CPR is one of my favorite organizations. It does an awesome job on behalf of dogs in need of assistance, and it supports and encourages adopters and foster parents. I have never seen such an enthusiastic and successful program or individuals so committed to their mission.
My little special-needs poodle came to me from CPR 2 years ago. She was turned in to a shelter and probably would have been euthanized due to back problems and loss of function in her back legs if CPR had not stepped in and stepped up. CPR took her in, addressed general medical issues, and found her the right home. It's taken a while, but she's back on her feet and her wheels are a thing of the past. Every day with this little girl is precious.
The photos show our progress from drag to wobble to stand. I'd like you to see her running, but she's fast enough that the pictures are too blurry! CPR made this possible.
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This is Long! Through tears I will write my story. We adopted our first poodle from CPR in July 2011. Someone coming into my office saw the picture of my standard male and told me if I ever wanted another, I should look into CPR. His family had adopted numerous times form them & they were great rescue. My male was seven years old, so we wanted an older dog to be his companion. I went on the website and fell in love with a labradoodle and put in an application. When we went to the Farm, he had just been adopted. I was disappointed but not defeated. We visited with several dogs and then this cute skinny black female standard poodle came out. She had me at Go and immediately went to our standard male to win his attention. She was 7 months old and full of energy.
(I didn't want a pup. Ha.) Needless to say, she won all four of us over. (husband, son, Murphy & me) . Fast forward...2013 ...received an email that there were several poodle puppies needing homes. We adopted an apricot male that was being Fostered. He was the love of quite a few people...especially my son, who was officially the pups leader.
We lost our male, Murphy in March 2014 & suddenly lost little Cooper, one month before his third birthday, August 2016. Our hearts were broken! Then one day, I saw a picture of a four year old standard (not on CPR website). Something about his eyes pulled at my heart. But, I keep saying "no....not ready...Maddie is doing fine alone". Then one day I clicked on the website and it showed that this little boy was being cared for at CPR. I had to call.
Donna said, "are you sure...have your read his bio?" After much interviewing, new application, interview & references, I spoke with Donna again. She keep telling me of all the special needs of my little boy. She couldn't make me falter, I was hooked....I kept seeing those pleading eyes. (and now comes the big tears) After much talking, we agreed on a two day visitation at the Farm to see if he like us. We met on Saturday with plans to come back on Sunday. We spent hours...visiting. He seemed to take to us...I was in love even after he bit me three times. (totally my fault). I wanted to save him from the four years of abuse he had suffered. He was a resource guarder...I knew it and didn't care. My Maddie is a strong girl and I knew she would be patient with him. Two months later...we were working through his temperament...good days, not so good days. Then the final blow...he attacked my daughters miniature poodle who was visiting. (ripping his neck open)
I knew I couldn't keep him. Donna & I had discussed this previously. She was very supported with me as well as numerous other volunteers with CPR...you know who your are (PR). With tears streaming down my face...I drove two hours to take him back to the Farm. Donna promised me that if she could not rehome him (which was a question to begin with), he would have a Forever home there. I knew there would be challenges & I was willing to give it a chance. Donna & her husband are miracle workers and handled him better than me. Donna told me not to be discourage & defeated. She also said, "Don't worry, I'll find you the perfect poodle...the perfect match for you." I didn't want "perfect", I wanted my boy and couldn't have him. Well...she called me one day and said, "just want too let you know there are two sister coming up for adoption, but I'm still looking for you a match...just be patient." She told me about the girls health issues. Two weeks later, I called and said, "I want to meet the girls. I don't care if the have known health issues."
We went to meet the Golden Girls that weekend, thinking we were coming home with the healthiest of the two, the one with the outgoing personality. Didn't workout that way.
Little Nosey Rosie, as we call her....stuck her nose under my arm...in my lap...and I was done...she had to come home with me. I know she will have health issue and not live a long life, but I plane to give her as much love as possible for the few short years she has. She and Maddie have become true sister, who love to play and love each other! She is a blessing to our family. I can't thank Donna, CPR & all the workers and volunteers who make this possible to save every dog that they can...until there are none!
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Also, Thank to Mark for telling me about CPR.
Jo Ellen, grateful adopter.
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I adopted my senior toy poodle, Maggie, from CPR in 2015. I could not be happier with the outcome. Maggie is the love of my life and has brought me so much joy. When the time is right, I will definitely go back to Carolina Poodle Rescue for another furbaby.
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I adopted my standard poodle, Dirk, from CPR five years ago. Donna and her team are wonderful to work with and made the adoption process very smooth. CPR was up front about his previous history and have even provided guidance over the years. He is our sweet fur baby and we would be lost with him. The CPR team is a special group who truly care about animals. They even came to the rescue for a poodle that I called them about with special needs. The couple could no longer care for him and the family wanted to put him down. They went out of their way to drive to Savannah, GA to rescue him. He is loving life in their SOS program. I fully support CPR and continue to donate often.
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Lizzie rescued me and my husband in 2012. The process for adopting through Carolina Poodle Rescue was so thorough that we could have been adopting a human baby! By the time I had completed the online forms and the telephone interview, I was ecstatic to be invited to the farm for a visit. There was no guarantee that we would go home with a furbaby. After a lengthy discussion with owner/operator, Donna, we were presented with two tiny older dogs. One was a little scared, but the other ran straight over and jumped up in my husband's lap! She was about 8 years old at the time and became our pride and joy. My husband was never a man who doted on a pet, but he was so drawn to thus little 9 pound bundle that she became his shadow. He passed away in December that same year, but I believe that his life was richer because of the unconditional love that she gave. She has helped heal my heart from the loss of the love if my life. I dread the day that I lose her, but I will go immediately to CPR and let Donna find me another perfect companion. This organization is true to it's ideals," One by one until there are none". They don't take in animals unless they can afford their care. Sometimes that means hefty vet bills. I am glad to help when I can. Thank you, Donna, and all the volunteers at CPR for all your hard work and heartaches and for being a voice for these innocent babies who have no voice of their own.
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We have adopted three times from Carolina Poodles rescue, and contribute monthly to this wonderful organization. They screen all prospective adopters thoroughly, including a home visit, and require that unwanted dogs be returned to them so that no rescued dog ends up back in a shelter. They take injured, sick, and older dogs. Dogs that aren't adoptable stay on the farm to live out their years I'm a safe and loving environment. They have a strong network of adopters and foster home who donate, share advice, and work together to get shelter dogs transferred to the farm. All the dogs are loved, and you can tell that all the money is, pardon the pun, going to the dogs!
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We adopted our sweet little Chloe from CPR and we could not have asked for a better companion and adoption process. Chloe's was brought to CPR from a breeder/hoarding situation. CPR was up front about and medical issues she had and even to this day continue to provide support and advice on any issues that may arise. CPR does amazing things for these animals and I was clear from the moment we pulled in the driveway what a loving and safe environment these animals are offered until they find their forever homes.
