Want a sweet-as-can-be full-grown gorgeous girl? Check out Roxie! Roxie is a beautiful golden dog, weighing in at approximately 20 pounds, but her exact breed is unknown. Roxie Girl first came to us as a stray and we were forced to shave her long hair as it was in horrible shape. Ms. Roxie is about 6-7 years old and is deaf. She can be easily startled due to her disability but it does not hold her back! This girl loves to be with people, be pampered, and play with other friendly dogs (and even cats!). Roxie is a sweet, cuddly girl looking for someone to shower her with love and attention. She can be a Velcro dog that sticks with you so she should not be in a home that a person is unsteady on their feet and can be easily tripped. Roxie is a very special girl looking for a special home to call her own.  Could you be the one to give her that home?Image

SaPaDaPaSo Parade

I have to say, it may not have been ideal weather on Sunday for the parade but the wind was nothing compared to the wind and snow on Monday. I’m glad that held off and I’m sure the dogs are too! We had around 20 dogs and between 30 and 40 volunteers out for the parade in Cedar Rapids this year. It was a great turnout and we want to put a big Thank You out to everyone who helped out! It was great to see people coming over after the parade and asking about dogs they were interested in adopting. After all, that’s what all this is for. Even Prancer got to get out an enjoy the sun and a little extra attention! She made the Monday edition of the Gazette.


For those of you who haven’t met Prancer- she is a very sweet girl. She has some neurological damage in her back legs and has some trouble walking. But she doesn’t seem to let that get her down!

One Lucky Little Man

Everyone, meet Finnegan.

Finnegan 2


Finnegan is coming to us from
Florida by way of Pilots N Paws. (Hopefully he’ll bring some warm weather with him!) Finnegan was brought to a shelter in Florida in January with his buddy Hurricane. Unfortunately Hurricane’s time at the shelter was up last month. And Finnegan’s was getting close. A volunteer reached out to us via Facebook and we agreed to take him in. He will be joining us in Iowa in the next week or so. Volunteers say that Finnegan is a sweet and loving dog with soulful eyes. He walks well on a leash and does well with other dogs. It sounds like Finnegan’s luck has turned around. Maybe he can be your lucky charm. 😉

Busy Weekend Ahead!

Last Hope volunteers are looking forward to another busy weekend. Saturday morning we have our monthly event at the Cedar Rapids Pet Smart. We will be there from 11 am to 2 pm. We’re hoping for another good turn out this week so come on out and meet our dogs! They will be very excited to see you. 🙂

Sunday we will be taking part in the Sapadapaso parade in Cedar Rapids. Volunteers will be walking dogs and handing out goodies! Yet another chance to get our dogs seen. And we always love those. Here’s a few pictures from last year’s parade to get you excited about this year!

St. Patricks Day

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St. Patricks Day 2

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies

All 7

Lately it seems like there are just too many puppies to go around. A couple weeks ago we brought up 8 dogs, at least 6 were puppies. The next day we got in a litter of 7 pit, husky, German short-hair mix puppies. The seven cuties above will be ready to start meeting their new families on Friday. If you are interested check out the Adopt page at the top and fill out an application!


Hi! My name is Kenzie and I’m a 6 month old Boxer mix. I’m looking for a new home. Do you have room on your couch for me? I LOVE hanging out and cuddling on the couch! (Especially if you’re there with me!) I’m getting settled into my foster home and I’m doing great with my foster brother and sister. I’m starting to come out of my shell and I love to play and I think I’m getting the hang of this whole fetch thing. Although, my foster parents say I’m very mellow for a puppy I am starting to show more energy and excitement. With a little bit of love and a box of treats I’m a quick learner and already sit on command. (We’re working on a few other tricks too.) For the most part I ignore the cat in the house, who likes cats anyways?? Kids don’t bother me at all either and when they were around I just sat back and watched.


My name is Baxter. I am happy, loving little guy and I am looking for my
forever home. I love to meet new people and my tail is always wagging.
I am a curious little guy as I am still a puppy only 4 months old.
My foster mom and dad say I am learning well and I am very smart!
I love to be outside and romp around in the backyard with my foster brother and sister.
I need my new home to have a fenced yard so I can run and play and explore all the
sight and sounds outside. I like riding in the car and I am learning on how to walk
with a leash too.
After I run and play outside I usually need a nap. I love to snuggle and curl up on
the couch. If you like a snuggler I am your guy!
I am working on my house training and I am learning quickly.
My foster parents think I might have some Lab in me but I may be mixed
with a smaller dog too. Right now I weigh about 15 lbs but I am not sure how big I will be
when I grow up. Just guessing, I would say between 35 and 45 lbs but you never
know for sure until I grow up! I do know that I will be a loyal, loving dog becase
that’s just who I am!
I am crate trained, and will be neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on all my
puppy vaccinations prior to adoption.
I am a fun loving, energetic puppy who would love to be your companion!

1st Time Rescuer

My goal for this blog is to keep those interested, potential adopters, foster homes, and volunteers informed and up to date on the latest Last Hope happenings. I hope to post on new, incoming dogs, training and updates as they are with us, and followup after adoptions. If anyone has anything that you would like to know about feel free to put some questions out there.

For my first post, I want to write about a first for me. I have been volunteering with Last Hope for almost a year now. Last week I took part in my first rescue. I heard about a breeder who was considering putting a dog down because she has mange and she was starting to have eye problems. Immediately I felt I had to do something. After confirming that we had room at the shelter I made arrangements to pick up 2 dogs from this breeder. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up the dogs, but I didn’t expect the dogs to be this bad off. Both dogs, Kimber and Shine, had mange and were in pretty bad shape. They had skin infections and they younger of the 2, Shine, has an eye infection. Both of the dogs have been to the vet and will be on medication for a while. I’ll keep you updated as to how the dogs are doing! I know I’m definitely looking forward to watching these girls improve and being around to see them go to loving homes. This was a very rewarding experience and it is an amazing feeling to know that these dogs will get the love and care that they deserve.