Meanwhile, Back at the Vet’s Office…

Posted on: Tuesday March 25

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Campeon was fortunate enough to capture the heart of staff-member, Maria, who plans to adopt him.

Every week, the cages at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates (BRVA) are full of Lost Dog & Cat Rescue dogs and cats with a variety of issues. Most of the time we have dogs and cats recovering form spay/ neuter, heartworm treatments and routine dental cleanings. Sometimes, like right now, we have a few really special cases needing a whole lot of extra care.

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This week, we have two dogs at Blue Ridge who are being treated for serious injuries related to being hit by a car. The first, Campeon, had initial treatment at a vet’s office in Puerto Rico where he is from, but had to have a follow up surgery once he was transported to us. Luckily for Campeon, things are going beautifully and he captured the heart of a BRVA employee who is planning to adopt him!

Jordy, meanwhile, was transported over the weekend by volunteers form a rural WV shelter. He had been hit by a car and suffered a shattered pelvis, a badly broken leg and contusions to his lungs. He received emergency treatment at a WV vet and was stabilized prior to transport to make him as comfortable as possible. Tonight, Jordy undergoes surgery with an orthopedic specialist to begin to repair the damage. He is in great spirits and looking forward to the day he can romp in somebody’s securely fenced yard!

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is grateful for the support of the Pepsi, Griffen, Sprite Legacy Gift which allows us to say “yes” when we get the calls to help dogs like Campeon and Jordy. To contribute to their care or to the care of future special needs pets, click here. 

Jordy is in Good Spirits! Click the link to see him greeting visitors in his cage at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates.

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Jordy is awaiting surgery.

Jordy is awaiting surgery.

Young Volunteers: The Impact is Mutual

Posted on: Monday March 10

jennaLost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation has been blessed to have a number of young people volunteer on a regular basis for the organization. On any given weekend day, you will find plenty of eager young faces waiting to see which lucky canine will occupy their next few hours at an adoption event and celebrating the adoptions to follow.

Some of our young volunteers find ways to give more. The latest volunteer newsletter describes how Jenna and Priyanshu organized a supply drive for LDCRF as part of a school project, Hailey organized a dog walk last year and Allison collected contributions for the dogs and cats for her birthday. Other young volunteers have organized bake sales (kudos to the Kircher girls who have held an annual bake sale for 5 years), collected blankets and bedding from yard sales and made blanket beds for the dogs and cats. We are grateful and appreciative of all of their efforts and hope they know their efforts have an impact on the fate of homeless animals.

Recently, we have become aware of ways in which this impact-making is mutual. We have heard about how volunteering with Lost Dog has helped some teens work through difficult adolescent times, helped them find focus and even influenced a career path or two. Some of our teen volunteers have even found a way to integrate LDCRF into their school work. Click this link to read a paper on the issue of puppy mills written by a regular teen volunteer named Jon.

We are proud of all of our hard-working volunteers, but especially proud right now of the young people who open their hearts and minds to homeless animals and allow LDCRF to be part of their growth and development.

More ideas for younger volunteers can be found on our “Kids and Teens” website page HERE. Creative types can also contribute to our Paws for Art Show and Sale in April (details below). Ideas for fundraising drives and collections should be sent toFundraising@lostdogrescue.org for approval.

LDCRF Honored with Grant from Cox Communications

Posted on: Monday March 3

LDCRF's Barbara Hutcherson accepted the donation check from Cox Charities.

LDCRF’s Barbara Hutcherson accepted the donation check from Cox Charities.


Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation was honored recently with an employee grant from Cox Communications.

Twenty-five different agencies throughout the state of Virginia were awarded with grants totaling $160,000 through Cox Charities, an employee-led initiative of the organization. LDCRF received a $2,000 grant, thanks to a nomination by a Cox employee who had a positive experience adopting a dog from the foundation.

The funds will be used for medical care for dogs and cats awaiting adoption.


LDCRF Featured in DomiCile Magazine

Posted on: Monday March 3

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is thrilled to be profiled in the latest issue of the digital publication of DomiCile Magazine. Click the link below to read the article and see some adorable pups.



My Furry Valentine

Posted on: Monday February 3



At Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, we heart our “Furry Valentines” and now you can too!

It’s simple. Go to our Furry Valentine donation page, make a $10 donation, give us the name of your pet and a volunteer will get it posted. We even have special hearts to commemorate our furry family members who have passed away.

