Why Rescue?

There are many healthy, lovable Cavaliers whose owners are no longer able to care for them properly. Rescue dogs are intelligent, emotional beings who deserve a chance at a long, happy life, and the rewards you get from rescuing are huge!

Most rescue dogs have already been taught basic obedience and are working on being housebroken. Will you still have to commit time to training? Of course, just like you would with any dog. But you will be one step ahead if you decide to rescue.

Many rescue dogs have already been spayed or neutered before you’ll ever meet them, making adopting a better choice if you have a limited budget. Most rescue organizations also make sure their dogs are current on their shots and tested for heartworm. It’s always possible that health problems may arise after adoption, but most agencies try their best to prepare their dogs for an easy, healthy transition into their adoptive home.

Most rescue organizations perform temperament and behavior testing at foster care homes to make sure their rescue dogs are adoptable. This also allows them to place dogs in homes that meet the dog's needs as well. There’s a big misconception that all rescue dogs are problem dogs, but it’s just not true. So many of the dogs are ideal companion animals; they all just need a little time to feel safe, secure, and loved before they come out of their shell.

Many rescue dogs have had a rough start. Because of this, they truly blossom into loving, confident companions in the right environment. When treated kindly, rescue dogs will form a lifelong bond with you and be forever grateful for their new happy life.

It’s worth mentioning twice. The personal rewards you’ll get from deciding to rescue are large. Knowing that you helped save a wonderful dog who would have no place to call home gives you that warm fuzzy feeling that you want to share with others. And we certainly encourage you to do so! Help spread the word about the many advantages of rescuing a companion animal.

Each of the rescue organizations listed below do remarkable and heroic work. We've been integrally involved in all of them and know the amount of care and concern they have for the breed and for each dog they rescue. We heartily endorse them! Remember: If you breed, rescue; if you don't breed, rescue!

Cavalier Rescue USA (CKCSCR, Inc.) is an organized national team of networked volunteers who find loving homes for any Cavalier who has been released to rescue by his or her owner or caretaker.

Cavaliers who are given to rescue by owners no longer able to keep them, and those rescued from shelters and pounds, are brought into foster homes where they are evaluated, brought up to date medically, and cared for by dedicated volunteers until a permanent, loving home is found.

We carefully screen each of our potential adopters to ensure every dog is placed in a home that is appropriate and specific to the individual dog, so the adoption will be successful for the family and the pet.

We maintain a relationship with the new family, and are there for them and the Cavalier as needed.

We are committed to the health and well being of the breed, and therefore, we do not pay any fee for any dog that results in a profit for the puppy mill industry.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and we welcome donations to help us pay for the medical needs of foster dogs.

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Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax-exempt, 100% volunteer program dedicated to the health and welfare of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in need of help. Our primary mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Cavaliers, with special focus on saving older Cavaliers from the horrors of puppy mills. We also rescue Cavaliers in need of help from kill shelters and other sources.

We try to find the BEST possible home for each and every dog we take into rescue. Some of them have special needs and require a stay in foster care for an extended period of time. Some are available once their health needs have been met. All our dogs are spayed/neutered prior to adoption and go through our extensive vet protocols.

None of this would be possible without the help of volunteers and people like you who love the breed. Even a small donation of your time and/or money will make a huge difference in the lives of these sweet dogs. We hope you will open your hearts to them.

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The ACKCS Rescue Trust (The Trust) was founded in 2005. Prior to the formation of The Trust, rescue was handled by a committee of American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Inc. (ACKCSC), and the Regional Clubs. When the need for tax-exempt status with the IRS was recognized and the difficulty in obtaining liability insurance coverage for rescue became an issue, the ACKCS Rescue Trust was formed for Cavaliers in need of rescue.

The ACKCS Rescue Trust is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. The Trust was organized to provide a cohesive nationwide network of rescue volunteers who love the Cavalier breed and are committed to its continued well-being. The mission of the Trust is to work toward these objectives:

  • To accept Cavaliers whose owners can no longer keep them, Cavaliers who have been lost or abandoned, and to find responsible, stable, loving new homes for them.

  • To rehabilitate Cavaliers before placement by providing necessary medical treatment and by providing training as needed to increase the chances of successful placement.

  • To place Cavaliers in suitable homes as soon as reasonably possible.

  • To inform prospective adopters about the rescue program and the requirements for caring for a Cavalier.

  • To assist current Cavalier owners with any issues that may arise in order to make it possible for the Cavalier to remain in the original home.

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