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I adopted my Zack from Carolina Poodle Rescue several years ago. Although he is not a poodle, Donna and her group pulled him from a local kill shelter and for that I will always be grateful. Since that time, I have become more involved with dog rescue locally. I also sponsor dogs into Carolina Poodle Rescue to give others a chance.
Twice a year CPR visits NYC, and I volunteer as an adoption counselor. When I speak with potential adopters, I have full confidence in the pups this rescue offers. The rescue is very supportive of new adopters after their new family member is home.
I would recommend CPR to anyone considering welcoming a new dog into their home.
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I adopted twice from Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) and have referred many friends and family to look into this organization. Tilly (adopted in 2015) and Lila (adopted in 2017) are the best dogs ever! The staff and director are all so kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. The CPR Facebook community is so supportive and gives lots of advice.
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Adopted 2 of my sweet babies from CPR. One is a sweet Yorkie that I have had since 2013- she was a breeder surrender and has been a blessing to our family. The latest is a Doodle adopted in 2016- she was a owner surrender due to illness. Both babies have been great additions to our family. Adopting from CPR was a great experience and I would highly recommend them.
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I recently adopted from CPR. The adoption process was involved, but completely appropriate. I was put in touch with an adoption counselor who contacted my references both vet and personal. I was impressed with their thoroughness. When I was invited to the farm to meet our potential new family member, it was a comfortable, no pressure environment. The farm is clean and well taken care of. They answered my questions and let me spend time with our new baby. They invited me to bring all members of my family both human and furry. When I took our new baby to our vet, they were impressed with the level of care given to our baby. I would recommend CPR without hesitation and hope in the future to be lucky enough to adopt again from CPR.
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DO NOT GO HERE.Not going to go into extreme detail. Adopted a dog, she turned out very sick and had to put her to sleep. The vet said there was no saving her and she was suffering. She was such a sweet dog, and the vet said she had been suffering for awhile and that the rescue definitely knew about it, and just completely ignored it. Donna (Owner) and her establishment are despicable and unethical. Adopt from a local rescue or aspca.
I am very disappointed in this organization and how they handled a serious situation. I would not adopt from them again.
Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) is an exemplary organization that saves lives both canine and human. Through the hard work of staff and a broad network of volunteers, CPR rescues strays, dogs in kill shelters, and from owners who can no longer care for their pets up and down the eastern U.S.
My husband and I learned first hand of CPR's fine work when we adopted a "senior" standard poodle a year and a half ago. We were impressed with the very thorough application process and the quality of questions the adoption counselor asked us. After meeting the staff and seeing several dogs that they matched us with, it was obvious that CPR understood exactly the type of dog we needed and would be a good fit for our home and lifestyle.
Since adopting we have voluteered at adoption events and assisted with transports and learned even more about the extraordinary work of CPR. Through social media and their website we have access to a network of very knowledgable pet owners and caregivers who are ready to give advice and assistance if we encounter problems with our dog's health or behavior. The love and care the CPR organization gives their dogs and adopters fosters a true sense of community and caring. It is without reservation that I recommend CPR to anyone seeking a pet or an animal rescue organization to endow.
I recently got to volunteer with CPR at the Best Friends adoption weekend in NYC. What a great group of people. They take such great care of their dogs and really screen the forever homes these dogs go to. I got to help place 12 dogs that Sunday. We had to turn some adopters away because either they didn't bring their current furry babies with them or their furry pets were not neutered or spayed but the matches we made were so blessed. One dog sat all day and didn't respond to anyone until an hour before closing and then fell in love with this couple rolling on her stomach for belly rubs. I love CPR and their mission and the integrity behind them. Can't wait to do it again!
I have not adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue however, I am an approved adopter and during that process I realized that I would truly love to be a part of this organization. Just as the adoption process is a very strict and in depth approval process so is the process to become a volunteer. Donna Ezzell, her staff and volunteers invest an enormous amount of time, compassion and money in the dogs (and very often cats) that are placed in their care. They do not take the lives or health of these animals lightly. Very often thousands of dollars are invested in returning these animals to good health (medically, emotionally and behaviorally) before even making them available for adoption. Most of the rescues they take in have many issues that have to taken care of. So many of these animals come from deplorable situations and it can take months or even years to heal them. This does not deter her from taking these animals and assuming that enormous responsibility. Donna would never place these dogs in a home where there is even the slightest possibility they would be jeopardized again and be allowed to be subjected to the suffering they have been rescued from. It speaks volumes that an adopter must agree that if at anytime during the life of that dog problems arise or they can no longer care for that animal then it must be returned to Carolina Poodle Rescue. I do want to add that my daughter adopted a beautiful American bulldog from CPR. There have been a couple of issues with him and Donna was immediately available to help my daughter address these issues with great success. He is undoubtedly a family member for life now. Donna is committed to any animal that is adopted from her for the life of that animal. I would never recommend anyone to adopt from any rescue except Carolina Poodle Rescues. There are not enough stars to rate this rescue.
I have adopted two dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue. It is about a three hour drive from my house one way, but I would go back again and again. Everything the dogs (and cats) need is attended to, from affection to food and water to medical attention and everything in between. You will find realistic and thorough descriptions of the pets' personalities, what background is known, and what kind of home might be suitable. They place hundreds of pets in well-matched and loving homes every year. CPR is nothing short of amazing.
We lost our beloved 14 year old Griffon last spring and we were left with holes in our hearts. In early December, it felt like the time had come to fill those holes. I knew that as older adopters, we didn't want a puppy. We wanted a sort of scruffy terrier looking dog. I started searching online, and a photo came up of a dog at Carolina Poodle Rescue. First, let me say that the information they list online is very honest! They tell you the absolute truth about every dog...temperament, special needs, anything you might need to know. In our case, they clearly stated that the dog we were interested in was shy with strangers.
And they also caution every potential adopter NOT to fall in love with a picture posted online.
Others have described the adoption process, which is extensive, proving that these folks truly care about the dogs and will not let them go to just anyone. Once we cleared the interview process, it was later in the evening on a Friday night. Our adoption counselor knew how very interested I was in this particular dog, and she somehow managed to arrange for us to meet him at 9:00 am the next morning!
As "advertised", he was indeed very shy. We were allowed as long as we wanted to decide whether or not to take him home. After nearly two hours, we did feel that he could learn to love and trust. Then, we went outside with him. There he saw people he knew....he had been with them for five months, since he was only 4-6 months old when CPR rescued him. He had been found as a stray in NC, and happily for us, made it to the farm. The joy he showed upon seeing "his" people made us realize that we had made the right decision.
