??
Samantha received an email from one of her animal lover friend/fellow rescuer about a poor St. Bernard in West Virginia. He was found wandering the streets of Kearneysville severely emaciated. He had been tied to a chain for at least 6 years in a junkyard with no escape from the elements. He couldn't even fit in his dog house because his head was too big! He was 100 lbs underweight, seriously skin & bones!! Well, the email we received (visit Our Herculespage to see the actual original email) was asking for donations for his medical care as the shelter did not cover any medical unless the dog was dying! It was also asking for a rescue to pull him if it were at all possible. As soon as Samantha received the email, she forwarded it to Nancy and asked if they could help? So, of course, they were both more than willing to help, but they thought, what happens next? Where will he go now? So, they called Animal Control in Jefferson County WV and found out he was still there and needed rescue. They made arrangements with some friends of a friend(Thanks Sondra, Michelle & Lindsay!!!) to pick him up at the shelter in WV and meet them halfway and they brought him home on October 28th!! The story continues on Our Hercules page.
Samantha coordinated her first transport this week because their usual transport coordinator is taking a much needed break!! There were 3 dogs coming from the high-kill shelter in Anderson. SC to forever & foster homes in NJ. She helped bring Naylah, a 1.5 year old retriever mix, Cooper, a 1.5 year old Chocolate Lab and Priscilla, a 5 year old Walker Hound all to safety. Naylah (whose picture was on our "Death Row Dogs" bulletin board at the Autumn Lights Festival was lucky enough to be picked out by her new foster mommy) was now going to her foster home in NJ until The Last Resort can find her a loving forever home. See Naylah on our adoptable petspage for information on adopting her. Cooper went to his forever home in NJ that was also made possible by his new mommy and daddy seeing his picture on our "Death Row Dogs" bulletin board at the Autumn Lights Festival. Priscilla was one of Rhonda Sim's of Freedom Train Transportsrescues. What Rhonda has to say about Priscilla: "Me and this baby girl have been on a long journey together (along with the 10 other hounds that were chained with her!) What started off as 11 hounds (if you don't count the nine that one had in her belly!!!) that my husband and I started fighting for to get freed from their chains over a year ago, has now come down to only 4 left in the shelter (thanks to Dodd agreeing to protect them there for me), and break or not, I made a vow to them a long time ago that I would make sure their future looked much better than anything they had ever known. So many thanks to all of you for being a part of that! These goodbye pics are very special to me and also triumphant!"
WOW!! What tremendous response and support we received at the Autumn Lights Festival!! We want to thank each and every one of you who stopped by our table and was interested in learning more about our rescue and how you could help. We received several foster and adoption applications so we are able to save more babies before they are gassed in the chamber. Sorry there are no pics of this event! Not like me (Samantha) at all. I take pictures of everything! BUT we were so busy the entire day, there wasn't even time to snap a shot even though I had 2 camers with me!
Today, Samantha made a match made in heaven. One of her co-workers sisters was looking for a bearded collie. Samantha knew of one coming up on The Freedom Trainthat was going to Room For One More Rescue in Lake Hopatcong NJ. Samantha sent Millie the RFOM adoption application and the rest is history. See the pics below
We will be having a table at the Autumn Lights Festival in West Milford on October 11 from 10am - dusk. Please stop by and say hello.
Our next fundraiser will be sometime in November. We plan on having a dog walk. FUN FOR ALL!! Details to follow.......
Below are some accounts of how much the people we recruited to help on dog transports enjoyed their heartwarming experience.
From Melanie - On August 23rd George and I participated in our first transport. It was a wonderful experience. We traveled from our home in northwest New Jersey to Yardley, PA. to pick up the puppies. We were met there by a woman named Anne who is a regular part of the freedom train. With her help, Addison, a terrier mix, Sam, a lab mix, and Tessa, a pointer mix, made themselves comfortable in the back seat of our car among the pillows and blankets. You never would have known we had three dogs in the car as they were so well behaved. Addison melted our hearts. She would lay her head on the arm rest between the two front seats and bat her beautiful eyes at us. We brought the babies to Room for One More in Andover, NJ where Deb met us in the middle of the night. Addison didn't want to get out of the car as she was quite comfortable. We would have adopted her, but someone adopted her before we could. She is now living a great life on a ranch. Hopefully Sam and Tessa have found equally good homes. We look forward to our next rescue!!
