For the last 20 years, we have done our best to rescue, care for, and provide sanctuary to as many dogs and horses as we could handle. Many dogs have come to us for just a short time while we search for their forever home, while some have made their forever home with us. Regardless, all the animals become our family, and we do all that we can to treat them as such. Every animal that we’ve cared for has had their own special personality and has left a lasting impression. As you would expect, during the last 20 years we have had dogs and horses who have crossed the rainbow bridge and are no longer with us; but we feel at peace knowing that we did all we could to rescue them from their abusive and neglectful pasts and provide them with the love, care, and sanctuary that they deserved during their final years.

Meet Our Horses

Alf- adopted February 2020
Alf- adopted February 2020

Alf was not our rescue, but rather rescued by a friend of ours from a kill auction a year or so ago. She was looking for a good home for Alf to go to where she could be entertained and in good company, and we were looking for a horse to take trail riding. It turns out Alf is a registered TN Walker from Texas and one of the best trail horses we've ever been on. She is such a sweetie and we love having her here at the sanctuary!

Hank- 2019
Hank- 2019

We rescued Hank after he was found by our farrier. He was starving at the time and nothing but skin and bones. Since arriving to the farm, Hank is doing so much better! He was been a great additional and we are so happy to have him!

George
George

We rescued George from a NJ trotting track. He was slow, but his personality is quick. He’s the farm’s trouble maker and expert escape artist. Although he’s a challenge to try to ride, he isn’t afraid of rugged terrain. If you can survive the first few minutes on George, he will take you through rivers, lakes, woods, swamps- you name it and he can handle it. George is the young, handsome guy on the farm and he knows it!

Blaze- rescued and adopted 04/2016
Blaze- rescued and adopted 04/2016

Blaze arrived in April '16 when his farm was sold and he was being sent to auction. Blaze had been a boy’s riding horse while he grew up. Now blaze was in his 20’s and his golden years weren’t looking so good. He was so frail and in such bad shape that we weren’t sure if he would make it. After fighting a systemic infection for 6 months he is looking much better and finally putting on weight. He is the sweetest guy you could meet, and has become a wonderful horse for our young granddaughter.

Junior- rescued and adopted 2016
Junior- rescued and adopted 2016

Junior and Princess came from the same auction in February 2016. Our neighbor helped us to negotiate their rescue after they were bought (still on the trailer) from a pinhooker outside. Needless to say, his fate would have been sealed, but we knew he was too young and healthy to meet his end. He’s like a young George- a sneaky little trickster- who loves to get into trouble and is very curious, but who is also a sweet and loveable guy who will follow you around like a puppy.

Bogart- rescued from auction in 2015
Bogart- rescued from auction in 2015

Bogart was rescued from an auction in 2015 with Bacall. He was a lame draft horse with extreme breathing problems. He is a huge guy with a different personality than our race and riding horses. We had to build stocks in order to clean his feet. Bogart underwent tie back surgery in his throat at the University of TN, which was a success. He still suffers from asthma and COPD, but being outside all of the time helps. After realizing we meant him no harm, he has settled in and grown to trust us.

Princess-rescued and adopted 02/2016
Princess-rescued and adopted 02/2016

Princess was rescued with Junior in February 2016. Princess loves people, but she of course is a mare, so her relationship with the herd can sometimes be a bit contentious. She’s a racking horse – a phrase that was new to us upon moving to TN. Racking horse’s have a pacing gate that is very smooth to ride and they very rarely canter. Princess however, has been allowed to run since arriving at LCF Sanctuary, and although her gate may not be as smooth, she sure loves it!

Bacall- rescued from auction in 2015
Bacall- rescued from auction in 2015

Bacall (Calli) was rescued from an auction with Bogart. She was a lame draft horse who took time to settle in at the farm and learn to trust us. We needed to build large stocks in order to clean her feet, yet she still refuses- even when sedated. The farrier said he’s never seen such a stubborn horse. Bacall suffers from severe arthritis and requires a shot every few months to free her from pain. She is an impressively large horse who appears to have taken on the role of boss of the herd.

