Cat of the Week: Scout

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Scout is a sweet little lady who is loving life indoors! She was on the streets, being fed by one of our volunteers for several months before we gained her trust enough to bring her in. We found out she had been TNR’d the year before by one of the neighbors. Now that she’s been inside and warm we’re pretty sure she’s never going to give up her cat bed! (Seriously, she loves that bed!)

We’re still getting to know her but she’s done well with cats, dogs, and kids so far and we think she would make the perfect addition to any family! Her only requests are a window to nap in and someone who’s willing to scratch her back!

Scout’s adoption fee is $85 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations, and a microchip with lifetime registration. We believe she’s about five years old.

If you would like to bring this love bug home, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Bert

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Hi, my name is Bert I’m still a puppy and need a home that wants to show me the world. I’ve been doing good at my foster home! My foster home has a lot of other dogs, one is a small chihuahua and I respect her space and understand that she doesn’t want to play. One of the other dogs I live with is a Great Dane and I will ruff house with her when she wants to! I’ve loved playing with all dogs and will mimic their place style.

I’ve loved all the new people I’ve met! I need some work on a leash and to be in the car for rides a few more times to feel comfortable. I’ve loved playing with all the dog toys and have learned “drop it” very quickly! I almost know “sit,” “kennel up.” and “outside”! We are working on more commands and I love learning and all the treats that come with it! I would love a home with another dog and someone that wants to teach me more and show me the world!

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

If you’d like to share your world with Bert, please complete an application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Kacie Herzberg

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Kacie has been volunteering for Last Hope for about two years and she got involved because she had friends who volunteered for Last Hope. She has done dog care shifts, transported dogs to doggy daycare, collected food and monetary donations, walked in parades, and helped out a lot with Barks & Brew for two years. She has also helped a friend deliver beds to the Adoption Center from time to time. In addition to everything else she does, she would also like to foster dogs at some point.

Kacie says, “I love volunteering for Last Hope because I have seen many animals get adopted or get second chances through this organization, and it makes me happy to know that cleaning kennels or dropping off a bag of dog food — such simple gestures, can make a big difference.  I am lucky to be in touch with some families who have adopted from Last Hope and I love hearing about their progress and knowing they got that chance because someone decided they were worth saving!”

Thank you, Kacie, for all you do! The dogs also appreciate the loving care you bring to them.

Cats of the Week: Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo came in with his girlfriend, Juliet and we would love to find them a home together. It’s not required, but they are great companions and Juliet would do best with another kitty in the house so adopting Romeo and Juliet together would be ideal.

Romeo lives up to his name. This handsome man is quite the charmer! Romeo is great with everyone he meets and does great with other cats.

Juliet is a sweet, shy little lady – although it doesn’t take long to win her over when you’re the one feeding her! Juliet would do best in a quiet home with another kitty.

Romeo and Juliet are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and have microchips with lifetime registration.

If you’re interested in this amazing pair, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Prudence Hope

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Hi, my name is Prudence Hope, but you can call me Prue.  I am a very energetic, loving, playful girl who just wants to follow you around everywhere, people have jokingly called me “white shadow”.  I am a well-behaved girl, I would like to be the princess of the house. I don’t like cats (or small animals) at all, but I’ve done doggy daycare and had a blast!

I am fully house trained and can be trusted to be out during the workday. I know how to sit, lay, and shake, and love to cuddle.  If you are looking for a faithful companion to watch movies with and cuddle in bed with, then I am your girl!   I would do best with kids over 10 and I will need a fenced yard.

Pru’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 Prudence Hope sounds like the girl for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Molly

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When Molly came to Last Hope she had a broken leg and the vet wasn’t sure if she would be able to keep the leg or if it would have to be amputated. Jody saw her picture on our website and knew instantly that Molly belonged with their family – with or without the leg. Luckily, they were able to save the leg. It took a couple of months for Molly to be treated and get healed up and be ready for adoption but during that time Molly’s foster mom kept Jody updated on Molly’s progress and let her visit her.

Keith and Molly

Jody’s husband, Keith, had said they would not get another dog – they already had Iggy, a cuddly yellow lab, in the home and two teenage boys, Louie and Wyatt. Well, Jody just knew Molly had to come into their home but kept it a secret until Molly had been cleared medically and was ready for adoption. Keith was not pleased at first but now when he comes in the door from work he greets “the ladies” with salutations and kisses.

Iggy and Molly have gotten along fine even though Iggy weighs about 80 pounds and Molly comes in at about 18 pounds! On Friday nights – yes, they somehow know when it’s Friday night – they get the zoomies together and race around the house until Molly runs under the coffee table and Iggy can’t reach her. Once Iggy loses interest, Molly comes out from under the table and the race is on again!

We’re so happy that Jody, Keith, Louie, and Wyatt opened their home to Molly and that she is doing so well. Jody says Molly runs the house and they just love her personality. Thank you for taking in Molly and giving her such a wonderful forever home!

Cat of the Week: Bobbee

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Hello!  My name is Bobbee and my foster mom would like to tell you my story…

“I was talking with my sister the other day about Bobbee. She said Bobbee is a pot that needs a lid. Huh? She then explained. If your kitchen is like mine, getting a pot or pan out involves a bit of searching for the lid that fits that particular pot. Are you Bobbee’s lid?