This dog has brought new love and life Iife into our family!!! He is now perfectly trusting and extraordinarily loving with us. Over the holidays, we discovered that he also likes to play with children as well...4 of our grandchildren ranging from 4.5 to 16 years old. Did it take him a while to warm up to them, yes. It took about a week for him to really feel comfortable in our home. Was it worth it? Oh my, yes indeed! He has come so far because CPR took the time to teach him love and trust. We can't thank everyone there enough!
Not only did they keep him for 5 months, that time gave him the chance to mature so that he came to us crate trained and housebroken. And time to get past that destructive puppy stage. He is exactly the dog we were looking for, there just aren't enough superlatives to describe what a wonderful, caring place CPR is!
WE adopted Sammy from this caring group and have supported its work since that day. It is operated by amazing people who truly care about the animal. They also are very careful with the adoptions so that once a dog is rehomed, it will be a lasting and loving experience for the adopter and the dog.
We had a wonderful experience adopting our Daisy from CPR. The fact that they take such care in their adoption process shows that they truly want the best home for their dogs. I filled out an application, had a phone interview and provided information about my groomer and vet office. We were approved and drove several hours to meet our Daisy and she was a perfect fit for our family which included our older poodle Lily. Daisy is a poodle yorkie mix and brought much joy and energy to our Lily who has sense passed. I've referred several friends to CPR and they too have had happy and successful adoptions. CPR is top notch.
We adopted our Daisy earlier this year from CPR. The experience proved that CPR is highly committed to the highest good of the dogs. The adoption process was very thorough, professional and organized. I highly recommend anyone seeking a new family pet member to consider adopting through CPR. They are also highly deserving of any support you may be able to provide.
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When we were looking to expand our family last summer, we knew we wanted a rescue pup. After researching area dog rescues, we came across CPR. We completed their application and interview process. We appreciated the volunteers who took the time to thoroughly vet us to make sure we would be a good fit for a forever home! We were matched with Wally, an apricot poodle who'd been neglected and abandoned at a groomer's shop. We were amazed at how accurately we were matched by the adoption counselor with Wally (a benefit of the somewhat lengthy application and interview process- but hey, adopting a dog is a BIG deal!) He has been the best addition to our family. His big brother Pete loves having a companion. We are part of the CPR Facebook group and love keeping in touch with Donna, the director, and other adoptive families. This group of people is so generous with their time and advice for poodles and non poodles alike. When it is time for us to bring another dog in need into our home, CPR is the first place we will go!
We adopted Shay in December 2016. We were very impressed with CPR vetting process. This group is obviously dedicated to being 100% sure the pets go to the best possible homes! The day we met staff and saw the property we were amazed! So much open space, various sheltered ares, fencing, grassy areas; and immaculate!
I have volunteered with Carolina Poodle Rescue for over 4 years, fostered several over this period, and have spent many weekends, holidays, and vacation days working with dogs at the farm who need extra attention. I tried volunteering at many rescues before finding CPR, and I will never forget the first time I visited. I turned into the dirt driveway and immediately saw a dozen or more big dogs out in one of the big grass fields. Some were playing ball, others sunbathing/napping, and a few were self-designated "greeters" to everyone who drove in, and there was always one that notified everyone on site that a new arrival just pulled in. The sense of peace and tranquility were far beyond anything I had hoped to find, and I knew my search was over.
Much growth has happened in the last four years. Now in addition to the big building/kennel, there are half a dozen or so smaller cottages that each house a grouping of dogs, be it littles, seniors, special needs, and others. Every dog gets several hours outside and off leash to either wear themselves out playing, socializing with others, or just quietly enjoying the day. For those that get looked over each time an adopter comes, there is a whole staff of loving caregivers to remind them that are special and highly loved and valued. And the dogs know it, truly. We have a few that can't be adopted out due to issues that were established and reinforced long before they came to CPR. These few will live happily at the farm for the rest of their lives; safe, well-cared for, and so very loved. They do have their own family, and between the caregivers and the volunteers - the size of their family is just much larger than those who are adopted!
Many volunteers live too far away to volunteer at the farm, and because of them we are able to transport dogs that need us from many other states thanks to these dedicated people. Many donate monthly year after year to allow CPR to continue growing - saving and changing even more precious lives. Many sponsor those who remain at the farm to cover care and all medical needs, ensuring the quality of life of these sweet babies are always met.
The staff at CPR are remarkable with the love and affection they manage to give on top of the daily hard work required to maintain the environment for so many. Several days are dedicated each week to take those in need to the vet. Many unexpected, heart-wrenching trips also take place. Many pull through but not all, and the few not able to be saved are remembered with many tears and comforting words and stories about how they touched certain caregiver's life - even those who had only been at the farm a few days were grieved over and celebrated for having given something special and unique that only they could give.
The director and her husband have the hardest job of all, as they live onsite and never have a true day off (those who need special care and monitoring live with them and their own dogs. A "day off" just means taking care of 30 or so dogs with special needs be it insulin shots, seizure meds and monitoring, the list goes on and on. The board members and adoption counselors work tirelessly as well, either making sure the ongoing day to day expenses are met or to screen potential adopters and do their best to be sure they meet dogs that fit the family's environment and lifestyle. Several dogs get introduced when the family arrives, and more likely than not, the dog chooses the family and the family falls for the one who picked them :)
I just adopted my very first CPR dog recently as when I started volunteering, I was not in a place to be able to provide the lifetime of care that comes with adopting your own. When I was ready and able to do so, they started looking and not long after found me the sweetest goldendoodle ever, who truly makes my heart sing. (Even at 5:15 am with rain pouring down - we put on our raingear and take off for our morning exercise as she thinks I am the best every and could care less that I haven't showered or put on makeup or combed my hair!)
No matter what the condition, every dog is worth fighting for. Be it heartworms or blindness or three legs or malnourished and truly physically impaired (or all the above), room is somehow found, care and expenses are always asked for and met, and another life is changed forever. Watching the process is a gift I never get tired of and never stop appreciating, and constantly surprises me with new and different wonders I see take place. If you are looking for a place where love is never turned away and the rewards are always greater than the effort given, I suggest getting involved with this great rescue organization. I am a volunteer, a donor, and a client served, and I highly recommend CPR to all.
Happy New Year and thanks to all the great organizations that work so hard to change the lives of so many in need.
This group not only saves dozens and dozens of poodles every year,,,, they reach out and help other rescues get dogs out of area shelters and moved to safety. There are several Tennessee Pekingese Rescue dogs who owe their lives to the generous kindness of CPR and their willingness to value lives beyond breed limitations.
