Volunteer of the Month: Katie Hoover

Julia D Volunteer of the Month

When Katie Hoover was told she was chosen as Volunteer of the Month for May, she said, “I am *just* a foster for dogs.” There is no *just* about it! Foster homes are the heart and soul of Last Hope. Most of our pets live in foster homes until they find their forever homes and the fosters make sure the pets feel loved while they wait. They provide some training and socialization, both of which are so important for pets to be success stories in their forever homes.

Along with Katie fostering dogs comes getting them to vet appointments, potty training, and teaching them tricks and manners. Some of these dogs have never been in a home setting so we depend a lot on Katie and our other fosters to teach them the things they need to know.

Katie found out about Last Hope because her sister, Jill, had made a memorial donation to LHAR in honor of Katie’s dog, Cooper who passed away after 16 amazing years together. Last Hope stayed on her radar after that and in 2022 she saw a post looking for new foster homes so we could take in a litter of puppies.

When asked why she likes to foster she said, “My favorite thing about fostering is giving each foster a home environment where they can blossom in their own time and feel safe and loved while they wait for their forever home. I also love getting updates from their new families!”

Katie works hard to provide a wonderful environment for our dogs and we couldn’t do it without her and our other fosters! Thank you, Katie, for making sure the dogs of Last Hope have successful transitions and feel so loved in the meantime.