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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Dog of the Week: Kismet


Hi, my name is Kismet which means “fate” or “destiny” and I hope I’m destined to be your best friend. My foster mom tells everyone that she thinks I am an English Toy Terrier with possibly some Chihuahua mixed in. She says that means I have both beauty and brains! The vet told me I am two years old and weigh 10 pounds.

Kismet 2I love to cuddle under the blankets with my foster mom and sleep next to her every night. I entertain myself by playing with toys and toss then snap them in true Terrier fashion. I am fun but not too energetic and my foster mom really appreciates that! She wanted me to tell you that I would do best with a single person or couple who spend time at home. I do get nervous around kids so I would be happiest with an adult – maybe even an adult all to myself because I can see myself being a princess!

I am up to date on my vaccinations, spayed, and microchipped. For more information about me, please contact adoptions@lasthoperescueia.org. An adoption application can be found HERE.

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Fall Safety Tips

Summer has come to a close and it’s time to turn our thoughts to fall and the possible hazards that pose threats to our beloved pets. Here are some fall safety tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe.

  • Watch out for snakes. Fall is the time of year when snakes are prepping for hibernation and they’re a little more ill-tempered during this period. Keep your dog on the trail during fall hikes and educate yourself regarding venomous snakes in the area.
  • Picture1Protect pets from mushrooms. Fall is the season for mushrooms and although most varieties are harmless, some can be deadly. To be safe, it’s best to keep pets away from all mushrooms while on walks or playing outdoors. Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive drooling, and weakness are all signs of mushroom poisoning. Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet exhibits any of these symptoms.
  • Consider upping your pet’s food intake. When temperatures drop, it takes more energy to stay warm when exercising outdoors. Food generates body heat, so if your pet gets a lot of activity, you may want to consider a higher daily calorie intake. Of course, discuss it with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s food allotment.
  • Beware of rodenticides. When temperatures start to cool off, rodents often head indoors to find shelter, causing many people to use rodenticides to get rid of unwanted pests. Pet owners should use caution because these products are extremely dangerous to pets if ingested and can be deadly. Symptoms of rodenticide poisoning include lethargy, pale gums, vomiting, coughing, and unusual bleeding. Emergency veterinary care should be sought immediately if poisoning is suspected.

Enjoy your fall but keep these things in mind for the safety of your pet!

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Dog of the Week: Mila


Mila is terrier mix. She is an incredibly sweet, lovable, and loyal dog. She loves to be around her people all of the time—she always has to be in the same room as them. She loves attention and especially loves a good belly rub. She gets along really well with other dogs and hasn’t met a person that she doesn’t like. Mila does really well on a leash and knows how to sit and stay. She does really well in her kennel and doesn’t bark unless the other dogs in the house start barking. She is very quick to learn and motivated by treats. Mila doesn’t mind being in her kennel at night to sleep and during the day while we are at work. Mila has made a lot of progress potty training. Mila has not been cat tested.

Milah 2Mila came to us a couple of months ago as a puppy with demodectic mange. This is a mange caused by tiny mites that are present on most dogs but on some their populations explode. Puppies are susceptible. Mila was treated and her hair has grown back in where it had thinned from the mange. This type of mange can wax and wane for several months so she may need to be treated again if it returns.

Mila is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, and microchipped. She is nine months old and weighs about 35 pounds.

For more information about Mila, please caroldoser@hotmail.com. An adoption application can be complete HERE.

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Daisy Mae’s Story


Daisy Mae, formerly known as Jessica, is a 16-year-old Chihuahua we got April 18th, 2013. Sonia was called that morning to rescue some dogs that were caught in a flood and off she went along with Ashley. The only thing Sonia was told was that there were dogs that needed to be rescued from rising water and if they weren’t rescued they would go to the pound. The location was near the Mississippi River and with the excessive rainfall, the river was flooding. There were many dogs that needed rescuing.

They saw Daisy Mae in a kennel outside (she lived outside 24/7) in a foot of water, her nose up in the air so she could breathe. Sonia knew she would be taking Daisy Mae and she also saw two Huskies that would be rescued as well.

IMG_36557755949839On the way back they went to Dr. Ahern’s Animal Kingdom to have the dogs checked out. Daisy Mae was diagnosed with a heart murmur and frostbite on both ears. She was underweight, blind, and full of worms. That night she went into foster care with Kristina and has been there ever since.

A few months went by and everything seemed good but then we got the news: Daisy Mae was in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure. She was coughing all the time and restless with heavy breathing so she was put on heart medications. We then found out that she had hypothyroidism (her thyroid levels were too low) and she got medication for that as well.

In late May, 2013 Kristina noticed a lump on the side of her stomach and she had gone into heat (we did not spay due to her age and poor health per the vet). The smell was awful so back to Animal Kingdom they went. Dr. Ahern checked her white blood cell count and it was extremely high which indicated an infection in her uterus. Because it was very serious, Dr. Ahern ordered surgery for the next morning.

