Volunteer of the Month: Eric Ignarski

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Eric Ignarski is a recent Cedar Rapidian having moved to the area in May of 2022. Shortly after moving here, he signed up to be a volunteer for Last Hope and has been helping with the cats since June. He’s only been here a short time but he’s already made quite a difference at the Adoption Center.

In addition to the usual tasks of giving food and water, cleaning litter boxes, general cleaning, etc., he also has the initiative to take on tasks that will make things easier for everyone. He spent time organizing the wet cat food so it would be easier to find the kind of food that is needed. Eric also got rid of the old, worn-out cat trees and replaced them with newer ones so the cats could enjoy their time waiting for forever homes. And recently he cleaned and organized the intake room.

When asked why he likes to volunteer, Eric said, “I just like to have the opportunity to give back. I want all the cats to get homes or be in a room and not a cage, but I feel good when my shift is over and I’ve left them better than I found them.  They’ve been tended to and are napping away the afternoon!  It puts a smile on my face.”

Eric is the best kind of volunteer – he sees when things need to be done and does them. He not only helps the cats, he also helps out fellow volunteers. Thank you for all you do, Eric!

Cat of the Week: Sturgis

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Sturgis is ready to live the good life as a pampered, indoor house cat. He appears to have spent many years having to fend for himself, but he’s settled into rescue very well and has proven himself to be a very friendly and easygoing guy! Sturgis can live happily with other cats, although he may try to steal their breakfast! He doesn’t seem to be a big fan of being held, but he gladly accepts rubs and pets, so our guess is that once he settles into his forever home he’ll learn how great it is to be a part of a family and become even more affectionate (and maybe even a couch hog!). We believe him to be about seven years old.

The adoption fee for Sturgis is $100 and includes neuter surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If you’d like to meet this handsome guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Zoey

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Sweet senior girl Zoey came into rescue and is ready to start living the good life! She has very limited vision and hearing, and is currently on medication to try and help a stubborn ear infection. Zoey is seeking a home that doesn’t have too many stairs and that can offer her a nice fenced-in yard for her to explore safely. She lives in a foster home with other small dogs and has done very well with them! She also is friendly with people of all ages but is not a fan of having her ears cleaned as they have long been a source of discomfort. Zoey seems to really enjoy being out in the yard during the day, she can manage a few stairs up and down with her limited vision and seems to navigate best in bright daylight.  She is as sweet as they come and will very quickly work her way into your heart! Zoey has also recently had a dental, and has had extensive vet care, including a culture on her ears to determine what bacteria is plaguing her and how best to treat it. Zoey is seeking a new owner who will spare no expense at providing her the best in vet care and grooming, after many years of going without.

Zoey’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 you can give Zoey the kind of care she deserves, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Radio

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Sweet and spunky Radio is ready to tune-in your heart! This petite little lady is not quite a year old yet, she has a beautiful muted gray tabby coat and striking green eyes. If you’re seeking a fun and feisty kitty, listen up! We love Radio’s personality, she has a raspy little voice and loves to keep her people in check when they want to clean and she wants to nap! Radio is lots of fun and will even enjoy a home with older kids (12+ please). Radio is not a fit in a home with other cats, she wants your lap all to herself! She has done well in a home with a very friendly dog!

Radio’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 need a little music in your life and would like to meet Radio, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Jupiter

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Hi, my name is Jupiter and I can’t wait to meet you! I love everyone that comes into my home and I will make sure they know it with lots of kisses and snuggles. My favorite place to be is pressed up against someone’s leg so they don’t forget how much I love them. I am loyal to the core. The only thing I love more than my human friends is food. I love snacks and treats. I am a very smart girl and learn new commands very quickly if you offer me a treat for it. I take medicine every day which makes me happy because that means I get a piece of cheese or some yummy peanut butter to hide it in. De-lish!  Since I am a brilliant girl, I love brain puzzles that keep me from getting bored. Sometimes when I am bored I chew on things that aren’t mine, but I’m willing to learn not to. I like squishy rubber toys better than hard ones. I don’t like kennels but if you let me sleep in bed with you, you won’t hear an objection from me. I love people, but dogs make me nervous.  I would do best if I were your only furry bestie. Loud noises also frighten me like big trucks. I am very skilled at walking on a leash when given clear guidance. I had surgery on my back leg that left me with pins and a plate but you would never tell. My legs are nice and strong now and I love stretching them on daily walks. I am very polite and will let you wipe my feet off before coming inside our home if you ask for my “paw.” (I also know ‘sit,’ ‘lay down,’ ‘wait,’ and ‘off.’ Plus I’m excited to learn more if you bring the treat bag.)  Once I get inside I’m quite the couch potato, especially if you will sit with me. As I said, cuddling is my favorite.  I am quite the slobbery gal but that’s part of my charm! Just thinking about my dinner makes my mouth water, no chicken-based dog food please, it makes me itchy.  I know my natural brindle coat is beautiful but I am a fashionista that never says no to being dressed up. I love going on car rides so submit an application and let’s get cruising together on our lifelong adventure. Jupiter is about 2 1/2 years old.