I first learned about Carolina Poodle Rescue while researching standard poodles. I love them since childhood and thought I wanted one. CPR helped me realize I am not a candidate for a standard poodle but my rescued toy poodle and CPR rescued doodle fit our house and lifestyle perfectly. It's so important I learned to be educated and help educate about the responsibilities in owning a pet or pets. The need to help stop the senseless killing of animal's in kill shelters everyweek and help the public know the need to spay and neuter and the option to adopt instead of shopping. CPR not only filled my home with the unconditional love of rescued dogs but renewed my life giving me a purpose and allowing me to volunteer in educating the public, adopting, transporting and fostering rescues. CPR IS #1 and the welfare of the animals always come first.
I had a poodle mix that was dumped in my yard several months ago. I was unable to keep her. Thank goodness I was able to find Carolina Poodle Rescue. They were able to find her a wonderful home and I even get updates from the adopter. This organization is amazing and truly cares about saving dogs. They are very active in community events to give dogs the best opportunity to be seen and saved.
I adopted my standard poodle from CPR over 6 years ago and was completely impressed with this organization. I appreciated how thorough they were with vetting adopters to make sure their dogs are going to safe and loving homes. The staff are so compassionate in carrying out their mission.
My husband and I found out about CPR from a women I met through a Sheepadoodle group we had joined out of interest in buying or adopting a Sheepadoodle. She informed me that there was a Sheepadoodle in need of a home at a Poodle rescue organization in South Carolina. I immediately contacted the organization and began the application for adoption process. Once my husband and I underwent the application process and passed all stages, we received the call that we had been approved to adopt a standard sized dog. During the interview process, we realized that the temperament and past history of the Sheepadoodle we were interested in would not fit well with our lives, but we decided to go to SC and just meet some of the dogs and see what happened. We traveled to Pacolet, SC to meet the dogs and one by one, Donna began bringing them in to meet us. The first boy we met was a black Labradoodle who my husband really liked, but we weren't sold on. We knew that we wouldn't be leaving with a new fur baby unless we found THE ONE and just absolutely couldn't leave it behind. After meeting two more dogs after the first, Donna brought in a shaggy white purebred Poodle (if you had told me before this that I would ever own a Purebred Poodle, I would have laughed at you.) We both immediately fell in love. Donna said our eyes actually lit up when we saw him walk through the door. We got along with him beautifully, played with him, gave him commands, and quickly realized we had found the dog who wouldn't allow us to leave the farm without him in the car with us! Being stubborn and not wanting to give anything away too quickly, we told Donna we needed a moment alone to discuss what we wanted to do. She took the dog and stepped outside and not even 3 minutes later, we walked outside and said "Let's do it!" CPR gave him a bath and a cut and we took our boy home. That was a year and 8 months ago. Wow, time flies! Odie is the best dog we could have ever asked for and I cannot believe we got as lucky as we did. We keep in touch with CPR and have agreed that we will continue to adopt from them as long as we are able. This is a fantastic organization with truly wonderful people behind it. They genuinely care about these dogs and that shows in their selection process. It's not "easy" to be approved, but it is that way for a reason. They see so many dogs being adopted and then going back into a shelter and when CPR says they are looking for a FOREVER home for a dog, they mean FOREVER. They do not take that word lightly and they have a passion for what they are doing. I thank God for Odie and for CPR. We love you guys!
I have adopted three dogs over the years each from a different rescue group. Carolina Poodle Rescue is by far the most thorough group in their vetting of potential adopters. I had an opportunity to visit them and ask as many questions as I wanted in return. Their knowledge of dogs (not just poodles) helped to insure a successful selection of a new family member. And, once adopted, they do a great job of keeping up with the pets. While located in South Carolina, they have members in many states that volunteer to match dogs with owners, foster, transport and whatever else is necessary to ensure loving homes. I would wholeheartedly recommend this group to anyone looking for a new four legged member of the family.
I have worked with many nonprofits, and I have complete faith and trust in Carolina Poodle Rescue. We adopted our sweet maltipoo Chandler from CPR seven years ago, and I will not hesitate to go back to this organization when we decide to add another dog to our family. Under the leadership of the amazing director, Donna Ezzell, everyone involved works tirelessly for the benefit of the animals.
I flew 900 miles from upstate New York to the Carolinas to adopt a puppy from them. I can't say enough about the dedicated, caring people at Carolina Poodle Rescue. The welfare of the dogs is always their top concern. We were thoroughly screened, references checked (including vet and groomer), and the director kept my puppy at her house until he was ready to travel. The entire organization - and particularly the director - are wonderful!
My husband and I were looking for a miniature poodle to be a part of our family. We looked at breeders...nope. Then we found Carolina Poodle Rescue. They were very wonderful helping match us with our new family member. Their adoption process is very detailed, however I feel this is very important in finding furever homes. We scheduled a time to visit the farm. You could tell they really cared. They treated us and the animals all like family. We left with a wonderful poodle we call Sweet Pepper. He was a wonderful fit for our home and lifestyle. CPR has also been great with following up on Peppers progress. Asking if we need advice and just general concern of his well being. Upon his post adoption vet check up, the vet said he was up to date on all his vaccinationas were were told and gave the supporting paperwork by CPR. I would highly recommend adopting from this organization.
We adopted two wonderful seniors from CPR. We were so impressed with the lengths they went to in order to assure that we wold provide a safe environment the the dogs and that we were aware of any challenges we may face. It was a tremendous experience. The ongoing support and dedication CPR provides is amazing.
I would recommend the organization highly.
I've adopted 3 dogs over the past 4 years from Carolina Poodle Rescue. Although I've recently moved from South Carolina to Ohio I'd go there and adopt again should anything happen to my babies and I decide to adopt again. I've visited on several occasions and think they're a great organization. The facilities are clean and well organized as is the adoption process. I firmly believe they have the dogs best interests at heart and are responsible for the pets they house. Rescue organizations have a difficult job and get little if any respect from many people. I thank them for all they do on behalf of the pets.
Over the past year I have adopted 3 breeder turn-ins from CPR. I have been through their facility and have found it to be clean and all the dogs appear to be well cared for. The adoption process is thorough which is important for placement of the dogs. They have a dedicated group of caregivers and volunteers that are caring and helpful. I found them to be the best and most responsive rescue organization I found when I was searching for companions to adopt. I thank them for their dedication and tireless service to the dogs. I thank them for connecting me with my three fur babies.
My family had already had acquired a beautiful female puppy when I spotted photos of Dawson last summer on the Carolina Poodle Rescue’s Facebook page. A shy, well-behaved 5-year-old male, Dawson had been used for stud and then discarded. The moment I saw his photos, I knew I had to reach out to CPR’s founder, Donna Ezzell, to see if we had a chance at adopting this beautiful boy.
