As you have probably seen on our homepage, the founder of LCH Sam B'Stard is currently battling with terminal cancer. Sam is having chemotherapy and is still working incredibly hard at the sanctuary - she isn't one for resting and taking it easy!
The diagnosis was a huge blow for Sam and all of the LCH team and supporters, and as a team we decided that we wanted to help Sam to make one of her dreams a reality: to travel the UK in a campervan. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise some funds and can be accessed here if anyone would like to donate... uk.gofundme.com/f/sam039s-bucket-list-campervan
Our gorgeous Leela bat has given birth to twins overnight. This is really quite rare, and is definitely a first at the sanctuary as bats tend to stick to a single pup. Cue panic stations!
After a few hasty calls and lots of photos whilst remaining as quiet as possible...North Devon Bat Care stepped in. The new mummy and babies were transported upto Devon and will receive the best care possible until they are ready for release. Panic over - phew!
We hope all of our wonderful supporters are staying safe and well.
The impact of Covid-19 on the charity sector is really starting to be felt. From the loss of our volunteers to the difficulties that we are facing in getting supplies to the sanctuary, the strain is being felt and we know it is not over yet.
Last Chance Hotel is best known for our dogs, but we are so much more than that. We have so many animals at the sanctuary that needed help, and we are there to answer their call: ducks, geese, goats, horses, cats, bats and various wildlife that passes through our doors, we never turn away animals that need us, even when we are financially on our knees, as we are now.
As many of our long-term supporters will know, Sam, the founder of Last Chance Hotel, has been diagnosed with cancer. Sam is a fighter, and she is going through all the treatments that she is offered, whilst still getting up everyday and doing what she can for the sanctuary, as we are not in a position to be employing staff to look after our rescues. Not only is Sam herself an integral part of the charities day to day work, but the wages she earns off of her paid job is a huge financial boost to the charity finances. However, due to Sam's deteriorating health, she has been unable to work and this is having an unfortunate rippling effect on the money coming into the sanctuary.
We never want to be in a position where an animal needs us and we cannot help them due to money; but donations are down, which means unfortunately this could be a reality in the near future.
If everyone who supports us could just donate the price of a cup of coffee, it could really make a difference to some animals, who's lives we work so hard to change.
From us, and them, we are so grateful.
Casper, who arrived in Cornwall on Wednesday 6th November, had his story of appalling abuse reported in the Daily Mail online. Click HERE to read it.
Update on our Cindy... well the horrid masses in her mouth have been removed, as was 17 of her teeth as they were pushed out of line, and must have been so painful. The material that came out of her ear was solid, like stones, and she has a UTI caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, various lumps and bumps, some really suspect and worrying. However, Cindy is home at the sanctuary now, she has had some pain relief and is now sleeping off the anesthetic. We were told that Cindy the much loved pet, who had nothing wrong with her, just a few 'fatty lumps and bumps'
massive THANK YOU to everyone who has donated towards her vet bill, we are humbled. There is still a chunk to pay if you can help, our PayPal is firstname.lastname@example.org please mark it Cindy, and friends and family, thank you so much,
From 22nd October:
At the vets with Cindy for her big operation to sort the ear infection and the masses and her teeth out in her mouth also check her over whilst she is under a GA ... hopefully she will be a lot more comfortable after... healing thoughts for her please... if you can help towards her costs we would be so grateful.
From Monday 21st:
Well we have had the worst of times these last 2 weeks. Owner surrenders !!!! All we ever ask of people is 'DON'T LIE TO US' it doesn't matter what is wrong with your dog, we will help if we can. We pride ourselves on being responsible rescue, we will only take in what we can afford and what space we have ... but because of people's lies ( which we are very much used to) it has sent us at LCH into a financial crisis... you may have seen the boy Zeus (5 years old) , extremely thin, serious skin condition and very unwell.. his vet bill so far is £500 ish... Ena the little pug ( 5 years old) with a collapsed larynx, her bill will top 2k, Blue the french bulldog ( 1 year old) who has a serious skin issue and major ear infection, and now this little girl .. this is Cindy.. Cindy is 14 years old. She came to us yesterday, fine apparently.. just a few 'old age' lumps and bumps according to her vet... well I wouldn't say these are fatty lumps and bumps would you? She has a massive ear infection that has got so bad that she has no balance, a UTI that stinks and this... this is pretty hard to miss dont you think? All these ailments in all these dogs have been left untreated that it has made each of these dogs seriously ill. These are not problems that happen over night, but over months, years even. Each owner has cried crocodile tears over these dogs.. each owner knows the extent if the damage they have caused, each owner was happy to pass their 'problems' onto a charity... discarding their rubbish... out of sight out of mind 😥😥 we know there are some genuine people who need help, and we have never turned our back, we have paid vet bills to keep a loved dog in their homes, we have helped rehome dogs when owners could not cope etc, but to blatantly keep your dog sick, and not seek vet help, especially when those dogs have earned you a tidy sum producing litter after litter is wrong in every way .. ... Everyone, please meet the beautiful Cindy. Who cowers and wets herself at the slightest of movement, who will attempt to run away in fear of everything, who will destroy your soul when you see her crawl on her belly to get away from the kindest of hands... tomorrow she will be having her mouth looked at under a GA .. those awful lumps that are pushing her teeth out, making her mouth so sore it is difficult for her to eat.. she is 14, unspay and has mammary tumours. There is nothing we can do about that :-( a mammary strip would be too much as would spaying her. So we plan on making her comfortable and pain free for now and give her the best of times and all our love for the time she has left with us ...
The blind pup that came to us earlier this year. He is in the care of Alyssa Shepherd and family. He is so loved. But the last week or so William has been having problems with one of his eyes. We knew it may happen at some point in his life, but the dear little man is only 7 1/2 months old.
On Thursday he had to have his eye removed, it was the best option, and although there was absolutely no cure for his blindness, we all secretly hoped that one day....
William lives in a world of darkness, but that doesn't stop him from being the most happy, lovely little soul.
We have all got a soft spot for him.
As you can imagine his medical costs have escalated, so we are asking for a little help with his vet bill please; we would be truly grateful for all donations, no matter what the size.
Massive thanks to Matthew Thomas and the team at Cornish Paws, Penryn for taking care of this gorgeous boy.
Matthew is really pleased with his progress and his mum Alyssa Shepherd has said he is doing really well and just wants to play :-) happy happy days! ♥️♥️♥️