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Review for Carolina Poodle Rescue, Pacolet, SC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I did not adopt a poodle, but what I found at CPR was a big, sweet, 130 lb. St Bernard! After being declined by several rescue organizations after I told them I needed a large dog to train for mobility service, CPR was the ONLY one who had the courage and heart to take a chance on me. I thank God every day that they did, because my big Zak has rescued ME as much as I did him. Rescue and rehab dogs come with their own baggage, and all it takes is love and patience to help them shed it to become the wonderful dog that is hiding inside. After 5 months of being together, we are still learning about each other, but he is now my best friend and constant mobility companion, and also volunteers once a month to visit developmentally disabled kids.

CPR is very thorough before allowing adoption, so I can only guess that any disgruntled reviewers must have been declined for some reason, and were upset. YES CPR does rehome many times as needed to find that forever match. They DO try very hard to make it work the first time, but even they can't predict some things. IF it doesn't work out, you are under contract to return the dog to them so they can re-evaluate it and begin screening a new family that would be a better fit. Thankfully they have one of the LOWEST returned animal rates in the country! And if they don't feel the dog can be safely rehomed, then it is placed into the sanctuary area there, where it can live out its life in love and comfort.

I started as an adopter... but because I received such great treatment from them, and I wanted to give back some way, I also became a temp foster home for them, and now also volunteer with the team. CPR has been wonderful to partner with, by screening dogs for our service and therapy dog programs. We provide free evaluations on any CPR dogs that they believe may take well to service or therapy work. Together as a team, we will continue to help our communities and keep more dogs out of the shelters!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek MORE grants and other funding in order to add more facilities to save more dogs, and to be able to offer a small compensation to get a licenses vet on-board full time.

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