How to find Fluffy when she goes Missing…

How to find Fluffy when she goes Missing…


Here are some ideas of where to look for your lost cat or dog.

Make signs and post around the neighborhood. Be sure to put a good clear photo of it on there and your best contact number.

Call your local city impound or animal control office, and neighboring cities impounds to see if they have it or have had any reports of it found.  If you are not sure of where to call, try calling the non-emergency police to get the phone number or be redirected to the proper dept.

Post your signs in local pet stores. Most of them have a specific bulletin board for that. 

Be sure to call your vet and all other local vets in case it should be brought in to one of them, and post signs there too.

For dogs and cats, go to Craigslist and post a notice in the Community section, under lost and found. You can also post it in the pet section.

If it is a lost animal, be sure to have good clear photos. If it is a found animal, give a good description of it and have the owner provide a good photo to prove it is theirs.  

Petfinder has a lost and found pet section too. Click on the “Helping Pets” tab, then click on “Message Boards” and then click on “Lost and Found”.

If it is a lost cat, also go to Facebook and look up “Lost Cats MN” and you will find an excellent resource for posting lost or found cats.  

Most people use social networks these days, but you can actually post an ad in your local newspaper too. Some of the “found” ads are free, but it may cost money to post in the “Lost”.  (Isn’t Fluffy” worth it though!!)

Call local animal shelters and rescue organizations, to let them know you are looking for a lost animal, but most will refer you to the above.

Keep in mind, before “Fluffy” gets lost, MICROCHIP, all pets, dog or cat. Be sure your dog has a collar with a rabies tag, City license tag, if required, ID tag with his/her name on it and the BEST phone number to reach you on it, and your home address, plus the microchip tag.  You can also get your dog tattooed with an ID number.  This may save you money from it going to impound if someone finds it first.  Keep your cat indoors,  and spayed/neutered, but sometimes they can be sneaky, and if you have a sneaky cat, get a cat appropriate collar for him and have a name and phone number on the tag and his microchip tag.  

Last Hope gets up to 30 calls every day, many of which are for strays found. We generally don’t take strays, because of owners looking for them, have the right to try to find them within a reasonable amount of time.  Spayed/Neutered animals tend to stray less and wander a shorter distance. A frightened animal looks for a place to hide that is sheltered, like an open garage or shed. A friendly animal won’t hesitate to climb into someone’s car or on their lap!  So be sure to follow the steps above and hopefully “Fluffy” will be back home in no time!


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Ten Commandments

A Pet’s Ten Commandments 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Don’t be frustrated and impatient. 3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you. 5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand the tone of your voice when speaking to me. 6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet I choose not to bite you. 8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old and weak. 9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old and need love, care, comfort and attention. 10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. modified from the original poem by Stan Rawlinson ~ take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. ~ ~ Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.~ Remember that they can’t do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!

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Fostering Cats and Kittens

Thank you for Being Interested in Becoming a Cat or Kitten Foster

Contact us if interested at  651-463-874 7 and leave a message!! 

Last Hope is a nonprofit no kill rescue run by volunteers.  We foster in our home until permanent homes are found.  We are funded totally by donations and adoption fees.  We appreciate your interest and support in becoming a great foster!

We receive some cat food by donation and can provide it to our fosters when available.  If you are fostering a thin, young, or lactating animal, we strongly encourage you to feed it kitten food.  If you have to buy kitten food, make arrangements with one of the coordinator to okay your purchase.  Then when you turn in your receipt, you will be reimbursed.  If it is overweight, try light food to help it lose weight.  When you come to the adoption days, you can find out more on how to get free bags of food and litter.


How do you start?

First, the cat coordinator will call you with a possible foster.  Only the coordinator may accept animals into Last Hope.  We do take surrenders as well as strays but they must pay a surrender fee.   We do not take those that are not using the box, biting or untamed unless it is a young kitten even if you are willing to foster it!  We will usually take cats with illnesses or injuries from being outside or abused, pregnant, or unwanted litters if we have room!  You must remember that we cannot save them all and by filling up foster homes with unadoptable cats, we are turning away very adoptable ones!  The coordinator will explain all she knows about the animal(s).  If you agree to foster the animal(s) you will pick it up at our Vet.  All cats are spayed or neutered if they are over 4 lbs and if your cat grows to be that weight in your care, you must get it okayed in to our vet for the surgery.  The animal is vet checked, and given a feline leukemia test.  If the cat is positive, it doesn’t become a Last Hope cat.  Distemper series shot and worming medicine is given.  Medicine for ears, eyes etc will be provided if needed. Do not take an animal from anyone unless it has been vet checked.  At any time you suspect your foster cat is sick, contact the cat coordinator to okay him the vet.

