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Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome cocker spaniels and spaniel mixes of all ages, while educating and providing a positive experience for our community of adopters, volunteers and supporters.

Results: We place over 200 dogs in loving homes every year!

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130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit! They rescue not only Cockers and older dogs but any dog in need .... so many from breeders in the southern states which are poorly regulated, and which allow their animals to live in crowded, fenced, unclean conditions, and have major, untreated medical/surgical ailments. OBG accepts the huge expense of providing the medical and surgical treatment these dogs require, preparing them to be an adoptable family member, with the help of a large cadre... of volunteers, fosters, supportive Veterinarians, trainers, and pet owners who support the organization through donations of time and money. These are the Insiders who know when an organization uses its money carefully and wisely. One of my adopted dogs (from one of those breeders) required cataract surgery on both eyes. It was so bad that she now has glaucoma. And, she was never socialized or housebroken, living 10 years behind fencing as a breeder. OBG helped her become a wonderful dog with a good future. My other dog required eye duct gland replacement surgery and had allergies and an ear infection. After adoption, one of the glands required a repeat surgery. While not required, OBG paid for the surgery. I have been so impressed with their individualized attention to each dog they rescue, and minimal administrative expenses, that I am one who has continued to donate to support their efforts. This is a very worthy rescue organization, deserving of support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first adopted our two dogs several years ago. I was impressed by the amount of work they do to find real forever homes for each and every dog they rescue. I was surprised and impressed to find that all the money really goes to care for the dogs and getting them adopted. They have since become the priority #1 organization on our donation list and working as a volunteer from time to time, I have had the privilege to meet many of the wonderful and dedicated volunteers in this incredible organization. I'm proud to be associated with this professional group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have adopted 3 cockers through OBG over the years. We have so much respect for this truly wonderful organization that we have fostered 6 dogs finding them forever homes to enjoy the life they deserve. All members of OBG are devoted to helping to nurture these dogs and find them deserving homes. This is a totally volunteer organization. We also help out with fund raising to raise the money needed for vet treatments to save these mistreated dogs. I also do home checks for future fosters to make sure they are aware of the responsibility involved in fostering a dog to help prepare them for adoption. Home checks for those interested in adopting are also extremely important to ensure the adoptive family is the right fit for the dogs needs. Kudos to the group who rescued the Freedom 46! We are so proud to be associated with such a dedicated group of individuals working together for a single cause!

3COCKERS

Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted for the first time from OBG Cocker Rescue in 2005 and six times since that time! They are such a wonderful and caring organization! They do an amazing job each year ensuring that they provide the best care for each dog that they bring into their rescue until the time that a carefully selected adopter can be found. Thank you OBG Cocker Rescue for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OBG is FABULOUS! We have adopted six different times over the years and could not be happier with all of our cockers - young and old. As I type this review my three cocker babies are all nodding in agreement! The OBG volunteers are always so helpful and truly want the best furever home for the dog. I was so inspired by the organization that I became a volunteer with the organization and it has been a wonderful experience. Thank you OBG!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud of the work OBG does and proud to be a volunteer. But I am most proud of my crazy cocker Cooper.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted my first two dogs from OBG over 20 years ago and have since become a volunteer and Board member. I also have been one of the Foster Coordinators for almost a decade. We have some fabulous people working with us and adopting from us. Our mission is to save and rehome cockers and cocker mixes although we also always have some other dogs in the mix too. Right now we have a mix of dogs from young to very senior. Once we commit to a dog it stays with us forever if need be. And if an adoption doesn't work out, we want the dog back. We also spend whatever is needed to make a dog healthy again, whether it involves heartworm treatment or fixing a cherry eye or whatever. We use specialist vets as needed including eye vets, cardiologists , and ortho vets. And of course one of the most fun things we do is taking pregnant dogs who have puppies. Those end up being very well socialized puppies. I now have three OBG dogs and they provide a ton of companionship and fun for me. I also continue to foster as I find that very rewarding, as it helps a dog on its way to its forever home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted my first OBG dogs back in 1998, two fabulous dogs who lived out their lives in a home instead of never making it out of a kill shelter. I was told that a kill shelter called to say they had a cocker mix and when the OBG representative showed up, there was this pup that obviously had no cocker blood at all in her. She got taken in anyway and she was definitely a once in a lifetime dog. It is sad to think that she almost didn't make it, because she was a mixed breed puppy. Another of my dogs had gone thru the shelter twice in two years, the first time as a 6 month old puppy. Usually dogs are put down when they are returned to a shelter. His only fault, he was killing the ducks on the family farm, maybe because he was being kept in the barn instead of the house at night. I still have him and he also is a wonderful well behaved and well socialized dog, and he has yet to find any ducks at my house. That is one thing I love about OBG, while we are focused on cockers and cocker mixes, we do not automatically exclude other mixes and breeds of dogs that just happen to need us greatly. I also love that cockers of all ages have a place to go. I started fostering cockers in 2000 and have never stopped, it is just so rewarding to help these dogs on their way to their forever homes.

