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Last Hope Animal Rescue Hosts Zumbathon Fundraiser

Residents participate in Zumba to support Wantagh shelter's foster animals.

in Wantagh held a Zumbathon this past Saturday in an effort to further support their foster animals and community outreach programs.

The fun-filled event, which took place from 1-3 p.m. on 3300 Beltagh Ave., allowed community members to donate to a good cause while exercising and participating in numerous activities. People were able to take part in the fundraiser by purchasing tickets to the Zumbathon for $10 at the door, with all of the proceeds going directly to Last Hope.

For the price of admission, individuals were able to participate in high-energy Zumba routines lead by the instructors of Yogasize. Prospective pet owners had an opportunity to meet the dogs and cats of Last Hope during the event. The fundraiser also consisted of a book sale, raffles, and Hair by Victoria’s hair extensions for both humans and canines.

Darlene Smith, owner of Yogasize, found it imperative to volunteer her services to Last Hope after learning about their cause. Although the instructors of Yogasize have generously donated their time to other fundraisers in the past, Smith explained that her love for animals is what made her decide to contribute to such an exciting event.

When asked why Zumba would be an enticing way to get new community members involved with Last Hope, Smith said, “It’s a workout that feels like a night out!”

The successful Zumbathon, which brought out community members of all ages, provided Last Hope with additional funds to help support the foster animals in its care. Unlike many animal shelters, Last Hope prides itself on the gentle care and attention that it offers to each and every animal. While most shelters may contain up to 30 or more dogs, Last Hope never exceeds 10 to 12 canines at one time.

According to Last Hope board members Letty Canals and Cheryl Mera, the rescue center’s approximately 200 volunteers ensure the well being of each and every animal that comes into their care. Individuals may rest assured that when looking to adopt from Last Hope, they will be receiving a pet that has not only been taken care of, but matches their exact needs, said Canals.

“We get to know the dogs’ personalities, so we try to match them with the right families,” said Canals.

Canals and Mera emphasized that those who work on behalf of Last Hope ensure that thorough references are checked, and follow up appointments are made. The safety and happiness of each dog and cat are of utmost importance to the members of Last Hope.

To find out how to adopt an animal from Last Hope Inc. Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation or to donate, visit their website

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