Cat of the Week: Baby Girl

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Baby is a very loving kitten. She is playful, but also loves to cuddle. She does good with other cats but has never been around dogs so not sure how she would react to dogs. Be prepared for her to try and cuddle with you every night when you go to sleep. Baby Girl is spayed and up to date on her rabies and distemper vaccinations.

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For more information on Baby Girl please email or complete an application HERE.


Dog of the Week: Duke

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Duke 2Duke 3Duke is a sweet young man that has been bounced around a lot in his young life and needs a committed family. Duke is a 10 month old German Shepard mix. He is a good really boy with basic manners and is crate trained and house broken. He does well with other dogs, cats, and children. He is very intelligent and has a lot of energy. He would do well with a family seeking an active dog to take jogging or to train for agility. If you are willing to give this boy the love and commitment he desires, he will make a great member of your family.

If you would like more information about Duke, email or complete an application HERE.


Kitties of the Week: Socks, Squeaks, and Buttercup

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Socks etc 2Socks etcThese three cuties currently live in a foster home with two dogs and they get along fine. They are all curious, cuddly, and love to play. They have all been altered, are up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. They’re ready for their forever homes!

If you’re interested in more information about one of these adorable kittens please email or complete an application HERE.


Dog of the Week: Otis

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Hi, my name is Otis, I’m a black Lab and I’m quite the gentleman, if I do say so myself. My foster mom always tells me that I’m a good boy. I get along well with my foster sisters and even play nice with the little puppy. I don’t like cats so much. I’m house trained and I don’t even get on the furniture. There is no need to crate me because I am well behaved. I enjoy taking walks and am good on the leash. Could you be my forever family?

If you’re interested in more information about Otis, please email or complete an application HERE.


Cat of the Week: Sasha

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Sasha was found sitting next to a wooded area in the country. When called, she ran right up to the person who found her and rode in the vehicle with a dog sitting next to her, so she must have been a family cat at one time. She is very affectionate and appreciative and doesn’t seem to be bothered by all of the other furry family members in the house. She is litter box trained, is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. She is also FIV and FeLV negative.

Please contact for more information. An adoption application can be completed HERE. Adoption fee is $75.


Dog of the Week: Lana

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Lana is a beautiful 5-6 year-old Labrador/Greyhound mix. She has gorgeous long legs and a long neck, which is what leads us to believe there’s some Greyhound in her. She was found in Texas as a stray, and absolutely loved her airplane ride to Iowa! So not surprisingly, she likes car rides!

Lana 2Lana 3Lana is making great strides with house training, so as long as she’s taken outside frequently she does great. She’s not a huge fan of the crate, but as long as it’s sturdy and comfy, she tolerates it and doesn’t mess in it. She LOVES to get into mischief, so she will need lots of fun chew toys to keep her busy! She is just starting to discover that humans are great for snuggling up to and that being petted is pretty great. She loves to sleep near us in our bed as well.

Her ideal forever home will have a canine companion for her to romp around with as she LOVES her doggie friends! She has not been tested with the feline counterpart who lives in her foster home as we were told upon intake that she chases them. Maybe with a slow introduction, she could learn to live peaceably with them.

If you would like more information about Lana, please contact her foster mama at To complete an adoption application, visit our website HERE.


Freedom Festival Parade

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On Saturday, June 27th, Last Hope participated in the Freedom Festival Parade and we had a great time! Peg Oettinger took some pictures from the roof of Village Meat Market & Cafe, her sister’s store. She shared some of the pictures with us that featured Last Hope’s animals:

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Thanks to Peg and to all the volunteers who came out to show off our special animals!


Cats of the Week: Avery, Quinn, and Sawyer

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This week we are featuring a litter of kittens! Here’s more information about these cuties:

Avery: This dark gray cutie has the sweetest personality!  She’s very loving and gentle and likes to curl up on her foster mom’s lap.  If you’re looking for company, Avery would make a great companion. She gets along great with dogs and cats, and her foster cat brother has taken her and her litter mates on as his own. Avery would make the perfect addition to a loving family.

Quinn: Playful and friendly, Quinn makes a delightful companion.  She loves playing with her brother and sister, chasing each other  up and down the cat tree.  She gets along well with her foster Shih Tsu and adult cat. Quinn would love to join a forever family.

Sawyer: This little guy is a real charmer.  He likes to play rough and tumble with his sisters, and then hide out for a nice snooze.  He loves to curl up and sleep on his foster dad’s lap as well. Sawyer gets along well with other cats and dogs too, so he’s very well socialized. This little guy really needs the love of a forever home.