Jupiter’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 bring Jupiter into your orbit, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Harley

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This sweet boy is looking for a family to call his own! He’s great with everyone that he meets, including children. Talkative and engaging, Harley makes quick friends. Harley has one dietary requirement, no seafood products please as he’s allergic (this causes some hair loss for him). He does great on his current diet which includes mainly chicken products! Harley is about three years old.

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

This happy guy would be great in a home of all ages! If you’d like to meet Harley, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Monster

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Monster is my name, but it’s certainly not my personality!  I’m not a monster and it would be nice if you changed it, that’s just the name that I came into rescue with.  My foster mom calls me Monte Hall.   I like sitting next to you on the couch or in your lap, getting petted, belly rubs, going for walks, and playing with other dogs.  I come from a home that had multiple dogs.  I’m a quick learner and know “off” – even though I’d rather sit next to you.     I have some things I really like to do, such as getting into garbage & recycling so it needs to be put away.  I am an escape artist so a fenced-in yard will be required for my forever home.   I have good energy and love to run around the yard.  I am house trained and I think I could do well with children. I do have some medical needs to be aware of, I came to rescue with a collapsed trachea so need an owner who is careful about using a good harness when we walk on a leash. I’ve also had some problems with pancreatitis but my foster mom has helped me to feel much better with the help of our veterinarian and some good food. Monster is between five and six years old and weighs about 21 pounds.

Monster’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’d like to meet Monster, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Janette Gorman

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Starting at the beginning of 2020, Janette Gorman began volunteering for Last Hope. She works with the cats and comes into the Adoption Center to care for them. She also transports cats when needed to the vet, IHA, and the spay and neuter clinic. Janette has also worked at a few Last Hope events.

Janette learned about Last Hope when she and her husband were looking to adopt a cat. She was impressed with how much we wanted to make sure it was a good match. After her husband passed away, Janette decided it was a good time to work volunteering into her schedule. She’s always been an animal lover and she likes being able to make time to volunteer with them. Janette enjoys meeting the people and, of course, hanging out with the cats.

Janette now shares her home with her dog Jordyn, and her two cats Lacy and Slim. She also has three sons; Dan and Tom live in different states and Matt lives in Cedar Rapids.

We were lucky when Janette decided to volunteer for Last Hope! She is very reliable and a great team member.

 

Cat of the Week: Teigen

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This sweet little lady loves being the center of attention! In her previous life, there was WAY TOO MUCH competition. She is always the first to greet the volunteers when they walk into her room and gives out purrs freely! She gets along great with other cats and would likely do well with kids and dogs alike. Teigen is about five years old.

Teigen’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 have the attention to give and would like to meet Teigen, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Porter

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Porter is such a wonderfully easy-going dog, we just cannot believe that someone hasn’t scooped him up yet! He is not a fan of being left alone for long stretches and he also kind of hates the kennel – but we certainly understand why when you know his past…Porter joined Last Hope after his owner abandoned him, leaving him behind when they moved away.  This wonderfully loving boy deserves the very best in a forever home, and we’re excited to introduce you to him! But beware…he’s a bit of a couch hog!! Porter loves to put a harness on and go for walks, he can be strong on the leash especially when he sees squirrels!  He is best suited as the only pet in the home but is great with people of all ages including children. Porter is around 8 years old now, he would do best with a fence or with someone who already has a daily walking routine. Porter rides in the car like a champ, and he will make a wonderful companion for someone seeking a friendly dog that is moderately active. Porter does have minor head tremors, these occur infrequently and seem to be brought on by change or stress. They do not hurt him or cause him pain, but are something to be aware of (he has been under the care of our veterinarian and had this reviewed extensively).

Porter’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 laid back dog might fit into your home and you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.