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Carolina Poodle Rescue

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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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not only adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue but now volunteer regularly. The reason: I know how much the staff truly cares about each and every dog that finds himself at the rescue and how once there, the amount of time and effort that is put into finding the perfect forever home. It is an amazing place. (oh and btw, don't be fooled by the name, IT'S NOT ONLY POODLES!)

Tina B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted in Dec 2016 & he's my best friend. I was so impressed by the concern about placing my pal & the lengths CPR went to make sure we were the right fit for each other. I turned into a volunteer for CPR!!!! This group is my new family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is my favorite charity - they help many furbabies - dogs and cats. The dog doesn't have to be a poodle to receive love from the employees and volunteers at Carolina Poodle Rescue. There are so many volunteers that love this charity and volunteer to transport, spend a day loving on the animals, sponsors for animals coming to the farm, sponsors for the SOS Program, fostering, sewing, adoption counselors, and many other things that I have not mentioned. I was adopted by a seven pounder in 2013 named Jazzy Girl and what a girl she is. Jazzy was my way of finding this wonderful nonprofit. I was impressed in the care that was taken to make sure I was the right person for Jazzy. Because I live five hours away I volunteer by sewing belly bands, bed covers, and crate mats and I sponsor a dog in the SOS Program by contributing to Unco's care each month. Two years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the farm and taking a tour and boy was I impressed with everything.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was wanting to adopt a small poodle and started searching the internet to see if I could find my love. Found Carolina Poodle Rescue after looking at other rescues and liked what they stood for. Needless to say I found my girl and a great rescue to work with. You will fill out an application, be interviewed and references checked, but, ensures a good home for the furbabies which is most important. The workers are great at CPR. I volunteer my time by sewing for the group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Carolina Poodle Rescue! Don't let the name fool you, I have seen a variety of breeds at the Rescue, Adoption Events, and on the Adoption list.

CPR knows no limits when rescuing, I personally have been to the farm where the dogs are cared for. I have seen large amounts of dogs rescued at one time and each dog gets the care and love it needs to become an adoptable dog. They have a senior program where unadoptable dogs are able to live out the rest of their lives with Love, care, and dignity at the rescue.

Let me tell you about the folks who run and support CPR, you will never know a more committed, from the heart plethora of people. Everyone works together to Rescue and love and care for the dogs...Donna, her compelling pleas and sound decisions, the Staff for their devotion, the Volunteers for their sense of giving and community. Is truly a piece of heaven on earth!

I adopted my first poodle From CPR in Aug of 2016, he is the Perfect fit for my family and loves his big sister Lucy so much...I wish I could adopt them all. Each Dog has a story that touches you in someway.

