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 have 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.
So you’re one of those wondering, “Where can I adopt a rescue Poodle near me?” We have selected 5 of the best poodle rescues and charities, working to rehome and rehabilitate, as well as educating the public.
1. Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue, East Coast of the USA – PA, MD, VA
- Website: midatlanticpoodlerescue.org
- Email: [email protected]
- Telephone: (410) 963-0079
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.
2. Oodles of Doodles Rescue Collective, NJ, 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.
3. Poodle Rescue of Houston, TX, USA
- Website: poodlerescueofhouston.org
- Telephone: (713) 504-1224
- Address: Poodle Rescue of Houston, 13302 Schroeder Rd, Houston, TX 77070
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.
4. Doodle Trust, UK
- Website: doodletrust.com
- Office: Doodle Trust, New Market St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1HY United Kingdom
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.
5. Doodle Aid, UK
- Website: doodleaid.com
- Email: [email protected]
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.
Why should you adopt a rescue poodle?
Poodles and Poodle mixes 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.
Poodles are often the subject of ribald comment, particularly when they are barbered for the show ring.
Actually, this exotic trimming has a rather interesting history. In the early days when the aristocratic “houses” of Franco ruled the country, each “house” had its Poodles trimmed with pompons, rings and the like to distinguish them from the ordinary run of dogs.
These trims created great interest in other countries and the practice has continued down the years.
The French style of trimming used to be taken advantage of by smugglers of lace and other valuables between the various European countries.
Valuables were tied around the animals’ necks and shoulders, hidden from view by the dogs’ long, heavy coats.
The Poodles would slip across the frontiers bearing the contraband, deliver the goods and return to their masters across the border later on.
The Dutch clip or trim is different. The body coat is cut short and hair on the legs and face is allowed to grow to its natural length.
Both trims are acceptable in the show ring, but the French clip is the orthodox style.
Poodles are very easy to train and make excellent trick dogs. They are usually found in “dog circuses” and most stage shows featuring dogs have a Poodle or two in the cast.
Fashion-crazy women in other parts of the world have them dyed to match their outfits.
Their long, dense coats require plenty of attention, but once trimmed properly, they can be kept in reasonable form throughout the year with a minimum of trouble.
They are quite hardy and fit into the life of their owners, whether it be in the city or country.
The average person regards the Poodle as being a spoilt housepet. Most of them are, but this is not the fault of the dog, which is “all dog and then some.”
Poodles are intelligent and make excellent watchdogs.
The show standard of Poodles is very good in the U.S. and new importations keep interested in the breed at a high level, but the breed is unlikely to reach the level of popularity it has in England.
There is a steady demand for puppies at high prices, which is a definite indication of interest.
Poodles are grouped with the non-sporting breeds and challenge certificates are awarded to both Miniatures (dogs under 15 inches at the shoulder) and Standards (dogs over 15 inches).
Many consider that the Miniature should be classed as a Toy breed, although moves to have this done have not met with success to date.
The Poodle’s head is long, straight and fine, but there should be plenty of strength in the jaw as well.
The lips are tight, eyes dark and almond-shaped and the ears long and wide and set low, hanging close to the face.
The neck is strong and well arched “to admit of the head being carried proudly and with dignity.”
Shoulders are fine and sloping and the back is short, strong and slightly hollowed, while the loin is broad and muscular.
Legs are straight in front with plenty of bone and muscle, while the hind legs are well turned with well let down hocks.
The feet are well arched and the tail, which is docked, is set on high and carried gaily.
The coat is an outstanding feature of the breed and may be corded or curly. It is hard in texture and very profuse.
Corded specimens are rarely seen in the U.S. and have long, tight, even cords all over.
In the curly variety, this hair must be thick and strong, and free from knots or cords.
The basic style of trimming is varied according to the owner’s fancy, but must always show the outline of the dog and the face is always clipped short.
A bow of ribbon is generally used to keep the long hair from falling over the eyes and spoiling the dog’s vision.