We are One Last Chance Animal Rescue Team, a volunteer group working in connection with multiple pounds and animal shelters across Montreal and surrounding areas. Our goal is to save as many viable lives as possible by getting animals that are at risk of euthanasia out of shelters, and into approved, foster based rescue organizations. All of this takes a lot of time, passion, dedication and coordinating.
Since April 2016 alone, 503 cats, 242 dogs, (27 which were pitbulls) and 40 exotic animals (for a total of 785 animals, not counting wildlife, adoptions and claimed) were transferred out of Montreal area pounds and into reputable rescues in Montreal, Ontario, Nova-Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
It has been a team effort; with the help of dedicated volunteers from foster-based rescues, rescue coordinators, and animal rescue transport organizations such as Freedom Drivers, this was made possible. We have worked tirelessly on rehoming pitbull type dogs, so much so that our efforts have picked up media traction, such as CTV News (http://regina.ctvnews.ca/mobile/stray-pit-bulls-get-new-leash-on-life-in-saskatchewan-1.3049699
), The Gazette (http://montrealgazette.com/life/freedom-drivers-help-unwanted-animals-find-the-road-to-a-new-life
), CJAD News, CBC, Global News, Leader Post, Mtl Dog Blog, and The Dodo .
On Tuesday, September 27th, the unthinkable happened: the Montreal city council voted in favour of changes to its animal control bylaw, passing with a vote of 37-23, the second most sweeping Breed Specific Legislation in the Country. The community of Montreal is distraught, as it opposes such a bylaw which has been a failure both historically and scientifically. As of October 3rd 2016, no one in the city of Montreal is entitled to adopt a Pitbull, meaning that all Pitbull or “Pitbull-type” dogs that are stray, in shelters, pounds, or foster-based rescue organizations are at risk of euthanasia – regardless of their docile temperament.
Most of the animals that are saved come with pull fees, transportation fees and extensive vet fees; and this is entirely covered through fundraising, donations and adoption fees. With the overwhelming number of Pitbulls whose lives are now being threatened, OLC now, more than ever need your help and donations to offset some of the transportation and vetting expenses required to ensure these adorable and innocent dogs' safety.
These innocent animals have rescues and foster homes waiting for them across Canada – but we need to get them there, with your help. In considering jumping on board to save lives, please remember that by doing so, you are not only being the voice for Pitbulls. You are being the voice for ALL animals in need of homes, whether cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, etc... This is for the dog that cuddles you every night, the cat that passed away in your arms, the stray colony that seeks shelter under your balcony, the bunny you could never imagine eating, and all the other animals yourself, or a loved one, cares so deeply for. They without a doubt give you a reason to go on, let’s come together and do the same for them.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help them in such a time of need. We truly appreciate your efforts in helping us make change.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to speaking wit you.
The One Last Chance Rescue Team