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Lost Our Home Pet Foundation Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Lost Our Home Pet Rescue's mission is dedicated to providing compassionate services to pets and pet parents in crisis, such as foreclosure, eviction, homelessness, illness, domestic violence and other life hardships. Our programs are intended to keep pets with their families vs. surrendering them to overcrowded shelters where they face an uncertain future.

Results: Since its inception in 2008, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has helped over 20,000 pets. 3,800 homeless pets were given new loving homes, 650 pets were reunited with their families after a crisis and 16,000+ pets were fed through our Pet Food Bank program.

Target demographics: Abandoned dogs and cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we helped 688 pets find their forever families. Our Temporary Care and Low Income Boarding programs helped 123 pets stay with their families. Our Pet Food Bank program fed the hungry bellies of 1,500 pets whose parents were struggling financially. 300 volunteers provided 1200+ hours monthly.

Geographic areas served: Metro Phoenix

Programs: Temporary Care Program: Provides up to 90 days of pet care while pet parents deal with a life crisis, such as foreclosure, eviction, job loss, illness, domestic violence, etc. Animal Rescue of Abandoned/Owner Surrendered Pets: We rescue pets that have been abandoned (often without food and water) or take in pets from owners forced to give them up because they are no longer able to care for them due to a life challenge. We provide shelter, food and medical care for these pets, while finding new loving homes. Pet Food Bank Program: Pet food and supplies are given to families in financial need so they can keep their pets. Volunteers deliver food and supplies for those without transportation. Sojourner Pet Companion Shelter: Shelter and care for pets of women and children residing at Sojourner Center. Sojourner Center is the first domestic violence shelter in metro Phoenix to allow women to bring non-service pets with them. Pet Friendly Rental Service: Our realtor volunteers locate and negotiate pet-friendly rentals for harder to place situations and donate 100% of their commission to cover pet deposits. Low Income Boarding: We provide extremely discounted boarding for pet parents that cannot afford traditional boarding.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a senior dog, Nudge, who was a Chow Chow from Lost Our Home. Their care and compassion for this lovely old man was heartwarming. They offered us no-cost dog training which we thought was great. When Nudge passed away this year Lost Our Home staff offered their condolences. We hope to be able to adopt from them in the near future.

Crystal46

Donor

Rating: 5

Found a companion for a friend at LoH. They were meant for each other

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two dogs from Loh, 5 years ago. A mother and 1 of her 5 newborn pups. They were all scheduled to be euthanized . LOH rescued the mom & the pups. We adopted the most amazing dogs. LOH will always hold a special place for us for going above & beyond to save the lives of 5 dogs. All were successfully adopted and lived happily ever after.

Janet & Ed Va n Winkle

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help of LOH I would have had to surrender my dog (child). They boarded him for 90 days while my husband and I got back on our feet. All of the people at LOH are thoughtful and caring, they understand the needs of the homeless and the love for our pets.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to LOH for more than two years. I discovered them when I read their story through a real estate email asking for help. These wonderful people gathered up two abandoned mother dogs and their puppies from the yard of a foreclosed and vacant house. The Realtors and title people who discovered these starving moms and pups, decided to take action rather than turning their backs.
Unfortunately, this is a common finding in vacant homes and a real need for help.

I am so impressed with the kindness and compassion of the people who run LOH, and am so proud of how well they run this organization. They have grown in number of animals that they help both through their shelter and the generous volunteers and foster homes. I will always be happy to help LOH in their desire to help these animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful staff with a fantastic cause. They aren't just a shelter, but also have several programs such as a pet food bank and temporary boarding that really make a difference in the community!

While volunteering there, I became especially attached to a beautiful pitbull named Geo. Despite being sick with Valley Fever, needing constant vet appointment and medication, Lost Our Homes took Geo in treated him like their own pet. When I first met Geo, he was more shy and timid, but just being around the caring, wonderful staff, he turned into the world's best lap dog!

Denise89

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 cats from Lost Our Home Pet Foundation. They are the most loving sweet people that I have ever met. Jody has given her all to save these beautiful animals and has created a fantastic shelter along with so many volunteers and employees. They truly will go over the edge to make an animals life better, and help people in need lives better so that they can stay with their pets, I have recommended this group to so many people so that they too can find their special little (or large) fur baby. If you care about animals, stop by there and see what's going on, it's terrific!! Jump onto the Lost Our Home fan wagon!

1 Virginia21

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd been getting emails from Lost Our Home and one especially touched my heart. There was a 12 yr. old Bichon whose family was literally loosing their home and they had to give him up. My husband and I fostered him for one night, then adopted him the next day.

