What Happened to Mom?

The puppies waiting to be rescued

The puppies waiting to be rescued

When we posted our story of the rescue of the Poet Pups, we got some great feedback and the same question from several readers: “What happened to the mother dog?” We want to thank everyone who asked, because that is an important question! The mom to the Poet Pups, Mercedes, is doing just fine at our kennel facility, The Lost Dog Ranch. She was very thin when she was rescued and needed to be separated from the pups and treated to her own TLC. She is gaining weight rapidly and looking brighter and healthier every day. She will soon be looking for a home to call her own, just like her puppies.

We’re so happy that many people share concern not just about the puppies, but also the mother dogs. Too often, we see mother dogs that have been discarded at a shelter, and it’s heartbreaking. At LDCRF we have a policy to never leave Momma Dogs or Momma cats behind. If we bring the puppies or kittens into rescue, Momma is always part of the deal. Occasionally, we have even been able to rescue Mom and Dad!

Stories like these are one of the many reasons that our foster homes are so important – had we not had a foster home for the puppies, we wouldn’t have been able to help them or their sweet Mom. Whether you’re fostering a dog, a litter of puppies or kittens or fostering a cat, you’re making these rescues possible. You can learn more about fostering and join us in our mission to find more dogs and cats a place to call home in 2014 here.

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Mercedes waiting at the shelter for LDCRF to pick her up!

Mercedes at LDCRF, warm and cozy in her jacket and starting to fill out.

Mercedes at LDCRF, warm and cozy in her jacket and starting to fill out.


The Poet Pups: From Freezing to Foster!

poetpups1Update: For those wondering about mom, not to worry! She is also safe and sound (and warm) with LDCRF. Her name is Mercedes, and she was emaciated, so is getting a lot of extra TLC from our staff. Once she is ready, she too will be looking for a home!

If the Poet Pups, 12 week old beagle/boxer blends, could talk, they would say that they had a home before coming to LDCRF last Sunday from Essex County, Virginia. This is what “home” meant to them:  wooden shipping palettes nailed together and covered with a tarp, forming an enclosure that held no water or food. Their painfully thin momma was nearby – as she always was, since she couldn’t move far with her heavy 2 foot long chain – lying in a patch of snow against the fence, her water bowl frozen over. And all of this had been the only home they had known, since being born outside on October 19th.

Last Saturday, they did not know that dangerous cold weather would be arriving in just 3 days, so cold that their makeshift shelter would not protect them. They also did not know that their owner had called the Essex County Animal Shelter to have them picked up, and that animal control employees had been working tirelessly to find them a rescue. When animal control arrived that day and lifted the tarp, the pups tumbled out, breaking the thin ice that had formed on top of a nearby mud puddle, and then drinking the muddy water.  Used to always being cold, they walked hunched over to the garden, where some started to eat the tilled dirt.

Having endured 2 ½ months of increasingly cold weather, they were finally on the road to warmth, food, and love – everything you find in a real home. Picked up by LDCRF on Sunday after their first safe and warm night in the shelter, they were immediately taken to Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates for care, and then moved into a foster home. Skinny but healthy, their personalities are starting to emerge – Maya Angelou is the sweet one, Edgar Allen Poe likes to cuddle, and Walt Whitman is a bit of a bully – and they are ready for the next step.

Want to be part of their journey home?  Come meet the Poet Pups – Walt, Maya, Edgar, Alfred, Byron, Langston, Pablo, and Robert – at our Fair Lakes PetSmart (12971 Fair Lakes Center, Fairfax, VA) adoption event this Friday, January 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM, and see how much sweeter life can be with some puppy love.  If any pups are still available after Friday, they will attend the Saturday Rockville, MD Petco adoption event (1:00-4:00 PM), and the Sunday Tysons Corner, VA PetSmart event (1:00-4:00 PM). Please check our website at lostdogrescue.org for maps and directions, as well as availability following the Friday Fair Lakes adoption event.


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Tips for Area Residents to Keep your Pets Safe in the Cold!

With the extremely cold temperatures in the Metro DC area, we wanted to share some helpful tips to keep your pets warm, as well as resources in the area. We’re fortunate that at the Lost Dog Ranch, the cats live in a nice cat “cabin” which is of course cozy and heated. The dogs who have access to the outside will get to stay cozy inside with their heated kennels and nice comfy blankets. Our farm animals will also be keeping warm, as all of them have access to the indoors and will be getting lots of extra food to keep them warm over the next few days. Now, here are some tips and resources to help you keep your animals warm and safe!

