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Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome cocker spaniels and spaniel mixes of all ages, while educating and providing a positive experience for our community of adopters, volunteers and supporters.

Results: We place over 200 dogs in loving homes every year!

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57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first adopted our two dogs several years ago. I was impressed by the amount of work they do to find real forever homes for each and every dog they rescue. I was surprised and impressed to find that all the money really goes to care for the dogs and getting them adopted. They have since become the priority #1 organization on our donation list and working as a volunteer from time to time, I have had the privilege to meet many of the wonderful and dedicated volunteers in this incredible organization. I'm proud to be associated with this professional group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have adopted 3 cockers through OBG over the years. We have so much respect for this truly wonderful organization that we have fostered 6 dogs finding them forever homes to enjoy the life they deserve. All members of OBG are devoted to helping to nurture these dogs and find them deserving homes. This is a totally volunteer organization. We also help out with fund raising to raise the money needed for vet treatments to save these mistreated dogs. I also do home checks for future fosters to make sure they are aware of the responsibility involved in fostering a dog to help prepare them for adoption. Home checks for those interested in adopting are also extremely important to ensure the adoptive family is the right fit for the dogs needs. Kudos to the group who rescued the Freedom 46! We are so proud to be associated with such a dedicated group of individuals working together for a single cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud of the work OBG does and proud to be a volunteer. But I am most proud of my crazy cocker Cooper.

Clarence Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first adopted from Oldies But Goodies 15 years ago, a sweet middle-age cocker with her broken leg in a cast. It was wonderful dealing with a caring organization that made sure we followed up with visits to their orthopedic vet – they wanted Lexie to have a good start with a forever family.

Many years later, we adopted two more cockers including one where OBG had invested almost $3,000 in ear surgery to relieve pain and give a young dog a good life. We became active volunteers and donors and in the past few years have worked with a wonderful group of people committed to helping dogs find new forever home. OBG became my main volunteer activity after retirement just as it has for many of our volunteers. There is nothing more satisfying to me than giving a deserving pooch another start in life – our pets are lifetime friends that ask so little in return.
At the same time, I have helped many deserving families: The elderly lady that could no longer remember to take care of her twin cockers; The just divorced lady with two children that had to move into an apartment that doesn't allow pets; The gentleman that just lost his job and home and moves his family in with his parents, and must give up their cocker; and, the family that has an elderly parent with dementia living with them, who unfortunately, frequently trips over their cocker hurting himself and the cocker.

Alisha G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, adopter, and donor, OBG never ceases to amaze me with their love for not only Cocker Spaniels, but other dogs they rescue as well. This rescue has some of the most compassionate people (in all aspects and roles) you will ever meet. The dogs are truly the #1 focus of this organization and there's no question that everything that is done is in the best interest of the dogs. I love being a part of OBG!

CeCe H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adopter, a volunteer, former board memebr, and a donor I have seen all the aspects of how OBG is run. All of the people involved care about the dogs first and for most. Whatever it takes to make sure they are cared for is OBG #1 priority.

OBG is a Cocker Spaniel/Mix rescue, last year OBG took in a VERY pregnant BEAGLE mom, who delivered 8 puppies in foster care. When 4 of the puppies became ill, OBG did everything possible to make sure they survived, sadly one passed away. There was never any question that they would do whatever it took to help these puppies.

OBG is made up of love caring people, who love to help dogs in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

10.5 years ago my family adopted our first dog from OBG, we wanted to add an second dog, I saw OBG on the news and emailed OBG about the dog on TV. Our home is different then most, I run a family childcare business, and had young children of my own at the time. We had to adopt a dog that was perfect with children. OBG found our wonderful dog Duffy, who is now over 11 years old and is perfect. We went on to adopt 2 other dogs, Mitzie was a "foster failure", my daughter also adopted 2 dogs from OBG. OBG has wonderful volunteers, I have met many great people who I have become friends with. I have learned so much about dogs, care of the dogs, training of dogs. I have fostered many dog through OBG, I enjoy taking a dog into my home, and working with OBG to find the perfect home for the foster and the joy seeing him/her going to his/her forever home.

