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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

172 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1 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.

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

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

4 Kate109

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Bailey from CPR in March 2017 and I can only say we had the very best of experiences. This organization puts the needs of the animals first. It is important for these special dogs to have an advocate for their needs. CPR is that advocate. We got to stay overnight in our RV at the farm and everyone was welcoming and helpful. At our interview we met some lovely dogs but Bailey touched us, he was 9 and had lost his family. It has been a perfect match. We are still getting to know him. He gets along so well with our other dog and makes us smile every day, Thank you CPR!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our handsome Bailey on March 30, 2017. I had been following CPR on Facebook and had researched their adoption requirements. I was so impressed with their dedication to finding the best homes for the dogs in their care. We completed the application , supplied references and had a great telephone interview. We went to the farm not knowing who would be our new companion. Donna and all the staff made us feel so welcome and we even camped overnight at the farm. Next day we met the dogs Donna and Jerome thought would be good for us. We felt a very strong pull to Bailey and he has become a beloved member of our family. Bailey(black) is 9 years old but seems to reliving his youth with our 3 year Zeke(parti). They are long lost brothers I can not say enough good things about our experience.

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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.

3 AuntSherry

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best rescue group for the true dog lover. Carolina Poodle Rescue takes in many dogs that are too old or too sick to be considered adoptable. All dogs are rehabilitated to the highest possible level. Dogs are adopted only after careful screening by volunteer adoption counselors. My husband and I have adopted three Poodles from this group, and we were amazed at the number and commitment of the volunteers. Carolina Poodle Rescue's (a no-kill organization) mission is to place dogs in homes that cherish animals, so that the animal can live out its life with a loving family.

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!