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.

Happy Tails: Henry (Chico)


Kris Kiesey updates us on two Last Hope dogs …

The story of our Henry (formerly known as Chico), adopted October 27, 2012 with a bonus happy story about Buddy:

Summer 2012 – my kids and I visit the Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter often; they like to visit the kitties and I love on the dogs, petting them, hoping for them. I am also cautiously looking to add a second dog to our family, but am wary because we adopted a small dog from the Cedar Valley Humane Society in October 2011 and had a bad experience (he bit many males in the four weeks we had him) and I had to take him back, heartbroken. I am also not sure about adopting an adult dog because we already own a dominant male Rat Terrier.

Every time I visit the Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter in the summer of 2012, I see a black dog named Chico. He is a Boxer/Lab mix. His arrival date is May 1, 2012. He is always happy to see me, calmly letting me pet him and resting his chin in my hand. I keep hoping for him that he will be adopted and not be there the next time I visit.

Late July 2012 – Chico is still there. I can’t figure out why he hasn’t been adopted. I finally get him out of the kennel to get a closer look at him. Once he is out he is wild, so excited, and needs to work on his manners. His energy level is probably overwhelming people, but he is still so sweet. I decide to mention him to my husband and he agrees to visit. We bring our dog, Max, to check him out, too. Our neighbor, who is a K-9 police officer for Cedar Rapids, also comes because he knows Max and I trust his judgment. He thinks Chico is a very nice dog, but worries about how strong he is if Max tries to dominate him and sets him off. We don’t adopt him and I am sad. I stop visiting the animal shelter.

September 2012 – our family begins thinking about a puppy a little more, and my husband would like a Doberman. I am a little nervous about the training of such a large breed, so I call Cedar Run Boarding to ask about their puppy classes. Sonia answers the phone. We have a good conversation about Doberman puppies, then she says that if the puppy class times don’t work out, I could just bring the puppy to play with some of the dogs they have there. She has a dog that is great with other dogs, but terrible with people. I tell her that sounds like the dog I adopted from the Cedar Valley Humane Society the previous year. We determine that she rescued that same dog I returned, just in the nick of time. He is named Buddy now and still doesn’t like men. I spend the evening crying for joy that he is saved.

Two days later – two of my children and I visit Sonia and Buddy. I am happy for him that he is safe and happy, and grateful for Sonia, who saved his life. While I am at Cedar Run I visit her other dogs. Guess who I see? Chico – he spent too much time at the Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter, so Last Hope stepped in and rescued him. I am happy for him, too, as Sonia tells me he had been adopted and will be picked up the next day. We continue to move toward adopting a Doberman puppy.

October 2012 – my husband, Tim, and I visit Cedar Run on a Sunday for a Last Hope volunteer event. We tour the facility and Chico is still there. His adoption fell through because his energy level is so high. I mention the weekend foster program to Tim, knowing that Chico has been in the shelter/rescue system for almost six months and could benefit from some time in a home. Tim spends a little time with Chico and agrees to the weekend foster.

On our way out of Cedar Run we chat with Sonia. Tim tells her that we will take Chico for a weekend foster, and that if it works, we will adopt him permanently. I am thankful that Tim was willing to forgo the Doberman puppy and rescue a dog in need. One week later, that’s what we did.

Chico is now named Henry; we have had him for more than one year. He still needs to work on his manners, but is the most loving, loyal dog in the world. I think he is so grateful to be in our home. His laid back personality complements our dog’s perfectly. I think we were meant to be Henry’s family, and I am so grateful that Last Hope stepped in and rescued him until we could realize he was supposed to be a part of our family.

Thanks for sharing your story, Kris. We’re so happy that Henry found a loving home and that he is getting along so well. It really seems like it was meant to be.

julia sig

Ready to Get Involved?

So we have posted a lot about fostering lately. But say you can’t foster, you have too many pets already, or you live in an apartment and can’t have any. Ever wonder if there are other ways to help our furry little buddies while they wait for their forever homes? 

Of course there are! We are always looking for help, whether it’s an hour once a week, or a daily thing. There are definitely ways to help out. Here are just a few.

Walking Dogs: While many of our dogs are in foster homes we do have a shelter, located near Shellsburg, Iowa, and we also have several dogs at Cedar Run Boarding in Hiawatha. These dogs still need love and attention and a chance to get out of their kennels. If you would like to help walk dogs at Cedar Run contact them and set up a time to come meet the guys and gals. If you would like to come out to the shelter to play with the pooches there email Sonia at

Attending Events: Every month we have adoption events at PetSmart and PetCo on Saturdays from 11-2. (Check out our Calendar of Events to find out when the next one is!) Foster homes often bring their dogs, but yet again, the dogs from the shelter want to get out and meet their forever families too! If you are interested in taking a dog to an event please email Julie at There are many other events through out the year that we can take the dogs to as well so be sure to have Julie add you to our mailing list so you can stay on top of those.

Baking Dog Treats: During the summer months we have many events that require our famous home made dog treats. The pooches love them! If you are able to help bake please contact Lynette at (If you just want to purchase some of these delicious treats for your pup we will be selling them at the NewBo Market and the Cedar Rapids Farmers Market. Find out when on our Calendar of Events.)

Help at the Shelter: While what I’m about to say may not sound like a lot of fun… it still needs to be done. Our shelter is located outside of Shellsburg. Kind of in the middle of no where. When we can have volunteers come out to help clean up after the dogs it is greatly appreciated! Kennels and dog runs need cleaned, blankets and dishes need washed, and dogs need baths. Whether you get a group together and come out on a Saturday or want to stop by and help out on your own we need the help. If you are interested in coming to the shelter to help email Sonia at

See? It doesn’t have to be a full time commitment to volunteer. From an hour in your own kitchen to a Saturday afternoon at the shelter or an event, it’s easy to get involved. And we would love to have you!

crystal sig