Dog of the Week: CeCe

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CeCe came into rescue after she was struck by a vehicle and needed extensive surgery to repair a badly broken front leg and dislocated rear hip. She has recovered from surgery now and steadily working back toward regular exercise. She may have some limitations as she continues to grow, but is overall a very healthy and happy puppy!    CeCe would love another medium to large-sized dog with lots of energy to play with and a yard to play and chase each other.  She’s people-friendly but might be best suited with elementary-aged kids or older as she’s got some young dog energy to burn off. CeCe keeps a clean kennel and will pick up very quickly on training as she is food motivated! She is about six months old.

CeCe’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 cutie strikes your fancy and you’d like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Lily

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Lily is a sweet little lady who would do best in a quiet home. She loves to take naps in the cubby on the cat tower and is starting to make friends with some of the volunteers. We think she would do best with another cat in the home. Dogs tend to make her a little nervous. Lily is about two years old.

The adoption fee for Lily 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 lovely girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Holly

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Active and friendly, Holly is looking for her happily ever after. Could you be her perfect match? Holly is sweet and particularly enjoys receiving love and attention from her people. She is still working on perfecting her manners like not jumping up on people. Holly would prefer an owner who isn’t gone long days as she is not a fan of the kennel (and will gladly sing you a song to remind you how much she dislikes it!). Holly wants plenty of room to play, and she gets along well with other dogs so would really enjoy a yard to share and a dog that will engage and play with her.  She loves to go on walks and runs, too! She is a little over a year old.

Holly’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 this great girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Shannon Studt

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Shannon Studt has been a dedicated volunteer/foster parent for Last Hope since 2015. She began by fostering dogs and has taken in 21 foster dogs over the years. Her favorites are the senior dogs. According to Shannon, “They are able to work their way into my heart and I feel blessed to have had so many.” She also appreciates the families who keep in touch with her after the adoption and provide updates on how the dogs are doing and send pictures.

Shannon also helps out at events when her schedule allows. She’s been in parades, helped at Barks & Brew (our major annual fundraiser), worked at getting sponsors for events, and collected donations for silent auctions. And during COVID, she offered the use of her barn for storage of donated cans and bottles until Can Shed opened again. Shannon also helps by using Amazon Smile when she shops, using the ResQWalk app when walking, and donating her used cans and bottles to the Last Hope account at Can Shed. “When there is an opportunity to help out, I like to do it.”

Shannon says, “I love volunteering for Last Hope because they share the same philosophy that I do in caring for and saving animals. I would encourage everyone to get involved somehow. Adopt, foster, donate, or volunteer there is something for everyone. It’s easy to take the first step to get started just give them a call.” (You can find our volunteer application at https://adopthope.org/get-involved/ and our foster application at https://adopthope.org/foster-a-pet/)

As if all that didn’t keep her busy enough, Shannon also advocates for animals. She protested the circus that recently came to Cedar Rapids. She is also a part of the organization Bailing Out Benji which works to educate people about puppy mills on the local, state, and national levels. Shannon recently joined the area director of The Paw Project to educate and try to stop the inhumane practice of declawing (de-knuckling) cats. She says, “Education is key and it’s something I enjoy doing.”

As you can see, Shannon is a dynamic and dedicated volunteer and voice for the animals. Thank you, Shannon, for ALL you do!

Cat of the Week: Maria

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Introducing Maria – a beautiful gray and white domestic shorthair who was rescued on 4/13/21  in Evansdale as a very pregnant mama!  She was a wonderful, loving, and protective mama kitty. She is sweet and very talkative. She comes to you when you whistle and loves to be brushed. She does not enjoy being picked up for long but she does love to watch tv and snuggle. She was very patient with her 6 playful kittens.  She did not like the resident cats in the foster home when she was in mommy mode, and she must have had an encounter or two with dogs (perhaps when living outside) as she is quite hostile with them – so a family with dogs would not be a good match for Maria.   She is quite a good-sized cat, very sweet, and is a healthy 2-3 year-old girl, ready for her forever home!

