My family has adopted two dogs from OBG and they are a wonderful organization. A great group of volunteers that always work so hard and been such a blessing to our OBG alums and our family.
We adopted two senior cockers from OBG after finding this group online and checking out the doggie biographies - one was rather quiet at first and the other had lost an eye to glaucoma, and both adjusted quickly and were delights. I was impressed that OBG had welcomed even the one-eyed wonder when other groups would not have, and impressed with the volunteers we met during the adoption process. I decided to volunteer and see what I could help with, and have done lots of different things, and continue to be impressed with the unflagging enthusiasm and dedication and love that underlies all that we all do locally and regionally and even reaching halfway across the country if there is a cocker or mix who needs us, and other rescues and volunteers to work with. We will take the tough cases that cause others to hesitate, as well as the easier ones, and all completely change canine and human lives. I'd give OBG more stars, but I cannot, so imagine a few more stars added to the five here.
I have adopted six cockers from OBG over the years and find the organization is just terrific to work with.
Over the past years, I have adopted six cockers from OBG The volunteers have been wonderful about ensuring that I understand the specific needs of the dogs and been available for questions after the adoptions took place
I have fostered eight dogs for OBG. I like helping people get a dog to love. Everyone associated with OBG that I have met, either in person or by email, has been wonderful. It is great to see the transformation these dogs go through to make them more adoptable.
I'm a new volunteer with OBG and I cannot say enough for the folks I have talked/emailed with and personally met. They are an amazing group of dedicated volunteers, working together to create life saving opportunities, EVERY WAY they can, all for the love of dogs! Amazing group and I'm proud to be a part of OBG!
Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Spaniel Rescue is an outstanding organization that saves about 300 dogs per year. They have contacts up and down the East Coast and knowledgable shelters and veterinarians know to call them if they have a cocker or a cocker mix that needs rescue. OBG has also rescued dogs that are not cockers because shelters will often ask it they can take the animal. They even had an honorary dog--a cat! This organization is exceptional in that they provide vet care, necessary surgeries, vaccinations, and dentals. Veterinarians in the Northern VA area work with them and provide necessary care at a reduced rate and many provide boarding until a foster can be established. They also work to heal dogs that have been abused. OBG is a volunteer only organization and has no paid workers. They have hearts of gold and do what it takes to save an animal.
This is a wonderful all-volunteer rescue group. All of the volunteers are passionate about rescue and saving the lives of these precious babies. They work diligently to find homes for the furbabies in the rescue. All monies received go for the care of the dogs they are responsible for. I have fostered and adopted many of their senior and special needs cockers over the years and am honored to work with such a wonderful group of people.
I have adopted 4 dogs thru OBG over the years. My husband and I are so impressed with the dedication of the volunteers who work with OBG that we have joined them in their efforts to help find loving homes for these deserving dogs. We have fostered several dogs and found them wonderful homes. My husband now helps with home checks as I assist in fund raising. I have never met such a professional and devoted group of volunteers and we are proud to be associated with them. OBG is a truly dedicated group of wonderful people.
I work at a vet clinic and help provide medical care for many of the dogs they bring in. Their willingness to do whatever is needed is simply extrordinary and inspiring. So many in need, but once they are saved by oldies but goodies cocker rescue, they never have to fear or "need" ever again.
Everyone you work with is very dedicated to helping the animals. I have been volunteering for over seven years now and have made some wonderful friendships.
Everyone I have ever met that is involved with OBG is caring, helpful and committed to make a difference in the life of the dogs that are rescued. Absolutely wonderful group.
I volunteered with this rescue when I started working at a Vet's office where they brought the newly rescued dogs in for initial health check ups and any medical care they needed. I saw that they were a top notch rescue with many wonderful volunteers and were truly dedicated to helping the animals find great homes. I fostered and did home checks and helped with events until I moved to Arizona. We adopted one of our foster dogs and she is still alive and well. I continue to donate and follow the OBG Cocker Rescue to help support them any way I can. Best rescue I ever worked with!
Thanks to these folks, who helped get over 400 dogs out of a puppy mill that fateful day back in 1998, I have one of the most loving and coolest Cocker Spaniels ever! And since that day, they have helped rescue hundreds of other Cocker Spaniels, puppies and "oldsters" alike, and go above and beyond to make sure they all get the medical care they need before finding them foster homes and their perfect "furever" homes. Lily may have her "issues" from being raised in a puppy mill but I can't imagine my life without her. Thank you, OBG Cocker Rescue!!
If it wasn't for this wonderful organization, I wouldn't have my Lily. She was one of hundreds that OBG helped rescue from a puppy mill in PA in 2008. OBG goes above and beyond to help these dogs, getting them out of bad situations, getting them the medical care they (sometimes) desperately need, and then making sure they are placed in the perfect home to give these dogs the wonderful loving lives they so richly deserve. I can't thank them enough for what they do for these wonderful fur babies.
We adopted our cocker, Daphney, last year. We admire and highly respect what OBG does each and every day for these wonderful animals. Everyone we have had contact with has been wonderful! We love OBG! I have also done a couple home checks close to where We live.
