Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike. But please keep your four-legged family members in mind during this holiday. It is a night full of a lot of commotion and this can be disturbing to pets. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep Halloween candy out of reach. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is toxic for pets.
  • Candles in pumpkins can be a fire hazard with four-legged friends running around.
  • halloweenThe excess activity (the doorbell ringing, people coming in and out, parties) can all cause anxiety for pets. Make sure your pet has a comfortable place to rest away from all the commotion.
  • Make sure your pet is equipped with an ID tag and/or a microchip. With all of the commotion and trick-or-treaters, it’s best to be prepared if your pet does manage to slip out the door.
  • Keep black cats inside.
  • If you dress up your pet in a costume, make sure it doesn’t constrict breathing or movement. It’s also important to ensure the costume doesn’t contain any small parts that can be choked on.

Have fun this Halloween, but make sure you’re protecting your pets from these dangers. It will mean more fun for everyone!

Julia Black

Barks and Brew Sponsor: The Rock Shop

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 Top Dog level is the Rock Shop. Last Hope, its volunteers, and all its adoptable animals thanks them for their support. Here is information about the Rock Shop:

rock shopSince 1999, the Rock Shop has been dedicated to quality slab stone fabrication and installation. Our services include kitchen counter tops, vanities, fireplaces, bar tops, the list goes on and on.

They are located at 740 Kacena Road in Hiawatha and they can be reached at 319-393-3847. They can be emailed at rsgmarble@qwestoffice.net. They have a beautiful website that includes a gallery of some of their work. The website is HERE.

iggyPlease consider visiting the Rock Shop and letting them take care of your marble and granite needs!

Julia Black


Dog of the Week: Gimpy

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This handsome fellow is four years old. He is very friendly and enjoys the company of people. He likes other dogs, but would do best if the other Gimpy 3dogs are not overly exuberant. He is housebroken and kennels well when his foster parents are gone. At night he sleeps in the bedroom with his foster parents on his own bed. He loves toys! He knows sit, shake, and lay down. He is working on learning how to stay. He does not bark and is independent when his foster parents aren’t loving him up. However, he has lost sight in his right eye due to an unknown injury. He will do best in a home that has no young children. Gimpy is up to date on his vaccinations and micro chipped.

If you would like to meet Gimpy email Carol at adoptions@lasthoperescueia.org. The adoption application can be found HERE.

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Barks and Brew Sponsor: Cedar Run

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 Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare. Last Hope, its volunteers, and all its adoptable animals thanks them for their support. Here is information about Cedar Run:

Our 5 by 8 foot privacy-paneled (as opposed to chain-link) suites provide the personal space, coziness, and security that will comfort your pet while you are away. Not only does each suite have a doggie-door and heated floors, but when your canine friend feels the urge to sunbathe or enjoy the fresh air, they can do so on their individual outside patios.

Cedar RunThe spa-like atmosphere cultured in the fabulous accommodations does not stop with the suites. Cedar Run has many more ways to pamper your pet. You can set up an appointment with our groomer for a mani-pedi and a blowout for the day you pick up your pet (or any other day that suits your fancy). Also offered are invigorating scrubs and personalized hairstyles, to name a couple.

If spoiling your pet with spa services is not your thing, don’t be discouraged. We also offer training classes and doggie daycare. Bring your pooch our way and let him play with other dogs while you are away at work. Cedar Run has two different doggie daycare areas (based on size and play style) so there is no need to fret that your Chihuahua GiGi might get stepped on by Brutus the Rottweiler. If you suffer from separation anxiety when away from your pet, or you just want to see how they are spending their day, will have a live feed of the indoor and outdoor playgrounds here on our website. We are also setting up a phone program where you will be able to send a text message to inquire about your pet.

Stop by Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare today! You can reserve a suite for your pet in person or call us at (319) 393-1362.

We encourage you to stop by the facility for a tour and to meet the staff.

Please consider visiting Cedar Run and letting them care for your furbaby. Their website can be found HERE.

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and, unfortunately, there are always plenty of dogs available at local shelters and rescues to adopt. Not all of us are able to adopt a dog, but there are still plenty of things you can do to help them find forever homes:

  1. “Donate” your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Save a life; adopt a dog from Last Hope Animal Rescue http://www.lasthoperescueia.org/ or contact them for volunteer opportunities or donation needs!”
  2. Tweet, retweet, and repeat the following:  “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Save a life; adopt a dog from Last Hope Animal Rescue http://www.lasthoperescueia.org/ or contact them for volunteer opportunities or donation needs! #savedogs”
  3. Shelter DonationContact your local shelter or rescue group and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.
  4. Share an adoptable dog happy tail story on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (#savedogs). You can find Last Hope’s happy tails right here on this blog!
  5. Sign up as a foster parent or rescue volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out how you can help.
  6. Add a Petfinder widget or banner to your website or blog.
  7. Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local newspaper.
  8. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets.
  9. Donate to your local shelter or rescue group.
  10. Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other up-and-comers about shelters and rescue groups and why pet adoption is important.

There are many things you can do to help even if you’re not able to adopt a dog! The first step is to contact your local rescue group and ASK. They’ll be happy to talk to you about volunteering opportunities and other ways you can help.

julia sig

Dog of the Week: Katie

Katie 2

Hi! I am Katie. I am a Boxer mix and am about 1.5 years old. My favorite things to do are cuddle, lick your toes, and play. I don’t quite know my name yet and I am afraid of men, but I get along with other dogs and cats and I love kids too! (Katie will shy from men, but eventually warms up to them – always has her tail wagging). I need to be in a fenced in yard because I am an escape artist if you leave the door open! I am sweet and loving and would love to meet you. I know you will fall in love with me like everyone has so far!

KatieKatie is up to date on shots and microchipped and spayed.

The adoption application can be completed HERE.

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Volunteer of the Month for October 2014

Our volunteer of the month for October is Kathy Condon!  “I have always loved animals; dogs and horses especially.  I grew up with dogs and have always had one but I have always wanted to help those poor unfortunate dogs that needed somebody to love them.  The only way I knew how was to financially donate to rescues and the humane society.  However I always knew I wanted to do more.” In the summer of 2013, she was helping her mother find a dog after hers had crossed the rainbow bridge. That search brought them to Last Hope. Kathy saw that we were in need of volunteers and knew she wanted to help out in any way she could.

 She began by helping out with transports, then started fostering, and finally she works as a foster lead.

Kathy loves being a foster lead because “finding the perfect family for a dog is the greatest joy in the world. It takes so much of my personal time, but when you see a dog that has been looking for a home for so long find that family that they need it is worth all the hours spent on emails, phone calls, meet and greets and home visits.”

“I have learned so much about the love of a dog from volunteering and fostering with Last Hope.  Volunteering has also allowed me to meet some really incredible people in other volunteers and fosters but also in the families who were willing to take a chance on adopting a dog especially the hard to place dogs, the seniors and the bully breeds.  There are so many ways to help in the rescue process so even if you cannot foster or do not have much time you can start small like I did and get to experience this amazing feeling when you help a dog find his forever home!”

 Thank you, Kathy, for all you do for Last Hope and the animals in our care!

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