Dog of the Week: Oliver


Well hello there. My name is Oliver, and I’m a 10-12 year old beagle,€“ but in my case numbers don’€™t tell the whole story! I have plenty of energy, although I do love to cuddle on the couch. My last owner was Oliver 2very rough with me, and so sometimes if you yell I get very scared, but I’€™m a tail-wagging fool if you pet and praise me! I just got neutered, and I’€™m learning to be housebroken. It’€™s going very well, says my foster mom. I am good with other dogs, and am fascinated by cats, but I don’€™t hurt them. I just like a good sniff!! I’€™m up to date on all my shots. All I want is a nice warm home that wants a loving, people-pleasing boy. For more information about Oliver, please contact The adoption application can be completed HERE. Indoor homes only. Adoption donation $150.

Julia Black

Dog of the Week: Boomer


Boomer 2Hi! My name is Boomer and I’m looking for my forever home. I’m about a year old and I’m a pit bull mix. I was dumped in the country as a puppy and even though people weren’t the nicest to me early on in my life, I still really love people and want to please them. I’m house trained and crate trained and I don’t chew on things I’m not supposed to. I get along well with kids and am very gentle. I’m a little picky about dogs but with a slow introduction I might be OK. I have a lot of love to give if you will give me that chance. Indoor homes only.

If you are interested in Boomer fill out an application HERE or contact

Julia Black

Volunteer of the Month for January 2015

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     Our honoree for the month of January 2015 is Sarah Opiol! She has been volunteering for Last Hope since September 2014 and she’s done a wide variety of things for us.
     She said she has always wanted to volunteer with a rescue and she met Vicki (another volunteer with Last Hope) at a family member’s vet in Iowa City.  After that, she emailed Last Hope and started volunteering.
     The first thing that she was available to do was to volunteer at the NewBo market.  After that she started getting emails about all the things a volunteer can do with Last Hope and she hit the ground running. She has provided transports for several dogs to adoption events, pick-ups and drop-offs if we receive donations at an event or medication needs to be picked up from a vet in the Iowa City area, posting to Last Hope’s Facebook page about which animals are available for adoption and about shirts that we’re selling, sending out t-shirts if they were purchased from out of town, transporting items toevents that we sell, and she has been running the adoption events in Cedar Rapids and sometimes in Coralville. She is also a foster lead for the Iowa City area.
     Her main focus has been the adoption events and getting the animals on social media to help find them forever homes, but she also does home visits and adoptions.  She is not a foster, but did take in a dog because of the unique circumstances. They called him Meaty and he seemed to enjoy hanging out in the shop at work watching the guys. She recently found him a forever home and he is doing great!
     Here is what Sarah said about volunteering at Last Hope:
     “I enjoy volunteering with Last Hope because all of the people have something in common: The love for animals.  We are all busy with regular jobs but we do what we can to find forever homes for all of the animals that come to the rescue.
     “Last Hope Animal Rescue is absolutely amazing!  The people are great and the care that is given to the animals is incredible.  It is so nice to see how many fosters we have with Last Hope that are willing and able to provide these animals with a safe and loving environment until they find their forever homes.  I have really enjoyed seeing how successful the adoption events are and watching the animals go to their forever homes.  It has been a great experience and I look forward to seeing everything we can do!”
     Thank you for all you’ve contributed to Last Hope, Sarah! It’s volunteers like Sarah that make all of this work.
Julia Black


Rudy’s Story

Rudy’s story started out tough, but thanks to the Aab family, he lived the last years of his life in a loving home and he loved his family in return. Here is their story …

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I am writing to you to let you know about our experience with Last Hope Animal Rescue.  Back in September of 2008, my fiancée at the time and I started to look for a companion for us and for our senior Mastiff, Zeus.  A friend of ours was a foster for Last Hope at the time and directed us to a Mastiff mix named Rudy that had been with the organization for 10 months.  We called the foster and the next day loaded up our Mastiff and drove down south of Iowa City to meet with Rudy and his foster family.  The day after our visit we had our home evaluation and Rudy moved in that morning.  The following pictures were taken the day that he came to live with us.

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He instantly became my dog and followed me everywhere.  We joked about him being my shadow as he really didn’t allow me more than a 10 foot separation before he had to follow me where I went.

Rudy’s History

Rudy was listed as senior dog with an estimated age of 5-8 years old.  Rudy had been in situation where there were 20 dogs outside and in a home that was basically abandoned.  We were told that the “owners” would open a can of food but leave the food in the can and just throw the can outside.  Rudy’s teeth had paid the price of that kind of treatment.  We had him scheduled for a teeth cleaning and when they got in there, they found that he was missing seven teeth, needed 10 more removed, and had one broken canine tooth that the decision was to leave at the time.

He also was very scarred as you can see from the white specks on his head in the images above.  He had horrible scarring on his head, ears, and even around his eyes.  Lastly, the belief was that he was also hit by a car at some point as he had a bad scar on his hind quarters and both of his CCLs were ruptured (never repaired).  Because of this, his hind legs were straight and he would walk “downhill” at all times.

Recent Times

Rudy 3Over the course of the last six years, we have had to put down our beloved Zeus but welcomed another rescue Mastiff, Moe, into our family.  We have two little boys that love their puppies very much.  Rudy was always very gentle with them and extremely patient.

Last night when I got home to put the dogs outside, Rudy was struggling to get up and in the process fell three times and was not able to walk anymore.  I sat outside with him covered under blankets, petting him and telling him it was ok for 45 minutes until my husband was able to get home to carry him inside.  We loaded him up and made the trip down to the emergency vet and said good-bye to our gentle giant. As he laid on the gurney you could tell that he knew what was coming and that it was time. He didn’t fight it, he didn’t try to get up, he just went in peace as my husband and I petted him and told him we loved him and it was going to be alright. Rudy 4

Our family is completely heartbroken and I wish there was a way to take that pain away, but I would never trade the time we had with our sweet boy.  He was honestly the best dog I have been around and if I could have cloned him, I would have done it in an instant.

Thank you for all that your organization does to save these animals from horrible situations and place them in loving homes.  I cannot imagine the last six years of my life without Rudy.

 – The Aab Family


Julia Black


Dog of the Week: Lily

We took a little break, but now we’re back with another great dog of the week! Let me introduce you to lovely Lily …


Hi..this is lily…she is a senior American Eskimo mix from Florida but loves the Iowa weather, Lily 2especially in the winter! She is allergic to fleas so she needs make sure she is treated during those seasons. She is deaf, due to previously untreated ear infection, BUT she knows hand signals for sit, stay, up (beg) & loves to play with toys. House trained and gets along with dogs cats & kids; Lily is a love bug! Lily is currently on Proin for urinary incontinence when she is in a deep sleep, however this is common in spayed older females.

If you would like more information about Lily, contact If you’re interested in Lily, please complete an application HERE.

Julia Black


Something to Be Thankful For!

Last Hope is especially thankful for a great gift in 2014! 
VanIndustrial Battery Service of Iowa has donated a full size van to Last Hope Animal Rescue! When retiring the van Jeff, founder and owner of IBS, started looking for a Beagle rescue in Iowa to donate it to. We were the closest he found (we had about 5 or 6 Beagles at the time) and man are we thankful!
The van has lots of space for crates in the back and will be used for both transports and events. Someday we would love to have it wrapped and put our logo on it so that everyone knows what precious cargo we’re carrying! For now, we’re ever so thankful for a vehicle to use to save that cargo!
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Julia Black