Dog of the Week: Diesel

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Hubba, hubba…check out Diesel! This handsome young guy, believed to be around 3 years old, is on the prowl for a new home.  Diesel is a smart and loving dog, he loves to be around people so an owner with a flexible schedule will be a great fit for him! Diesel is not a fit with cats or smaller dogs, he loves to play and has wonderful young dog energy that they wouldn’t appreciate.  He will be best suited with a female dog that is non-dominant and around his size, or as an only dog with a dog savvy dog owner.  Diesel will be a star pupil in the FREE obedience class included in his adoption fee! Diesel is friendly with all people, although he ultimately wants a home with older kids who will play with him and help to burn off some of his energy! Diesel may be best suited to a home with a secure and physically fenced in yard as he can get very amped up at other dogs or animals passing by him.

Diesel’s adoption fee is $250 and includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If you need this handsome dude in your life, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Addison

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Hello, Addison here! I am a laidback boxer/pitbull mix looking for a home to call my own! I am about 9 years old and know all my basic commands. I love everyone that I meet, but I do need to be the only princess in your home (no other animals please!). I am good with children of all ages. I am looking for an experienced owner who can handle me when I am around other animals. My foster mom tells me that I learn quickly. With training and time, I have learned to have positive interactions with my fur neighbors. I am looking for a forever home that will give me lots of snuggles and take me on car rides and walks. I am leash and muzzle trained, and ready to find my forever home!

Addison’s adoption fee is $250 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If you’d like to give Addison a soft place to land, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Tilly

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Tilly is a gorgeous mama that is over mom life. Tilly was an outside cat before coming to Last Hope so she is new to snuggling and playing but she is catching on and loving it. Tilly is not a big fan of being picked up; she likes all paws on the floor. Please consider giving this great kitty a chance at a wonderful indoor life!

Tilly’s adoption fee is $85 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If you want to add a beautiful gray kitty to your life, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Dog of the Week: Lyric

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Lyric is happy, friendly, and easygoing. She does great with everyone — cats, dogs, and kids — however, she will take food away from small children or chew on their toys. A typical Basset hound, Lyric can be stubborn and needs a firm, patient owner. She is very people-oriented so could either be an only dog or part of a pack, but shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time. Lyric is an active girl who LOVES going for walks and stays busy following her people around — a fenced yard is required so she can run and play safely without getting lost following her nose. Lyric exhibits other typical Basset tendencies, like stealing food, counter surfing, and digging or nesting (more than one dog bed has been destroyed by her sturdy feet and nails already). She tends to inappropriately eat household items – socks, towels, toys, anything paper or cardboard – this can be very dangerous so her new owner will need to be aware of this and know how to mitigate it. Lyric is housebroken and kennel trained. She will keep you laughing with her fun, clownish demeanor. She responds well to patient, consistent obedience training that includes lots of praise and encouragement.  She will make the right person a loving and wonderful companion.

Lyric’s adoption fee is $250 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If you’d like to add a little music to your life and Lyric seems like a good match, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Joyce Sunde

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Joyce was recently retired and looking for a purpose. That’s when serendipity stepped in. Her daughter was talking with a co-worker and mentioned that her mother was looking to volunteer with animals. That co-worker happened to volunteer at Last Hope and told her all about it and gave her a business card. Joyce’s daughter passed the information along to Joyce and she soon completed the adoption application and started volunteering in January of 2020.

She volunteers with the dog two to three mornings a week. Her work entails cleaning kennels, giving food and water, washing dishes, washing and folding laundry (we go through A LOT of laundry!), and playing with and socializing the dogs.

Of her volunteering, Joyce says, “The staff at LHAR are a joy to work with.  Everyone is so helpful, friendly, and dedicated to the care and comfort of all the pets at the Center.  They make me feel a part of the team, which in turn, makes me proud to have even a small part in the mission of Last Hope.”

Joyce has also opened her home to foster some dogs and became a “foster failure” and adopted two of her foster dogs.

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate pets who need a leg up!” No, thank YOU, Joyce for being so dedicated and dependable – we couldn’t do what we do for the animals without great volunteers like you!

Cats of the Week: KITTENS, KITTENS, KITTENS!