If you’re interested in more information about any of these three beauties, please contact or complete and application HERE.


New Adoption Center Director

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Last Hope Animal Rescue is pleased to announce that Julie Havran is our new Adoption Center Director!

Julie has a B.S. Degree in Human Services and M.S. Degree in Adult Education from Drake University.

After working in human services, human resources, and education, she pursued her lifelong passion for animal welfare. She became involved with Friends of the Shelter, Inc. (FOTSI) after it was formed in 2004.  FOTSI contracted to manage the Vinton/Benton County Animal Shelter in 2009.  Julie served as Shelter Director from 2009 to 2015.

After FOTSI became involved, the former Vinton-Benton County Pound (subsequently licensed as a shelter through FOTSI’s efforts) went from a survival rate of less than 40% to a  high of 98%, with a most recent three-year average of 97%.  The quality of care for the shelter animals and sanitary conditions improved dramatically while FOTSI managed the shelter.

Julie’s education, work experience as a veterinarian technician, and shelter management experience enabled her to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to serve as Adoption Center Director for Last Hope Rescue.  She also has Shelter Operations certification from American Humane.

Julie lives with her husband, dogs, and cats on an acreage NW of Cedar Rapids.

We are excited to have Julie’s knowledge and talents at the adoption center!

Dog of the Week: Booker

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Booker is an extremely beautiful and loving dog who would be absolutely perfect for someone who only wants one dog but has previous large dog training experience. Booker is a very large older puppy (89 lbs. at 12-18 mos.) with the potential to grow into an even larger adult dog. He seems to be a mix of yellow Lab and Great Pyrenees – and his temperament is most like the Great Pyrenees. He can be stubborn, but he has a very calm temperament around people, is consistently friendly with strangers and children (tested down to 4 year old), and is eager to gain your positive attention. If he has enough exercise, he is perfectly content to lay down or sit next to you and just be petted frequently indoors the rest of the time. He needs at least 3-4 miles of walking each day to remain this well-behaved indoors, but he is an absolute DREAM to walk on a leash because he loves going for walks and really wants to be next to you (as long as there are no other dogs in sight or hearing). He needs a little practice yet at times when there are distractions, but he has been the EASIEST dog I have ever met to train to walk on a leash. I’ve walked extra miles (5 instead of 3) just to walk longer with him!

Booker 3Booker is in need of a patient and positive person willing to finish housebreaking him and take him to obedience classes – but he is very intelligent and very easy to train using positive methods. He is crate trained and has had few accidents indoors (4 in a week – two the first day) when taken out every 1-2 hours. He does well in his kennel at night.  Booker is making great progress on the following commands at his foster home: sit, stay, heel (his best command!), kennel, foot (as in “let me wipe your foot”), wait, and off. He does not jump up a lot, especially when exercised, but he is not yet polite around people food and does at times try to climb up on top of you to see if he can nab a bite.

He is curious and likes to explore the neighborhood – so he needs a 3-6 foot fence around his yard unless his owner is willing to take him out on a leash each time he needs to go potty. If there are any gaps or small holes under your fence, you will want to block them. Booker would also be best for a home with no other dogs, as he is very picky about his dog “friends” and wants to be the dominant dog. He also shows food, bone (rawhide), and toy protectiveness toward other dogs (but is ok when humans take them). He is not good with other male dogs close to his size, but might be ok (would have to be tested very carefully) with smaller dogs. He seems to want to play, but does not know how to do that with other dogs his size. He shows a lot of interest in cats and other small animals. He might be okay with them, but that would need very careful testing as well. Booker has had little to no experience playing with humans and toys, so he will need training if you want him to fetch, play tug, or any other toy game. He would probably be easy to train to pull a cart as his Pyrenees ancestors did. He sometimes will chase a tennis ball or a furry or crinkly (water bottle) toy and pick it up – and has returned it once or twice most of the way, but then seems to lose interest. He does show a little interest in larger balls as well. He will play with the water from the hose now (loves this!), which is good, because that makes it easier to bathe him outdoors. Overall, right now he would rather be petted than play!

Booker 2Booker’s coat is a beautiful medium length yellow and white. He does shed and he will need regular brushing to prevent matting. He will also need regular wiping with doggie wipes, or washing or bathing (especially if he plays with the hose and gets all muddy), as his coat shows everything. He is not really wild about being bathed indoors in the tub, but it can be done with the right motivation :). He is picky about treats, but is also motivated very much by the right ones –  If you are a one-dog family ready for a large, loving walking companion and snuggler and are willing to train him, please come meet Booker today!

If you are interested in Booker, contact or complete an application HERE.