The Cavalier Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit breed rescue for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. While we are headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, we have teams, volunteers, and shelter relationships in many states and place our Cavaliers coast--to-coast! Please check this page often to keep up with the angels in our program. We introduce them here and share their stories as we rehabilitate them and search for the perfect forever home for each and every one.
If you are on a specific timeline to bring a precious Cavalier into your family, then rescue may not be the right fit for you. We are happy to refer you to responsible, reputable, and health-focused breeders.
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Meet our precious Angels...
We pulled Archie out of a shelter in West Tennessee where he was picked up as stray and not reclaimed. He arrived in very poor shape and required IV fluids, antibiotics, and supplements upon arrival. He was flea infested which caused severe anemia. His labwork revealed an alarmingly high WBC and dehydration. Archie had ear infections, a UTI, abscessed teeth, severe dental disease, infection and desperately needed a dental. After a few weeks of geat care, his lab work was improved and he was able to have his muh needed dental work.
He has also met with our ophthalmologist and was blind from hyper mature cataracts. Unfortunately, there is no vision to restore in his right eye, but were able to restore a little bit of vision in his left eye. Archie can now see for the first time in a very long time- that million dollar smile says it all!
- Age: Approximately 7 years old
- Very limited vision, hearing impaired, arthritis
- Adoption Donations: $300
We welcomed sweet Charlie in after he was surrendered to a shelter by his Amish puppy miller. Charlie was lucky as ‘retired’ puppy mill dogs are often discarded in much more heartbreaking ways.
We don’t have a date of birth on this little sweetheart but believe he is about 7 years old. Charlie has been treated for giardia, ear infections, and dental disease. He is also now neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. His heartworm test, urinalysis, and bloodwork were all normal and negative.
Like so many of our puppy mill dogs, Charlie has “loose” knees, which are often the product of living in small containment and not having any opportunity for any activity for strengthening or stabilizing. We often see these tighten up nicely in foster care. He has clear eyes and hips but a significant heart murmur was detected. Charlie had a full cardiac evaluation performed by a veterinary cardiologist where we learned that despite his “loud” audible murmur, his heart function and structure is great and he does not need any medications at this time.
Charlie’s psychological health is poor from living in a puppy mill all of his life. He is extremely undersocialized and traumatized. He is still very much decompressing and getting settled into his foster home.
Hadley and Cooper are a sweet sister and brother bonded pair, who's owner passed away. Their famly has placed their trust in us to find them a wonderful family.
Hadley (tri) is up to date on vaccinations, already spayed, microchipped, and is on monthly preventatives. She is a congenitally healthy gal with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart. Her heartworm test was negative, her fecal test was negative, her bloodwork was normal, but her urinalysis did reveal a urinary tract infection which we are now treating her for.
Cooper her blenheim brother. Cooper is up to date on vaccinations, already neutered, microchipped, and is on monthly preventatives. He has clear eyes, hips, and knees and orthopedically is in wonderful shape for a senior! He does have a significant heart murmur due to Mitral Valve Disease which is to be expected for a Cavalier of his age. He is on Enalapril (a very affordable medication) which is an ACE inhibitor used to keep blood pressure low and reduce the resistance of blood flowing away from the heart. We would recommend that he sees a cardiologist annually to monitor any progression of the disease. His heartworm test was negative, fecal test was negative, and bloodwork and urinalysis were normal.
Hadley & Cooper have been together all of their lives. Hadley likes to play ball while Cooper will occupy your lap. They are available for adoption as a bonded pair.
- Cooper: Male Hadley: Female
- Age: Cooper: 11 Hadley: 6
- Cooper: 18# Hadley: 30# (needs to lose 4-5#)
- Cooper: Heart Murmur (takes daily enalapril ~$10 month), otherwise healthy! Hadley; Healthy!
- Adoption Donation (for the pair): $600
The Incredible Huck. That’s what he was. Against all odds, Huck proved everyone wrong time and time again. He had a light inside him that shined and as long as he shined, we were going to do everything we could for him... no matter his age, no matter the odds. This brought him on a tour to see all our specialists who were dedicated to doing their part to aid in his comfort. In the short time he was with us he saw our surgeon, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, and tomorrow he was scheduled for his much needed dental. Together, along with exceptional care and TLC by his foster home, this allowed him to have some really quality days filled with joy, love, life, and comfort. That’s all we could have asked for and all we wanted for him 💜
On Octoner 8th, his light went out after he suffered a stroke and seizure and we helped him to peacefully cross the Rainbow Bridge while held in loving arms 🌈 Huck wasn’t counting days and he knew no time, all he knew was this amazing thing called love. While we selfishly wish we would have had more time with him, Huck had already received everything he needed from us - he received the gift of rescue, exceptional medical care, a big rescue family, endless love, his dignity back, and most important to him, really, really, really yummy food!
