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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rescue and adopt poodles

Results: 5,000 rescued and adopted through 2017, 150 saved and living good lives in our sanctuary program

Programs: Save poodles from destruction through adoption.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a wonderful organization, interested in doing what is best for any and all animals in their care. I “found” CPR after having dismal experiences with other rescues who didn’t even respond to my emails and multipage applications. CPR responded within 24 hours to my application. I’m now the proud owner of a dog who was a stray in Tennessee and found her way to CPR. Blind due to cataracts, CPR funded her cataract surgery before she was adopted. CPR often takes the hard cases – dogs who have medical or behavioral issues and gives them a home, whether through adoption or in their sanctuary. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a responsible, responsive rescue agency.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) is an exemplary organization that saves lives both canine and human. Through the hard work of staff and a broad network of volunteers, CPR rescues strays, dogs in kill shelters, and from owners who can no longer care for their pets up and down the eastern U.S.
My husband and I learned first hand of CPR's fine work when we adopted a "senior" standard poodle a year and a half ago. We were impressed with the very thorough application process and the quality of questions the adoption counselor asked us. After meeting the staff and seeing several dogs that they matched us with, it was obvious that CPR understood exactly the type of dog we needed and would be a good fit for our home and lifestyle.
Since adopting we have voluteered at adoption events and assisted with transports and learned even more about the extraordinary work of CPR. Through social media and their website we have access to a network of very knowledgable pet owners and caregivers who are ready to give advice and assistance if we encounter problems with our dog's health or behavior. The love and care the CPR organization gives their dogs and adopters fosters a true sense of community and caring. It is without reservation that I recommend CPR to anyone seeking a pet or an animal rescue organization to endow.

1 Miriam9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a class act true no kill rescue. Donna, the Director always puts the dogs health and well being first, and she has perfected the art of matchmaking. The kennels are clean as well as the grounds. She has a dedicated staff who help her run a tight ship. I've adopted two poodles from CPR, and wish I could adopt more. I volunteer when I can, and wouldn't go anywhere else to find my next poodle love. Here are my girls, SIssy and Mercy. Thanks Donna!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently got to volunteer with CPR at the Best Friends adoption weekend in NYC. What a great group of people. They take such great care of their dogs and really screen the forever homes these dogs go to. I got to help place 12 dogs that Sunday. We had to turn some adopters away because either they didn't bring their current furry babies with them or their furry pets were not neutered or spayed but the matches we made were so blessed. One dog sat all day and didn't respond to anyone until an hour before closing and then fell in love with this couple rolling on her stomach for belly rubs. I love CPR and their mission and the integrity behind them. Can't wait to do it again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue however, I am an approved adopter and during that process I realized that I would truly love to be a part of this organization. Just as the adoption process is a very strict and in depth approval process so is the process to become a volunteer. Donna Ezzell, her staff and volunteers invest an enormous amount of time, compassion and money in the dogs (and very often cats) that are placed in their care. They do not take the lives or health of these animals lightly. Very often thousands of dollars are invested in returning these animals to good health (medically, emotionally and behaviorally) before even making them available for adoption. Most of the rescues they take in have many issues that have to taken care of. So many of these animals come from deplorable situations and it can take months or even years to heal them. This does not deter her from taking these animals and assuming that enormous responsibility. Donna would never place these dogs in a home where there is even the slightest possibility they would be jeopardized again and be allowed to be subjected to the suffering they have been rescued from. It speaks volumes that an adopter must agree that if at anytime during the life of that dog problems arise or they can no longer care for that animal then it must be returned to Carolina Poodle Rescue. I do want to add that my daughter adopted a beautiful American bulldog from CPR. There have been a couple of issues with him and Donna was immediately available to help my daughter address these issues with great success. He is undoubtedly a family member for life now. Donna is committed to any animal that is adopted from her for the life of that animal. I would never recommend anyone to adopt from any rescue except Carolina Poodle Rescues. There are not enough stars to rate this rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue. It is about a three hour drive from my house one way, but I would go back again and again. Everything the dogs (and cats) need is attended to, from affection to food and water to medical attention and everything in between. You will find realistic and thorough descriptions of the pets' personalities, what background is known, and what kind of home might be suitable. They place hundreds of pets in well-matched and loving homes every year. CPR is nothing short of amazing.