You pick up the animal at our vet, ask for the health record.  This goes with the animal until it becomes adopted, when it should be turned over to the new owner.  On the health record will be the vet number that you will need when you place the animal.  Another important number is the Last Hope Internal ID number which up receive at our adoption days You need to confirm the color, sex, age, name, length of hair, fixed or not, etc.  A  Last Hope number will be assigned.  If you move your animal to a different foster, please let her know.  At any time we have over 150 animals looking for homes and we need your help with this!  Turn in your white form and the money with the vet number and Last Hope number as soon as possible.  If you are unable to come to the next Adoption day, we expect you to mail it to Last Hope, P.O. Box 114, Farmington, MN  55024.

We recommend that you keep your new cat or kittens in one room with the litter pan and food for a while until your own pets and the fosters adjust.  Kittens should be kept in the small room all the time because they do bounce all over and can be hard to find if they are in a big world like your house. Also, they won’t be able to find the litter pan when they have to go! Foster cats must be kept indoors and must be transported in a kennel.  If you lose a cat, you will be required to pay for it!  If you need a cat carrier, and she will get one to you.  Use bleach and water between foster cats to clean the kennel.  When you quit fostering, the crate or carrier must be returned.

Adoption Days are Important!

We have adoption days every Saturday  11-3,  and Sunday per month at 1-3 at the Apple Valley Petco.

We would like you to attend as many as possible so that you can answer questions to the potential homes about the animals(s) you are fostering.  Please come on time and stay until the end.   If you are unable to attend, please let the cat coordinator know..  Bring the health records! Please write down some of its traits and personality (gets along with other cats, shy, etc.).  Make a nice small poster to hang from the adoption cage with the health records.

Please do not bring any children under 16 to help at the Pet Adoption Day.  They are required to handle the cats or kittens (litter pans, food, set up kennels and explaining their personalities to potential owners, etc.).  Do not bring your own pets either.  We do not have the room!

Wear a Last Hope badge during the time you are at a Pet Adoption Day.  Otherwise, when you hold a foster cat, potential owners will pass you up thinking that cat is adopted!  If you forget your badge, use a paper one provided.  Also, at Adoption Days, you can pick up forms, flyers, and adoption day schedules and drop off money from adoptions you have made during the week.

The Adoption Process:

The animal shall not be given to anyone until the adoption fee and application is completed and received by you.  The adoption fee in non-refundable and must be CASH.   We do not take credit cards or offer payment plans.  Sales tax is included in the adoption fee that has been previously set. We do not allow trials.  Once the animal is in Last Hope, it is no longer legally the property of the previous owner.  If the previous owner wants their pet back, and we still think it is a good home, they must pay the adoption fee!  Also, if you as a foster fall in love with a cat, you must also pay the assigned adoption fee and complete the adoption form as soon as possible or you are expected to come to adoption days with the animal!

Adoptions can be refused if you feel it is not a good home or a good match.  We ask that any refusal be done tactfully.

If you feel the cat has a behavioral problem contact our general number at  651-463-8747.  They must evaluate any cat that you think is unadoptable.  They will tell you to drop it off at our vet or make other arrangements for that particular cat.

If you are going on vacation or want to take a break, you must give us some notice.  We are all volunteers and  cannot move animals in less than 3 days!  Don’t take new fosters if you know you are unable to care for a new cat or kitten.

Keep track of you volunteer miles and if you itemize your taxes, you can get .15 cents a mile.


Kittens are $180-222

$180.00 or more for cats over 1 year (add $10.00 is declawed).

$185.00 for cats and kittens under 1 year.  If they are special breeds $225 or more

$200-300 for purebreds or purebred crosses such as Siamese, Himalayans, Russian Blue, White, Maine Coons, British Shorthairs and Persians.

$100.00 – $120.00 for cats over 5 years old if declawed.

These prices include the complete vet check including the feline leukemia test, the distemper series, worming, and any necessary medicines.

Prices will vary with level demand of the particular cat.   For highly adoptable or high demand cats/kittens they may be priced higher than the posted listings.  Prices may be lower for a cat that has been in our system longer and has been overlooked by adopters or one that we need to be placed quickly due to lack of a foster home.

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1. Cute is brief, beauty is forever.
2. Adult cats come already spayed or neutered and vaccinated so you save $$$$.
3. Adult cat’s personalities are formed. If they are friendly now, they will always be friendly. When adopting a   kitten, you may have an adult cat later that hides or bites!
4. Adult cats would rather be on your lap, purring, and sleeping with you, running around playing in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep.
5. Adult cats already know how to use the scratching post or can be easily trained.6. You already know if an adult cat is going to have a physical problem or be on special food, no surprises!
7. Kittens can easily get a home. Adult cats are overlooked and adult cats need homes more.
8. Adult cats are put down at shelters around the country more often that kittens.
9. Indoor cats can live up to 16-25 years so a 10 year old still has lots of life to live!
10. Adult cats bond to their humans much faster then a kitten.

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