Max, an LDCRF alumni, LOVES the snow!

Max, an LDCRF alumni, LOVES the snow!

Dogs and cats:
The best way to keep them warm is to keep them indoors! If you’re dog is used to playing outside a lot longer than they’re able to tonight, try filling a Kong with peanut butter and freezing it for 30 minutes. Then give them that to keep them busy and entertained.

When taking your dog outside, make sure to wipe their paws with warm water before coming back inside so that they don’t lick the salt and/or get irritated paw pads. Using a washcloth with warm water to wipe their feet makes all the difference.


A Rubbermaid container, Styrofoam and straw makes an excellent warm shelter for feral cats. Photo from NYC Feral Cats

Outdoor cats:

If you have outdoor cats that you feed, make sure they have warm places they can retreat to.  Have straw (not hay) inside the

storage container you put out will help them stay warm. The containers you have for food and water also make a big difference. Using thicker plastic water containers is more effective, as the cats can get their tongue stuck to metal, and ceramic containers aren’t as well insulated.

Check your cars:
Feral cats and wildlife will sometimes hide in the hood of cars for warmth, so make sure to bang on the top of the hood to alert any wildlife or cats underneath (Try to avoid honking the horn, as that can injure their ears!).

Horses eating hay in the snow. Photo from thehorse.com

Horses keeping warm by eating hay. Photo from thehorse.com

An excerpt from thehorse.com, and if you have horses we recommend reading the entire piece here :
“As the temperatures decrease, a horse’s feed requirements increase. Allowing horses free choice to good quality forage (hay) is the surest way to ensure that they consume enough energy, and the process of digesting forage will actually produce heat. Horses will typically consume 2 to 2.5% of their body weight in forage each day; that would be 25 pounds per day for a 1,000 pound horse. Winter pasture alone will not provide enough forage to sustain a horse and, therefore, must be supplemented with hay and/or grain.”

Fairfax County Animal Shelter is providing temporary emergency housing:
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has a great offer for area residents that we wanted to share: Because the freezing temperatures predicted over the next few days may be deadly to pets, the animal shelter is offering temporary, emergency housing for cats, dogs, and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-324-0208 or e-mail FCPDPetResources@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Local Animal Control Contact information in case of emergency:
Here are some tips on what to do if you see an animal left out in the cold

Animal Welfare League of Arlington 703-931-9241
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria 703-746-4774
Prince William County Animal Shelter 703-792-6465. After 5 p.m., call 703-792-6500
Fairfax County Animal Shelter 703-324-0208

Prince George’s County Animal Control  301-780-7200
Montgomery County Animal Control 301-279-8000
Frederick County Animal Control 301-600-1544 Emergency After Hours: 301-600-2558
Howard County Animal Control 410-313-2780
Charles County Animal Control 301-743-2222

Washington DC
Washington Humane Society 202-576-6664

24 hour Vet Hospitals:
Please note, this list is a compilation of area 24 hour vet hospitals, and not an endorsement of services

Washington DC:
Friendship Heights Animal Hospital
4105 Brandywine St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates
120 Cornwell Lane, Purcelleville, VA

VCA Animal Hospital Alexandria
2660 Duke Street, Alexandria VA

The Hope Center
140 Park Street SE, Vienna, VA 22180
703- 281-5121

The Life Centre (TLC)
165 Fort Evans Rd NE, Leesburg VA

Animal Emergency Pet Hospital
807 Bel Air Rd, Bel Air, MD

VCA Veterinary Referrel Associates
500 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg MD

Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic
808 Bestgate Rd, Annapolis MD

Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic
12106 Nebel St, Rockville MD

Now It’s Not Just a House, But a Home

Rep. Grimm, Patricia Dresch with Little Mikey (formerly Nibbles) and Michael Markarian of the HSUS

Rep. Grimm, Patricia Dresch with Little Mikey (formerly Nibbles) and Michael Markarian of the HSUS

2014 started out for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation with a great happy ending. For several months, LDCRF had been working together with the Humane Society of the United States and Representative Michael Grimm (R NY-11)’s office to help find a great companion for a survivor Hurricane Sandy.

When Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island in 2012, Patricia Dresch lost not only her home of thirty years, but her husband and 13 year old daughter. Representative Grimm met her while she was recovering in the hospital, and stayed by her side over the past year helping her to rebuild her life, one day at a time.  Her home that had been ruined during the storm was scheduled to be bought out by the city of New York, however it was taking a long time, and meanwhile she was staying on a pull out in the local church. It was during this time, that they realized she would love to have a dog as a companion.

Having adopted a dog himself, and seeing the help military veterans have gotten from therapy dogs, Representative Grimm knew that having a dog would help. He reached out the Humane Society of the US, who helped him get his dog, about finding the right dog for Patricia. When the HSUS reached out to LDCRF, we knew we could help. We began to look at see what dogs might fit what she was looking for.

It didn’t take long before we found the right fit in the 11lb form of Nibbles. While Pat was waiting for the buyout to happen and to be able to purchase a home of her own, Nibbles was sitting in a high kill shelter in Georgia, also hoping for a home of his own. His time was running out, and he didn’t have much hope until LDCRF rescued him. He went to foster care, where his foster mom helped him to gain weight and learn house manners. His winning personality immediately made her think he would be just the dog Pat was looking for.

Pat agreed as soon as she saw his picture and heard about his personality, that he was the one. He stayed with his foster mom while being treated for heartworms and erlichia, both unfortunately common in dogs from the South. He went through the treatment successfully, and on January 2nd, which was also Pat’s birthday, he hit the road to the house that would become the new home for both him and Pat in Staten Island.


Nibbles, renamed Little Mikey, found his spot on the couch. Photo from SILive

As soon as the door opened Pat and Nibbles, renamed Little Mikey after Representative Grimm, immediately bonded. He investigated

the new place he would call home, running up the stairs, and then jumping up on the couch next to Pat. Even with the news cameras only a few feet away, he settled right in. She had already prepared a nice bed for him, which included the baby blanket of her daughter who had passed. The blanket had miraculously been found in the rubble, cleaned and given to Pat, who said it only made sense for Little Mikey to have it in his bed.

Pat had spent the first night in her new house the night before, and now Little Mikey would help her in this next part of both their journey. As was remarked when Little Mikey arrived and met Pat, what was before a house had now become a home, now that Little Mikey was there.

We’re grateful that we were able to be part of the recovery process for both Little Mikey and Pat in their new lives together.

Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Today is the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day to give back and make a difference after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This Giving Tuesday, we’re hoping you’ll give back by helping us save more lives. This year alone we’ve found homes for more than 1000 dogs and cats, and with your help we can save many more.  Below are just a few of the amazing dogs and cats we’ve been able to find homes for thanks to you. Please make a gift today, and help us continue to help them! 

There’e Scruffy, the poster child for grateful rescue dog. Found trotting down a busy road in the rain (yep, all 9 lbs of him), Scruffy clearly had a less than comfortable life. He was filthy, had terrible tooth infections, dirty ears, was Lyme positive and had the mark of an embedded collar around his neck. He was just a big mess! This summer, he found a wonderful home where he is loved and a member of the family, and even enjoys boating trips!

Sally and Squints were living by a dumpster with their mom when they were rescued, but it was discovered they had some major eye issues. After some TLC and searching they found a fantastic home together and are loving the good life! sallynsquints33


Ben and Jerry were rescued from underneath a tractor in Arkansas with their mother by the Humane Society of the US, along with many other animals. They came to LDCRF, and grew into loving puppies who went on to find great homes, as did their mother. ben

Coco came to us from a rural shelter, he was frightened and had to learn to trust. He went into foster care where learned how to enjoy toys and snuggling. Now, he’s found a great home where he’s finally home. COCO6

Help LDCRF and Get Your Holiday Shopping Done!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Pee Happy, you’re now able to help us rescue dogs and cats, and also get your holiday shopping done!

gty_dog_holiday_sweater_nt_111207_wgWhat is Pee Happy?
Pee Happy is a great company that makes a wide variety of awesome people and dog accessories. But they go a step beyond providing great products – all profits from sales are donated to rescues! They don’t take salaries, they simply donate the profit to different rescue groups. We’re very lucky to have been selected to be one of the rescues that you can have the profit of your purchase be donated to, from any purchases made Nov 1 – December 25.

