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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

195 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

melbin

Donor

Rating: 5

CPR is a wonderful dog rescue! They have loving, caring people there and provide the best care until they find just the right family for the dogs. I try to donate regularly to them and one day, I hope to adopt a dog from them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I contacted CPR looking for my lost dog. My baby wasn't there, but they were so helpful to me. They were encouraging and caring, suggesting things I could try. After 6 days, I found my baby, thank the good Lord, but I will always be grateful to Donna and CPR for helping me. They didn't have to help, but they did because they're good caring people.

1 Kate109

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bailey has been with us for over 2 years. He is happy and we are so happy! Thank you Carolina Poodle Rescue for the amazing work you do helping these dogs find homes and saving them from a life of neglect. I am so proud to be a member of this family!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Bailey from CPR, March 2017. The whole experience was terrific. I had been following them on Facebook and knew what to expect. Their priority is the dog and it should be. But they were so attentive to finding the right match for us. Bailey is great and a wonderful member of our family. Thank you, CPR!

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1 Emily V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue provides a second chance to many lovely dogs who have found themselves alone. I got my sweet Ziggy from CPR 7 years ago, and was so impressed with the time they took to ensure Zig and I were a good fit. When it's time to add another fur child to the family, I'll be visiting CPR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a rescue with a gigantic heart! Their true mission is to save dogs and help owners save them. The dogs get excellent care along with the best health care can buy.
Their original mission was poodles. They realized a lot of other need and so are now a great farm that rescues dogs. They realize that some dogs will not be adoptable, so they are able to live the rest of their lives at the farm, being loved, fed and warm. The Saving Seniors program is part of this and worth being funded. The rescue just helped me save a Maltese senior whose owner could not care.
Money donated there will be well used!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CPR is outstanding! I wish every rescue group was this good. We have adopted 2 standard poodles from them and both times they matched us with the perfect dogs for our family. One thing that sets CPR apart is the care they take matching the humans with dogs. Dogs can stay with them as long as it takes to find the right home. The adoption team takes special care to learn the dogs' personalities. Additionally they provide plenty of support once you've adopted one of their dogs, be it emotional, behavioral, or if something drastic should happen in the humans' lives, they will welcome a dog back if needed.
I cannot say enough good things about CPR!!

2 Nina H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could give CPR a higher rating I would -- this organization and its founder, Donna Ezzel, are absolutely FABULOUS! We are 4-time adopters, traveling from Florida to South Carolina each time. Donna perfectly matched us each time with our 4 standard poodles and we couldn't be happier with our fur-kids. Kudos to Donna and her team!

2 Brenda La F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to adopt a standard poodle and found this rescue on the internet. I filled out an application and wasd contacted very quickly by a.m apron manager. We spent time discussing what we were looking for, what the possible options could be and left it to them to line up some possible dogs to visit with. We ended up adopting 2 spoos that had bonded at the rescue and they are perfect. Everyone there does an amazing job matching the dogs and people together. I highly recommend them. They have the animals and the peoples best interests at heart.

1 Becky H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Besides saving ALL the fur babies, CPR and Donna Ezell saved my husband!! After losing Spenser the Little Black Dog he became depressed and withdrawn! Getting Tinkerbell the Little White Fluffy Dog was the answer!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our CPR experience started when they came north to NY for an adoption event. We were looking to add a new furry 4-legged family member after losing out 15 year old dog several months before. They had a variety of dogs including poodles, hounds and even little dogs, which was a surprise for a poodle rescue. They had a thorough bio on each pen outlining each dogs personality and needs. The staff was friendly, answering questions, providing info and letting us interact with the dogs we were interested in. They had us fill out a very detailed comprehensive application including references and our vet/groomer. We also engaged in a comprehensive interview with a staff member after our references were checked. The staff was superfriendly and professional. They really care about their 4 legged babies and makensure that theybare matched to the perfect familes for them. Our adoption counselor even gave us her personal phone number so we could contact her with any concerns or questions. We were also invited to join a friends and family facebook group to keep them updated of our life with Deanna. It is a comfort to know that she always has a place at the farm if for some reason we can no longer care for her. We are so greatful for CPR and the work that they do taking care all the precious fur babies until they can find forever homes

