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‘Ash before oak, we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash, we’re in for a splash.’

Looking forward to the summer? Evening walks, barbecues, beach visits, gardens awash with vibrant colour, maybe even picking your own tomatoes and beans, catching the sun and yet at the same time doing your best to keep your pooches cool. The old fashioned country saying, based on the order in which two of our well loved native trees come into leaf has suggested that the season of picnics and lemonade will be a dry one.

This Spring, the oak trees were in leaf long before their neighbouring ash trees. If the prediction proves to be correct, you may need to order more sunblock, shake out your shorts and upgrade your flip flops…. and remember to walk your dogs in the shade wherever possible, avoiding the middle of the day, to protect them from heatstroke.

Here's hoping we have suitable weather for our Summer Fayre on Sunday 14th July at the usual venue of Crofthandy Village Hall, near St Day. As well as our popular Companion and Fun Dog Show, there will be craft and doggy goods stalls, tombola, and raffle, and of course cake and refreshments. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting many new ones. Pop it on the calendar now!

June 1st will see one dedicated animal lover take to the road on her trusty bicycle for an epic journey from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, raising funds for LCH; dry weather would certainly help her progress....

Here is a round up of the last month’s LCH activities, and current news, alongside our regular features. 

New Homeseekers

Rocco needs a home

This 11 year old boy has just come on to our books as a private rehome. Rocco is looking for a breed savvy forever home with no children or cats. He prefers his own space, so would be best as an only dog. His keeper says he has a little stiffness in one of his shoulders but is fit and healthy for his age.

If you or someone you know can offer this handsome chap his new forever sofa, please get in touch with us. Email info@lastchancehotel.org.

You can find more information on our other dogs by visiting our website pages: for foster or for adoption. Also our Facebook page.

DISC Newquay

Homeless people are nearly twice as likely to experience mental health problems as the general population. We are witnessing ever increasing economic adversity in our local communities. To help support homeless dog owners and those who find themselves struggling with mental health issues,  veterinary treatment and dog food, we have collaborated with DISC Newquay "Giving emergency service and advice to the homeless and disadvantaged”. Take a look at their Facebook page.

Donations to support this initiative are warmly welcomed.



The New Generation?

This young lady appeared on our Facebook page recently with the following tribute from LCH founder Sam:

'Let me introduce you to Maddie, she is 6 years old and animal mad... This fabulous young lady has just raised £200 for Last Chance Hotel Animal Rescue... she walked 6 miles during the Easter holidays to raise this money. We are absolutely humbled by this massive effort to help us, but more than that, - following us folk in rescue are young people like this who will become animal advocates, and a voice for the voiceless. It is truly comforting to know that there are beautiful souls like Maddie growing up in this world and already making a positive mark in the lives of the creatures that live here..'

Just six years old and fundraising for us….already aware of the need for fundraising…. already aware that animals need our help….wise beyond her years and a credit to her family. May there be many more like Maddie, in the years to come.


Summer Cycle

Another certain (not so young) lady, - Beth Scott, a trustee of LCH, is embarking on a massive fundraiser on Saturday June 1st. Beth is undertaking a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, and has been getting herself fit over the last few months for this daunting challenge. A hobby cyclist, this will be an extraordinary feat of endurance for her. If you would like to follow Beth’s progress, take a look at her JustGiving page, every donation will give her a boost to keep those legs pumping, and wheels turning, up hill and down dale, on the way to her target. 


Rainbow Bridge


Dear Dolly came into rescue two years ago and went into end of life foster with Carolyn and Desmond. She had the company of their other two rescue dogs, and the most loving home you could imagine. Dolly regained a love for life, rediscovered food and learnt to play again, in her new home. This sweet girl sometimes accompanied Carolyn on her talks about LCH, - the children at Connor Downs Academy loved her. As time went on, she began to suffer from all sorts of age related problems, - incontinence, poor eyesight, and latterly, dementia, which would see her restless and panicked on bad days. Dolly had recently reached her 2nd Gotcha Day, but shortly afterwards lost her fight with the debilitating dementia. This little girl has left a big hole in the household, and is much missed. All our love and thanks to Carolyn and Desmond for giving Dolly two wonderful years.



A massive thank you to everyone who joined in our latest online auction, either by way of donating items, bidding, or simply sharing the many amazing lots on their Facebook pages. Carla as usual worked her socks off, collecting goodies, organising, photographing, uploading, keeping the momentum going, and the final result was a fantastic £2631.65 raised for the animals in our care. Huge thanks to Carla for all your hard work, also to helpers Heidi and Kd, and Helen for assisting and collating all the information for payment. What a team!


No more Bonus Ball….

Sadly, we say goodbye to the LCH Bonus Ball page, due to lapsed subscriptions. A very big thank you to our regular fundraiser Andrew Russell who initiated and ran the page; it is always good to try these things, but this one was not to be. 

If you would like to help LCH with a fundraising event, please contact the team with your idea on 01209 281159 or email Louisa on louisa@lastchancehotel.org.

Pets at Home Charity Drive - last few days!

Last Chance Hotel has been chosen as the nominated Charity of the Year at Pets at Home Pool branch. Support Adoption for Pets, the charity closely affiliated to PAH, is running a Summer Fundraising Appeal – Help Fill Empty Tummies, from Friday 17th May to Thursday 13th June, raising money for homeless pets. Our lovely volunteers are attending every weekend at Pool branch from the 18th May through to 9th June, so please do drop in and say hello and have a go on the tombola, and help the appeal. This is a big fundraiser and LCH will be a beneficiary.



Two fabulous events are on the horizon.

