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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Placing homeless animals into foster homes for proper vet care and family-life training, then finding the best-match homes. We also do rescue transports to get adoptable animals out of kill shelters to other rescues and from rescues to their new permanent homes.

Target demographics: homeless, abused, and abandoned pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 canines and felines

Geographic areas served: Coastal Empire Savannah Georgia and Lowcountry South Carolina

Programs: - Rescue, foster care, veterinary care, and sterilization for animals in Georgia and South Carolina county animal shelters that would otherwise be euthanized. - Assistance to other animal rescues and shelters throughout Georgia, Florida and South Carolina needing to relocate rescued pets. - Foster care for animals surrendered by their owners who either can no longer provide for the pets or no longer wish to have them in their homes. - Adoption of rescued pets to qualified homes that have been properly screened and counseled by our adoption coordinators and foster parents to maintain the pet in the home for a lifetime. - Training of leadership team members and volunteers in the areas of humane education, animal welfare, animal behavior and care, and disaster response. - Education to the public in the form of adoption counseling, pet behavior consultation and training, hurricane evacuation planning, media interviews, and classroom presentations.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The job they do is amazing. The love and care they give to each dog or cat is above and beyond anything I have seen

Jenifer2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CPR is a great rescue with dogs and cats of different sizes and breeds. If you are looking to adopt, CPR is the only place you need to look. Our pets are up to date on their shots, have been spayed/neutered and are ready for their forever home!

1 melissaenvirogirl

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began as a simple volunteer. Just helping out st an adoption event here and there; however, I was soon drawn in by the cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and just plain joy and love for animals of the fellow volunteers that surrounded me at these events. I began to show up more and more just to be surrounded by this positive energy and to be buoyed by the knowledge that we were working together to do such good work - saving the adoptable pets in our community. Eventually I was asked to be a foster, and I cherish all the little lives I've helped to save. I was then asked to take a leadership position within the group. It sounded a bit scary at first, but as I moved into that level, I realized something; all the leaders help one another and work together. CPR isn't a group of disparate responsibilities who meet on occasion to see who's doing what; it's a cohesive group who connect, join, work together, and do whatever it takes to Rescue and find homes for little pets who'd otherwise be left behind. We help the elderly left in shelters because they've just become too expensive, the pets abandoned because it's too much trouble to take them along on a move, and the pets subjected to cruelty too sad to mention. We take these lost souls, give them a piece of our own, and make them whole again. Then, we release them to a forever home. It's hard to place a review on such efforts, but I'll take a shot at it with five stars and two thumbs up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

CPR provides a valuable service to the community by providing foster homes to adoptable felines and canines, ones pulled from the local animal control and humane societies, as well as those droppoed off at local vet offices and surrendered by their owners. This often includes expensive and timmely medical treatment, all of which is candidly prsented on their webpage. I believe this not only informs the public on the animals up for adoption, but on the animal welfare and health issues in the community as well, especially with regards to whatIis a treatable condition and not one automatically warranting euthanasia. Several cases of heartworm in our canines and a litter of kittens with calicuvirus are an example, all of whom found loving forever homes. Saving lives is vital, but changing attitudes and providing ann education is necessary to truly see change in anyllong lasting form in the community. I believe cpr is doing this, and more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with CPR for over ten years. Having done home visits, fostering, event participation and serving as needed, I know how deeply committed the leaders and other staff are to animal welfare. The "crew" is energetic, friendly and productive. Through its relations with media, government, schools and local grooups, CPR has had a major positive impact in the Low Country in areas of TNR, legislation and education. It's a pleasure to represent them.

1 Barbara297

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kimberly153

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Melissa314

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 gagrandma8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.