Happy Tails: Norman


Scott, Lisa, Reis, and Hadlee adopted one of our puppies recently and they are enjoying their new family member.

They heard about Last Hope on Facebook and turned to us when it was time to adopt. They named the puppy Norman and he’s enjoying his time with their other dog, Nacho; they play together all day!

They visited the puppies twice and adopted the puppy they connected with both times. The adoption process was seamless and simple and they appreciate the help of both Sonia and Crystal during the process.

Norman adjusted well to his forever home and is learning and experiencing new things all the time. They love their new little chubby puppy and he is fitting in great! 

Thank you for sharing your Happy Tails story and for choosing Last Hope when it was time to adopt. And thank you to all the volunteers who made this story possible!

Julia Black

Dog of the Week: Hazel


Hazel 2This sweet and lovable girl is Hazel. She is approx 4 years old and a 40 pound pittie. She can be shy at first, but warms up quickly to people and animals. She currently resides with a cat and does wonderfully with her and all animal visitors. She loves to snuggle and play fetch outside. She listens very well, is great on a leash, and will stay right by my side walking off leash. Please let us know if you’d be interested in meeting this very affectionate girl. For more information about Hazel, please contact Fay.Nihart@cardinalhealth.com. An adoption application can be completed HERE.

Julia Black

Volunteers of the Month – February 2015

We have two volunteers of the month for February: Greg and Pat Wagner! They have been volunteering for Last Hope since 2005 and they have done MANY things for our animals.
They heard about Last Hope when they rescued a dog but didn’t want to turn her over to a kill shelter. A friend referred them to Last Hope that didn’t have a place for the dog at the time, but offered to help them find a forever home if they would foster her. Within a few weeks the dog was adopted and Greg and Pat were hooked. They knew this was something they wanted to continue with.
Since then they have fostered more than 50 dogs and have been a part of numerous adoption/microchip events and fundraisers. Greg acted as Santa for pictures and Pat was a Last Hope board member a few years ago. Lately, Greg has been putting in many hours at the new shelter doing cleaning, carpentry, and other miscellaneous handyman duties.
When asked why they like volunteering for Last Hope this is what they said:
“It’s been a wonderful journey while volunteering for LHAR and to watch Last Hope grow from just a handful of fosters to the large number of active volunteers and dedicated fosters that LHAR currently has, in addition to being a part of the transformation of a second shelter this year. The most rewarding, though, is being able to see each of our foster dogs find their forever homes.”
Thank you to Pat and Greg for their amazing work over the years!

Dog of the Week: Ruffles a.k.a. Sadie


Hi, my name is Ruffles but I really respond to the name “Sadie”.  I am 1.5 – 2 yrs. old and weigh 59 lbs. My vet says I need to loose 6-8 lbs. so I’ve been working on that.  I just think I need to get out where I can do some running and exercise to help me burn off some weight and some energy.
Ruffles 2I adore people!  Any kind of people – little and big!  I’m very friendly and have been trying to learn not to jump up on people but I just love them so much!  I can sit but sometimes I forget what that word means.  I have some accidents in the house but if my people remind me to go out I like to do that too!  I have lots of energy and would really like a fenced yard where I can play and run.  I’m very sweet and love my toys and I’m very excited whenever company comes to visit!   I like to play with my doggy friends as well.
I am hoping for a forever home that has young, strong people that will teach me how to lead on a leash and take me for walks.  Of course I’m always hoping for that forever home that will make me their forever pet!
If you are interested in Ruffles, please complete an application HERE.
Ruffles 3
Julia Black

Dog of the Week: Gimpy


This handsome Gimpy 2Doberman Pinscher is 4 years old. He is very friendly and enjoys the company of people. He likes other dogs, but would do best if the other dogs 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 need a home with no children and no cats. Gimpy is up to date on his vaccinations and micro chipped. If you would like to meet Gimpy, email Carol at adoptions@lasthoperescueia.org. Indoor homes only. Adoption fee $200.

Julia Black


Dog of the Week: River


River 2Hi! My name is River. Some nice people found me roaming around and gave me food and water. My owners were not able to take me back home, so I am patiently waiting for someone to come along and take me to my forever home! The vet said I am 1 1/2, but I haven’t really been keeping track. I don’t always remember how big I am, but sometimes I just want to snuggle! I am trying to learn how to stay “down”, and I listen really well when I am reminded. I love playing with the other dog I’m living with so my forever home really needs a companion dog for me.   I’d rather not be in a home with things that “meow.”  I am almost entirely house trained.  I must say, I am quite a handsome fella.  My favorite thing to do is look at myself in the mirror!  I love to explore, so I need a home with at least a 6 ft fence.  I love car rides, too! I would do best in a home with children over the age of 10.   I’ve heard people call me a gentle giant, and I guess that’ s a pretty great way to describe me!  I’m really excited to find my new family, so I can love on them forever!”

Julia Black