Before You Adopt

New Dog in the House - Tips and Rules for Welcoming an Adopted Adult Dog into Your Home
New dogs come to us in many ways. Sometimes we have the luxury of preparation, sometimes they literally show up on our doorstep. Here are ways you can prepare your home and your family for welcoming your new pet. Read Article
Before You Adopt
If you are considering acquiring a pet, ask yourself the following questions: Read Article
Introducing a New Pet
You've been a pet parent for years but can't explain why your old dog doesn't like your new kitten. Get tips for introducing a new pet to your home courtesy of Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Read Article
Crate Training Your Dog
New to crate training? Download this helpful PDF. Your pet will thank you!
Puppy Care Kit
Download this PDF to help you in bringing home your new puppy!
Kitten Care Kit
Download this PDF to help you in bringing home your new kitten!
CPR Adoption FAQ
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Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

spaying and neutering pets will lower euthanasia rates

The Spay/Neuter Alliance and Clinic in Ridgeland, SC is the area's only low-cost spay/neuter clinic. SNAC offers free transport from 10 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. SNAC also offers heartworm and FIV/FeLV testing and some shots. Give them a call at 843-645-2500 to schedule appointments for your pets.

Georgia State Law mandates spaying and neutering of all adopted pets from any municipal, public or private shelter or animal rescue. Coastal Pet Rescue's adoption fee covers the cost of this service prior to adoption or when puppies or kittens are of age for surgery. Learn more about the facts and myths of spaying/neutering your pet.

Hurricane Preparations for Your Pets

We take for granted that our area has escaped the wrath of hurricanes since 1979. But if we were forced to evacuate, would you be prepared for your pets? Read our evacuation preparation article written by Coastal Pet Rescue president and founder Lisa Scarbrough after she made the evacuation for Hurricane Floyd in 1999 with four cats, two dogs and a bird.

Dog Bites

Georgia Law requires yearly rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats. Do you know what to do if you are bitten, or if your dog bites someone? Read more to find out what you need to do in those situations.

Pet Health

Heartworm Disease: What You Need to Know
Almost every adult animal entering Coastal Pet Rescue's program has to be treated for heartworm disease each year. This disease is completely preventable. Find out more about how you can keep your pets protected. Read Article
Cats and Ringworm: The Ugly Truth
It's not pretty, but ringworm is something we see very common in young kittens when they come to us after surviving on their own. Read Article
Best-Selling Human Medications—and What Happens When Pets Eat Them
Why you should not only keep medicines out of reach of children, but your pets, too. Read Article
What NOT to Feed Your Pet
It can be tempting to want to share holiday goodies with your pets, but here are some items you really need to avoid. Read Article


Claudia Black-Kalinsky
CPDT-Ka / Owner
Train This Dog
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Lisa Scarbrough
Coastal Pet Rescue
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David Adams
Department of Health Sciences, AASU

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