Volunteer of the Month: Tara McCormally

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Tara began volunteering for Last Hope during the fall of 2018. She knew some people who had fostered and adopted through Last Hope and after attending an open house one evening, she inquired about volunteering.

Tara’s Daughter at an Open House

She really wanted to spend time with the dogs so she went through training and then started to pick up evening volunteer shifts with the dogs. Tara walked a dog in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, helped at Wag-O-Ween, assisted during open houses at the Center, helped with bath and microchip events at the Center, and she’s been helping out at adoption events as well.  In addition to all that, she also has picked up dogs at the Center and taken them to doggy daycare.

Tara’s Daughter and Her Pup-O-Gram Valentine, Sassy

Tara says, “I like getting dogs out and taking them to events.  Seeing how excited they get to be getting so much attention, it’s so sweet!”

Thank you, Tara, for all your help! The dogs really appreciate you getting them out and about.

We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers like Tara. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering at Last Hope, please email volunteer@adopthope.org. Or you can complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Diesel

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Ashley was looking online for a dog to adopt and was impressed with how different Last Hope was from the other rescues and shelters. She saw Diesel’s face and fell in love instantly. But it was his bio that really convinced her Diesel was the dog for their family. At the time, Diesel was going through some medical issues so they did a foster-to-adopt arrangement. But Ashley says he was *their* dog from day one.

In the beginning, Diesel was a little shy but he quickly came out of his shell once he moved in with Ashley, Seth, and their dog, Gypsy. He now likes to meet new people and loves being the center of attention. He helped Gypsy become a more confident dog, too. Gypsy used to not be interested in jumping up on furniture, walking on wood floors, or playing with toys. But once Diesel came into the family, he helped Gypsy become more confident and strong-willed.

He loves going for walks, playing ball, playing with his sister in the backyard, and playing with his many, many toys – especially going after the ones with squeakers in them! He loves dressing up in sweaters, hoodies, and coats but most of all he loves cuddling with his mom and dad.

About Diesel, Ashley says, “Diesel has changed my life completely, I could not imagine my life without him. He is the sweetest boy full of energy and love. I am grateful that he had so much love and support from Last Hope and that we were blessed with the opportunity to adopt him. This is his forever home!”

It sounds like Diesel landed in the perfect place. Thank you Ashley, Seth, and Gypsy for opening your hearts and home to Diesel!

Dog of the Week: Alvin

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My name is Alvin. I may look tough, but I am a really sweet boy. If you are looking for a buddy to snuggle on the couch with, I am your guy. I also like to play with squeaky toys and soccer balls. I came from Arkansas where I had a rough start and I sometimes am selective of my dog friends. After a proper introduction with new dogs though I love to play with them.
Not to brag, but I am really smart! I have completed obedience 1 class. I am very food motivated, so if you want to teach me even more it won’t be hard. I am also kennel trained and have learned how to walk with a gentle leader so I don’t pull so much. I do not like cats and would like to have kids over 12 since I can play a little rough. I wouldn’t mind being the only dog so I can get lots of love and attention, but I would also be happy with another doggy friend as long as we are a good fit.
Alvin’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 think this great guy might be a good fit for your home, please complete an application HERE.

Cats of the Week: KITTENS!

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We took in A LOT of kittens this past kitten season and some of them are still waiting for their forever homes. We have playful kittens, shy kittens, outgoing kittens, kittens that beg for attention, and kittens that are more independent. In short, we have the PURRfect kitten for YOU! Or maybe you’d like to take home two so they have an instant friend. We give a discount when you adopt two at once.

All our kittens have been spayed/neutered, are up to date on vaccinations, and come with a microchip with lifetime registration. If you would like to add a kitten (or TWO!) to your family, check out our adoptable cats HERE. If you find one you’re interested in meeting, complete an adoption application and a meet and greet will be arranged once your application has been processed.

Dog of the Week: Addie

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Addie is a black lab/hound mix with some of the best floppy ears in the business! She’s around 7 years old and looking for a moderately active home that will enjoy daily walks with her and provide her a nice soft dog bed to curl up and snooze in. Addie does fine with other dogs but will be best suited in a forever home as an only dog or with another very laid back smaller dog. Addie loves nothing more than to go for a good walk, give squirrels hell in the back yard and go for car rides with the windows down. Addie is not a cuddler, but she is a very loving dog that wants to please her “person” and will make a wonderful companion in a home with adults only. Don’t pass this sweet lady by, take a chance on meeting a faithful and friendly forever friend.

Addie’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 you’d like to meet this great girl, please complete an application HERE.

Cats of the Week: Charlotte and Edward

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Charlotte and Edward are siblings and would love to stay together when they go to their forever home.

Princess Charlotte LOVES to romp and play with her brother Edward! She would love to find a home where they can stay together. She’s a sweet little lady with lots of personality. She does have some scar tissue on her eyes from a prior infection but she can see just fine and it doesn’t slow her down a bit!

Edward loves playtime with his sister Charlotte! The mice and balls in the house better watch out – this expert hunter is out to get them. He would love to find a home he can share with his little sister- his partner in crime!

These two cuties are currently at the PetSmart in Coralville so you can meet them there.

If you’re interested in adopting these two, please complete an application HERE.

 

Dog of the Week: Kallie

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Curious, Adventurous, Athletic, and Outgoing…meet Kallie!  Kallie loves the water, heading to the park and exploring in the tall grass and then rolling around in the backseat of the car on the way home.  This super-smart young female already knows sit, lay, and down and will be a wonderful companion for an outdoorsy-athletic type! She prefers the company of people over dogs and is not a fit with cats or other small animals.

Kallie’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 you’d like to meet this great girl, please complete an application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Tuffy

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Tuffy… A sweet orange Tabby & white boy who we suspect has had a tough life, yet this sweet soul wants nothing more than to be loved on, petted, and treated with kindness – for which he will reward you with the most endearing, rumbling purr that will just grab your heart! He is about 6 years old and was found by a kind cat-loving person in an area of Cedar Falls which for some reason is a prime area for people to abandon their animals.

Since being rescued, we have found out he is very sweet with both cats & DOGS!  Perhaps he also had feline and canine friends in his past life, but with proper introduction, we feel this boy will be a great match for just about any family!!  What more could you ask for!?

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

If you’re interested in meeting Tuffy, please complete an application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Lucy (Lulu)

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Lucy, or Lulu as we lovingly call her, is just about as sweet as they come! She loves people of all ages, and no one she meets stays a stranger for long. She is a wiggly lover, she rides like a champ in the car and she loves nothing more than a good belly rub.   Lulu is looking for a home to call her very own, she is best suited as the only animal in the house, and she’s sure you’ll agree she has more than enough love to go around! Lulu has mild allergies, an allergy test has been done and a proper diet will keep her system in check. She is otherwise healthy, happy and ready to go for walks and snuggle on the couch with you!

Lucy’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.

Lucy’s a great girl – if you’d like to meet her, please complete an application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Daphne

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This beautiful patched Calico is as sweet as they come! She’s always down for a good cuddle and loves to play. She is great with other kitties and loves everyone she meets! She’s even a little bit of an attention hog and will never turn down your affection.

This adult cutie has an adoption fee of $85 which includes spay surgery, being up to date on vaccinations, and a microchip with lifetime registration.

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