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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

On July 10, 2016 Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation put a dog up for adoption that a) had kennel cough; b) had a mouthful of rotten teeth; and c) was grossly malnourished. They represented her as healthy, saying she was only 5 years old and weighted 16 pounds. As soon as I got her home I smelled her rotten breath and heard her cough. I hadn't had a dog in about 30 years and yet I knew immediately that something was wrong. I took her to my local vets, and they were horrified that a dog in her condition had been placed for adoption. I did my best to rescue this dog, trying to give her as many days of sweetness and health as possible. Unfortunately and tragically, she died on July 23. I spent almost $5,000 to rescue her. You'd think that when i contacted lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation they would have been hugely apologetic, appreciative, financially supportive, and committed to never letting something like this happen again. No, they weren't. They excused themselves by saying they didn't know the dog was sick. They invited me to submit my bills for their consideration, but they NEVER responded back. I suggest you never adopt through them.

2 Caitlyn2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sabine E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

9 Christopher68

Client Served

Rating: 1

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4 Brenda69

Client Served

Rating: 1

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


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.