My cousin Cheryl has been associated with this group for a long time & has rescued many poodles herself. She is so compassionate about this rescue & it truly shows in her heart, otherwise the precious dogs would not have a chance. Thank you Cheryl for what you are doing to make better lives for the dogs & to help them find their forever homes!
I first got involved with Carolina Poodle Rescue in July of 2010. At that time, I was looking for a standard poodle. I had just lost my Lab of 14 years. I had always had littles, but wanted to try a standard...Donna matched me up with my dear "Rico." Since then I have been an adoption counselor, donor, foster parent and I spread the word at our PetSmart in Wilmington NC.
We go thru a very involved adoption process. Our goal in doing this is to make sure the dog gets to its forever home, the first time that we place them. This works, our return rate is slim to none. Some people who are not use to being interviewed like this for a dog, may think its a bit overkill...we find this works for us and the numbers prove it.
I recommend CPR to everyone.....They will always be a part of my life....
When we lost our Standard Poodle to cancer, I started looking for a dog charity thinking I could channel some of my grief by volunteering. I came across Carolina Poodle Rescue and found myself looking at their website everyday and reading about their dogs and their adoption stories. Then I started looking deeper at the people involved...these are animal lovers, not just poodle lovers. I was so taken at the different breeds of dogs that they willingly rescued. When it finally felt right, we contacted CPR, passed the rigorous adoption pre-approval process and drove to Greer to meet and hopefully bring home a Standard Poodle that would magically pick us as their parents. When we got there, we were not bonding with any of the Standards, but we were drawn to two Labradoodles that had recently come in. It was a bonded pair (brother and sister), but we only wanted one dog. We tried separating them, but they went bonkers. Donna in all her wisdom never told us that they would not allow the dogs to be separated...instead she let us come to the conclusion that these were our dogs and we left with both of them. They are magnificent dogs and we love them so....separating them would have been cruel and CPR did what was right for these dogs.
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our family adopted two dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue. We could not have been more pleased with the entire experience, and with the dogs. They work hard to ensure a good match with the family. They provide excellent support after adoption. They provide extensive screening before the adoption. It is so evident that these folks do what they do out of love for the dogs. One of the dogs we adopted is a special needs dog, as he's blind. We know that he was the perfect dog for us, yet we know that he would have had a forever home at Dreamweaver farm if no perfect home had been found for him. The care they provide for the dogs is impeccable, and includes extensive medical care when necessary. I look forward to the day when I can support this organization financially. In the meantime, I tell everyone I know about them and how proud I am to have dogs that came from there.
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I have been volunteering on a weekly basis for more than a year and I have seen this organization from the inside. I have been so impressed with the dedication of the staff, volunteers and supporters. Many employees take dogs home with them on a regular basis and almost all of them have adopted from CPR. Adoption counselors do a great job of matching dogs with adopters, taking into consideration the entire family and the needs of the dogs being placed. On the rare occasion that it's not the right fit, they have a policy of always providing support including taking the dog back to be placed with another family if necessary. I would highly recommend CPR to anyone looking to add a canine companion to their home.
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My 10 year old daughter, Kimberly got me into the Caroling Poodle Rescue family. Kimberly began volunteering this past summer, and because of her age, she needed me to stay by her side for safety. What I have witnessed has truly been a blessing. Kimberly has a mild anxiety dissorder that sometimes makes it difficult to relate to those of us 2-legged animals. But we have discovered that she is right at home with the 4-legged folks. She has been to therapy and is medicated for her condition, but the biggest improvement has come over the past few months since she discovered CPR. I sincerely thank every CPR friend and family member and the wonderful staff at Dreamweaver Farm. The staff does a perfect job of making her feel "useful" by giving her a great blend of puppy playtime and meaningful chores. I see first-hand how well these animals are loved and cared for. I've watched them carefully screen adopters to look for just the right match. I've seen them hold, hug and kiss the animals as if they are the most precious gift. CPR doesn't just rescue and rehabilitate dogs. They do so much more.
