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Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

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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.

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74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Carol149

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lost Dog, and in January adopted my wonderful dog, Lacey , from this super organization. They are a wonderful group, giving the best care and attention to animals in need of loving homes.

Brenna3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster mom with LCDRF now for close to 3 years. I CHOSE Lost Dog to become a foster with over a lot of other rescues and agencies after doing extensive work. Because LCDRF takes exceptional care of its dogs/cats. It committed to finding the right match between human and companion; no matter how long. LCDRF is a top notch rescue, I am proud/honored to be associated with. And thoroughly enjoy every moment I spend volunteering and fostering pups!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a top notch organization. They run handfuls of adoption events in the DC area, and all are organized very well. If a family is interested in a pet from the website, they coordinate and make sure that pet will be at the location the family requests to view the pet. The animals are very well cared for, and many pets available for adoption also have the pleasure of staying in a foster home (where they are spoiled and loved!) until they find their forever home. I recommend this organization to anyone looking for a furry companion and I also recommend it for anyone looking to volunteer somewhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I really enjoy working with LDCRF. I volunteer at adoption events, I help as a caretaker in one of the PetSmart adoption centers where we have cats in residence, I foster cats and kittens and get great advice and support in all those endeavors. I also know that I'm genuinely helping save the lives of animals by doing it. This group is happy to have volunteers who have a lot of time to give, or just a little... weekly or monthly or less frequently... what you can give, they will find a way to make the contribution meaningful.

I really like that the relationship between LDCRF and animals and adopters doesn't end when pets and people walk out the door. Rescuing these dogs and cats is important enough that the rescue remains a safety net even once the adoption is complete.

I've adopted two (of my five) cats, Petals & Zuzu, from LDCRF and my parents adopted their dog, Nate. I've introduced my brother, my partner, two friends and a neighbor and her daughter to volunteer opportunities that continue today.



Sheila28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization makes an amazing effort to connnect the right animals with the right adopters. The volunteers have a wonderful knowledge of dog and cat behavior,which they're happy to share. A great group!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost dog is an amazing non profit that helps strays animals who have been abused or neglected find forever loving homes. It lights up my life when I help a pet a home or even give it some attention. These people go far and beyond driving over 4 hours to our paid veterinarian hospital as much as three times a week, completely voluntary! We give love and attention to the dogs who know no love. These pets fill our lives with joy and give us so much, so why not give them the love they deserve. Lost dog can only save lives through donations and volunteer work. Not only do they save these pets lives but also they help enrich the new forever homes family's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful, with amazing people who volunteer, foster, and do the grunt work. I'm always happy to praise Lost Dog, and sing their praises far and wide! I adopted Lex from LDCRF in 2007, and I've been volunteering since 2011.

Carrie47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This orginazation and it's owner consistantly puts the animals first over thier personal lives and desires. As you mett these animaqls who have been rescued from nearly certain deth at some rural shelter and see the greatfulness and love in thier eyes you know you are helpng t save a life. Then to see them go home with thier new owners wh seem to have found a new family member you know you have made a impact not only in the life of the animal but also in the life of the new owner/family.

Stacey D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation brings the community together in the common goal to proactively increase awareness and outreach to lost and abandoned animals. In so doing, they bring kind souls together and magnetize volunteer actions in every aspect of life. Although their main outreach is animal rescue, they accomplish more than that: personal friendship, genuine generosity and warm support among theircharitable volunteers. It is a total volunteer experience that accomplishes animal rescue through the human experience of extending far past what one would think possible. Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation makes a difference in the way we live. My life is richer because of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Lost Dog and Cat Rescue. My volunteer experience with them is life changing. In a world sometimes effected by abuse and social injustice, it is incredibly rewarding to make a difference to help change the destiny of those forgotten and dismissed by society. I would recommend to anyone the experience of volunteerism through Lost Dog to help themselves by helping to change the life of unwanted animals. Lost Dog provides a caring service to both animals and people alike. I commend them for their loving presence in the community.

