CSRNE is one of the oldest and largest
cocker rescue groups in the country. It is composed of many volunteers
throughout New England dedicated to rescuing and placing homeless cockers.
Since its inception in 1987, hundreds of abandoned or unwanted
cockers found homes with caring, loving families. By networking with animal
shelters, other rescue groups, and veterinarians, CSRNE has saved, improved,
and extended the lives of one of America’s most popular breeds.
THE EVALUATION PROCESS:
To ensure the right pet-to-people match, both dogs and homes are carefully
evaluated. Each dog is examined by a vet, spayed or neutered, tested for
heartworm, and vaccinated. The dog’s temperament is also evaluated. If
any unusual problems exist, CSRNE consults veterinary specialists and
major animal hospitals. Because of these medical expenses, an adoption
fee is required.
Evaluating a potential home through an application and a home visit is
equally necessary to ensure that the adopter’s lifestyle and expectations
are compatible with the dog’s personality. Then the dog and potential
adopter meet to see if the chemistry is right. Cockers available for adoption
are temporarily housed in foster homes or kennels, primarily in southern
New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
POST ADOPTION SUPPORT:
CSRNE is available for support and advice after the adoption to assist
with any questions during the transition period. Educating adopters about
the breed is crucial to ensuring a happy, life-long relationship between
dog and owner. CSRNE’s hope is for your home to be his last. By understanding
more about cockers and by going through a thorough adoption process, this
hope can truly be realized.
Without rescue, the only certainty in the future of all those
dogs is uncertainty. So we often take cockers who have been given to overcrowded
shelters, where euthanasia is inevitable if they aren’t quickly adopted.
The following is an excerpt
from an article written by a shelter officer for our newsletter:
"What does it mean to a dog when a rescue
group takes it from a shelter? Obviously, a second chance for happiness,
security, love. What does it mean to the shelter? Relief that we now have
room for the next abandoned dog that comes through our doors. And enormous
relief that there will be one less dog we have to walk to the euthanasia
room while watching its tail joyfully wagging because it thinks it’s being
taken for a walk or ride."