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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

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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Donor

Rating: 5

Oh that Carolina Poodle Rescue, what a fantastic group it is. I was looking for a small poodle to be my own, we had one, but she is a Daddy's girl. Thankfully I found Carolina Poodle Rescue on the internet. Looking at the dogs I found my baby. I filled out a long very precise application asking all kinds of questions and wanting references from friends and my vet. And these people were called.

I was called and interviewed for over an hour. And finally told that I could adopt my girl who was in Raleigh in a foster home, IF my girl approved me. We made a ten hour round trip from WV to Raleigh and back. We spent several hours with her in the foster home and brought her home with us almost four years ago.

My girl had been a puppy mill producer for several years along with four other dogs. The others had been adopted. Jazzy received probably her first dental while in the care of CPR and had been checked over, micro chipped and spayed. I tell people about Carolina Poodle Rescue all of the time. I have so much confidence in this group, I contribute money and volunteer my time sewing, as I am pretty far away. I have visited and have been impressed by the care the dogs are given and the cleanliness of the dog surroundings. I would recommend Carolina Poodle Rescue to anyone, but you have to pass the test of being a caring loving dog person.

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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Cyndie R.

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!

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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