I adopted a pet from out of state. saw a beautiful dog on their web page and called, was interviewed by phone and filled out an application by e-mail. Drove three hundred miles and adopted the dog. the farm was vvery nice and had quite a few beautiful dogs. every one was very easy to deal with. have had the dog about two years and she is a member of the family. would not think twice about adopting another dog .
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I had a very positive experience. This was the first time I considered a "rescue" dog and boy has she changed my life! The staff were very friendly during the phone interview and made the entire process so easy. The visit to the farm to pick her up was an easy 3 hour ride from GSO. I even toured the farm while I was there. There are A LOT of dogs so it's noisy but they are all clamoring to get your attention...wanting a home. Very clean facility and the staff were friendly as well. I have been back once to transport a dog and I would definitely consider this again.
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Carolina Poodle Rescue is a dedicated rescue organization ! My parents adopted a miniature poodle in 2009,and Petey is the light of my 88 year old father's life-and mom's too! Petey was rescued from a puppy mill ,and the care given to this little fellow by CPR was so compassionate. He was a scared, fearful , dirty and matted mess when he arrived at the rescue. My mom chose "Curley Bill" -his first name-because she said he needed her! I am convinced that this little dog has extended their lives as they take him to the beach, for rides in the car, to the bank for a cookie, and he has a massage before going to sleep in dad's chair. Thank you Carolina Poodle for saving this little fellow's life, and for all you do everyday!
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I have adopted two dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue in the past 10 years. they do a wonderful job matching the needs of the dogs with the needs of the families. both of my dogs have been very well cared for. I was so impressed by my experience with Carolina poodle rescue that I became a volunteer. now that I volunteer I know it and more about this wonderful organization and love how they help dogs that other rescues often would turn down. And the years I have volunteered they have raised money to get dogs essential surgeries including correcting cataracts and hip dysplasia. The people who work with the dogs at the farm including the founder all love the dogs and treat them with great respect and kindness. I would recommend Carolina poodle rescue to anyone that I know who was adopting a dog and would be a good owner.
I walked into Petsmart with no intention of adopting a dog last April. Needless to say I came home with a new 4 legged member of our family. What impressed me the most about this organization is the thoroughness of the procedures they follow when considering potential adopters for their rescues. They are not just interested in adopting out as many rescues as they can....they go the extra mile to make sure the pet and owner are a good match. They shared everything about our dog with us....the good and bad. He has turned out to be the most wonderful and well behaved pet who just needed someone to love and care for him. I will be adopting all future pets from CPR!
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i became aquainted with CPR when my darling Shih Tzu of 14 yrs died. i started by donating all her toys ,blankets and such- advanced to visiting and helping clean facility ,socializing dogs, exercising dogs .I finally found 2 shih's I wanted to adopt .Even though I was at the shelter often I to go through the same process everyone has to in order to adopt . So Sadie and Buster came into my life. Sadie was 90% blind and of questionable age -( the who knows age). Buster was her puppy that she had the first day she made to the farm. Puppy mill screwed up and was going to have sadie put to sleep because of her sight problem not knowing she was pregnant .I have not regreated one single minute , they are the joy of my life. I have had great support from CPR and have recommended to all my friends -several of whom have also adopted from CPR. Can't say enough things about them .Still volunteering as a transporter . Since I have seen the operation from both sides as a worker and also as an adopter I think I have a unique viewpoint of this Rescue. Some of the best, most caring and faithful people I have met work here to make it a success. Till none are left
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We drove 3 hours to adopt Marco, a goldendoodle turned into a NC county shelter by a breeder last June. He is the best thing that has happened to us. The adoption process was smooth and they helped us find the right dog for our family. They go above and beyond to rescue dogs that many other rescue organizations turn down. Thank you CPR! We will be back for our next rescue.
