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Caring Hearts Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Geographic areas served: The DC-Metro area

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46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say about Caring Hearts. A year ago we adopted a dog we name Zoey. I know it is been said thousands of time before, but we did not rescue her. She is now so much a part of our family (we have an 8 year old Havaneese), we don't know what it was like without her in our lives. She brings us so much joy I am not much of a picture taker, so I don't have a photo to add.

Caring Hearts is an excellent organization that does wonderful work. They are very careful about who adopts their animals, including a home visit. This organization is run by caring individuals who give all they have and deserve to be named one of the great nonprofits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found Caring Hearts Rescue by googling for “cockapoos available for adoption.” One named Chester looked promising, and Caring Hearts arranged for us to visit him at the house where he was being fostered. It was love at first sight.
Chester definitely has a lot of poodle in him, but we say he’s mostly an “Affection Hound” because he’s happiest when he’s physically in touch with one of his humans.
Caring Hearts made sure we knew about his fear-aggression, the apparent product of an unhappy puppyhood, and they taught us how to deal with it.
When I had to go to a medical center in another state for some complicated surgery, Caring Hearts found us someone he could stay with, and now her house is one of his favorite places.
Caring Hearts is a first-class organization, staffed by people who love dogs and want to see them happy. I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a furry companion to love.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from Caring Hearts Rescue. With my current adoption, the foster mother provided detailed information on Tapsi's temperament and behavior, which was extremely helpful in acclimating her (Tapsi, that is) to my home. She was also able to pass along Tapsi's entire medical history from her prior owner.

With both adoptions, Caring Hearts was careful to match me with dogs that would thrive in my home. Both adoptions have been complete successes from my perspective. I adored Miss Honey who, sadly, passed away two years ago and am in love with my current resident. Tapsi is also a favorite in our neighborhood and has quite a large fan base in Arundel-on-the-Bay!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Bentley from Caring Hearts Rescue almost two years ago. Sabine was great in helping me choose the right dog to best fit with our family dynamic. She allowed me to foster him before deciding to adopt to make sure the fit was perfect for us and he was. He's a cherub and I couldn't imagine our home without him in it.

Judy M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been almost nine years since our first experience with Caring Hearts Rescue. We adopted our sweetest little Nina through Caring Hearts Rescue and primarily my experience then and has been with Sabina Poinelli . I was so impressed with the thoughtful and loving care that Sabina and everyone connected with Caring Hearts Rescue that I started to support them monthly and when ever there was a special need. We have since adopted two other dogs through the rescue. We next adopted our Ava that was found almost dead along the road in Easton MD in March. She was not expected to live as was only three pounds when found. She survived somehow but due to her young age of only 6 months and the abuse this poor baby had experienced she failed the aggression test. Little Ava could only leave the high kill shelter if she went directly to a rescue. We agreed to foster Ava and I will never forget that Sabina drove two hours there and back to save Ava. That was almost 6 years ago and Ava is now thriving and is best friends with our latest rescue Ari. Caring Hearts Rescue held fund raisers and were able to save Ari along with 4 other dogs from the Korean Meat Market. Ari is the most amazingly sweet and loving dog and we can't imagine what would have happened to her without Caring Hearts Rescue. They also rescue poor little old and sick seniors that no one else wants. The heart and dedication that I have seen is just unsurpassed ...they will go way above and beyond for these innocent dogs, there is no situation to dire or difficult based on what I have seen. They are all volunteers and just as good as it gets!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love can be found when you least expect it. It can be found driving down an old country road, just setting in a ditch, or when a furry friend needs a new home because either the former owners were abusive, or they no longer fit in the family plans.

My wife and I adopted Emerson when he was 14. Going into the adoption, we knew there were several major health issues the little guy was suffering from, but this did not deter us. On the contrary, it made us love him even more, and we were determined to give him a lifetime of love and care. We lost Emerson after only one year. This left a huge void in our hearts. Losing a pet is a horrible ordeal. Especially, when that loved one was so innocent, and wanted nothing more than to give, and receive love.

Upon chance, my wife came across the site for Caring Hearts Rescue, saw a picture, and instantly fell in love with Henry, an 8 year old Pomeranian, in need of a new, forever home.

The entire staff at Caring Hearts Rescue did an amazing job of walking us through the adoption process; answering all our questions, and most importantly, ensuring we were the perfect fit for Henry. Both Sabina, and Henry's foster mom, Debi were wonderful from start to finish. My wife still keeps in contact with them both when we have any additional questions, or we just want to share any proud parent photo's of Henry.

Thanks so much to everyone at Caring Hearts Rescue!!