Bobbee has a story that we only know the last year of. He is around 9 years old. Bob was found in a hoarder’s house, in a pitch-black basement with other animals, in a cage by himself with no litter box, but he did have food and water. He was stained yellow from urine and very scared. It took a couple of months to build some trust with him. As he gained weight and his yellow hair turned white we learned more about his personality.  Bobbee watched the family and he really wanted to play with them. They were in a large pen, so taking a leap of faith, I put him in the pen too. He was in heaven! I spent lots of time sitting in the pen and petting and playing with everyone. I learned that if Bob got stressed or excited he tended to bite. He couldn’t jump up on my lap at first but now spends his days in my bedroom and has no trouble jumping on the bed. He LOVES feathers and wand toys. He will roll on his back with his feet in the air like a kitten. He’s a lap cat and my TV buddy. Bobbee does not like to be picked up.

We made a trip to the vet and learned he has some arthritis and tender spots. He is on a joint supplement and a pain medication and both seem to help. He will revert to nipping when touched where it’s tender or he gets really excited and his new owner will have to understand it’s his way of communicating. He is a bobtail kitty, but to be honest, we are not sure if he was born that way or if someone ‘bobbed it’ for him; we wonder if someone tried to declaw some of his toes, too.  You will notice he is ear-tipped… he was NOT a feral cat, but when he was altered before LHAR was able to take him into our rescue, the vet doing his neuter thought he was a feral cat and ear-tipped him.  That’s just another part of this kitty’s journey through life. 🙁  If you look close at Bob you’ll see he has a snaggletooth look. Bob had a front tooth removed and it left him with his strange smile.  I think another cat for him to hang out with would be great if the other cat is laid back. I don’t know about dogs, he shows no fear when my two go up to his pen to say hi but that’s not a true test. I don’t think a home with young children would be a good fit.”

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

If you think you might be Bobbee’s “lid,” please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Stevie

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Hi, my name’s Stevie and I’m a puppy that needs to be shown the world! I love to play with toys and snuggle. I’m super smart, I know sit, shake, other paw, stay, lay down, kennel up, outside and off. I’m super eager to please my owner so if you want to continue training I will be the best boy, but I am still a puppy that needs to be reminded of what acceptable behavior is and do need a good amount of your time. My foster family has a lot of other dogs, they’re pretty cool!! and they have taught me a lot! I would love a forever home with a fenced yard to explore, someone who will take me to puppy training classes and teach me lots of new things as I grow! I would do best in a home with another dog! I’ve been good with every size of dog from Chihuahua to Great Dane. Cats are fine with me too.

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

If this cutie seems like a good fit for your family, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Dizzy

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Dizzy is a sweet 11-year-old Shih Tzu/poodle mix that made her way from a shelter in Illinois to Iowa. Dizzy is very low key and independent. Her favorite spot is her soft pink bed. She would like a home where her people are home all day or at least aren’t gone too long. Being an older girl she needs more frequent potty breaks. She does fine with her foster dog siblings but is totally fine with being the only one. At her age dealing with young ones, two- or four-legged, is too much work so older kids and older or calm, laid back dogs would be best. Dizzy hasn’t been cat tested but as long as they are respectful of her, they should do fine.

Dizzy is crate trained and walks well on a leash but moves pretty slowly and likes to take her time. Her favorite time of day is breakfast and dinner and anything in between involving food! She will wiggle her little tail and looks like she is smiling because she is so excited. Dizzy does have food allergies but we were able to find both canned and dry food and treats that are inexpensive and won’t bother her. Other than that, she’s a healthy girl. If you are looking for an easy to love girl, Dizzy might be the one for you!

Dizzy’s adoption fee is $200 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, a microchip with lifetime registration, and a free obedience class.

If Dizzy sounds like a good fit for your family, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Sully

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Hi, my name is Sully, I am named after a famous brave leader. Yep, that’s me!  My foster home has found I behave much better if I am with a big dog.  And mom says I need to be treated like a big dog, and I behave better. If I think I am in charge I try to protect everyone around me with either peeing on it or biting it.  But here, Mom does not let me bark or misbehave and I relax right away.  She says I am too stinking cute and people are too nice to me, so I have learned to settle down, but, you know, I have to be me sometimes.

I have learned to bark and growl at new people to keep them at a distance until I am ready to meet them.  But, once I like you, I like to sleep in your bed and cuddle.  But since I am easily startled, small children are not my favorites (plus, I feel the need to correct them).  If you knew how the start of my life began, then you would understand why I feel the need to protect those I love, but I also need to learn to let the past go and live in the present.  So that’s where you come in, my perfect adopter, who will help me move forward in life and replace the bad memories with good ones. Due to Sully’s special needs, we are looking for an adopter in Iowa so that we can follow up with his care.  He will need an experienced adopter, as he is not a dog for a first-time dog owner.  He will need a fenced yard as well.

Sully’s adoption fee 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 you feel you might be the perfect family for Sully, please complete an adoption application HERE.