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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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

So I adopted Carol, a Shepherd Mix, and I love her. She was found abandoned with several puppies of hers. The Coastal Pet Rescue brought her in and had her for a while. I was looking for a good dog I can adopt to give a good home because I needed a good friend.
Carol is Amazing! She loves to play and has a very good disposition. My friend has a very excited hound dog, and only after 10 minutes they became great friends running around chasing each other.
I love the Coastal Pet Rescue, and I ask that if you can, please adopt a dog from here. They have very nice and friendly Volunteers and helped make my life much happier.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I adopted Roxie a year ago and couldn't be happier! She has brought so much joy and fun into our home. She brings so much energy and LOVE into our home. Roxie is always there to greet you with a sweet lick of the face and is always on guard. She gets along with our cat, Loki, really well and he loves having another fur baby in the house. Coastal Pet Rescue did a phenomenal job facilitating our adoption and ensuring Roxie was the absolute perfect fit for us! I can't wait to move into a larger house so I can adopt another fur baby from them! :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted "Sissy" now called Tuukka, a terrier mix two months ago and she has brought us more joy than I could ever begin to write. The most loyal dog, she is constantly by Mom's side and loves to snuggle with us any chance she can! Great with kids and other dogs she is the perfect addition to our family. I can not begin to thank Coastal Pet Rescue enough for bringing this blessing into our lives!! We are forever grateful!!

1 Christine132

Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted Malcolm (he came to us as Jaxx), a corgi/Jack russell mix, two weeks before St. Patrick's Day 2013! It wasn't exactly the best timing, but we'd been looking for a dog for over a year. I guess when you fall in love, you fall in love! Because we'd never been dog owners as adults before, we were worried his foster mom wouldn't let us keep him. I guess she could see how much we wanted him, though, and she trusted us to be good dog parents. When he spent his first week with us, he was, well, pretty much terrified. I had been following his foster mom's story before we adopted him, though, and remembered that after he came out of his kennel, he had started following her around the house and doing a little dance.

He spent the first week sitting on the couch next to me (I had a broken shoulder, and couldn't do very much - talk about timing!), but sure enough, he began following us around the house, too! One day he barked at someone coming up on the porch, and that scared him! But now he practically "talks" to us with little barks and grumbles. Our cat, Wednesday, was extremely dubious about his entry into our family, but even she is starting to come around, as he's been trying to get her to play with him since around July of last year. I recently caught them chasing each other (very politely) when they thought I was busy cooking dinner.

We still aren't sure what his circumstances were before he came to Coastal Pet Rescue, but he struggles with timidity around people to this day. He loves other dogs, though. We work on socialization as best we can every day, but his real true loves are other playful dogs and as much fetch as he can get anyone to play. THANK YOU, Coastal Pet Rescue, for rescuing this "almost perfect" dog, and for giving us a chance as his adopted family. He just came back from his checkup with a sparkling clean bill of health, and we're all looking forward to our lives together as a family.

1 Brenda73

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a precious baby black pom named Dimi a month ago. She had been a puppy farm dam and had been thrown out when she could not make them a profit. Cheryl was the foster mom for Dimi and did a wonderful job working with this baby and getting her back to health. She had never known love or the kindness side of the human touch. Dimi is so sweet and wants so much to be loved but does not know how to accept love. It has been a work in progress and to now see her coming out of her fear and beginning to trust and learning to accept love is enough to bring a tear to your eye. I thank Coastal Pet Rescue for taking Dimi in, I thank God for people like Cheryl that are willing to help these poor babies that have no one else. I now have a sweet adorable baby that I know will be the perfect loving pet when she realizes that not all humans hurt. She is well on her way!!