Over the last 10 years I have adopted 6 dogs from Carolina Poodle Rescue. Most were older adults and gave us years of love and left a void after their deaths. At present I have 3 younger dogs adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue. When I decided to adopt other dogs, my dog of choice was My Dog Of Choice....no one steered me to a particular dog. I was free to visit all and make the choice of the one that would go home with me. One of these 3 poodles I have at this time , one is a breeder 's retired female. I was totally informed of the challenge she might be in rehabIng but I chose her in spite the challenge and I must admit it has been tough but it's working. Thank you CPR for rescuing her for me to adopt her. She is a jewel. If not for CPR my life would be void of so much joy.
I totally recommend Carolina Poodle Rescue to everyone I know and many I don't know personally. If you adopt from Carolina Poodle Rescue you get as much history on you new family member as possible. I am totally committed to this organization and it is the non profit organization of my choice above all others of which I have knowledge...bar none. Go CPR, making dreams come true for others.
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I first got my LORETTA from Carolin Poodle Rescue. She had been rescued from a mobile home along with 20 other poodles and poodle mixes. CPR took her in and cared for her until we completed the "adopter" application and passed the test as an approved adopter...they just don't give pets to anyone...CPR makes sure they are placing a pet in a loving home and caring family. Loretta was the most wonderful dog in the years she spent with us. Next, we got Patsy who was turned in after having been adopted before. You see, when you adopt from CPR you are required to return your pet to them in the event you release them...another requirement you must fulfill as an adopter. We lost Loretta and Patsy last year. Again we turned to CPR to fill the void in our home. Now we have wonderful Emmie Lou...neglected by her previous owner. Emmie Lou will not be my last adopted dog...when there is a another void in our family I will turn to CPR to fill the void. I know any dog I get from them has been thoroughly checked for diseases, spayed or neutered and fully checked by a veterinarian. I know what I am getting be cause Carolina Poodle Rescue does their absolute best in matching people and pets. Carolina Poodle Rescue is at the top of my charity list and we support them.
My heart sings when I hear the words Carolina poodle rescue. Having adopted 2 puppy mill dogs from there, I can not say enough about the blessing these two guys have been for me. Not only were they mistreated by human kind, they came with a lot of baggage. Never had they seen grass, played with toys or even been bathed and groomed on a regular basis. CPR changed that after a seizure of their former home by police and animal care and control experts. CPR made a difference. Sure, I had to fill out an application, have a counseling session and meet with the director before they came home with me. All well worth it. This is NOT an average rescue. These people are committed to making a match to find forever homes for some dogs this is their last chance. People must be truthful about the dog they want, just because they are cute read ALL the info posted about them. Ask a lot of questions and make the commitment to be that dogs forever home. They may not all be perfect dogs, but they sure are perfect for someone who will love them unconditionally.
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We adopted a poodle from CPR in early 2013. They did an outstanding job matching us with the perfect dog!
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I have adopted 4 dogs from CPR over the past few years. Not only are these dogs awesome dogs, CPR took the time to know me, my needs and what I was looking for in a dog and for my pack in order to ensure a good placement and good family fit.
Also, as a trainer and volunteer who has volunteered at other rescues and shelters, this rescue and sanctuary looks to grow and improve themselves daily as well as has far more ethics, care and desire for the wellbeing of their dogs.
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I adopted a poodle from CPR in 2007 and I will definitely adopt from them again. They treat everyone and every pet with the utmost respect. I will always refer anyone looking for a pet to CPR...they are the best!
We adopted our Standard Poodle from CPR four years ago, and since then our two daughters have each adopted a CPR dog. The staff at CPR is extremely professional, thorough (they called all of our references and our vets), and attuned to the needs of adopters and the dogs. All three of our CPR dogs are treasured members of our family. When we adopted, CPR was very open about providing as much information about the dogs' past as possible-- including that one of the dogs was rehomed twice before, and the reason why. This information has helped us with making the dog's transition smoother, and he has fully adjusted to our family. I knew CPR had the dogs' best interest as their number one priority, and they wanted us to be happy, too.
