Success Stories

The story of CINNAMON



One day, Last Hope received a phone call from a woman desperate to help a badly injured dog found tied to a tree. The young female pit bull was in bad shape.

Cinnamon suffered from severe wounds to her face. A deep gash across her muzzle exposed her gums, jawbone, and teeth. She appeared to have been the victim of a horrendous dog fight. The Good Samaritan indicated that Cinnamon may have been abandoned like that for over a week.

Last Hope promptly got Cinnamon into a vet. Despite her appalling past and gaping facial tears, Cinnamon exhibited remarkable sweetness and friendliness to everyone she met. Southview Animal Hospital miraculously managed to repair her face.


Now, Cinnamon looks amazing! She is being rehabilitated in a caring foster home and patiently awaits her forever home. She is an admirable dog with lots of love to give, and deserves a wonderful home.


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Meet Last Hope's newest foster, Oatmeal! She was brought into Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota on Friday by a Good Samaritan who found her in a pile of trash inside a recycling bin at the recycling plant. She had an old, infected leg wound that required amputation. To top it off, she is mostly or completely blind! One call to Last Hope and Oatmeal was able to have her surgery and begin her road to recovery.

Despite all of this, she is the sweetest thing and is currently laying in my lap purring. 😻She has a long road ahead- first healing from surgery, then will need to see a specialist to determine why she cannot see. But for tonight, she is home- eating, purring, and happy. 💗

We are looking for donations to help towards her medical care, please help if you are able by going to the Donate Now button at the bottom of the page and make a contribution towards Oatmeal's ongoing medical care.

Stay tuned, there’s MUCH more to come with this little one...

Samantha Haliburton -Foster Mom
Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota
Certified Veterinary Technician ER/ICU and Technician Team Lead



We adopted Zoey from Last Hope in October. We’d like to tell you her “success story”. She’s a wonderful, gentle, loving dog who loves to go on walks and play with the kids. She has a nice home with us now and a large, fenced yard to play in. She was really shy the first week that she was at our house and would sit by the door staring at us like, so when do I go to the next place? After one week she was 100% moved in and comfortable, rolling over for belly rubs and lots of good loving. It was almost a month before we heard her bark, which was strange, but we figured maybe she was yelled at for barking because when our house gets too loud (even if we’re “yelling” in fun) she goes in her kennel. Now we’re very sensitive to how loud we get (especially during Monopoly and football games) and we tone it down so sweet Zoey doesn’t get scared. She brings so much joy to our house – I don’t know how we ever lived without her! She’s the perfect dog. I can’t believe she was a stray. Zoey loves the dog park and runs around like a champ. She gets along famously with all the other dogs and even enjoyed herself at a wonderful boarding facility while we were away during Christmas. We watched her on the webcam all weekend! The staff at the kennel couldn’t believe we had just adopted her because she is so bonded with us. 

We’re so grateful that Last Hope rescued Zoey and that we met her one night at her foster Mom’s house. Thank you Last Hope for all that you do! Sincerely, The Johnson Family

Kody - A Super Success Story!


Kody, a four year old chocolate AKC Labrador Retriever was relinquished to us from his owners early in 2010. Kody had severe chronic ear infections and a palm sized blood blister or hematoma that encompassed his entire right ear flap. His previous owners could not financially afford to deal with Kody's complex ongoing medical costs. It took two surgeries and four months of constant medical treatment to clear up Kody's ear problems.

We discovered that Kody has severe food allergies, and requires special hypoallergenic dog food that is very expensive. The food allergies were at the heart of Kody's chronic ear infections. Additionally, after being placed in a foster home, we discovered that Kody also had severe separation anxiety, and could not be crated, kenneled, or left alone. His anxiety was so severe that he could not go to adoption day events.

We were very concerned about the prospects of finding the right home for Kody. He already had gone through so much. He is a very gentle and good dog, but after nine months in rescue we needed to find him a home.

We received a phone call from a kind woman whose mother is in a local assisted living community. The community had a resident dog that recently passed away from old age, and they were looking for a replacement. They wanted a large dog that is extremely gentle and good with all ages of people. The woman had seen Kody's profile and put us in contact with the director of the assisted living center.

Kody interviewed for the position of resident dog and was instantly loved by the staff and residents. His need for special dog food is never going to be a problem for the center. But better yet, Kody will never, ever have to be alone. Kody will be able to visit all of the residents in the whole facility at will, and also have a 24 hour staff to be with him. The community is beautiful and next to a large park for walks. Kody even has his own couch in the sun room near the director's desk!

Kody's life and future is guaranteed to be filled with love and attention, and all of his diet and medical needs will be met. He is a very good dog that now has the perfect home. This is what keeps us going and doing what we do.

Doing this kind of work takes a lot of funds for veterinary bills. More people are relinquishing or abandoning their animals, requiring that we have continued funding to help them. Please donate today so that we can help innocent animals become healthy pets that find their forever homes. Thank you.


An Injured Mom and Her Babies


This shepherd mix mom was found with multiple injuries and three puppies. We took them in, gave them medical help, and found all of them forever homes. This is the work that our supporters, corporate sponsors including our vets, and fosters make possible. Please help us continue our mission by donating or fostering!



Tex - The Unwanted Runt


Tex came to us as an unwanted 8 week old puppy. He is a Scottish Deerhound/Greyhound Tex 8 Month Old mix. They said that he did not have the "critter drive" necessary. Then Tex got Parvo, and had only a 50% chance of survival. He was very, very sick. It cost Last Hope over $800.00 to save little Tex's life. He is now 8 months old and over 72 lbs. and in his forever home. Thank you supporters for your donations. Your donations make stories like these possible.



Nellie was given up because her previous owners did not want her anymore. She is about 6 years old and had breast tumors. Last Hope had the tumors removed, and found her a new loving home. Help us continue our work with pets like Nellie by donating, fostering, or volunteering!

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