1 quarkee

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Diva from Carolina Poodle Rescue. This was my second adoption from them. Everyone was so friendly and so professional. They are an outstanding group of volunteers. They even follow up with you later to make sure everything is working out well. They have a return policy with no judgement. Diva will always have a home either with me or at the farm. This brings such peace.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Peewee from CPR. Every part of the adoption process was a good experience. Donna and her crew continue to do wonderful work. I would highly recommend this nonprofit to adopt

Miriam9

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great rescue I am proud to volunteer with. I got Mercy 11 years ago in Sissy four years ago and I couldn’t be happier. Donna and her carefully chosen staff are dedicated and professionals, I wouldn’t go anywhere else to find my next dog. Rescue and adopt, don’t shop!

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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!

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my second wonderful dog, Coco from Carolina Poodle Rescue a year ago in October 2018, Coco, being in a Foster home with Carolina Poodle for a short while, acclimated quickly due in part because adoption counselors and Foster Mom in this case, are all working together with the Rescue to place each dog in the best environment for the dog and the family. . The application is very detailed to ensure the dog's wellbeing and family's compatibility then after approval the adoption process is quick when you've found your new Baby!! I'm sure I will soon adopt again, finding another sweet pup who will choose us as it's family!

Carol E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CPR is amazing‼️I’ve adopted 4 Poodles since Aug 2010. They are fabulous and only interested in saving dogs & rehoming them to forever , loving homes. They help to match owners to dogs. They are there to support the new owners with questions they may have. It’s strictly a no kill shelter & each dog is a precious gift- CPR is a family dedicated to saving dogs into a forever, loving home- they are phenominal‼️❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this rescue! We adopted our fur baby from here and had a great experience! Everyone is great and they work so hard to make sure these dogs find great forever homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are adopters AND volunteers. I love the people in this group! They are dedicated to rescuing all types of dogs, and are willing to give the old and the ill their best lives along with the young and healthy. Most rescue groups only want the easy to place dogs. Our Tidbit, a Chihuahua, owes his very life to Carolina Poodle Rescue, and they changed our lives by allowing Tidbit to choose us.

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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

A top notch rescue that doesn’t just save poodles. One of my favorite things is that CPR values all dogs and will rescue other breeds too. I always donate knowing they will put my money to its best use and stretch every dollar. We adopted Charlie 3 years ago and love her so much.

Ruth K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CPR has a no kill policy and they do all that they can to rescue, treat and then find a forever home for the pets they place. When I adopted Benji (10/19) whose former name was Ringo Bailey, I had to complete an application which was then vetter by volunteer staff. They actually called my vet and references. After which I was interviewed over the phone. I traveled to the Farm and was met by Donna Ezzell. She introduced me to several dogs (or rather the dogs introduced to me) We all visited for quite awhile and I lost my heart to a SOS dog which I renamed Benji. He was rescued from a private circus. He was about 12, blind and mostly deaf but I love him and he goes everywhere with me. I'm older with an ill husband so Benji's calmness and unconditional love just suits us and I'm so glad that he came into our lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had two mini dachshunds in my house, one 14 and one 3 years old, I was looking for a small playmate for my younger puppy, Sophie. I needed a girl since my older dog Maxwell doesn’t get along with male dogs. I found CPR online and went through their thorough approval process, went down to the farm with both of my puppies to see if they had a match for us. They were wonderful!! I can’t say enough good things about CPR! We came home with Olivia - a jack Russell chihuahua dachshund mix (yeah she’s crazy but we like that). And just last week we rescued Coco - a nine year old Pom mix who is the sweetest girl I’ve ever known. Cpr has just been fantastic! They have an amazing support system and really show how much they love every dog that comes to them.

AuntSherry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a real Rescue. They take in dogs that have very little chances of being adopted. I adopted Gracie, a ten year old Standard Poodle. She was dropped at a shelter because she was old and no longer a good breeder. Carolina Poodle Rescue came and got her even though her age and condition made her “adoptibility” very low. CPR has a mission and philosophy that dogs should spend their last days in comfort and with love and attention. She and I had 5 more happy years together! Thank you CPR for saving her!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted three Poodles from Carolina Poodle Rescue over the past 12 years. Each time I have been amazed at the care that was given to the dogs and the courtesies extended to me and my family. I like and appreciate their policies which focus first on the animal’s well-being. They were rigorous in their vetting, and as an animal lover, I enthusiastically support this.