Maria H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our furbaby Ladybug from Caring Hearts almost 2 years ago. They were very careful in placing her in the right home. We were able to meet and talk to her fosters Edgar and Linda; Buggy was well taken care of and loved when with them. Thank you Caring Hearts for rescuing her from the Animal Shelter, loving her, and letting us adopt her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago I adopted a female shihtzu from this rescue. She had lived in.a crate for seven years & had never touched grass, concrete..etc. This rescue is the most compassionate, hard working group I've ever encountered. Any dog they rescue gets immediate medical attention, special handling, training, u name it. Before a dog is put up for adoption they ensure the dog is ready to be adopted. They are very careful to whom a dog goes to and they are very serious about home visits. They provide classes in training, grooming, etc. They develop creative ideas for fundraising. This is a top notch rescue with a wonderful group of people that truly care about the dogs..Joni Wood

Donor

Rating: 5

CHR is fantastic - a solid, mission driven, and well managed nonprofit.

They rescue, care for and re-home small dogs in need. I adopted my Furry Friend there nine years ago and his sister a couple of years later. I have been a donor and supporter of CHR for years. I think the dedication and care they show for vulnerable animals who need love and TLC is wonderful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOVE Caring Hearts Rescue! You will never get so much help, advice, training, and appreciation from a rescue when you adopt a dog than you will from this rescue. CHR rescued Lobo and allowed this neglected dog to live a wonderful life with us despite his disabilities (had to have
leg removed and suffered joint immune issues due to previous owner neglect). He has always been the most positive, can-do, loving dog with more character than you could ever imagine. :)

Amy Waranch S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring hearts is always there to help abandoned and neglected dogs. They come in and offer medical care the dogs have desperately needed for so long. They are true angels to rescue dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster home, transporter and repeat adopter. Caring Hearts Rescue is run by folks who genuinely care for the dogs. They are committed to education and to making the best possible placement for each dog. And they are there to support you with any issues that may arise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started working with Sabina this year as one of her foster mom's! I have always wanted to do this! This has been the greatest experience! Sabina goes above and beyond to help one of the pups! We even ended up adopting one of our fosters! Charlie and he is a love! I can't say enough about Caring HEARTS Rescue! And I can't say enough about Sabina! She has a heart of gold but she is tough she will not let any of her pups suffer in anyway!! She truly loves the dogs! She has also been such a teacher to ME! I thought I knew alot about dogs and their care and training but she knows more! She is a wealth of information as I also tell adopters!!! If she can't answer it she will find out! Its been the most rewarding experience for me and I am so happy I did this!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We became foster parents to assist Caring Hearts Rescue and was contacted almost immediately regarding some rescued dogs from a Korean slaughter hose. We took in one of the Shih Tzus named Moca and meet the plane at Dulles Airport. The poor baby arrived in a small carrier with another dog in it. Dirty and tired, he was very happy to get out of that kennel. After two weeks of fostering, we feel in love with this little boy and made the request to adopt him. Caring Hearts Rescue made gnat happen quickly and smoothly and e are the proud parents of Moca (now named Geordi).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fabulous, caring rescue organization. They take such excellent care of their rescue dogs and make sure they have all the medical and other attention they need. My rescue dog, Lilly was in terrible shape when she was found in 2014. The "rescue mom" fostered her for 10 months and they spent a lot of money bringing her to the point where she could be adopted. Caring Hearts made sure I got everything I needed and has supported me since then. I can't say enough good things about Caring Hearts. They truly deserve to be a top-rated nonprofit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful dog Tucker from Caring Hearts. His foster mom had given him fantastic care and he was friendly and loving right from the first moment we got him. He is the best dog I have ever had, and people who volunteer for Caring Hearts, truly have caring hearts. Thanks so much for enriching our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern:

My wife and I have been adopting rescue dogs for over forty years. We've always been fortunate to deal with outstanding organizations. We were so impressed with CHR Officer, Sabina Poinelli, that we were compelled to write. She is, without a doubt, one of the most professional, courteous and expeditious individuals we have ever had the pleasure of meeting and doing business with. Caring Hearts Rescue, its rescue animals and its clients are exceedingly fortunate to have one of Ms. Poinelli's caliber working on their behalf. She truly is an extraordinary person. We would greatly appreciate you crediting her for her outstanding service. We can honestly say we feel blessed to have had her assist us in the adoption process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Dakota. I give thanks every single day for rescuing Sweet Dakota. She was in a shelter and was going to be put down because she was sick. Caring Hearts Rescue gave her a chance and now she is an awesome dog. These folks really care about animal welfare and their dedication to rescuing small dogs is unmatched. Thank YOU!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is AMAZING ! I adopted Annie from CHR and they have been great. Meridith had Annie for about a month and worked with her on some of her issues and I have a wonderful new addition to my family . I believe in this rescue so completely that I have a donation set up for every month straight out of my paycheck. I wish it could be more and maybe it will one day . Sabina makes sure you know everything about the dog you have chosen and provides medical records as well. A wonderful organization .

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring Hearts Rescue is a super dedicated and responsible rescue who gives tremendous support to their adopters and really facilitates finding us to find our canine match A true matchmaker
They are experts on positive dog training , health needs, nutrition and grooming They share all this information with all We have fostered several dogs for CHR with lots of their support
We adopted our toy poodle Princess from CHR I think it is not natural or ethical to breed toy dogs for several reasons but Princess was a good fit for me ,our other dogs and our 23 yr old godson