Cat of the Week: Charlee

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Charlee is a formerly feral cat who was caught with her baby. She was such a good mama and now she’s looking for her own forever home.

She now trusts and loves her foster mom – and went for a while to a new foster home with older kids, and she also let them love on her and she loved the attention!  She moved back to her former foster home, and she now loves to lay on a lap, she loves to rub your legs, and she lets you pick her up – purring ALL THE TIME!  …  OH, YEAH… & she gives KISSES now, too!!  She will jump on the couch and lay beside you and want some quality snuggle time – and she LOVES to have her belly rubbed, too!

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

If you’d like to give Charlee a loving home, please complete an adoption application HERE.




Dogs of the Week: Snow White and Prince Charming

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We could never dream of splitting Snow White from her Prince Charming, and we know you wouldn’t either! This charmingly odd couple is a delightful duo in search of one home together. They are a bonded pair, youthful and fun, who enjoy exploring the world together and have yet to meet a stranger they didn’t make fast friends with! Snow White and Prince Charming joined Last Hope with their litter of 7 puppies (named after the 7 dwarves of course!). The puppies have since been adopted and mom and dad are looking for a happily ever after of their own now. Both are great with dogs, kids and likely cats, too. Mom is approximately the size of a small lab, dad is around 50 pounds and seems to resemble a clumber spaniel (although we joke that he looks to be half bowling ball, too!).

The adoption fee for this bonded pair is $450 which includes spay/neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, microchips with lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If this pair would fit into your home, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tails: Reggie and Poppy

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Jason and Christine had lost two senior dogs several months prior to looking for another dog to add to their family. They wanted to find younger dogs and searched online and found Last Hope’s webpage. She found Poppy (formerly Payton) and in the pictures, she looked like she had lots of spunk and charm. Reggie and Poppy had already bonded in their foster home and we wanted them to be adopted together.

Christine said the process to adopt was thorough and that she appreciates the care Last Hope took in finding the perfect home for Reggie and Poppy. After their application was approved it was time for a home visit and Christine was determined that it would go well – she cleaned the house like they were putting it on the market!

The home visit did go well and Reggie and Poppy came to live with Jason and Christine. They say they are doing really well and, important for energetic puppies, are not home alone for more than five hours at a time.

The adjustment period had some minor challenges which are to be expected, but they’ve come a long way in six months and Christine and Jason have loved getting to know them.

Reggie and Poppy demand a lot of exercise but after they are done rough-housing with each other, they are snuggle bears and are convinced they are both big lap dogs! They even bought a new couch so everyone could fit on it at once. During the tough winter, they still went on walks with the proper attire – fleece jackets and booties.

They also love their chew toys and have a complex hierarchy of favorite toys. Reggie and Poppy love to wrestle then curl up together for naps.

Christine says, “We are so thankful to Last Hope for saving Reggie and Poppy. Reggie came to Iowa with his sister Legacy (Lucy). Both were five months old and two days away from euthanasia. Poppy was six months old and since she did not get adopted in time, she was also slated for euthanasia. These dogs are so loving and wonderful it breaks my heart to think they almost didn’t get a chance. Thanks, Last Hope!”

Thank you, Jason and Christine, for opening your home and making room for Reggie and Poppy – they hit the forever home jackpot!


Cat of the Week: Jackie

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“Mama Cat” Jackie arrived at Last Hope earlier this year as a young, single mom with six adorable, tiny babies in tow. Although she was a loving and attentive mama cat, Jackie’s work as mama is now done. Her babies have flown the coop, and she can enjoy retirement from parenting responsibilities. Jackie is approximately 1.5 years old. She is a medium size gal, with very soft light grey tabby striped and greenish eyes. She is a bit timid at first with new people but warms up easily. She arches her back and will headbutt your hand for more petting when you stop. Jackie warms up faster to women than men but will warm up to a kind and soft-spoken man, as she did at her foster home.

Jackie is in good health, albeit she has some discoloration in her left eye that the vet felt was probably is leftover from an infection she had as a youngster. It appears to be strictly cosmetic, however, and she does not display symptoms of any visual impairment. Jackie is still young at heart and likes to play with toys as much as she likes to bask in the sunlight. She would be happiest in a home with no dogs, or very mellow cat-savvy dogs. She can be intimidated by boisterous and loud children. She would be happier with older kids and adults. She does get along with most other cats and enjoys their companionship. The ideal situation for her would be a quiet home with one or two other cats.


Volunteer of the Month: Dot Sheldon

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Fosters Jim and Dwight

Dot Sheldon has been volunteering with Last Hope for about five years and during that time she has been very dedicated and a volunteer we can depend upon. She got involved with Last Hope after hearing a co-worker talk about the organization and asking how she could get involved. That co-worker is now her foster lead.

Previous Foster, Bubbles

Dot has fostered many dogs, helped at a few Barks & Brew events, helped out at some adoption events, and even played Santa one year at Petco for pictures!

When asked why she likes volunteering for Last Hope she said, “I feel like I am making a difference, one or two dogs at s time.  It is such a great feeling when you see one of your fosters go to a furever home and just know it’s a great fit.”

