Dog of the Week: Nala

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Sweet and goofy, Nala is sure to steal your heart and then steal your spot on the couch! This XL girl has lots of love to give an owner who will appreciate her exuberant personality. Although she may be all wiggles and come on strong when she meets you, Nala settles in quickly and has a low to medium energy level that is very enjoyable.  Nala is dog friendly (we are going to recommend medium to large-sized, easy-going dogs for her at this time). We are also told that she can scale a fence, but we have not given her the opportunity to show off this skill, so a 6-foot fence is needed for her. She is curious about cats but respectful; she could be paired with a cat that has their own dedicated safe space in the home to escape when wanted. Nala is seeking a homeowner with a good-sized yard and someone who loves playing fetch! She needs an experienced dog owner who enjoys walking a strong dog on a leash (she doesn’t pull, but she is large and can direct you to where she wants to go if given the chance), and someone who will help keep her allergy-free (allergy shots have been given seasonally to help with flare-ups and a high-quality limited ingredient diet). Elementary-aged kids or older please, just given her size and loving nature. We believe Nala is a little over three years old.

Nala’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 meet Nala, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Cece

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Cece is such a sweet little lady who has decided she LOVES indoor life. Give her a good bed or a warm blanket to cuddle up in and she’s as happy as can be. She loves attention and is very affectionate. She does well with other cats and would likely do well with a quieter dog. She is a very curious girl and loves to explore new spaces. She is a little over a year old.

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

If you’d like to meet this great girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Boogie

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Boogie (AKA Kona) is a sweet young girl who loves to smother you with kisses. She was extremely timid at first but she’s really come out of her shell! Her favorite things are running around and exploring outside and wrestling with her big brother in her foster home! Due to her pack hunting heritage, she needs lots of exercise and would thrive in a house with a fenced-in yard as well as a brother or sister to play with. Socialization is a must with this breed! She currently lives with two large breed dogs, one female and one male and she does well with both of them. So far she doesn’t particularly enjoy being on a leash and prefers to run freely in the fenced backyard. She thoroughly enjoys her freedom but in time with good training, she should be able to learn how to walk with a leash. She’s potty trained and has learned sit and lie down. She needs a gentle handler who will be patient with her as she can be very stubborn and will only respond well with positive reinforcement. She’s very food motivated so that should help with training. She is still young and has puppy tendencies so she’s learning what are toys and what she is not allowed to chew on. Shoes tend to be her favorite “toy.” Kona has been trained to stay off furniture in her foster home. She will need kennel training and cannot be left out when her humans are not home. Kona is a gentle, submissive pup who will make a great family dog!

Boogie’s adoption fee is $300 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If Boogie sounds like a girl you have to meet, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Mary Schmeichel

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Mary Schmeichel first found out about Last Hope when she was looking for a place to donate some cat toys. Then, in 2019, she adopted two cats from Last Hope. She knew at that time that when she retired she wanted to volunteer. In September of 2021, she started volunteering to take care of the cats at the Adoption Center.

Volunteering with the cats involves cleaning food and water dishes, giving food and water, cleaning litter boxes, cleaning habitats, administering medication when needed, and giving love and pets to the cats. Mary also volunteers at the Coralville PetSmart where we have some cats and she helps transport cats when needed.

Mary says, “It is so rewarding and I love being able to provide the cats with what they need in order to be healthy and comfortable and it is also great exercise!  After 30+ years at a desk job I also wanted to become more physically active, so it is a definite win-win!  I’ve also met some incredible and fun people with the same love for cats and other animals.” Mary enjoys the camaraderie she has with fellow “Kitty Crew” volunteers and is impressed that many of them are able to work full-time and volunteer in the evenings or on weekends.

We are lucky to have a volunteer like Mary! She’s dependable and dedicated to caring for and loving the cats of Last Hope. We can help more cats because of people like Mary.

Cat of the Week: Portia

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Portia came to Last Hope Animal Rescue with her two siblings, Lex and Pelè, when they were about four months old.  Portia is a healthy and petite gal who keeps herself immaculately clean and she has good manners. Portia’s personality is a quiet and timid one; she will come around for pets when things are quiet and if you will wait patiently for her to approach. Portia would be happiest in a quiet home with people who are understanding that she may need some extra time to adjust and she will likely be very timid until she relaxes into her new surroundings. She is afraid of boisterous children, loud noises, and is scared of dogs.