Kristina dropped off Daisy Mae at 8:00 AM and planned to pick her up at 3:00 PM that day. Before she left to pick her up, Kristina received a call from the nurse informing her that Daisy Mae had been doing well until ten minutes prior when she became unresponsive. Dr. Ahern told her that Daisy Mae had likely had a stroke and went into shock. Kristina went to the vet’s office to sit with Daisy Mae.

At 6:00 it was determined that she should be taken to EIVSC for 24-hour care. As soon as they arrived they took Daisy Mae to the back and she went into shock again. It was a long night and was touch-and-go as far as whether she would survive. After four nights in the emergency clinic with 24-hour care by wonderful nurses and vets, and a pretty big bill, she made it and she went home with Kristina.

It took Daisy Mae about a week to recover from the traumatic experience but she returned to her normal self. About four weeks later she had an episode of not feeling well so back to Animal Kingdom she went. It was discovered that she had fluid building up on her lungs so she was given Lasix to battle the fluid. She seemed to be doing well for a couple weeks, then she fell ill again with heavy breathing and went back to the emergency clinic in the evening. They found that she had some abdominal pain which was likely causing the heavy breathing. She was released and went home that night.

IMG_36491118806554Since then she’s been doing okay; no heavy breathing, no wild episodes, and only occasional pain which Kristina treats with prescribed pain meds.

Daisy Mae is such a pretty girl. She loves to be held and told she’s pretty. She loves her bologna and hot dogs and loves Fettuccine Alfredo. Because of weird tummy aches that she gets, she prefers to eat Natural Balance canned food because it seems to be the only thing that doesn’t upset her stomach.

Daisy Mae lives with dogs and cats and her favorite thing to do is chase the cats under the bed and bark at them. For being mostly blind, she can get around well. She loves to sunbathe and enjoys the little things in life. She loves smelling and tasting the grass, rolling in bird poop, and getting snuggles.

Kristina knows that the time will come when she’ll have to say goodbye until they meet again, but for now they are taking it day by day and making each and every one of her remaining days/weeks/months/years amazing. They won’t waste a day; if Daisy Mae wants to sleep, they sleep. If she wants to venture out into the world, they will venture out. If she wants to sunbathe, they sunbathe. Because of Last Hope Animal Rescue and Kristina, the remainder of Daisy Mae’s life will be full of love, kisses, snuggles, full tummies, warmth, and soft blankets and beds.

If you’d like to make a donation to help with Daisy Mae’s medical expenses, please donate HERE. Thank you!

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Volunteer of the Month for September 2014

This month we honor Susan Elliott-Bryan as volunteer of the month! Susan began working with Last Hope when she contacted Critter Crusaders that had a dog that wasn’t doing well in a cage. Last Hope agreed to take the dog and Susan agreed to foster him. The dog was Tommy and she worked with him for a year before he was put to sleep. It was a difficult situation and Susan thought perhaps her fostering days were behind her. But then she was asked to foster two feral dogs and they are coming along well.


Susan says, “What I like to do for Last Hope, when I’m not fostering in my home, is work with the dogs who will be more adoptable if they had better social skills.  I took training last winter with a fabulous woman in Austin, Texas who works especially with pit bulls and who expects owners to be the leader in the relationship with their dogs.  I also went to a Clicker Training Expo in California and learned about how clicker training works – I love it!  The dogs get clear messages and quickly learn which behaviors are rewarded and which are ignored. When a dog sits on command and shakes hands for instance, it is more apt to get attention from potential adopters.”


When she’s not fostering for Last Hope, Susan enjoys bicycling around the country. She says most dogs can learn to run alongside a bicycle and she enjoys the exercise for both her and the dog.


“I’ve had my share of difficult dogs and sad endings, but so many dogs can be saved!  With clear and realistic expectations, persistence, love and patience, anxious shelter dogs turn into loving family dogs. I like helping that happen.”
Thank you, Susan, for all the love and help you provide for our fosters!
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Dog of the Week: Oz

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Oz is a very stable dog – great with people of all ages, dogs and dog savvy cats. He has his share of energy so he needs somebody who will ensure that he gets the exercise he needs. He is best walked using an easy-walk harness which helps him walk without pulling so much.

OzOz is a dog that will attach himself to one person. He is friendly to everyone but during his time with us it was very clear that he had a favorite person. Oz is a super dog that has been exposed to many different situations and has always been perfectly behaved. You will love this dog the minute you meet him.

Oz is up to date on vaccinations, neutered and microchipped. Oz is approximately a year and a half old and he weighs 67 pounds.

For more information about Oz, please contact adoptions@lasthoperescueia.org. The adoption application can be completed HERE.

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