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Noni C

Donor

Rating: 5

Some of the greatest blessings in my life came to me by way of this wonderful organization. The staff is so committed to all the dogs in their care which is evident in everything they do.

I highly recommend Carolina Poodle Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue three times over the last five years. (I have a soft spot for seniors.)The property is very well kept and all the dogs are so loved and well cared for. Their adoption process is VERY thorough, including calls to my vet, neighbors and groomer, but I appreciate the lengths they go to to be sure dogs are placed in safe and loving homes. When I visted the farm to adopt, they had me bring my other dog(s) to be sure my new family member would be a good fit, and they spent so much time with us as we met numerous adoptables.

I can't say enough about how wonderful this organization is.

Jamie97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am looking at a house in Cheraw. It is over 100 years old. Please let me know if 323 Greene Street is of any historic home and if any repair cost programs available. If you have any other homes are available for sell in Cheraw. My name is Jamie M Collier. I currently live at 280-B Fleming Road, Charleston, SC 29412. My telephone number is 843-288-1066.

poodles

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first thing that attracted me to Carolina Poodle Rescue was that they responded to my adoption application in less than 24 hours. I had sent in applications to numerous other rescues (through PetFinder) and didn't hear back from those other rescues. CPR responded quickly and thoroughly. Their adoption process is intense which helps ensure adopters get their forever family mate.

Since my initial application, I've volunteered with CPR as a foster Mom, a transporter, and a donor.

Great organization!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found our Bella in 2008, had every intention of getting a Labradoodle. Previously we had 2 Standard Poodles, 1 male, 1 female, litter mates from a breeder. I will never forget arriving, and seeing 33 standard poodles that day, greeting us at that fence. I just could not Phatham how that could happen who does that, why are they here? I was devastated, I cried in the car, as my husband told me you have to get out, we are doing this. All I could think was my Francesca and Dane could never survive this who does this to dogs. I realized how sheltered I was. Donna knew only a poodle would do, she asked just let me introduce you to this one first. Out came Bella (fka Becca) she jumped on that loveseat, pushed my arm, layed next to me and gave my husband the look. He replied, you have your dog. Well fortunately Bella has raised us right, she is 12 years old and jumps like a pup. We still do whatever Bella says, it’s easier that way.

2 Fred A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle is more than just a rescue site for poodles - it is a sanctuary for older or sick dogs (of any breed) to live out their lives surrounded by love, it is a dedicated core of folks who take care of rescues (all breeds) and the seniors, it is a massive community of supporters who help each other with their rescue dogs and rise to the occasion when transport or help with vet bills is needed. In a word - Carolina Poodle and the extended family constantly renews my faith in humanity. It is one of the most amazing organizations with which I have had contact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was adopted by my Jazzy Girl in February 2013. I was very impressed with the effort by Carolina Poodle Rescue to get the right dog with the right person. I have only been able to visit two times due to my distance from the farm. I volunteer by sewing.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

We've adopted three rescues from CPR, and I cannot recommend them enough. Their love for, care for, and knowledge of rescue dogs is superb, and the people are so incredible to work with. We're honored to be part of the CRP Family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a 10 year old male poodle, Love, nearly two years ago. CPR does such an incredible job of ensuring that there is a great fit between available dogs and potential adopters. Their approach and policies are transparent (no surprises), and they have the animal companions' best interests at heart 100% of the time. I'm so proud to be a part of the CPR family.

Faye4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted twice from CPR, both wonderful dogs! They are extremely thorough in their application process because they have made a commitment to each animal they take in. Our first adoption was 2009, second in 2013. We have done some volunteering for them and have been regular contributors. If you want a group that is ALL ABOUT THE DOG this one is tops.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two standard poodles from CPR, one eight years ago, the other three years ago. They are a rescue that is all about the DOG, fully checking out prospective adopters and requiring a site visit to the farm to make the match. The adoption contract provides that if the placement fails, the DOG comes back to CPR. I was so impressed by their attitude and operations that I became a donor and then a volunteer. Whether you are in a situation where you must rehome a much loved pet or looking to add a fur baby to your family, Carolina Poodle Rescue may be the right place for you. You may find their process too much, but it helps if you keep in mind that they have a commitment to each animal to find a great, loving, permanent placement. This organization is committed to stopping irresponsible breeding and overpopulation of pet quality animals. Their motto is "One by one, until there are none." My dogs and I think they're the greatest!

