About Cavalier Rescue of Florida
Please consider supporting Cavalier Rescue of Florida in order to give our dogs a second chance. Your generous gift will give hope to those who have none.
Is Rescue Right For You?
The bond you have with a rescue dog is truly special. This animal loves and appreciates you more than you know! Once they learn to trust and start to love you, nothing can come between you and your new pet. Rescue dogs are known for being fiercely loyal, no matter what.
However, Rescue pups, including sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are not perfect and many experience anxiety from having been abandoned, neglected or abused. Therefore, when rescue volunteers save dogs from shelters, mills, streets or other adverse situations, the pups’ anxiety levels are extremely high. Many times, the pups have lacked consistent medical care and arrive in rescue with health issues and sickness, further adding their stress and fear.
Cavalier Rescue of Florida saves these sweet pups and will provide love, foster/home environments, food, human companionship, medical care, grooming and spay/neuter services for Cavaliers until a permanent placement in a pre-screened, suitable, permanent home is found that best suit the needs of the dog.
Our foster families have Cavaliers of their own, and love and understand the breed.; our foster parents learn and evaluate their behavior and habits before we place them with adopters.
Then it becomes our task to find the right forever home for each dog. Patience and love are always a prerequisite for caring and loving a rescue animal; and a thorough understanding of this breed is essential in adopting from CRF.
Is Rescuing a Cavalier Right For You?
The most important thing to do before you decide to adopt is to familiarize yourself with the breed. Do research! There are options: Google, dog shows, books or someone with a Cavalier.
The breed, especially rescues, can range in weight and size. Not all Cavaliers are small. And we cannot guarantee their genetic history.
Cavaliers are extremely people-oriented and want nothing more than to give and receive affection and attention. They need to be with their family. Because of this, some people find them to be overly affectionate, so if you are not a person who likes a dog to kiss you on the lips, lick your ear, lie in your lap, next to you on the furniture, or share your bed, a Cavalier may not be the dog for you. Their greatest joy is to be with you.
Cavaliers are very social, so we do not like to place them in homes where they would be left alone a lot. Ideally a family member would be home during most of the day, and/or other dogs in the house.
As a rule, they get along well with other dogs and also cats. You must keep in mind, however, that they are small spaniels and most still have fairly strong hunting instincts; so lizards, squirrels, gerbils, hamsters or birds, may not be safe.
What Does It Take To Adopt a Cavalier From Us?
After doing your research, if you still want a Cavalier rescue and you live or will travel to the state of Florida, we would love to help you find the right Cavalier for you.
We do adoptions based on best match. We take into consideration dogs that may be of interest to you, but we assess the dogs needs and requirements at minimum, and match to an applicants' home, lifestyle, etc. Since we have fewer dogs than we do applicants, we encourage you to complete our online Adoption Application. You will need to provide personal and vet references as well in the form.
Once submitted you application with be put on our wait list for review. If our Adoptions Placement Team feels you're an ideal candidate for one of our dogs in foster someone will contact you. If all goes well, your references will be checked and someone will come to your home to meet with you and everyone else living there. We will also check your home, garage, and yard to make sure you can provide a safe environment for a Cavalier.
Our adoption fees are based on the health and the age of a rescued Cavalier as well as medical costs incurred. Our rescue is operated 100% by volunteers; all donations go towards helping the Cavaliers in our rescue program. The adoption fee needs to be paid when you pick up your rescue Cavalier.
The lowest cost of owning a pet is typically their adoption fee. Please consider the long term costs associated with owning a pet (food, ID tags, collars, leashes, veterinary care - including specialists, titer testing, vaccines, emergency medical costs, professional dog trainers for behavioral issues, etc.) When you adopt a rescue dog, you are agreeing to care for the pet's well-being for the duration of his or her life.