Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Rating: 4.8 stars   116 reviews

Address:

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Compared to other "closed admission" (aka no kill) 501c3 rescues, Lost Dog and Cat is far and away the easiest to deal with. No 2-3 week waits and overwhelming scrutiny, only to be told that (despite the fact that you have successfully owned, cared for and loved animals) you are not qualified for "their" animal. A strong, volunteer run organization with almost 10 "same day adoption" events in the course of a weekend is what you will find.

I began my experience with LDCRF by adopting a dog from them in 2009/2010. Duke and I had a rocky start (puppies can be that way and pet ownership is tricky), but Lost Dog had done their due diligence to ensure that I was prepared for the weight of caring for a high energy puppy. He became the love of my life. I would go on to volunteer, foster and adopt 3 more dogs from them. One of those dogs was adopted long after I had left the Metro DC area for another part of VA. (The tri color hound pictured here with her sister, also an alum) Why? Because the rescue and foster of that dog were willing to be open and work with me to find the right fur kid. There are shelters and rescues in this area, but some make it harder to adopt than it needs to be. I am very blessed to have started not only my pet ownership but also my animal welfare volunteer journey with them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have adopted two large hounds from Lost Dog and Cat Resue over the last 7 years, and have been thrilled to know the care they have taken to ensure that each animal is cared for and placed with the correct family. These volunteers give their hearts and time to care for the massive numbers of animals who need homes. Bless them for all they do.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our dog Thunder from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue about 2 years ago. The process was easy and it was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated volunteers. I loved that there is a 2 week trial period, just in case things do not go as planned. We love our "Lost Dog", he is the perfect match for us! Thank you Lost Dog and Cat Rescue and all volunteers!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our dog this summer from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue. We are very pleased with the volunteers and the operation of the foundation. The people were very helpful and answered all questions I had. One of the things that impressed me was, that they will take back any dog adopted from them no matter what.

Thank you LDCRF

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Find a way to raise more funds, so, more animals can be saved

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

On my 7th year as foster & event dog handler. I continue to enjoy working with the other volunteers and learning more about the rescue process and of course the loving pups.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Lost Dog and Cat Foundation has placed over 17,000 dogs and cats in forever homes since their inception Every weekend is full of volunteers working 10 adoption events trying to place the right animal with the right family for success.

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

Working with potential adopters to choose a dog that is the right fit for their lifestyle and family. Taking care of dogs by fostering until they find their forever home. Adopting my sweet Basset hound 5 years ago.

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

Find ways to generate more donations to enable this organization to save more animals from high kill shelters.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none. My experience has been super.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned a lot about dogs and people. Made many friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Needed.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a foster, handler and overall lover of the organization. The genuine caring and support this group has for the welfare of animals is outstanding.

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

The positive feedback from adopters and volunteers.

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

more money to save more animals, more foster homes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none: only positive experiences

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've made friends, and our adopters renew my fellow man.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful.

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Lost Dog and Cat Foundation has placed over 17,000 dogs and cats in forever homes since their inception 10years ago. Every weekend is full of volunteers working many adoption events trying to put the right animal with the right family for success. It is rewarding to feel the love that happens when a family takes one of our wonderful animals home. This is the positive organization and I am proud to do my little part.

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

seeing the smiling faces of the family when they fall in love with one of our animals and hearing the success stories the adopters report after adoptions.

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

more foster families.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation for many years. First as a handler at adoption events and then started fostering dogs as well. My experience with LDCRF is nothing but positive. The rescue is run very professionally. The volunteers and board members truly care for the welfare of animals. From saving hounds burned in a fire to working with the Humane Society taking in animals from bad situation and getting them ready for their own forever homes, I cannot give them enough praise.

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

The number of animals who find forever homes. Over 12000 since inception. Also, the success stories, both in person and the letters posted from adopters on how the animals have improved their lives.

