Happy Tail: Nova (FKA Moana)

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Stephanie and Michael heard about Last Hope through a friend who had recently adopted from us. That friend told them about Moana, an Australian shepherd mix that was available for adoption.

The application process was easy and smooth and they soon met Moana and fell in love. About a week later, Moana moved in and got a new name: Nova.

Stephanie says, “Nova joined our family six months ago and to be honest it seems like she has always been part of the family. Nova’s favorite things are people, playing tug of war, sticks, going on walks, and belly rubs. She has our neighbors trained to give her a pat on the head or scratch behind the ear and loves to visit her ‘Grandma and Grandpa’ every Sunday.”

Nova is smart and learned some new tricks right away. Their favorite is doing a high five with her. They look forward to her being a running buddy when she’s a little older.

Sometimes we are questioned about our process for adoption and why it is so thorough. Nova is a great example of the reason why. We don’t want to find our pets just any home – we want to find them the RIGHT home. Nova has found a wonderful forever home with Stephanie and Michael. We are so glad she is doing well as a new member of the family!

Cat of the Week: Trevor

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Trevor is such a handsome boy! He is an F5 Savannah. He has the typical Savannah inquisitiveness and loves to check out new places and things. He’s a noisy boy who loves to talk and talk. For Trevor, adopters must live within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and must have cat experience.

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

If this guy strikes your fancy and you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Magnolia

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Magnolia is a happy but nervous girl that would do best in a low-key home environment with a confident dog near her size to show her the ropes, as well as a human that is around most of the time. Magnolia was surrendered to Last Hope for life-saving surgery after she ingested a piece of blanket that had been left in her kennel with her. So, while she is kennel trained, extra care needs to be taken when she is left on her own as she will eat/chew things she should not have. Magnolia is very nervous in new situations and around new people and may exhibit reactive behavior (barking, growling, lip curling, and possibly lunging) if not properly introduced and managed, she does seem to like women better than men. Magnolia isn’t a lapdog, but she wants to be with her person all the time! She seems to get along with most other dogs and is going to be starting doggy daycare soon so she has someone to play with. She tolerates the cat in her foster home, but probably couldn’t be trusted to be left alone with her. Cats are too unpredictable for Magnolia’s taste! Magnolia likes to go for car rides, loves going for walks, and behaves beautifully on a leash. She is not a fit in a home with children. Magnolia’s history includes having been heartworm positive, so it is strongly recommended that she stay on preventives year-round for life.

Magnolia’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 think you could give Magnolia the home she needs and you’d like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Kacie

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Kacie is a gorgeous F5 Savannah. She loves attention and loves to explore. She has a lot of energy to burn and would love a home of her own to explore and claim. She doesn’t care for other kitties and would like to keep her domain all to herself. She loves soft blankets and will spend plenty of time “making biscuits” with them!

Kacie’s adoption fee is $300 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

Adopters must live within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and have cat experience. If you’d like to meet this rare beauty, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Sarge in Charge

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Sarge in Charge is a five- to six-year-old olde English bulldog that needs a foster or forever home. He is great with women but not a fit with men. Older kids are fine but no other animals in the house. He prefers to have a fenced yard to run around in.

Sarge’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 would like to meet Sarge in Charge to possibly adopt him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

If you’re interested in fostering him, please complete a foster application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Raven

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Raven is sweet and handsome and he knows it! He loves to play and have fun. Raven is about two years old.

Raven’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 this beauty is someone you’d like to meet, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Hank

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Mr. Hanky Panky is a sweet little bowling ball of a dog! He’s ready to be your best friend, and definitely doesn’t want to be left home alone too often.  Hank is super food motivated, so training him with new commands will be easy and fun! He already knows sit and is working on his potty training and leash manners. Hank would like a fenced-in yard to explore, he is not a fit with cats or small dogs.  He might be best paired with a female dog around his size (35 – 50 pounds), or as your number one pup! Hank has never been around babies or toddlers, older children (6+ years old) are the best fit for him. Hank himself is around 2 years old, and has great young dog energy!

Hank’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 this hunk strikes your fancy and you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Pillar

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Pillar is a fun young lady looking for her forever home. She is playful and sweet all mixed into one. Pillar is about two years old.

Her 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 want to meet this great girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Rachel Palmer

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Rachel Palmer has been volunteering with the dogs since last fall. She and her wife had lost two dogs in 2020 and were online looking for a new family member. They came across Last Hope on PetFinder and put in an application.  On the day they were supposed to meet a potential adoptee, the derecho hit. So the meet and greet was put on hold until Rachel’s power came back on and they were able to get their fence fixed. They finally got to meet Beto and decided he was the right dog for them.

Rachel works with the dogs at the Adoption Center (cleaning kennels, giving food and water, administering medication, socializing them, etc.). She and her wife also foster dogs in their home. Lately, her schedule has not permitted her to go to the Center in the mornings so she takes time in the early afternoon to walk at least one dog.

Rachel says, “I like volunteering at Last Hope because it’s literally the end of the road for some of these dogs. They wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Sonia and Last Hope. And there are some great dogs there.”

Thank you, Rachel, for all you and your family does for the dogs of Last Hope!

Dog of the Week: Sarge BC

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Sarge is a high-energy, very smart (and handsome!) border collie! He knows many basic commands and is an eager learner and a great walking partner.  Sarge is seeking an experienced dog owner; he does have barrier reactivity and although he is working with a trainer on this, he will need an owner that is committed to continuing this work and keeping him safe and well socialized.  Sarge is not a fit in a home with children or cats.  Sarge does great with other dogs, and loves doggy daycare!  Included in Sarge’s adoption fee are training lessons through Cedar Run Company in Hiawatha. For this reason, we would like to find an adopter within approximately 50 miles who is open to working with a trainer using positive reinforcement training.

Sarge’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’re experienced with dogs and would like to meet Sarge BC, please complete an adoption application HERE.