PCA Poodle Rescue Referral


Why adopt a Poodle?

You’ve done your research on our breed and checked out various breeders and decided you’d like to get a Poodle. That’s great -- they make wonderful pets! Have you considered adopting an adult Poodle? It may be the perfect solution for your home. Rescue organizations match caring owners with deserving pets every day. You will have a new companion and will also have the satisfaction of knowing you have saved a dog’s life.

What is Poodle Rescue?

There may be a circumstance in which one of our breed is in need of a new owner to provide it with a loving home. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers have formed local and regional rescue organizations that are devoted to placing these Poodles in such homes. The Poodle Club of America, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue of its own breed and oversees the distribution of contact information for Poodle rescue groups across the country. Learn more about the Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation.

Why do Poodles end up in Rescue?

Some of these wonderful purebred dogs end up in rescue for legitimate reasons such as divorce, moving, or health of the owner. Others end up there due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Whatever the reason, each one is placed in a home that will give it love, attention and companionship. Check out these success stories.

How does Poodle Rescue work?

Reputable rescue organizations spend time and money on the dogs taken into their programs. Poodles that are rescued are given a full veterinary exam, updated immunizations and are spayed or neutered. The dogs are screened for temperament issues. The dogs are often placed in foster homes for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to evaluate their health and temperament in order to make the best placement possible. Reputable rescue organizations always take back a dog they have placed if the arrangement does not work.

Why is Poodle Rescue so important?

Dogs are not responsible for their own existence. Dogs exist as a result of either human intervention (planned breeding) or human neglect (accidental breeding.) Many members of this rescue organization are Poodle breeders and feel very strongly that it is their responsibility to help save the lives of abandoned and unwanted Poodles whenever possible. Unfortunately, not everyone who breeds Poodles feels the same way, so PCARF steps in to pick up the pieces of other people's failures. While we respect the good work done by the many all-breed rescue organizations that exist, we believe that as Poodle breeders, we can best care for and find homes for our breed. Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation's mission is to rescue and re-home Poodles.

How does Poodle Rescue work?

Poodles that are rescued are given a full veterinary exam, updated immunizations and are spayed or neutered if necessary. They are also pre-screened for any temperament issues. The dogs are then placed in a foster home varying anywhere from a few weeks to several months in order to evaluate their health and temperament. The people who foster Poodles are strictly volunteers, often paying for food and treatment out of their own pockets.

Do these Poodles adjust to a new home?

Rescue volunteers want to make sure you get the dog that best fits your lifestyle and that the dog gets the best home. In addition to this careful placement process, Poodles are by nature able to bond with multiple people. Most adjust beautifully to new living arrangements.

Should I consider a male or a female?

Many Poodles that end up in rescue centers are male and are usually over five years old. For some unknown reason, many people seem to want to adopt female Poodles. There is really no logical reason for this, as male Poodles are just as smart, attentive, and as well behaved as the females.


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How do I adopt a Poodle through Poodle Rescue?

Adopting a Poodle isn’t just a simple case of going and picking out a dog and bringing it home. As part of the thorough screening process, the rescuers will probably ask you several questions about your lifestyle and why you want a Poodle. They may even want to come to your home to check out the accommodations for your potential family member. There may be an adoption fee for your rescue Poodle, depending on the rescue organization. This helps to defray the cost of veterinary care and other expenses.

Consider adopting a sweet, older Poodle. Your home will be a better place for having such a dog!

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

  1. Older dogs are house-trained. With a senior poodle, you won't have to teach house manners and usually have little or no mopping or cleaning after accidents as with a puppy.
  2. Older dogs are not teething and therefore won't chew your shoes or furniture. In fact, it is not unusual for older poodles, especially toys and minis, to have lost some of their teeth.
  3. Older dogs can focus well because they have mellowed with age and will usually quickly learn your house routines.
  4. Older dogs have learned human language including what the word "no" means.
  5. Older dogs tend to settle in easily because they have learned how to get along with others.
  6. Older dogs are good at giving love and once they get into their new home, you get to experience it first-hand. They are so very grateful for a second chance at love and a home.
  7. Unlike puppies, older dogs are at their permanent size and weight. Puppies may grow up to be quite a bit different than expected.
  8. Older dogs are instant companions, ready for TV watching, car trips and couch snuggles with you, unlike puppies who need lots of exercise and lots of play time.
  9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself. They usually do not require the time and attention that puppies do.
  10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they appreciate a good night's sleep themselves!

With appreciation to Virginia German Shepherd Rescue

Looking for a Poodle Puppy or older Poodle?

Search our Directory for Affiliate Clubs, PCA Member Breeders and Poodle Rescue contacts. You may also contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Why Support Breed Rescue?

Almost all of the Poodles that come into rescue programs require veterinary care, whether it is for spay and neuter or dental care or to repair broken limbs. Rescued Poodles often need transportation from one location to another to remove them from a shelter or to move them to a new home. It is the rare rescued Poodle that requires no financial support. Every donation to PCARF contributes to the funds necessary to ensure veterinary care and assist with transporting rescued dogs to foster care or loving homes. Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) not-for profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. All donations go directly to the care of needy Poodles and are tax deductible.

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