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AKA  LCA, Dogs Last Chance
Los Angeles, CA
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Also Known As: LCA, Dogs Last Chance
Physical Address: Los Angeles, CA 90046 2401
EIN: 95-4013155
Web URL: www.LCAnimal.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
D Animal related
D01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
D Animal related
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection
Year Founded: 1985 
Ruling Year: 1986 
How This Organization Is Funded: Unrestricted Donations - $867,036
Bequests - $234,176
Contributed Services - $4,800


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Mission Statement

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) recognizes that animals have the ability to experience pain, and as such they deserve certain basic rights protecting them from pain caused by humans. LCA believes that non-human animals should not be subjected to suffering and exploitation by humans because alternatives exist for nearly every traditional "usage" of animals. LCA opposes the use of animals for scientific curiosity, entertainment, clothing, and food. LCA recognizes the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation as both immoral and of questionable scientific validity due to the tremendous biological difference between species. LCA's work advocates conscious and informed lifestyle decisions, and the organization is committed to disseminating truthful information about societal animal abuse to improve the treatment of animals.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $1,106,012
Total Expenses $1,077,692

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Chris DeRose

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For over two decades, Chris DeRose has been an international leader in the animal rights movement, and an inspiration and consultant to countless other individuals and groups dedicated to the animal cause. In 1984, he founded Last Chance for Animals, a national, nonprofit animal advocacy organization focused on investigating, exposing, and ending animal exploitation. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Chris has fought all of his battles non-violently and has spent time in jail for his peaceful actions. One tactic that rocked the foundation of animal experimentation was a daring daytime break-in at UCLA?s Brain Research Institute, documented by a film crew to show the shocking truth of animal research.  This first ever live-action footage clearly demonstrated that animal rights activists do not fabricate laboratory horrors, as they had been accused of for years. The 1988 UCLA break-in footage aired around the world on CNN and on the national television show 48 Hours. Chris was also the driving force behind the first animal rights television show designed for the mainstream public, Hollywood Animal Crusaders, which aired nine times in 1999 on the cable channel Animal Planet. This remarkable achievement opened the doors for other shows introducing animal rights into American homes. Through his investigative work, Chris and LCA gathered evidence that resulted in the nation's first state prison sentences for multiple-count animal cruelty cases. In 1997, Chris released his autobiography, In Your Face, reporting on his life and his values on compassion. The book was the final achievement that earned him the prestigious Courage of Conscience International Peace Award, an honor he shares with previous award winners Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leadership Statement:

I never had a dog or a cat. I founded Last Chance for Animals because I saw injustice in the world; extreme cruelty forced upon sentient beings that cannot speak up for themselves.  Many people have deep feelings for their companion dog or cat and would do anything to keep their pets safe from harm. I look at all animals in that way; I believe that all animals have the right to live out their lives free of pain and fear. I have been fighting for the animals for over 30 years and I will never give up the fight. I have seen many postitive changes for animals and I hope to bring about many more in my lifetime.  - LCA President Chris DeRose

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LCA strives to educate the public about animal cruelty and exploitation through websites, brochures, email alerts, mailings and newsletters.  All of these educational tools are valuable resources for the public as they contain information on a variety of animal rights issues, encourage readers to take action and provide an opportunity to update members about LCA activities.LCA’s annual newsletter, “Fighting Chance,” reaches 65,000 members and the main website (www.LCAnimal.org(http://www.LCAnimal.org) ) receives over 690,000 hits per month. LCA’s e-mail action alerts ask for “Calls to Action” from members about issues needing urgent attention.  Members are e-mailed information and asked to make a phone call or to write a fax or letter to help bring about needed changes for animals. LCA founder and president, Chris DeRose, is frequently interviewed for television and radio programs, newspapers and magazines, nationally and internationally.  He also travels both in the U.S. and abroad, giving lectures and educating the public about animal rights.  Countless people have read or heard about LCA/Chris through the 55-60 interviews he gave in 2011.Locally, LCA and the Animal News Van (ANV), attends special events, conferences, schools and fundraisers. LCA’s custom-made, donated ANV is equipped with two large plasma televisions screens, a speaker system and led ticker tape.  The ANV uses the powerful medium of video to educate citizens about the current conditions animals live in by showing investigative reports and disseminating breaking news stories.  Special emphasis is given to schools, educating students and encouraging them to adopt a compassionate, cruelty-free lifestyle.  Attendees at each event range from 30-300. Each year on February 14th – Valentine’s Day – LCA’s Pet Theft Awareness day is held to educate citizens about the nearly two million companion animals that are stolen annually an sold to research laboratories mainly by class “B” dealers where they are tortured, abused and killed.  In 2011 more than 250 animal protection organizations and thousands of supporters nationwide joined LCA in hosting information tables and organizing special events to mark the day. LCA held the seventh annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD)in September 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. This event, attended by approximately 500 people, sponsored by LCA, seeks to end the cruel business of puppy mills by educating the public about their deplorable conditions and to encourage people to adopt animals through rescue organizations and shelters.