Portia’s adoption fee is $100 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If you’d like to meet Portia, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Bear

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Pamela and Mark were fostering Bear when they decided they couldn’t let him go and adopted him. They had started fostering after Pamela learned about Last Hope through a colleague.

Although Bear is doing amazing now, at first it was a lot of baths and medications to get him healthy. Bear is very smart and loves car rides and walks. He loves riding in the truck with Mark!

We’re so happy that Bear found his forever home with Mark and Pamela and that he’s doing so well. Happy tails like this one warm our hearts and make all the heartbreak of rescue worth it!

Dog of the Week: Chestnut

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Chestnut is a neutered male walker hound that is approximately 1.5 years old. He is timid at first but quickly opens up. He will be best placed with another confident dog who is happy to play with him. He loves the outdoors and would love a good fenced-in yard. He is working on being potty trained and crate trained. He likes to get into mischief if unattended for very long and will need lots of chew toys. He is currently in a foster home with other dogs and elementary-aged kids and does great with them all. We’re unsure about cats as Chestnut hasn’t met one yet, but he loves to play hard and then lay around. Chestnut is sweet and well-mannered!

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

If you’d like to meet this sweet boy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Booth

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Hello there!  My name is Booth. I was found by some apartment buildings in Cedar Rapids and a kind human brought me to Last Hope to give me the best chance at life.  Shortly after arriving at Last Hope, I had femoral head ostectomy surgery. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?  It’s really not, I don’t understand exactly what happened, I just know that now I can live a pain-free life!  These days you would never know I had any type of surgery done, I’m a typical kitten, bouncing around my foster home. During my recovery, I came to a local Waterloo office to be fostered by a group of fun ladies and my buddy, Jerry, aka Skit Skit.  My foster moms were pretty impressed because Jerry typically doesn’t like fosters, he’s kind of grumpy with them, however, he really liked me.  After I was all better, my foster mom brought me home where I am currently fostered with two large dogs, a small dog, two other foster kittens (Raj & Sheldon), a couple of resident cats, and a lot of teenage boys.  Only four teenage boys actually live in the house, but boy, do they have a LOT of people over.   What would my foster family say about me?  Well….they would say I’m adventurous, snuggly, and friendly.  They would say I like to play, I love canned wet food, dogs don’t scare me, and I like to snuggle both my humans and fellow cats.  I’m an easy-going, laid-back guy just looking for a home to hang out in. Some people believe that black cats are unlucky (umm….excuse me), but I seem to be one lucky dude.  I was caught by a kind and caring human that turned me over to a great rescue so I could get the surgery I needed to live a long and happy life.  If that’s not luck, I guess I don’t know what luck is!

Booth’s adoption fee is $100 and includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

Booth is a great guy and if you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Oogie

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Hi all! My name is Oogie, and I am just under a year old.  As you can tell from my photos, I’m pretty cute! I am also very sweet and goofy according to my foster mom. I was unsure of what being in a house was all about at first, but with some treats and snuggles I warmed up quickly! Having other dogs in my foster home has helped me learn the ropes of being an indoor dog, so I would really love to have another playful pup in my forever home. I also get along with cats and people of all ages! I walk well on a leash, but my foster mom says I would really thrive in a home that has a fenced-in yard for me to play in. I am almost fully kennel trained and house trained as well, If I am not let out frequently I may have an accident but it won’t be long until you’re able to recognize my cues for when I need to go out to potty! I quickly learned how to sit and now whenever foster mom has my food bowl ready I sit and wait patiently for her to set it down for me. I am very food motivated and smart, so my foster mom says that’ll help with my future training. I will just need somebody with patience to me to continue to learn and grow. I do take a daily medication that I will need to continue on possibly long-term.  I had a few seizures that required monitoring and medication, I have had no medical concerns since then but the doctors have said it’s safest for me to stay on anti-seizure medication at this time (diagnosed idiopathic epilepsy, further testing has shown no underlying causes or reasons for concern).

Oogie’s adoption fee is $300 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’d like to meet this great guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Emily

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Emily is a hard little lady to say no to. She demands cuddles and is nothing but purrs when you give in. She’s more than happy to cuddle up on the couch at the end of the day! She loves everyone she meets – from humans to other cats. Even the dog in her foster home. She’s a quiet little lady and nothing seems to phase her. She would rather cuddle than run and play, but she won’t say no to her favorite toys either. A cozy bed or lap to keep warm will keep her happy!

Emily’s adoption fee is $100 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If you’d like a snuggle with this great girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.