Donna and her team of volunteers and caregivers on staff are extremely thorough when it comes to vetting potential adopters. They know the animals they go to great lengths to save have often come from places where they weren’t appreciated or even worse. They always keep the welfare of the animals at the top of their priority list, and I for one can’t thank Donna and all those who work with her enough for everything they do. If someone was turned down during the application process, there was a good reason for doing so. As another reviewer said, this isn’t an organization where you pop in and point to an animal you want. Carolina Poodle Rescue has an in-depth interview process that not everyone will pass. Then, there’s an in-person meet-and-greet at the rescue farm. If the team doesn’t think there’s a good fit, you won’t get an animal from them.
We successfully navigated the adoption process, and I'm delighted to say that Dawson (now named Lenny) is a beloved member of our family – well cared-for and so grateful for the love he receives. I can’t say enough positive things about CPR. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful, well-run organization.
We adopted out Lucy and she is awesome. I really appreciated the background check CPR took the time to do. Makes for a comfort that dogs and cats that come from a bad situation is never placed in another. CPR is full of wonderful, caring animal lovers. All my curbside will be adopted from CPR.
I have adopted 2 purebred standard poodles from CPR and will never go anywhere else for a dog. CPR does an excellent job of vetting prospective owners to ensure you are adopting the right dog for your situation. Although I have poodles, CPR pretty much takes any dog in need regardless of breed. They are a no kill facility and have dozens of SOS dogs that are unadoptable and live on the farm. I think very highly of the Director, Donna Ezzell, the staff and the work they do. Over 580 dogs were placed this year. CPR has a Facebook presence and that page provides support from other adopters and staff; you don't just adopt, you join the CPR family. I am proud to be associated with them.
We have seen first hand the work they do at CPR. They are amazing and no dog goes unloved or uncared for...regardless of age or need.
We have adopted two cockapoos (2014 and 2015) from CPR and were thrilled with the dedication of the staff and volunteers. Both of our adoptions were of dogs with issues (resource guarding/bite history on first and heart problems on second). CPR was thorough in the adoption process and follow up. The community of adopters that we follow online is like family to us. Being part of the extended CPR family renews my faith in humanity as they all pull together to rescue, transport, care for and find homes for these dogs.
I tried to adopt a poodle five years ago, but despite having owned three standards, all living to ripe old ages, I was told I "did not qualify." The reason? I had not neutered them (I had hoped to breed the oldest, and did just once, and the other had health issues that precluded the need or stress for the surgery -- but CPR did not care for the reason). I was also told it was inappropriate that we sometimes let them run around in our fenced yard (we have four acres in the mountains). I found their attitude perplexing, as well as patronizing and condescending. I ended up buying another puppy, as our eldest passed away, and am very happy to love another poodle for its whole life, but we would have given a loving and safe home home to an adopted poodle, had CPR not been so benighted and backwards in their views.
Asking that adopters have all animals in the home altered is our way of insuring that indiscriminate breeding and accidental breeding does not take place. Breeding animals is difficult and should be undertaken only after the most stringent health and temperament testing of the parents is carried out. As for health problems precluding alter, our policy does allow for this contingency upon proof from a licensed veterinarian. As for allowing loved animals to run freely without supervision, much depends on the type of fence. Five years is a long time so I have no way of remembering with no name to look at why but with that much acreage I am inclined to think this adopter has an underground or electric fence - and shock fences are no deterrent at all to any type of danger. We believe animals lives are sacred and should be cherished and that includes supervision when they are in an area where the potential exists to harm themselves by accident.
CPR is the best animal rescue group I have found! We adopted our Standard Poodle - Daisy - from CPR in 2011. We chose CPR over other rescue organizations because of the ethical and loving care they provide to their rescued dogs and because of the life-long commitment they offer to all of the dogs that are welcomed to their sanctuary. They willingly take-on difficult to place dogs and provide the love and care that these dogs need to find their forever-homes including the option of permanent sanctuary at Dreamweaver Farm or in foster care. I follow this organization through their newsletter and website and am heartened by the the stories of the loving matches that have occurred and the compassion and dignity that is shown to the dogs that are difficult to place.
This is probably the best rescue organization you could ever find. Everything is done with each dog's health and well-being as first priority, and all dogs are given whatever they need to help them find a forever home. I will always be indebted to them for matching me with two of my best furry friends, as well as helping my Mother and son find their best furry friends, too!
I have adopted three dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue and have volunteered with them for four and a half years. They are an extraordinary organization. Not only do they do an excellent job matching dogs with familes but they also raise money to get dogs who have special needs the surgery or treatment that they need. Most recently they did a campaign to get cataract surgery for 17 dogs who were blind. Many of these dogs wouldn't have been able to find a home without the surgery. That is just one of many stories of how Carolina Poodle Rescue has helped dogs in need and gotten them the care they required so that they could find homes and live happy lives. They are also a haven for elderly dogs or dogs who have very little chance of being adopted. They are committed to giving these dogs the best life possible and seek out sponsor for these special needs dogs. Can't adopt? Virtually adopt and help a special needs dog have a safe and cared for life at Dreamweaver Farms.
I have found CPR to be one of the most honorable and courageous organizations that I've had the pleasure to help and adopt dogs. I have been amazed how a Director of the organization can attract the high quality of people that Donna does to help save so many Puppies.
