Rocky in Peoria, AZ

Please meet Rocky! Hard as it is to believe, this handsome little guy was found as a stray with no identification and his owners didn’t come to claim him from the shelter. We have no information about his prior life, but we do know Rocky is simply as sweet as they come and loves all the attention he can get. Belly rubs are his absolute favorite!  

Rocky is estimated to be about 7 years old and weighs just 12 lbs. He is a Black & Tan boy, with the heart and spirit of a true Cavalier. Although, you can see by his pictures, he is actually a mix of several other small breeds. The good news is those cute little ears will never get wet when he drinks from his bowl. That slight underbite only adds to his cuteness and charm, and Rocky doesn’t shed – not even a little!

Rocky’s coat is thick, shiny and silky soft! He loves to be brushed so will most likely enjoy going to the groomer. Although he doesn’t know very many commands, he is as smart as they come! He quickly learned his new name and will “Sit” for his dinner or a treat. Rocky wants nothing more than to be with his person at all times. He will happily hang out with you in the yard, lay under your desk as you work, or settle in for a good movie. Rocky loves to please and to know he is a good boy. His only request is that you show him he is safe and loved.  

His days in the County Shelter and whatever time he spent alone on the streets left him initially quite traumatized and frightened. Rocky is slowly learning to trust; however, new or strange noises still tend to scare him so he will need your assurance that he is always safe with you. When he first came to rescue, he didn’t do well when left alone. He would cry and bark the whole time his foster parents were gone. This has subsided over time, as he has gained confidence in his foster home. However, initially, alone time could be stressful for him. Rocky is hoping to find a family willing to commit to spending extra time with him in the beginning, then slowly show him he is safe when left alone. 

When he first arrived at his foster home, Rocky marked and had to wear a wrap. He has since been neutered and is no longer marking. In a new environment, his family will want to watch for this behavior for the first few days. Rocky gets along great with other dogs; however, he met a cat at the vet’s office and that exchange did not go well. Rocky clearly wants a cat-free home.  

Rocky has gained so much confidence while in his foster home; he is almost like a different dog than the frightened pup picked up from the shelter. Today, Rocky loves adventure and exploring new places! He loves hiking and chasing any little critters that cross his path – rabbits, birds, geckos – he’s a true hunter!  On a recent camping trip, Rocky loved hanging out near the water’s edge and most likely would enjoy a kayak or a boat ride. Rocky also walks well on a leash. He was originally frightened while riding in a car, however, he has learned car rides can take him to exciting, fun places. Now, he lays quietly until you arrive at your destination,  just waiting for his next adventure to begin.    

Rocky will sometimes limp, favoring his left rear leg, but this doesn’t hamper his running and playing. In fact, he’s quite an amazing little athlete! He loves to run around the backyard with his foster brother – especially if there is a bird or gecko to chase! Our vet took x-rays of his leg and found no issues on examination, but Rocky is now taking an inexpensive orthopedic supplement and should take this going forward. Aside from that, Rocky is a very healthy boy and is up to date on all vaccines.

There is no more deserving pup than Rocky. We call him our little Rockstar! He has such an amazing disposition, full of energy and spirit but also calm and loving too! His tail is constantly wagging, and he obeys every command he understands. Just looking into his sweet face will put a smile on yours. 

If you believe you are able to provide the love and security Rocky longs for, have a fenced in yard, low alone hours and another friendly dog, please complete the online application if you haven’t already and then email Carolyn at letting her know of your interest in providing a forever home for this amazing little guy.


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Our heartfelt appreciation to @nicolebowmanphotography for capturing Rocky’s sweet character in these beautiful photos.

Katy in Dallas, TX

Katy is a sweet 11-year-old Black and Tan girl. Her prior owner became ill and friends at the assisted living tried to care for her and ultimately gave her to the rescue. She came to us a scared girl and has been slowly relaxing and learning to trust. We do not know her exact birthday, but the vet thinks she is around 11-years- old. 

She is very shy but will warm up to you with time. She is not a lapdog yet but with time and trust that could change. She gets along with other dogs and loves her evening walks. Katy also enjoys spending time in the backyard and chasing the squirrels. Katy loves her beds and has one in each room so she is comfortable. She is quite spoiled with her foster mom.