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The Rescue and Rehabilitation of Lily

Posted on: Tuesday December 31

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About Lily

Lily was abandoned at a garbage dump in rural Georgia.  She lived there for months among the the mounds of garbage, scrounging for scraps to eat, waiting for help but too frightened to even recognize it.
Eventually, a kind soul came along.  She saw the fear and pain in Lily’s eyes, as well as the love and hope in the poor dog’s heart. Carefully and patiently, she coaxed Lily into the car, away from the garbage and onto a path for a better life.
One kind and patient human put Lily on a path north to Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, where we can support the rest of her journey home, thanks to the Pepsi, Griffen, Sprite Legacy Gift.  
Getting to Lost Dog
Lily arrived at Lost Dog skinny, missing most of the hair on her back end, with a crippling leg injury and a massive, chronic ear infection. She arrived with a serious need for medical care, and with a huge heart full of hope.
We knew she deserved better than what she and her body endured in the past.
Our rescue partners and team of talented veterinarians designed a care plan for Lily that included major ear surgery and back leg reconstruction.  It also included time for her skin to repair itself, good nutrition and a lot of TLC.
LDCRF Supporters Made her New Life Possible
Thanks go the Pepsi, Griffen, Sprite Legacy Gift, Lily is halfway there! She recently had surgery to remove the entire ear canal and the ear drum. The chronic infection had done so much damage, there was no way to save her ear. She is already happier and healthier, free from infection and pain in her ear. Already, Lily’s body is starting to match the beautiful life that she so desperately wants to lead.
In a few weeks, when her ear is all healed, Lily will have her leg surgery and after a few weeks of recovery, she will begin the final stage of her journey- the quest for a loving, forever home.
Lily is one of many, many dogs that received life-saving care in 2013 thanks to the Pepsi, Griffen, Sprite Legacy Gift and thanks to the generous and giving spirit of our supporters.


Posted on: Thursday December 19

At Lost Dog, we are always growing, always reaching. We have added a new adoption event just in time for the holidays, so check out the updated schedule below and come and find your new best friend this weekend!

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Home: Pam’s Birthday Wish

Posted on: Monday December 16

Dear Friends,

Today is my 50th birthday.

Throughout this past year, loved ones have asked how I want to commemorate this milestone. How can they make my day special?  What can we do to celebrate?  Is there something in particular I want?

When I reflect upon this half-century of life and think about what would make my birthday special, I think of the animals of Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation and the many others waiting in shelters for their turn to start a new life.

Together with the dedicated staff at the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch, our amazing volunteers and our partners in rescue, I enjoy the privilege of giving dogs and cats a better life each and every day.  Together, we rescue dogs and cats from the harshest of circumstances so that they can be begin their journey to a new home. Our veterinary partners provide essential care so that the sick and injured can heal. Our ranch staff (some of whom have been with me since day one) exercise, rehabilitate and care for each animal as if they were their own. Dedicated volunteers spend weekday and weekend hours raising the exposure of our adoptable pets and working hard to get them adopted. I feel blessed to have all of this support to help these former throwaway dogs and cats find new homes.

That, my friends, is what I want for my birthday.  I want to save more dogs and cats and help them find their homes.

This has been the work of my heart, the passion of my soul and the daily focus of my mind.


 Because I have been given the gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat to find the soul that lies within an abandoned animal.

Because when a dog or cat knows he is home, he will love unconditionally, whether we are successful or struggling, happy or sad.

Because when we find a home, we give a pet so much more than just a place to live.


When I look around at night and see my own motley collection of former throwaway dogs settled into comfy beds, my heart is full and my energy renewed, no matter how long and hard the day has been. Seeing what having a home does for a previously homeless pet keeps me going, no matter how many hours I have spent arranging intakes, making vet trips and organizing adoptions.

I started this rescue 12 years ago, at 38 years of age, when being 50 and talking about a half century birthday seemed a lifetime away. I started this rescue because I have loved animals and worried over their plight for as long as I can remember. Devoting my resources and my energy towards bettering their lives is my way of giving back, both to animals and to people.

Since its inception, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation has saved over 20,000 lives. Last year, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation placed well over 3,000 dogs and cats into forever homes. During the months of June, July and August we participated in the Rachel Ray ASPCA $100K Challenge and we increased the number of lives saved in that period by almost 300 from the previous year. We partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to rescue more than 20 animals from horrible conditions. We increased our adoption events, we took our animals to the streets to get them seen and to the airwaves to raise awareness.

2013 was a very good year. But we can do more.

