Coastal Pet Rescue is a wonderful nonprofit organization that saves the lives of homeless, abandoned, and abused pets in the Savannah, GA area and surrounding counties. I have never met a more dedicated group of people than those who give their time and money to improve the lives of these animals in need. I had been aware of CPR's great work in the community for several years and had donated, but until I retired, I didn't feel that I had the time get personally involved. How I wish I had started volunteering sooner! The looks on the faces of these sweet cats and dogs melt my heart. To see a frightened, confused pet begin to trust again and to gradually open up and become joyful and affectionate again makes all the efforts worthwhile. And when the right person chooses one of our "babies" and takes them to their forever home, we all shed tears of joy. CPR is truly making a difference in our community!
Foster and adopted my sweet kitty from Coastal. Her story touched my heart so deeply and I quickly fell in love with everything about her. So greatful to all the men and woman who saved her and helped her have a second chance at life.
As an animal lover, we've always had a dog or cat or 3 or 8 in our family. When CPR was in need of assistance during the most recent hurricane, our family immediately said yes. We welcomed two small dogs into our home, temporarily, so we thought. However 5 months later they are now a permanent part of our family. CPR is an amazing organization and all work tirelessly for the benefit of the fur babies. As an animal loving family, our adoption process couldn't have been smoother!
We adopted out boy Turk (formerly Drake) in Feb 2016 and the experience was outstanding. Jen was helpful and informative as we went through the process. We are prepping to adopt a second pup and Courtney is also awesome. She has sent pictures and kept us informed on our pups status! Such a great organization full of awesome volunteers!
I adopted "Liberty" now known as Winnie in 2012. She was rescued along with her mom and 4 siblings. Coastal Pet Rescue not only saved Winnie's life, but mine as well. My family was having a hard time with one of our other dogs and when we got Winnie, she immediately bonded with our Rottweiler mix. The two are definitely sisters from another mister. They are inseparable. Winnie is the sweetest pooch and I'd adopt from CPR again in a heartbeat. lisa S. and her crew are lifesavers and so professional. She was not about to allow just anyone to adopt her rescues...and I love that. These animals have already been through so much and Lisa and CPR ensure that the homes they are adopted into are the best of the best. They take care of the animals as if they were their own until they are fostered and adopted. Nothing but love and admiration for Coastal Pet Rescue and all that they do for our community and especially for the animals that deserve a second chance at life.
In April,2016, my husband and I were watching the news when we heard of Coastal Pet Rescue. They had taken in 29 animals from a hord and were seeking fosters. We took in a little one to foster and then decided to adopt her. This all volunteer group goes over and beyond to help the animals in our area. They are a wonderful and caring group. We can't thank them enough for our little Muffin and what they do everyday. We are glad to now be a part of Coastal Pet Rescue.
They do not help you with anything. For any help, the fosters have to do all the leg work. They did not hold up their end of the deal as far as care and medical treatment for the foster pet. They make up rules on the fly for events and pets that don't make sense. It blows my mind how this place is still operational with how unorganized the leadership is. They take in more pets than they can handle which leads to inadequate treatment for some of the issues with the animals. My wife and I love animals. When we wouldn't accept their refusal to give our foster the medication that's needed, they just wanted the dog back and then bad mouth the people as if it was their fault. They don't give you all or the right info on the pets. They ban people from their group that get sick of the BS. They only care about taking as many animals out of animal control without having any means to home them or care for them. There's a smart way to run this type of organization and CPR doesn't know what that is. I expected this place to be full of people who actually cared about the animals as individuals and cared about the humans who volunteer because they want to help but that is not so. If you are prepared to get walked all over and treated like crap then this is your place. With all that being said, there are a couple of good souls who work here that care about both animals and the volunteers. Don't expect them to help or work with you if it is even slightly inconvenient for them.
My sons and I have been volunteering with this organization for over a year and also adopted a dog from them. They work tirelessly to make a home for every animal they rescue. Every volunteer truly cares for the animals.
I've never been involved with a more dedicated group than Coastal Pet Rescue! They go above and beyond what the average person would do, sacrificing their time and energy for the animals! I became a volunteer, then an adopter and It's been wonderful!
I have been volunteering with Coastal Pet Rescue since 2007. They are a fantastic organization to be a part of. Everyone is really nice and friendly and you can tell they operate from their hearts when it comes to rescuing our area's abandoned pets. I am also an adopter through Coastal Pet Rescue. My kitty Minxie will be 6 this year and I absolutely adore her!
I am starting my 5th year as a volunteer for Coastal Pet Rescue. I started "just" fostering and actually adopted my first foster, Maxx. He is a wonderful friend and companion. Now my volunteering includes administrative functions and I am overwhelmed at the amount of paperwork that is necessary to maintain good standing with the Dept of Ag which is the agency that oversees us. It is really eye opening when you are on the "other" side of rescue. You realize that there is so much more to saving dogs and cats than just their routine care. I have gained a wealth of knowledge working with the other volunteers. It is rewarding to see all the lives saved and all the lives changed by a simple act of kindness. I can never say enough about all the work that CPR does in the community - saving cats and dogs that require extensive medical care, blind kittens, amputee dogs, senior pets and others that would be euthanized but we treat them with love and kindness, give them a warm bed and a full belly, the best medical care available, including specialists. All lives matter and Coastal Pet Rescue is a clear example of that. It is an honor to be able to be part of the team of dedicated volunteers who devote themselves to Coastal Pet Rescue.