Katy is potty trained but can only hold it for a few hours. She sometimes has accidents in the night or if someone is gone for too long. At her foster mom’s house she is sleeping in a playpen at night and will use a pee pad if she cannot make it throughout the night. The sweet senior lady just can’t hold it in as long anymore. 

Katy recently just had her teeth cleaned and is current on vaccines. She is also on a heartworm preventative. She has a heart murmur grade 4 that does not require medication at this time. All her recent labs came back good.

Katy needs a quiet and calm household. She needs a forever home that will be patient with her as she learns to trust them. If you think you can love and provide all the things she needs, please complete our application if you haven’t already, and then email Shelby Fields at to express your interest.

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Chester in Florence, KY

Update 9-18-22: We’ve received several good applications for this pup so aren’t taking more for now. Thank you!

Hello, my name is Chester and I am looking for my forever family. I am a healthy, playful, young boy born 4/30/2020. My favorite thing in the entire world is to cuddle. I also love to play with my toys and explore outside. I’ll always be by your side because I love people! 

I love the company of people and pets and have all of the traits that make Cavaliers so lovable. My foster family has a two year old lab and another Cavalier. I got along so well with them and treated them kindly my entire stay. My foster family says that I fit right in with them and have been a sweet friend. I sleep through the night and most of the day. 

When I first arrived at my foster family’s house, new noises scared me and I would bark every time I heard something unfamiliar. Once I adjusted to the new sounds, I relaxed. I still bark occasionally when I hear something out of the ordinary, but with time, I will come to recognize the noises and patterns of my new home. I bark a lot during thunderstorms and fireworks because I don’t understand what’s going on.

I am a healthy 30 pound dog with no known health issues. I am neutered and up-to-date on all of my shots. My heart and bloodwork were excellent. I am completely potty trained and haven’t had a single accident in my foster family’s house. However, I like using the bathroom on concrete, so my forever family will need to lead me to the grass at first until I am used to the yard.

When my foster family works on training with me, I learn very quickly. When I first arrived, I got so excited to see people that I liked to lick their face and jump on them. Sometimes I was so excited that I would occasionally nip them. I would never nip out of aggression, I would just be so excited and happy to see people that I couldn’t contain myself. Now that I’ve been with my foster family, I have almost stopped nipping completely. As soon as I learned that they don’t like that, I adjusted my behavior. All I want to do is please people and make them happy. 

I would like to find a forever family that can give me attention and has a fenced in back yard. I love toys, but my favorite thing to do is cuddle on the couch with my family.

I am a loving, sweet, couch potato who is energized by meeting new people. I love people and other dogs and don’t have an aggressive bone in my body. I would make an excellent family member..

If you live within 100 miles of Florence, KY and are interested in adopting me, contact rescue coordinator Miriam Long MIRIAMLONGRN@GMAIL.COM so she knows to consider your application. Be sure to complete the online application if you haven’t done so before.

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Otis in Athens, TN

Update 9-24-22: We have received several good applications for this pup so aren’t taking more for now. Thank you!

Meet Otis! He is a very sweet, energetic, playful, and full of life, 1 yr. young puppy. He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on all shots. He eats and takes treats nicely and knows how to sit. Otis loves his backyard and toys. He has a foster sibling with the same energy and he would love to have another playful dog to play with. Otis gets along well with all his foster siblings and even the cat. He loves everyone he meets, including children of all ages greeting everyone with kisses. As playful as he is, he also loves to snuggle with people and other dogs. He would love to sleep in the big bed at night with you but he is also crate trained.

Otis does not like to be separated from his family. He wants to be in the same room and will bark if he is left out. He can and will jump an average baby gate to be with you. His new family will have to be careful of open doors leading outside, he will slide right by you to go with. Otis will settle down after a few minutes if left and will go into his crate easily if left to run errands. Otis would do best with an active family and someone home with him most of the day. A bonus for him would be children to play with also, he would love that. He is house trained and knows how to use the doggie door. Otis is very alert of his surroundings and will let you know when someone is at the door or in his backyard. He is a very loving and playful puppy and will bring much joy to his new family.

If you think your home is a great fit for Otis please fill out the online application and email Sandy Medd at to let her know of your interest.

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Pluto and Gia in San Jose, CA

Hi! We are Gia and Pluto! Our owner approached our Foster Mum and informed her that he was selling his house and asked if she could take us in as her guests while he had some work completed. Of course, she couldn’t say no! 

