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.
Horrible experience with these people- don't even waste your time with them. Today, we drove an hour to the Petsmart in Falls Church to adopt one of their puppies. We recently lost our beloved 17 year old dog who had been ill for over a year and our children were ready for another dog. We got there promptly at 12:00 when they began the event and after finding the dog we bonded with, we signed our name to be interviewed. Even though we came prepared with our application already filled out, the volunteers would not interview me until my husband, who was volunteering as a coach in a game, showed up. This is NOT part of their requirements, yet I said that that was no problem and that I could wait. I told 3 of the volunteers, including the nasty woman making the interviews which dog we were interested in. After an 1 1/2 hours of waiting, this couple comes in and also shows interest in the same dog we were interested in. As they are filling out the application, my husband comes into the store. Before I was able to tell the interviewer that we were ready, she goes to the back with the new couple to do their interview. When she comes out, we found out that she had already given the dog away to the people who came 1 1/2 hours AFTER us! When I politely tried to remind her that we were also waiting for that dog, she completely blows up like a madwoman yelling and telling us that the other couple was ready first and that if we want a dog we would have to pick one of the others. We were taken aback by her incredibly unprofessional behavior and tried to explain to her that we had, indeed been there first and waiting for her to finish the interview, assuming that we would be next. She would not even let us talk, much less listen to us; clearly she was never going to admit that this was her mistake and that she had not read the list AT ALL. Our children were miserable, especially our daughter who had been bonding with the dog for over an hour. We were so upset by the horrible treatment that we just walked out, vowing to never again waste our time with a rescue group. From now on, it will be a shelter or a breeder for us.
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.
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.
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!
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
I started volunteering with Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in April 2011 and have loved every minute of it! The volunteers are all committed to helping as many dogs and cats as they can. I adopted my second dog from LDCRF in November 2011 and I have loved every moment I have been able to spend with her. Prior to my adopting Anabelle, she was in a foster home with one of LDCRF's regular fosters and they took such good care of her before she came my way. I am thankful everyday for the work that LDCRF does and for helping me find my Anabelle!
Adopted my second beagle from LDCRF. Wonderful group who do it all for the animals!
Stay tuned for full details - so angry now that I'm incoherent regarding yet another FLAWED volunteer BAD decision early January that has resulted in broken hearts of children - they fulfilled requirements for the dog of their choice, looked online, came very early to meet, first in line, first submitting ap, first interview, perfection a to z until VOLUNTEER drew straws because she felt only fair to second in line. This is the FOURTH time I've experienced the ignorance, insensitivity and indifference of LDCR volunteers and board and this time I'm blogging, facebooking, twittering and filing complaints with county, nonprofit vetting groups. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR LACK OF GUIDELINES, MANAGEMENT, AND OVERSIGHT. Your sad little group will get not one more penny or good will from me, my experiences (all fact based with dates, events, etc.- not one bit of heresay) will be shared at every opportunity. WaNt to talk about this??? Sure! Gillian 703 232-7184
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.
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.
I've been regularly volunteering as a dog handler at adoption events for Lost Dog for over 5 years. Everything about this organization is about the health, safety and happiness of the animals. The volunteers who are the lifeblood of the organization provide so much hope and happiness for the animals, fosters, other volunteers and the adopting families. I feel lucky to be a part of their community.