Dog of the Week: Boomer

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 adoptions@lasthoperescueia.org

Julia Black

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Many of you who have been following along for a while may remember our trip to the puppy mill auction last year. We still have a few of those precious pups with us today. Dylan is one of those dogs. He’s had a few chances at adoption but health issues always seem to get in the way. His “foster” shared his story with me.
 Dylan

Dylan came to LHAR over a year and a half ago.  He was 7 years old and lived his entire life in a crate at a puppy mill. He started his vet visits with a neuter surgery and then a dental.  Due to the lack of care he had all of his teeth pulled.  They could not be saved.  When neighbor kids ask why his tongue hangs out, I explain that he doesn’t have any teeth to hold it in.  He also is missing part of his lower jaw. His next issue was pancratitus which many times is fatal.  He fought 2 rounds and won that battle.  Things were going well for him until another dog bit him on the mouth.  With his jaw already in poor condition, it was broken.  He was on pain killers for a week or so to help it mend on its own.  The broken piece was too small for surgical repair. Though his body has healed, he is having panic attacks from loud noises such as thunder or fireworks.  If I can’t be with him, I take special precautions if I know it’s coming. He is normally a happy little guy.  He has never really barked but has a quiet noise that I say sounds like a cute little alien.  I recorded it on my cell phone and whenever I need a pick me up, I listen to Dylan chattering away.  For all I know, he could be chewing me out.

Someday Dylan may find his forever home (maybe he already has?). But until then, Last Hope will take whatever measures necessary to ensure he is happy and loved and as healthy as can be. To help Last Hope continue to care for dogs like Dylan donate here today.

Crystal Black

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

Why Adopt a Mature Dog?

Many times people are under the mistaken notion that older dogs that end up in shelters and rescues are there because they are bad dogs. This simply isn’t true; most of these dogs are there through no fault of their own. Here are some reasons to adopt more mature dogs:

Old Dog1. What you see is what you get. An adult dog’s size and temperament are established and there are few surprises that you might get when you adopt a puppy. Especially if you adopt a mature dog from a rescue where they stay in foster homes, because the foster family can give you the scoop on what the dog is like.

2. There’s no puppy drama. Puppies are a serious time commitment and often mean interrupted sleep, accidents in the house, chewing mishaps, and more extensive training. Adult dogs still need plenty of attention, but they’ve received some training and are probably beyond the chewing stage.

3. The satisfaction of knowing you saved a life. It’s generally more difficult to find homes for more mature dogs so by opening your heart and home to an adult dog, you’re saving a life.

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog or cat, don’t automatically pass by mature pets. They still have a lot of love to give and are so thankful for having a forever home.

julia sig

 

Dog of the Week: Willow

Looking for an adorable, well-behaved dog? Look no further than Willow! She’ll charm your socks off.

Willow

Meet Miss Willow. Willow is a Bassett/Beagle mix with a beautiful reddish-colored coat. Willow has been well taken care of during her life, but now finds herself looking for a home after the make up of her family changed. Willow is very apprehensive of small children. The movements of toddlers especially distress her. Willow truly wants all the attention on her. She does not like to share her person when at home. We think her ideal home would be a single person without children.

Willow 2She is very sweet and will quickly drop and roll over to give almost anyone her belly to rub. You can take her anywhere and she will win over everyone. But at home she will be possessive of her favorite person, so we think it best to have only one person in the home. Willow gets along well with other dogs. She can be a little bossy with other dogs, but she takes corrections from other dogs well when they tell her they don’t like what she is doing. Being a mix of two hound breeds she does have a good sized bark, but it can be controlled.

Willow likes to be outdoors and she would prefer a fenced yard. Willow does like to sleep on the bed with her people which is just part of her wanting to be with you all the time. She would rather be with you, but she is fine at home alone when you do need to leave. She is crate trained, but crating her is not necessary as she is well behaved on her own. Willow is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. She listens well to commands and will sit to wait for her food bowl. Come and meet Willow and she will show you her adorable pose where she sits up on her hips and paws at the air until you pet her. You need to see it.

For more information about Willow please contact lynette-eldred@uiowa.edu or complete an application HERE.

Willow 3    julia sig

Dog of the Week: Sadie

Who could resist a face like this? Sadie is a Dachshund mix desperately searching for her forever home. Won’t you give her a chance?

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Sadie is an approximately three year old dachshund mix. She is one of the sweetest dogs around. She really likes to form a one-on-one connection with a special person. She is very timid and scared of strangers at first, but once she gets to know you she wants to do nothing but be by your side and Sadie 3snuggle with you!

Sadie is fearful of men at first, but does warm up to them. She would do best in a home where a female would be her primary caretaker. Sadie would also do best in a home with no children or children who are over the age of 12 since she does spook easily. Sadie is kennel trained and completely housebroken. She gets along with dogs and cats with a proper introduction.

Sadie is the sweetest dog who needs a special someone to spend the rest of her life with!

SadieFor more information about Sadie, please contact            lynette-eldred@uiowa.edu. The adoption application can be completed HERE.

 

julia sig

Dog of the Week: Elwood

Elwood is an adult, male Boxer mix and he’s a sweetie! Won’t you make some room in your heart and home for Elwood?

ElwoodElwood is good with kids and absolutely loves people. He likes other dogs as long as they behave but he has never been tested around cats. He walks well on a leash and knows basic commands. Elwood even dances around like a true Boxer. He loves to wrestle and play and would love to have a permanent family to play with.

He has been neutered and is up to date on his shots. If you have questions about Elwood you can contact lorifriendsoftheshelterom@yahoo.com. You can also fill out an adoption application HERE.

julia sig