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Cocker Spaniel Rescue Groups

Looking for a Cocker Spaniel rescue group? Cocker Spaniels are amongst the 6.3 million companion animals entering shelters every year. A common misconception is that shelters primarily see mutts or mixed breed dogs coming through their doors.

Most breed-specific rescue groups rely on foster homes to care for the dogs until they can be placed in forever homes. For example, Naomi Lukaszewski and her husband Dan have fostered over 120 Cocker Spaniels to date for San Diego Spaniel Rescue.

Without the care, love, time, and donations from folks like Naomi and Dan and millions of other dog moms and dads, homeless Cocker Spaniels would be in trouble.

Cocker Spaniels find themselves homeless and for a variety of reasons–overbreeding, puppy mills rejects, improper training, owners are moving, and the fact that Cockers are a high maintenance breed.

Here’s how to tell if a Cocker Spaniel is the right dog for you. As you will read in my article, Cocker Spaniels have a variety of health and grooming needs for which not all pet parents are ready.

Cocker Spaniel Rescues Near Me

Below is a list of Cocker Spaniel rescue groups by state along with those outside the United States.

If you know of a reputable 501(c)3 Cocker rescue group that is not listed, please email me the information at carol@fidoseofreality.com.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom for tips on finding a reputable Cocker rescue group along with adoption resources, costs, and other ways to find a Cocker Spaniel in need. We’ll also share a secret bonus tip to help you find a rescue Cocker.

Cocker Spaniel Rescue Groups By State

If your state is not listed, do not fret–some of these rescue groups work with prospective Cocker parents out of state. Reach out to them through their website or email. There are also websites listed below to find a Cocker Spaniel near you.

Alabama

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Arizona

Arizona Cocker Rescue

Website: AZCockerRescue.org

Mostly Cockers & Poms

Website: MostlyCockersandPoms.com

Spaniel Haven Rescue at Angels Saving Those in Need

Website: AngelsSavingThoseinNeed.com

California

Camp Cocker Rescue

Website: CampCocker.com

NorCal Cocker Rescue

Website: NorCalCockerRescue.org

San Diego Spaniel Rescue

Website: SDSR.org

Second Chance Cocker Rescue

Website: SecondChanceCockerRescue.org

Colorado

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Website: RockyMountainCockerRescue.org

Connecticut

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England

Website: CSRNE.org

District of Columbia

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: CockerSpanielRescue.com

Florida

Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: FloridaCocker.org

Florida Coastal Cocker Rescue

Website: FloridaCockerRescue.org

Save Our Cocker Spaniels, Inc.

Website: SaveOurCockerSpaniels.org

Cocker Rescue of Florida

Website: CockerRescueFl.org

Illinois

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Indiana

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Iowa

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Kansas

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue KS/MO Branch

Website: Facebook Page of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue KS/MO Branch

Kentucky

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Louisiana

Mid-South Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: Mid-South Cocker Spaniel Facebook page

Maryland

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center

Website: CockerAdoptions.org

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: CockerSpanielRescue.com

Massachusetts

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England

Website: CSRNE.org

Michigan

Cocker Nation Rescue of Michigan

Website: CockerNation.org

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Minnesota

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Missouri

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue KS/MO Branch

Website: Facebook Page of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue KS/MO Branch

Nevada

Las Vegas Cocker Rescue

Website: LVCR.org

New Hampshire

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England

Website: CSRNE.org

New Jersey

Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: NYAbandonedAngels.com

Wigglebutt Rescue

Website: WigglebuttRescue.WixSite.com

New York

Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: NYAbandonedAngels.com

North Carolina

Charlotte Cocker Rescue of North Carolina

Website: CharlotteCockerRescue.com

Lynn for the Animals

Website: LynnForTheAnimals.org (Many Cockers in addition to others)

Ohio

Cherished Cockers Rescue

Website: CherishedCockers.org

Columbus Cocker Rescue

Website: ColumbusCockerRescue.org

Oklahoma

Okie Dokie Cocker Rescue

Contact: Anita Bowers, 417-529-8748

Transport Contact: June Myers, 405-650-4741; email: vjmyers123@gmail.com

Pennsylvania

Cockers Across PA Cocker Spaniel Rescue. Inc.

