October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and, unfortunately, there are always plenty of dogs available at local shelters and rescues to adopt. Not all of us are able to adopt a dog, but there are still plenty of things you can do to help them find forever homes:

  1. “Donate” your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Save a life; adopt a dog from Last Hope Animal Rescue http://www.lasthoperescueia.org/ or contact them for volunteer opportunities or donation needs!”
  2. Tweet, retweet, and repeat the following:  “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Save a life; adopt a dog from Last Hope Animal Rescue http://www.lasthoperescueia.org/ or contact them for volunteer opportunities or donation needs! #savedogs”
  3. Shelter DonationContact your local shelter or rescue group and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.
  4. Share an adoptable dog happy tail story on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (#savedogs). You can find Last Hope’s happy tails right here on this blog!
  5. Sign up as a foster parent or rescue volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out how you can help.
  6. Add a Petfinder widget or banner to your website or blog.
  7. Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local newspaper.
  8. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets.
  9. Donate to your local shelter or rescue group.
  10. Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other up-and-comers about shelters and rescue groups and why pet adoption is important.

There are many things you can do to help even if you’re not able to adopt a dog! The first step is to contact your local rescue group and ASK. They’ll be happy to talk to you about volunteering opportunities and other ways you can help.

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Dog of the Week: Katie

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Hi! I am Katie. I am a Boxer mix and am about 1.5 years old. My favorite things to do are cuddle, lick your toes, and play. I don’t quite know my name yet and I am afraid of men, but I get along with other dogs and cats and I love kids too! (Katie will shy from men, but eventually warms up to them – always has her tail wagging). I need to be in a fenced in yard because I am an escape artist if you leave the door open! I am sweet and loving and would love to meet you. I know you will fall in love with me like everyone has so far!

KatieKatie is up to date on shots and microchipped and spayed.

The adoption application can be completed HERE.

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Volunteer of the Month for October 2014

Our volunteer of the month for October is Kathy Condon!  “I have always loved animals; dogs and horses especially.  I grew up with dogs and have always had one but I have always wanted to help those poor unfortunate dogs that needed somebody to love them.  The only way I knew how was to financially donate to rescues and the humane society.  However I always knew I wanted to do more.” In the summer of 2013, she was helping her mother find a dog after hers had crossed the rainbow bridge. That search brought them to Last Hope. Kathy saw that we were in need of volunteers and knew she wanted to help out in any way she could.

 She began by helping out with transports, then started fostering, and finally she works as a foster lead.

Kathy loves being a foster lead because “finding the perfect family for a dog is the greatest joy in the world. It takes so much of my personal time, but when you see a dog that has been looking for a home for so long find that family that they need it is worth all the hours spent on emails, phone calls, meet and greets and home visits.”

“I have learned so much about the love of a dog from volunteering and fostering with Last Hope.  Volunteering has also allowed me to meet some really incredible people in other volunteers and fosters but also in the families who were willing to take a chance on adopting a dog especially the hard to place dogs, the seniors and the bully breeds.  There are so many ways to help in the rescue process so even if you cannot foster or do not have much time you can start small like I did and get to experience this amazing feeling when you help a dog find his forever home!”

 Thank you, Kathy, for all you do for Last Hope and the animals in our care!

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Dog of the Week: Ginger


Hi, my name is Ginger just like the movie star on Gilligan’s Island.  We have the same color of hair, but I am shorter and have four legs!  I am a young Lab/Terrier mix under two years old and am looking for that home I can call my very own.  I  still have that puppy energy in me and I love to chase 00002balls – I just haven’t been trained to bring them back to you yet.  That could be our first play time together.

I am very treat motivated which makes me easily trainable.  Show me a treat and I will follow you until you give it to me.  I need an active family and kids over eight are OK.  I like playing with them if they like to throw balls. I like hugs and getting a pet but I am not a couch potato so I will not be next to you watching those movies or Judge Judy in the afternoon.

I would be good in a home without other dogs or cats.

You can fill out an adoption application HERE.

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10 Little Puppies Update

This summer, Last Hope adopted out 10 Lab/Terrier puppies! They are adorable and adjusting well to their new homes. We have gotten requests for updates on them so here are some before and after photos…

Puppy #1 (now Louie):

1       Louie 1



Puppy #2 (now Brecken):

2     Brecken 2 take 2


Puppy #3 (now Humbolt):

3     Bella 3



Puppy #4 (now Georgie):

4     Georgie 4


Puppy #5 (now Jaxx):

5     Jaxx 5



Puppy #6 (now Bella):

6     Bella 6


Puppy #7 (now Kali):

7    Kali


Puppy #8 (now Luke):

8    Luke 8



Puppy #9 (now Elsa):

9    Elsa 9


Puppy #10 (now Leia):

10    Leia 10


A special thank you to Visions Photography (visionsphotography.net) for the original puppy pictures! All the “after” photos were provided by the adoptive families.

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Dog of the Week: Tina


Hello, I am Tina, an 11 week old Doberman mix, an alpha female in a tiny package. I come from a foster house of five other dogs, and I can Tina 2outlast all of them. I love to play and wrestle and that’s when I practice my tiny growl; I’m getting very good at it. I’m working on being potty trained. I’m very playful and love my toys, though most of them don’t last very long. There is a baby pool at my foster home and surprisingly I love water. So if you’re looking for a whirlwind of energy I’m your little girl. Oh.. and I almost forgot to tell you about a cute thing I do.. I get the hiccups sometimes and my foster mom says it is the most adorable thing ever! I bet you can’t wait to meet me! I am something special!

For more information contact caroldoser@hotmail.com. An adoption application can be completed HERE.

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Our Sponsor – Anamosa Vet Clinic

Last Hope recently held the first Barks and Brew event and it was a huge success due, in large part, to our terrific sponsors! One of our sponsors at The Growler level is Anamosa Veterinary Clinic. Last Hope, its volunteers, and all its adoptable animals thanks them for their support.

Anamosa Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Anamosa, IA.  The professional and courteous staff at Anamosa Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our AVCclients. Anamosa Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Anamosa, IA and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Anamosa Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

At the Anamosa Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to our community in providing high quality veterinary care and services for both large and small animals. The Anamosa Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary clinic with haul-in facilities which offers the latest state of the art treatments and surgical options for your pet’s care as well as food animal herd health management. Established in 1984, the Anamosa Veterinary Clinic maintains an extensive staff of veterinarians, technicians, and assistants to ensure your pet receives the very best in personalized health care. Our companion animal services ensure that your pet is a top priority. The professional and courteous healthcare team at the Anamosa Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our high-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and preventative health care for our patients. Pets are not only our best friend, but part of our family, and their health care is our number one concern. Whether you have a large or small animal, we provide our patients and clients with the excellent and professional service that is deserved. With emergency 24 hour care, we are only a phone call away.

Please consider visiting Anamosa Veterinary Clinic the next time your pet needs care. Their website can be found HERE.

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