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.

Lily’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 sweet lady, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Lexi

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Kristin, a teacher in Alburnett, became aware of Lexi (formerly Aspen) after Lexi came for a visit to the school. She looked into Lexi and soon she and her family (Adam, Claire, and Cade) met Lexi and they loved the way she interacted with all of them. Soon after that, Lexi was formally adopted by the family.

The first week Lexi was in the home she seemed a little overwhelmed by the noise and movement in the house. She slept a lot the first week off by herself. But after that first week, she began coming out of her sleeping space and interacting with the family. They were patient with her and gave her time to get used to her new life. It’s been great since then!

Now that Lexi is a part of the family, she “helps” drop the kids off at activities by riding shotgun in the car, she puts the kids to bed, she stays by Kristin’s side night and day, and she loves soft toys and treats them with care. Lexi loves to get the zoomies, devour pup cups from Starbucks, sleep by Kristin, go for walks, and ride in the car.

Lexi came into their lives after the loss of their beloved Bear, a 12-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever. They were heartbroken by the loss but Lexi seemed to see their broken hearts, especially Kristin’s, and found a way to help them love again while still honoring the memory of Bear. The first minute after the adoption was finalized, they saw a cardinal in their backyard. They believe cardinals indicate that an angel is near. They believe it was Bear welcoming Lexi home and showing them he was happy they could love a dog again.

We are thankful that Lexi obviously found a wonderful, loving home to land in. Thank you, Kristin, Adam, Claire, and Cade for allowing heartspace for Lexi.

 

Dog of the Week: Copper

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Hello, I’m Copper. I am around 6-7 years old and I love spending the day in front of the cool air vent napping! I grew up with kids which has made me love attention and a good scratch. I am working on building confidence and learning to play. My younger dog brother at my foster home is helping break me out of my shell and is trying to help teach me what a toy is and how to play with one. I am opening up and have started playing outside with his encouragement. During our potty breaks, I love chasing bunnies and stretching my legs before returning inside to go back to lay down. I respect short fences and have not jumped them, but I have thought about sneaking under vulnerable spots to smell my bunny friends. I am a good listener who knows my name and will let you brush my teeth, clean my paws, and do an excellent sit/stay when requested.  A home with kindness would do me best as I am afraid of being over-corrected. When meeting new people I am a shy timid girl as I am afraid to disappoint. I tend to put my head and tail down until I know you are safe but after a few minutes, I like to press up against your leg for a cuddle. Every new person I meet always describes me with the same word; “sweet.” I do not jump on guests but my foster dog brother is helping me learn how to greet guests with more enthusiasm and I am now brave enough to come up and smell new people.  I am not very interested in treats but I will do anything for a “good girl” with a neck scratch. My foster parents have been crating me at night for the first time in my life and I am doing an excellent job! I have the softest of ears you have ever felt. If you are looking for a calm dog, I’m your girl. I’m great on a car ride and am very polite when waking on a leash. I am ready to join you in a loving home.

Copper’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 the sweetest girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: April

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Spring was our theme for naming a beautiful litter of kittens when a very pregnant female, April, arrived and finally gave birth to six precious kittens on April 25, 2022… and by the way, that’s how she got her name!  🙂  She really labored hard delivering the first baby, Sprout, as well as the 2nd one, Primrose, but they came a little easier as the day went on and eventually she had a total of 6 kittens!  This gorgeous girl with the beautiful Brown Tabby & White fur coat has been one amazing, attentive, and very busy mama!  It’s almost time for her and her babies to go out into the bigger world now and have a family of their very own!   We believe she is right around 1 year old. April’s foster mom has spoiled her and all of her precious babies and spent hours upon hours with them in their own little cat heaven… sitting in the ‘cat room’ watching them play as well as rocking in a chair while holding and snuggling with them.  All of them have been out tearing around her home with her adult cats and have had some interaction with kids, but they will need to be introduced slowly into a new environment.  Occasionally a dog comes to visit so they have had some exposure to her, but slow introductions are best for any animal. April is a LOVER GIRL who loves laying in your lap – yep – she’s a lap kitty for people who enjoy having a warm body warming them up!  Now that she’s raised her LAST litter of kittens, she is ready to have more ME ONLY time and relax in her new forever home. She loves to play with wand toys so be sure to have some on hand!  She loves to curl up on a soft blanket or bed and nap the day away… especially if that blanket is on your lap.

April’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 affectionate young lady, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Dog of the Week: Oscar

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Looking for a dog with a winning personality? Luckily you’ve found Oscar! He’s a very social dog who would do best in a home where he can spend quality time with his people and at least one other accepting medium-large dog. Oscar enjoys a short daily walk and lots of plush and chew toys. He is a bit of a juggernaut who doesn’t know it, and he greets everyone he meets with love and a wagging tail. He’s fully house trained and nondestructive when home with his foster’s other dogs unkenneled. People in the home should be teens and older due to his slightly oblivious nature and high food drive. Oscar does have some mild allergies, he’s well managed with diet and seasonal allergy medication but may occasionally have some flare-ups. He’s about four years old.