Kelly234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LDCRF is an amazing group! The animals are loved and treated wonderfully from the day they are picked up, to their time on the ranch, to their time in foster care, to the events, to their furever home. When I decided to foster with them, I had the support of the foster group when I didn't think I would emotionally be able to do it. I saw fosters come into my life and go into their homes and each time was easier knowing their time with me helped them train, open up, and allow me to share their shining qualities with future adopters when their shyness prevented them from doing so at events. The people with LDCRF are knowledgable and caring and work their hardest to find the animals homes, and not just any home, but the right home for both the animal and the adopters. Working with LDCRF is not just enjoyable to be with the animals, but it is also such a wonderful community of volunteers that makes me feel so welcomed. I have made forever friends who share with me their love of animals. Even though I have since had to move out of state for a new job, I still stay as involved as I can from a distance, whether it is staying in connection with the foster group, frequenting the website, spreading the word to other people, and raising funds (including my hobby of painting pet pictures for people who in turn make a donation to the rescue). My parents have adopted through the rescue and before I moved, I adopted a wonderful dog who has been the perfect addition to my family. I cannot express enough what an amazing rescue LDCRF is, and one that I will continue to support for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Lost Dog back in Feb and fell in love with the dogs, the volunteers, and the organization. Lost Dog is so dedicated to the lives of these cats and dogs (for life!) and works hard to get them placed in their perfect forever homes. I started fostering this summer and has loved the communication and support from the foster network. It has been such a great experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing non-profit fueled by volunteers. Well organized and responsive. I have truly enjoyed every second of fostering dogs for them.

Alice P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our Yorkie from Lost Dog Rescue in 2008. The time and effort that the volunteers put into finding the perfect adopters is astounding. Then, in 2011, we started volunteering with the organization, also, working at the adoption events and fostering dogs. It was like joining a huge family. In Jan. we adopted our second dog from them, and even though we have moved from the area, Lost Dog will always be a fond memory for us. I have never met a group of people more dedicated to the purpose of finding abandoned animal their forever home. Thank you, Lost Dog.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Lost Dog for 5 years. I initially looked at local shelter's but couldn't stomach the thought of supporting a kill shelter. So I dug deeper and found Lost Dog. Over the years, I can tell you the same dedicated group of people are at adoption events EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND. The commitment of their volunteers is amazing. I have also witnessed many fosters in my care that received all necessary medication regardless of expense. It is an awesome group that truly puts the animals first. Thank you Lost Dog for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and see the difference I'm able to make in saving a dog/puppy that might otherwise be euthanized. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An extremely hard-working and organized group made up of caring individuals. They carefully consider both the needs of the animals in their care as well as needs of the people looking to adopt. Great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Lost Dog and Cat Rescue in 2002 when we were looking to adopt our first dog. We got our Sunny dog in April of that year. Two years later we adopted our second dog Bailey. in 2008 I started to volunteer with the organization. I now devote lots of my personal time to the mission of giving 2nd chances to adoptable dogs and cats. I have been involved with Lost Dog as they placed thousands of great pets into loving homes. I could not be prouder of this organization and it is my good fortune to be involved with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember walking into Petsmart in 2002 and having a volunteer from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue talk to me about what they do and I was hooked. I have been part of their rescue group since and cannot say enough good things about them. I feel like we have tripled in size now but have not only a great group of friends but an amazing family that does what it can to help.

1 Shannon Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a customer by adopting an abused dog from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in 2006. Five years later, I couldn't be more proud to be a part of such an amazing orgainization who has given thousands of animals another change at life. The dedication and love radiates off each and every volenteer.

Jeanie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation is an incredible rescue! It saves thousands and thousands of dogs and cats. It is well organized and is great at finding loving homes for dogs and cats. Most other rescues seem to have so many rules that they keep many great potential adopters away. These potential rescue adopters instead go to breeders or pet stores and one more life is lost. This rescue is also filled with many passionate volunteers. People giving their time and helping dogs and cats get out of places where they will be euthanized and into homes where they will be loved. The volunteers become very close, almost like family. I have volunteered with LDCRF and fostered dogs for them for many years. It is a great group of people to volunteer with and as a professional dog trainer, I am constantly recommending this rescue to people looking for a great place to find a dog, or looking for a place to volunteer. There couldn't be a better place to find your forever friend or to volunteer to help dogs and cats find their forever homes!

Michelle54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Lost Dog & Cat Rescue since October 2009. This organization has placed thousands of dogs and cats into loving homes and has saved so many from certain death. The people you see every weekend at events have become like family and I always like to see all the new faces that volunteer with us. Fostering is a like no other feeling in the world...to know that you had a part in saving a dog or cat's life is amazing.

Echo K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and fostering dogs with LDCRF for ove a year and a half now. I am on my 24th foster dog and absolutely love the organization! We average between 40-70 adoptions each weekend. Not only are we a people friendly rescue, but we take on special needs dogs and shy dogs (my favorites!) that would otherwise be overlooked. I have adopted two of my own dogs from them and look forward to every weekend I get to spend helping them save dogs and cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've fostered with LDCRF for a year now and am on my fourteenth foster. They are a wonderful organization with genuine people. LDCRF adopts out 50+ dogs and cats each week. They save dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages. They will take on challenging "unadoptable" dogs and rehabilitate them. I am a better person because of the time I've spent with them.