Adoption Center Building Repairs

Adoption Center Building Repairs

From Crystal McGuire

We have some much needed repairs that need to be completed before winter sets in and the snow flies! Help us keep our cats and dogs warm and safe while they wait for their forever homes!

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Update #6

18 days ago

Work is underway and things are starting to look so much nicer! I've added an after photo to the page photos and will start adding a few more as we get things done!

The kitties are loving the view out their new windows and we're loving the security and energy efficiency (read: lack of a draft!) that comes with them.

We still have a ways to go and need your help! Every little bit puts us closer to our goal and closer to being able to complete everything on our list.

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When we purchased our Adoption Center in 2015, we knew it would take some TLC to make it the perfect home for the animals in our care as they waited for their foster or forever homes. We house around 15-20 dogs and 25-30 cats at any given time. We have slowly been working away at improvements and repairs to get our shelter in tip-top shape and adding features to make it better for the animals. But now it’s time to break out the big guns and we have some big projects that can’t wait any longer! 

Siding - the back section of the building, where our dog kennels are, has wood siding that has been slowly rotting away. It won’t make it through another winter at this point. We need to completely replace this section of siding on the building. The siding has started to leak, and water runs into the building at times.

Windows - we have several windows that need to be replaced; windows with cracks and windows that let the cold air directly into our cat rooms and dog kennels. Increasing the energy efficiency of several of our windows and replacing broken windows will help keep our animals comfortable and safe while decreasing our monthly energy bill.

Doors - We have a few doors that lead to outdoor storage areas that are also starting to fall apart as well. One door doesn’t shut tight and the other is rotting from the bottom up. Luckily, they are only storage areas and nothing but empty kennels are exposed, however, the openings allow weather and vermin to get into the rooms and potentially into the building from there. 

Help us update and correct these issues so that our animals will continue to have a safe and comfortable temporary home. Winter is right around the corner and these projects need to be addressed before the snow flies!

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
18 days ago

Update #6

Work is underway and things are starting to look so much nicer! I've added an after photo to the page photos and will start adding a few more as we get things done!

The kitties are loving the view out their new windows and we're loving the security and energy efficiency (read: lack of a draft!) that comes with them.

We still have a ways to go and need your help! Every little bit puts us closer to our goal and closer to being able to complete everything on our list.

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
25 days ago

Update #5

We have TWO nursing dogs at the Adoption Center that we probably wouldn’t have been able to help if we didn’t have the Center. They are able to be secluded from the other dogs and placed in a quieter part of the building so they can feed their puppies in peace.

Pamela, a Terrier, came in with seven babies and Bobo, a Shepherd mix, has a whopping ten pups vying for her attention! We have volunteers coming in regularly to make sure the puppies are getting fed and taken care of properly.

Without the Adoption Center, who knows where these nursing mothers and their pups would be. We want to continue to be able to offer a space for dogs, nursing or otherwise, so the repairs that are needed at the Center are very important.

Please consider making a donation today to help us update the building so it continues to be a safe and comfortable space for cats and dogs waiting for foster or forever homes. Every dollar counts and we greatly appreciate all donations.

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #4

We received a wonderful gift this week that has brought us so much closer to our goal. Susan Cooper, of Waterloo, has not only sent us $10,000 to help with building repairs now, but she has added us to her will and will be making a large contribution in the future as well.
We are so thankful for Susan's gift today and for her thoughtfulness in thinking of our future. (If you are interested in talking to us about adding us to your will contact us today!) The cats and dogs say Thank You Susan! And so does everyone here at Last Hope!

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Moose is our resident bad boy, he was returned to Last Hope after being picked on by children in the home. At first he was so grumpy no one could touch him. Now, he will definitely let you know when he wants to be left alone. He will do what it takes to be the alpha male with other cats, so he will pick on them if they get to close. Moose does better with bigger dogs. He is getting better and the volunteers know that know that one day he will be a loving cat again, it just takes time, patience and treats. Without Last Hope adoption center Moose would likely have been put to sleep at a shelter because of his attitude but Last Hope Animal Rescue is committed to do what it take to get him and every animal into a loving home.

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

One of the pups that has called the adoption center home for the last 4 years is Biscoe. Biscoe is a beautiful boy with the softest coat. Biscoe is unsure of strangers and they really scare him. The Adoption Center has been a safe environment for him and has helped him learn to love people and that people aren't so scary after-all. Without this building, without Last Hope, Biscoe might not be around. But thanks to Last Hope, Biscoe is thriving and living his best life! He still has some stranger danger to work on but he loves the volunteers that care for him and he gets to go on lots of fun outings and gets lots of playtime.
Help us to keep our building in the best shape possible for the dogs like Biscoe that call the Adoption Center Home. Any amount helps get us closer to our goal!

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Crystal McGuire posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

What makes the Last Hope Adoption Center so important? What do we do here that we're asking you to support? We're glad you asked! The Last Hope Adoption Center serves several purposes. First and foremost is that it serves as a temporary home to some of our animals as they wait for their forever homes. What this looks like is different for the cats and dogs in our care.

Cats at the adoption center are available to meet by appointment and most are ready for adoption! We also have Adoption Open Houses for the cats at our Adoption Center a couple weekends a month. Our group rooms are set up to house the kitties that live here until they are adopted. While a majority of our kitties are in foster homes a small percentage do call the Adoption Center home.

Dogs at the Adoption Center are often here because they need a little more work before they're ready for a home environment. Whether it's advanced training needs or medical issues we need to work through- many of our pups need a little extra TLC. This is why you may hear us say that we don't have dogs here for adoption if you walk in the door and want to look at dogs. We do occasionally get the pups in that we just don't have foster space for that wait for their forever homes at the Adoption Center. But they're not usually here long!

Without the Last Hope Adoption Center many of these animals would not have a warm, safe place to sleep at night. Because donors like you made it possible for us to purchase our building we were able to take in the animals that call our Adoption Center home and many that have been adopted out of our adoption center over the last 4 1/2 years, since we moved in. To keep doing what we're doing and offering a safe haven to the animals we care for at the Adoption Center we need to be able to make these building improvements and ensure we have a safe environment to offer them to call home.

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