Dog of the Week: Chico

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Are you looking for an older dog to keep you company and watch tv with, then I’m your guy. I’m a special needs kind of guy because I can’t see, and I have urinary issues. I do let you know when I have to potty but can’t always make it out the door. I will have to always have a belly band on so I don’t wet on the floor. I can’t see so I need to be in a home with adult and/or older children. I currently live with two cats, they don’t hang around me too much and we get along fine. I do great in the car, and on a leash. At night I like to snuggle up either under the covers or on top. I also like to bury my nose in the covers while sleeping, my foster family thinks it’s adorable. They say I’m a good boy and well behaved. I do have some anxiety but that comes with my breed (miniature pinscher). My medication helps me out. I cry/whimper when I’m hungry or need to go potty. I recently had a dental and had a lot of teeth removed. My mouth feels better and my breath is better, but I will need to be on soft food.

Chico’s adoption fee is $200 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 a sweet couch potato to hang with, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Volunteer of the Month: Daniel Huesman

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Daniel has been volunteering with the dogs at Last Hope for about 10 years. He started back when it was run out of Sonia’s house who is the founder of Last Hope. He also works as a trainer at Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare. In addition to training Last Hope dogs, he also fosters dogs, helps with adoptions and home visits, transports dogs, and evaluates dogs that come into Last Hope.

Every person who adopts a dog has access to a free obedience class at Cedar Run. They also offer one-on-one training. Daniel’s approach to training is reward-based. Here is what he had to say about his philosophy:

“For training here at Cedar Run with the rescue pups, we like to use fear-free reward-based training. I don’t believe in using aversive or uncomfortable techniques to help change a dog’s behavior or teach a new cue. Most of these dogs are already going through some form of fear, anxiety, and/or stress, so I like my training to avoid causing that as much as possible. I believe using counter conditioning and desensitization helps change a dog’s overall emotional response as opposed to just suppressing it by using tools like e collars or prongs. Using reward-based training helps build a bond between you and your dog and is especially valuable in working with rescue pups who most of the time have had their trust broken. Adopting from Last Hope is so cool because we give lifetime support on any training needs. My biggest goal is to help educate current adopters and potential adopters in dog behavior.”

Daniel is a certified dog trainer and would love to see you and your dog at Cedar Run for obedience training! He has been a huge asset to Last Hope and has done great work with the dogs that sometimes need a little extra TLC.

Cat of the Week: Mia

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Mia is new to liking humans so she will take a bit to trust you. She loves a good scratch under her chin and ears. She may hide and hiss a bit when going to a home but she will come to like you. Mia is about three and a half years old.

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

Mia is a sweet girl that is worth a little patience for her to get to know you. If you think this beauty might be for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Dog of the Week: Alvin

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My name is Alvin, 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 back in the day, where I had a rough start and I sometimes am selective of my dog friends. After a proper introduction to new dogs though, I love to play with them.    Not to brag, but I am really smart, too! I have completed obedience 1 class and know a lot of verbal commands and I’m eager to learn more!! I like to make my people happy and smile, I’ll smile back! I am very food motivated, so if you want to teach me even more it won’t be hard! I Love my food puzzle and keeping my mind and body active.

I’d be the best co-pilot in the car! I am also crate trained and have learned how to walk with a gentle leader so I don’t pull so much. And yes I’m house-trained, what do you think I am, an animal?!  I do not like cats and get very nervous around children so I would do best in a home without either. Looking for a mature home that has had some dog experience. 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. I’m eagerly waiting for someone to please! Alvin is a little over eight years old.

The adoption fee for Alvin 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 Alvin sounds like the buddy for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Cat of the Week: O’Malley

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“I’m Abraham deLacy, Giuseppe Casey, Thomas O’Malley, O’Malley the alley cat…”

Our O’Malley was once an outside cat, but that life is in the past! O’Malley is a laid-back guy that needs a soft bed and maybe a window to look out of and remember the past. He is about one year old and ready to move on to a wonderful INDOOR home.

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

If you think you’d like to provide a great home for this great guy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Marnie’s Happy Tail

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Travis and Haley had four cats (Lana, Bella, Kitty, Gilly) but were looking for a playful companion for their three-year-old Lana. They knew someone who had adopted a dog through Last Hope so they were looking on our website when they saw Marnie (formerly Fern) and she just “spoke” to Haley. They submitted an application and before they knew it, Marnie was coming home with them!

At first, there was some hissing when Marnie came into the house, but that soon subsided and now all the cats get along fine. Marnie and Lana are thick as thieves and often patrol the house together and partake in some friendly wrestling.

Marnie’s favorite toys are crumpled up receipts and she can often be seen carrying one around or batting it around the house. Travis and Haley have been doing some remodeling and Marnie is always inspecting their work and checking to see what Dad is up to!

Haley says, “Marnie is a real sweetheart and champion cuddler and napper. She’s playful and funny and the perfect addition to our family.”

Travis and Haley were looking for a kitten to be a playmate for Lana and they found just that in Marnie. And Marnie got a wonderful, loving home in which to thrive. It’s a perfect match!

 

Dog of the Week: Kaia Carson

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Hi, my name is Kaia, and I came all the way from California.  While the west coast has all the sunshine,  I wanted to see how the mid-west farmers’ daughters lived.  All the dog volunteers at Last Hope say I am the sweetest little girl, I love to snuggle and give tons of kisses.  I love to ride in the car and go for walks and I am super good at both! I am a very strong girl and need someone equally as strong.  I am a princess and love all the attention so I will need to be the only pet in the house.  I also need a home that has a privacy fence in case the neighbors have pets.  So if you always wished they all could be  California girls and wanted one of your own, then I am your girl.

The adoption fee for Kaia 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 this Cali girl strikes your fancy, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Stellaluna

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I’m a goofy girl once I warm up to my surroundings. I love cheek scratches, wet food, and wand toys. I also love having cat friends to play with and help me gain confidence! I really love the momma cat that took me in. I spend time each day snuggling and grooming her. If you can give me some time to adjust and give me lots of wet food we can be buddies in no time. Stellaluna is a little over half a year old.

Stellaluna’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 lovely seems like the kitty for you, please complete an adoption application HERE.

Dog of the Week: Atlas

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Atlas is ready to be the king of your world! This handsome young brindle boy is around 3.5 years old and happiest when he’s running and playing fetch.  Atlas is well trained and knows how to sit, shake, stay, lay down, wait, come, leave it and get up. Atlas is also muzzle trained, he prefers to wear this when meeting strangers or doing scary things like visiting the vet’s office.  Atlas would thrive in an active home with adults only who are dog-savvy and maintain a relatively quiet home life. We don’t know all of his background, but we know that strangers in the home are scary to Atlas and he isn’t sure if he’s supposed to protect you from them or not!  Atlas loves to play, so another playful dog in the home would make for a perfect match! Atlas is kennel and potty trained and also loves to give kisses. A 4-6 foot high fenced in yard would be a dream come true for ol’ Atlas, here he could run and play to his heart’s content and maybe learn some more impressive commands with a little help from his new family.

Atlas’ 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 lad, please complete an adoption application HERE.

 

Cat of the Week: Harrison

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Harrison is a handsome, playful young man that is new to Last Hope and we are still getting to know him. He’s about one year old and ready for his forever home!

Harrison’s adoption fee 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 cutie, please complete an adoption application HERE.