Review from Guidestar
I HAVE ADOPTED THREE WONDERFUL PETS FROM CAROLINA POODLE RESCUE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. IF ANYONE IS LOOKING FOR A PET, I WOULD RECOMMEND CONTACTING THEM. THE OWNER, DONNA HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO NOT ONLY RESCUING POODLES BUT WILL ATTEMPT TO FIND HOMES FOR ALL BREEDS OF DOGS. THE FARM IN SC STAYS FULL BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT RESCUE AND PLACE IN GOOD HOMES FAST ENOUGH. CPR HAS A LARGE GROUP OF SUPPORTERS THAT WORK WITH DONNA AND THE FARM TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY NEEDED WHETHER WORKING AT THE FARM, MAKING CALLS TO SCREEN APPLICANTS OR DONATING MONIES NEEDED TO COVER SPAY/NEUTERING, DENTALS, ETC...I HAVE CHOSEN TO HELP DONNA AND CPR BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DIFFERENCE THIS WORK IS DOING IN THE LIVES OF THESE PRECIOUS ANIMALS WHO DESERVE FOREVER HOMES. I HAVE BEEN TO THE HOME MULTIPLE TIMES SO I CAN SPEAK FIRST HAND. YES, THERE ARE MORE DOGS THERE THAN DONNA CHOOSES BUT ONLY BECAUSE THOSE THAT LIVE AT THE HOME HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO BE ADOPTED DUE TO OLD AGE, BITING, ILLNESS ETC... PLEASE DO NOT CRITICIZE A GOOD WORK UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. TO DONNA AND ALL AT CPR....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. LINDA FENDER
Every once in a while, someone like the recent critical reviewer appears. I have volunteered at CPR for years now, and yes, I put my money where my mouth is. I have adopted and fostered from CPR over the years, and I have seen two have a happy end-of-life experience in my home before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge; both had been abandoned by their previous owners on busy highways before CPR saved them from a certainly horrible death. I've had two who were toothless, and one of my current herd of five is blind and deaf and crippled. So, I think I have some experience with CPR that far outweighs the occasional pot-shot from some disgruntled person. The practices and policies at CPR are professional and extensive. Our rescues are not given away on a whim or without an extensive application process. I've often said that the adoption policies for international children from third world nations could benefit from the lessons of the thorough adoption policies at CPR. The network of volunteers, the caregivers on staff, and the director herself give daily of themselves with a goal of putting these animals as our first priority. And, I certainly don't see any of us getting wealthy in currency for our efforts. But I assure you, we are richer and happier as human beings, unlike the sad person who just wasted time on an unfounded and undeserved negative review from an organization that certainly earns its respect in the animal rescue community nationally as a model for excellence. Sincerely, Linda C Owens
By far, the best, dependable small animal rescue anywhere with happy adopters, foster families, and volunteers from all over the southern and other states. It is CLEAN and properly managed and organized. The kennel-based rescue is situated in a rural area on a massive, double-fenced farm of pastures and gentle rolling hills. CPR, also known as Dreamweaver Farm, has outstanding business and animal practices AND committed well-done, experienced policies for adoption, rehabilitation, fostering and sanctuary/covenant care for the rescues. CPR is a place to respect and honor with its trained director, all-volunteer board of directors, caregivers and volunteers. The rescue has an excellent reputation that has been earned since inception. In the past two years, I have adopted three pets from CPR, and I both foster and transport for CPR. In addition, I have worked for animal care in SC for 40 years, and I lead a movement that changed state laws assuring humane ways to destroy unwanted ones. So, I speak from a position of experience about this rescue.
Review from Guidestar
In attempting to reply to "Doggiemama" and her anonymous review, I accidentally marked it as helpful. The only helpful thing about her review is, it shows how someone with no knowledge of an organization can write anything, even nasty outright lies, and have it published online. We have adopted two dogs from CPR over the past five years. We have several friends who have adopted from CPR. We have seen how the staff and volunteers have taken in seemingly hopeless, abandoned dogs AND prepared them to find homes. Not just homes, but homes where a dog will thrive. Hoarders? I think not. I donate to CPR and am proud to do so. I can only assume that Doggiemama tried to adopt from CPR and was turned down, for good reason.
CPR is a heaven on earth organization. Entirely a non profit organization. Let me tell you my experiences with CPR. Our standard poodle, Angel, was born with two bad hips. At only two years Angel needed total hip replacement. CPR raised over five thousand dollars and she got her new hip. Now she runs like the wind. In total we have adopted five standard poodles. I love this organization. Several others like myself are leaving their estates to CPR. I think that speaks volumes.
I am writing in response to the negative comment by DoggieMomma - have you ever actually visited the farm? I am a two time adopter from CPR - two crazy, loving standard poodles. I am the 3rd and FINAL home for my 1st CPR dog. My 2nd CPR dog came to the farm heartworm positive - they started treatment and after I adopted him I brought him back for his final treatment - I didn't have to pay a dime.
I also volunteered at CPR on several occasions before moving out of state. I now help with adoptions remotely - because I wanted to continue to work with this organization who has made my life so much richer. Donna is one of the most amazing women I know and has selflessly dedicated her LIFE to these dogs. To call her a hoarder is a DISGRACE. This is a NO KILL shelter. This is a SANCTUARY for dogs who cannot be placed due to medical or behavioral issues. Donna is an amazing matchmaker.
When I applied for my 1st CPR dog I had about a 45 minute phone interview with an adoptions counselor. This isn't a local shelter where you pop in and pick out a dog and leave an hour later. CPR has a very thorough screening process - which greatly benefits the adopters and ESPECIALLY the dogs themselves. This process helps weed out the people who may not be a good fit or who may not truly be ready for the big task of dog ownership.
The staff at CPR is also amazing - they work long hours and are rewarded with love and kisses from these animals who had no where else to go.
And should I mention the Family and Friends Facebook page that is by invite only for new adopters? It is composed of an amazing group of people who are with you every step of the way in caring for your new dog - or your old dog you have had for 10 years. The advice and warmth is PRICELESS.
So in closing - anyone else who is reading this - beware of anonymous comments - people don't have the courage to say who they are and why they are complaining. They are just trying to slander a wonderful organization and it's a shame.
I have adopted two poodles on two different occasions. Very well run, organized rescue by people who clearly have a deep love of dogs.I appreciate everything they selflessly do for the animals.
Doggiemama's review is baseless. This is an incredibly fine organization that does the right thing for adopters, people that foster and, most importantly, for the dogs. They are completely transparent - nothing to hide. They give animal rescue a good name. Maybe Doggiemama was turned down, or has some other ax to grind, but whatever the reason, please note that unlike others who have written reviews, "Doggiemama" is anonymous and as such obviously has no facts to support their absurd claim.
To Doggiemama and any others out there that doubt the greatness of this organization....I am a client and a volunteer....happened in that sequence. I have never met a group of people that care more about the animals than this one. This is not a hoarding situation. The farm is big and Donna (the director) has set it up as a wonderful place for dogs -- some that are not adoptable will live out their lives at a wonderful place --with great people that play with them, feed them, and let them romp around in big fenced in fields. And other lucky dogs are adopted out -- but the process is very particular. It is important to ensure that the dogs are going to a good home. A forever home. I challenge you to find a better rescue with better people than this one.
I can not believe anyone would call CPR hoarders. Get your facts before you falsely accuse an amazing organization that makes so many families complete. I donate to CPR every month and that will not change. I urge you to learn more about CPR so that you can be more informed on the work they do.
Doggiemama hello, my name is Donna and I am the director. I would be glad to discuss any of your concerns directly. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your allegations, please note that year to date we have placed over 200 dogs and I believe we will finalize 2015 with around 500 adoptions total. We will come very close to the 5,000 total adopted mark this year, counting back to our inception in 2000. I would think these numbers speak for themselves. It is hard to be a hoarder when you're placing them as quickly as prudent screening will allow. Last week alone, 20 dogs went to forever homes from our farm.
Each home is screened and there is a set of criteria that we use that has worked for us for many years. We do not adopt to just anyone who walks in and can not be everything to all people.
We also offer a long term sanctuary program to dogs that are unadoptable due to age, temperament or health. No dog is euthanized at our farm for space. Hence, yes I do a good bit of fundraising. Caregiving for as many as we have is not cheap.
