According to the Humane Society of the United States, purebreds account for 25 to 30 percent of all dogs in shelters and half of those will be euthanized for lack of available homes. To give these dogs the best possible opportunities to find permanent homes, many will be transferred to purebred rescue groups, members of which who have in-depth knowledge of thte breeds they represent. The Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, affiliated with one of the oldest breed clubs registered with the American Kennel Club, coordinates with shelters and humane societies to save abandoned and unwanted poodles. This network of rescuers provides necessary veterinary care, evaluates the dogs' temperaments and keeps them until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes.
Before adopting a poodle, or any dog for that matter, understand that dogs can live 15 years or more. Make absolutely certain that you are realistic about the time, effort and money that you are willing to invest in a lifelong relationship with a dog.
Poodle Club of America
Visit the Poodle Club of America's "Find a Poodle or Poodle Person" web page, and
click on the appropriate state. From here, you can locate the contact information for the affiliate club's rescue coordinator(s) in the right column. Reputable poodle rescue groups not affiliated with the Poodle Club of America also will appear beneath the affiliate club's contact(s). If your state has no rescue contact, search adjoining states. Your next step is to contact the rescue(s) and ask about the group's philosophies and its adoption process and policies. Expect to answer a lot of questions as well. The rescuer's goal is to facilitate a good match between you and a dog, and ensure that yours is a suitable, long-term home for the dog.
By Elizabeth Warner
About the Author
Elizabeth Warner has been writing for more than 20 years. Her work has appeared in publications of the Nature Conservancy, the World Bank Group and other organizations, as well as a number of local and regional newspapers. Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Colgate University.