LynetteH

Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a wonderful organization. Their love and concern for the animals in their care is obvious in all they do, from intake to adoption.

I am impressed by everything they do but the SOS Program is especially close to my heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted more than one of my sweet furbabies from from Carolina Poodle Rescue. The farm and kennel areas are so nice and clean for the dogs there. Even more importantly, Donna and her staff of caregivers obviously love the dogs and take such good care of them. Their mission is clear and they work so hard to provide a wonderful environment for the dogs waiting for their forever homes and to care for those who will likely be permanent residents there. I have never been more impressed by an organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team at Carolina Poodle Rescue really cares. They go out of their way to ensure a safe, healthy and overall good life to dogs that are to be adopted and those, through no fault of their own, will never be adopted. I have adopted three wonderful dogs and volunteered for over 8 years. I always say to potential adopters, "No dogs want to end up in a rescue, but if they have to be in a rescue, this is the one to be in."

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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!)

1 RevCat

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Riley through CPR in 2015. I was impressed by the careful background check (on me), the kindness and thorough preparation given Riley, and the ongoing support offered as he adjusted to his new home. He has been a fantastic pet and I love the CPR Facebook page—full of advice and camaraderie.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my poodle mix Riley from CPR 2 years ago. I was impressed by the care they took to be sure that both dogs and potential adopters were thoroughly checked out, the personal contact available not only during but after the adoption, and the group's love for dogs who couldn't be adopted for various reasons but were still treated with respect and TLC. Riley was a great match for me and my other poodle!

1 Andie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the absolute best dog rescue!
In May 2017 I was planning to attend another big pet adoption event. I had been looking for the right dog for nearly 3yrs. I was feeling disheartened and happen to mention this to a friend online. She introduced me to someone who referred me to CPR. They were bringing dogs to the adoption event. Before I knew it my application was pre-approved. We adopted Molly in the 1st hour of the event. Donna is the most dedicated and kind person I have ever met. Although they specialize in poodles, they take in many breeds of dogs. They rescue dogs from kill shelters and from disaster areas. Donna does whatever she can for dogs that are sick and disabled. Transportation is arranged, funds are donated. The facebook page is a real support network. If you are lucky enough to adopt from Carolina Poodle Rescue, you will also get a wonderful extended family. There are many dedicated rescue organizations and CPR is the very best amongst them.

3 Elismom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adoptedfrom CPR 3 separate times. Each time, I was fully informed about the good and some challenging traits of my new pups. The only surprises were how much I adored them and how quickly I did. I respect the care they go through when approving adopters and know that everything they do is in the best interests of the animals. Love them so much that I am a monthly sponsor and have volunteered. I love my cpr family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted from CPR 3 times. They are one of the most responsable and proactive rescue groups that I have ever had the pleasure to get to learn about and adopt from. My male poodle was a rescue from a large overwhelmed and neglectful backyard breeder. CPR took a large number of dogs when the authorities shut this operation down. Without CPR, my boy would have surely died from neglect and hunger. He was unsocialized and tremendously under weight. CPR kept him in a foster home to help socialize him so that he would be adoptable. I adopted my little girl poodle from them next to be a companion for me and my boy. She was a retired breeding dog. After birthing numerous of litters for the profit of a breeder, at the age of 7, she was surrendered/abandoned. He was in poor condition and required not only the normal spay/neuter procedure but a full dental with full extractions. That costs an arm and a leg, but CPR was there to get her in shape so that they could find her a good home. She was also nurtured in a foster home.
My 3rd dog from them is a 5yr old Portuguese water dog whose owner passed away. After relatives could not care for him, CPR took him, had him neutered and then offered him for adoption. Their care and adoption standards ensure that these beautiful creatures will never be neglected or I'll cared for again. I respect the organization and their heroic efforts. I show this by trust that they always have the best interest of the animals at heart. I also show this trust with monthly donations to assist in caring for the animals in their care that they know may never have a home due to age or illness. These sos dogs have love and care the rest of their lives even if they are never adopted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Kirby 1 year ago this week. It was a wonderful experience.
I had the right attitude going in, and Jessie, Donna and Jennifer were absolutely wonderful.
My adoption counselor was awesome. They help match the right dog to the right family, taking all factors into consideration. You won't leave there without a perfect match!
They have followed our progress throughout the year, very interested in our outcome.
Absolutely nothing stops them from saving a fur baby.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted twice and I have two great poodles. The dogs were completely vetted on adoption. They choose homes carefully. They choose families which can assure the dog will be taken care of like a family member. Well worth the drive to Pacolet,SC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a longtime dog owner, I was pleased to see how thoroughly this rescue vetted me to make sure I could provide a good home to one of their adoptables. I can't say enough about the director and the staff- wonderful people who devote their lives to these dogs! I would not hesitate to highly recommend this group.

