Our Mission

The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) rescues abandoned or displaced dogs and cats from the threat of euthanasia in over-crowded shelters or other at-risk situations and places them for adoption into loving homes. All animals in the care of LDCRF are spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated prior to adoption and any special medical needs are addressed.

Why We Exist

Each year in the United States alone approximately 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters. Most are euthanized simply because there is nowhere for them to go.

County-funded animal control facilities cost taxpayers a large amount of money, yet are constantly overburdened, overpopulated and euthanizing at alarming rates.

Who We Are

LDCRF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation established in 2001. Tax ID # 31-1789600

While we maintain a very small animal-care staff, we are overwhelmingly a volunteer organization with an active base of about 300 volunteers and thousands of occasional volunteers.

What We Do

The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation places about 2,000 dogs and cats each year into adoptive homes, for a total of more than 25,000 since 2001!

Each weekend, an army of volunteers mobilizes to run eight adoption events in the Metro-DC area at PetSmart and PetCo stores. Each animal  spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccines and routine tests before adoption.  Many animals require special medical treatment before they are made available for adoption, such as heartworm treatment, treatment for injuries or for common respiratory infections.

Most dogs and cats await adoption at the 61-acre Lost Dog & Cat Ranch in Sumerduck, Virginia. Those needing special care or too young for adoption are in foster homes until they are ready for their forever families.

Our History

The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation began with a couple of restaurant owners with a love for animals. At first, it was a few “lost” dogs needing a place to stay until they could find new homes of their own. Soon it grew into taking in dogs who were about to be euthanized in shelters and finding adoptive families for them. Finally, the efforts of founders Pamela McAlwee and Ross Underwood coalesced into the establishment of the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) in 2001 and the opening of the “Lost Dog Ranch” in Sumerduck, VA.

The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable corporation founded in 2001 whose primary purpose is to rescue dogs and cats from euthanasia in overcrowded shelters. Contributions are tax deductible.

Contact Us

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 50037
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 295-DOGS

For detailed contact information, please visit our contact page.

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