Bobbi Jo was one of the first foster homes that I set up as a foster lead. She has a Shih Tzu of her own and wanted to open her home and her heart to animals in need. Her first foster was Jasper, a Yorkie that Last Hope purchased at a puppy mill auction in April. She met me at the shelter to pick him up and was heartbroken seeing all the dogs still  waiting for their foster homes. While some are still in their foster homes, Jasper found his forever home… With Bobbi Jo.

I  thank God for Last Hope!  Jasper was sure to helplessly die in a Iowa puppy mill had they not auctioned him away.  When I first saw him, he was  in a crate stacked at the top.  He stood motionless, his big brown eyes  darting nervously about.  He was emaciated, dirty and terrified.  The  sadness and sickness he owned was overwhelming.  This picture is when he first came home. Jasper  My dog Molly sniffed about him, yet he  offered no sign of defense or awareness.  I knew basic facts given by my  foster lead, so I read the vet report…dog previously used for breeding  only.. BCS 1/5..very thin.. dull dry coat.. heart murmur 2/6… profound dental  disease.. needs multiple extractions.. suspect healed corneal ulcers.  It was  then I named him Jasper because he was so precious, like a diamond in the  rough.

He was in much pain and whimpered when he ate.  He needed soft food  but was not eating commercialized dog food.  A combination of turkey, rice,  and vegetables was prepared but it took a lot of time to eat due to his  infections .  The next day Last Hope authorized an emergency visit, and the  vet prescribed a special diet canned food and advised surgery for his dental  caries and swollen gums.  He was given pain medication as well.
After he came home from his dental surgery and  neuter his convalescence began slowly but  surely.  Food I prepared was slowly eaten.  Last Hope offered  grooming, and he looked so small after that.  He slowly  gained wellness and confidence, and with it began adventure.  He was a  breeding dog only and never saw the light of day, so tender slippery grass and  the warm breeze was his new life!  He loved to be in his green carrier on  daily walks.  He was very timid with strangers, so friends started picking  him up and holding him.  He’s a lot better now, but I think the fear of man  will always be a stripe he will bear.
Jasper afterJasper has some issues still, but he is a survivor of greed and  abuse.  I would like to say that Last Hope was literally Jasper’s “last hope.”   They do so much for the welfare of abused  animals!   Please greatly consider helping them raise the funds to  continue.
Sincerely, Bobbi Jo Smiley
Jasper found his happy ending. This is what Last Hope is all about.  Jasper was 1 of 30 dogs rescued that day in April from a life in a puppy mill. His neuter and dental surgery alone was over $300. And anyone who’s ever had a beloved pet get injured or sick on the weekend knows how expensive the emergency clinic can be. In all my time as a Last Hope volunteer I have never seen them say no to a vet visit, or even to wait until Monday, just for the cost aspect. They put the welfare of the dogs first and worry about the cost later. Keep watching here to see more stories of the dogs we’ve helped this year and where they are today! And check out  https://www.youcaring.com/retirethevetdebt to help us reach our goal!
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Retire the Vet Debt Campaign

Last Hope Animal Rescue is launching the Retire the Vet Debt campaign this holiday season! We need your help to reach our goal and continue to care for the animals who need us!

“The average cost of an animal that comes to us is $200 and up.” Says Sonia, founder of Last Hope Animal Rescue. “Every animal receives routine medical care, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, micro-chipping, and heart worm testing. Critical care, tumor removal and surgery for broken bones is paid for as well. Our animals regularly go to foster homes. When an animal is ready for adoption, we provide our fosters the tools they need to find that animal a permanent home, no matter how long it takes. We are one of the only no kill rescue organizations in Iowa”

The Retire the Vet Debt campaign comes at a crucial time for us. Our goal is to reach $20,000 in donations by December 31st, 2013. This is approximately the debt that Last Hope has accrued with our veterinarians over the past few months.

“Last Hope has been growing exponentially over the last couple years. We have doubled our adoptions in just 2 years. One of my goals in founding Last Hope was to be there for the dogs that had no other options,” says Sonia. “Keeping with that goal as we grow has been important to me. With that in mind we have taken in many dogs that are/were in need of medical attention. From a pittie picked up as a stray with a heart condition, to a coonhound with a broken foot, to 30 dogs purchased at an auction from an Iowa puppy mill. The list goes on and on. Our vets have been amazing in working with us, but they need to pay their bills as well.”

Last Hope Animal Rescue is a private nonprofit 501c3 relying completely on donations from community members, local businesses, and fundraisers. These funds enable the organization to offer vital services, animal rescue, and critical care for abandoned, abused, sick, and neglected animals.

Keep watching here to see the stories of the dogs we’ve helped this year and where they are today! And check out https://www.youcaring.com/retirethevetdebt to help us reach our goal!

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Dog of the Week: Deputy Dog

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Howdy, I’m Deputy Dog. That may sound like a cartoon character but I am a real dog. I got my name because I have a star on my chest, just like a badge. I may not be a cartoon, but I am a character. I have this uncanny ability to win everyone over. People want to hug me, just like Pluto at Disneyland, who I’m told is a cartoon character. I’m just a big, lovable beagle who likes everyone and everyone likes me. Take me anywhere and find out. I’ve been neutered and I’m up to date on all my vaccinations and ready to patrol my own forever home. Come and meet me and I will arrest your heart. I’d prefer to be in a house with no smaller kids, because sometimes they startle me or get in my space when I want some alone time.

