321 Lives Saved in 30 Days!

321 Lives Saved in 30 Days!

June was an incredible month for LDCRF. We increased our adoptions by 120%, adopting out 321 dogs and cats, which is 176 more adoptions than last year in June! As the month ended, these numbers put us in second place for our division in the ASPCA 100KChallenge, and 8th overall – an amazing feat for a volunteer run organization! We’re very proud of the Lost Dog Family for making this happen, and we’re hoping to continue to go strong the rest of July and August.

The factors that led to our success were the volunteers who stepped up to come to more events, foster dogs and cats, and our Paws in the Street events. The Connection Newspapers highlighted some of the many wonderful volunteers that we have, and below is an excerpt from the piece, which we encourage you to check out here.

LMA WRANGLER OF FAMILY MEMBERS

Volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation helped Lisa Marie Czop find her place in the world when she was feeling a little, well, lost.

“When I moved back down to D.C., I was a little lost in what my adult life was supposed to look like,” she said. She knew she wanted to make a difference with animals, and when a relative found an animal to adopt through Lost Dog, she decided to sign up as a volunteer.

She has stayed with the group because “we really are the people-friendly rescue. It is simply too easy for someone to go to a pet shop and purchase an animal. LDCRF makes it easy for potential adopters to find an animal that they can welcome into their family while still keeping the well-being of our animals a top priority,” an attribute she believes sets the group apart from other organizations in the region.

Currently, Czop manages the Alexandria adoption event and helps run a transport program, in addition to working as liaison with shelters in West Virginia. Then there’s the occasional foster duty for dogs and puppies, in addition to helping out with the organization’s website and fundraisers.

“The amazing thing is, I’m just one part of this overall machine that saves thousands of lives each year,” she said. “The LDCRF volunteer team is a family, and we all bring our individual strengths together to help as many animals as possible.”

Even with a full life away from the organization, “there is nothing that can compare to the sheer joy of saving an animal from certain death in a shelter and adopting it into a wonderful loving home,” Czop said. “Volunteering with LDCRF means that I get to play a part in making a tangible difference in the lives of animals, which means that I’m serving a greater purpose with my life overall.”

Inspired? Want to join the Lost Dog Family of volunteers? Sign up today! http://bit.ly/12S23pq

From A to Zeke

Zeke and his new mom!

Zeke and his new mom!

This weekend was another great weekend for many dogs and cats at LDCRF. 76 found homes! There were a few adoptions that we had to highlight, as they really show was LDCRF is all about, and how our volunteers help.

From A to Zeke
At the beginning of June, we decided to try a new event, literally taking to the streets to find homes for our dogs, and we called these events Paws in the Street events. We asked for overnight foster homes, so that more dogs could attend, and quite a few people stepped up! One volunteer, Nick, took home a black and white pit bull mix named Baldo for the evening. Baldo did so well, that Nick decided to continue to foster him, and within a few weeks, Baldo had a home!

Nick then emailed our foster team, to see who else could use a foster home, enter Zeke the hound. Zeke had come to us in February of 2013, from a rural shelter. He was very sweet, but we didn’t have much history (any, for that matter) on him. He had gone to events, but no one adopted him, and he continued to get overlooked. So on June 22nd, he went into foster care with Nick. Nick discovered he was housetrained, and spruced up his website bio to reflect what Zeke was like in a home, which was a sweet, quiet and friendly hound. Only a week later, not only did Zeke get adopted, but he had several people interested in him!

Zeke is one of our many success stories that we had to share, without the magic touch of a foster home, he would no doubt still be waiting for a home at our ranch. Now, thanks to going to foster care, not only did he find a home, but we were able to save another dog in need.

Interested in fostering? Fill out the application here.