I adopted my fabulous dachshund mix from Coastal Pet Rescue and it was such a wonderful experience that I asked how i could be more involved. I do not have a ton of time to give but there are so many ways to help the animals and the rescue! I now work with the online pet listings group and it is so rewarding to make a difference and help save the animals that so need our help in Savannah. Everyone in this rescue has a generous and great heart and it is a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful rescue!
I've been volunteering with CPR for around six months now! I loved it from the start. The camp leaders are so helpful and it really is like a family! It's so fulfilling being able to help these animals and seeing them go on to better homes. CPR offers opportunities for everyone, no matter your age, location, or availability. Everything and anything helps!
I have been volunteering at Coastal Pet Rescue for almost a year now. Being at the rescue allows you to make an impact on the community. It is a great way to be around animals as well as great people. Being a part of the volunteer team is like being a family. As a volunteer you are a part of saving four legged lives on a daily basis.
Wasted my time and a two hour drive to go see a beautiful little puppy I would have liked to add to our family, only to be told you can't adopt a dog unless ALL animals in your house are "altered." So, because my cat isn't fixed, I can't adopt a dog? How much sense does that make? Stupid.
My husband and I had the "housebroken and friendly" dog we adopted from coastal pet rescue for a grand total of a week before he bit my husband and hiked his leg on everything in my carpeted house. I called and told them that it just wouldn't work but that I still wanted to try and save an animal so we tried again and got a puppy from them and from the first night we got her it was clear that she had been abused in her past. My husband and I spent countless time and money trying different things with her but she absolutely would not housebreak and went to the bathroom every time she was in her crate meaning she had to be bathed every single time I had to leave the house for any amount of time. We called coastal pet for help and they gave us the number of a "trainer" who's big solution to the problem was to put a puppy pad in the crate and also told us that small dogs are not capable of being trained like big dogs are (yes she seriously said that). So finally my husband and I were at a loss and just didn't feel like it was fair to the dog to have these issues that we obviously couldn't correct. I contacted coastal pet rescue and received a phone call from a woman who was very aggressive, called me dramatic and a liar and accused me of abusing the dog. She had me sobbing on the phone. I was very confused because if you truly have the animals best interest at heart I'd think you would be thankful that we were trying to do the best thing we knew to do for the animal. Overall horrible experience with these people.
As a point of reference, we live on a farm and own 4 well trained and very happy dogs (3 inside) so we are not rookies when it comes to animals.
I found a dog that I wanted to adopt on their website and set up a meeting in order to see the dog. I was then told that someone from the shelter would call me to arrange a home inspection the next day. I never received a call, so I called said person and they did not answer, so I left a message. They never called back so I called the shelter. No answer, so I left a message. Four days have past and I heard no word so I emailed the shelter. Three days after no reply, I messaged them on Facebook. They read my message and did not get back to me. The dog I was supposed to adopt was no longer on the website. I have no idea what happened to her or why I never heard from the shelter. This is completely unprofessional and I will certainly never attempt to adopt from this shelter again.
There are not words to describe the immense impact Coastal Pet Rescue has had in our community. Not only are they saving the lives of deserving animals, but they're also changing peoples' lives, as well- giving volunteers a chance to make a difference, bringing a community together to fight for a single goal, matching a family with their new best friend. Coastal Pet Rescue is a stellar example of what a great non-profit should be.
Coastal Pet Rescue is a strong, driving force in the lowcountry community. We are a tool for not only the homeless pets in the area, but for the animal lovers, as well.
I began volunteering with CPR soon after I adopted one of my current dogs from the group. It quickly became clear that the people who work tirelessly to keep this organization running are some of the most kind-hearted, determined, and genuinely good people with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working.
There is never a boring day on the animal rescue front- we are constantly being pulled multiple directions each and ever hour; but, we always find a way to help our local animals when they need it most. Be it a stray dog running in and out of traffic, a litter of puppies just abandoned at a shelter, or a family dog who has experienced a tragedy and is in need of a new home... the volunteers of Coastal Pet Rescue have proven and will continue to prove that they will bend over backwards to provide any and all of the skills, resources, and assistance possible. And, they will always do so with an open heart, an open mind, and a fierce passion for animal rescue.
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Couldn't be happier to be apart of this great rescue, going above and beyond to make sure fur babies find their forever homes.
It gives me goosebumps to think of the amount of good that this organization does. There are so many volunteers that dedicate countless hours to ensure that the animals they rescue from various shelters find homes. Some of these sweet animals would never get a chance at the good life without Camp Pawsawhile and all of the amazing volunteers.
Kind, loving people on a mission! So lucky to have found this place!