Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue (GCCSR) is a new non-profit organization that needs your help. Although Houston, TX already has one cocker spaniel rescue group – Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas – there is still an influx of dogs that need homes. Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue aims to make a difference in the lives of cocker spaniels in need throughout the greater Houston, TX area and their motto is “Striving to provide quality care and forever homes one cocker spaniel at a time.”

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue is committed to providing all aspects of care while finding forever homes for the dogs including veterinary care and professional training (to address any behavioral issues).

In addition to pulling from shelters, one of the rescue group’s board members will watch ads on Craig’s List and attempt to educate people about the dangers of giving their dogs up for free by explaining that their family pet could very well be used as a bait dog in the dog fighting circles which is an unfortunate reality. Another reality is that if a pet is turned in at a shelter, there is the likelihood that the pet may not be adopted but will be put to sleep instead.

If Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue cannot personally help a cocker spaniel they will e-mail other rescue groups and cross-post cocker spaniel listings on Facebook so they can aid in the placement of as many cocker spaniels as they can.

GCCSR in Houston, TX will also strive to educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering, the need for heartworm preventative (due to Houston’s mosquito problem), regular vaccinations, and other care pertaining specifically to cocker spaniels. Through awareness, Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue in Houston, TX hopes that one day the supply and demand ratio of these wonderful dogs will be in better balance.

How You Can Help Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue

GCCSR in Houston, TX is in desperate need of donations and reliable foster homes for the dogs. Even if you cannot make a donation or open your homes to a foster dog, you can still help by seeking contacts that might be able to help with the printing of paper, T-shirts, banners and signs. Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue in Houston, TX also needs help with planning and organizing various fundraising events (including connections who can help with a silent auction), and assisting with adoption events in the future.

Reimbursements for Foster Homes

Veterinary care for all dogs fostered through Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue will be paid for directly by GCCSR provided the dogs go to a partnered veterinarian. Additionally, anyone who fosters a cocker spaniel can be provided a tax deduction receipt for all documented, out-of-pocket foster expenses (e.g. food).

Adoption Events

In the future, when Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue grows and has enough foster homes to have additional dogs in the program, they plan to hold regular adoption events. Volunteers for these events are also welcome.

Shop at Kroger and Help a Cocker Spaniel

Once Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue in Houston, TX obtains their 501 (c)(3) status, they will participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. With this program, the rescue group will earn funds each time you shop at Kroger (when you use your Kroger Plus Card).

Kick-Off Party

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue will be holding their first fundraising event on August 29, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rover Oaks in Houston, TX. An admission price of $20 per person (or $35 per pair) will provide you with a BBQ lunch, a door prize, a Rover Pass valued up to $40 (which can be used for training, boarding, daycare, or grooming), a silent auction (which will feature items like tickets to sporting events, small electronics, a laptop computer, art, and a woman’s bicycle), and a photographer who will take complimentary pictures of you and/or your dog. *(Low-resolution proofs will be mailed to you for your review and selection. Affordable photography packages will be sold and the proceeds will benefit Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue group).

*Note: Dogs are allowed at this event provided their owners bring current vaccination records – including a Bordatella vaccine administered in the past six months.

Rover Oaks is located at 2550 West Bellfort, Houston, TX, 77054. Need directions to the launch party? Click here.

To learn more about Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue in Houston, TX visit their website at

Article by: Bobbi Leder