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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

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Stacey54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Jordye H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Becky100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 2

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.