On a scale of 1-10, I give Carolina Poodle Rescue a 1000!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a mixed poodle from Carolina Poodle Rescue in 2012. They are very professional and have a routine set up for the dogs and you have to fit into that schedule to visit with dogs. You can tell them which one you are interested in but they also evaluate you and show you their picks for you. I did not end up with the dog I had come to see but another one and the match was perfect. This organization is top notch and has a large crew of volunteers and supporters. If you are looking for a life long companion in the form of a fur baby, this is the place to go! Below is my dog, Hutch, he is now 7 and I have had him 5 years. ~Barbara Westerfield Mount Pleasant, SC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted both of my poodles from CPR - a standard in 2010 and a toy in 2016. Both times the staff knew exactly how to create a perfect match for my family. Since then I visited the farm and bonded with many of the former adopters. The dogs are treated so well and potential adopters heavily screened. I cannot recommend Carolina Poodle Rescue enough to anyone who wants to adopt. And although poodles are their specialty, they have all kinds of dogs!!!
Here are Gus and Jack!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this place ...they love each and every one of the many dogs they take care of and find great homes for them. I donate whenever I can!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is the best! I was a supporter for several years before I was in a position to adopt a new dog. During that time I was able to adopt a "virtual dog" as CPR is a sanctuary for those dogs who may never be adopted due to age or medical issues or behavioral problems. The director Donna Ezzell is amazing. She speaks for the dogs who have no voice and her nickname is "the fairy dogmother" as she has a reputation for making the perfect match, not just any match. A great deal of time is devoted not only to getting the dogs healthy but also to socialization in order to get the dogs ready for their furever homes. Applicants must be pre-approved and this process may take several days. Vet references are required and an interview, usually by phone may take up to one hour. This is not a "show up on the spur of the moment and pick out your dog " kind of place. I found the perfect dog, Atlas, although I had no idea that I would be adopting a 50 pound standard poodle!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This dog rescue does it right. Potential adopters are well screened, and great care is taken to match the dogs to the person/family.
All dogs are vet checked and medically cleared, whatever is required is done.
I am a sponsor of an SOS dog, who will have a home at Dreamweaver Farm for life if needed. I've donated for food, medical care, and special situations .
I hope to someday add to my poodle family of one, in the meantime I love being a part of the Dreamweaver family . This is a truly unique rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I regularly donate to Carolina Poodle Rescue because their philosophy fits in with mine. I love dogs and especially poodles. They are a no kill shelter who rescue and nurse back to health dogs who need a home whether it's due to abandonment or an owners change of circumstance, etc. Health needs are addressed, and a dogs emotional needs are addressed, until a dog is transformed and the right home is found. They are transparent in their actions and are like a gigantic dog loving family whether you become an adopter, an active volunteer or a sponsor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through our first adoption process, I could simply not be more impressed than I was with Carolina Poodle Rescue. They take such care in vetting potential adopters through an extensive application, phone interview, reference reviews, adoption board review etc. that I knew I was dealing with the right group! This told me how much they care for the animals under their protection. When we were chosen to adopt our lovely boy it was like winning the lottery! :) Then when we went to meet him in person, I felt NO pressure to take him home. It was obvious that they truly only want to make a match if it's good for both the dog and the adopters. Our boy was very skittish and I knew we'd take him home, but I was concerned because it was my first time dealing with a dog like this. CPR made it very clear that they were available for any and all questions after we got home. I texted several questions and got quick responses, and I also received multiple follow up calls. So basically I never felt alone and knew I had support to make the best home possible for this sweet boy. You can not go wrong working with CPR... they are an amazing bunch of people and admire what they do immensely.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Carolina Poodle Rescue. I was searching to adopt and they were the only place out of the many applications I filled out that contacted me. They had the exact dog I was looking for. The process of adopting was very thorough and it made me feel confident in knowing they cared about what kind of person I was and the experience I had with dogs. This was my first time adopting, I had always gotten my dogs from breeders and I must say I will for sure adopt from them again. I have the most amazing dog that has been a life saver for me. I found my best friend and she has rescued me more than she will ever know. The staff is awesome and I would highly recommend anyone looking to adopt to check them out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When looking for an agency from which to adopt our dog, we were advised by friends to consider Carolina Poodle Rescue. From the initial phone interview (them interviewing us!) to the care they took in trying to match us up with the best possible doggie, I was totally impressed and knew this was a place which really cared. They even made sure that any dogs we looked at were "cane" comfortable, as my husband uses that aid. They have consistently exceeded all expectations for a well run organization built on a foundation of love. Any dog who goes through CPR literally wins the life lottery.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! Donna Ezell and the people who work at this rescue are absolute angels. They love every dog that comes into their care, and they do everything humanly possible to ensure the health and well-being of each one. Additionally, they take great care to match adopters with a dog that is a perfect match in order to make sure that everyone is happy. They have saved untold numbers of precious, deserving dogs over the years who have enriched the lives of many, many people. This is a wonderful organization.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue and have recommended them to many friends over the years. I've remained in touch with the rescue and can say that Carolina Poodle Rescue goes above and beyond what many other rescues and shelters will do and will take in many senior and sick dogs, giving them a home and a chance when no one else will. I continue to recommend them to anyone looking for a dog, not just a poodle. They take in many breeds, so don't let the name fool you. I am eternally thankful as both my dogs were adopted as older dogs and one came to them heartworm positive. Donna and her staff have a heart of gold and the world is a better place thanks to them. They always put the well being of the dogs first. I can't say enough good things about this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have wanted a dog since I was a child, but my mother was never interested in caring for a dog in New York. My boyfriend and I were finally ready to get a dog and had been searching through petfinder and countless websites and rescues for "the one". It is a rigorous process and many rescues are overprotective which I do understand but I also think its important to meet a person before deciding whether or not they are fit to own a rescue dog., pushing people away just makes more people buy dogs.... which is not the point. I stumbled across Carolina poodle rescue at "Best Friends Super adoption event" in December of 2016, where I met my Buddy (my baby that I adopted from CPR) and some of the most caring people from the rescue. They conducted and in depth interview and have provided more support than I can EVER imagine, after I took Buddy home. We had found another dog from another rescue and we wanted both, they let us take the two dogs to play together while we talked to the people from the rescue about all the details of dog ownership. I have never experienced more genuine people who cared more about finding the perfect matches for these dogs. Donna, who runs CPR, was also amazing in the process. As a first time dog owner, I had a lot of questions, I was instantly connected to Buddy's foster mom who had him for a while before me. She works with the rescue a lot and gave me such amazing support. The woman who interviewed me also let me call her on her personal phone, because she saw that I was nervous, I wanted everything to be perfect for my Buddy, and because he was found as a stray, it is hard to know much about his past. CPR even has a facebook group which a beautiful online community of CPR adopters and volunteers who support each other positively through thick and thin! I really could not say more good things about this rescue. I am so happy they brought my Buddy to me, and I am so lucky to have such a great support system.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Donna and the Carolina Poodle Rescue are more then caring, they love there charges and try to the best of there abilities to match dogs with adopters. We have adopted three bundle of joys from Carolina Poodle Rescue. All three were seniors our choice, because they are the hardest ones to be adopted. We realize they may have health issues, but they also deserve to have love, caring and to be cherished just like to younger ones. They let us know of these issues. We choose to take on those issues. They take in many bundles of joy and vet each adopter carefully. My husband and myself are over joyed to be supporters of this organization of excellence. The first picture are two of our bundles of joy. One is 8 yrs old and the other is twelve years old. We sadly lost our other bundle of joy, Bruce James at the age of 15 yrs. He was blind and slow, but we loved him dearly and will miss him always. He is in the second picture. We will love and cherish them as long as God allows us too. We want to thank CPR for giving us these beautiful gifts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Until 2015, the only fur baby I ever had was a Standard Poodle. She died prematurely due to complications associated with Addison's Disease. The sudden loss of both my dog and my mom within the same month in 2015 was almost unbearable. Then a friend said, " to honor your poodle who died, you should rescue one". I said, "no way would anyone ever abandon a poodle".".

