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.
Lost Dog is my choice for any charity donation. You can visably see where the money is spent every weekend when you see multiple dogs and cats adopted at Petsmart and Petco. I also volunteer and foster. I have adopted 2 cats and 1 dog from them. They are honest and forthright with information about the animals. Sometimes they just don't know all about the animal but rest assure the animal always has a home with LDCRF.
As a court appointed attorney, I don't have a lot of "extra" money laying around to donate. LDCRF is one of the few places that I will donate my money, when I have it because they use it wisely.
They are almost completely volunteer driven, and they are able to keep costs down and help more animals by relying on volunteers, fosters, and local adoption events away from a shelter rather than spending money on physical plant/facility.
I'm amazed at how many adoptions they are able to facilitate each and every weekend - more than many of the shelters with permanent physical locations.
They have creative fundraisers, that are fun for both humans and furry kids. While a local organization, they travel to rural and out of area shelters and rescues to save lives, giving as many animals as possible a chance at a forever home.