Cocker Spaniel puppies for sale in Massachusetts
THE RIGHT DOG IN THE RIGHT HOME FOR THE ENDURING HAPPINESS OF BOTH . . .
Background: Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, Inc. (CSRNE) is one of the oldest and largest cocker rescue groups in the country. It is composed of 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.
Summary of Adoption Procedures:
- Complete the adoption questionnaire and restraint agreement forms and send to CSRNE at the address given on the forms.
- Upon receipt of forms, a CSRNE volunteer will contact you, usually within 7-10 days after the forms have been received.
- A home visit will be scheduled, preferably when all family members can be present.
- The educational home visit is a time to:
- Focus on the “transition period” and the behaviors that can occur when a second-hand dog is adjusting to a new home.
- Learn more about the breed if you’ve never owned a cocker before.
- Assess adopter’s needs and expectations.
- Discuss security for rescue cockers and the CSRNE restraint agreement.
After your application is approved, you will be contacted by the Placement Coordinator who will schedule your visit to either the kennel or the foster home to visit the appropriate rescue cocker(s). This part of the process could take some time depending on your particular requirements and the cockers available. Because we are a rescue organization, we cannot control the types of cockers available at any given time.
Home sweet home. Escalating kennel and veterinary costs have forced us to raise our adoption fee. I understand there is an adoption fee of $300.00 for cockers age 1 through7 to partially defray the costs of boarding and veterinary expenses (spaying/neutering, shots, and heartworm testing) incurred by our nonprofit organization. For cockers eight years and older, there is a donation of $150.00 in order to partially defray the costs of boarding and veterinary expenses. The adoption fee for puppies (dogs under one year of age) is $400.00. Puppies have had all their puppy shots, including rabies, have been wormed and are spayed or neutered.
CSRNE reserves the right to refuse an application if the home or environment is incompatible with the needs of a rescue cocker.
We realize that this process takes time, but we feel it is critical to thoroughly assess the needs of both dog and owner so that we can truly place the right dog in the right home for the enduring happiness of both.
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, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Post-adoption Support: 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.
NOTE: CSRNE does not ship dogs and therefore CSRNE’s cockers are placed only in carefully screened homes within the 6 New England states. Because the rescue cockers are second-hand dogs and have not had the benefit of having bonded with their new adoptive family since puppyhood and because we usually have no history on whether or not the rescue dogs were socialized around young children, CSRNE does not adopt to families with children under the age of 7 years. We realize that this policy may rule out some homes that would otherwise be wonderful but our first priority must be the safety of children.