Prancer Got Her Wheels!

Thanks to a wonderful donor, Karin, we have secured a wheelchair for Prancer. A while back Karin found a wheelchair on clearance at PetCo. She snatched it up, just knowing it would be needed somewhere. She let her vet know that if someone needed one, she had it for them. Just our luck, the vet heard of our search for a wheelchair for Prancer. We made the connection and sure enough, it fits perfectly! Prancer gets around very well in her new ride and loves the freedom she gets. You may still find her lounging around the front desk at Cedar Run, but now, it’s after a long walk out in her new chair!

Karin, our donor, and Prancer in her new chair.

Karin, our donor, and Prancer in her new chair.

To those of you who donated financially towards Prancer’s new wheels… Thank you very much for your donation, your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Since the money was not used towards a new wheelchair, we can use it as you see fit. If you have a preference as to how we use the funds, please email Julie at
Prancer does still have vet bills related to her condition and we are also still working towards covering Scarlet’s surgery.

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Dog of the Week: Izzy

Welcome to the beginning of another wonderful weekend.  What better way to start than to bring you a super cute Cocker Spaniel as the dog of the week?  This week we are featuring Izzy:

Hi! I am Izzy and am a 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel.  I know commands like sit, stay, & shake.   I would do best in a home without small kids under 10 and without cats.  I have a great personality and am a great guard dog.  I do need to lose some weight but I do love to go on walks.  I need someone to show me they are the pack leader to teach me how to just sit and relax.

Look at those ears!  And that smile!  So adorable!

If you are interested in adopting Izzy or any of our adoptable dogs, please fill out an application to start the process.

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Happy Tails: Ripley

Ripley Hello Readers!  Today we would like to share with you a fun, quick update from Cristina Cuevas on our friend Ripley.

This is Ripley! We adopted her from last hope in March and now she lives in Florida. She’s so smart and healthy, and quite popular at the dog park! At seven months she’s growing and learning so much. Thank you Last Hope and Kamille Blake Kurseth for being such a loving foster mom.

Awww, we love getting updates on our Last Hope dogs!  If you have a Happy Tail you would like to share, please email us at

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Our Adoption Process

We screen all of our applicants to ensure that our dogs are going into safe and loving homes. I’ve been told that our adoption process takes too long. I’ve had applicants tell me that our process is too much and they don’t want to go through all that. If that’s the case then I’d have to say that maybe your not the right home for our dog anyways. I’ve also had people tell me that they are glad we do it the way we do. That they like that we don’t just give dogs to anybody.

Here is how things work:

Photo by Visions Photography

Photo by Visions Photography

First you can either email us or fill out an application. If you have questions about the dogs personality or quirks we will be happy to answer those before you fill out an application. Once you decide you want to meet them we need to have an application. This doesn’t bind you to any one dog. Or even to adopting from us. It simply helps us to determine what you are looking for in a dog and if the dog you have picked out meets that criteria.

Once we receive your application someone will contact you to set up a meet & greet. If you have other dogs this is a great time to introduce them. We will meet you on neutral territory and give the dogs a chance to interact and get to know each other. If you don’t have other dogs it’s simply a chance for you to meet the dog and decide if the personality is what you expected. Sometimes it’s not, and that’s ok. We may have others that would be a better fit. We are always willing to work with you to find the right dog.

Once we do find that dog we will pass your application on to get processed. We call references. We’ll call your vet and your personal references. If they respond right away the process can go pretty quickly. But it also depends on how many applications we are processing at that time. This is where your patience comes in. I know it’s hard, I went through it once too. But when you get that phone call or email saying that you were approved, it makes it all worth it.