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

Expand it..I know one organization cannot save all the animals being killed in shelters every year, but Lost Dog and Cat Rescue is a role model that should be followed across the country.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing animals go to wonderful forever homes

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save more animals from being killed in overcrowded animal shelters

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend working with this group.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having enough foster homes

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am proud to say I volunteer with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I made so many visits to Lost Dog adoption events while looking for just the right dog to be company for my old lonely guy that I became friends with several of the regular volunteers. Going to meet lots of great doggies at weekly events felt like catching up with friends, both human and fur. One Saturday, after leaving a shelter where I had been disappointed after thinking I'd finally found the perfect dog for my situation, I stopped by the weekly Lost Dog adoption event more for a distraction than another search for The Dog.......when I saw her. She was cowering in a corner, still just a puppy and so confused and scared, surrendered just an hour earlier by a sobbing military officer who was being deployed unexpectedly. Meant to be! She and my old dog that had been so sad since his buddy had died months earlier became devoted siblings and we all had great fun and adventures together.
The true test of Lost Dog came more than 4 years later when I had to, sob, surrender that great, happy, energetic, healthy, loving dog after I sustained severe, life-altering injuries and it became clear I would never be able to care for her again. The transfer process was kind and easy, my baby went directly to a loving foster home, and was then quickly adopted by a great family. Shortly before my sudden injuries I had actually started volunteering for Lost Dog, and even became an approved foster (ironic, given that my own dog ended up in foster!) The first thing I did when I could start hobbling around again after a few months was to ask for a small, quiet dog to foster, and I have been fostering for Lost Dog ever since, not only helping deserving dogs find their forever homes but being so lucky as to have all those great dogs in my life, if only for short times.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I adopted my baby, Maddie, who's my doll baby, about 9/25. Below is the information I sent to LDCRF regarding Maddie's health costs in the first month after I adopted her. Of course, LDCRF won't reimburse me for the extra costs.

We adopted a dog from a different organization last year. He was in perfect health, even came with a microchip and dog food. We were so pleased with our doggie, we paid the adoption fee and gave them a donation.

It's interesting that my complaint is very similar to the other 1-star rating on 2/14. Anyone considering adopting from LDCRF, be warned and be sure you can afford hundreds of dollars in unexpected vet bills if needed, along with your new baby. I certainly wasn't expecting an additional $300 in the first month.
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Dear LDCRF,

I took Maddie to Banfield on 9/9. At that time they found a severe ear infection in one ear and inflammation in the other ear.

They cleaned it out. Obviously, it had not been cleaned out for a long time. Gave me ear wash and a medication and charged $126.

On Friday, 9/19, I had her into the vet again, this time Dominion Animal Hospital. This time she was diagnosed with worms, for a total cost of $175.

I agree with your statement that you can’t anticipate all of a dogs ailments, however, these were two easily found, diagnosed and treated ailments, which have cost me an additional $300+.

Is there anything the two of us can do about this significant extra cost for Addie?

Thanks,
Brenda


 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just adopted my third dog from this organization. I also have a cat that came from LDCRF. All of the animals that I have adopted have been wonderful, and the organization does a good job of trying to help people find the right animal for their situation.

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

It would always be good to have more adoption event locations.

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We love our new kitties adopted about a month ago through the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Our kitties, a mother/daughter pair, were not without some complications but their foster mom was more than honest with us about what to expect from this pair. The kitten had lost a back foot soon after birth but just as the foster said, it doesn't slow her down in the slightest! And the mother kitty has a drippy eye that simply needs to be wiped every few days. And our vet confirmed, she has a kitty virus in that eye that doesn't effect her in any other way and is not at all contagious to humans. Our vet also confirmed their ages and good health. I love that not one but 3 people from the foundation have contacted us to be sure that we are happy and that our new family members are happy. I also loved their thorough interview process and complete health records on the cats. I truly feel believe that our kitties were loved and are still cared for by the people working for this foundation today.

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

Maybe make a phone call in addition to emails to check in.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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