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"Until one has loved an animal, part of his soul remains unawakened."....
"Every volunteer does a little bit to help needy Cavaliers; together we do a lot."....
"Heaven help the little Cavaliers who call for help, and no one comes.".....
There are many reputable breeders who care deeply and provide the best for their dogs. But as with any desirable or popular breed, there are some people who care more about making money than they do about the welfare of the dogs. Many states have passed legislation requiring commercial kennels to provide minimum necessities – food, water, and shelter from extreme hot or cold temperatures – yet do little to enforce it. Frequently dogs are kept in wire cages barely larger than the dog itself, and stacked 3 or 4 cages high. Basic medical care and grooming quite often is non-existent. GCCR and other rescues will rehabilitate kennel “discards” and place them in loving forever homes to live the life they deserve.
In addition to the castoffs from commercial kennels, Cavaliers are often released to GCCR by their owners who can no longer care for them. GCCR works together with animal control organizations, shelters, humane societies, and other rescue groups as well.
Please visit our website page on how to adopt at http://tinyurl.com/AdoptCavalier.
GCCR’s adoptable dogs are fostered in Chicago, its suburbs, Wisconsin, and northern Indiana.
In Illinois and Indiana, applications from this area (see map) will be considered.
If you're unsure if you live within a covered area, please send your city and state in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before completing an application.
If you are interested in a specific Cavalier on our website, you may indicate it in your adoption application. However, GCCR makes every effort to place a Cavalier in the best home possible, taking into consideration the specific needs and characteristics of each Cavalier, including temperament, personality, training, and health. We also take into account the ability of the adopting family to physically and financially care for the rescue and the knowledge/experience of the adopting family as it relates to dogs and Cavaliers in particular.
You may complete an online application at http://tinyurl.com/GCCRApplication. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. After thoroughly reviewing your application, one of our Rescue Coordinators will contact you by phone or email. Please note, we receive many more applications than we have dogs and there usually is a waiting list. GCCR is run entirely by volunteers – many of whom have full time jobs. Please understand it may take a few days to get a reply.
Above Grade III heart and other specific disorders included in website description.
Each available dog on our website (http://tinyurl.com/GCCRCavaliers) has an adoption donation listed. Fees are based on the age of the Cavalier.
No. All rescued Cavaliers are placed in foster homes for evaluation and training.
There are several reasons. First, as our name indicates, we place Cavaliers in the greater Chicago area. We are an all-volunteer organization with limited resources. Currently our volunteers and fosters are located in northern Illinois, parts of northwest Indiana, and Wisconsin. GCCR volunteers form a community of resources available to help other Cavalier owners and adopters in the area. A home visit by one of our volunteers is required as part of the adoption process, and we try to limit the total drive time to 3 hours or less.
Cavalier Rescue USA: www.cavalierrescueusa.org
This is a national organization. An adoption application will be routed to the local coordinator. You might try contacting your state coordinator. Contact information can be found at http://www.cavalierrescueusa.org/contact-us.html
Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue: www.luckystarcavalierrescue.org
Adoptable Cavaliers are located throughout the country, so check for your area.
Cavalier Alliance: www.cavalieralliance.org
This is a fairly new group whose focus is on rescuing and placing seniors and special needs Cavaliers.
Cavalier Rescue Trust: www.cavalierrescuetrust.org
This is a rescue organization for the AKC breed club.
Please complete an online volunteer application form at http://tinyurl.com/GCCRVolunteerAppl