Shorewood Cocker Rescue, Inc.

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Shorewood Cocker Rescue has been in existence since 1985 and for most of that time consisted of Carole Kohler, the rescue's founder, placing homeless cockers into new homes. Then came the technology of the Internet, and the vast possibilities of communication. Through email and the website, Carole recruited volunteers who wanted to help the cocker breed, and since then, this dedicated group of volunteers has placed hundreds of dogs in Wisconsin and the surrounding states.

The rescue went through some significant changes including becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a Board of Directors in 2001, and the retirement of the rescue's founder, Carole Kohler, in early 2003. However, throughout these changes we've stayed true to our mission.

"The mission of Shorewood Cocker Rescue is to assist homeless cockers find permanent homes with responsible, loving families. We spay or neuter all cockers prior to placement and check references on all adopters. We make every effort to carefully match each cocker with the right family to maximize the adoption's success."

We don't have a central location (like a shelter ) where the dogs are located, the cockers reside in one of the our foster homes. We have foster homes in different cities in Wisconsin and Illinois. Foster Homes are always our Greatest Need! We care for them, vet them, temperament assess them, and work with them on things like housetraining, grooming and start basic obedience with them. Most of all we love them!

We incur considerable expense for every cocker we rescue. This cost includes shelter fees, spaying or neutering, vaccinations, heartworm testing, medications, grooming, quality food and transportation expenses which include intaking, vetting and placing the dogs in their new homes. We also have other expenses such as advertising, event costs, and special treatment and surgeries. We do require a fee for every adoption to cover some of these expenses. However, adoption fees are not based on how much the dog has cost the rescue. Our adoption fees are based on the age of the dog It's our policy not to ship dogs.

We do schedule events, so that the public can meet some of our cockers available for adoption. Check our website at to see where we'll be. Informtion about our Adoption Fees and Adoption Process can aslo be found there.

We do not encourage adoptions to families with young children. We are very concerned about the well being of your children as well as that of our dogs. We realize that each case is different and our adopting dogs to families with children 10 years of age or older will be based not only on the children's age but their exposure and experience with the Cocker Spaniel and other dog breeds. Sorry but we will not place a dog in a family with a child under 10 years of age, unless there is already a dog living in that home.

The most important people in our program are the adopters. We will always be grateful for those who take a dog who was in need of a loving family and made him a permanent member of their families.

Shorewood Cocker Rescue, Inc.
Twin Lakes, WI

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