1 Jasmine P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Miss, now named Sadie came into our lives almost two months ago. From the day we got her to today, we have always said she is the best puppy we could have asked for! She is about 9 months old, and a Shepard/Coon Hound mix. I am so thankful the adoption process was made so easy. She came home the day after we met her! We were given a packet with all of her information. It was easy to see the foster homes she'd been in took the time that's necessarily to properly train a great puppy. Sadie came to us house trained, knowing all basic commands, updated with all shots and eager to love. Today, she enjoys long walks, the dog park, and chasing squirrels. When we are ready to give Sadie a brother or sister, we will definitely go through Costal!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a dog trainer I come across sad situations fairly often. due to family strife one of the sweetest young dogs I've ever met spent the first year of his life without ever coming inside and with minimal human contact. The male head of house hold was not happy with the arrangement and wanted to "take him to the woods" near Savannah, Georgia which is legally considered abandonment, and a recipe for death from hunger, disease or misadventure for a dog.

Coastal Pet Rescue was willing to take this sweet dog into its foster program, found wonderful people to foster the dog while he waited for rescue, checked on his health, let the community know about him, and facilitated the transfer of the dog to a wonderful new home.

I can not thank them enough for helping me save a client's dog, and helping me save one of the nicest family dogs, despite a horrific beginning, that I have ever met. ~ Claudia Black-Kalinsky, CPDT-Ka, Trainthisdog.com

Nancy191

Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted Ella, a chihuahua/jack russle mix 2 weeks ago. she is such a joy to our family. it is obvious she was well loved and cared for by her foster family at Coastal Pet Rescue. She is well socialized and gets along well with our children, cats and neighbors. She has a wag and a wet kiss for everyone she meets. She has captured our hearts and we have been telling everyone about the fantastic job the foster parents at CPR do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted the dog pictured here! She is an absolute joy. Coastal Pet Rescue does a wonderful job and deserves kudos for the work they do. I think their system of foster homes is exceptional, I am amazed weekly by how many dogs they are able to help.

Emily84

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the best experience with Coastal Pet Rescue. I fell in love with my new puppy on Facebook and the process with his foster family was very quick and easy. They truly have the best interest of these animals in mind. I feel so lucky to have such a great new member in my family and it's all thanks to CPR.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from CPR within the last five years. They are extremely easy to work with and they serve such a vital role in the community. They came to my home and made sure that I was in a place (both physically and mentally) to be able to provide a good home to a pet. They want the best for both the pet and the adoptive family, and it shows. I love the fact that they are able to find wonderful people to foster these pets in a home before they get adopted. Both of the dogs I got were wonderful and well-behaved. CPR was totally helpful after the adoption, helping me get information and answer any questions I had post-adoption (as well as pre-adoption). I am "up there" in years, but if I do ever adopt another dog I will certainly use CPR and I recommend them whenever the subject comes up. Dogs are such wonderful gifts from God, and these folks are true and faithful stewards of this gift. As a disabled person, I am limited financially and physically, but I support them as well as I am able and I hope they never, ever have to close their doors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for dogs to adopt online for a while and I often refreshed the pages to see if I was drawn to a certain dog. I was looking for a best friend, running buddy, and guardian. After checking multiple sites over a span of a couple of weeks, I saw a picture of atlas and he was everything I was looking for in a dog. He was young, handsome, muscular, and was part golden which is always a loving, smart, and kind breed. I immediately put in my application for him and made phone calls to make sure no one else could get this dog before me. One of CPR volunteers named Carolyn soon emailed me telling me the next steps of the adoption process and that I was first on the list to adopt atlas. I was more excited than a 5 year old at Christmas! I set up my house visit and everything went perfect, the only part now was to wait till he got neutered so I could officially take him home with me and call him mine! But then plans took a major turn for the worse, atlas testesd positive for heartworm and I was devastated when I heard the news. I knew I wouldn't be able to adopt him anymore because heartworm treatment is so expensive. I called Carolyn and started crying on the phone and she comforted me and said CPR might be able to help. Much to my pleasure, CPR said they would pay for the heartworm treatment if I still wanted to adopt him. This was the best news I've heard in a long time. I didn't hesitate when I said I still wanted atlas because I fell in love with that dog and CPR was paying for the entire treatment for me. I was so grateful for their help because I wouldn't have been able to adopt him without it. Now atlas is still going through the 2 month treatment and he is the best dog! I'm so grateful for CPR for helping me adopt the dog of my dreams and l speak highly of this organization The volunteers are so kind and understanding and I still keep in touch with Carolyn even after the adoption. She texts me often to check on atlas and that just shows how much CPR really cares about helping pets find a forever and loving home.

