Cat of the Week: Naiah

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Sweet girl Naiah is all about love and attention and she seems to especially enjoy living with other kitties. She is purring the instant you pick her up and will cuddle all day long! She’s got a soft and beautiful brown tabby coat with little specks of orange tortie coloring sprinkled in. She still gets a little nervous in new places and will need some time to adjust to a new space – but she shouldn’t take long to make friends with her new family. Naiah is about 1.5 years old.

Naiah’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’d like to meet this sweet, pretty girl please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Dog of the Week: Wiley

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Wiley is a fun-loving energetic 6-7 month-old husky shepherd mix that came from the local animal shelter that was overflowing and reached out to the rescue for help. While we don’t know his back story we are having a hard time figuring out why anyone would give him up; just look at those ears! He loves to play with other dogs and loves to be around his people, too. Wiley is currently in a foster home with two other dogs and would likely do best with a dog sibling who loves to play as much as he does. He loves to chew on chew toys and loves his food. Wiley knows sit and is working on sitting and waiting for his dinner but he just can’t resist sometimes! Wiley is kennel and potty trained. He does well with other playful dogs and has done well around children but he has not been introduced to cats. Wiley does well on a leash with a harness and would probably love going on runs to get out some of that puppy energy.

Wiley’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 think Wiley’s ears are just the bee’s knees and would like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Dewlanna

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Dewlanna has been fostered in a home with lots of other kitties – from kittens to adults. There are friends and family members (including little kids) who visit often, so she’s used to commotion and has decided to be a sweet and loving girl! She still isn’t a real lap cat, but she loves to sleep right next to you and she LOVES attention when you first go to bed! She runs and plays with the cats/kittens and enjoys playing with toys, too. Dogs are unknown.

Dewlanna is FIV+ but she can still live a long and healthy life! She has been safe around other cats so she would not necessarily need to be the only cat in the home as long as she got along with the other cats. She had to have some teeth pulled due to a sore and bacteria in her mouth. But she’s healthy and not on any medication. She can eat both hard and soft food.

If you have room in your heart and your home, please consider giving this beauty a loving home! She is about eight years old.

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

If you’d like to meet this long-haired gorgeous kitty, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Koa

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Meet Koa, the adoptable one-year-old pocket bully from Texas who is ready to steal your heart! Koa is a unique blend of bulldog legs and a pittie body and head which makes her a certified ‘pittopotamus.’ Weighing in at about 45 pounds, she’s the perfect size for snuggles and playtime.  Koa might be a bit timid in new situations, but she always puts on her brave face and faces the world with courage. She’s playful and loves her toys, enjoying gentle play sessions that often include a fun game with your hand. After a few zoomie laps around the yard, Koa is ready for a well-deserved rest.  House-trained and accident-free since joining her foster home, Koa knows how to sit and is working on mastering other commands.

Due to her true Texas roots, she loves to sit outside and soak up the sun, making her the perfect companion for someone who loves to relax outdoors.  When it comes to walks, Koa prefers short, sweet strolls and likes to lead the way, deciding when it’s time to head home. Her playful spirit and love for snuggles make her an all-around good girl who is sure to bring joy to her forever family.  If you’re looking for a loyal, loving companion with a heart as big as Texas, Koa is the one for you.

Koa’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 this short cutie appeals to you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Radio

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Spunky girl Radio is ready to tune in your heart! This little lady is around three years old and she has a beautiful muted gray tabby coat and striking green eyes. If you’re seeking a feisty kitty, listen up! We love Radio’s personality, she has a raspy little voice and loves to keep her people in check when they want to clean and she wants to nap! Radio is not a fit in a home with other cats, she wants your lap all to herself. She has done well in a home with a very friendly dog that enjoys a cat with a big personality. Radio needs a little time to tune in on new people so don’t mind the static as you can be sure that a beautiful harmony is sure to follow once she settles in!

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

If you like a cat with a big personality and you’d like to meet Radio, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Mango

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If you are looking for a dog that is equal parts adventure buddy and couch potato, Mango could be the guy for you! Mango is around 2 years old and he’s a yellow Labrador mix with one distinct feature – one soulful brown eye and one sparking blue eye. Mango is a medium to large-sized dog weighing around 55 pounds, he is dog friendly with those he has met around his size and have enjoyed getting out for walks with both volunteers and other dogs. We have briefly introduced Mango to cats and he was very interested in giving them lots of sniffs; we have a feeling he would chase kitties given the chance! Mango is going to be best suited in an active home because he’ll enjoy having a yard to romp and explore. If there are children in your home, we feel that Mango might be best suited with dog-savvy kids We’re told that he lived with younger teens/tweens before. He can be mouthy when he starts playing with toys, but he redirects very easily! Mango already knows a few basic commands, but will be eager to learn more with your help as we find him to be a very intelligent guy!

