Dog rescue group needs more foster homes


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A poodle and poodle mix rescue group is in dire need of foster homes.

Coastal Poodle Rescue (CPR) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of poodles and poodle mixes.

Founded in 2004, CPR has rescued and re-homed nearly 3,000 dogs. The group fosters poodles and poodle mixes from Volusia County south to Miami, with most of the dogs fostered in Brevard County. They operate on donations only and there are no paid staff members.

“Our dogs each have a unique history, with some coming to us from individuals, some from shelters, and even some from vets and groomers,” according to a news release from the organization.

CPR ensures that each dog is spayed/neutered, has their vaccinations updated, are microchipped, are tested for heartworms and other parasites, have a thorough vet exam, and are treated, if possible, for any known conditions found before adoption. All medical information is fully disclosed to new owners. The dogs are placed in foster homes that provide love and patience to help the animals adjust before being adopted. Their stays in foster care vary from several days to several months, depending upon the dog's condition and needs.

“The dogs often need a grooming, and we have generous local professionals who will happily clean them up and have them looking beautiful again,” the organization reported.

Peggy Cronic, the organization’s vice president, said CPR is having a very tough time in placing poodles and poodle-mixed dogs in good homes.

“One main reason is that our foster base has decreased significantly, and lately, we have had to turn away dogs because we didn’t have a home available for a new dog needing to come into rescue,” Cronic said. “Another reason our foster homes have decreased is the number of permanent fosters in our care.  What is a permanent foster?  A dog that will not be put up for adoption due to medical reasons or age-related matters.  We currently have 15 permanent fosters — that means that 15 foster homes are unable to take in more dogs.”

CPR has no kennel facilities or even offices, and has functioned via a network of home-based volunteers, all of whom devote countless hours to the cause. Transporters, reference checkers, people who do home visits, all donate their own time to saving lives.

Jean Katsaros, a CPR volunteer, said if one had to choose the most important link in this “chain of love” it would have to be the people who foster.

“Without kennels, each and every dog must have a home to go to until they are ready for the ‘Take Me Home’ page,” (from the group’s website — coastalpoodlerescue.org), she said. “Fostering a dog in a family home, often with other pets, is a great way to provide them reassurance, to assess their temperament and to see that any medical needs are attended to.  In the meantime, our area coordinators manage to match the dogs in our care with folks who have applied to adopt one of our precious poodles.  We showcase our adoptable dogs at regular and special events all over Brevard, using these occasions to provide education and outreach.  We strongly believe in the importance of spaying/neutering your pets, and helping people understand that the ‘don’t shop . . . adopt’ approach is the right way to address pet overpopulation.”

Katsaros added the moment a dog comes into CPR’s care, there is a 100 percent commitment to the dog’s welfare.

  “Through our history, some dogs have proven to be unadoptable, due to age, illness or behavior problems.  No matter — they have a home until the end of their days, and are our permanent fosters,” she said.

For more information about fostering a poodle or poodle mix dog, go to coastalpoodlerescue.org