Lost Our Home took care of his medical needs, which included pulling 24 teeth (he had been neglected) and were so helpful educating us about owning a dog. Without them our Buddy would have probably been put to sleep because of his age and we would have missed out on the greatest pet we've ever had. He's now 15 and we continue to support Lost Our Home because it's such a special place and the great work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost our Home is a wonderful and caring shelter. Their workers and volunteers give their all for the animals. They work very hard at fundraising to be able to do this as well as run a food bank for pets and provide foster care. It is the best run shelter I have ever seen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to find a companion for my chiweenie Bella so I started out by looking at rescues I knew but I couldn't find the right dog. So I went into the pet store in Scottsdale Mall where rescues bring in multiple dogs to show people and that's where I found him! A blonde chiweenie named Chauncey. The woman from the rescue was so nice and gave me all the information to make sure I got him before somone else came along. I submitted an application online and called the next day to see when I could come see Chauncey again. It all went super fast and I got him the next day. Everybody was so nice and so helpful and was genuinely so happy and made sure that the dog was going to a good home and would be loved. They gave me a leash, food, collar, and trays for him. They asked for a follow up email about him which I gladly did. They really care about their animals and make the experience awesome! I definitely will go through them again when it's time for another family member. Thank you so much Lost Our Home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At first I had no pets but after visiting Lost Our Homes my love of pets was reawaken. I first adopted a beautiful cat but after spending more time at the shelter I saw even more beautiful pets that needed homes. I fostered another kitty and List Our Homes helped with all the food and vet needs for the kitty. Eventually I adopted her and she is a great addition to my home. Then a friend of mine found a dog on the street and after not finding the puppies owner Lost Our Homes helped me neuter, feed, and obtain all necessary shots. The puppy is now brother of the two beautiful kitties and is in a loving home. Thank you Lost Our Homes.

1 Nan6256

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We became aquainted with Lost Our Home through Pet Smart. Our granddaughter fell in love with two cats who were litter mates and available for adoption. Lost Our Home was hoping to find them a forever home together and we were happy to oblige!! Lost Our Home really cares about the animals they find homes for and they follow up to make sure everything is going well. The volunteers and staff are very friendly and helpful, you can tell they love what they do. The animals in their shelter are healthy and well cared for. I highly recommend adopting from this shelter. Our new family members Molly and Tommy love their new home and have brought us much happiness in the 2 months we have
Had them

David236

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from LoH: the first in 2011 and the second last year. I spent literally 5 months looking for my first dog (as an adult... we always had dogs when I was growing up). I visited animal control, the humane society, and many rescue groups. I saw many sad dogs, a few happy ones, but never the right one.

I saw a combined rescue adoption event on the Saturday morning news, and I bolted out the door knowing this was my best chance to find the RIGHT dog. I walked 80% of the event, and gave extensive consideration to several dogs. Was thinking maybe I wouldn't find the right one as I turned to go down the last aisle. A couple booths down I saw Barkley sitting in front of his foster dad. I got down on my knee and asked "What's this guy's story?" Barkley licked my face and my search was over. Later came to find that he wouldn't lick anyone else's face, though 3 years later he is now very open with his affection.

I adopted LuLu 2.5 years later as a playmate for Barkley. I ended up with a third dog when my brother's family literally 'lost their home.' The two girl dogs are best friends who play constantly day and night, and Barkley is the big brother who keeps them in line. He rather likes that role!

I do not know whether I would have such happy, well-adjusted dogs had it not been for LoH. I think dogs really do become scarred if they spend anytime @ animal control. By inserting themselves and being able to take in abandoned dogs directly, and by providing loving care from day one via Chris/Michelle/Jodi/volunteers/fosters, LoH is placing extremely desirable, loving, and loyal dogs into very fortunate homes. I recommend them to anyone whom I feel desires a GREAT dog!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Batcat almost two years ago from LOH. They were very professional and I appreciate that they asked a lot of questions to make sure that Batcat was going to a good home. The staff was happy to answer questions. I would recommend them to anyone.

Tracy63

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted a dog from Lost Our Home Pet Foundation almost exactly one year ago. Ryker is now almost three. I found out about LOH through the internet. The day we went down to meet Ryker I was unsure what to expect. From our first contact with the people there I knew they were all animal lovers. The more I read about their services the more impressed I became. The adoption process is very in depth and I love that. LOH wants to be sure they are placing an animal with the perfect family for them. They really take time to get to know the animals in their care. They know what they like and what they dont. They know if the animal takes time to warm up to new people or if they love everyone at first sight. They know and can recommend if the animal likes small children or other animals. My experience in adopting our new family member could not have been easier and it was all because of the time the staff takes in placing an animal with the right family.

Shannon70

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted a puppy from Lost Our Home, and had the best adoption experience! We fell in love with him right away, but he was still too young to come home with us, so while we waited for him to be neutered, we were able to visit and play with him as often as we were able to make it in. Our entire family will be spending much more time volunteering with the shelter, too. This is truly a place that loves and cares for the animals they rescue!

Just S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Rose in 2008 in the early days of the organization. I found the ad by sheer coincidence or maybe fate while looking for foreclosure listings. The bio for Rose was so clever it made me laugh and the details plus her picture haunted me. I called thinking maybe she had been adopted or that I would find out she was aggressive then maybe I could let those thoughts go. What I heard was quite the opposite. She didn't make a good first impression at events because she was a shrinking violet. I drove down, met her and was thrilled when she agreed to adopt me. She has such a sweet spirit and I adore her!