Cheyenne- rescued and adopted 9/2017
Cheyenne- rescued and adopted 9/2017

Cheyenne came to Last Chance Farm along with Comanche and Sugar after the man who had originally rescued them became ill. She is a scared girl who seems to have suffered abuse at some point. She's healthy and very sweet and we look forward to her making new friends here.

Comanche- rescued and adopted 9/2017
Comanche- rescued and adopted 9/2017

Comanche, the son of Sugar, is a lovely little Palomino who is very attached to his mom. He had never lived with any other horses, but has started making friends with Princess and JR. He is an incredibly sweet boy and we are happy to have him!

Meet Our Dogs

Harvey- rescued and adopted October 2020
Harvey- rescued and adopted October 2020

Harvey came to us from a rescue in North Carolina because the home that he had been placed in was not working out. This rescue did not have room for Harvey and asked if we could take him. The poor guy was filthy, skinny, and suffering from a severe case of heartworm. A good bath, lots of food, and two months worth of heartworm treatment fixed him up! He is our big goofy guy and we are happy to have him.

Chester
Chester

After Lady passed, we went out searching for a new rescue, and found Chester through a German Shepherd rescue group. They had pulled Chester from a kill shelter. He was pretty beat up- broken teeth, a broken toe, and heartworm. The poor guy doesn't even have front teeth! He has become a wonderful edition to our LCF family!

Mia- rescued and adopted 2015
Mia- rescued and adopted 2015

When we got Mia we quickly realized how terrified of people she is. When she arrived, it took four hours to catch her and get her into the house. She loves to play with the animals, but stays away if there are people around. Although she keeps her distance and is always ready to run at any sudden movement, she’s a gentle girl, and she’s learned quickly about the finer things in life (a cozy bed)! She’s fast like a deer, and even resembles on too. As shy as she is, you can tell she’s happy!

Whiskey- rescued and adopted 06/2017
Whiskey- rescued and adopted 06/2017

Meet Whiskey! Whiskey, who appears to be a Black and Tan Coon Hound, was picked up as a stray. Despite his breed, Whiskey would rather "chill" than follow any scents or do any hunting. He and Mia have hit it off, and our girl is happy to have a playmate! Welcome, Whiskey!

Fosters Past & Present

Jet- adopted 2021
Jet- adopted 2021

Jet was abandoned at a nearby trailer by a local family who moved away and left their three dogs (Larry, Moe, and Jet) behind. The dogs were left without food or water. We walked them back to the sanctuary and quickly got them bathed, fed, up-to-date on shots, and ready to find their new families. Jet was the last to find his family, but it was worth the wait!

Tex
Tex

Tex came to use from a local man who enlisted into the military and could no longer keep him. We were able to place Tex with a wonderful retired couple from North Carolina who can love him for many years to come!

Moe
Moe

Moe came to us with Larry and Jet. They were abandoned by their owners who lived near the sanctuary before moving and leaving them behind. We walked them back to the sanctuary where they were bathed, fed, and given updated shots. Moe found his forever family and we couldn't be happier for him!

Larry
Larry

Larry came to use with Moe and Jet. They were abandoned by their owners who lived near the sanctuary before moving and leaving them behind. We walked them back to the sanctuary where they were bathed, fed, and given updated shots. Larry found his forever family and we couldn't be happier for him!

Gracie
Gracie

Gracie came to us through our veterinarian. Gracie's owner dropped Gracie off with our vet asking to have her put down as she did not want to deal with her anymore. When the vet refused, the owner left, leaving Gracie there. We got the call that day and went to pick her up. It took Gracie several days to warm up but she finally did and she turned out to be a doll. Gracie needed an ACL repair and spent several months recovering with us. We are thrilled she has found a forever home!

Jackson
Jackson

A kind neighbor found 10-week-old Jackson abandoned and hiding under a mower in the Valley. She brought him to us, and despite the fleas, ticks, lice, worms, and infections, this little fighter is on the mend. He has adopters lined up who are eager to welcome him in to their family!

February visitor
February visitor

This girl was one of the three wild females that a neighbor helps to keep fed. He was able to catch her and bring her to LCF to be spayed and looked after post-op. It is important for us that we try to keep the homeless dog population down.

