We've listed some of our favorite rescue sites on this page; after all, other dogs should be as lucky as our dogs!
We've done lots of homework (and surfin') to find cocker spaniel rescue organizations all over the United States. If you know of one we've missed, email us!
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There's special rescue organization that we really like, I've volunteered with them for years. That's Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue. They've got over 100 cockers and cocker mixes looking for homes. Don't be fooled by the name: the dogs come in all colors, sizes and ages.
Oldies But Goodies Cockers operate out of northern VA and suburban Maryland. They travel with their available dogs to various super pet stores in northern Virginia and Maryland to "do shows" on Saturday afternoons. Check out their site for a detailed schedule.
The Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Baltimore has a beautiful, creative website with tons of information about canine and feline adoptions, as well as pictures of animals currently available there for adoption. If you live in the Baltimore area or surrounds (like us), visit their page and see who's LOOKING TO COME HOME TO YOUR HOUSE!
Be sure to visit the Dog Rescue Workers page, this site is maintained by the webmistress for Alley Animals. She has set up a site for rescue workers who need a place to list their dogs. Some don't have sites of their own, or some of their dogs are running out of time and need more exposure to help find a home quickly. But there are all shapes and sizes of homeless pets listed there.
The Partnership for Animal Welfare and The Animal Rescue/Adoptable Pets (Maryland/DC) Page is targeted for the Maryland Suburbs of DC and the Baltimore-Washington corridor. These pages are the work of a number of volunteers whose interest is in saving animals and placing them in good homes. The pages are not "official" pages of any of the organizations listed; rather, they have been put together by volunteers and put up on donated Web space to provide some publicity for these organizations. Contact information is provided for those who want to contact the listed organizations directly. Just about any breed/size/gender/color dog or cat is available somewhere on this collection of local web sites, as well as information about "pet adoption shows", legislation and other timely topics.
But then again, we all know about those BIG HEARTED Texans. Visit their sites and find a life-long companion.
Molly's mom found her in deplorable condition in a shelter (and I use the term loosely) in the South Carolina/Northern Georgia area. Finding Molly and another cocker spaniel in such environs prompted new mom and rescuer Elaine to start Molly's Militia. Elaine is going the political route, straight up the steps of the Capitol if necessary, to right injustices in our country's shelter systems. Visit their site and sign up on their mailing list -- join Molly's Militia!
Hearts United for Animals is a no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. They take all dogs -- dogs who are sick or injured, dogs who have been abused, and they heal their bodies and their hearts. There has almost never been a dog they have not been able to help. Those dogs that cannot be adopted stay with them as Sanctuary Sweethearts. They will enjoy loving care for the rest of their lives at the Shelter.
They operate many innovative programs that have a track record of success and have even been honored by the Smithsonian Institute for their innovative programs! Among the programs actively conducted are the Puppy Rescue, Jet Set Dogs and the Prisoners of Greed anti-puppy mill campaign. Visit their website to learn more.
Animal rescue volunteers and shelter workers put in long, tiring hours with little thanks or credit. I want to dedicate this to them!
Taking care of Rescue dogs is
something I do best.
The dogs I've bathed, the food
I've fed, the vacuuming I've done,
My own dogs I've neglected, but
I tell them every day,
I know they understand this,
for in their eyes I see
Some people think I'm crazy,
some others think I'm great
If I can love and help a dog
to find a better way,
So now you know my secret, it's
there for all to see
The above poem appears on many web sites, and I don't have the author's permission to use it here, but the small amount of work I've done with some of these animals makes me realize what terrific, selfless, heros Rescue Workers really are!
One more link, courtesy of Debbie Perry (Allie Animals and the Perry Pack, et al): the Dog Rescue e-mail list exists as a support network for Rescue workers and their organizations. If you head/belong to such a group and are unaware of this site, it's definitely worth the visit.
Chow Chow Rescue has a wonderful "booklet" on their website about placing your dog. It is written for chow chow owners, but I think all breed owners could benefit from their experience. It discusses shelters, advertising, temperment testing, tells what questions to ask prospective adopters and gives and example of an adoption contract. It's a wonderful resourse to pass on to owners that call wanting to "dump" their dog. This article was adapted from "When You Can't Keep Your Chow Chow" by Karen Privitello, Lisa Hrico & Barbara Malone.
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