Anne93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I began volunteering for OBG after we adopted our two dogs several years ago. We were beyond impressed with the amount of time they put into home checks and making sure the dogs go to appropriate homes which will give the dogs the care and love they deserve. Since then we have helped with fund raising, home checks, and have fostered 6 dogs (one we failed at and adopted). Everyone we have worked with in this incredible organization are dedicated to each and every dog taken in. I'm proud to be associated with this professional group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our 2 Cockers from OBG and were so impressed with the organization that we began volunteering and helping out with fund raising for the pups. We've now fostered 4 lucky Cockers who are now placed in wonderful loving homes. We continue to work closely with these amazing dedicated people. We are very proud to be associated with these incredible volunteers.

Tater07

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting OBG since 2010 and am so impressed with their dedication to get each dog the medical care they need to live a happy and healthy life in a new home. On average, OBG spends $1800 on each dog's care and some dogs run into the thousands of dollars. OBG keeps their overhead expenses low so that nearly 97% of each donation goes to the dogs' expenses. Great rescue to donate to!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with OBG since adopting my first Cocker Spaniel in 2004. I starting volunteering in 2010 and now have three OBG alumni. I think OBG is one of the best run rescues I have ever seen and I frequently hear other members of the dog community - vets and dog care to name just two -- rave about OBG and the care we take to help dogs get well if they are sick and then place with a good forever home. I enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow volunteers and how hard they all work every day to save another dog. I'm very proud to be a member of OBG!

ByronsMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oldies But Goodies (OBG) is an amazing organization which is entirely comprised of non paid volunteers. This group works tirelessly at saving as many dogs as possible; this includes dogs that are not specific to the cocker breed. As a failed foster (I adopted Dexter, pic attached) and current volunteer, I am amazed at the coordination that takes place to rescue dogs. OBG takes in dogs who require extensive and expensive medical care. This group has rescued so many dogs that have required upwards of $5k in medical care.

From transport, to vet intake, to fostering to adoption, OBG volunteers are completely engaged in every step. Having volunteered with other rescue groups, I am so impressed with OBG because the mission of this group, is truly in the heart of all its volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with OBG and it has been a wonderful experience. There is constant communication between the OBG board and the membership. As a relatively new foster for the group, I had many questions and it was great to get such speedy and helpful responses. The volunteers in this group, truly have the right perspective- Finding good homes for the dogs. That is the goal and I have not seen our group steer away from that.

I am also an adopter from OBG and must say the process was thorough, but simple. To me, communication is the most important aspect to making sure volunteers as well as potential adopters understand the process. OBG does a great job with this, be it from emailing members, to publishing newsletters, or ensuring the web site it up to date. I am really impressed with this group and am so happy to have found a rescue group to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue! I have been volunteering with OBG since 2010 and am so impressed with the dedication of the volunteers 365 days a year, the lengths they will go to treat a dog's medical issues, and the effort to find each dog the best possible forever home. I have also adopted from OBG six times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here to update my review as its nature has evolved.

Previously, I wrote: "I adopted a puppy from OBG in early 2008. The organization proved to facilitate the process in an exemplary fashion. I was in frequent contact with the foster human keeping my pup and his siblings from the time of his birth to the adoption, and have continued to witness OBG's tireless efforts on behalf of dogs in dire need of rescue throughout the eastern half of the country, continually organizing transportation and fosters for countless dogs. I look forward to dealing with OBG for any future adoptions."

A while back, having seen OBG take on a couple of SIGNIFICANT rescue situations in the past year (one alone included 52 dogs), I felt strongly I should see if I could at least foster a dog for them, and I did. They found a dog whose disposition meshed well with my household. It's been fairly rewarding so far.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with OBG for the past year and a half, and have fostered four dogs through them who have gone on to loving homes. They are a wonderful organization to work with. Everyone I have encountered is responsive, friendly, helpful, and obviously enthusiastic about the mission of the organization. In addition to fostering, we also added to our family by adopting an OBG dog last fall. We couldn't imagine our lives without him! I would highly recommend OBG to anyone looking for a Cocker of their own, or a group to become more actively involved with. They are all around a great group of people who most importantly save the lives of countless Cockers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Andrew68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.