Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Rating: 4.88 stars   90 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: P.O. Box 50037 Arlington VA 22205 USA

Mission: 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.

Results: -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
Programs: 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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EIN 31-1789600
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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a chihuahua from Lost dog recently and he is wonderful. My vet said that Lost dog does everything they can for the animals. I really liked that they didnt just see that I had a small child and say no you cant have a chi. They watched my son interact with him and made the decision based on what they saw. With other rescue groups we would have missed out on a wonderful companion just because of his breed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they treat their animals and how they treat potential adopters and base decisions on individuals instead of grouping every child or every breed of dog into one stereotype.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change it at all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a beautiful black cat in April after losing my first black cat to heart disease. I couldn't have asked for a better cat! The great thing about LDCRF is that they provide descriptions of each animal on their website, so you can make a wise decision about which animal is the best fit for your family. The foster system is especially helpful, as my cat's foster actually allowed me to visit him before an adoption event at her home so I could see more of his personality. Adopting him at the adoption event couldn't have been easier. The volunteers were all really helpful, which made for a great adoption experience. I would definitely adopt from LDCRF again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having rescued a wonderful cat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes that I would make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a puppy last March from Lost Dog and he is the best dog I could have ever asked for. I have volunteered many weekends at their adoption events and the atmosphere is great. You can really tell how much the rescue truly cares and loves every single animal they save.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting and Volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make complete sure puppies are at least 2 months before neutering. I know that's what they are doing now, but I believe my dog was not 8 weeks yet when he was neutered!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Lost Dog and Cat Rescue from my partner... a long time dog lover and Arlingtonian. We ate at both (or all three?) restaurants, which benefit the organization. When our beloved pup Tiny Bubbles died, we needed a new girl to round out our sad household. We went to Lost Dog's adoption event at Petco and we eventually adopted Truly. She was the cutest 3 month old pup, but was already adopted to a family, but they had to return her because she chased the family's 11 yr old cat. Well, to our blessing, we were the lucky adoptors, and she fits in wonderfully with our 12 yr old cat (her elder she respects), our 9 month old kittens (her playmates), and our 3 yr old puppy (her doting big sister). Lost Dog lovingly takes care of their puppies; taking them back when it's not a good fit and working to find the best fit. We LOVE them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My puppylove!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure I could think of anything!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization that truly cares about the cause! I have fostered four animals through Lost Dog, and adopted one - I'm so grateful that Washington, D.C. has an organization like it, because it makes a huge difference in the lives of animals and persons alike.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Northern Virginia

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve the monitoring of health care to animals that spend an extraordinarily long time at the ranch.

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1 person found this review helpful

I found out about this great organization through their restaurants "Lost Dog Cafe" and "Stray Cat Cafe" - both excellent eateries. I've only had the opportunity to foster twice so far and both have been excellent experiences. The organization is so clearly dedicated to the animals they save and the community they build. Keep up the great work, Lost Dog!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...seeing shy, untrained, abused or neglected animals transformed into perfect loving companions with a second lease on life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...get Lost Dog even more help to coordinate fosters with much more communication of when animals come in, when they are available, and what resources are available to borrow for the fosters. (They do a good job with this already, but like so many non-profits, there are a lot of animals and never enough people).

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1 person found this review helpful

I adopted three dogs from this rescue and am now fostering my 12th dog for the rescue. This is a great group of dedicated people who love dogs and are ready to put their money and time into saving and rehoming as many dogs and cats as possible. The rescue is well run and efficient, and the staff and volunteers are upbeat, knowledgable, and willing to help each other in this important cause and to ensure each animal is matched with the best home. They have the right mix of fun and seriousness to do a good job without scaring off potential adopters. They make it easy for potential adopters to interact with many dogs to find the right match - they have eight adoption events each weekend, so there are plenty of opportuntieis for poeple to visit with the dogs. They have been successful in rehoming 17,000 dogs over the last 10 years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes - I adopted 3 dogs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get them more funs for the great work they do.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I was dealing with another rescue that wasn't as helpful, so I looked for another rescue and found this one.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I now foster dog to help with the effort

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue is an all-breed rescue group. They primarily intake animals from rural shelters where adoption is unlikely and where euthanization methods are not necessarily humane. Lost Dog has a number of adoptions events each weekend where typically at 40-50 animals are placed in loving homes. At the adoption events, the dogs not only have a chance to be picked to go to a new, permanent home but also get some one-on-one socialization with the volunteer who is handling them at the event. One of the great things about the organization is that it is structured to allow volunteers to manage their commitment to a level they can handle while still giving them an opportunity to make a difference in an animal's life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have four dogs that I have permanently adoption from Lost Dog. My initial contact with the organization was to adopt a dog and then I fell in love with two of my fosters and adopted them as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to get train more adoption counselors so that it is easier to get additional opionions on the suitability of homes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation is a wonderful organization. I've had the privilege to work with them for the past seven years in various capacities; adopter, foster parent, volunteer, and shelter transporter, and I am continually amazed by how professional yet compassionate the group continues to be. The organization now hosts eight adoption events every weekend, which far exceeds any other rescue group in the area, and places anywhere from 40-70 animals each weekend. In my opionion, they are trailblazers in the animal rescue world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Almost every element. I began as an adoptive parent, and quickly became involved in so many aspects of the organization. My favorite part is transporting animals from the high-kill shelters into the safety of our rescue.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers so our efforts could spread even further!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization is really great. I have two dogs and three cats from them over a 5 year period. They really care about helping you select the right pet for your home without making you feel judged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have 2 dogs and 3 cats from them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them better credit card machines.

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