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Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

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!

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OBG is an amazing rescue! The women and men who manage the many competing concerns of helping dogs across state and district lines are PHENOMENAL! As an adopter (Fritz, '14) and a foster (too many to name!), I find that I feel humbled and lucky to be a part of such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. We love our wigglebutts, and OBG helps us ensure many of them are loved and cared for!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Foster for OBG Cocker Rescue and one of my foster dogs was Bode. Bode was the catalyst to rescue his 45 other Barn-mates from another rescue group who had fallen on hard times and no longer had the volunteers or funding to care for their wards. Bode was suffering from an easily treatable thyroid condition and skin infections that caused him to lose most of his hair and almost 40% of his body weight...he was a mere 19 pounds and his health was failing. He was brought to the vet and the rescue group did not treat him. Because of this, the county got involved and was able to get the group to agree to surrender all 46 dogs to OBG. These dogs were all in small wire cages (2'x3') and it was July, very hot and they only had a couple of fans and many did not even have water, several were emaciated as well. The first two pictures were taken shortly after he arrived at my house. The third picture was taken about three months after he was in my house, he had regrown most of his fur and gained about 10 pounds. The last picture (by the front door) was taken the next year. OBG was fabulous throughout his whole recovery, sparing no expense in testing and treating Bode's medical issues, even though Bode was estimated to be at least 13 years old at the time he was rescued. Bode was the 4th foster dog I had and I have had another 21 fosters, all of them received top notch medical care and specialists referrals, no matter their age or condition upon arriving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted from and fostered dogs for OBG for almost (gasp) 20 years!

The people are amazing and that makes All the difference in the world.

They rescue from breeders, puppy mills, and shelters - wherever the need is they always seem to open their arms.

KUDOS to everyone!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Benny is a 5 year old cockapoo who I fostered for a very short time before adopting him. He is my third rescue from OBG in 15 years. OBG is a very well organized, well established, and well run nonprofit, with a devoted staff of volunteers. All of OBG dogs go through a detailed intake and vet evaluation program. OBG is upfront with any health and/or behavioral issues, and they work hard to ensure the best match of dog with a forever home which ultimately benefits everyone. It is without reservation that I give OBG an enthusiastic five star rating!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OBG is an awesome organization filled with dedicated and committed folks who have a true heart for pups! Just recently adopted another cocker from them!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted two senior cockers from OBG ten years ago, and I was so impressed with the people that I started volunteering. It has been a joy to be involved with the dogs and the people and our social/fund raising events, and in doing alot of transport, go places I might not have gone otherwise, and meet other great dog folks! If you are looking for a dog, or looking for a group/cause to be involved with, I thoroughly recommend Oldies But Goodies!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted 2 senior cockers from OBG, each with older dog type medical issues, but true to the founding intent and name of the organization, they sure deserved a good home, and we welcomed two of the sweetest doggies ever into ours, for however briefly it turned out to be. I was so impressed by the volunteers and organization, that we started attending some of the social events, and that led to full-time volunteering with home checks, adoption shows, fostering, adopting more, and transport. Transport has become my special niche - if the doggies don't get from A to B, C to D, etc, they can't be brought in, medically treated as needed which is often massively needed because OBG will take some very challenging dogs, get to fosters, get to adoption shows, get to adopters. I continue to be so impressed with the volunteers and overall organization - the level of dedication, caring, going the extra couple of miles, coordination between humans for the sakes of the dogs, and follow-through in OBG are rare qualities in too much of life. Dog rescuing is also people rescuing - to see the faces of the people adopting a probably imperfect dog who comes to them through a network of volunteers who have shepherded that unwanted, stray, tearfully surrendered, abused, ill, dog to health and joy on that adoption day, is always moving. We have fostered and adopted some of the quirkier doggies, seen them go from illness or behavioral problems to happy loving members of our "pack", and we get to add our joy to theirs daily. I did a dog transport today - a little boy cocker to an ear specialist, and will continue to be their wheels for as long as possible.

1 Eileen J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first adopted from OBG in 1999 following a move to a new house and the death of our 2 German Shepherds. My then 8-year old son asked if we could get a dog that was more his size and there was an OBG adoption show at our local Petco. We fell in love with Sam and soon adopted Sadie to keep him company. Fast forward 19 years and we have fostered innumerable dogs and adopted 9 dogs from OBG. Our entire family got involved with volunteering, taking care of our foster dogs, going to adoption shows, and helping to transport dogs to the vet. We are proud to be OBG volunteers and donors. As an attorney specializing in working with nonprofit organizations, it is amazing to me what OBG has been able to do with its network of volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and foster with OBG for more than 15 years. As a volunteer for many groups, I have to say, I love OBG! This group is mission focused, well organized, and well coordinated. We work closely with animal hospitals in Virginia and Maryland to assess and treat incoming rescues--the doctors and vet assistants are wonderful. We work together, keeping a close eye on what's best for each animal. Over the years, I have fostered dozens of dogs, old and young, and I always shed a tear when they leave for their forever homes. But I know they will be well cared for because we work very hard to find just the right match. At the moment, I have a blind and deaf older girl. She is the sweetest little dog I have ever fostered, and I thought I might have to adopt her myself. But we may actually have found the perfect home for her. So please keep your fingers crossed.

1 Alisha G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

OBG is an amazing rescue with exceptional volunteers. Our number one priority is to help the dogs find the best suited home possible and match them with a loving forever family. I'm proud to be a member of this rescue to help and make a difference.

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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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering, supporting and adopting from OBG since 2001. OBG immediately impressed me from the time I first encountered a group of OBG volunteers at an adoption show and the rescue continues to impress me all these years later. The care they give the dogs they rescue is unsurpassed in the world of rescue and their volunteers truly care about both the dogs and the people whose lives are enriched when they adopt their new furry friend.

1 HoyaBB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2017 marked our 3rd adoption through OBG - we just love the dogs and the group! For an all-volunteer non-profit (i.e. no full time staff), it continues to impress me how well run the organization is. People volunteer because they have a true desire to help, and it shows in all aspects of their work - from rescue/intake to rehabilitation and allllll the way through adoption!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted from OBG almost 16 years ago, Duffy live till he was almost 16. He was the most amazing dog, the Foster we adopted from picked out the perfect dog for our family since we had other dogs and children in the home.

We have adopted two other dogs from obj both dog are just as amazing as Duffy was.

The support you receive from OBG for any question or concerns that you have is fantastic.

Our family has also fostered many dogs through OBG

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!

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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.

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!

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.