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LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS

The FBI of Animal Rights

aka Suite 835   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.LCAnimal.org

Mission

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention. LCA believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter. LCA opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.

Notes from the nonprofit

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) continues to be at the forefront of the animal rights movement, with innovative campaigns and undercover investigations. LCA goes in the trenches, in often dangerous situations, to film and document animal abuse. LCA has had many major precedent setting victories on behalf of the animals and will always keep fighting and pushing forward with new strategies to expose animal exploitation and make lasting changes for animals. Education about animal abuse and encouraging global citizens to make lifestyle decisions that do not involve animal cruelty is key to putting an end to animal abuse.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Chris DeRose

Main address

8033 Sunset Blvd Suite 835 Suite 835

Los Angeles, CA 90046 USA

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EIN

95-4013155

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LCA is conducting undercover investigations and educational campaigns to expose animal abuse in all areas of society; including animal experimentation for pharmaceutical and cosmetic testing, animals used in entertainment and for food and clothing production. LCA believes that animals are put on the earth for their own reasons and not for the benefit or service to humans. LCA strives to expose animal abuse and educate the public about the rights of animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Campaigns & Investigations

LCA strives to educate the public about animal cruelty through websites, brochures, email alerts & mailings. These 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. LCAs website, www.LCAnimal.org, receives over 700,000 hits per month.LCAs e-mail action alerts contain "Calls to Action about issues needing urgent attention. LCA, often referred to as the "FBI of Animal Rights, is known for its Special Investigation Unit (SIU) that conducts in-depth investigations to expose horrible cruelty of animals. The SIU team focuses on validating information, exposing illegal activities and reporting them to authorities for prosecution. The information obtained is used to develop campaigns, provide education and outreach to the public, and to help in drafting or enforcing legislation that brings lasting changes for animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Activists

LCA, often referred to as the "FBI of Animal Right,, is widely known for its Sam Simon 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 LCAs 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 LCAs investigations includes, but is not limited to: pet theft, class "B animal dealers, puppy mills, pound seizure, circus cruelty, elephants in captivity, vivisection and the dog meat trade in South Korea.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Angel Award 2000

Angels on Earth

Telly Award "A.R.C.H." Executive Producers 2011

Telly Awards

Courage of Conscience Award 1997

The Peace Abbey

The Chrissie Award 2007

Dwight & Kimberly Lowell

Special Recognition 1991

Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Tarshis Award 2018

Animal Film Festival

Tarshis Short Film Award 1st Place 2019

Animal Film Festival

Super Cow PSA - Gold and Silver winner in Social Video 2023

Telly Awards

Winner Best Short Film 2023

2023 Santa Monica Film Festival

Official Selection 2022

2022 International Vegan Film Festival

Official Selection 2022

2022 Highland Park Independent Film Festival

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Activists

Related Program

Campaigns & Investigations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LCA's undercover investigations have provided countless animals with freedom from pain, from putting Class B dealers out of business and educational programs.

Number of people converted to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles to reduce farmed animal consumption

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Activists

Related Program

Campaigns & Investigations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LCA's educational programs and public outreach focus on cruelty-free lifestyle choices - which start with the choices on your plate. If you love animals, don't eat them.

Number of undercover investigations/videos to uncover unethical treatment of animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Campaigns & Investigations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LCA's Sam Simon Special Investigation Unit works full time 365 days a year, working undercover to expose animal abuse and provide documentation for prosecution.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Activists

Related Program

Campaigns & Investigations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LCA's work for over more than three decades has had an enormous impact on countless animals to live with freedom from fear and distress.

Number of instance where penalties have increased for animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, and/or sexual assault

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Activists

Related Program

Campaigns & Investigations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LCA's undercover investigations and education campaigns have resulted in awareness and increased penalties for animal cruelty and neglect.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LCA aims to educate the public about the plight of animals and to promote a cruelty free lifestyle. LCA 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.

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.

For over 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.

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. LCA spearheaded an undercover investigation and won a lawsuit against the Gettysburg National Park Service to halt the slaughter of deer in national parks. LCA's front-line campaign to save the Coulston primates came to fruition in 2002 when the Coulston Foundation shut its doors for good after years of total disregard for the lives and welfare of the primates in its care.

In August 2003, LCA's 15-year investigation of Class “B" animal dealers cumulated in the bust of C. C. Baird, America's largest and most notorious Class “B" dealer. Baird's license was permanently revoked and he received the largest fine ever imposed by the USDA. This was the largest multi-agency investigation (federal, state and local) on any animal issue in U.S. history. The 2006 HBO America Undercover's documentary Dealing Dogs, profiles this groundbreaking undercover investigation into the world of pet theft.

LCA continues to be one of the global pioneer animal advocacy organizations. Documentation from LCA's undercover investigations is used by the Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to expose animal abusers and work with prosecutors to obtain criminal charges.

LCA's educational and public outreach programs on a variety of animal issues empower the public to make positive, lasting changes for animals and to make cruelty-free lifestyle decisions.

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.

LCA has been instrumental in the closing down of Ringling Bros. circus, the City of West Hollywood, CA going fur-free and the elimination of Class B dealers from stealing pets and selling them to research facilities - just to name a few. Information gathered from LCA's ongoing undercover investigations is used to file complaints with authorities, get criminal charges against animal abuses, get animal protection laws passed, support introduction of new legislation and enforcement of existing laws.

LCA's Sam Simon Special Investigative Unit continues to expose areas in which animals are being abused and educate the public so lasting changes can be made for animals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Christina Snyder

Philanthropist & Animal Advocate

Term: 2022 -


Board co-chair

Robert Ferber

Former Prosecutor & Animal Advocate

Term: 2018 -

June Averseng

No Affiliation

Rikki Rockett

No Affiliation

Chris DeRose

Last Chance for Animals

James R Balesh

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/28/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.