Margaret54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many shelters, but Lost Our Home is unique in the services they provide to keep pets together. This reduces abandoment due to personal issues. Animal in temporary care get to stay with the adoptable animals making their time apart less stressful for them and their owners insuring they receive a lot of interaction from volunteers and other animals.

kadkat96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Lost Our Home with my dad in January 2013 when they matched us with our dog Izzy. After that, I started volunteering with them. It has been so great to watch this shelter grow from a place in a strip mall to their own building. Unlike other shelters, they let their cats have free range of the room instead of being locked up in cages which I love. Despite the fact their new location is a bit of a drive for me, I am always greeted warmly by the staff whenever I have the chance to drive out there to volunteer or just stop in to say hello. These are some of the nicest and most caring people you'll ever meet. They are so compassionate about saving the lives of animals. Lost Our Home is definitely my favorite place to volunteer and hang out with animals!

Elizabeth145

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted two bonded litter mate cats from Lost Our Home Pet Foundation in 2012. I was very impressed with this organization from my initial contact through the adoption process. The dedication and professionalism of the staff and volunteers are extraordinary. Lost Our Home Pet Foundation is an animal rescue, but it also provides services to the community: temporary foster, food bank, low cost boarding. These resources are needed now more than ever.

My husband and I own a business and have been delighted to be corporate sponsors at the annual Christmas brunch.

Lynn72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 young cats (Candi and Yuki) from one of the LOH fosters, Rob, and have had a relationship with this organization for several years as a volunteer graphic designer. I have seen firsthand the love and attention they give to animals at the shelter. They know each critter by name, they tirelessly feed, provide medical attention, maintain, entertain, promote and place their dogs and cats so that they have a good life despite what horrors they may have survived. Lost Our Home is not just a shelter - the people there make it a loving home for as long as it takes for each extended family member to be adopted.

Bobbie9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen families receive food from their food bank for their pets. This helps the families stay together during rough economic times. LOH has temporary care available for those times of despair and hopelessness when you think you have to give up your pets so you can get on your feet, LOH comes to the rescue they truly want the animal to be able to stay in their families! As well as finding good caring homes for all the cats and dogs that come through their doors! LOH really works to do the best for the pets!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LOH is doing really heart warming work and saving many many lives which would otherwise have met unfortunate ends. They are very compassionate and ever willing to help! I have volunteered for LOH a few times and have fostered for them. The care and love the animals receive here is so valuable! They help out the pets and their owners and save families from being torn. I only wish I could help out more!

Susan308

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sometimes think my job loss was my lucky moment because I became familiar with Lost Our Home and started volunteering when I can! My hours volunteering at such a worthwhile organization can make my day. They are the absolute best at caring for animals that obviously no one else cares about...those that are left behind, dumped on their door step, or rescued. The atmosphere when you enter is unlike any other shelter I've visited. The animals are not cooped up in cages but in shared rooms for you to see. When you've chosen a new friend, take him or her into the park (complete with trees!) to learn more about how you fit together. And they offer valuable assistance with many things one needs to know in order to own a pet properly. A food bank, foster/interim care, understanding how to care for your new friend, vet information, and more are available. This is a non-profit where caring and love play a big role everyday. The staff and volunteers are just the best...kudos for a job very well-done!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I walked into LOH I was unsure of what to expect -- it was my first time volunteering at an animal shelter but I was blown away. It didn't take me long to come back to the shelter after my orientation because it doesn't take the LOH staff long to make you feel at home and valued. I've been to many organizations that are disorganized, rude to volunteers, dirty, etc but LOH is certainly not one of them. Chris, Joni and the rest of the staff do a great job of running this shelter and really make sure that you feel good about the time you spend here. I highly recommend LOH to anyone who wants to volunteer with some friendly cats, dogs and people!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Lost Our Home about four years ago, when the housing crisis was still at a high point and many people were having to give up their pets because they were losing their homes. The work that Lost Our Home does is remarkable and the number of pets that have been saved by their efforts is heartwarming. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a lesser known animal rescue to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost your home pet rescue has helped me out twice!!! 1st time was a few years ago. My neighbor across the street from me moved out and left their dog there. He had dug under the fence to get out. he was all skin and bones. I contacted the group and they had a foster come right out and picked him up. I kept checking up on him and turns out the foster adopted him! Another time my daughter was walking home from a friends house and she found 2 puppies in a yard all by themselves. She ran home and got me. We knocked on doors and no one claimed them. So we posted signs all around the neighborhood. Finally a guy called me saying he didn't want the puppies so he threw them out. I contacted Chris and he told me to bring them right over! They opened their arms and hearts for these sweet little girls. My daughter and I have helped out a few times at the rescue center. We are always welcomed there and it feels great to visit there!!!!