Dog of the Week: Damon

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Meet Damon. He is an 11 year old Husky looking for his forever home. Don’t let his age fool you…..he still acts like a young pup a lot of the time. Other than some joint sensitivity, he is in great health and loves to go for walks. He can also be a big couch potato if that’s what you choose to do for the day.  Damon knows sit, lay down, shake and can even give high fives. His best talent though is his singing. Have you ever heard a Husky sing? It’s entertaining and will make you smile. Damon does great with people but will need to be the only dog. We are looking for a dog-savvy person that is familiar with his breed and will have time to spend with him. Damon is not destructive and can be left loose when his people are gone. He might sleep with you if he decides that he needs to cuddle. To keep Damon looking so handsome, he will need regular grooming.

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

If you’re interested in this handsome guy, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

 

Dog of the Week: Nino

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Look into my eyes and you will know…I am the good boy for you, my heart is pure as gold and I have so much love to give! I have loved all the people I have met here at Last Hope, they have been so nice and have made me feel so much better. I have stories I could tell but I’d rather not look back, forward is the way I want to go, right into your heart and home! I have been going on lots of walks lately, getting big and strong. I know sit and down and I am really treat motivated, but don’t worry I will take them politely. I have met a lot of people, young and old, and I have liked them all, but maybe not someone too small. I wouldn’t want to knock them over. I wouldn’t mean to but with my size and four left feet… better to be safe, I wouldn’t want to be sorry. I’m indecisive about a doggy friend, maybe someone my size and mellow, I could hang with that. But cats… what’s their deal anyway?! I’d rather just not share a home with them! I can’t wait to hang with you though, we can chill on the couch or go out on the town. I’m easy-going like that!

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

If you’re interested in this great guy, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Cat of the Week: Thelma

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Hey there, they call me Thelma or to some, I’m known as Thelma Lou. I was rescued from a frightful hoarding situation from a home with nearly 40 other cats. The nice volunteers of Last Hope have been taking care of me for the past year. For a while, all I wanted to do was hide. I was very scared of people and couldn’t bring myself to trust them. One thing for sure, I have felt comfortable hiding with other shy kitties and even enjoy a cuddle or snooze. In time, I started to enjoy pets to the head and rubs to my tummy. I even started to purr too! I became curious of people and felt a little more comfortable to not be in hiding as much of the time. I enjoy coming out to greet volunteers at feeding time now. I often like to stand on a perch and have a nice look around. I still enjoy my hiding and there’s work to be done but I’ve already come along ways. Even if I’m hiding, don’t be fooled, I still would love you to graciously greet me! I’m a sweet and very shy mature girl, looking for my second chance. I don’t ask for a whole lot. I would enjoy a quiet home with someone who will have the patience and love I need but also, perhaps, someone who can help me grow too. I would also enjoy another furry friend to cuddle with as it may help me transition better in my forever home. I may come across as I don’t want to be social, but it’s just not true. It means a lot to me when someone notices me!

If you’re interested in gorgeous Thelma, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Happy Tail: Zip

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Nancy and Sherrie had a dog named Otis and they lost him in March. Missing him, one day Nancy was looking online and found Zip at Last Hope. It seemed like fate because Zip had the same kind of coloring as Otis so Nancy filled out an application. There were other coincidences that convinced Nancy that Zip was the dog for their family: Otis was seven-years-old and Zip is also seven,  Zip was the seventh dog out of 45 on the list, and Otis used to be her nephew’s dog and his birthday was May 7th. It was lucky seven all over the place!

When Zip first came to live with them he was a little cautious and shy and he actually ended up sleeping in the shower the first night.  They set up a little bed in there and let him hang out in the shower until he got more comfortable. The second day, Nancy spent a lot of time with him, just to get him used to her, she didn’t push him but the time spent with him and their existing dog and cats meant he warmed up to them by the end of the day.

It didn’t take Zip long to adjust but he does get anxious when they leave so they trained him to be in the kennel when they leave and he seems to have adjusted to that well.

They love his energy and complete devotion to them. He listens very well and comes when he’s called, which they love! Zip loves to go on walks at Rockford Prairie Park where he can be off-leash and run freely.

Nancy says, “I have often said that people don’t choose pets, pets choose you.  I believe that Otis and my nephew knew how to mend the hole in my heart and brought Zip into my life.  He came just at the right time – not too soon after Otis’ death and not too late.  I know I will have a broken heart again when Zip leaves, but it is always worth it.”

Thank you, Nancy and Sherrie, for opening your hearts and home to Zip!

Honorary Volunteers of the Month: Barks & Brew Sponsors

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Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors, local supporters and attendees, we had a wildly successful 2018 Barks & Brew and raised just over $22,000!  This year’s event featured live music from Bryce Janey and Vandello, and our emcee Bob James from 98.1 KHAK kept the party rocking all day long!  We had amazing donations to our silent auction including free cupcakes for a year from That One Cupcake Place in Hiawatha, certificates for Iowa Goat Yoga, a hot air balloon ride from Buzzards Glory, a Last Hope custom-made yard Jenga set, and not one, but two NFL donations, including an autographed football from the entire 2017 Green Bay Packers team and a signed football from the Minnesota Vikings. Through our continued partnership with NewBo City Market we had a great lineup of breweries and wineries in attendance this year, and actually sold out of tasting cups and growlers midway through our event! For getting the word out, thank you to Lamar Advertising for donating billboard advertising. A special thank you to Bailing Out Benji and K9Cola for joining us at Barks & Brew this year. We would also like to thank Eco Lips for donating hundreds of lip balms to hand out to our attendees this year as well.

