So, you've fallen in love with Corgis. We don't blame you. They're over-the-top adorable and lovable. If you are thinking about bringing a Corgi into your life, why not consider adoption? Breed-specific adoption can be a bit more challenging, which is why we've put together these resources to help. Each of these nationally or regionally focused organizations are dedicated to helping countless Corgis find their forever homes, so you can find your perfect match.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Trust
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Trust brings in cardigans from all situations. This national non-profit organization is driven by a network of devoted volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Cardigans that have been abandoned, neglected, or surrendered by their previous owners.
The work doesn't stop when the Cardigan is adopted, either. The Trust provides ongoing support to make sure their adopted dogs have the best chance possible of remaining in their adoptive homes. Reach out to a regional coordinator to get the process started.
Corgi Connection of Kansas Rescue
Despite being primarily located in Kansas, this rescue organization does adopt out-of-state. Every Corgi in this organization is foster-based, so you can rest assured the family they are with understands them inside and out. This helps identify their problem areas, if there are any, as well as the pup's strengths.
Like virtually all dedicated breed rescues, Corgi Connection is focused on finding good placements. The organization will take several factors into account, including whether you have a fenced yard, how much time you can dedicate to your new Corgi, and many other things that influence the well-being of the dog. Corgi Connection requires that these dogs be inside pets, and won't adopt a Corgi if the new owners plan to keep them outside.
Transport must be approved by the organization. It will not allow the rescue dog to travel by plane unless they fly as a passenger.
Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
The Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club covers all of the New England states, plus New York and Connecticut. Like many other rescue organizations, the Pembrokes this rescue receives are often between 5 and 6 years old. Younger dogs are sometimes available, but rarely under 1 year old.
This organization is not on a first-come, first-serve basis. It operates on a case-by-case basis, allowing families to be matched with the dog that best suits their home.
East Coast Corgi Rescue
East Coast Corgi Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving displaced and mistreated Corgis and Corgi-mixes a second chance at life. The group primarily operates along the East Coast of the United States, working tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Corgis in need. It serves New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Its dedicated team of volunteers not only provides the necessary medical care and foster homes for these adorable dogs, but also ensures they find the perfect forever-homes that best match each dog's needs. It is foster-based, and does not operate a physical shelter, so foster homes are always needed, as well.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac adopts to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. Some of its rescued Corgis are from shelters, whereas others are available due to owners moving or some other conflict. In most cases, its rescue dogs are over 5 years old, but they still have a lot of love to give.
Southeast Corgi Rescue
Southeast Corgi Rescue connects Corgis to adoptive owners across several Southeastern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Its mission is to rescue and rehome Corgis and Corgi mixes, with a particular emphasis on helping special needs and elderly dogs. The devoted team of volunteers at Southeast Corgi Rescue provides necessary medical care, behavioral assessment, and foster care for each dog until their forever home is found.
Queen's Best Stumpy Dog Rescue
This organization is headquartered in Southern California and is foster-based, and has introduced a foster-to-adopt process. All dogs are evaluated for placement, and home checks are required through the organization's volunteer system.
Queen's Best facilitates adoptions in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona, though adoptions out-of-state were suspended following the Covid-19 pandemic, so check with the organization directly if you live in the South West.
Finding a Social Media-Based Rescue Page
Facebook can be a valuable resource for rescue organizations to connect dogs in need with their forever home. Unfortunately, there are organizations that may also be "traps" for those wishing to adopt this breed to take the loving family's money. Here are some tips to help you know what to look for:
- Transparency: Look for full disclosure about their mission, operations, adoption procedures, and fees. They should also provide information on the history and health of the dog in question.
- The organization is active regularly: A reputable rescue group regularly updates their Facebook page with relevant content, such as pictures of the animals available for adoption, success stories, events, and fundraisers.
- Positive reviews and comments: Take the time to read the reviews and comments. Past adopters often share their experiences and provide valuable insights.
- Response to messages: Reputable organizations respond to messages and comments in a timely and professional manner. They should be willing to answer any questions you have about a particular dog or their adoption process.
- Partnerships: Often, credible rescues collaborate with other community organizations, local businesses, or veterinary clinics. Partnerships like these speak volumes about a rescue's credibility.
- Post-adoption support: Good rescues continue to provide support and guidance even after you've adopted a dog. This may include advice on training, diet, and healthcare. You may notice past adopters commenting on the organization's posts or sharing photos of their beloved rescue dog.
Some rescue organizations, both on and off social media, choose not to provide photos of their dogs available for rescue in an effort to place the dog's personality above their appearance.
Adopting a Corgi From a Rescue
Although it can be a long process, adopting a Corgi from a rescue provides an older dog, or one with special needs, with a forever loving home. Rescue organizations have a wealth of knowledge about the breed and can help you understand the unique needs and characteristics of Corgis. Adopting from a rescue not only provides a home for a dog in need, but it also opens a space for another dog to be rescued.