Bunny of the Week: Sundae

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Sundae has ears to hear you coming and a nose for spunk. She is energetic and is looking for a family to match! Don’t let her enthusiasm fool you, she has big brown eyes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Sundae is litter box trained and looking for her forever home. If you want a companion that is sociable then you have to meet Sundae. She is about three and a half years old.

Sundae’s adoption fee is $50.00 which includes her spay surgery.

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

Volunteers of the Month: Regina and Chuck Everhart

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Regina and Chuck have been volunteering for about three years. They have always taken in strays and provided shelter and food for community cats. A couple of years ago they found two groups of kittens that had been dumped. Some were too young and needed bottle feeding while others were obviously not well. Regina says, “Last Hope stepped up and helped us with them.  We were so impressed with the compassion Last Hope showed for them all, that we felt it was an organization we wanted to be part of.”

When they began volunteering they started by cleaning cages and socializing the LHAR cats housed at Coralville PetSmart. They also transported cats to IHA and took rescued cats and kittens to the Adoption Center for evaluation and/or foster placement.

One FIV+ cat had to be segregated and stole their hearts. They are retired and their kids are grown so they had three extra bedrooms. One of those became his room. He was adopted soon after that. It wasn’t long after that that some orphaned kittens were found and they took them in because none of the local fosters had room and they needed a foster experienced with bottle feeding. Regina and Chuck took in the four kittens. Regina says, “When we went to our cabin at the lake, they went with us.  It was one of the most rewarding things we have ever done. Since then, we have taken several fosters. They are all part of the family until they find their own furever homes.  We currently have 4 fosters that are on medication and love them dearly.”

They have made lifelong friends with some people at Last Hope as well as memories of their foster cats that they will cherish forever.

We are lucky to have volunteers like Regina and Chuck because they have a wealth of experience and love the cats they foster. Their dedication and willingness to help is priceless. Thank you Regina and Chuck, for all you do!

Dog of the Week: Jupiter

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Hi, my name is Jupiter and I can’t wait to meet you! I love everyone who comes into my home and I will make sure they know it with lots of kisses and snuggles. My favorite place to be is pressed up against someone’s leg so they don’t forget how much I love them. I am loyal to the core. The only thing I love more than my human friends is food. I love snacks and treats. I am a very smart girl and learn new commands very quickly if you offer me a treat for it. I take medicine every day which makes me happy because that means I get a piece of cheese or some yummy peanut butter to hide it in. De-lish!  Since I am a brilliant girl, I love brain puzzles that keep me from getting bored. Sometimes when I am bored I chew on things that aren’t mine, but I’m willing to learn not to.

I like squishy rubber toys better than hard ones. I don’t like kennels but if you let me sleep in bed with you, you won’t hear an objection from me. I love people, but dogs make me nervous.  I would do best if I were your only furry bestie. Loud noises also frighten me like big trucks. I am very skilled at walking on a leash when given clear guidance. I had surgery on my back leg that left me with pins and a plate but you would never tell. My legs are nice and strong now and I love stretching them on daily walks. I am very polite and will let you wipe my feet off before coming inside our home if you ask for my “paw.” (I also know ‘sit,’ ‘lay down,’ ‘wait,’ and ‘off’). Plus I’m excited to learn more if you bring the treat bag.

Once I get inside I’m quite the couch potato, especially if you will sit with me. As I said, cuddling is my favorite.  I am quite the slobbery gal but that’s part of my charm! Just thinking about my dinner makes my mouth water but no chicken-based dog food please, it makes me itchy. I know my natural brindle coat is beautiful but I am a fashionista that never says no to being dressed up. I love going on car rides so submit an application and let’s get cruising together on our lifelong adventure. Jupiter is about four years old.

Jupiter’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 would like to meet this happy girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Luna Cat

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Meet Luna Cat, a spunky tortoiseshell with a heart full of love. Luna is eagerly searching for her forever home. With her dynamic personality and boundless energy, she is ready to find a place where she can thrive. Despite having one of her legs amputated due to an injury, she has never let her physical limitations hold her back. Luna effortlessly navigates her surroundings and explores the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Luna currently resides with a mix of cats and dogs. While some of the resident cats may not always see eye to eye with her, that doesn’t stop her playful antics. If you’re in search of a feline friend who will be playful but loving, Luna Cat might just be the perfect fit. Don’t miss the chance to provide Luna with a loving forever home where her boundless energy and affectionate spirit can truly shine. She is about one year old.

