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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.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Valarie R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a chihuahua from Lost dog recently and he is wonderful. My vet said that Lost dog does everything they can for the animals. I really liked that they didnt just see that I had a small child and say no you cant have a chi. They watched my son interact with him and made the decision based on what they saw. With other rescue groups we would have missed out on a wonderful companion just because of his breed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful black cat in April after losing my first black cat to heart disease. I couldn't have asked for a better cat! The great thing about LDCRF is that they provide descriptions of each animal on their website, so you can make a wise decision about which animal is the best fit for your family. The foster system is especially helpful, as my cat's foster actually allowed me to visit him before an adoption event at her home so I could see more of his personality. Adopting him at the adoption event couldn't have been easier. The volunteers were all really helpful, which made for a great adoption experience. I would definitely adopt from LDCRF again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Lost Dog and Cat Rescue from my partner... a long time dog lover and Arlingtonian. We ate at both (or all three?) restaurants, which benefit the organization. When our beloved pup Tiny Bubbles died, we needed a new girl to round out our sad household. We went to Lost Dog's adoption event at Petco and we eventually adopted Truly. She was the cutest 3 month old pup, but was already adopted to a family, but they had to return her because she chased the family's 11 yr old cat. Well, to our blessing, we were the lucky adoptors, and she fits in wonderfully with our 12 yr old cat (her elder she respects), our 9 month old kittens (her playmates), and our 3 yr old puppy (her doting big sister). Lost Dog lovingly takes care of their puppies; taking them back when it's not a good fit and working to find the best fit. We LOVE them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted three dogs from this rescue and am now fostering my 12th dog for the rescue. This is a great group of dedicated people who love dogs and are ready to put their money and time into saving and rehoming as many dogs and cats as possible. The rescue is well run and efficient, and the staff and volunteers are upbeat, knowledgable, and willing to help each other in this important cause and to ensure each animal is matched with the best home. They have the right mix of fun and seriousness to do a good job without scaring off potential adopters. They make it easy for potential adopters to interact with many dogs to find the right match - they have eight adoption events each weekend, so there are plenty of opportuntieis for poeple to visit with the dogs. They have been successful in rehoming 17,000 dogs over the last 10 years.

1 Charley M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago, my wife and I realized we were ready to invite a dog into the home. I had been a dog owner for almost my whole life, while my wife had never owned a dog before. We went to a Lost Dog event at the Reston PetSmart and met a bunch of the dogs, all of whom were fantastic, but we were waiting to find just the right one. After an hour of visiting dogs and talking with the staff, one of the volunteers who had been busy with other families brought over a little hound/terrier mix named Cara (she is Josie with us). The dog curled into my wife's lap and we knew right then and there that we wanted to bring her home with us. The interview process was great for making aware of the potential challenges we could face. I was really impressed with the service and the casual "don't feel pressured" environment. Go to this place if you want to meet tons of adorable dogs and cats or to get some experience around dogs as you search for the perfect pal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, I never would have found my wonderful dog Riley. He and his siblings were rescued from a high-kill shelter in West Virginia days before they were due to be put down. I can't even imagine Riley meeting that fate, especially given the total joy I get from him on a daily basis. I can't thank LDCRF enough for their efforts, and I look forward to many more loving pets I will be able to rescue through their organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the last 8 years my boyfriend Drew and I have both been customers of the LDRF. They have a great restaurant that operates to help the animals. We feel great about our past purchases because we're both animal lovers. I cannot say enough good things about our experience adopting our beautiful pet, Gracie. She's a 12 week old puppy who came home less than two weeks ago. Adopting a puppy in this area can be challenging, we visited several events prior to making our decision. On Monday our dog Gracie and her three litter-mates were set to be put down. This is when the LDRF stepped in and saved her. Tuesday she went to her Foster Mom's house. We emailed the Foster Mom and she set up an appointment outside of the adoption events for Thursday. We were able to take our time and select the puppy that was right for us. Gracie's Foster Mom completed our first interview. On Friday, we met the Foster Mom and the Adoption Coordinator. Our process was complete, and Gracie was set to be a part of our home. At the end of the day, LDRF has my vote because they run their foundation like a true non-profit business. It's a cause that you feel good about supporting, and our puppy just received a clean bill of health from the Vet. There aren't enough nice people in the world who work for their passion, but the majority of them that are employed by or volunteer for LDRF. We both highly recommend this organization and will continue to support them through our purchases at the restaurants, and/or potentially volunteering.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my awesome dog, Alfie from LDCRF. They do a great job for a lot of animals. He has been a fun dog and I can't believe no one got him before I did!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lost Dog connected us with our adorable little pup, Samba. We saw her at a Lost Dog event at Pet Smart and fell in love. I am so glad they were there to make the process easy to adopt a rescue dog. I would recommend rescuing a dog from Lost Dog to all of my friends and family. They are doing such a good thing!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful, loving dog from LDCRF who would have most likely otherwise been put to sleep in a kill shelter. The staff was super helpful throughout the adoption and interview process, and made great recommendations on how to further train and transition my pup. I know this nonprofit saves thousands of animals, and I can only hope they are able to continue this incredible work for years and years to come.