I have adopted two dogs and now foster one from Carolina Poodle Rescue. I am absolutely impressed with this organization. They have high standards, both in caring for dogs and in ensuring that dogs are placed in homes where the dogs will thrive. I am constantly amazed how this organization can rally employees, volunteers and donors to accomplish small miracles. I know my donation really makes a difference here.
Carolina Poodle Rescue is an incredibly efficient and professional non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming poodles (and other animals in need as space and funds allow). This organization is top notch and extremely thorough. The dedicated staff are highly skilled, extremely experienced, and work tirelessly. They are led by a highly organized Executive Director. Carolina Poodle Rescue is a joy to volunteer for and I know that my personal financial contributions are being extremely well-managed.
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I have adopted a minature poodle and a standard poodle from CPR. I have been to the farm, the dogs are well cared for by staff that are loving and informative. I feel I was given good information about the dogs I adopted. They had been to the vet and in healthy condition. The dogs I adopted are now part of my family. I thank Donna Ezzell for making this rescue work so well.
I started volunteering with this organization after I adopted my first poodle from them. They are a fantastic group of people with truly dedicated volunteers located all over the United States and Canada. They are very thorough and work diligently to make a "forever" match between the adopter and their new family member. The screening process is very intense. The welfare of all of the dogs is paramount and they will take a dog that no one else will. I am proud to be associated with Carolina Poodle Rescue.
I adopted a dog from this rescue three years ago. The interview was intensive prior to the adoption to make sure we had the right dog for our family. I could not have asked for a better experience. I would definitely recommend this rescue for any looking to adopt.
I started volunteering at Carolina Poodle Rescue after my heart dog passed away at 12 1/2 almost 4 years ago. Wasn't ready to get another one yet, but needed to do something in her memory. What an operation!! I've honestly never seen so many dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring people in my life as Director Donna Ezzell and her tireless team of associates. They are amazing - doing absolutely whatever it takes to ensure as many furbabies as possible are saved, cared for, healed, and unconditionally loved.
Of course, it wasn't long before we adopted one of their rescues, a sweet little girl who had been abused by her original owners. While she was still somewhat fearful when we got her, she had already improved by leaps and bounds while under CPR's care. Now, about 3 yrs later, this little one loves all people, all animals, and absolutely cannot ever give enough kisses!
We, like many of the volunteers, are honored to donate monthly to CPR. And the quality and kindness of those volunteers we've been fortunate enough to get to know are just an added bonus. Wherever we go, I ALWAYS let folks know about Carolina Poodle Rescue - you simply could not ask for a better group to be associated with and to adopt from.
Please do not adopt a dog from this shelter. They do not listen to their clients and put dogs back up for adoption after they have been returned to them NUMEROUS times. They do not care for the dogs and just wish to get them out of there and not give them help. They were rude and refused to acknowledge that the dog had a problem. This is not ok. Please do not adopt from them.
My husband and I have adopted three dogs over the past years from CPR. Each time, we drove from St. Louis, MO to South Carolina. Our first was Olivia, a Standard Poodle who was rescued from a puppy mill. I had the joy of watching her grow into a self-assured, happy member of the family. The second (Elsie) was a Standard Poodle puppy who was born at the shelter (Momma dog was pregnant when she arrived). Elsie was given the love, attention and training to make her a healthy, happy addition to our home. Our third, Anni, was a rescue from a hoarding or puppy mill situation. She was nursed back to health by Dreamweaver staff. We are privileged to have her in our home and be able to watch her as she grows more confident in herself and her role in our "pack." I have watched this organization grow and develop over the years. The staff and volunteers are exceptional. Each dog is evaluated, provided with necessary medical care, housed in appropriate quarters at Dreamweaver Farm, socialized, loved, and prepared for the time when they find their "forever home." I have the greatest admiration and respect for Donna Ezell and the staff (both paid and unpaid) who go so far beyond expectations to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home the furbabies who need their help so desperately. A first-class organization that deserves our support.