Clarence Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first adopted from Oldies But Goodies 15 years ago, a sweet middle-age cocker with her broken leg in a cast. It was wonderful dealing with a caring organization that made sure we followed up with visits to their orthopedic vet – they wanted Lexie to have a good start with a forever family.

Many years later, we adopted two more cockers including one where OBG had invested almost $3,000 in ear surgery to relieve pain and give a young dog a good life. We became active volunteers and donors and in the past few years have worked with a wonderful group of people committed to helping dogs find new forever home. OBG became my main volunteer activity after retirement just as it has for many of our volunteers. There is nothing more satisfying to me than giving a deserving pooch another start in life – our pets are lifetime friends that ask so little in return.
At the same time, I have helped many deserving families: The elderly lady that could no longer remember to take care of her twin cockers; The just divorced lady with two children that had to move into an apartment that doesn't allow pets; The gentleman that just lost his job and home and moves his family in with his parents, and must give up their cocker; and, the family that has an elderly parent with dementia living with them, who unfortunately, frequently trips over their cocker hurting himself and the cocker.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my forever cocker spaniels, Charlie and Sadie (a foster who I couldn’t part with), through OBG in 2002 (they were three years old). They are both gone now (Charlie in 2014, and Sadie in 2016), but I have begun volunteering for OBG by attending adoption events and foster sitting. In my experience as an client, volunteer, and long-time donor, I have nothing but praise for an organization that is efficient, responsible, and cares so deeply for the welfare of the pets they take in, foster, and place. My recommendation is enthusiastic and without reservation!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Oldies But Goodies brings together sweet dogs and loving volunteers. While a board member just since last year, OBG came into the life of my family in 2003 with Leo, a black cocker who became my mother's closest companion after my father died and her dementia set in. His unjudging love for Mom - as he lay day in and day out on what she called "the pocket of my tummy" - has made us lifelong fans of Oldies But Goodies. More recently, my spouse and I have adopted senior dogs, including Peppermint Pattie who disproves you can't teach an old dog new tricks: since being rescued from a breeder's at 13, she has learned to climb steps! OBG volunteers are professional, dedicated, and work together as a team, as clear from the success of the Fall 2016 anniversary picnic marking its 20th Anniversary (please see photo). I'm always impressed with what people I run into say about OBG; whether meeting the parent of an OBG at the vet or talking with a Petco manager who once volunteered with OBG, I hear raves and kudos. Makes me proud to be part of it!

Alisha G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, adopter, and donor, OBG never ceases to amaze me with their love for not only Cocker Spaniels, but other dogs they rescue as well. This rescue has some of the most compassionate people (in all aspects and roles) you will ever meet. The dogs are truly the #1 focus of this organization and there's no question that everything that is done is in the best interest of the dogs. I love being a part of OBG!

CeCe H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adopter, a volunteer, former board memebr, and a donor I have seen all the aspects of how OBG is run. All of the people involved care about the dogs first and for most. Whatever it takes to make sure they are cared for is OBG #1 priority.

OBG is a Cocker Spaniel/Mix rescue, last year OBG took in a VERY pregnant BEAGLE mom, who delivered 8 puppies in foster care. When 4 of the puppies became ill, OBG did everything possible to make sure they survived, sadly one passed away. There was never any question that they would do whatever it took to help these puppies.

OBG is made up of love caring people, who love to help dogs in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

10.5 years ago my family adopted our first dog from OBG, we wanted to add an second dog, I saw OBG on the news and emailed OBG about the dog on TV. Our home is different then most, I run a family childcare business, and had young children of my own at the time. We had to adopt a dog that was perfect with children. OBG found our wonderful dog Duffy, who is now over 11 years old and is perfect. We went on to adopt 2 other dogs, Mitzie was a "foster failure", my daughter also adopted 2 dogs from OBG. OBG has wonderful volunteers, I have met many great people who I have become friends with. I have learned so much about dogs, care of the dogs, training of dogs. I have fostered many dog through OBG, I enjoy taking a dog into my home, and working with OBG to find the perfect home for the foster and the joy seeing him/her going to his/her forever home.

Anne93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I began volunteering for OBG after we adopted our two dogs several years ago. We were beyond impressed with the amount of time they put into home checks and making sure the dogs go to appropriate homes which will give the dogs the care and love they deserve. Since then we have helped with fund raising, home checks, and have fostered 6 dogs (one we failed at and adopted). Everyone we have worked with in this incredible organization are dedicated to each and every dog taken in. I'm proud to be associated with this professional group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our 2 Cockers from OBG and were so impressed with the organization that we began volunteering and helping out with fund raising for the pups. We've now fostered 4 lucky Cockers who are now placed in wonderful loving homes. We continue to work closely with these amazing dedicated people. We are very proud to be associated with these incredible volunteers.