How Does it Work?
It’s quite simple, and we’ve made it even easier for you by

Step 1. Visit the Pee Happy website and select Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation from the drop down at the bottom of the page. Click add to cart.

Step 2. Browse the great items you can get, and add them to your cart. Then when you check out, know that you’re helping dogs and cats with your purchase.

It can be a bit overwhelming to see so many cool items, so we’ve created a handy dandy gift guide for you:


All Around
A great gift for the person you can’t think of what to get – a travel mug that supports rescue, holds hot cocoa in the winter and iced coffee in the summer – it’s a win all around!


This cool bag is not only stylish, but can hold poop bags, their wallet, gloves and whatever else your petsitter may take with them on a walk.


Four Legged Canine Pal
While you’re spreading the love, don’t forget your dog! These cute squeaky bones will be sure to be a hit!


Baby of the family
Make sure everyone in the family is able to have a Pee Happy holiday with this cute beanie!


Pawlitical Friends
A great bipawtisan gift for any friend in DC!

There are so many other great gifts, so make sure to select us as the rescue you want to help when you visit their website. Make sure to also Like Pee Happy on Facebook!

Help Cats on National Cat Day and Beyond!

Today is National Cat Day – which means your Facebook feed and twitter stream will be filled with adorable cats. But do you know where you can see an adorable cat everyday? Your house! And we can help. We currently have over 100 cats and kittens that are looking for permanent homes. So we’ve put together a quick guide on how YOU can help us help more cats:

First and foremost, consider adopting a cat. LDCRF found homes for over 500 cats in 2012, but need your help to save even more in 2013 – nearly half the cats entering shelters in the state of VA are being euthanized, according to Virginia Department of Agriculture 2012 statistics. At LDCRF, we work with shelters to pull cats and kittens that would otherwise be euthanized, and find them homes in the DC metro area. We work with shelters on a regular basis so that we help them lower their euthanasia rate long term, not just short term. When you adopt a cat from LDCRF, you’re saving two lives. You’re not only helping the cat you adopt by providing them a permanent home, but you’re allowing us to save another cat from euthanasia.

Take a look at the many cats we have up for adoption right now here. You can also email cats@lostdogrescue.org if you have questions about the cats we have up for adoption. We offer same day adoptions with a two week money back trial period, to ensure that it is a good fit. This is especially helpful if you already have other animals at home that your new friend will be introduced to.  All cats are already spayed or neutered, combo tested and given age appropriate vaccines.

We have cat adoption centers located at the Reston, Tyson’s Corner and Leesburg Petsmart where you can go anytime to see some of the great cats up for adoption. Cats are also available for adoption at the following adoption events (for location details click here):
Fridays at the Tyson’s Corner Petsmart from 6:30-8:30pm
Saturdays at the Seven Corners Petsmart from 12-3pm
Sundays at the Leesburg Petsmart from 1-4pm
Sundays at the Reston Petsmart from 1-4pm
Sundays at the Tyson’s Corner Petsmart from 1-4pm

This is a great option for those who cannot adopt but still want to help. Fosters provide a temporary home for a cat or kittens, and make a huge difference. Unlike most of our dogs, cats don’t see adoption events as a fun outing to meet new people. Because of this, foster parents can make a difference by talking to potential adopters about how the cats are in a home environment. They can also take photos that show off the cats personality. All cats are already vetted and fixed, and we have many cats that would benefit greatly from a foster home. Interested in fostering? Fill out the quick cat foster application here, and then check out some of the cool cats looking for foster homes here.

We are always in need of volunteers to help play with socialize cats at our adoption centers, and spruce up their cages, cleaning litter boxes and giving them their food and toys. Our adoption centers are located in Reston, Tyson’s Corner and Leesburg. If you’re interested in volunteering to help email cats@lostdogrescue.org. Even if you can’t attend an event, consider making flyers up for a cat currently up for adoption, and help market them both online and offline.

Sponsoring a cat is a great way to help LDCRF offset the cost of caring for the cats looking for a home. For a $50 donation, your name will appear on that cat’s profile as their Pal for Paws sponsor, and your tax deductible donation will go to help pay for medical expenses. Here are just a few that are still looking for sponsors (and of course adopters!):













Fill out the form below if you’re interested in more about helping cats, and check off the boxes that reflect your areas of interest!