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.

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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:

ADOPT
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

FOSTER
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.

VOLUNTEER
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.

SPONSOR
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!):

Whiskers

Whiskers

Freedom

Freedom

Scooter

Scooter

Pepper-Anne

Pepper-Anne

Joan

Joan

Fernando

Fernando





















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!

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.

Bo: A look at how fostering helps save lives!

Bo (in the background) and Brian, at the Spotsylvania Animal Shelter

Bo (in the background) and Brian, at the animal shelter. LDCRF took them into a play yard to get to know them a bit better.

The second weekend into the ASPCA 100kChallenge was filled with lots of great adoptions! We were able to find homes for 67 dogs and cats, and could not have done it without our amazing volunteers. Every person who signed up to be a dog handler, drive a van, help with cat adoptions, open their homes to foster dogs, helped in saving a life. Bo was one of the dogs who found a home this weekend, and shows how a foster home can make all the difference.

Bo's headshot when he was ready for adoption.

Bo’s headshot when he was ready for adoption.

In February of 2013, Bo and quite a few other dogs were at the a rural Virginia animal shelter, and they were full. LDCRF had had a great weekend of adoptions, so was able to go to the shelter, and pull a number of dogs and cats, to help free up kennel space, and save those animals from being euthanized. Bo was one of the dogs! He was a goofy hound boy, who didn’t have any history, but he did great with the other dogs, so we put him, as well as Brian, another hound (who is still looking for a home!) on our list.

Once in our care, he received the vetting and medical care that he needed in order to go up for adoption, and got used to life at the Lost Dog Ranch. His routine consisted of hanging out in a nice indoor kennel space with another canine pal, and a doggy door so he could go outside to go potty as he wished. He has a nice bed, food, water, and ample playtime in our play yards, so life seemed pretty good to Bo – a big move up from roaming the back roads of rural Virginia!

He had his photo taken for his website bio, and viola! He was ready to attend adoption events and be adopted. He also got a Pal for Paws Sponsor, Sally Woodward, and her donation helped to cover the cost of his medical care and daily care.  While at the events, people stopped by to pet him, and he was a good natured friendly boy, but he didn’t have a story to draw people in. He was found as a stray, and that was all that was known about him. While he was safe at our facility, not being in a home meant that we didn’t know about his housetraining or how he acted in a home.  So his search for a home continued for a few months.

Bo made friends while in foster care!

Bo made friends while in foster care!

Then, Bo got lucky! He had someone who wanted to foster him! His foster dad was a new foster, and emailed about meeting Bo and a few others to foster. He decided to take Bo home to foster on May 25th. Not only was Bo lucky because he could now be in a home environment, but he now had a personal advocate! Someone who could tell adopters what he was like in a home, which is a great advantage.

His new foster dad got to know him, and learned some fun information about Bo, like that he was crate trained and housetrained, and loved toys, and was also quiet. All great traits that would help him find a home. After having him for a week, he updated his online bio with some great photos of Bo, that showed off his great personality, in hopes it would help him find a home.

Only a week after updating his online bio, and only two weeks after going into foster care, Bo left foster care – he was adopted! He’s one of the many dogs that goes to show what a difference a foster home can make. In addition to helping the dog in foster care get adopted, it allows us to pull another from a shelter, because we now have an open space at our facility. If you’re looking for a fun way to help an animal, fostering is a great way to do it. We are always in need of fosters, for puppies, kittens, adult cats and dogs – they all could use a personal advocate to help them find a home like Bo did.

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Bo and his new family!

If you’re interested in fostering, or want to sign up, click here and you’ll be taken to our foster page where you can fill out an application for fostering dogs and/or cats. If you fell in love with Bo, his buddy Brian, is still with us and would love a foster home too!