Tater07

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting OBG since 2010 and am so impressed with their dedication to get each dog the medical care they need to live a happy and healthy life in a new home. On average, OBG spends $1800 on each dog's care and some dogs run into the thousands of dollars. OBG keeps their overhead expenses low so that nearly 97% of each donation goes to the dogs' expenses. Great rescue to donate to!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with OBG since adopting my first Cocker Spaniel in 2004. I starting volunteering in 2010 and now have three OBG alumni. I think OBG is one of the best run rescues I have ever seen and I frequently hear other members of the dog community - vets and dog care to name just two -- rave about OBG and the care we take to help dogs get well if they are sick and then place with a good forever home. I enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow volunteers and how hard they all work every day to save another dog. I'm very proud to be a member of OBG!

ByronsMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oldies But Goodies (OBG) is an amazing organization which is entirely comprised of non paid volunteers. This group works tirelessly at saving as many dogs as possible; this includes dogs that are not specific to the cocker breed. As a failed foster (I adopted Dexter, pic attached) and current volunteer, I am amazed at the coordination that takes place to rescue dogs. OBG takes in dogs who require extensive and expensive medical care. This group has rescued so many dogs that have required upwards of $5k in medical care.

From transport, to vet intake, to fostering to adoption, OBG volunteers are completely engaged in every step. Having volunteered with other rescue groups, I am so impressed with OBG because the mission of this group, is truly in the heart of all its volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with OBG and it has been a wonderful experience. There is constant communication between the OBG board and the membership. As a relatively new foster for the group, I had many questions and it was great to get such speedy and helpful responses. The volunteers in this group, truly have the right perspective- Finding good homes for the dogs. That is the goal and I have not seen our group steer away from that.

I am also an adopter from OBG and must say the process was thorough, but simple. To me, communication is the most important aspect to making sure volunteers as well as potential adopters understand the process. OBG does a great job with this, be it from emailing members, to publishing newsletters, or ensuring the web site it up to date. I am really impressed with this group and am so happy to have found a rescue group to be a part of.

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HoyaBB

Board Member

Rating: 5

As I think about what I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving, my dogs top the list. And that was made possible because of OBG. I continue to be amazed by the fact that it's an all-volunteer organization, and is still run so professionally. The group is open, transparent, and does all they can to help cockers, spaniel mixes and honoraries of all ages. While the number of dogs we've saved each year isn't in the thousands, the exceptional care provided to those that are lucky enough to be rescued makes it seem like one in a million to me -- and something I am proud to be part of.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, foster, adopter and Board Member, I love OBG! In a world of the "next big thing", I think it's a testament to OBG that they are quickly approaching their 20th year in rescue (2016). They do the basics right and are a great group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue! I have been volunteering with OBG since 2010 and am so impressed with the dedication of the volunteers 365 days a year, the lengths they will go to treat a dog's medical issues, and the effort to find each dog the best possible forever home. I have also adopted from OBG six times.

David365

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Horrible animal rescue that is only in it for the money and profit, ask them how many dogs they do not save from the shelters because that dog requires to much medical.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here to update my review as its nature has evolved.

Previously, I wrote: "I adopted a puppy from OBG in early 2008. The organization proved to facilitate the process in an exemplary fashion. I was in frequent contact with the foster human keeping my pup and his siblings from the time of his birth to the adoption, and have continued to witness OBG's tireless efforts on behalf of dogs in dire need of rescue throughout the eastern half of the country, continually organizing transportation and fosters for countless dogs. I look forward to dealing with OBG for any future adoptions."

A while back, having seen OBG take on a couple of SIGNIFICANT rescue situations in the past year (one alone included 52 dogs), I felt strongly I should see if I could at least foster a dog for them, and I did. They found a dog whose disposition meshed well with my household. It's been fairly rewarding so far.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with OBG for the past year and a half, and have fostered four dogs through them who have gone on to loving homes. They are a wonderful organization to work with. Everyone I have encountered is responsive, friendly, helpful, and obviously enthusiastic about the mission of the organization. In addition to fostering, we also added to our family by adopting an OBG dog last fall. We couldn't imagine our lives without him! I would highly recommend OBG to anyone looking for a Cocker of their own, or a group to become more actively involved with. They are all around a great group of people who most importantly save the lives of countless Cockers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has adopted two dogs from OBG and they are a wonderful organization. A great group of volunteers that always work so hard and been such a blessing to our OBG alums and our family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted two cocker spaniels from OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue and they have been the joys of my life. OBG is such a wonderful organization and I would highly recommend this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted two senior cockers from OBG after finding this group online and checking out the doggie biographies - one was rather quiet at first and the other had lost an eye to glaucoma, and both adjusted quickly and were delights. I was impressed that OBG had welcomed even the one-eyed wonder when other groups would not have, and impressed with the volunteers we met during the adoption process. I decided to volunteer and see what I could help with, and have done lots of different things, and continue to be impressed with the unflagging enthusiasm and dedication and love that underlies all that we all do locally and regionally and even reaching halfway across the country if there is a cocker or mix who needs us, and other rescues and volunteers to work with. We will take the tough cases that cause others to hesitate, as well as the easier ones, and all completely change canine and human lives. I'd give OBG more stars, but I cannot, so imagine a few more stars added to the five here.