I tried to adopt a poodle five years ago, but despite having owned three standards, all living to ripe old ages, I was told I "did not qualify." The reason? I had not neutered them (I had hoped to breed the oldest, and did just once, and the other had health issues that precluded the need or stress for the surgery -- but CPR did not care for the reason). I was also told it was inappropriate that we sometimes let them run around in our fenced yard (we have four acres in the mountains). I found their attitude perplexing, as well as patronizing and condescending. I ended up buying another puppy, as our eldest passed away, and am very happy to love another poodle for its whole life, but we would have given a loving and safe home home to an adopted poodle, had CPR not been so benighted and backwards in their views.
CPR is the best animal rescue group I have found! We adopted our Standard Poodle - Daisy - from CPR in 2011. We chose CPR over other rescue organizations because of the ethical and loving care they provide to their rescued dogs and because of the life-long commitment they offer to all of the dogs that are welcomed to their sanctuary. They willingly take-on difficult to place dogs and provide the love and care that these dogs need to find their forever-homes including the option of permanent sanctuary at Dreamweaver Farm or in foster care. I follow this organization through their newsletter and website and am heartened by the the stories of the loving matches that have occurred and the compassion and dignity that is shown to the dogs that are difficult to place.
This is probably the best rescue organization you could ever find. Everything is done with each dog's health and well-being as first priority, and all dogs are given whatever they need to help them find a forever home. I will always be indebted to them for matching me with two of my best furry friends, as well as helping my Mother and son find their best furry friends, too!
I have adopted three dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue and have volunteered with them for four and a half years. They are an extraordinary organization. Not only do they do an excellent job matching dogs with familes but they also raise money to get dogs who have special needs the surgery or treatment that they need. Most recently they did a campaign to get cataract surgery for 17 dogs who were blind. Many of these dogs wouldn't have been able to find a home without the surgery. That is just one of many stories of how Carolina Poodle Rescue has helped dogs in need and gotten them the care they required so that they could find homes and live happy lives. They are also a haven for elderly dogs or dogs who have very little chance of being adopted. They are committed to giving these dogs the best life possible and seek out sponsor for these special needs dogs. Can't adopt? Virtually adopt and help a special needs dog have a safe and cared for life at Dreamweaver Farms.
I HAVE ADOPTED THREE WONDERFUL PETS FROM CAROLINA POODLE RESCUE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. IF ANYONE IS LOOKING FOR A PET, I WOULD RECOMMEND CONTACTING THEM. THE OWNER, DONNA HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO NOT ONLY RESCUING POODLES BUT WILL ATTEMPT TO FIND HOMES FOR ALL BREEDS OF DOGS. THE FARM IN SC STAYS FULL BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT RESCUE AND PLACE IN GOOD HOMES FAST ENOUGH. CPR HAS A LARGE GROUP OF SUPPORTERS THAT WORK WITH DONNA AND THE FARM TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY NEEDED WHETHER WORKING AT THE FARM, MAKING CALLS TO SCREEN APPLICANTS OR DONATING MONIES NEEDED TO COVER SPAY/NEUTERING, DENTALS, ETC...I HAVE CHOSEN TO HELP DONNA AND CPR BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DIFFERENCE THIS WORK IS DOING IN THE LIVES OF THESE PRECIOUS ANIMALS WHO DESERVE FOREVER HOMES. I HAVE BEEN TO THE HOME MULTIPLE TIMES SO I CAN SPEAK FIRST HAND. YES, THERE ARE MORE DOGS THERE THAN DONNA CHOOSES BUT ONLY BECAUSE THOSE THAT LIVE AT THE HOME HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO BE ADOPTED DUE TO OLD AGE, BITING, ILLNESS ETC... PLEASE DO NOT CRITICIZE A GOOD WORK UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. TO DONNA AND ALL AT CPR....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. LINDA FENDER