We adopted our third dog from OBG in June of 2014. In each case, they have been quick to communicate, compassionate, and organized. My husband and I have now volunteered to help them do foster or home checks when they need someone in our area. It is important that they take these home checks seriously when considering the well being of the dogs they rescue.
We adopted our first dog from OBG in 2011, a cocker/retriever mix that I spotted on Facebook which led me to OBG. Since then I have become more involved by making donations and, Ashley, the little dog above writes a blog for them about her adventures and the good life she has. In the fall of last year we adopted from OBG again. This time a senior, Junior, who was 10 and had some minor medical issues. We went back to OBG when we decided to get another dog because of the great and caring job they do for all their animals. We had our questions answered quickly and the whole adoption process was smooth but also they were very careful whom they let adopt from them. They really have the welfare of the dogs foremost.
My husband and I adopted 2 senior cockers from OBG, each with older dog type medical issues, but true to the founding intent and name of the organization, they sure deserved a good home, and we welcomed two of the sweetest doggies ever into ours, for however briefly it turned out to be. I was so impressed by the volunteers and organization, that we started attending some of the social events, and that led to full-time volunteering with home checks, adoption shows, fostering, adopting more, and transport. Transport has become my special niche - if the doggies don't get from A to B, C to D, etc, they can't be brought in, medically treated as needed which is often massively needed because OBG will take some very challenging dogs, get to fosters, get to adoption shows, get to adopters. I continue to be so impressed with the volunteers and overall organization - the level of dedication, caring, going the extra couple of miles, coordination between humans for the sakes of the dogs, and follow-through in OBG are rare qualities in too much of life. Dog rescuing is also people rescuing - to see the faces of the people adopting a probably imperfect dog who comes to them through a network of volunteers who have shepherded that unwanted, stray, tearfully surrendered, abused, ill, dog to health and joy on that adoption day, is always moving. We have fostered and adopted some of the quirkier doggies, seen them go from illness or behavioral problems to happy loving members of our "pack", and we get to add our joy to theirs daily. I did a dog transport today - a little boy cocker to an ear specialist, and will continue to be their wheels for as long as possible.
I moved away from the D.C. area in 2008 and I still miss OBG and its wonderful volunteers. They are tireless fundraisers and very creative about coming up with fun adoption and fundraising events. They use some of the money to board new dogs before a foster home opens up, which means they can just say "yes" to a needy dog and get vet care for it even if there isn't a foster spot. The need is so huge they do have to say "no" if there are not enough boarding spaces though, so I really encourage people to make cash donations to this group. This group is willing to take in older or sick dogs, and I had the honor of helping nurse some of these dogs back to health. Many other groups will just let a dog with treatable conditions be put down in the pound. Many cockers have ear or ear problems and OBG has a lot of experience with these things. OBG works with vets who give them a discount, but some dogs arrive very very sick. The money is well used and they don't charge a higher adoption fee for a dog that incurred high vet bills.
I started fostering for OBG after my beloved geriatric mutt passed away. I fostered several special needs and geriatric dogs, dogs that most organizations would turn away. Two of them turned out to have owners who were desperately looking for them - one had been found 30 miles from home and the second was a Katrina dog (OBG took in 9 from Katrina, not all cockers) whose owner was thought to be deceased. If not for OBG these dogs couldn't have been reunited with their owners. The volunteers are fun, friendly people who are tireless in raising funds for vet bills and getting dogs adopted. Cockers are high maintenance dogs that arrive at shelters in terrible shape. OBG transforms these dogs and you'd never know the dog has seen a bad day. My only "foster failure" was a mess when she arrived and within months people were asking me if she was a show dog. I'm now a firm believer in foster-based breed rescue.
Fabulous to work with. Without them we wouldn't have found Riley, Cassie, Lady, Dixie or Katie. Now that I'm retired, I enjoy volunteering my time and car to transport dogs to and from 'doc' appointments.
I give regularly to OBG. I volunteer for them occasionally as well. They are a terrific organization. They stay focused on their mission, they act from the heart, and they have no overhead. All their costs go to getting dogs well and getting dogs in home. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would give them half. Great organization on every level.
All three of my dogs are from OBG. OBG takes in dogs from those who have had horrific backgrounds to dogs that the shelter has and thinks that OBG can help. OBG dogs can be returned to them at any time so that the dog will always have a safe place. This sometimes happens when an adoptee gets old or sick. In intake, dogs are vetted, necessary surgeries, immunizations, and grooming are done and then dogs are tested for temperament. They train their volunteers and carefully screen those who foster and adopt. They have HUGE hearts and give total love and devotion to the dogs in their care. I LOVE OBG and have seen the miracles of love they do each day.
This wonderful organization has found homes for literally 100's of dogs that would have been euthanized at shelters had not OBG stepped in and found them homes. Some of the dogs were to old or sick to go to new homes - so OBG finds foster care for them until lifes end. Some come to OBG with serious injuries and illness - OBG raises the funds to have proper medical care. Some take a short time to place in a "forever" home - some take long periods of time - OBG works through it. All in all, this organization works around the clock to help these beautiful animals in a time of real need. Truly a great organization!