For all of our dogs, we offer a safe place to wait until the perfect home can be found no matter how long that may take.
I welcome you to come and be part of the solution to Save Them All. It can be done if we all work together.
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This organization is just an excuse to hoard animals- at the expense of the poor fools duped into sending in donations. Do not waste your money . They are not really interested in finding homes for these poor dogs. Just another shady non-profit.
The issue reviewer wc0476 raises has proponents in both camps. I’ve read of some shelters that do permit a trial period for all the reasons the reviewer has stated. Others focus less on the adopters and more on the dogs who have often been moved numerous times and are waiting for someone to make a permanent commitment to them. The staff at Carolina Poodle Rescue spends significant time and effort getting to know their dogs before listing them for adoption. Medical and/or behavioral problems are addressed before a dog is placed. The trained volunteers fostering some of the dogs evaluate their charges and the dog's individual issues (if any). As someone who has fostered dogs for them, I’ve been expected to let staff know how my foster dogs are doing in a multi-dog household and the type of permanent situation I would recommend for them. The time involved in getting to know the dogs is balanced by the time spent by potential adopters in completing the adoption process and by the adoption counselors who work with them. Despite the effort that is made to make a perfect match, people’s circumstances change and Carolina Poodle Rescue will assume the responsibility of finding another home or providing sanctuary for dogs that are returned. As an aside, I am the mother of three adopted children. For none of them were we offered a “trial period” of adoption. My youngest daughter was four-years-old at the time of her adoption. We had seen her picture but not even met her. Part of the process of adoption is the commitment the adopter is willing to make.
On June 21, 2014, I filled out the on-line application with CPR to adopt a dog. CPR sent me an e-mail that they received my application and were reviewing it. I responded that I would like to take the dog on a trial adoption for a week or two and visit their facility. CPR responded that they would not do trial adoptions.
This was not acceptable to me for the following reasons:
- I think I would be extremely foolish to adopt any pet without having a trial period. This is a 15 year investment and I must thoroughly check out any dog that is going to live with me that long. I at least need to take the dog to my vetinarian and let her examine the dog and be able to return the dog if serious problems are found. Adopting a dog is a huge financial and emotional investment and commitment.
- The dog is not a child. Even these adoption agencies allow for a trial period. Adopting a child is much more serious than adopting a dog.
- I have worked with pet adoption agencies before and they were all much friendlier than CPR and more willing to work with me. The other agencies were more focused on finding a good home for their animals than on their personal convenience as CPR seems to be. I would think that CPR’s focus would be on finding a good home for their animals but apparently CPR has other ideas in mind. I can only wonder how many animals CPR has placed where the adoption did not work out very well and the owner would like to have returned the pet but could not because they were not allowed a trial period and to return the pet.
- I wish I had known CPR’s policy before I spent so much time on their application and contacting my neighbors. I suggest that CPR clearly write their no return policy at the beginning of their application to better inform future people who may think of applying with them.
- I found the CPR staff to be very demanding and uncompromising in their dealings with me. It’s their way or the highway.
I sent them an e-mail stating that their conditions were not acceptable and asked them to destroy my application which they said they did.
No, I do not recommend this adoption agency.
I could not be happier! We got our first standard 10 years ago from a different rehoming site (and he is a wonderful 15-1/2 year old dog). We have searched CPR website intermittently for the past 3 years and submitted an application finally a year ago. The volunteer adoption specialist was amazing back in January. We weren't ready then, but we kept checking the website. Then in august we were ready, but only if there was a perfect fit for our elder dog, our kids and family. CPR is great with thus. They want 100% fit. On the website we fell in love with a certain dog but the volunteers told us with our busy family this dog had separation anxiety and not a good fit. I appreciate the honesty and respect and love they have for their dogs for proper placement. Once at the farm the volunteers were amazing to let us (elder dog and kids and all) meet many standard poodles. We found our perfect fit to complete our family. We will definitely be donating to this organization and will definitely go through them in the future.
I'm a volunteer and adopted my sweet 9 yo standard poodle at CPR 5 months ago. The match was perfect for our family. All my experiences with CPR have been enjoyable.
Shortly after my first adoption from Carolina Poodle Rescue I wrote a review from an adopters point of view. Now I would like others to know this organization from my roll as a volunteer. There have been those that have made applications that were not approved and I am sure some of those have been disappointed. Any time there is a question the applicants always get an opportunity to explain and work through the problem. This is done because some of these dogs come from deplorable conditions and no one wants them to go into a home where they will not thrive. That is not good for the family or the dog. We also do not want them returned as it is not good for the dog to be bounced around. The dog and the family are matched as to family conditions and temperament of the dog as best as possible. The people that foster or run the kennel try to get an understanding of the dog and do the best that they can to inform the adopter of any problem the dog has. We have counselors that screen the applications and converse with the applicant, there are people that foster dogs until the right home is found, people are scattered all over that pull dogs from shelters that are on the kill list and transport them to a proper place, a person that keeps track of information and distributes this to the proper volunteers, so many other jobs that are needed to keep this organization going. All of these people are non paid and have only one goal. That is to rescue and find good homes for these dogs. Training is given to those that volunteer and have to be approved. Dogs are not put up for adoption just to get rid of them, in fact dogs that are not adoptable have a home for life with proper care. I work along several other rescue groups and they do the best they can but their method of securing homes for their animals can not compare to Carolina Poodle Rescue. The interest of the dog is primary otherwise why would someone like myself spend thousands of dollars and devote all the time I can give to help? For a person to appreciate what Carolina Poodle Rescue does they have to see the whole picture as I do. I will work and help this organization as long as possible.
I found Carolina Poodle Rescue November 2011 after l lost my poodle Toby. I had always purchased my poodles as pups, but since we are very much older seniors, I did not want a puppy but had to have another poodle. I found the process this organization has to qualify adopters was much superior than most. The care they give their dogs and other animals is excellent and loving. I can't tell you how many volunteers work with this group giving their time and money. I glady give my time and money when needed. Once you start helping you can not stop if you care about animals. I can not praise this organization and the volunteers enough. I have adopted a Yorkie and taken a 14 year old toy poodle that needed a home also have fostered two poodles. I would do more if possible as this organization holds my heart.
I have adopted two toy poodles from CPR and both experiences have been excellent. CPR is very careful to assure that adopters are throughly vetted to assure each dog goes to a home that will care for them for the rest of their life. They don't put dogs in just any home to get rid of them.
During my first adoption I was impressed that my little one would always be a CPR dog and have a home for life if something happened and I could no longer care for her. As an older, single person that means a lot that my best friend will be cared for with love if I am no longer able to do that.
Not every dog is adoptable but they all have a home for their natural life through CPRs Sanctuary Care.
