Hope is a sweet, sassy little girl! She loves to play with the other animals in the house and is a big fan of her toys as well. When she’s ready to take a break she will curl up and purr in your lap until she falls asleep.
Hope was found in the middle of the road and rushed to our vet right away. We were afraid she would have some vision loss and some damage to her back legs. But her eyes are healing and she seems to see just fine. She does a little bit of a hop when she runs but she walks just fine and doesn’t let it bother her.
If you want to meet this cute little lady fill out an adoption application on our website HERE.
Gina and her family, Tim, Mackenzie, and Nolan (and their cat, Pete!) adopted Roscoe in May and they couldn’t be happier with their new little pup!
Hi! My name is Piper! I’m sure you glanced at my photos & noticed how adorable I am! I just love people and all the attention I can get! I love to follow my foster mom around the house. I love to play but when you settle in on the couch you should probably make room for me too! I’m working on all my commands I know “sit” “come” “go to your bed” and “lay down.” I love to go for car rides and walks. When I’m outside I have to be on a tie-out or leash since I like to climb fences. I like to have all the attention and would prefer to be your only pup in the house. My foster mom has a dog I have been getting along with great…but I can be picky about who I’m friends with. I would love to meet you to see if I am the perfect addition for your family!!
If you love parties, dogs, live music and summer fun, listen up! Last Hope Animal Rescue is throwing THE party of the summer at our 2nd annual Barks & Brew. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 29th from noon to 6:00 p.m. at NewBo Alehouse in Cedar Rapids, IA. As always, this event is family friendly and dog friendly so bring your kids and your furry friends. We’ll have beer, non-alcoholic options and food for purchase. Our live entertainment includes music by Kevin BF Burt, Lunden Reign and The Frank and Ron Show (of the Swingn’ Doors), special emcee guest Kat from 96.5 FM Kiss Country and a Bean Bag Tournament. The silent auction will have something for everyone in the family, including your four-legged buddies.
Proceeds will support Last Hope’s mission of finding forever homes for Eastern Iowa’s homeless, abused, and neglected animals. In the last 11 years, we have saved nearly 1500 animals thanks to the support of the community. Be one of the first 200 people to register online and receive a free commemorative stainless steel Koozie and a goodie bag full of fun gifts, exclusive specials and more! Advance tickets, t-shirts, sponsorship opportunities and additional information about the organization can be found at www.AdoptHope.org. Remember, it’s for a good paws!
Please forward questions about this event to Andrea@AdoptHope.org.
We have a whole group of adorable kittens (with equally adorable names!) that we’re featuring this week:
This handsome gray kitten is Bentley. He is the most wonderful kitten you will ever meet. He is fearless and outgoing, funny and lovable, the complete package when it comes to personality. He loves to run and climb and play with toys. He is an active kitten but also loves to settle next to you to cuddle. He and his sister, Ferrari, love to have their pictures taken (just not while wearing a flower on his neck). Bentley pretty much is the life of the party. He’s cool, confident and lovable. He is good with dogs, cats and respectful kids. He would do best in a family that loves to laugh as he will be the source of most of their laughter.
This beautiful little white with black and gray patches kitten is Lexus. She was the runt of the litter and half the size of her litter mates. Lexus is a delicate little dew drop and can be a little timid in busy environments. She loves to run and play with her siblings but she also loves to nurture them when they need it. Lexus is a very nurturing kitten for her age and is a wise old soul trapped in a kitten body. She is litter box trained like her siblings. Lexus would do best in a low key home that enjoys a slower pace. She is good with dogs, cats and respectful children. She would be perfect as a library or office cat. She is also an expert snuggler.
This is Ferrari, she is a dilute calico. Ferrari is outgoing and full of life. She likes to climb (to the top of doors) and explore and she is fearless. She likes dogs and other cats and respectful children. She is an active little go-getter and loves to perch on your shoulder. She also loves to do hair, it may not look like you planned it to, but she loves doing it. She would do best with a family that likes to be entertained, because she IS NOT a boring kitten. In her down time she enjoys a good nap next to the person she loves.
This handsome orange and white tabby is all boy. Lincoln is a fun loving, rough and tumble kitten that loves to play and climb but also has a soft side to him. He can be a bit of a nurturer too if he sees someone in need. Lincoln is good with dogs, cats and respectful children. He loves to play but is also an expert snuggler during quiet time. He would be best in a medium activity level family, one that’s not to hectic but also one that’s not too sedentary either.
This little lady is Porsche. Like her twin sister, she is a dilute calico. She is a little more shy and laid back than her sister Ferrari. While she likes to climb and play, she can be a little more reserved than her siblings. Porsche is good around dogs, other cats and respectful children. She would do best in a low-key home with someone who likes to cuddle a lot. She is content with just lying beside you while you read a good book.
Shelby is a little white with gray tabby. She is good with dogs, cats and respectful children. She loves to climb and play with paper and boxes. She is a medium level activity kitten. She is a little more laid back and reserved compared to her siblings and she is an expert cuddler. She would do best in a low key to medium activity level family. She would not thrive in a high stress level family. She is litter box trained, as all her siblings are.
Dana has been volunteering with Last Hope since March. She works as a lead volunteer which involves cleaning the dog kennels, playing with the dogs, providing food and clean water, training new volunteers, and even laundry and dishes, too! She also helps with micro chipping events on Saturdays and is foster mom to a male adult cat and a momma cat and her six kittens.
To new volunteers she offers the following advice: Come with an open mind and positive attitude and don’t get discouraged. It’s hard work but very rewarding!