Maria’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 wonderful girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Hercules (formerly Sox)

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Last year, Jeremy and Melissa suffered the loss of their beloved Zeus. He was missed dearly. Jeremy has been following Last Hope on social media for years. Suddenly posts about Sox kept showing up in his feed, over and over. He took that as a sign and completed an adoption application. The foster mom reached out to them and a meeting was set up. After meeting Sox, they knew he would fit into their pack well.

They renamed him Hercules because of his strength and courage. He had a rough start but was able to survive and is now thriving in his forever home with Jeremy and Melissa.

Hercules is super smart and has learned many words and tricks. He loves to go on walks, get his monthly treat box in the mail, and meet EVERYONE. He loves people, kids, and other dogs. Hercules likes to have his sweatshirt on and hates to get cold. He even likes going to the groomer and getting his nails done! One thing he hates though is getting dirty. He will jump over puddles to stay clean.

Jeremy says, “There is always a transition period when adopting a new pet. I would recommend to anyone thinking of adopting that you be patient. It probably took three months before Hercules fully relaxed and knew he was home.”

We are grateful that Hercules has settled in has such a great life with Jeremy and Melissa. It sounds like he’s living his best life now!

 

Dog of the Week: Layka

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Layka is my name giving love is my game. I came to Last Hope from Texas. I’m a very sweet curvaceous gal looking for a quiet home to live out my life. I lost an eye in TX and have no eyesight in my other eye. I love attention and my favorite thing is laying on your chest and getting belly rubs. I love to be around people and continually have butt wiggles because I’m such a happy gal. Because I was hurt by another dog I can be a little protective about my food and treats. Right now I live with 2 cats and a Shih Tzu. It took me about a week to get used to everyone and being in a new place but I settled in and we all live in harmony. I would do best in a home with older kids since I’m older and blind. I need a home that can make sure I get groomed so my long hair doesn’t get matted. I have lots of love to give and my foster family says I’m super sweet and a lover. She’s about nine years old.

Layka’s adoption fee is $200 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 sweet girl appeals to you and you would like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cats of the Week: McGhee and Yumi

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McGhee and her mom (Yumi) were found at a rental property where they had been abandoned by the former tenants. Life had been rough and they were thin and wary. McGhee appears to have been the only kitten to survive. She is a confident and sleek little lady who enjoys petting but is very capable of amusing herself. She has lived with other cats and dogs and done very well with everyone. She will likely be a super low-maintenance (and gorgeous) companion. She is still wary of humans and will need a quiet and patient home to warm up to.

Yumi is a tiny and dedicated mama. She was extremely thin when found and trapped, but her kitten was very healthy; she gave everything to her surviving baby! Once in captivity,  Yumi was discovered to be gentle, social, and very interested in bonding with her caretaker. She is around one year old and has done well with other cats but is still leery of dogs. She would likely do best in a quiet home.

We would love to see McGhee and Yumi go to a home together! Their adoption fees include spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and microchips with free lifetime registration.

If you’d like to meet these two lovelies, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: April

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April is a GREAT dog ready to find her forever family! She is good with dogs, cats, and children and she already knows lots of basic commands like sit, shake, and down. April is believed to be around 5-6 years old, she is potty trained but will enjoy getting out in the yard frequently as she loves to be outside playing and enjoying the sunshine! April is friendly and great with everyone she has met, including the awesome pilot that helped fly her to safety in Iowa and the kids in her foster home!

April’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 April, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Julian

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This sweet older boy is the perfect companion for lounging around the house on a quiet afternoon! He would love nothing more than a quiet home to call his own. He does well with other cats and would love to have a buddy in his new home. He has not been around dogs before but may adjust ok to a quiet, older dog. He loves attention and snuggles. He would be the ideal companion for someone who is retired or working from home and just wants a laid-back friend to spend their days with! Julian is a longer-haired kitty and may require extra grooming. When he came to us he was pretty matted and had to be shaved. As his coat grows back out it will be important to keep him brushed and matte free. He is about eight years old.

Julian’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 you could use a cuddle buddy and want to meet Julian, please complete an adoption application HERE.