Oscar’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 this character, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Mickey

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Meet Mickey! This lovely lady is looking for her forever home! Mickey is a very talkative kitty and will meow to let you know that she doesn’t want you to stop petting her. She loves chin scratches and lap cuddles and will make it very clear when she wants your attention. She gets on her hind legs and reaches up for your hand until you pet her! Mickey has lived with other cats her whole life and did well and seems to do well around dogs when properly introduced. She is about 4 1/2 years old.

Mickey’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 character, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

 

 

Dog of the Week: Briar

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Hi. My name is Sue, and I am the foster mom for an adoptable dog from Last Hope Animal Rescue named Briar. Normally it’s easy for me to write a short biography for my fosters, but this one for Briar has me stumped. Let me tell you why. Usually, we start a bio with the facts, and in this case, that’s pretty straightforward. Briar is a 2-year-old spayed Tree Walking Coonhound. She is up to date on all her shots and is in good health. But there are other “facts,” ones that aren’t so easy to list. Briar was found thin, terrified, and heartworm positive in an area around southern Illinois, where it is common for people to breed hunting dogs. If the dogs do not perform well, they are often dumped in wooded areas and left to fend for themselves. We believe that is what happened to Briar. It’s customary in these bios to talk about the dog’s positive attributes. Easy enough. Briar is a jaw-droppingly beautiful girl. She is smart, trainable, and people-oriented. She is eager for love and willing to please. She is super sweet. When she relaxes, she loves to play in the backyard. She does very well with other dogs, especially dogs that want to run and wrestle. She does fine with my older dog-savvy cats but is not a good fit for kittens. She is good in her kennel and good outside of it as well. She isn’t any more destructive than any other 2-year-old hound, which is to say don’t leave your socks on the floor, but that is true of any young dog. I can’t know her past. I can’t know how she was treated before she came to Last Hope. I can only say this – when I brought her home, she was terrified. She flattened like a pancake when anyone raised their voice. She flinched when we dropped something when the phone rang, when Alexa rang an alarm. It took some time to convince her that people could be kind. And now? You wouldn’t believe how much better she is! She loves to be petted and played with. She’ll sit on the couch with you if you ask her to. She is still nervous around strangers. She is still leery of the big screen TV. But she is becoming a dog who can find happiness in summer days and people kisses. What about the downside? Does she bark? Of course – she’s a hound! Her howl can wake the dead – but she’s very quiet most of the time. Will she dig? Yup – she’ll make herself a bed in a pile of dirt if she finds one. She is timid with strangers. She isn’t aggressive, she just would prefer to meet people in her own time. She has on occasion chewed up candy bar wrappers she finds in the trash. She has a lot of energy and wouldn’t make a very good couch potato. She has anxiety sometimes and paces the floor. I want to grab you by the hand and drag you to meet her. I want you to see the incredible courage it has taken her to put the past behind her, and how she’s getting better every single day. I would love for you to see the absolute joy she has playing outside, and the sparkle in her eyes when she sees me. I can’t say that she’s going to be an easy dog when you bring her home. I can’t say it won’t take her a little bit to warm up and feel safe. But I can say this dog is a one-in-a-million find. If you are patient, if you are kind, if you enjoy long walks with many breaks to sniff and smell, if you have love to give and if you want love in return, this is the dog for you. If you have ever crawled up out of a dark place and felt the sun on your skin and realized you’re going to be okay, then you will understand this dog. And she will understand you, too.

Briar’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 want to meet Briar, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Sheba

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Sheba is a curious and affectionate beauty. She is sweet and gentle and loves getting attention. She likes to “talk” and tell you all about how she’s feeling. When she’s tired she loves to curl up with you for a nap. She enjoyed playing with her sister until she was adopted. She would do fine with another cat with proper introductions, but would also be happy to be an only cat and be spoiled and given lots of love and attention by her humans. Sheba is about one year old.

Sheba’s adoption fee is $100 and includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations and preventives, and a microchip with free lifetime registration.

If this black beauty catches your eye and you’d like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Skye

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Skye is a very friendly Red Merle Australian Shepard.  She is only 2 years old and so has a lot of energy.  She loves all of her toys, balls, and frisbees.  She will need a home with at least a 4-foot secure fence.  She does not do well with small dogs or cats and does have some resource guarding with food and treats so she is fed separately from the other dogs in her foster home.  Skye is crate trained and close to being house trained with only a couple of accidents by the door.  Skye is very loving and would be a great dog to have as a running, walking or biking partner.  Aussies are known for their intelligence as she already has learned sit, shake and come so she would probably do well in agility courses.   If you want an active, friendly, and loyal companion this young and unique Red Merle Aussie is your girl and she would love to meet you!  Skye is scheduled to be spayed in Cedar Rapids on August 17th and all costs will be covered by Last Hope Animal Rescue.  Come meet this wonderful dog!

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

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

 

Cat of the Week: Winifred

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Sweet little Winifred came to us originally as a young mother, her kittens all found homes long ago but she is still in need of her own family. She was scared and nervous in a new place and has taken some time to adjust, but has finally started to come out of her shell and enjoy the attention a little bit more! She isn’t one to come to you and demand attention but she does enjoy a good scratch behind the ear or pat on the head and we find her to be gentle with patient people. She does great with other cats but would probably be overwhelmed by young children or a dog. Winifred is a beautiful cat with a striking and distinct dilute torti coloring, you can’t help but love her unique and pretty face! She’s about three years old.

Winifred’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 this unique beauty catches your eye and you’d like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.