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Editorial: Last Hope makes a difference

When Last Hope got its start nearly 30 years ago there wasn’t much to the organization. Founder Bev Orr grew up with an interest in helping animals, and Last Hope, a no-kill animal rescue, was her way of following through.

Back in the early days there were maybe 20 or 30 volunteers to help things run. They would take in stray or abandoned animals, nurse them back to help when necessary and get them ready for a home that could take them in permanently.

It is a difficult, often thankless, sometimes heartbreaking job. In many cases, the volunteers who foster animals have just enough time to get attached before sending them out. They can only take satisfaction in the knowledge the animal is going to a good home, with owners who will love and care for it.

There is no shortage of demand, either. In its three decades of operation Last Hope has helped something more than 43,000 animals find new homes. It has grown to more than 900 volunteers, but there are always more animals in need of help than there are homes willing to take them in.

Orr stepped down from her leadership role earlier this year, but there is good leadership in place to keep Last Hope going strong.

That is good news for Farmington and its animals.