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  • Los Angeles, CA

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.

Main Programs

  1. Campaigns & Investigations

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chief executive for fy 1985

Chris DeRose

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animal rights, animal protection

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Physical Address

8949 Sunset Blvd 3rd Fl

Los Angeles, CA 90069 1806

Also Known As

LCA, Dogs Last Chance


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Impact statement

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) uses information gathered from undercover investigations to conduct campaigns that educate the world about animal abuse. The information is used to draft complaints to authorities, provide support for passage of legislation or the introduction of animal protection laws and to inform society about humane choices they can make that will help end animal suffering.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Campaigns & Investigations

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 ( ) receives over 700,000 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 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. 

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 to: pet theft, class “B” dealers, puppy mills, pound seizure, circus cruelty, elephants in captivity, vivisection and the dog meat trade in China.





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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    LCA aims to educate the public about the plight of animals, promotes cruelty free lifestyle choices and is committed to disseminating truthful information about animal abuse in today's society. Awareness and compassion towards animals can only happen through education and the choices of future generations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    LCA's undercover investigations expose injustice to animals, provide footage to the news media, and secure precedent-setting convictions that land abusers in jail. The information obtained in LCA investigations is used to develop campaigns, educate the public and draft legislation to bring lasting changes for animals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For three decades, LCA's President & Founder, 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.

    LCA is known as the "FBI of Animal Rights." Since it's formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation's pioneer animal advocacy organizations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    LCA is committed to achieving progress for animals through federal and state legislation and grassroots activism. Progress for animals can be measured by public sentiment and outcry and in the election of humane lawmakers that pass laws for the protection of animals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    LCA took a camera crew into UCLA's Brain Research Institute, where cats were being used as research subjects. The horror of animal research was exposed on the national television show 48 Hours and on CNN, turning the tide in media and public perception of vivisection.

    HBO America Undercover aired "Dealing Dogs," in 2006, which profiled LCA's ground-breaking investigation of Class B Dealer C.C. Baird in Arkansas, the largest and most notorious "B" dealer in the U.S. Acting on evidence (gathered by LCA's undercover investigator on Baird's Martin Creek Kennels) that was handed over to local, state and federal officials in 2003, a raid on Martin Creek Kennels led to charges against Baird for hundreds of violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Baird pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to launder money and consented to criminal forfeiture of $200,000 and approximately 700 acres of land. Baird was the biggest and most notorious Class B animal dealer; he permanently lost his Class B license and had to pay a $262.700 fine - the largest ever imposed by the USDA.

    Following Chris DeRose speaking at the News Corps AGM in October 2011 and receiving confirmation from Rupert Murdoch that News Corps media outlets would provide a fair and impartial voice on the Ban Live Animal Export topic, several articles written by DeRose and condemning Live Animal Export in Australia have appeared in eight News Corps publications. He also appeared on HLN Jane Valez Mitchel show to bring the issue to light in the US. LCA continues to work to educate the public on the issue, and to put pressure on the Australian government to end to live animal export.

    LCA's Special Investigative Unit continues to expose areas in which animals are being abused. Information gathered from LCA's 2014 and 2015 investigations into Pel-Freeze in Arkansas, one of the country's biggest rabbit slaughterhouses and Christensen Farms pig factory farm in Minnesota showing extreme abuse to animals have been used to file complaints with authorities. The information is also used to help get animal protection laws passed or support introduction of new legislation.

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LCA is funded through private contributions and urges supporters to become recurring donors by visiting or by calling us toll free at 888-ANIMAL.



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Chris DeRose


For over three 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. He also released an updated version of In Your Face in Fall 2014.


"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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