I am an international fan of Carolina Poodle rescue and have twice driven about 700 miles each way from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to adopt. In June 2010, I met a young woman at a local street festival called Woofstock, in Toronto with my two old black standard poodles in tow. She had the most gorgeous two-year black boy called Dante - calm and relaxed ever with the crowds, he looked just like my Simon. When I asked about the kennel she got him from she said, "no, I got him from Carolina Poodle Rescue in South Carolina two months ago"!!!! She described the thorough vetting and caring approach to the adoption - a good fit for a forever relationship between human and dog was the major outcome. In September, I decided to apply as Simon and Gypsy were 15 years old and I wanted to bring a new family member home while they were still able to help him adjust. When I was approved (through an interview with a marvellous volunteer in Florida! and checking my references) I started the drive south. Throughout the process, I kept mentioning that my preference was a black male because Simon was already living with two divas (Gypsy and me) - but at one point on the journey, I called Donna, the Director, and told the story of adopting Simon. All the other puppies were jumping all over me the way puppies do; he looked at me, sat under the kitchen table as I played with the others and finally came over to kiss my hand before returning to sit under the table. He had chosen me - and he was my best friend for the rest of his life. So when I arrived late one Friday night, Donna brought out the first dog - a female black and white parti! She hopped up on the chair, crossed her paws and analysed me from across the room. When I offered a treat, she came over, took the treat and went back to the chair. I saw a couple of other dogs, but when Donna told me that she had never done that before, I knew that SHE had picked me and we came home together. Fast forward eight months: Gypsy and Simon were both failing and I knew that I would be lucky to have them another six months. I went on the CPR website and saw a gorgeous sandy red giant teddy bear of a poodle. In May, we all drove down again (this time with my niece). Again it was love at first sight. We stayed a few days to volunteer at Dreamweaver Farm - caring for new puppies, cleaning up poop in the pouring rain, all the fun things that volunteers at shelters do to help these wonderful creatures that depend on us. When Simon became very ill, we headed home so that he could see his special park one last time. He rested his head on Rowan (the new redhead) all the way home. The people at CPR are some of the finest in my world at least - and in the world's of the hundreds of dogs they help every year. As I live in Canada, I cannot claim a tax receipt, but I donate to CPR anyway. I will be returning over the years just because I feel so at home there. CPR is an outstanding organization, thanks to the leadership of Donna Ezzell. It's motto is one that should define how we deal with all of the vulnerable creatures we meet through life: One by one until there are none.
My first experience with Carolina Poodle Rescue began in January 2012. We drove 750 miles through 8 states with my 7 little special needs geriatrics in tow. This is when we met our Max, a two year old apricot Standard Poodle that was an owner surrender with a request for euthanasia because he was special needs. In April we adopted Jake, a 5 year old Chocolate Standard Poodle with the same special need as Max. They both have Addison's. Jake's family tearfully surrendered him to CPR. Both of our boys have had extreme reductions in medications and are now at very low doses. They are so happy and healthy that you'd never even be able to tell that they had medical conditions! We didn't stop at two Standards. in July, Fitzgerald, a 5 year old White Standard joined our family and as a surprise, Double, a 6 year old Red Standard came along too! They are Beautiful and a joy. CPR, it's staff, members and volunteers are all top notch and priority one is the dogs. It is more than an organization, it truly is a family!!