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If you’re looking for a furry companion in the form of a little kitty, we have the hook-up for you! We have plenty of kittens to choose from in pretty much every color and you’re sure to find one (or two!) you’ll love.

Why not consider taking in two kittens? We reduce the adoption fees when you adopt two at a time. Kittens love to play and if they have another kitten to play with, it can keep them busy and hopefully out of trouble. Cats are often thought of as solitary, low-maintenance pets but the truth is most of them love having a buddy to play with and grow up with. Whether you want to adopt one or two, we certainly have a kitten for you!

Pictured are just a few kittens that are available for adoption. If you want to see all the kittens we have, please click HERE to see our list of adoptable cats. Once you find some that you are interested in, the first step is to complete an adoption application which can be found HERE.

We hope you’ll consider opening your home to a kitten or two! They’ll add hours of entertainment and unconditional love.

 

Dog of the Week: Atlas B. Hound

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Atlas is a black lab/hound mix with a whole lot of love to give! His XL heart matches his XL paws, and we just know you’ll fall fast in love when you meet him.  Atlas is dog friendly, although he might be best suited as an only dog in the home.  Atlas wants your attention and he doesn’t want to share after all! He also doesn’t want to share his food, water bowl, or toys with other dogs.  Atlas does great with kids of all ages, so he would love a family with some younger members to be his companion! Atlas doesn’t want to miss out on any of the family fun, so someone that has a very flexible schedule and won’t leave him home alone too often will work best for him.  He can comfortably handle around 4 hours at a time in a kennel.  He will make an excellent walking companion, and is a world-class snuggle buddy!

The adoption fee for Atlas is $250 and includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If Atlas B. Hound sounds like the doggy for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Larry

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Larry is looking for his forever home and best friend. With Larry around you will always have someone to talk to, he has a lot to say. He is a big love bug and wants to be around people. Larry is about five years old.

Larry’s adoption fee is $85 and includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If Larry seems like the buddy for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Kylo (FKA Chief)

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This happy tail is a little different because Alex, the adopter, is a foster for Last Hope. Kylo started out as a foster in her home but she ended up adopting him – what we affectionately call a “foster fail.” But there’s no failure here; Kylo is doing great in his new home.

It all started because Kylo was at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center recovering from surgery. Alex was an employee there and met him when she came to work one day. Before interacting with Kylo she was warned that he was very scared and should be treated with caution. But Alex was able to care for him without him growling or showing his teeth at all. She felt like HE had chosen HER. She found out he was an LHAR dog and knew she had to foster him.

Now he’s a permanent part of the family along with Kia, Alex’s other German shepherd. Kylo still has some behavioral challenges but he’s learning every day to trust humans and interact well with other animals.

Kylo is quite a mama’s boy and is very loyal to Alex. She says he acts like a toddler sometimes, which can try her patience but overall he’s a great addition.

He loves playing with his toys and accompanying Alex to work. The employees there love to give him treats while he’s there. He and Kia use the backyard as a racetrack and chase each other around.

Kylo started out with injuries due to a car accident but ended up with a wonderful forever home with Alex. We are so glad he found a soft spot to land with people who love him!

Dogs of the Week: Chico and Cisco

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Meet Chico and Cisco! These bonded brothers are looking for a home together so if you are ready for double the love and cuddles, these are the pups for you! They are both around 4 years old and believed to be dachshund/chihuahua mixes. Chico (black and tan) and Cisco (tan) love attention! They haven’t been around many children yet, but we are certain they would do just fine in a home with dog savvy children, especially if they wanted to be their cuddle buddies at night! Both boys need to be kept on a low-fat diet, they would each benefit from losing a little weight and while they aren’t necessarily built for long walks they will enjoy shorter walks with you!  The boys also do well kenneling together, so while they enjoy being with people the most, they will tolerate you being gone for a standard workday (up to 8 hours). Chico and Cisco have lived with other small dogs and did great.  They have not met any cats yet, we’re guessing they may bark at a cat initially but could warm up nicely. We will NOT split up these two!

The adoption fee for both is $450 and that includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If you would like to open your home to these two cuddle bugs, please complete an adoption application HERE.