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August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

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!

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

Having rescued a wonderful cat.

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There are no changes that I would make.

August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

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.

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

Adopting and Volunteering

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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!

August 24, 2011

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August 24, 2011

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!

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My puppylove!!

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

Not sure I could think of anything!

August 14, 2011

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August 14, 2011

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.

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Northern Virginia

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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.

August 11, 2011
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August 11, 2011
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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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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).

August 10, 2011
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August 10, 2011
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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.

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

yes - I adopted 3 dogs

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

August 10, 2011
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August 10, 2011
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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.

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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.

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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.

August 10, 2011
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August 10, 2011
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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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Recruit more volunteers so our efforts could spread even further!

August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011

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.

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

I have 2 dogs and 3 cats from them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them better credit card machines.

August 9, 2011
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August 9, 2011
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A year ago, my wife and I realized we were ready to invite a dog into the home. I had been a dog owner for almost my whole life, while my wife had never owned a dog before. We went to a Lost Dog event at the Reston PetSmart and met a bunch of the dogs, all of whom were fantastic, but we were waiting to find just the right one. After an hour of visiting dogs and talking with the staff, one of the volunteers who had been busy with other families brought over a little hound/terrier mix named Cara (she is Josie with us). The dog curled into my wife's lap and we knew right then and there that we wanted to bring her home with us. The interview process was great for making aware of the potential challenges we could face. I was really impressed with the service and the casual "don't feel pressured" environment. Go to this place if you want to meet tons of adorable dogs and cats or to get some experience around dogs as you search for the perfect pal.

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I now have a fantastic dog who goes jogging with me and entertains me every day of the week!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the online profiles more fleshed out. It would help some of the volunteers when they share information with potential adopters.

More feedback...

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?

Through PetSmart.

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

I've fostered a couple of dogs for the group and have the perfect canine companion through them. They've opened up volunteer opportunities as well...life is just plain old better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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