Cat of the Week: Vivian

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Vivian is a friendly cat that would love to have a home to play and run around in. She gets along great with other cats. Vivian is about three years old.

Vivian’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 wonderful lady, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Happy Tail: Bear (FKA Francesca)

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Emma found Bear (fka Francesca) on the Last Hope website and was interested because she reminded her of her childhood cat whom she adored. She completed an application and says she appreciated the adoption process. Emma liked that we did our best to make sure Bear was going to the right home by checking references and doing a home visit. She and her partner, Nick, set up an appointment to meet Bear and were pleased by her sweet and friendly demeanor. Nick and Emma decided Bear was the right cat for them.

The adjustment period was smooth. She immediately made herself at home in their condo, going from room to room to check out her new domain. The first few nights she was up late, playing and sometimes “talking.” But she slowly adapted to their sleep schedule and now she reports to her spot next to their bed each night and wakes up with them in the morning.

Bear loves their floor-length windows and all the cat-friendly surfaces in her forever home. She soaks up all the love and attention she can get and is great with any visitors to their home, including children. Bear loves chasing her yarn balls, watching the birds out the window, going to the “salon” (aka getting brushed), napping, and would sell her soul for a tuna-flavored treat!

We are so happy that Bear and her new family found each other because it’s clear she was meant to live with Emma and Nick. Happy life, Bear!

Dog of the Week: Russell

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Man of mystery, Russell is definitely a unique combination of breeds! Our best guess is that he has some border collie or cattle dog mixed with something like Chow Chow to give him the distinct body shape that he has! He has long, thick hair, and a sturdy body that is long and low to the ground.  One thing we can say for certain, he is handsome and friendly with people!   Russell can be dog selective, he might be a fit with a medium-sized friendly female dog. He joined us with another male dog that might have been a littermate of his, similar in size and personality these two have gotten along well with supervision.  He is great with people but has never been around very small children, so 6+ years old would be best for him.  Russell needs to learn some basic commands and manners.  He is not a fan of bicycles, and he does bark when he sees other dogs that get him excited (mostly larger males so far). He is about two years old.

Russell’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 great guy catches your interest and you’d like to meet him, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Cats of the Week: Kittens

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Our Cats of the Week this week are a few of the kittens that are available for adoption. We have plenty of kittens if you’re looking to add to your family! They are all up to date on shots and altered and ready to go. If you’re thinking of adding one kitten to your home, consider adding two. Two kittens are absolutely adorable but they also help you out by entertaining each other much of the time.

The adoption fee for a kitten is $100 and you get a break on the price if you adopt two at the same time. So take a look HERE at all our available cats and get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” at their cuteness! Pictured here are just a few of the kittens available.

Dog of the Week: Cubby

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Calling all husky lovers! Cubby is a home run of a dog, he is sweet and friendly with people, loves car rides, and will make a great companion for someone active and familiar with his breed.  He is believed to be a husky/malamute mix, so he does have moderate to high grooming needs.  Cubby can be dog selective, he has done best with another female husky that is near his size. Cubby is eager to learn manners and commands, although he is an adult dog he will need some help learning his new routine and settling into his forever home.  His adoption fee includes a basic obedience course at Cedar Run Company in Hiawatha, we think this will be a great fit for Cubby and his new owner to bond and learn from each other! Cubby is not a fit for apartment living, he also needs to be in a home with older children who are dog savvy.  Cubby has met cats very briefly and seemed to ignore them, but we can’t say for certain how he would do with them long term. He is about two years old.

Cubby’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 handsome guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cats of the Week: Kittens!

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Are you ready for some absolute cuteness in your life? We have several adoptable kittens ready to go to their furever homes. We had many pregnant mama cats so far this year and their babies are ready to go now. Pictured are a few of those kittens. And if you want to add a kitten to your family, why not add two! They go great in pairs because they play with each other and wear each other out. And how can you resist the adorable sight of two kittens playing?

You can find all of our adoptable kittens on our website. When you find one, or TWO!, that you would like to meet just complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Colonel

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Colonel is a large dog (70 pounds plus!) with a lot of love to give! He is friendly and kind with people and has done especially well meeting new people and making friends.  He can be dog selective and seems to be most comfortable with female dogs near his size. Colonel is not a fit in a home with small animals, including cats or chickens as he does have a prey drive.  Colonel is seeking a home with a nice big yard for him to enjoy and someone who is very active and will get him out on walks as this is one of his favorite things to do! He also seems comfortable with all people, but has never been around very small children so is best suited for a home with kids 6+ years old at this time. Colonel does need an experienced dog owner who will provide him guidance and training, he does respond well to verbal commands/cues. He is a little over two years old.

Colonel’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 great guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: Clara

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Clara is a beautiful calico lady that wants a forever home. She is still a little shy at first but will warm up with treats. She has come so far in her time with us and loves a good belly rub! Clara is about one year old.

Clara’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 you’d like to meet this sweet girl, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

 

Dog of the Week: Violet

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Violet is seeking a home with an experienced husky owner to give her a happily ever after! A highly active home that will work on training and socialization will be key to her success! Violet can be selective about her dog friends, she has been most receptive to another husky mix male but is not a fit with smaller dogs or cats. Violet is also still working on her people skills so no children, please. Violet loves the water and will make for a great adventure partner!

Violet’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 can Violet an active home and would like to meet her, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Sue Bennett

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Sue Bennett has been volunteering for Last Hope for more than five years. She began by fostering dogs and now fosters cats and helps clean the cat area at the Adoption Center. She also does transports from time to time. Her cat fosters include FeLV-positive cats and neo-natal kittens. Caring for very young kittens involves losing a lot of sleep because they need to be fed regularly around the clock.

“I love fostering for Last Hope!  I love the team atmosphere and the wealth of knowledge that members of our rescue have.  I’m proud of Last Hope because we don’t hesitate to take animals that might be difficult to adopt or animals that have behavioral or medical issues.  We have so many wonderful volunteers for the Kitty Crew and everyone pitches in to make sure that everything gets done.”

Sometimes people say they could never foster animals because it would be too sad to let them go. Here is what Sue has to say about that:

“I’m not gonna lie — it’s hard sometimes.  It can be messy and hectic.   It takes time and focus, and it can break your heart.  When animals come in they can be challenging – due to illness or human cruelty, sometimes they don’t trust us or like us very much.  And you throw all the love you have (and then some) toward getting them to trust you and love humans again – and when you’ve succeeded, and they are healthy and whole, they get adopted and you start all over with a new one. And those feelings are real, but in the end – even the bad days are worth it.  Honestly, all of the difficulties pale in comparison to the absolute joy of rescue.  Seeing a kitten you bottle-fed (and worried over and lost sleep over) running around, jumping, and playing.  Seeing a dog that has been abused wag his tail for the first time.  Seeing an adoptor’s face when you bring them their new pet.  Seeing a sick cat’s eyes brighten – seeing them getting stronger.  And knowing that you helped.  Knowing that you 100% made a difference.”

Volunteering at a rescue isn’t for everyone, but we’re very thankful that Sue has decided it’s for her because she is a great addition to our team!