2 Trish Eley L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our dog Cletus from CPR and had a wonderful experience. They care for these dogs and work tirelessly to be sure they match with their adopters and get a forever home!! If your interested in adopting from a great organization I would highly recommend CPR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted Mercy from CPR almost nine years ago. I was very impressed with the care and concern Donna and team shows with all of their dogs. They seek the best fit for the animal and family. When I was ready to get a mate for Sissy, I knew that CPR was the rescue I would use again, and two and a half years ago I adopted Sissy from CPR. I wouldn't think I'm going anywhere else to get a dog I think that Donna and her team of the best . I think so much of CPR I volunteer for events and love the CPR reunion every year. It's a close knit CPR family, and Donnas top priority is for the good dog. Thank you for my girls!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no doubt that CPR is one of the finest rescues in the nation. I know first hand all the good work they do and how well they care for the dogs in their care. Although they specialize in poodles, they take in all kinds of dogs if they are in need. Their screening process for potential adopters is extensive but they will be absolutely certain that they match the right dog with a family that will love and care for it for the duration of its life. CPR also specializes in taking in the dogs that no one wants. They readily take the ones that are extremely old or have special needs. They also work with dogs that have severe behavioral issues, including aggression. Most shelters would have put these special ones down immediately. Another wonderful thing about this rescue is if they have a dog that absolutely can't be adopted, that precious creature will stay at the farm for the rest of it's life. The dogs are housed in multiple little cottages and they have so much play time and social interaction with both people and other dogs. I work with the senior and special needs dogs. I have adopted 13 this year from CPR and almost all of them have come from horrific situations. Here they are cherished throughout their remaining time. CPR also maintains contact with the new owners ensuring that things are going smoothly and providing any needed assistance or support. There is a Facebook site called family and friends where over 3000 members share their pictures and joys and receive support, guidance love from everyone. CPR has definitely changed my life and many others have expressed the same experiences. If you are looking to adopt this is the first place you need to go!

3 Carol H S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing they request that you bring your current animals and members of the household they're very interested in setting up a good long-term match for the newest member of your family. They are there for help guidance support I can't say enough good things about how these dedicated people perform their services to the community,

1 Brenda D.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

I wouldn't even give one star if that was an option. I like, Sarah Stalions, stumbled upon this site and fell in love with the cutest little thing named Bella. The application was 18 pages long and the process was very long and painful. In the meantime my husband and I both fell in love with this cute little face, she went everywhere with me on my phone and showed her to many of our friends and family. Finally spoke with the adoption counselor and she scheduled an appointment for the next day for us to pick up Bella. We went out shopping that night and spent over $300.00 on supplies for our new little girl, including crates and gates etc. Our appt was for 2pm with a 2 hour drive one way. We set out on our journey and was so excited. We waited in our car until our appt as requested and when it was our turn, we were asked what we were looking for. We said we are here to adopt Bella and we were then told that Bella had already been adopted that morning!! I almost fell out of my seat. She said that the 11am people had adopted her and that they don't 'hold' animals. How is it 'holding' this puppy when we had an appointment to take her home!! All of their paperwork states they have the right to take the animal back at any time with $1,000 fine etc etc, well it's nice that they think of the animals, but what about the humans? We were devastated and absolutely crushed!! The drive home felt like I had suffered a miscarriage. It was horrible. 4 hours plus on the road for nothing. Bad Business if you ask me! Will NEVER consider them EVER again. We are empty nesters and wanted to adopt 2 puppies as our children have rescue dogs as well. It left such a bitter taste in our mouths that we have since gone and 'purchased' two cute little German Shepherd puppies. Such a shame to do business like that and to totally turn people off from wanting to go through the adoption process.

