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All About Cocker Spaniel Rescue Of New England, Inc.


Frankie the cocker spaniel
Frankie – “I believe I can fly”

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

Tasha the cocker spaniel

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.”

That is why we rescue cockers.