The past two years have been full of highs and lows for the dog rescue world. In 2020, shelters were cleared and we gained foster homes as people worked remote and had more time and flexible schedules. But, as soon as the world reopened in 2021, and ever since, dogs have been surrendered to shelters in record numbers – numbers higher than before the COVID pandemic. It has been beyond difficult to find foster and adoptive homes. Dogs and animal welfare have been put to the side again, as everyone tries to regain the personal time they lost to a pandemic. Please consider fostering a dog (or two!) if you are able.
"This is simply the best volunteer-run organization I have ever dealt with. We ended up with the best dog we could have ever asked for and that is all thanks to his wonderful foster who answered all of our questions and made us feel very good about his chances of being a good fit for us."
"Dali's mom, Charleigh, was stuck in a shelter without much protection and was pulled by an Arkansas foster, Heather M., so she could safely give birth at home. Heather cared for Charleigh until her FOURTEEN puppies were born - my dog Dali being one of them. Four puppies and mom stayed in Arkansas and the ten other pups came up here to Last Hope! My dog Dali was one of those ten puppies. Since adopting her, I have gone on to become a foster for LHK9 Rescue as well."
"Adopting Dexter (fka Hanes) has been the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did he wiggle his way into my heart (and everyone's who meets him), but he motivated me to become a volunteer with Last Hope. I started out processing references and doing home visits, and now also foster and update the dog profile database. I have learned so much from the Last Hope adoptive family community, and have been so inspired by the Last Hope volunteers that literally put their blood, sweat & tears into saving as many dogs as possible. So when Last Hope rescued Dexter those few years ago, they not only saved him but they provided me the opportunity to help save countless others which in my heart makes Dex the most amazing gift to have."
"Koko came to Last Hope as a street dog. He knew nothing, but he also came with a very big heart filled with lots of love. And, he fills our house with it everyday. Thanks to last hope for giving us this playful, black, bundle of love."
"Adopting Finn was the best decision I ever made. To think he spent the first year or so of his life at a dump site in Arkansas breaks my heart, but it's so rewarding to see him adjust to life as a "house dog" and play with toys and learn to enjoy soft places to sleep, such as spreading out on my bed! I'm so grateful to Last Hope K9 Rescue for saving him and bringing him into my life. His paw prints left a permanent impact on my heart, I could not love him, or Last Hope, more."
"I adopted Celine (fka Daisy from Beverly Hillbillies) almost three years ago. My family and friends told me how much work having a dog is and that I shouldn't make that commitment on my own but I'm so happy I did. I met Celine at an event after having my eye on a littermate but she came right up to me and sat on my lap! Instantly I fell in love and learned patience and time management training her as a puppy. Even after the worst day at work, I am much happier playing with my pup or taking her for a walk. Having such a great experience, I started volunteering with Last Hope processing applications. I recently moved to Buffalo and am now applying to foster a dog! I can't thank Last Hope enough for my puppy and educating me on a great cause."