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.
This is my 10th year volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. In that time, LDCRF has grown tremendously. We now have 10 adoption events every weekends, and we have adopted out over 17,000 dogs and cats. The fosters and volunteers are wonderful, helpful, caring people. The dogs and cats are grateful to have been rescued and eager to please their new families.
I started volunteering with LDCRF in 2002. The people were extremely friendly and helpful, and the procedures for adoption seemed sensible and easy to follow. I adopted a kitten that year, and several years later adopted a wonderful dog. The rescue is a strong member of its community, helping to educate potential adopters on animal care and the importance of spay/neutering. The volunteers care about the animals and about helping them find the right home.
LDCRF does a wonderful job of taking animals out of high-risk shelters and other unfortunate situations and matching them with forever homes. LDCRF's volunteers are people-friendly and informative, and the animals have received a good vetting before they are placed.