After an arranged trip to the groomers to remove our tangled fur and make us “in house fresh”, we came for a few weeks stay. Our owners house sold and he realized he couldn’t manage us, so our foster mum agreed to take us in and we are now ready to find our forever home through Cavalier Rescue USA. 


Gia (Blenheim) has had several litters of puppies. She is around 5 to 7 years old; her owner couldn’t remember exactly. Gia weighs around 20 lbs and is a little chunky for her size. She is a sweet girl, eager to please, affectionate, but not over demanding. She loves to take walks and is a doll to bathe and blow-dry. She rides well strapped into the back seat of the car and is doing very good on her house training, with plenty of outside breaks. So she needs a home with parents who are home much of the time to give her those much needed potty breaks.

Gia does have a little bit of separation anxiety, always wanting to be at your side, even jumping the baby gate to be in the same room as her people. She does settle down well and sleeps through the night, in her crate. She is fine with the family cat and chickens. She is curious about the pet rabbit and will chase him if given the opportunity, but stops when told. Gia loves petting and attention from gentle older kids.

Gia is up to date on her shots, spayed and just had a dental that required the removal of 4 teeth. She has no toleration for fleas and requires a monthly flea medication.    


Pluto, the Black and Tan, is a happy little boy with the innocence of a young child. Pluto is 3 to 5 years old and around 20 lbs. He is a little taller than Gia. He loves his stuffed animals, catching annoying flies that find their way in the house, and his Gia. He has recently decided that he would like to be a lap dog and no longer needs to lay beside Gia all the time. He has never known life without Gia, nor has he ever gotten the attention of many except for Gia. He has relied on her for his life experiences, and lets her take the lead. She sometimes takes advantage of that though things are getting better, and Pluto has started standing up for himself. 

When he first arrived in our home he wouldn’t leave his crate until Gia came out first.Pluto is fine with the family cat and other friendly dogs.  He enjoys being petted and loved on by kids as long as they are calm and gentle. Pluto is busy and walks around the house all day, just excited to finally be in a loving home. 

Pluto is up to date on his shots, and neutered. He has allergies and requires a monthly allergy shot which costs about $120 p/month average. Surprisingly, he has never been much of a marker and no longer requires his belly band. He has no tolerance for fleas and requires a monthly flea medication.    

Gia and Pluto have been together for a long time and so we will be placing them as a pair. They are very people oriented and sweet. They will need someone home most of the day and a fenced in yard.

If you think you are the perfect home for this pair and are a short driving distance to San Jose, CA so we can do the proper meet and greets, please  complete the online application if you haven’t already and then email Northern California Coordinator Jessica at and tell her of your interest.

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Romeo in Carlisle, PA

You will never have to ask, “Where for art thou, my Romeo,” because this cute boy will never be far from your side! Romeo is a 1 1/2 year old, Black and Tan Cavalier who was surrendered to rescue when a family member developed an allergy. He was well cared for, and exhibits no health or behavioral issues.

Romeo is at his ideal weight of 12 pounds. He loves toys, and sometimes will take every toy out of the box before deciding which toy to play with. In his foster home, Romeo plays nicely with his similar age Cavalier brother, so he probably would be happiest in a home with a canine playmate.

Romeo enjoys his daily walks and walks well on a leash. He does have some mild separation anxiety and does not like to be left alone. He often barks if you leave the room. He is getting better with this, especially when he realizes that you will be returning. Romeo is fine around other dogs and children. He has not been tested around cats.

Crate training is a work in progress for Romeo. Despite having treats and toys in his crate, Romeo has not warmed up to spending time in there. He sleeps in his own little bed next to the big bed, but sometimes.ends up in the big bed by morning. Romeo is fully house trained and is dependable through the night.

Romeo is very good at letting you know what he wants. He might tap you with his paw if he wants to be pet or jump into your lap if he wants to be held. He has a special little bark that lets you know if you’re not giving him enough attention!

Because he does not like being left along, Romeo’s ideal family would have someone who is home most of the time. Also, someone who would spend time playing with him and walking him every day would be ideal. One or more canine companions would be perfect.

If you are looking for a Cavalier who wants nothing more than to sit in your lap, play with you or snuggle by your side, then Romeo would be a perfect match.

If you live within a reasonable driving distance and you think your family would be a good match for Romeo, please complete our online application if you haven’t already and then contact Melissa MacMullin at  to let her know if your interest.

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