Website: CockersAcrossPA.org

Tennessee

Mid-South Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: Mid-South Cocker Spaniel Facebook page

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

Texas

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio

Website: AustinCockerRescue.org

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas

Website: CockerKids.org

DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: DFWCockerRescue.org

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: GulfCoastSpanielRescue.com

Houston Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: HoustonCockerSpanielRescue.com

Vermont

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England

Website: CSRNE.org

Virginia

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Website: CockerSpanielRescue.com

Cocker Rescue Groups Outside The USA

Second Chance Spaniel Rescue (UK)

Website: Second Chance Spaniel Rescue

Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue (UK)

Website: CAESSR.org.uk

Cocker Spaniel Rescue Australia

Website: CSERA.org.au

Wisconsin

Rockstar Cocker Rescue

Website: RockstarCockerRescue.com

American Spaniel Club Rescue

“Every specialty club is encouraged to have a rescue liaison listed on the American Kennel Club’s website,” says Debi Lampert. “I’m the rescue contact for the Cocker Spaniel Club of New Jersey, and Pat Crew is the contact for the Southern New Jersey Cocker Spaniel Club.”

Lampert, who is the founder of Topaz Cockers. She is on the board of the Southern New Jersey Cocker Spaniel Club and also is the Rescue and Breeder Referral for the Cocker Spaniel Club of New Jersey. She says folks interested in adopting a rescue Cocker should look on the AKC website for Cocker Spaniel rescues.

Each breeder club has a rescue person. For example, here are the various breeder clubs in New Jersey.

“Many times, the all-breed clubs have more members and resources. If a specialty club doesn’t have a contact person for rescue, then an all-breed club can direct them,” Lampert says. “This is safe and in our case, it’s funded by the American Spaniel Club Foundation.”

Other Resources For Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Search by state, zip code, and more for a Cocker Spaniel near you using these resources:

English Cocker Spaniel Rescue USA

Website: ECSCAHealthandRescue.org

Available Dogs: English Cocker Spaniel Rescue Facebook page

How Much Does It Cost To Rescue A Cocker Spaniel?

Adoption fees vary by the rescue group. According to PetFinder, shelters and rescue groups charge an adoption fee to help offset costs in caring for the pet. These costs include:

Veterinary visit and wellness exam$50-$100
Spay or neuter$150-300
Distemper vaccination$20-$30 x2
Rabies vaccination$15-$25
Heartworm test for dogs$15-$35
Flea or tick treatment$50-$200
Microchipping$50
Deworming$20-$50
Identification tag (with or without collar)$5-$10
Any other detailed fees TBD

As you can see, medical and wellness costs add up fast. Cocker Spaniel rescue groups rely on the generosity of donors. Some rescue groups may have reduced option fees or waived fees during select events during the year.

How To Find A Reputable Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Not all dog rescues are created equal. True dog lovers of the highest order have one thing in common: We all want homeless dogs to find a loving, forever home.

I wrote a detailed article to help you find a reputable Cocker Spaniel rescue.

Red Flags When Adopting A Rescue Cocker

Times have changed, and sadly, not everyone claiming to be helping dogs is on the up and up. Some clear red flags during your rescue Cocker search to keep in mind:

  1. Some people steal dogs and try to resell them. Be sure any dog you are interested in adopting has been scanned for a microchip first.
  2. Be cautious on CraigsList. There are many unscrupulous people.
  3. Scan social media pages and groups on Facebook. People talk. Get the buzz on a rescue group first. Most experiences are positive. Remember, you can’t always believe what you read in groups.
  4. If someone is trying to sell you a dog privately, refer to our reputable Cocker Spaniel post. Ask questions. Get answers.

More Information About Cocker Spaniels

Are Cocker Spaniels High Maintenance Dogs?

Cocker Spaniel Eye Problems and Solutions

Cocker Spaniel Shedding: How to Manage It

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