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“What, exactly, does Cavalier Rescue of Florida do?”

There are some non-profits with multi-million dollar CEO salaries, so it’s more than fair to ask.  Cavalier Rescue of Florida is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue, so no one is paid anything.  Which makes us very effective.  In fact, 91 cents of every dollar go to the cost of vetting the pups, a standard few non-profits ever achieve.

But what, exactly, do we do?  When we get word of a dog in need, the Intake team goes to work, coordinating with the Transport team and Foster team, who together get volunteers to take the dog from the relinquishing party to the foster home that can keep them through their evaluation and vetting.  Once the dog is healthy and ready for a home, the Adoption Placement team looks for their fur-ever home.

Our guiding principle is doing what’s best for the pup.  We have to find a match for the dog’s needs.  And with so many rescue dogs being seniors or having health concerns and even traumas, we are very careful in placement.  Our volunteers evaluate a potential adopter.  We call their vet and check references.  We do a home visit.  We weigh how well we have a match for the dog’s fur-ever home.

Most rescues are with us two to three months, some longer, because we are extraordinarily particular about giving them a thorough vetting.  All that while living with one of our many loving fosters, in a home, not a pen.  Pups often see specialists, maybe a cardiologist, ophthalmologist, or neurologist.  We spend an average of nearly $3,000 per dog on vetting, though adoption fees are a small fraction of that.

We hope you can see, rescue is a challenging prospect.  But you know, the reward is truly special when, together, we can bring that pup back to her best health and put her in the arms of the perfect home. 


Cavalier Rescue of Florida is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue, organized to benefit Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in need.  For 24 years now, Cavalier Rescue of Florida, Inc. (CRF), has saved hundreds of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, placing them in loving homes.


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