Every once in a while, someone like the recent critical reviewer appears. I have volunteered at CPR for years now, and yes, I put my money where my mouth is. I have adopted and fostered from CPR over the years, and I have seen two have a happy end-of-life experience in my home before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge; both had been abandoned by their previous owners on busy highways before CPR saved them from a certainly horrible death. I've had two who were toothless, and one of my current herd of five is blind and deaf and crippled. So, I think I have some experience with CPR that far outweighs the occasional pot-shot from some disgruntled person. The practices and policies at CPR are professional and extensive. Our rescues are not given away on a whim or without an extensive application process. I've often said that the adoption policies for international children from third world nations could benefit from the lessons of the thorough adoption policies at CPR. The network of volunteers, the caregivers on staff, and the director herself give daily of themselves with a goal of putting these animals as our first priority. And, I certainly don't see any of us getting wealthy in currency for our efforts. But I assure you, we are richer and happier as human beings, unlike the sad person who just wasted time on an unfounded and undeserved negative review from an organization that certainly earns its respect in the animal rescue community nationally as a model for excellence. Sincerely, Linda C Owens
By far, the best, dependable small animal rescue anywhere with happy adopters, foster families, and volunteers from all over the southern and other states. It is CLEAN and properly managed and organized. The kennel-based rescue is situated in a rural area on a massive, double-fenced farm of pastures and gentle rolling hills. CPR, also known as Dreamweaver Farm, has outstanding business and animal practices AND committed well-done, experienced policies for adoption, rehabilitation, fostering and sanctuary/covenant care for the rescues. CPR is a place to respect and honor with its trained director, all-volunteer board of directors, caregivers and volunteers. The rescue has an excellent reputation that has been earned since inception. In the past two years, I have adopted three pets from CPR, and I both foster and transport for CPR. In addition, I have worked for animal care in SC for 40 years, and I lead a movement that changed state laws assuring humane ways to destroy unwanted ones. So, I speak from a position of experience about this rescue.
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In attempting to reply to "Doggiemama" and her anonymous review, I accidentally marked it as helpful. The only helpful thing about her review is, it shows how someone with no knowledge of an organization can write anything, even nasty outright lies, and have it published online. We have adopted two dogs from CPR over the past five years. We have several friends who have adopted from CPR. We have seen how the staff and volunteers have taken in seemingly hopeless, abandoned dogs AND prepared them to find homes. Not just homes, but homes where a dog will thrive. Hoarders? I think not. I donate to CPR and am proud to do so. I can only assume that Doggiemama tried to adopt from CPR and was turned down, for good reason.
CPR is a heaven on earth organization. Entirely a non profit organization. Let me tell you my experiences with CPR. Our standard poodle, Angel, was born with two bad hips. At only two years Angel needed total hip replacement. CPR raised over five thousand dollars and she got her new hip. Now she runs like the wind. In total we have adopted five standard poodles. I love this organization. Several others like myself are leaving their estates to CPR. I think that speaks volumes.
I am writing in response to the negative comment by DoggieMomma - have you ever actually visited the farm? I am a two time adopter from CPR - two crazy, loving standard poodles. I am the 3rd and FINAL home for my 1st CPR dog. My 2nd CPR dog came to the farm heartworm positive - they started treatment and after I adopted him I brought him back for his final treatment - I didn't have to pay a dime.
I also volunteered at CPR on several occasions before moving out of state. I now help with adoptions remotely - because I wanted to continue to work with this organization who has made my life so much richer. Donna is one of the most amazing women I know and has selflessly dedicated her LIFE to these dogs. To call her a hoarder is a DISGRACE. This is a NO KILL shelter. This is a SANCTUARY for dogs who cannot be placed due to medical or behavioral issues. Donna is an amazing matchmaker.
When I applied for my 1st CPR dog I had about a 45 minute phone interview with an adoptions counselor. This isn't a local shelter where you pop in and pick out a dog and leave an hour later. CPR has a very thorough screening process - which greatly benefits the adopters and ESPECIALLY the dogs themselves. This process helps weed out the people who may not be a good fit or who may not truly be ready for the big task of dog ownership.
The staff at CPR is also amazing - they work long hours and are rewarded with love and kisses from these animals who had no where else to go.
And should I mention the Family and Friends Facebook page that is by invite only for new adopters? It is composed of an amazing group of people who are with you every step of the way in caring for your new dog - or your old dog you have had for 10 years. The advice and warmth is PRICELESS.
So in closing - anyone else who is reading this - beware of anonymous comments - people don't have the courage to say who they are and why they are complaining. They are just trying to slander a wonderful organization and it's a shame.