From Lorraine - On a beautiful (but very muggy) Saturday evening (Sept.13) Lorraine and John drove down to just over the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border to join the Freedom Train. We found the meeting place that Deb, one of the other volunteers, had given us and saw this wonderful band of 6 furry friends and one loving caregiver (Deb) holding six leashes!
There were four male 9 month old hound mix puppies - Aubry, Blake, Nico and Phillip and their Mom Anita (a 3 year old Corgi mix with eyes that would melt your heart), as well as Tech, an exuberant Shepard mix. One of Anita's puppies seemed extremely frightened, and sweet Anita kept close to him to reassure him with paw touches and kisses. It is my understanding that Anita and the pups had lived their lives on chains in North Carolina - ugh! There were also 2 12 year old Yorkies who fortunately were adopted en route before we got to see them -- yea! So anyway, Lauren and her husband pulled up to our site, the pups were watered and took care of personal business, so we loaded them up, we took Anita and 3 pups and Lauren took Tech and one of the pups. The smart kids in our car kept looking out the back window because they knew that their brother was behind us!
The trip back up to Room for One More was made easier for two reasons, one because the four kids each picked a corner in the back of the Jeep and fell asleep (mostly), although I would love to have had them all in my lap, and secondly because Rachel and Co. met us en route to the shelter because we would probably have missed it on our own.
They were so irresistible that I took a ride up to Room for One More a few days later to give a donation and to see how the kids were doing, I understand Anita is now adopted, and hope for good news for the 4 pups and Tech! We loved the experience and are hooked!!! Lorraine and John
If you would like to experience the joy of helping transport animals to safety, please click here
A big HUGE thanks to the folks at Aetna in Fairfield, NJ for taking up a collection for our rescue and gathering toys, beds, food, treats, blankets, etc.........That was such a tremendous help!! Thank you Debbie & Maggie!!!
We have found a piece of property!!!! Details to follow on items we will need and what we will need help with!!!
Samantha recieved an urgent email from Montgomery County Animal Control in Conroe, TX that they were going to have to euthanize 100+ dogs because of Hurricane Ike and they were desperately looking for rescues to help. Samantha forwarded the email to 1000s of people and eventually was able to get in contact with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT who was already on the ground in TX helping out other shelters in need. They stepped up and were able to save all of them!! What a great day and a great feeling saving all those lives!!!
Although we do not have an up and running facility we have still been actively doing rescues.......
Please see below as to what we've been up to.
We got a call from a gentleman who had found a chipmunk who was constantly spinning in circles. So he brought him to us and Nancy noticed that a cuterebra had burrowed itself inside this poor little guy and was blocking the urine from coming out of his penis. Nancy knew exaclty what to do. She used to have her wildlife rehabilitator license (she is now in the process of renewing so we can legally rescue all wildlife). She covered the cuterebras air hole with vaseline so he would have to come back up and stick his head out to get air and when he did she pulled him all the way out. The chipmunk peed and peed and then was released back into the wild.
Another rescue we recently did was a baby squirrel. This little buddy fell out of his nest when he was just 2 weeks old and Nancy basically became his mommy. She kept him tucked inside her bra in between her cleavage to keep him at body temperature feeding him every 2 hours with formula. His eyes and ears opened after about 5 weeks which is when she taught him how to forage for his own food, hiding acorns all over the house and when it was time, she released him back into the wild.
Then we got a call from this not so nice guy, shall we say! He told us that if we didnt come and get the kittens his cat had THAT NIGHT, he would kill them. The shelter was already closed. So, we went over there with a cage and were going to take the kittens. Once we got there we noticed the kitties were too young to be without momma so we convinced the owner to let us take her too. So, all 6 kitties and momma spent the night at Nancys house and the next morning we brought them to the shelter, who promised us they would not be euthanized. We of course wanted to keep them rather than bring them there but without a facility, that is an impossibility.