So today, on my 50th birthday, I am asking you to join me in the fight to find more homes. I am asking you to give generously so that, together with volunteers, ranch staff and rescue partners, I can make my 50th year the best one yet, with more pets than ever finding a place to call home.

Together, I know we can make it happen.

Yours Always,




Pam McAlwee

Founder, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

National Adoption Weekend

Posted on: Sunday November 10


LDCRF Currently show cats 7 days a week in 4 PetSmart Adoption Centers.

Next weekend, November 15th-17th, PetSmart will be hosting National Adoption Weekend. During this 3-day event, more than 2,000 animal welfare organizations across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico will work together to find homes for adoptable animals before winter and the holidays, and to increase awareness of the problem of pet homelessness. LDCRF will be celebrating with an additional adoption event on Saturday November 16th at the Potomac Yards PetSmart in Alexandria, VA, from 12:30-3:30 PM; and, the way we celebrate each weekend, by saving more lives!

The problem of pet homelessness can seem overwhelming. Each year, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters in the US, and only half of that amount will be adopted. That works out to approximately 11,000 animals euthanized each day. A 2012-2013 survey by APPA National Pet Owners revealed another part of the problem – only 20% of owned dogs and 26% of owned cats were adopted from shelters or rescue groups. When asked about reasons for not adopting in a 2011 PetSmart Charities study, pet owners most frequently said that they had doubts about shelters and rescues, were uncertain about the pet adoption process, and were looking for a particular breed or type of pet.

What is LDCRF doing to step up to the problem? We’re changing attitudes toward adoption and animal rescue, by providing people-friendly same day adoptions at several locations throughout the metro DC are

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Every weekend, LDCRF has puppies ready to find new families!

a each weekend. Adoptions always include a 2-week trial period, spay/neuter, and current vaccinations. LDCRF is also dreaming big, by always working to rescue more dogs and cats than the previous year. Since the beginning of this year, 2,532 deserving animals have found homes, which is already closing in on our 2012 year-end total of 2,580.  And, we’re not stopping there. Through participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge this past summer, techniques were developed for holding special adoption events at the drop of a box, Facebook and Twitter were used more effectively to raise awareness of LDC

RF, more volunteers and fosters came on board, and many adoption processes were streamlined.

National Adoption Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate how far LDCRF has come, and also to look forward to all that we can still achieve. For every 2,500 lives that have been saved, there are 2,500 more waiting. As a volunteer-run organization, LDCRF can only continue to  achieve these big dreams with the help of our amazing volunteers – from dog handlers, cat volunteers, transport drivers, adoption table workers, donors, fosters, and our many other volunteers who generously give their time, commitment, and compassion. Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to see you at one of our adoption events next weekend, helping us work toward the end of pet homelessness, one animal at a time.

Dogs Rescued from Cruelty by HSUS, Soon to Find Homes thru LDCRF!

Posted on: Wednesday August 7

Medical Director and Events Coordinator Barbara Hutcherson with one of the new arrivals.

Medical Director and Events Coordinator Barbara Hutcherson with one of the new arrivals.

In July, The Humane Society of the United States assisted in the rescue and removal of 95 animals after authorities discovered them living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care in Arkansas. Once we watched the video of the rescue,  hard to imagine how these dogs even survived! After being cared for at a temporary shelter in Arkansas, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, which is an Emergency Placement Partner for the HSUS, was asked if we could help in finding homes for some of the dogs. While we aren’t able to go and rescue 95 animals at a time, we are glad to be able to help make more large scale rescues possible by finding homes for animals from these cases when we are able. We had a great weekend of adoptions, with 82 dogs and cats finding homes, and are happy to welcome 13 of these dogs into the LDCRF family.

Most of the animals we rescue come from high kill shelters, and are scheduled to be euthanized. We often don’t know their history- their stories, their previous lives-relying on them to tell us. In this case, we do know their story, and it is a reminder that there are animals out there who don’t make it to the shelter, and instead live in these situations. We’re glad to be able to play a part in the rescue of these dogs, and help them find homes where they will learn what life is supposed to be like.

If you’re interested in helping these dogs and others find homes, please consider making a donation, signing up to volunteer, or join our network of foster homes by emailing foster@lostdogrescue.org! If you’re interested in adopting, please email dogs@lostdogrescue.org  

  Click here to check out the album with all thirteen of the rescued dogs on our Facebook page


Watch the news story that aired on WJLA, featuring our Medical Director and Events Coordinator Barbara Hutcherson, below.

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