Mango’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’d like to meet this great guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Bre Osterkamp

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Bre found Last Hope through an adoption event at PetSmart. She was looking to possibly adopt a cat and the volunteers at the event talked to her about how much we need volunteers. Since Bre had been wanting to find somewhere to volunteer it seemed like a great opportunity.

She primarily works with the cats but has also helped at several events in the community including walking a dog in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Seeing the cats brightens her day and she loves ensuring their bellies are full and they get the love and attention they deserve.

Bre says, “I like volunteering at Last Hope because I have an absolute love for animals. They deserve to know just how sweet and special they all are. It is so fun to learn each and every one of their own personalities! I often think of them all as my own and keep up with what they are up to when I’m not able to be there.”

She thinks volunteering has been very rewarding and she loves advocating for those who do not have a voice. And it’s exciting for her when they get their forever homes.

We are lucky to have Bre as a volunteer because we can always count on her to be here when she’s needed and to put the welfare of the animals first and foremost.

Happy Tail: Bobby Dash

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Shannon and Tom Arne already had Castiel (Cas) the cat at home and were looking to adopt another one. Shannon heard about the Last Hope Facebook page from a friend and became familiar with our organization.

They knew they wanted a cat younger than Cas and Shannon had a soft spot for black cats, having been human to a few “house panthers” in the past. She also saw it as a sign that the birthday of a black cat at Last Hope had an estimated birthdate one day off from Cas’ birthday. His name was Dash (now Bobby Dash).

Considering it was during the pandemic and Bobby Dash had been in a hoarding situation, the adoption process went fairly smoothly. But the “coming home” part was unique. Shannon and Tom Arne had an entire room set up just for Bobby Dash, complete with everything he would need to stay there while he got used to the new surroundings. Although he had the whole room to himself, he stayed in one small area and found a bag of plastic bags in which to hide. Thinking the bags might be unsafe, Shannon got a cardboard box and cut a hole in it. She draped one of her shirts over it and Bobby Dash decided it was a good place to hide.

They would visit him in the room and talk to him, trying to get him used to them but things weren’t going very well. They began to wonder if the situation was any good for Bobby Dash. But then they decided, since he was from an unusual situation to try something unusual. They opened the door to his room and let Cas come in and allowed Bobby Dash to come out. They brought in Cas’ favorite toy and played with him to show Bobby Dash that it was okay to play and eventually, he joined in a little bit. The fourth day after the door was opened, he ventured out a little bit. By day six, he went a few rooms beyond his room. And by day ten, the house was his!

Progress felt very slow to Shannon and Tom Arne while this all took place and they posted updates on Facebook so their friends could follow along. With the help of Cas and a favorite toy, Bobby Dash got more comfortable. The more he played, the more he seemed to understand that it was his house, his family, he was safe. Within three weeks he wasn’t the same Bobby Dash. He was a completely changed cat, cuddly and wanting lovies.

Since he got comfortable in his new home, Bobby Dash has learned more language skills and so has his older brother. They both love to play with toys and race through the house (referred to by Shannon and Tom Arne as the “cat-tona 500”).

We say it often but it bears repeating after hearing the story of Bobby Dash; adopting a pet can take time. Please be prepared to give them time and space to get acclimated to a brand-new world and schedule. Try different things to help them during the adjustment period if the standard attempts don’t seem to be working. Above all, be PATIENT and show them love. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

Tom Arne and Shannon exercised patience and ingenuity when Bobby Dash came to live with them and they now have a beloved cat who has blossomed into his best self. The rewards made everything worth it. We’re so glad he was able to adopt such a great family that was willing to help him on his terms.

Cat of the Week: Caramel

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Meet Caramel! Caramel is a beautiful black, white, and caramel-colored kitty searching for her forever home. Caramel joined us unsure of the world and people but has since become a very loving girl. Although she is not the biggest fan of being picked up, she is always ready to receive pets in exchange for some head butts. She will even rub into you to ensure she is being properly loved on. Caramel will also enjoy a treat whenever you are offering! She is currently living with other cats but she tends to keep to herself and favors her personal space, so she would do well in a home with other laid-back cats. She’s about three years old.

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

If this sweet treat appeals to you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Journi

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Are you ready to go on a Journey with Journi?  At just around 6 months old this little girl is ready to grow and go on to live a long and happy life with you! And just like the band the “Girl Can’t Help It,” she wants some “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ ”! “Don’t Stop Believing”…in training! This pup is super smart and will be a star pupil in training or even agility classes!  “Any Way You Want It,” Journi is ready to bring some adventure to your life! Journi will need to go “Separate Ways” with cats because she isn’t a match with them, unfortunately. As for dogs, she’ll need a laid-back dog who will welcome her with “Open Arms.”

Journi’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 you think you might be ready to create beautiful music together, please complete an adoption application HERE.