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Last Hope Animal Rescue's mission is easy in theory - to save all homeless, abused, abandoned, neglected and "unadoptable" dogs and place them in forever, loving homes. The practice is substantially more difficult. It takes dedication and a whole lot of love - it also takes volunteers, money and good old-fashioned hope.  

Last Hope Animal Rescue takes in dogs that didn't have very happy beginnings - but if Last Hope Animal Rescue has its way, they will all have a perfect happily ever after. They pull dogs from over-crowded, high-kill shelters - the ones that are deemed "too old", "too sick", "too mean" or who have special needs. These are often the first dogs chosen for euthanasia. If you are looking to adopt and can give the special animals at Least Hope Animals Rescue their "happily ever after", please consider adopting one of the dogs society has deemed "unadoptable".  You will not regret it and that one pooch you take into your home will never stop thanking you for saving them, keeping them safe, warm, fed and loved.  

Before their pets go to their fur-ever home, they are spayed/neutered, receive all vaccinations, are temperament tested and receive all medical care and socialization they need to learn how to trust humans again. The dogs need to know not everyone out there wants to hurt them and those who do, should be held accountable for their abuse. Last Hope Animal Rescue advocates for their animals' proper care - before and after they take them in.  

 Last Hope Animal Rescue was formed in 2004 and is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.  This means 100% of the proceeds Last Hope receives through fundraisers or adoption fees go right back into the rescue. All medical care, food and supplies, even the gas that goes into the vans to transport their animals to events and to foster homes, comes directly from the shelter. They receive no state or government funding. If you are able to give, in any amount, to this caring rescue, they would be grateful for it. If you are able to donate goods - such as food, toys, bedding, cleaning supplies or gas cards, to name but a few things off their wish list, again, they would be grateful for it.

Please contact the rescue to adopt a new family member, to volunteer, become a foster paw-rent or donate monies or goods.  Any help needed, will be greatly appreciated by the Rescue and the dogs they love.  


Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Cedar Rapids

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 9am-5pm

    #1 Dogs Forever Holidog Bazaar

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    This dog-encouraged, family-friendly event is your one-stop shopping place for all things DOG in holiday gift giving. There will be homemade yummy treats for Fido as well as his paw-rents, plenty of squeaky, chewy, furry, knotted, soft, sporty and snuggly toys to choose from, lots of Christmas-themed gifts, doggy collectables, doggy-themed shirts and jackets, coats and sweaters, dresses and pet-cessories and so much more!  There is no telling what you will find. Hurry and make your reservation - don't miss out on you and your pup's chance to shop this one-of-a-kind doggy bazaar.  There will also be a professional photographer there from 12 pm - 4 pm to capture your day of fun on film! All proceeds will benefit Dogs Forever's Safe Place all-breed, all-age dog shelter.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 11am-2pm

    #2 Food 4 Paws - Healthy Food for Healthy Paws

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    Whether you are looking for your first or fifth furry family member, Food 4 Paws will be hosting their monthly animal adoption event! Local area shelters and rescues will have lots of potential new family members there for your whole family (including a leashed Fido) to meet, greet and get to know. If you are able to give a loving animal in need of a happily ever after this commitment of care and love, Food 4 Paws can't wait to meet you (and neither can your newest member of the family!) While you are there, pick up some healthy pet food for all your furry crew!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Year Round

    #3 Day of the Dog: Run Walk or Jog 5K & 10K

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    Did you know that August 26 is National Dog Day? To commemorate that event, Moon Joggers is sponsoring an open run, walk or jog event that participants can do in their own time. You and Fido can participate anytime, on any course before the end of this year; you simply report your finishing time to Mood Joggers. Your registration fee of $12.00 includes your racing bib, your medal and a dog tag. A portion of your registration fee will also go to Freedom Service Dogs of America. They provide custom-trained companion animals to those suffering from any form of disability. Let's lace up our shoes, grab Fido's leash and do some good for a GREAT cause!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 12pm-4pm

    #4 Santa Paws n the Park

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    Its picture day Fido - and did I mention the picture is with Santa Paws himself? Grab your paw-rent and head on down to Maytag Park in nearby Newton, Iowa to get your photo with Santa! Your humans can enjoy some buttery popcorn, delicious cookies and perfect apple cider. Don't worry - there will be doggy treats for you and all your furry friends, too, Fido. Your $10.00 donation will get you a 5x7 print of your time with Santa Paws and your family can even join you for the photo. All proceeds go to Paws 'n A Blanket. They distribute warm blankets, toys and consumable items to shelters and homeless pets throughout the country.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 5:30pm

    #5 Holiday DeLight Parade

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    Close your eyes. Imagine a City Square festively decorated with millions of multi-colored lights and tinsel, the sounds of Christmas carols filling the air, along with the scent of freshly prepared hot cocoa. Now, open your eyes, grab your keys and your whole family, including your leashed little furry friend, and check out the Holiday DeLight Parade in Downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa! (All pet owners must clean up after their doggies). Downtown will be magically transformed into the North Pole as the whole community impatiently waits for the annual holiday parade to begin at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to go down early to find a good parking spot, and bring your chairs to claim the perfect place to watch the festivities.
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