Last weekend was our Annual Cavalier Pool Pawty which Huck got to be a part of. He enjoyed the company of 40+ Cavaliers and really enjoyed himself. We commented many times throughout the event how happy and content Huck was. Many of the Cavaliers would stop by his area for a quick drink out of his water bowl which he welcomed. He also welcomed gentle love and attention from all who were there. This will be a special memory of him that we will hold in our hearts furever 💜
Handsome Princeton 👑 came into rescue after he was retired by his breeder. Prince just recently turned 6 and we are so pleased that his intake vetting revealed that he is healthy! He has clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart and all his labwork - fecal test, heartworm test, urinalysis, and bloodwork - were all negative and normal. He had pretty nasty dental disease but today he underwent his neuter and a much needed dental cleaning, with 7 extractions, and is on a round of oral antibiotics.
Princeton is a lover boy and adores attention and being loved on. He is active and "athletic" and will need family who would include him in their adventures. He would enjoy well-behaved kids to play with and will certainly be a delight to any family who can allow him to join in their fun!
- Age: 6 (DOB 9/12/2012)
- Adoption Donation: $450
Mick is recently rescued out of the puppy mill industry. He is a little guy at 15 pounds with a little bit of his tongue hanging out. We were concerned this was due to rotting teeth or worse but although he does have severe dental disease it appears as though his tongue is just too big for his narrow mouth. He has now undergone his neuter and a much needed dental with the handful of bad teeth extracted and this may now provide a little extra room for his tongue in his mouth.
Mick was treated for eye infections, ear infections, and giardia. While his heart is clear at this time, he has a right luxating patella and arthritis in his knees. We takes a daily joint supplement to help support his joint health.
Poor Mick is terrified of humans and quite traumatized from his time in the puppy mill industry. He requires a lot of time, patience, gentle love, and encouragement.
- Age: 5 (DOB 5/16/2013)
- 15 #
- Grade 3 patella luxation (R knee), otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $500
Miss Melrose was recently rescued out of the puppy mill industry.
This timid little beauty delivered her last litter via c-section which healed up nicely. She has been treated for bad ear infections, giardia, and whipworms. Her eyes, heart, and hips are clear and she has one “loose knee” like most of our puppy mill dogs who have lived in confinement and have had no opportunity for activity and strengthening.
She is quite timid and undersocialized which means she will require plenty of patience and gentle affection to learn humans are kind and can be trusted.
She is recovering from her spay and dental in her foster home where she is getting plenty of TLC. Watch for more to come about sweet Melrose!
- Age: 3 (DOB 5/5/2015)
- 16# (needs to lose couple)
- Luxating patella (left), otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $500
We are heartbroken and devastated but we are so happy that we could be there for Huck when he needed someone the most. After fighting like a warrior for so long, we truly feel he was able to just let go because he had finally received all he needed. We thank YOU for making it possible for us to give that to him and to all of our babies. Please keep all of Huck’s friends and caregivers in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for loving him with us 💕
If love could have kept him alive, he would have lived forever.
Scooby is an almost 6 year old (10/15/2012) darling little Ruby boy who was released into rescue by his breeder over the weekend. Scooby is a little man at 14 pounds with the most loving, big brown eyes 💕
Scooby had his intake vetting earlier this week where we brought him up to date on vaccinations, ran labwork, and gave him a good once over. He does have whipworms which we are treating him for as well as bad ear infections. His eyes, heart, and hips are sound at this time and he has just mildly “loose” knees which may tighten up now that he will have plentiful opportunities for activity and strengthening. He has since undergone his neuter surgery and a MUCH needed dental with MANY extractions due to advanced dental disease.
He is now in his foster home resting and recovering. We will share more as we start to learn more about this darling boy.
- Age: 6 (DOB 10/15/2012)
- 14 #
- Loose knees, otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $450
Annalise is from a very large USDA commercial breeder in Iowa so we were not shocked that her intake vetting revealed several significant health issues. She has very low tear production, a condition known as “dry eye”. We have started her on a tear stimulant to help stimulate her own tear production as well as an artificial tear to keep her eyes properly lubricated.
Annalise has grade 3 bilateral luxating patellas. She is asymptomatic with a bit of a limp at this time. We know she has not had the proper opportunity for strengthening and stabilizing so we will be evaluating and assessing her knees further in foster care and visit with our orthopedic surgeon if warranted.
Like many 8 year old Cavaliers, she does have a significant heart murmur. She will be visiting our cardiologist for a full cardiac evaluation.
Annalise also needs a dental as she has some exposed roots and significant dental disease as well as a fix to a failed hernia repair. We are also treating her for bad ear infections.
She has developed a bad case of mastitis (infection of the mammary glands). Fever, lethargy, loss of appetite... this poor thing was not feeling well! She was vetted Sunday and has started antibiotics. She has some very questionable mammary tissue/glands as well and we need to proceed with a mastectomy. As long as she does well under anesthesia, we will also address her dental issues at that time. We’re going to get this sweet girl feeling better!