I was wrong. I googled Poodle Rescue and found Carolina Poodle Rescue. I started volunteering with this group, to help get out the word that poodles get displaced for lots of reasons, sudden death or disability of the pet owner is one of the most frequent. I completed my adoption online, not knowing if I was really ready at the time, and as it turned out, I wasn't ready. Donna Ezzell, the founder and director, interviewed me personally. She never mentioned the need to make space for new rescues, or the need for donations to help cover expenses for special needs dogs. She just said that only I will know when I am ready to move forward, and that she appreciated my help in informing others of the Carolina Poodle a rescue mission. . What I learned from that conversation is, placements in the right homes, in the right environment for the dog, with the right adopter and caregiver, is the only reason to approve adoptions.

That was almost 2 years ago. At every opportunity, I would visit the CPR website and read the profiles of dogs who are ready for adoption, it was the face of Sadie, that I fell in love with before I even met her. So I renewed my application and this time there was no doubt. I drove to Pacolet, SC from Raleigh with the thought that if Sadie picks me, I will be hers. She laid her paw over my forearm, and we are inseparable since. I thank God every day for the blessings that her energy, smile, and antics bring to my life.

Every day, I thank Donna Ezzell for her vision and dedication to rescuing poodles and occasional other breeds, treating them to the loving, safe, healthy and nutritional environment they deserve, and placing them, in time, in the right homes. I especially thank the foster parents, and thank each employee and volunteer who is involved in the rescue and placement process.

Anyone looking for a wonderful place to put their gifts, honor or memorialize their furry family members, or for the love of dogs, wants to leave a trust to help in fulfilling the mission to save dogs from euthanization, please think of Carolina Poodle Rescue. You donation will go far.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteer with Carolina Poodle Rescue. I've worked with other groups that had Administrative issues. I watched this group for a while before we got involved and have been volunteering for 2 years in many capacities: Adoption Counselor, pull dogs from shelters, transport, foster. They are SO COMMITTED to the complete welfare of every dog: physically, emotionally, socially. I am so proud to be associated with this group, and when my husband and I can adopt again it will be from CPR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The best animal rescue group I personally have ever seen. This group of very dedicated individuals work tireless to find unwanted and unloved animals loving homes. Will every adoption and every animal be perfect? No, but everything I personally have seen, they all do an excellent job and try their very best to make the best match for nonhuman and human relationships -- and if they can't make it work, they make absolutely positive the animal is in a safe and kind environment. Animal rescue is hard, very hard - and it can be emotionally draining - to do the best work you can, year after year, takes special people -- Carolina Poodle is that group of special people that have come together for one common goal - helping animals. I have been a monthly poodle patron for many years and will continue to be for many more!!

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2 Caroline47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue, Donna and her team are the most dedicated animal rescue organization that I have encountered. My first experience with them was when my mother adopted a dog from them. The process was quick, but thorough and my mother was matched with the perfect dog for her lifestyle. I was so impressed with CPR that when my 17 year dog passed this past March, I wasted no time in contacting them to add another sweet soul to my pack. This time I adopted through the SOS program that is committed to giving senior dogs a home no matter how long it takes. The love, volunteer and financial support provided by past adopters of the program are the best testament to the amazing work of CPR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother just adopted a sweet, loving new friend named Princess Moxie from CPR last month. We could not be happier with everything CPR did to make sure that my mom's home was in fact a good home for a rescue dog as well as making sure they matched my mom with the dog that was perfect for her! My father passed this year as well has my mom's last rescue dog. My mother has a few limitations in mobility after suffering a stroke, and desperately wanted a companion. Princess Moxie is a calm, gentle senior dog who loves nothing more than to snuggle in my mom's lap. What a blessing she is to us!! Thank you CPR, Donna Ezzell and Merrie Likes!