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

If you think this spunky gal is for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Oscar

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Oscar is a nearly two-year-old dog who came to Last Hope shy and timid, but he has really flourished and loves being with his people. He is always giving you hugs and kisses. He loves playing with other dogs but has not been around any cats. Oscar always wants to be by your side, whether in your bed, on the couch, or lying in the same room. He is very playful (ball and rope) but is still getting used to quick movements and loud noises. He is getting used to car rides and will jump in the car on his own. Once he is in the car he is a little anxious, but that will pass. He loves Scooter’s pup cups. Oscar is on dry dog food and is not food-driven. You can put a bowl of food down and he may not eat it right away. Same with treats; he may eat them right away or hide them for a later snack. Oscar will go in an open kennel but we have had good success leaving him out while we are gone for a few hours at a time. When meeting Oscar, he may seem shy at first but will warm up to you quickly. He is trained to use an underground containment system for the yard. He is currently learning to go on walks (leash training). He loves to be outside and loves his baby pool. Oscar is very smart and will pick up anything you try to teach him very easily. Once you meet Oscar, he will capture your heart.

Oscar’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.

Oscar is such a sweet dog and if you’d like to meet him please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Lola and Ireland

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Travis, Rachel, Austin, and Hannah knew about Last Hope because Grandma used to volunteer for us before she moved. Grandma told Hannah about Lola and Ireland and Hannah also saw them on the website.

Today, Lola and Ireland are doing very well! The adjustment period was short and easy and the two kitties settled in well. They like how affectionate the two are. Lola likes going for walks in a cat backpack that Hannah bought for her and Ireland likes to play. Lola is so affectionate that she loves to rub on their dog Lilly and on everything else around the house!

The family adopted the cats a couple of years ago and things are going great with them. They fit into the family well and are thriving. Lola and Ireland hit the jackpot with their forever family!

Cat of the Week: Humperdinck

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Humperdinck is the most athletic cat of the litter.  He is a contortionist par extraordinaire, and can often be found hanging out on the curtain rods or tunneling under the couch.  He’s a perfect tabby, with symmetrical stripes and soft soft fur.  Humperdinck can always find a way to amuse himself, and he’ll end up amusing you, too!  Dink likes other kitties, especially those that love to wrestle and play, and he is fond of people, as well.  If you have always wanted to host the circus in your own living room, Dink will make a fantastic ringmaster! He is about six months old.

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

If this little daredevil appeals to you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Beechnut

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Hello, my name is Beechnut (not sure if I was named after the coffee or the tree). I am a one-eyed bandit but it doesn’t slow me down. I love people and other dogs. I follow my foster mom around and sometimes she chases me. She can’t catch me unless I want her to because I can run fast. I like to sit next to you on the couch, especially if you give me belly rubs. I also like to sit in laps. I’m a quiet little boy and if you have room for me, I am ready for you. Are you ready for me? I’m about four years old.

Beechnut’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 Beechnut with the beautiful coat strikes your fancy and you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Luna Cat

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Meet Luna Cat, a spunky tortoiseshell with a heart full of love. Luna is eagerly searching for her forever home. With her dynamic personality and boundless energy, Luna is ready to find a place where she can thrive. Despite having one of her legs amputated due to an injury, she has never let her physical limitations hold her back. Luna effortlessly navigates her surroundings and explores the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Luna currently resides with a mix of cats and dogs. Some of the resident cats may not always see eye to eye with her, but that doesn’t stop her playful antics. If you’re in search of a feline friend who will be playful but loving, Luna might just be the perfect fit. Don’t miss the chance to provide Luna with a loving forever home where her boundless energy and affectionate spirit can truly shine. She is about one year old.

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

If you would like a playful, energetic cat and would like to meet Luna Cat, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Chewy

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Chewy originally joined Last Hope in 2018 and was quickly scooped up by an adopter. Chewy enjoyed many years with her owner, who unfortunately passed away very suddenly this October 2023. Chewy returned to Last Hope, broken-hearted but hopeful that we could again find her a person to love and cherish her.    Chewy is approximately 10 years old. She’s seeking a person who enjoys a lap dog and wants a true blue companion to follow them dutifully, keeping their lap warm and even better if you’re always willing to share your bed, as well as any late-night snacks you might have! Chewy is polite with other animals, but once she finds her person she prefers not to have to share their attention. She does need a dachshund-savvy owner who will provide her with stairs/ramps to navigate your home, as she’s adventurous and knows no limits when it comes to jumping off the furniture. A few well-placed pet stairs would help to keep her long dachshund back healthy for many more years to come!    Chewy would prefer an owner who is not gone long hours, and although she will kennel she does so begrudgingly. Chewy is a quiet dog but will bark to communicate with you in true doxie style, so you’ll always know when she’s hungry or if someone’s at the door!

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

If this long-necked, short-legged beauty might fit into your home and heart, please complete an adoption application HERE.