1 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

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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3

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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3

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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1 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!

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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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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a collection of some of the most caring, selfless people on the planet. They take all kinds of dogs with an unlimited range of needs. They rehabilitate the dogs both physically and emotionally. Due to their amazing ability to stretch donor dollars, meet the dogs' needs and match them up with new, loving owners. God has truly blessed them with the patience, education, talent and desire to do this! That's the only way anything comes off so well for both people and animals! Thank you, for who you are and what you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Carolina Poodle Rescue for 15 years. Top notch rescue that always puts the dogs best intrest first. Strict protocol on the adoption process to ensure forever homes for there dogs. All dogs get complete medical treatment and personality evaluations so that potential adopters have all the info they need. Thank you Carolina Poodle Rescue for saving so many lives and ensuring the best placements for each one!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about CPR from an adoption event in Wilmington NC. I looked online and found Lucy, that I immediately became obsessed with. I immediately filled out an application. After what seemed like the longest three days I finally got a called from the adoption coordinator, and that's when I fell in love with the organization. My adoption coordinator, Heather, thou she was carefully screen both my verbal and written questions I was relieved and excited to talk to a real person. (who also checked in with me during every step of adoption process) A few days later I get a call from the foster mom, Pheobe, as I talked to her she never sugar coated Lucy's quirks. quirks that wouldn't be, to most people an ideal match, only grew my obsession. Two weeks later I made it to the farm. As soon as I arrived to the farm I was greeted by Gary and an adoption assistant. Then finally the magical moment happen. I got to meet both Lucy and Donna. It was love at first sight. A love that wouldn't have been possible with out CPR. CPR doesn't take short cuts. They take their time screening each adoption and they clearly care about the animals. CPR offers not just a home for the animal or a beautiful companionship but also a great support network. That I would recommend to anybody looking to share their home and love to a furry baby.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a spunky 5 year old toy poodle almost 2 years ago. From the second he ran into the room and jumped on my dad we knew he had found a family. Couldn't love him any more. The vetting process is very extensive. CPR makes sure that every family that is adopting is going to give their new fur baby a good home. My family tried to adopt another poodle about a month ago but our current dogs didn't get alone with her so it didn't work out. I have no doubt that that dog found an amazing forever family. Donna is so dedicated and passionate about what she does. Can't wait to adopt again maybe in a few years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding group. Mom's neighbor dropped their poodle off in her yard and never came back. CPR took her in and she was adopted to a wonderful family. Had they not helped who knows what would have happened to her. They were kind enough to let me know who she went to and included a pic. This group is always doing so many different events all to make these sweet creatures find happy lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a blind senior from Carolina Poodle Rescue almost 2 years ago. I can say that they thoroughly screen adopters and match them to dogs so wonderfully. Donna and staff allow you as much time as needed to meet with and get to know a dog before making your decision and give you every bit of known information they have, from medical issues to possible behavior issues. I was even told, and I quote "you know he is ancient, right?" Yes, and I love him anyway! Well, this rescue is so amazing I went from an adopter to an active volunteer. I've worked with other rescues, and can honestly say CPR is by far the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About 6 months ago, I adopted the sweetest, 5 pound poodle from Carolina Poodle Rescue. I was extremely impressed that before I adopted my poodle, CPR took her to the vet plus to an ophthalmologist. My poodle has a disease called PRA and is totalling blind. CPR told me exactly what I needed to know in regard to my poodle's health. I appreciate the fact that CPR took such care in researching the cause of my poodles blindness. CPR told me that my poodle's lose of sight was permanent. I was given the vet and the ophthalmologist reports. When I took my poodle to my vet after I adopted her, my vet confirmed that CPR did exactly what he would do in regard to checking out her eyesight and finding out the reason she was blind. I would recommend CPR 100%. My poodle is totally blind but is a happy, healthy poodle. I thank Carolina Poodle Rescue for rescuing her so that I was able to adopt such a precious poodle!

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