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During 2011, LCA was instrumental in the successful campaign for a "Fur-Free Weho." Ordinance #11-877 banning the sale of fur products in the City of West Hollywood, CA was introduced by Councilman John D'Aico. The ordinance passed in November 2011 making West Hollywood, CA the world's first city to ban fur products, setting a precedent for the rest of the world to put an end to the needless suffering of fur bearing animals solely for the purposes of vanity. The official implementation date of the Fur Free Ban is September 21, 2013; on this date West Hollywood, CA retailers will no longer be able to sell apparel that is made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur. The ordinance is the first of its kind in the United states.

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Program Description:

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), often referred to as the “FBI of Animal Rights,” is widely known for its Special Investigation Unit (SIU) that conducts in-depth investigations to expose horrible cruelty and misuse of animals.  The SIU team focuses on validating information, detecting suspect activity, exposing illegal or unethical activities and reporting them to local, state and federal authorities for prosecution.  The information obtained in LCA’s investigations is used to develop campaigns, provide grassroots education and outreach to the public, and to help in drafting legislation that will bring lasting changes for the animals.  The scope of LCA’s investigations includes, but is not limited t pet theft, class “B” dealers, puppy mills, pound seizure, circus cruelty, elephants in captivity, vivisection and pharmaceuticals manufactured from the demise of animals.

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LCA continues to work on the issue of which it was founded; vivisection. Random source animals often end up in research facilities at the hand of class “B” dealers. In 2003, LCA concluded a 15 year investigation into B dealers and handed the case over to the U.S. Attorney’s office which prompted the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to charge the largest and most notorious dealer with more than 100 violations of the animal welfare act. This was the first time a U.S. Attorney’s office took on an animal rights case. LCA’s SIU undercover operations obtained 70 hours of footage and proof of horrendous abuse at the B dealer’s property. In 2005, the same dealer was fined the largest fine ever imposed by the USDA and his license was permanently revoked. In 2006, civil and criminal charges were settled against the B dealer. This precedent setting case is a big win for the animals and has set case law. Due to this Federal felony conviction, this B dealer can no longer vote, bear arms, have any dealing with animals in any way and must report to a probation officer. Other B dealers are still operating until the Pet Safety & Protection Act (which will prohibit class B dealers from supplying animals to research facilities) is passed into law. LCA’s harrowing investigation into this class B dealer was the subject of HBO’s America Undercover 2006 documentary, “Dealing Dogs," which profiles LCA's ground-breaking undercover investigation of Baird. LCA succeeded in planting special undercover investigator, "Pete," inside Baird's Arkansas kennel for over six months. Wearing a hidden camera while working a low-level job at the kennel, he secretly filmed overwhelming amounts of horrible abuse and neglect committed against the dogs. "Dealing Dogs" continues to be aired around the world every year.
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In 2011, LCA was instrumental in getting the City of West Hollywood, California to pass a ban on the sale of fur apparel which makes "WeHo" the first city in the nation to take an important stand on the issue of animal cruelty. LCA's President Chris DeRose was invited by media mogul Rupert Murdoch to speak at the News Corp annual meeting where he directly addressed Murdoch on the issue of Australia's barbaric cruel live animal export industry. Murdoch agreed to publicly condemn the export and to allow a media outlet for the issue. LCA's rescue team traveled to Japan after the devatating earthquake and tsunami and rescued over 400 animals in the nuclear exclusion zone. LCA's Special Undercover Investigation team busted a puppy in Hawaii in 2010 after obtaining video and documentation from one investigator obtaining employment as a kennel attendant. A jury trial is set for the puppy millers in late 2011 and Senator Hee and Rep Oshiro are working on bills aimed to regulate large breeding businesses. In "Santee Alley," the fashion district of Los Angeles, the undercover footage and documentation that LCA assembled and joint task force with the LAPD  resulted in L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa signing an ordinance banning the purchase of live animals in the City of Los Angeles effective September 2011.
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They have literally caught the attention of, and generated the increased involvement of, many of the leaders of the entertainment industry, in the interest of helping animals. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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