When asked what she likes about volunteering at the center she says, “Everything!! It’s all very rewarding. If I’m having a bad day when I arrive, I always leave happy. You definitely create a bond with the animals and I’ve shed a few tears when they’ve been adopted, but it’s rewarding to know that I was an important part of their lives while they were in their temporary housing. We also have the best volunteers. I’ve meet some awesome people. Shout out to Cory Canfield….he was the first one who greeted me at the desk for orientation and also trained me. He’s a very valuable asset to Last Hope!”
Cory began volunteering for Last Hope in February and he is a lead volunteer and volunteer coordinator. He helps care for the dogs at the adoption center, organized the center, gives shots, microchips animals, and pretty much whatever else needs to be done.
“We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested and have the passion for animals like we all do, don’t hesitate. Be a dog or cat’s whole life while they are searching for their forever family.”
Candace started volunteering by helping open the new Adoption Center. She cleaned and painted before the center opened and now she is a lead, she fosters dogs, and she makes bandanas, crafts, and treats to sell at the markets. She had recently moved back to Iowa and the opening of the center was perfect timing for her because she knew she wanted to volunteer in some way with animals.
This is what Candace has to say to potential volunteers: “Everyone can volunteer at Last Hope in some way. I think many people are scared to commit to volunteering because they don’t know if they will have the time or they are unsure if they will be able to handle the dogs. We have so many thing we need help with! Even with only an hour or two, someone can make a huge difference. In addition, there are a lot of things that can be done from home. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please sign up! We always could use help with cleaning/upkeep of the adoption center, office work, transporting animals, making crafts and dog treats to sell at events, working at our booth during the events, fundraising, helping go through and call references for applicants, walking the dogs at the Center, fostering cats and dogs, taking care of the cats and dogs at the center, and many other things to help Last Hope run smoothly. There is a place for everyone to help at Last Hope and any volunteering is greatly appreciated by all!”
Candace loves volunteering for Last Hope; from playing and spending time with the dogs, to helping families find their new family members through fostering.
Cathy started volunteering in January when the call went out to help get the Adoption Center opened.
She does pretty much whatever needs to be done at the center; from lead dog care shifts or training new volunteers to mowing the lawn. She’s also the foster lead for all the dogs that live at the Center so she helps review applications, does meet and greets, and even some home visits.
She says she truly loves everything she does at the Center, but she particularly loves getting to know each of the dogs and being able to introduce them to their potential families. She likes to learn as much as she can about each dog so she can tell their stories to the families.
To potential volunteers she says, “Volunteering at the Adoption Center, whether washing dog dishes or feeding the animals, is all extremely important and it takes many people and many talents to ultimately get every dog or cat we have a loving home. I have never in my life met a more passionate group of people as the volunteers at Last Hope. They are truly an amazing and compassionate group of individuals that all have the same goal in mind.”
Nicole began volunteering for Last Hope in 2009 as a foster parent. At the Adoption Center she makes sure all the cats are cared for and there is coverage for the cat care shifts. She also holds a monthly open house to help the cats find their forever homes.
She says whether you help on a regular basis or just once in a while, and whether you take care of dogs, clean, or help file papers, every little bit is important and we couldn’t have the Center and help all the animals we do without each and every volunteer. No matter what you do or how often you do it, it matters in a big way.
Nicole says, “The Center is a really unique volunteering opportunity. The animals have come in for different reasons and they are completely dependent on the volunteers who come in to care for them and provide them with love and affection. We get to watch them heal and grow and find homes they deserve. I enjoy it when a dog or cat that came in scared is now excited to see me and greets me with hugs. I feel like I regularly get the opportunity to meet a new special dog or cat knowing that they have been saved and others will be, too. I am also continually inspired by the hard work and dedication that the volunteers put unto the Center.”
Hello! My name is Sandy I have been volunteering with Last Hope since 2013 when I started fostering dogs. Now I’m currently still fostering while working shifts taking care of all the pooches that live at the adoption center. I absolutely love working with all the dogs…even the ones that can be little stinkers sometimes!!
Hi, I’m Buddy. I am a 1 year old Black Lab/Shepherd mix. I grew up in the confines of a garage and had little interaction with people.. but now I am a very outgoing boy! I am very smart and LOVE to play! I like to play with all my toys and I especially love to play in the pool! I love water! I am very eager to please and I love treats so you can easily teach me all sorts of people words. Come meet me!
Hi I’m Xeryus … I like Zerk better! I am a 1 year old Black Lab/Shepherd mix. I grew up with my siblings in the confines of a garage with little people interaction. I am a little shy at first, but I will warm up to you very fast! I love to play with my brother, so it would be cool to have another dog to play with. I am very smart and can learn people words very quickly especially if you give me a treat! I can’t wait to find my forever home! Come meet me and see if we can be best friends!
If you’re interested in either Buddy or Xeryus, complete an application HERE or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, my name is Charlie. I am an orange and white tabby. I have a white chin that you just can’t resist petting! I live at the Last Hope Adoption Center with my other kitty friends. I am an outgoing and social guy so when you walk into our room I will be the first to greet you. Sometimes little kids come and visit me. I don’t mind if they are noisy or move around quickly, I love getting their attention and have fun when they play with my toys with me. So, if you have kids that would be just fine! I enjoy being held and petted and will purr a lot to let you know this. I am litter box trained, neutered, up to date on my shots, and micro-chipped.
Ella is a Foxhound/Beagle mix and is a very loving dog who loves to run and play and then cuddle up next to the family. She gets along with dogs, is playful with cats but learning boundaries and loves kids. She would do best in a home with a companion dog to show her the ropes..She is not a jumper and she only play bites when she is playing with tugs or toys. She will run and needs a lot more recall practice and well fenced yard. She is still potty training but she is trying very hard. She will go in a kennel and we recommend she is in one when her people leave since she is young and might chew. She is not an excessive barker.