Foster Failure, Bella

In addition to volunteering her time for the animals of Last Hope, Dot is hoping to help raise awareness about the weakness of Iowa’s laws regarding the care of companion animals. She says that everyone needs to contact their representatives in government to let them know the laws protecting animals are unacceptable and need to be improved.

Thank you, Dot, for EVERYTHING you do for Last Hope! You are a valuable volunteer and foster mom.

Dog of the Week: Zora

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Hello, my name is Zora and I’m actually younger than I look.  I was born with a naturally white and gray muscle,  I was just born naturally wise beyond my years.  I’ve been good with dogs and cats and all the people I’ve meet!  I lived with a younger docile male dog before.  I may look older but I still have a very playful side to me! Toys are so much fun and I love when you play with me but I’ll entertain myself with them if you don’t want to play.  I love going on walks and I will guide you where I want to go out.  I would love a yard to run in or an active family that wants to work with me on leash walking. I hope I’m the sweet girl you’ve been looking for!  Toenails crossed because I can’t wait to meet you!

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

If Zora seems like the girl for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cats of the Week: All Our Black Cats

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Did you know that black cats are usually the last ones to be adopted? We have several black cats and we would love to find forever homes for each and every one of them! Our longest black residents are Monkey, Cousin, Josie, and Ruffles. Please read about them and if one of them catches your eye, complete an adoption application HERE. You can see all of our adoptable cats – including the other black ones – HERE.

Monkey is an all-black female kitty who was rescued from a feral colony in Iowa City. She has been with us for over a year. She can be a little timid at first, but she has really come out of her shell. She would probably do best in a quieter home, but she does get along with the other cats in her room at our adoption center. Once she realizes humans aren’t bad, she’s definitely up for a good ear and belly rub!

Cousin came to Last Hope with Monkey after being rescued from a feral colony. He is neutered and up to date on his shots. He is shy and timid and is slowly learning humans will love him and take care of him. He’s recently decided a good ear scratch isn’t a bad thing and will reward the petting with lots of purrs. Cousin is a healthy and frisky kitten who loves to play with other cats and kittens.

Josie is a sweet girl when her people are around. She’s a little unsure of strangers but once she has bonded with you she shows you her love.  She would do best in a quieter household and as the only animal.  We have learned through fostering that she thrives when she is an only cat.  When she has the perfect set up Josie is a sweet girl looking for stroking, attention, and love, but you have to meet Josie on her terms.  Once she accepts you she will greet you at the door and beg for your attention.

Ruffles is a feisty young thing with a lot of love to give! She’s a chatty girl (she can hold up her end of a conversation, for sure!), with plenty of personality and an appetite to match. She love, love, LOVES to play, is entranced by YouTube videos of fish and birds, and enjoys a good game of chase around the house. She wants to be the lone queen of her household and hasn’t quite learned that hands and feet aren’t toys yet, so a home with older children or adults would be most suitable. Ruffles has boundless energy and loves new stimulating experiences. She can be easily startled by loud noises and is rather squirmy if you pick her up, but she’ll rub against you and purr while she sits on your lap just as happily as playing like she’s the mightiest hunter in the forest.

Dog of the Week: Jax

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I am a fun-loving, outgoing, silly boy.  I have loved all the people I have met!  I’ve been called a gentle giant but teddy bear is my favorite,  I love the snuggles!  I have been good with dogs and cats !!  I love going out and about and see in the world!  If you want to take me on hikes and car rides I would love to go.  I’m really treat motivated and eager to learn.  I can’t wait to find my forever family. Jax is good with dogs and cats.

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

If Jax sounds like a good match for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Oshi

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Oshi has a sweet little meow and ‘trill,’ and she’s a good-sized girl who loves to play with sparkly balls, catnip toys and balls with bells inside them!  She’s a talker and purrs easily!  Due to her compromised health issue (a long period of diarrhea), it took her a while to learn how to interact with other kitties, but she’s gotten along fine with other cats when housed in the Coralville Petsmart Adoption Center, in Coralville, IA – so we are sure with proper introduction she will be able to integrate with other kitties in a new home!   We’re betting she will love to lay on someone’s lap and make up for lost cuddle time, too!

Oshi is about two years old and her adoption fee is $85 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations, and a microchip with lifetime registration.

If you’d like to add this sweet girl to your family, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Addie

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Addie is a black lab/hound mix with some of the best floppy ears in the business! She’s around 7 years old and looking for a moderately active home that will enjoy daily walks with her and provide her a nice soft dog bed to curl up and snooze in. Addie does fine with other dogs but will be best suited in a forever home as an only dog or with another very laid back smaller dog. Addie loves nothing more than to go for a good walk, give squirrels hell in the back yard and go for car rides with the windows down. Addie is not a cuddler, but she is a very loving dog that wants to please her “person” and will make a wonderful companion in a home with adults only. Don’t pass this sweet lady by; take a chance on meeting a faithful and friendly forever friend.

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

If Addie sounds like the dog for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.