Why we do it this way: 

We do what we do to get the dogs we love into their forever homes. All we ask is for a little patience while we make sure that the dog you pick out will be a good fit for your home and that your home will be a safe place for our dog, which will hopefully be your dog soon. We want to make sure they really do find their forever homes. Because of the way we do this our return rate is less than 5%.  This makes for happy families and happy dogs. So, if you are looking for that perfect fit for your family, check out our adoptable dogs

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Dog of the Week: Pearl

Its Friday, Friday, Friday!  Best day of the week! Because it is the beginning of the weekend right?  No people, because we get to bring you yet another wonderful dog of the week!  This week we are featuring this super cute Chihuahua.

I am Pearl and really like to be a princess.  I am very snuggly.  I love to curl up as you can see in my photo.  I enjoy going for car rides.  I get along with other dogs and cats as well.  I am around 8-10 years old.

If you are looking for a sweet, little dog to cuddle up with, Pearl could be a match made in heaven!

If you are interesting in adopting Pearl or any of our other dogs, please fill out our application to begin the process.

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Summer Safety Tips

We’re in Iowa and it’s mid July, we’re bound to hit 100 one of these days. (Lucky us, 90’s again tomorrow!) We all know there are things we can do to keep ourselves cool and safe from the heat. But what about our pets? I know my pooches are definitely affected by the heat. Here are some tips to help keep your furry family members safe and cool in the Iowa summer heat.

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  • NEVER leave your dog in the car in the summer. Even if it’s only 70 or 80 outside it can be over 100 degrees in your car in a matter of minutes.
  •  If your dog is outside during the hot day, make sure he has a shady place to rest. Dog houses are not a good choice as they can trap in the heat.
  • Always provide plenty of fresh, cool water. Filling a children’s wading pool with water may be a good idea. Dewey absolutely love the kiddy pool!
  • IMG_1385Avoid prolonged exposure to asphalt or sand. This can burn your dogs paws.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early morning or late evening.

Remember, if you wouldn’t want to do it in the heat, your dog probably won’t like it either.

Check out more summer safety tips from the ASPCA here.

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Ready to Get Involved?

So we have posted a lot about fostering lately. But say you can’t foster, you have too many pets already, or you live in an apartment and can’t have any. Ever wonder if there are other ways to help our furry little buddies while they wait for their forever homes? 

Of course there are! We are always looking for help, whether it’s an hour once a week, or a daily thing. There are definitely ways to help out. Here are just a few.

Walking Dogs: While many of our dogs are in foster homes we do have a shelter, located near Shellsburg, Iowa, and we also have several dogs at Cedar Run Boarding in Hiawatha. These dogs still need love and attention and a chance to get out of their kennels. If you would like to help walk dogs at Cedar Run contact them and set up a time to come meet the guys and gals. If you would like to come out to the shelter to play with the pooches there email Sonia at

Attending Events: Every month we have adoption events at PetSmart and PetCo on Saturdays from 11-2. (Check out our Calendar of Events to find out when the next one is!) Foster homes often bring their dogs, but yet again, the dogs from the shelter want to get out and meet their forever families too! If you are interested in taking a dog to an event please email Julie at There are many other events through out the year that we can take the dogs to as well so be sure to have Julie add you to our mailing list so you can stay on top of those.

Baking Dog Treats: During the summer months we have many events that require our famous home made dog treats. The pooches love them! If you are able to help bake please contact Lynette at (If you just want to purchase some of these delicious treats for your pup we will be selling them at the NewBo Market and the Cedar Rapids Farmers Market. Find out when on our Calendar of Events.)

Help at the Shelter: While what I’m about to say may not sound like a lot of fun… it still needs to be done. Our shelter is located outside of Shellsburg. Kind of in the middle of no where. When we can have volunteers come out to help clean up after the dogs it is greatly appreciated! Kennels and dog runs need cleaned, blankets and dishes need washed, and dogs need baths. Whether you get a group together and come out on a Saturday or want to stop by and help out on your own we need the help. If you are interested in coming to the shelter to help email Sonia at

See? It doesn’t have to be a full time commitment to volunteer. From an hour in your own kitchen to a Saturday afternoon at the shelter or an event, it’s easy to get involved. And we would love to have you!

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