Cat of the Week: Charlie

We’re taking a little break from Dog of the Week to bring you our Cat of the Week, Charlie. She is an adult black and white long hair cat.

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Charlie is an extremely personable and loving cat. She gets along with other animals very well and seems to have no problem approaching other cats or humans to play and interact. She is very sociable and loves any attention she can get. Most times people will grow weary of petting her before she Charliewill grow tired of being petted. So if you are looking for a very sweet, loving, and outgoing pet, Charlie may be the perfect fit!

Charlie has been spayed and is up to date on shots. Available for indoor homes only. For more information contact You can also complete the adoption application HERE.

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Tour for Life

We had a great turn out this weekend at the North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life Mega Pet Adoption Event! I pulled up just after noon and was shocked by how many people were there already. We had foster homes there with 19 different dogs through out the day and received 17 applications while we were there. (And that’s only because we ran out of paper copies of the applications. 🙂 )

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We would like to say THANK YOU to Iowa Humane Alliance and NewBo for hosting this year and inviting us out!! We’re looking forward to another great event next year! And thank you to everyone who came out to support such a great event!

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IMG_4254We also had a special visitor this weekend. 🙂 My daughter Katelyn made her first appearance at a Last Hope Event. She was even sporting her Last Hope gear!

And don’t forget to come out this Saturday for the Pawsome Paws Walk and Last Hope’s 10 year anniversary! You can register here. Hope to see you there!

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Dog of the Week: Tater

Just look at this beautiful, white dog with those pink ears! Tater is desperately seeking his forever home and would love to have a family to call his own.



Tater, a Staffordshire Terrier mix, is a young, energetic boy looking for some fun. He gets along with other dogs and loves everyone he meets. He is a happy dog looking for a home where he can spread the joy. Tater is neutered, house trained, and up-to-date on his shots.


For more information about Tater, please contact You can complete the adoption application HERE.


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April Volunteer of the Month


Congratulations to our volunteer of the month, Lori Arbuckle! Lori started volunteering for Last Hope about 4.5 years ago when we got a dog from Picture2down south that was in bad shape. Sonia called Lori and asked her to foster the dog and that was the beginning. She fostered Lottie; who was blind, deaf, had kennel cough, and was 11 years old; for about 2.5 years when they adopted her and let her live out her life in their home until January. They adored her even with her obstacles.

Lori does a lot for Last Hope: fosters animals; helps with events; gets donations of blankets, toys, food, and treats. She also has helped us get several Volunteer Association grants and two event grants. She helps Sonia at the shelter, transports animals to the vet, makes blankets, picks up owner relinquishments, and she’s the critical or hospice foster for those animals that are not adoptable due to their health and reclining years.

When asked why she likes volunteering for Last Hope she said she likes the hands-on with the animals, caring for the sick, saving all the animals we can, and making a difference in animals’ lives.

Picture3She lives in Vinton with her husband, Ben, who she says loves animals, too. They have three rescue dogs of their own plus one cat. They currently are fostering two hospice, one blind, and one puppy mill dog. She enjoys crafts, cooking, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband and animals.

Lori says, “I have learned so much about animal rescue and the animal world from Sonia and she teaches me every day. We have a very similar love for those who have been given up on and those that have been forgotten, and those that have never had a chance from the beginning. I try every day to make a difference in an animal’s life, to give them love, hugs and kisses, hold them when they’re sick and scared, food to eat and water to drink, and a warm place to lay their head and a home to call their own. And when their time comes to cross the rainbow bridge, I will be with them when they take their last breath and they will know they were loved and somebody did care enough.”


Sounds like Lori was a great pick for volunteer of the month!

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Dog of the Week: Skylar

SKylar 2Skylar is our dog of the week and she would love to find a forever home. Could that be with you?

Skylar is getting more and more playful and exudes happiness. She is really thriving after being in a shelter. Skylar is already house trained and she does well with that. She plays very well with her foster brother and shows no aggression toward him or her foster family; even when it comes to sharing bones, having the other dog eat from her food bowl, or her foster family putting their hands in her food bowl. Skylar just doesn’t sweat the small stuff and she’s such a joy.