Main Event Sponsors

Animal Kingdom, Dr. Wayne Ahern and Staff

Cedar Run Pet Boarding & CR Grooming, Sonia Brandley

Bandstand Sponsor

Heather Morris, Skogman Realty

Growler Sponsor

Coberly Chiropractic, Casey Coberly

Tasting Glass Sponsor

Sarah Penney, Skogman Realty

Bounce House Sponsor

Graf Home Selling Team, Mike & Teri Graf

Event Supporters

UICCU

Port O’Johnny

Pup Tent Sponsors

de Novo Marketing

Theisen’s SW Cedar Rapids

Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty

Dot Sheldon

Brecke Mechanical

Cedar Run/CR Grooming

Dog of the Week: Jasmine

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Hi! I am Jasmine. I am little but only in size, my heart is huge and my energy level is high! Jasmine is my name and princess is my game. I’d love to snuggle and cover you in kisses. I love everyone I meet. I have been learning lots of new tricks. I can sit, lay, come and kennel up and I can’t wait to learn more. OH YA and TOYS!!!! I love my toys.  I love my walks and car rides too! For my size, I can really jump high and been known to climb a chain link fence. I can be a little selective of my doggie friends because I like getting all the attention, didn’t I say, I am a princess. Cat friends… YUCK, no thank you! You will do, and you are all I need. I will love you at first sniff.

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

If you’re interested in this great girl, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Cat of the Week: Harley

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Harley is a beautiful Snowshoe mix who came to us after spending some time at another shelter where he was overlooked. The theory was that it was because he doesn’t like other cats. He’s very vocal about it and will tell you all about why he should be your one and only! Who can blame him though? He’s a sweet, older boy who just wants the love and attention he deserves!

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

If you’re interested in unique and handsome Harley, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Dog of the Week: Fargo

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My name is Fargo and I joined Last Hope all the way from Texas this year! I’m so glad the volunteers at Last Hope scooped me up and brought me into their safe care, I didn’t have a very great start to my life. Although my ears look different and my body has a few scars, I have so much love to give. I don’t mind other dogs, I think people are the best and everyone keeps saying what a good boy I am! I was found to heartworm positive, but I’ve been through treatment so now I just need a family to love me up and keep me safe with monthly heartworm preventive.

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

If you’re interested in Fargo, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Cat of the Week: Ava

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Hello, my name is Ava. I’m back at Last Hope because my beloved owner is ill and can’t take care of me. I will miss her but would love to find a new family now that I don’t have one anymore. I’m 10 years old and sweet. I still have many years left but I don’t want to wait too long to find a new home, as time is precious and I’m ready to go! I’m a little shy and reserved as I didn’t expect to be back at Last Hope but am grateful to have a warm bed for now until I find my new forever home. All I need is a lap to sleep on and some love. Please consider adopting me. I would love to be back in a loving home.

Ava’s adoption fee is $75 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations, and a microchip with a lifetime membership. If you’re interested in this real beauty, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.

Dog of the Week: Legacy (Lucy)

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Hi, Lucy here! My name was Legacy when I arrived in Iowa, but my foster family thought Lucy was much cuter!  I lived in a crowded shelter with my brother Reggie in south Texas before Last Hope swooped us up. Reggie has found his forever home, but I’m still searching for mine! I am nine months old (8/18) and I LOVE everyone, though I think small children are toys, so older children would probably be a better fit for me (I don’t bite them, I just knock them over with my kisses and chew on their yummy feet! I don’t know why they get so upset!). I got really excited and barky when I met a cat recently, but I don’t try to hurt them. I just want to play, but I don’t understand why they keep scratching me!

Having another playful dog close to my age and size would be ideal for me. I love to wrestle endlessly with my foster sibling as I have tons of energy, but I settle down nicely in my crate when I’m alone and I sleep all night in my foster mom’s bed. If you don’t have another young dog, you would need to be very active with me! I would be very unhappy if I had to stay in a crate all day long. Since I came to Iowa, I’ve gotten taller and very agile and have come close to clearing my foster family’s four-foot fence. True to my breed (mountain cur), I am very loyal to my family and I bark at people walking by my house. I wouldn’t hurt anyone, but my bark will sure keep intruders away! But most importantly, I need a family who will be active with me. I am bred to work, which means I need a lot of exercise to be happy. I love to give kisses and sleep in and would do anything for my family. I am a big kisser and I love to curl myself above my foster mom’s head or snuggle up on top of my four-legged foster sister.

Legacy’s adoption fee is $300 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations, a microchip with free lifetime registration, and a free obedience class. If you’re interested in this cutie, please complete an application HERE or email adoptions@adopthope.org.