Plus , we have also been doing transports weekly (if its not us, its someone we recruited) of dogs that are coming from down south off of death row. Pretty soon they will be coming to us but for now, we are helping to get them to safety by helping on the transport and spreading the word about them.
Today Samantha helped drive another pup to safety on the Freedom Train Transport. She picked up Stanley in Woodbridge, NJ and took him to Stamford, CT where he was continuing his journey to a Pit Bull rescue in Derry, NH. She also met Josiah in Woodbridge but he was off to In Our Hands Rescue in Staten Island, NY so we parted ways after meeting for just a pee/poopy break. But what an adorable pup he was. Some kind of hound mix. Now, about sweet Stanley. Stanley had a rough start in life. Although he was only 3 months old, he had already been doused with some kind of chemical to "toughen him up" resulting in a scar all the way down the length of his spine. Even after all that, he was so happy to be rescued that that's all that mattered. We want to send a special thanks to Tina Patael for coordinating this transport and, of course, all the other drivers who helped bring these guys into loving arms and the rescuers who are now caring for them.
The Last Resort is so happy to announce that our first fundraiser was a great success. With the help of many volunteers, donators, and supporters we were able to raise over $3000 (over 4 times our original goal)!!!
We would like to send a HUGE "Thank You" and lots of puppy kisses to everyone at CBS Outdoor who went way above and beyond to make this happen. They were all so amazing !!!! Without them we could not have done it and we are so grateful for all they did!!!
Thank you to all who donated and all those who came out to show your support in our efforts to save the animals!!
Please visit us again soon for details on our next fundraising event.
THANKS TO ALL!!!!
Today Samantha drove lots of pups to freedom on the Freedom Train Transport. She had 6 doggies in her little tiny honda civic that she drove from Trenton, NJ to her rescuers at Room For One More in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Now, this doesn't sound very comfy, but to the contrary, it was. There was Sweetieface - a senior Spitz girl who slept the entire way on the back seat behind Samantha. And her name says it all!! Then there was Angelcake, an 8 year old black cocker spaniel, who was sprawled out the entire length of the floor in the back. Oh, and then Scruffmuffin, a 4 month old Old English Sheepdog who slept on the passenger side back seat keeping Sweetieface & Angelcake company. Scruffmuffin was one of the cutest dogs ever and just happy to be safe. And then, on the front seat in a crate, were 3 sharpei/chow puppies, only 10 weeks old!! There were 4 BUT Denise (the transporter before Samantha) decided she wanted one for herself as they were so irresistably cute! Once again, thanks to Rhonda for coordinating the transport and the rescues for stepping up and saving these precious lives and, of course, the drivers.
Today Samantha and her boyfriend Jason drove down to Trenton in the pouring rain to pick up Gus the tan and white chihuahua, Cinder the border collie, Fresca the tan scruffy terrier (looked like Benji) and Emerson the tan & white terrier. They were ready to embark on their final journey to Room For One More in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. They started out early that morning (7am to be exact!) in Anderson, SC and had been on the road for 16 long hours and their trip was almost over. At this point, almost all the dogs are always so tired from being on the road so long that they sleep the entire time and are perfect angels. She met one of the volunteers at Room For One More in the middle of the night and drove home happy knowing these dogs have been saved from the gas chambers of SC.
Samantha did her very first transport today. She was actually picking up two pups that were rescued by The Last Resort. We were only able to rescue these dogs as we had permanent homes already lined up for them. There was Whisper, a spaniel mix who was such a calm 11 month old, his name fit him to a tee!! And there was Bloke, an australian cattle dog, who you could tell was full of energy but exhausted from the transport. She met Bloke's new forever parents in a parking lot at 2 in the morning as thats what time she arrived back in West Milford. Whisper ended up spending the night with her 3 doggies as it was too late in the morning to drop him off. She can't wait to bring her next group of puppies to safety!