February visitor
February visitor

This girl was one of the three wild females that a neighbor helps to keep fed. He was able to catch her and bring her to LCF to be spayed and looked after post-op. It is important for us that we try to keep the homeless dog population down.

February visitor
February visitor

This girl was one of the three wild females that a neighbor helps to keep fed. He was able to catch her and bring her to LCF to be spayed and looked after post-op. It is important for us that we try to keep the homeless dog population down.

Mom and Pups-found 2/19
Mom and Pups-found 2/19

Sweet little mamma and her three pups we

Molly- Jan 2019
Molly- Jan 2019

Molly was our sweet Great Dane puppy foster. She is fun and playful and happy to have found a forever home!

Foxy- 2018
Foxy- 2018
Bonnie and Clyde- 2011
Bonnie and Clyde- 2011
Venus- 2012
Venus- 2012

Venus was a foster that we rescued from Mississippi.

Baxter- 2012
Baxter- 2012
Troy
Troy

Troy was LCF's most challenging foster. He took to our son right away, but he gave us a run for our money. Fortunately, Troy was adopted by a shelter worker.

Riley- 2013
Riley- 2013
Piper May- 2009
Piper May- 2009
Whitney
Whitney
Frankenstein- 2013
Frankenstein- 2013
Bingo
Bingo

Bingo is LCF's latest foster to find his "forever family." He is a high energy boy who loves to play. We love a success story, and Bingo's happily-ever-after is another LCF adoption success!

Carson- 2012
Carson- 2012
Penny
Penny

Penny the beagle showed up outside on the farm during our first winter in TN. It was going to 15 degrees outside so we took her in. After asking all of the neighbors and calling the shelters, we discovered that no one had reported a missing dog. A pastor and his wife from the next city over kindly adopted sweet Penny.

Dixie
Dixie

Dixie came to LCF incredibly overweight from living her (short) life locked in a cage being overfed. We worked hard to exercise her and help her to lose the excess weight. Ultimately her gall bladder burst, and despite an emergency surgery, we were unable to save her.

Rainbow Bridge Dogs & Horses

Fred
Fred

Fred was adopted after my sister-in-law saw him in Ohio and begged us to rescue him. Fred had it hard early on. It looked as though his collar had grown into his skin and he was starving when we rescued him, but he lived a long and happy life with us on the farm in both Connecticut and Tennessee. Sweet Fred will certainly be missed!

Lady- adopted 2018
Lady- adopted 2018

Lady was in pretty rough shape when we rescued and adopted her from our regular Mississippi shelter. She had very bad heartworm, small benign tumors, bad teeth, and she was in heat. We are assuming she was used for breeding and then dumped. She was a friendly and laid-back girl, and learned quickly to play with her new brothers and sister. Lady loved to spread out on the couch for a nap. We are so glad we were able to rescue her and give her life a happy ending!

Sugar- rescued and adopted 2017
Sugar- rescued and adopted 2017

Sugar came to Last Chance Farm with her son, Comanche, and Cheyenne. She was in her late 20's when we rescued her. She had navicular for years, a blown tendon, had developed a skin disease from laying down so much, and her quality of life was no longer what it needed to be at the end of her life. She enjoyed those last carrots though! She will be missed!

Bumpus- rescued and adopted in 2008
Bumpus- rescued and adopted in 2008

Bumpus was part of a litter of wild pups who survived a flood, tornado, being shot at, and having heartworm. His tragic beginning made him afraid of everything, but the girls (Ophelia, Lily and Madison) welcomed him to the pack and I soon became his “mom.” He was athletic and strong, could jump a 5’ fence with ease, and was a true hunter. Mostly, he was an even-tempered momma’s boy who grabbed me by the arm to lead me where he wanted me to go. He was our dear companion and we will miss him.

Ike- rescued and adopted in 2009
Ike- rescued and adopted in 2009

Ike came to use from Morristown, TN with the name “King,” which he, unfortunately, was not. He was timid, sneaky, and fearful of boys and workmen. Ike was an OBSESSIVE scent hound who wore his nose raw circling a cold scent for hours. He was as vocal as he was timid, and spent all of his days sniffing and howling up and down the farm. We lost Ike to cancer in March 2017. He had been chasing a scent the whole day before his platelet count crashed and a mass was found on his liver. RIP, Ike.