If you’re interested in Deputy Dog please fill out an application HERE.

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies!

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Looking for a puppy? Take a look at these adorable faces to see if one of them might find a forever home with you. Before you decide to adopt a puppy, however, it’s important that you know what to expect. Bringing home a puppy is similar to bringing home a baby so take a look at these tips and things to consider before you decide to adopt a puppy:

1. The first few nights are going to be a little rough. It’s the first time the puppy has been away from its mother and litter mates. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t yet know. Be prepared to lose some sleep but don’t spend the whole night trying to comfort him. It’s best to have the puppy sleep in your room (not in your bed, however) so it’s not all alone. There will probably be whimpering and crying for at least the first night, but slowly your puppy will get used to the new surroundings and, as their bladder gets bigger, they will be able to sleep through the night.

2. Puppy-proof your house. If you don’t want it to be chewed, remove it from anywhere the puppy can get to it. If it’s within reach and he can get it in his mouth, he’s probably going to chew it. Pay special attention to power cords because, of course, chewing on a cord can prove very dangerous. Remove anything on which the puppy can choke.

3. You’ll have to start crate training your puppy right away to avoid accidents in the house and to give them a safe place to hang out.

4. You’ll need plenty of time to socialize your new family member. If your puppy hasn’t had all his shots yet, be smart about his interactions but it’s important to start introducing him to new experiences as soon as possible. Take him to the pet store (keep him in the cart, rather than on the floor, if he hasn’t had all his shots yet). Take him for rides in the car. Introduce him to people outside your family. Also spend time getting your puppy used to being handled. Touch his feet, nails, tail, belly, ears, teeth tenderly to get him used to what will happen when he’s groomed or goes to the vet.

5. Don’t underestimate the cost of a new puppy; it’s more than just dog food. You’ll have the cost of shots, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping if you elect to do that, flea and tick control, medication to avoid worms, training classes, grooming if necessary, and medicines if your puppy gets sick. Some people elect to purchase pet insurance but either way there is expense involved in raising a healthy dog.

6. It takes time to train a new puppy. Although they aren’t going to learn tricks right away, it is important to train them to do or not to do certain things. What’s cute when a 10 pound puppy does it is not so cute when a 60 pound dog does it. Also consider enrolling him in a puppy class that will help him with socialization and give you tips for training him.

7. And let’s not forget house training! Puppies have very small bladders so they need to go outside much more frequently than adult dogs. The rule of thumb is that a puppy goes on the schedule of his age plus one. So a two month old puppy will probably need to go every three hours. That’s a lot of trips outside for you. Of course, this is just a general guideline. If it looks at all like your puppy needs to go outside, take him. This includes trips outside in the middle of the night until he’s old enough to hold it all night.

Having a new puppy in the house is exciting and they’re undeniably adorable; but keep in mind all the work that goes along with a puppy. If you don’t have time for a puppy, perhaps you should consider adopting an adult dog.

If you feel you’re ready to add a puppy to your household, please fill out an application HERE.

Dog of the Week- Angel

The Dog of the Week this week is Angel. She has a buddy, Shadow, and it would be great if we could keep them together but Angel can also be adopted on her own. Just look at this gorgeous girl:

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What can we say about this little Angel, just that she is, well, an Angel! She loves everyone, gets along well with the other dogs, cats, kids, people– she has no issues at all! Angel loves to roll demurely on her back for a tummy scratch, but she can be sassy and chase the other dogs as well! Don’€™t count her out because of her age! Angel walks nicely on a leash, and rides well in the car. If she is out in the yard when her foster mother’s horses are chasing around she will run and bark at them, but who wouldn’t?! Angel is a quiet little love in the house, never has accidents, is crate trained (she even puts herself to bed, as in the photo), and is just, well, perfect! She would be fine in a house as an only dog, or would do well with other dogs, especially her long-time friend Shadow! Won’€™t you please find it in your heart to give her a chance?

Angel is up to date on shots and spayed. She is available for adoption and her adoption fee is $175, but if you can adopt both Angel and Shadow together, the combined fee will be $250. If you are interested in Angel, please contact LastHopeCollies@gmail.com or call 319-530-9770. Assistance is available if you are interested in adopting both together. See Shadow HERE

Dog of the Week: Fast Eddie

Hello! I’m new here; my name is Julia and I write the newsletter for the foster families. Now I’m also going to be posting here and I thought I’d start with a Dog of the Week.


Our dog of the week this week is Fast Eddie and here’s a little bit about him in his words: I am Eddie, AKA Fast Eddie. I’m a Jack Russell Terrier mix. I like to play ball, tug of war, and really love to snuggle. I am great with people of all ages and kids especially love me. I know some tricks, I can sit, lay down, and will jump up into your arms if you let me. My foster mom says I need to work on sharing my toys; I can be a little selfish. I love to chase squirrels and rabbits if you let me out in the yard, so a tall fence would be good. I can jump a 4 foot fence with no problem if you let me. At night I will snuggle in bed with you if you let me, but am just as comfortable in my kennel. I am house trained and a very sweet boy. If you will just give me a chance I will be the best friend you have ever had.

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

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