Our Summer Fayre with Companion and Fun Dog Show will be held on Sunday 14th July at Crofthandy Village Hall, near St Day, TR16 5JQ. There will be lots of stalls, a fab tombola, raffle, and our usual refreshments and cake. 10am until 4pm, show starts at 12 noon. 


The August Bank Holiday on Monday 26th August, will see us in Falmouth, at the Princess Pavilion, 41 Melvill Rd, Falmouth TR11 4AR for a doggy day out. Stalls, games for dogs as well as kids, dog show, and of course refreshments available in the Pavilion cafe.

Make a note of the dates in your diary. More information on our website Events page.

Thank you!

On the Road to a Ton

Many thanks to the staff and customers of Hopley’s Coaches, for another £50 donation from their “Ton of Money” appeal. We are very grateful for your support.


Facebook Fundraisers

Thank you, Wendy Newton, for nominating LCH for your birthday fundraiser, we hope you had a lovely day! Also to Elaine Avery and followers of the Naturally Vegan Plot for their kind donations. Thank you all for thinking of our animals in need.

Rosie's Mini Quiz

Rosie is an ex puppy farm breeding girl. She came into rescue last September with several other Chihuahuas and now has a loving home with an LCH volunteer. She is very inquisitive (nickname 'Nosy Rosie') so we thought she would be ideal to host a miniature quiz! 

Test your brainpower with these collective nouns for animals, all are UK domestic or wildlife

  1. A gaggle of....?
  2. A charm of.....?
  3. A parliament of.....?
  4. A business of......?
  5. The collective noun for crows?
  6. And for bats?
  7. And squirrels?
  8. And lastly, cats?

(Answers at the end of the newsletter)

Sanctuary News

Goose Willis comes to stay

May saw the arrival of Goose Willis the gander, a single handsome boy, who became lonely in his home after losing his girlfriend.



Adding to the goat ‘herd’ were Willow, Poppy and Timothy, who were no longer wanted at a school which teaches animal husbandry. They are now safe, and have been meeting longstanding residents Womble and William. Poppy (black stripe on her back) has a bad case of Mastitis, she has to be milked 3 times a day and is on a course of antibiotics.

We are always in need of assistance at the Sanctuary, any time you can spare is much appreciated. Please contact us if you can help: email info@lastchancehotel.org or tel 01209 281159.

Happy Gotcha Day!

“Gotcha Day” is the name given to the day a lucky hound first came into his or her forever home. Here are some tributes of that celebration of love


Happy Gotcha Day Spangle...3 years today and still a darling to have in our home😍😍😍😍 JJ



1 year ago we travelled down towards Truro to meet this guy again and bring him home. We love you so much Finlay, our big floof, wouldn’t be without you. C A-V 



Gotcha Day for Madam Lola 3 years today❤️ SC


Celebrated Baileys first Gotcha Day this week. He’s such a mummy’s boy. Love him to bits. TI

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 15th June 7.30 pm eyes down

Bingo Night at The White Hart Hotel, Holsworthy EX22 6EB. Fab raffle.To book a table please ring The White Hart on 01409 253475.

Sunday 14th July 10am - 4pm  LCH Summer Fayre and Dog Show at Crofthandy Village Hall. More info to come on our website events page.

Monday 26th August  Fun Dog Day at Princess Pavilion 41 Melvill Rd, Falmouth TR11 4AR. Details to follow.

Did you Know?

We have a NEW LAST CHANCE HOTEL FACEBOOK PAGE, which aims to keep you updated with all the latest news on the dogs and much more. Please click on the link and ‘like’ our page.

We have other Facebook groups: LAST CHANCE HOTEL AUCTION runs auctions throughout the year, with loads of fab stuff up for grabs, raising vital funds for our vet bill.

Our Amazon Wishlist, by which you can purchase specific goodies and have them delivered to us, is a lovely way to send a present for our animals! The link will take you straight there for a browse of all sorts of goodies from toys and chews to harnesses, coats and lovely food.

There are also ways to help raise funds for us whilst you’re shopping online, which don’t cost you a penny. Easyfundraising is a scheme whereby you can shop at many popular retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and they will donate a small percentage (usually 1%) of your order to the charity of your choice, with no extra expense to you. Giveasyoulive is a similar scheme, with over 4000 retailers involved.

Like all charities, we depend almost entirely upon the generosity of our wonderful supporters. We have several ways in which monetary donations can be made: PayPal is easy and convenient for the many people who hold an account.

JustGiving provides another way of donating and also an opportunity for individuals to fundraise for us through sponsorship of a personal challenge. In addition, it allows us to claim back the Gift Aid part of the donation which can add vital pennies.

If neither of these methods are suitable, then we are more than happy to accept donations via direct bank transfer using the following information:

Last Chance Hotel
Sort code: 20-67-19
Account no: 73797503
(Do drop us a quick email with your details so we can say thanks!)

or cheques, if sent to our Treasurer, at the address given at the bottom of this newsletter.

Legacies are also a vital source of support and we now have a dedicated page on our website which provides information on legacies and about leaving a gift in your Will to Last Chance Hotel. All donations enable us to continue our work in rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming, and legacies provide a future for the charity, as well as giving us further opportunity to educate, inform and promote responsible pet ownership.

Thank you from Team LCH and all the animals!


Rosie's Mini Quiz answers:

1. Geese      2. Foxes     3. Owls    4. Ferrets   5. Murder   6. Colony or camp   7. Dray or scurry   8. Clowder or glaring

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”


(although often attributed to Winston Churchill)

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Last Chance Hotel

14 Westdown Road, Delabole, Cornwall. PL33 9DS

01209 281159