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Lost Dog And Cat Rescue Foundation

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P.O. Box 50037 Arlington VA 22205 USA


The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) is a non-profit organization that is actively involved in taking in and finding new, loving homes for at risk cats and dogs. In this process, LDCRF ensures that these companion animals are temperament tested, current on all necessary vaccinations, and either spayed or neutered prior to becoming available for adoption.

Once adopted, LDCRF enters into a contractual relationship with the adoptive family to ensure that the animal is properly cared for, and conducts follow ups to ensure this. LDCRF conducts public adoption events at area Petsmarts on weekends. These events are staffed by volunteers who interview prospective adopters, answer questions about the animals, and take advantage of the opportunity to educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering; the need to obtain proper veterinary care; and of providing basic obedience training to their pets.


-Since 2001, LDCRF has placed over 17,000 dogs and cats in homes -ALL of our animals are spayed/neutered prior to becoming available for adoption

Geographic areas served:

DC Maryland and Virginia


We have a foster program, where members of the community can help by taking an animal into their home while it waits to be adopted! It helps by providing the animal with an advocate who can help tell potential adopters more about the dog. It also helps dogs that do not do well in our kennel environment. Our volunteer program is a great service not only to the dogs and cats, but also those in need of service hours. We are always in need of volunteers to help at our adoption events, and it provides a great experience for those who want to help animals in need outside a shelter environment.

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Reviews for Lost Dog And Cat Rescue Foundation

Rating: 1 stars  

Lost Dog and Cat is only impressive in the backwardness of their priorities. Our first experience with them, we adopted a sick little male kitten that they had picked of the streets at 8 weeks, cropped his nuts, and put him on the sale shelf before bothering to ensure his health. Our pity on him backfired in the worst possible way: he died after 6 months due to a congenital disorder.

After healing, we attended an adoption event of theirs. We faced enormous obstacles to adoption that were unthinkably prohibitive (this cat must go with another, this one is too young for your current cat) and contradictory (this one is too young to be fixed, though it is twice the age of all other fixed cats present.) The event was, at best, disorganized. Several cats supposed to be in attendance never showed after an hour plus being told we should wait for them. At least six cats were at the event who were not ready for adoption, were unfixed, and their health insufficiently verified that they should be around other animals. One cat up for adoption had an open weeping sore. The lead adoption attendant was at best, rude and obtuse. She seemed hell bent on not letting us adopt. We're employed 27 year old responsible adults with other animals for new ones to play with. These people need to get their priorities straight : 1 give your cats proper care, 2 find them good homes and don't bar good people from saving one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are first-time rescue adopters. We adopted a fearful shepherd mix that had been rescued in Puerto Rico when her mother was found sick, starving, pregnant and abandoned on the streets. Our girl came to us healthy, clean, and very much as described on the website -- even the fearful part. :) She had spent time at Lost Dog's rural facility, 4 months with the most amazing foster who worked with her fear issues and brought her along to where she had 'graduated' to another foster who is a professional trainer and offered a two-parent home environment and new dogs for her to learn. She then progressed to another foster where she was exposed to a family environment with a child and cats. All along the way, she was cared for, non-force trained, and nurtured in every way. Just over 6 months later, I no longer describe her as fearful; I say she is timid around people because it's true. After an acclimation period to our home, she has picked right up on the learning and overcoming process that her fosters taught her, and she is losing her early puppy fears. Lost Dog's relationships in Puerto Rico, no doubt, helped ensure her mother was given shelter and medical care in support of a live litter, they provided a terrific history including her medical and foster history. They have been on-call for us to an unbelievable degree. They take an interest in their animals and help their adopters with everything from videos from the foster homes to training tips, to networking to reach out to other litter mates' adopters. I am beyond impressed with the quality of the care my girl received and the incredible difference Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation makes in the lives of so many animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been regularly volunteering as a dog handler at adoption events for Lost Dog for over 5 years. Everything about this organization is about the health, safety and happiness of the animals. The volunteers who are the lifeblood of the organization provide so much hope and happiness for the animals, fosters, other volunteers and the adopting families. I feel lucky to be a part of their community.

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I have volunteered with lost Dog Rescue for 10 years. I have adopted 4 dogs and 1 cat from them and have fostered 100's for them. It is all about the animals and the care they receive before finding that forever home that makes Lost Dog Rescue on of the best.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group and all of their volunteers work endlessly to help save dogs from all over. They have dogs from Puerto Rico, the southern states, WV and many other places. They have wonderful people working on their own time to help find animals wonderful homes every day of the week. Their adoption events are awesome. I love working with them, adopting from them, and helping many more animals find their forever homes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has adopted 3 dogs from Lost Dog and my wife and I currently foster dogs in need of socialization. Lost Dog is a well run organization and they work very hard to make sure that each dog ends up in a home that is right for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation! I have my 3 fur babies that I adopted through them, and I also foster and volunteer at adoption events every weekend. It's always great to see the excitement from people when they find their perfect dog/cat. And it's great to be associated with such a wonderful organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got both my dogs from Lost Dog 10 and 8 years ago respectively and I have always had such great admiration for the volunteers and people that worked there - finding wonderful homes for lost dogs! About 6 months ago, my husband and I started volunteering weekly, and in the past few months - started fostering. I truly cannot imagine my life without the wonderful people and dogs that we encounter weekly! Thank you Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation - you save some people too!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization helping animals in need. They have saved so many!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation is an incredible and caring organization. I adopted my cat from them, and received a wealth of information on her history, behaviors, likes and dislikes, and most suitable home environment. Her healthcare was meticulous and up to date. They even had her nails trimmed the morning I adopted her.
The staff was kind, courteous, and informative. They are experienced and knowledgable, giving me helpful advice I had not thought to ask.
I could not ask for a better organization to adopt from. With Lost Dog and Cat, you know the animals are being set up for the best future and care.
I have since begun volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat and the experience has only blossomed into more rewards. I am continually impressed by the knowledge and kindness each staff member or volunteer operates with. The care that each animal receives amazes me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization to adopt a dog or cat from! The volunteers are helpful and courteous. The website is kept up to date with pertinent information about the animals.

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