Molly
Molly

Molly, a premarin mayor mare, was rescued off the back of a trailer that was going to auction, presumably for slaughter. She was a kind and gentle horse. Even in her old age, she made the move to TN and continued to live at the sanctuary until she passed in 2016 around the age of 30. Molly was a sweetheart!

Angel-rescued and adopted 2003
Angel-rescued and adopted 2003

Angel was adopted with Allegro in 2003, and was LCF’s first horse adoption. She was 19 years old when she was rescued by a group in Connecticut (5 horses were rescued, but only Angel and Allegro survived). Angel was a sweet family horse to ride, and she loved to be with her companions Molly and George. She made the move with LCF to TN, and lived to 31.

Allegro
Allegro
Max- rescued and adopted in 1997
Max- rescued and adopted in 1997

Max, or Cujo, as we lovingly referred to his as when he was contained behind a fence or on a lease, was really just a big cuddle bear. He was found running the streets, and when no one would take him in because of his “Cujo-esque” behavior, we agreed to foster him. Ten years later and he had become our family- my son’s buddy and childhood dog, and the best companion to Ophelia and Madison. He had to be put to sleep around age 13 because of myelopathy and has been missed ever since.

Ophelia- rescued and adopted in 2002
Ophelia- rescued and adopted in 2002

Ophelia was our most loveable, yet most difficult, dog. Although she enjoyed playing, she was all business when it came to hunting. More times than we liked, we would find the evidence of her “successful” hunts. She was the leader of the pack and made sure all the new dogs knew it. Despite her “don’t mess with me” attitude, she loved people and made the best cuddle-companion. Eventually, after battling bone cancer, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep. She was so loved!

Madison- rescued and adopted in 2003
Madison- rescued and adopted in 2003

Sweet Madison was a 145-pound paper towel eating, cord chewing, drooling mess who loved everything about life. She had such personality and LOVED to play and go out on the boat in the summer. In the evenings, she would sit up-right next to you on the couch and watch TV, her favorite of course being animal shows. She constantly followed after her “big sis” Ophelia, often getting into trouble with her. Madison lost her life way too soon to cancer at just 5 ½ years old. She is missed!

Lily- rescued and adopted in 2007.
Lily- rescued and adopted in 2007.

Lily was skin and bones when she came from TX. It didn’t take long for her to fill out and become the “queen of the castle.” Lily was a gorgeous Dane who loved to rule over the male dogs, guarding the bedroom as her own. She loved to rough house, and she loved her home enough to never run off, even when accidentally presented with the opportunity. At some point, Lily got anaplasmosis from a tick, which was misdiagnosed, and she died at the young age of 7 ½ when her platelets just disappeared.

Gator- 2012
Gator- 2012

Gator came to LCF in Connecticut, but his story is a bit tragic. When he was rescued from North Carolina he had distemper and unfortunately died within a month of being with LCF.

Oreo- rescued and adopted in 2005
Oreo- rescued and adopted in 2005

Oreo’s story is tragic one. He was a little black sheep dog who spent most of his life in a horrible shelter in Yonkers. After going there to rescue a Dane who had just been euthanized, I decided to take him home and offer him a better life instead. During a snowy day he climbed on the roof – yes the roof – of the barn and jumped off into the street. He was hit by a car. I still have a very hard time thinking about it.

 

Waiting For A Home

Ghost

Ghost, a beautiful pure-bred Great Pyrenees, is looking for his forever family!

 

Poor Ghost was dumped by someone in our valley. He wandered for a time before falling into the neighbors' pool and almost drowning! The neighbors dried him off and fed him, but already have 2 dogs and can't take another one. Ghost is very gentle and sweet. A purebred, he would need to go to a home familiar with Great Pyrenees, since they love to roam, love to take care of other animals (goats, horses, cows), and need space. They can be couch potatoes, but should not be tied up or confined in small spaces. Ghost is probably 4 or 5 and has no medical problems.

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