She loves cuddling with her humans and giving sweet kisses. She has been going through several new experiences, and although she is scared of many new things, once introduced to them she becomes very comfortable. She does well in a kennel and hasn’t chewed the blankets in the kennel at all. Skylar is a cuddle bug that would benefit greatly from an active adopter who wants to include her in their life.

SkylarSkylar is a two to three year old American Staffordshire Terrier mix and is spayed, up-to-date on her shots, and is microchipped. She has not been exposed to cats but she doesn’t show an interest in chasing squirrels or rabbits so she is not prey-driven.

For more information about Skylar, please contact You can also complete the adoption application HERE.

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Save Money on Pet Care


Having a pet in your home is a very rewarding experience, but it can be expensive. There are ways, however, that you can decrease the amount of money you spend on your furbaby. Here are 10 ideas:

1. Choose a healthy food. A high-quality food will help keep your pet healthy and, if fed in the right amount, at an appropriate weight. Staying healthy will cut down on veterinary visits and medicine. Pets that are overweight or obese are at higher risk for heart disease and arthritis, both of which can be costly to treat.

2. Stick to an exercise routine. Dogs benefit from daily walks. Daily play sessions for both dogs and cats help strengthen your bond with your pet and help cut down on future veterinary costs.

3. Commit to monthly flea and tick control and heartworm prevention. Avoiding flea and tick infestation is easier and less expensive than treating one; the same is true for heartworm which can be fatal. Talk with your vet about which preventative is most appropriate for your pet and then treat your pet as directed.

4. Promote healthy joints. Arthritis pain affects many older pets, so doing something to promote joint health and strength while they’re young may help decrease pain medication and vet visits later in life. Talk to your vet about whether a joint supplement is appropriate for your pet.

5. Don’t skip annual wellness visits. It may be tempting to save a little money by skipping an annual wellness exam but most of the time health problems are easier and less expensive to treat if they are caught early on. Saving a little money now could cost you more later and could affect the longevity of your beloved pet.

6. Shop around for pet medications. There are now several online sources for medication for your pets. Do some comparison shopping to help cut down on costs.

7. Ask about generic medications. Just like for humans, sometimes pet medications have generic equivalents. Discuss with your vet whether a generic medication would be appropriate.

8. Keep up with vaccinations. Vaccinations protect pets from serious illnesses that can mean huge vet bills and risk to your pet’s life. Protect your pet by following your vet’s advice on which vaccinations to give and keep on schedule with them.

9. Groom your pet at home. If possible, grooming your pet at home can save a lot of money. If you need to take your pet to a groomer, try to stretch out time between appointments by bathing your pet at home and trimming their claws yourself.

10. Buy in bulk. If possible, buy food and preventatives like flea and tick control in larger quantities as it is generally less expensive. Often there are deals that if you buy 12 months worth of flea and tick control or heartworm prevention you get them at a reduced price.

These are just some ideas to save money. The added benefit of putting these ideas into practice is that your pet will likely live a longer, happier, healthier life.

*This is a summary of an article that can be found HERE.

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Dog of the Week: Willow

Our dog of the week is just a baby, and a cute baby at that! Just look at that face yearning for a forever home.


Hi! My name is Willow and I’m approximately four to five months old. I’m just a happy-go-lucky puppy that couldn’t catch a break for the first few Willow 2months. I was treated for hypertrophic osteodystropy (HOD) and my poor legs were so swollen that I couldn’t really walk but then I got better quickly. My foster mom picked me up shortly after and I then developed pneumonia and had to stay at her work where I stayed in the hospital for five days. It was not fun but feels like forever ago. The only problem I have now is that my baby teeth are finally falling out, but as long as I have a toy I’m fine!

My foster mom says I’m a real good girl because I know how to sit and shake and love car rides. I get lots of treats and love it! I love to run around and be with other dogs but I’m not quite sure about cats. My foster mom thinks I’m some sort of mountain dog or hound mix – whatever that means! But whatever I may be, I’m quite adorable. I just love everyone but think I need a human who has experience with puppies and take some time to better potty train me since I’m so young and someone who can spend quality time with me. I do need some work with the kennel as I get very sad whenever someone leaves me, but I’m working on it! Can you be my best friend?

Willow has been spayed and is up-to-date on her shots. For more information please contact The adoption application can be found HERE.

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