Update – Miss Scarlet

Miss Scarlet had her heart surgery at the end of May and is doing great.  Here is an update from her foster mom!

Scarlet is doing very well after her surgery.  We won’t know for 2 months if the surgery was successful, so we have our fingers crossed the heart valve “balloon” worked.  She still has her stitches, but that has not slowed her down at all.  We are trying to keep her activity level low…but she is not having any of that  🙂

She is a big cuddle bug.. and as soon as you sit down she is in your lap.

She is wonderful with kids and other dogs. . just a wonderful girl!

Sweet Little Scarlet

Scarlet is a sweet 6 month old terrier mix. Every time I stop at the shelter to visit her she wants nothing but love. Lots of kisses and a chance to sit in your lap is all she is after. Someday we hope to find her a loving family to give her just that. But first, Scarlet needs to have heart surgery.

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She came to us about a month ago and Dr. Timmerman at the Vinton Urbana Veterinary Hospital discovered that she had a level 5 (out of 6) heart murmur. Scarlet was taken to Madison Wisconsin to have further tests done. They did an EKG and an Echo-cardiogram. Basically, the valve wall in her heart is very think which makes it hard for the valve to open up as it should. She goes back on the 29th for a follow up visit but they have told us they believe she will be eligible for a balloon valvuloplasty, where they go in an put a balloon in her heart to try to break down the tissue and open up the valve in her heart. 

We are doing a special fundraiser for Scarlet. Please, click here to give if you can. And share with family and friends. Scarlet only wants a chance to find a family that will love her and care for her. Lets pull together and give her that chance.


My Auction Adventures

There are 2 breeder auctions coming up in Iowa on April 26th and 27th.
These dogs are going from one horrible situation to another. Bailing out Benji provides an inside look into these auctions.

Bailing out Benji

I did something that I have been trying to mentally prepare myself for since I started Bailing Out Benji… A small group of friends and I drove almost two hours to attend a puppy mill auction in Vail, Iowa. Thankfully, K-D Kennels owned by Dean and Karen Grell is officially OUT OF BUSINESS. After years of bad USDA reports, they are leaving the business. Sadly for all of their 240 dogs (and a few puppies), they were being auctioned off like property instead of going to rescues. Please read my story, share it, and reach out if you have any questions! 


This was a very intimidating experience, for sure. Walking on to this property that I had read so many awful things about, not knowing if I will be kicked out immediately, or if I will be hauled away because I couldn’t keep my comments to myself. The thoughts were…

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1st Time Rescuer

My goal for this blog is to keep those interested, potential adopters, foster homes, and volunteers informed and up to date on the latest Last Hope happenings. I hope to post on new, incoming dogs, training and updates as they are with us, and followup after adoptions. If anyone has anything that you would like to know about feel free to put some questions out there.

For my first post, I want to write about a first for me. I have been volunteering with Last Hope for almost a year now. Last week I took part in my first rescue. I heard about a breeder who was considering putting a dog down because she has mange and she was starting to have eye problems. Immediately I felt I had to do something. After confirming that we had room at the shelter I made arrangements to pick up 2 dogs from this breeder. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up the dogs, but I didn’t expect the dogs to be this bad off. Both dogs, Kimber and Shine, had mange and were in pretty bad shape. They had skin infections and they younger of the 2, Shine, has an eye infection. Both of the dogs have been to the vet and will be on medication for a while. I’ll keep you updated as to how the dogs are doing! I know I’m definitely looking forward to watching these girls improve and being around to see them go to loving homes. This was a very rewarding experience and it is an amazing feeling to know that these dogs will get the love and care that they deserve.