What really drew my boyfriend and I to Carolina Poodle Rescue (other than the poodles) is the fact that their animals live on a farm with plenty of space to run and play. Besides sleeping in crates, they are not confined to small spaces almost 24/7. They are also well-socialized and temperament tested. I was a nervous first-time adopter, especially since the process can be very daunting with rescues...but CPR enthusiastically and quickly got me through the screening process. They didn't make me feel like I was incompetent or some psycho trying to get a hold of one of their dogs. I had such a great feeling about the CPR staff that, once approved, my boyfriend and I traveled over 7 hours to CPR from Virginia to meet with their sweet poodles. Instead of having to look and ask to meet some of the animals, they got to know what we were looking for in a pet and brought in LOTS of dogs for us to, well, play with! I was unsure I was going to find the right dog that day, but they brought in a former stray they had only had for about two weeks to help socialize her...and we knew she was the one. I continue to keep in touch with this wonderful rescue and its large family via Facebook and know that my next poodle will most likely come from CPR. Thank you CPR for my sweet Winnie!
Carolina Poodle Rescue has brought me two Poodles who other wise might have been destroyed. These dogs have changed my life. Carolina Poodle Rescue rescues dogs from all over the East coast and beyond from shelters who cannot keep the dogs for whatever reason and might have been put down. When they get the dogs (at their own expense) they have them looked at by their vet and make sure they are in good health. If not, they will care for the dog until it is well. They also have the dog neutered. At that time they will attempt to find a forever home for the dog. They are very particular in where the dogs go. Their adoption process is very strict as they desire the dogs are going to the very best possible place for them to thrive in a loving atmosphere, sometimes for the first time in their lives.
We adopted two babies from them and this place is TOP notch!!!
When I was looking at several rescue organizations for a poodle to adopt, this group responded immediately. I went through what I thought was a thorough adoption application process. When I drove 3 states away for the first meeting, all went as had been explained. They took into consideration my expectations, desires, household activity level and brought out 4 or 5 dogs to sniff and mingle with us. What turned out to be a wonderful standard poodle chose my 9 yr old lab, my husband and me for his home. We returned (after the labrador died) so we could maintain the 2 dog household and a dear female those to leave with us. Donna Ezzell is phenomenal and she gathers volunteers who are just as invested as she. I only wish I I felt like my dog capacity was unlimited and could take more off her hands right now!!
Louise had lived in four places before me. She was only 20 months old, skinny and timid. But I could see a young girl who was waiting for the transformation of a lifetime. Not only was Louise in a desperate situation, so was her sister LuLu. Thanks to Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) in Pacolet, South Carolina, Louise and LuLu found their "fur-ever homes." Today, Louise travels wtih me to help promote reading and writing to students as part of my "author life." LuLu is a service dog for the lovely lady who adopted her. Without CPR, these beautiful, smart poodles likely would have died. In fact, a CPR volunteer took them from another shelter because the people working there feared that both would die. When they were given up for adoption, they quit eating, drinking, and would only lie on the floor -- totally bereft and scared. Their story is just one of the hundreds of happy stories that emerge from CPR each day, each month, each year. The staff and volunteers with CPR are angels on Earth who literally go the extra mile to help dogs and people in need. Louise has brought so much joy to me and the thousands of students whom we visit every year. We also take Canine Freestyle Dancing, and Louise and I visit an area nursing home regularly where the elderly residents adore her. Without CPR, my life would be dull indeed ... and, for Louise -- I can't begin to imagine what would have happened to her. She is a blessing in my life and in the lives of many others!
I have been fostering poodles and donating to this group for years. They do the best job at screening potential adopters, making sure the poodle will have a safe, loving home. They do great care to make sure the personality of the poodle will fit with the family's lifestyle. My boyfriend and I visited there recently. He wanted a small poodle he could carry around and who would play fetch and tug with him. We adopted Ziva, who is exactly what we wanted. She loves to be held and carried. But she also loves to play with toys and run and play with my standard poodle. She plays fetch and tug like we wanted. If CPR finds out about a homeless poodle, even if it's far away, they find a way to get it to their Dreamweaver Farm to prepare it for adoption. They also provide a sanctuary for poodles who can't be adopted. None are ever euthanized. They can live out the rest of their lives there.