I have recommended CPR to anyone I meet looking for a special dog looking for a good home. The adoption counselors are skilled in matching the right dog with the right family for the best possible outcome.
Review from Guidestar
I did not adopt a poodle, but what I found at CPR was a big, sweet, 130 lb. St Bernard! After being declined by several rescue organizations after I told them I needed a large dog to train for mobility service, CPR was the ONLY one who had the courage and heart to take a chance on me. I thank God every day that they did, because my big Zak has rescued ME as much as I did him. Rescue and rehab dogs come with their own baggage, and all it takes is love and patience to help them shed it to become the wonderful dog that is hiding inside. After 5 months of being together, we are still learning about each other, but he is now my best friend and constant mobility companion, and also volunteers once a month to visit developmentally disabled kids.
CPR is very thorough before allowing adoption, so I can only guess that any disgruntled reviewers must have been declined for some reason, and were upset. YES CPR does rehome dogs....as many times as needed to find that forever match. They DO try very hard to make it work the first time, but even they can't predict some things. IF it doesn't work out, you are under contract to return the dog to them so they can re-evaluate it and begin screening a new family that would be a better fit. Thankfully they have one of the LOWEST returned animal rates in the country! And if they don't feel the dog can be safely rehomed, then it is placed into the sanctuary area there, where it can live out its life in love and comfort.
I started as an adopter... but because I received such great treatment from them, and I wanted to give back some way, I also became a temp foster home for them, and now also volunteer with the team. CPR has been wonderful to partner with, by screening dogs for our service and therapy dog programs. We provide free evaluations on any CPR dogs that they believe may take well to service or therapy work. Together as a team, we will continue to help our communities and keep more dogs out of the shelters!
After my daughter's first pet (a poodle) passed away, we went to CPR to find another fur baby. Of course we were screened first. They called the vet, groomer, and references to make sure we would be good parents. As we were looking around. Daisy (an older white poodle) came up to my daughter and jumped up on her. It was like she chose us! We talked to Donna and she warned us that Daisy could get a little aggressive at times, especially if backed into a corner.
We still decided to adopt her. She fit in amazingly well with our family and 2 other pets (a cocka-poo and terri-doodle). We were patient and loving and any aggressive signs were no longer present. I think she felt at home and settled in.
I felt like all the bases were covered before our adoption and can't believe that someone would say that CPR would adopt out problem pets without informing perspective pet parents. Donna was very upfront and honest with us. Adopting from CPR was a great experience and I encourage anyone who is looking for a pet to contact them!
Two years after my standard poodle passed away I was finally ready to adopt another. We still had a standard that was my husband's baby but I was ready for my new furbaby. After filling out the application I recieved a call from one of their "caseworkers" and we talked for about one and a half hours. Sue asked me many questions that would affect the dog's health and happiness as well as that of our current poodle and my husband and myself. Then we waited to see if they thought they had a poodle that was right for our family. We finally got a call and an appointment to visit the farm. We were shown around the entire farm and introduced to any of the dogs we particularly showed an interest in. After our tour we were asked if there was anyone that we wanted more time with and they also suggested Kyle as having the personality like I was looking for. (I was interested in a poodle that could be trained as a therapy dog.) There was a beautifully groomed poodle named Ginger that I was also interested in. We went in a small enclosed porch with Ginger and Kyle and Kyle chose me. We had been encouraged to bring our dog with us and brought her on the porch with Kyle and they got along like littermates. Kyle came home with us that day and I could not be happier. He stays at my heels, passed obedience and therapy tests. Carolina Poodle Rescue not only got us the dog we wanted, but Sue had made sure with her questions that our place was right for their standard poodle. We saw with our tour that they care for the wellbeing of the animals in their care. We first found out about this rescue two and a half years ago when we got Kyle. We think highly enough of the volunteers there that we donate monthly and give extra as we feel we can. They asked for Pack N Plays for their puppies and for seniors so I have gotten several at yard sales along with other supplies. They are a no kill shelter so they use the Pack N Plays for the little blind seniors to sleep together when they are not out. This is a firstclass non-profit organization and in my opinion, if anyone has a problem with them it is because they were not accepted by the "caseworker," they didn't take the time and patience that is required with any new animal coming into your home, or didn't understand that some of these furbabies have been through a horrible existence in the first part of their life and need special acceptance to understand that they now have their own people that are going to teach them to love. A group of volunteers at the rescue that frequently are forgotten are the transporters. Kyle was found in Virginia and after looking for the owners, transporters use their time and money to pass the dogs from one volunteer to another as they drive the many miles to safely and lovingly care for the dogs to get them to the farm. I will definitely adopt again from Carolina Poodle Rescue. They care!
When my rescue toy poodle passed away, I was not ready to adopt another so I volunteered at the Carolina Poodle Rescue. I wanted to be "around" poodles but not necessarily adopt one. I saw that it was a nice, clean facility and that every person who worked there was really nice to the animals. They didn't just work there because there was no other place to work in that particular city out in the countryside. I did what I could cleaning this and that, food bowls, water bowls, hugging scared dogs, throwing balls to the more active dogs etc. I did this for a few weeks and then my family asked when I was going to adopt another dog. This time they wanted a "real" dog, as in, not a toy poodle. I referred them to the webpage of adoptable dogs and told them to tell me which ones they were interested. They chose a brother pair of dogs that would only be adopted out together as they were "bonded." I sought the dogs the next time I went up there and one was much more outgoing than the other. I tried to be cool and not just fall in love with them so I told the CPR person that I wanted to drive home and bring back my stepson to see how they got along. This is a two hour roundtrip for me. So I drove home, picked up the kiddy, brought him up to the farm and we spent time with the dogs in a private adoption room and experimented with having a cat in the room since we have cats too. I sat with a toy poodle in my lap and the two other bigger "half poodle/half terrier" dogs were just so happy and curious but not barky, nervous or scared. We decided to take them home and the rest is history. They are the best dogs, friends, pals, pets ever. The CPR people were professional and have provided a lot of resources for being a responsible owner and share info with all the adopters about animal welfare and how to make the most of your pet ownership. I would adopt from them again if I had room to!
Review from Guidestar
We were looking for a second poodle for our 2 person/ 1 poodle / 1 cat home... I was amazed at how thorough the screening and approval process was, but could only think, GOOD, this is a sign of how serious they take the adopters to be. Approved!
We took our time making the appt and one early cold Feb Saturday we arrived to a bust center with smiling faces! Our poodle picked us out immediately, we still looked at 5 others, but Pawley was OURS - she told us so!
Now every time we see another available, I want them all, But I know that CPR is taking such good care of all their charges and we even help sponsor a fellow who will never leave CPR do to behavior issues, but I know he'll have a good , long, fun and most of all loving life!
I have recommended all by friends to adopt here, and I hope if you are reading this review, you will too!
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