Review from Guidestar

Elizabeth140

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were in the processs of adopting a second dog for my daughter. The Coastal Volunteer came to our house for a home visit. It was such a nice process, and we really enjoyed meeting her. After the visit, we all realized that the dog we were discussing was not a good fit for our family and that at that time Coastal did not have the right dog for us. We then found a dog at a Rescue in Atlanta that was the perfect fit. But, they needed a home visit. Carolyn from Coastal Pet was so kind and willing to share her home visit information with the Atlanta Rescue. She did this the same day, and we picked up our new family member that weekend. Without the generosity of Carolyn and Coastal Pet Rescue we might not have been able to adopt Charlie. I would recommend Coastal Pet Rescue to anyone. Their first priority is finding the best fit for the dog and the family, so that it is a forever home!

Erin64

Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell in love instantly with a picture of a dog being fostered through CPR, and the whole adoption process was seamless and thorough. I highly recommend CPR as a wonderful organization to adopt a pet through.

Jennifer329

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Coastal for about 6 months now. They make it so easy to help animals all over the area. My second dog Breez came from coastal and she is awesome. They still check on her and we still check on the fosters we have had. Lisa even organized a lunch for all the volunteers and also answers every email.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

After careful sceening and our application was approved, Dudley adopted me when I first met him at his Coastal Pet Rescue foster home. He was very comfortable at our meet and greet because it was obvious his foster home was a safe and loving haven. His foster parents knew all about him, his habits, his preferred schedule and what all his little moves meant. When we had the final approval to bring Dudley home, we met at an adoption event Coastal Pet Rescue was hosting. We met other volunteers and adoptable animals when we picked him up.....it seemed like a "family" event and the group were equally happy as we were that this little guy had moved from a shelter to a forever home.His health record was given to us along with all the information about registering the microchip they had implanted and contacts if we should have any questions. I have stayed in contact with his foster home and he has actually stayed with them while we traveled and I realized Dudley did not like boarding in cages. Coastal Pet Rescue is a family of people who are committed to saving abused, abandoned and discarded animals, fostering them and finding a suitable and perfect home for their charges. They are an outstanding group and considered the best in the area. Dudley and I certainly do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered animals with many organizations and individuals for the past 5 years. By and far Coastal Pet Rescue was the best experience I've even had doing so! I was given more than enough supplies to take care of the animal I was fostering. It almost felt like they were doing too much, but it's clear that CPR is an incredibly well organized and passionate group of people doing amazing things.

1 Lydia10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coastal Pet Rescue is a fantastic organization of dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to save one animal at a time from abuse and neglect and find it a loving home. The animal receives medical care, is spayed or neutered, and immunized. This all costs money and the minimal adoption fees do not cover all the costs. Donations from well meaning people are still not enough because there is always that one more animal or Mom with puppies or kittens that needs our help. It never ends. Having volunteered for CPR for 7 years and witnessed the wonderful stories of redemption, I can think of no more deserving organization of major financial help.

1 Carolyn Grooms J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coastal Pet Rescue is a dedicated group of people who work tirelessly advocating for animal rights, saving lives, giving chances to animals who do not have a hope for a future without their support. We see beauty through the bars of cages where there is often no other option for the animal other than to be put to sleep. Many suffer from diseases that have to be addressed costing hundreds of dollars. One of my own pets was part of a major rescue effort when a mother and 5 puppies were rescued. The mother was tied to a tree while trying to keep her puppies alive. She was emaciated, the pups filled with parasites. Kind people eagerly accepted the pups into their homes, mine included. Two of the fosters ended up adopting these wonderful puppies. The mom was heart worm positive and had to go through treatment. She is now being loved by a wonder family. They are known as Darla and her puppies. We are truly in love with our Maxx, one of Darla's boys. We are thankful to know that someone cared enough to rescue them all.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first adoption from CPR for me was a zany black kitten named Bug Bug. He was in a foster home with his litter mates. I met his whole family and was able to see his full personality before he came home with me. He was fully socialized, and far from the stray he started out as. I was so pleased that I adopted another black cat from CPR.