Posted on: Monday March 10
Lost 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.
Posted on: Monday March 3
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.
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.
Posted on: Monday February 3
Posted on: Tuesday December 31
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!
Posted on: Monday December 16
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.
Founder, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Posted on: Sunday November 10
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
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.
Posted on: Wednesday August 7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! If you’re interested in adopting, please email email@example.com
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.
Posted on: Sunday August 4
Between the towns of Toa Baja and Catano, just west of San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico, there is a road stop near the mouth of the river that is frequented by fishermen. It is a solitary place, with no buildings or homes nearby, and just the few passing cars to find the dogs that are abandoned there each week. In early July, a good Samaritan noticed Helena and her 6 puppies near the road, and placed them into a small enclosure with food and water. Fearing that the pups would escape the enclosure and walk onto the road, he contacted a local rescue group, Animalitos de Dios PR. Rescue volunteers arranged to pick up the dogs, and to provide much needed veterinary care, all funded by their own volunteers and donors. Knowing that the greatest chance for adoption was transport to the mainland, the rescue group contacted LDCRF, and then arranged and funded the flight to the US. For Animalitos de Dios, the day of the flight was a huge victory for them, since, through their hard work and fundraising, 7 dogs fewer would die on the streets of Puerto Rico.
But, of course, many dogs, cats, and puppies in Puerto Rico are not so lucky. Estimates of the number of stray and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico range from 100,000 to 250,000. Obstacles to overcoming the pet overpopulation problem are many: few local adoption options, only 5 local animal shelters for the entire island, lack of belief in spay and neuter of pets, difficulty enforcing animal control and cruelty, and a poor economy. Several isolated beaches and areas, such as the road stop near Toa Baja and Catano, are used as “dumping grounds” for unwanted dogs and puppies. Local rescues bring much needed food and water to these areas, and take in as many adoptable dogs as possible. While spay and neuter is the only solution to the overpopulation problem, transport to the mainland currently provides the only hope for saving lives.
While most of our animals come from the southern and eastern US, LDCRF helps where the need is great. Some rescues, such as those in Puerto Rico, provide veterinary care and shots for their puppies before arriving at LDCRF. Funding from the $100K Challenge would go a long way to providing more medical care for all of our dogs and cats, and would allow LDCRF to continue to save puppies like Delgado and his siblings.
Perhaps momma Helena knows how slim her chances of survival were, but her pups, who are Facebook fans helped to name – Delgado, Rodriquez, Sierra, Gonzalez, Molina, and Clemente – only know the joy of running in the grass, and taking part in the puppy kissy booth at Lost Dog’s first August 5K last Friday night. As the $100K Challenge comes to a close this month, let’s keep working together to save lives that have just begun.