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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

snard

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted my beautiful Basset from Lost Dog Rescue 6 years ago. She is now approx 13 and still happy and healthy. The Lost dog people are wonderful to work with. I am also a foster.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is not a better way to spend a weekend afternoon than volunteering with Lost Dog Rescue. This group is truely dedicated to helping dogs and cats that otherwise would not have a chance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 animals from Lost Dog and fostered many more. Lost Dog and Cat Rescue always has the pets well being as a priority. The volunteers are very encouraging.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lost Dog is my choice for any charity donation. You can visably see where the money is spent every weekend when you see multiple dogs and cats adopted at Petsmart and Petco. I also volunteer and foster. I have adopted 2 cats and 1 dog from them. They are honest and forthright with information about the animals. Sometimes they just don't know all about the animal but rest assure the animal always has a home with LDCRF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have 4 wonderful dogs from this rescue. And I have been volunteering for this rescue every Saturday for a few years now. It's a fantastic rescue with fantastic people. Each dog is well-taken care of and their adoption rate is great.

Valerie63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a dog for my daughter in 2001 and came across LDCRF when visiting a local Petco for guinea pig food. My daughter fell in love with a dog that had just been returned (got engaged and the fiance's poodle did not like her so the groom to be had to return her) and we subsequently adopted her. Thus began my relationship with the organization as a volunteer. From fostering to fundraising, they are such a fabulous rescue to be affiliated with from all fronts. I have friends in other areas of the country who work with rescues and they are astounded as to the type of organization I represent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came to the DC area I tried to sign up with the local Humane Society, among others, but found them to be less visible and less responsive than LDCRF. Everywhere I went, from local pet supply stores to social media, LDCRF was there and looking to get responsible and happy homes for their rescues. I became a foster and have found staff respond generally within 3 hours and first and foremost think about an animal's well-being. In fact, I've watched less than ideal homes be turned down after careful thought. No breed or age restrictions make this group open to all, and without diminishing other groups' work LCDRF is the best in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since the beginning. I know lost dog and cat rescue makes a difference in so many animals lives.

2 K Kare C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm writing this review in hopes others will read and really think before they put a review anyless than perfect that they are jeopardizing animals lifes so I would pray true. Have looked into this organization as well as research comments and please be clear. Just because once you adopt they cant afford to pay additional vet bills does not make them bad in anyway. Just sad to see people work so hard then get 1 star. I've rescued over 10 dogs and cats knowing no matter where you get an animal even a top breeder there can be vet cost. Just felt they deserved someone to appreciate all the hard work in a review God Bless you for saving animals

Mindy10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue group is amazing. They work very hard to save animals from all over, including Puerto Rico! Then they work diligently to place them in wonderful homes. They have wonderful volunteers and fosters because good people are drawn to them.

Seema G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organization through Club Red another volunteer group. I have volunteered in several other shelters and have found this one to be the best group. They are a no-kill shelter which is great and they do rescue dogs from various other shelters that may euthanize these dogs.
I started volunteering with them a little over a year ago. Their process to volunteer at events is very easy and they are extremely responsive. There are definitely a lot of volunteers so you may not be able to volunteer right away, which just shows how popular they are.
Since I had a really good experience volunteering, I started fostering. A lot of the fosters are very experienced with dogs and have done wonders for some of the dogs that may need to open up or get relaxed. I must say the fosters and staff have been super helpful for me and they were very understanding when I was not able to keep the first foster.
They do make sure to tell us volunteers and fosters to be very upfront about the dog's behavior so that way a potential adopter would be aware of any issues and that the adopter takes a dog home best suited for him/her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have volunteer ed for lost dog since 2006. We have watched the organization grow from all the volunteer s help and time. We have seen dogs that were in terrible shape loved back to health and then adopted by great families. There are so many success stories . There is always opportunities to help and the voluteers are so appreciated. Great organizations with the sole purpose of helping dogs and cats get great homes.