Since Poodles were first used as breeding dogs for Guide Dogs back in the 1980s, Poodle mixes or ‘doodles’ as they are affectionately known, have skyrocketed in popularity. Wally Conron bred the first litter of Labradoodles – Poodle and Labrador Retriever – for a disabled lady whose husband had an allergy to dog hair. She needed a service dog that would not trigger her husband’s allergies.
After much thought, Conron set upon the Poodle, with a coat that seldom sheds and the Labrador Retriever, the most popular breed for Guide Dogs. Since then, breeders spotted the potential for Poodle mix puppies, but with demand also comes unprepared and inexperienced dog owners. This lead to thousands of Poodle mixes ending up in rescue shelters.
We have selected 5 of the best poodle rescues and charities from the UK and US, working to rehome and rehabilitate, as well as educating the public.
1. MID-ATLANTIC POODLE RESCUE, USA
With volunteers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, MAPR is dedicated to finding loving forever homes for Poodles and Poodle crosses surrendered or abandoned. They are an independent non-profit charity, with foster homes ready to care for the dogs until they are rehomed.
Along with their foster owners, MAPR also makes referrals to local shelters that have Poodles or Poodle mixes ready for adoption.
Adoption fees cover all vet treatment the dogs receive before being rehomed. This includes a vet check, spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations. As a registered charity, they rely on donations to be able to continue rescuing and rehoming dogs in need.
Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue Details
- Website: midatlanticpoodlerescue.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: (410) 963-0079
2. OODLES OF DOODLES RESCUE COLLECTIVE, USA
Since January 2009 Oodles of Doodles have been rescuing Poodle and Doodle dogs from kill shelters and finding them new, loving homes. While the dogs are behavior assessed and receiving vet treatment, they are placed with foster families who will shower them with love.
They do not use shelters themselves, believing that in-home fostering is the best way to help their rescued dogs decompress before finding their perfect owners. New owners have access to a supportive online community after adoption, so they can continue to receive help whenever they need it.
Although the charity is based in New Jersey, they help to rehome dogs right across North America. They are always on the lookout for new foster homes to add to their growing list of volunteers.
Oodles of Doodles Details
- Website: doodlerescuecollective.com
- Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
3. POODLE RESCUE OF HOUSTON, USA
Number 3 on our list of Doodle rescues is Poodle Rescue of Houston, established in 1999. Unlike other rescues on our list, PRH has a fantastic facility of enclosed exercise spaces and large indoor/outdoor kennels with doggie doors, so the dogs can access the outside whenever they wish.
On the one-acre donated land, PRH also has a veterinary clinic complete with a surgical suite, a grooming space and admin offices. To prevent the risk of disease being spread, their facility also boasts 4 quarantine buildings!
Potential adopters can spend time with the dogs in 1 of 5 visitation yards. This allows both the people and the dogs to get acquainted, cuddle and play as they wish.
PRH is a registered non-profit organization chartered by the state of Texas. Most of the dogs they rescue are strays, either injured or with special needs. Thanks to their on-site vet clinic, every dog is carefully assessed, spayed or neutered, groomed, treated for parasites and fleas, tested for heartworms and microchipped.
They often receive dogs from public shelters as well as the dogs they rescue as strays. These dogs are quarantined in dedicated buildings to ensure no transfer of disease. All this care comes at a cost and the charities rely on donations to cover the fees incurred.
Poodle Rescue Of Houston Details
- Website: poodlerescueofhouston.org
- Telephone: (713) 504-1224
- Address: Poodle Rescue of Houston, 13302 Schroeder Rd, Houston, TX 77070
4. DOODLE TRUST, UK
Doodle Trust has been rescuing and rehoming Poodles and Doodles across the UK since 2007. The group of dedicated volunteers works tirelessly to fundraise, educate and raise awareness, as well as working with foster families and potential adopters to place dogs with the best forever homes.
All dogs rehomed by Doodle Trust are vet checked, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and given flea and worming treatment where necessary. Dogs will not be available to rehome until their treatment is complete and they have settled.
Every year they hose Doodlefest, beginning on the first Friday in August and running for the entire weekend. The event hosts stalls, parties, a Saturday dog show and much more.
Doodle Trust Details
- Website: doodletrust.com
- Office: Doodle Trust, New Market St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1HY United Kingdom
5. DOODLE AID, UK
Holding the 5th spot on our list is a charity that does things differently. Doodle Aid is a registered charity covering England and Wales. Their philosophy is to help, rather than take over. The dogs they rehome are not the charity’s dogs. Instead, Doodle Aid works with current owners to match their Poodle or Poodle cross with the most suitable new owner.
The charity encourages continued communication between previous and new owners wherever the previous owners wish to. They understand that most dog surrenders are due to no fault of the owner and often beyond their control.
Occasionally, short term foster homes are needed and Doodle Aid has a wonderful group of foster families to help care for the dogs until a new owner can be found. They rely entirely on donations and have a great list of fundraising ideas on their website.
Doodle Aid Details
Poodles and Poodle crosses are highly intelligent and exuberant dogs, requiring ongoing care and training. This is why rescues have such intense adoption processes, but at the end of it all, you are able to provide a stable and loving home to a dog who deserves a second chance at life.