1 Cyndie R.

Donor

Rating: 5

CPR is the most amazing place! They are the true definition of a 'rescue', and every fur-baby that is blessed enough to get to CPR is truly loved, cared-for, and matched to just the right adoptive family. The angels at CPR work very hard giving each and every dog individual time and attention. Their adoption process is thorough, as it should be, in order to protect the precious animals in their care. They are a dream-come-true for animal-lovers and the homeless animals that are lucky enough to find Carolina Poodle Rescue!

1 Lee_65

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our beloved 14 year old Griffon last spring and we were left with holes in our hearts. In early December, it felt like the time had come to fill those holes. I knew that as older adopters, we didn't want a puppy. We wanted a sort of scruffy terrier looking dog. I started searching online, and a photo came up of a dog at Carolina Poodle Rescue. First, let me say that the information they list online is very honest! They tell you the absolute truth about every dog...temperament, special needs, anything you might need to know. In our case, they clearly stated that the dog we were interested in was shy with strangers.
And they also caution every potential adopter NOT to fall in love with a picture posted online.

Others have described the adoption process, which is extensive, proving that these folks truly care about the dogs and will not let them go to just anyone. Once we cleared the interview process, it was later in the evening on a Friday night. Our adoption counselor knew how very interested I was in this particular dog, and she somehow managed to arrange for us to meet him at 9:00 am the next morning!

As "advertised", he was indeed very shy. We were allowed as long as we wanted to decide whether or not to take him home. After nearly two hours, we did feel that he could learn to love and trust. Then, we went outside with him. There he saw people he knew....he had been with them for five months, since he was only 4-6 months old when CPR rescued him. He had been found as a stray in NC, and happily for us, made it to the farm. The joy he showed upon seeing "his" people made us realize that we had made the right decision.

This dog has brought new love and life Iife into our family!!! He is now perfectly trusting and extraordinarily loving with us. Over the holidays, we discovered that he also likes to play with children as well...4 of our grandchildren ranging from 4.5 to 16 years old. Did it take him a while to warm up to them, yes. It took about a week for him to really feel comfortable in our home. Was it worth it? Oh my, yes indeed! He has come so far because CPR took the time to teach him love and trust. We can't thank everyone there enough!

Not only did they keep him for 5 months, that time gave him the chance to mature so that he came to us crate trained and housebroken. And time to get past that destructive puppy stage. He is exactly the dog we were looking for, there just aren't enough superlatives to describe what a wonderful, caring place CPR is!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WE adopted Sammy from this caring group and have supported its work since that day. It is operated by amazing people who truly care about the animal. They also are very careful with the adoptions so that once a dog is rehomed, it will be a lasting and loving experience for the adopter and the dog.

Regina11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting our Daisy from CPR. The fact that they take such care in their adoption process shows that they truly want the best home for their dogs. I filled out an application, had a phone interview and provided information about my groomer and vet office. We were approved and drove several hours to meet our Daisy and she was a perfect fit for our family which included our older poodle Lily. Daisy is a poodle yorkie mix and brought much joy and energy to our Lily who has sense passed. I've referred several friends to CPR and they too have had happy and successful adoptions. CPR is top notch.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Daisy earlier this year from CPR. The experience proved that CPR is highly committed to the highest good of the dogs. The adoption process was very thorough, professional and organized. I highly recommend anyone seeking a new family pet member to consider adopting through CPR. They are also highly deserving of any support you may be able to provide.

Review from Guidestar