If you’re not keen on getting a poodle from a professional breeder, you can always look for one at your local shelter or rescue group. Local shelters and poodle rescue groups don’t require the same amount of scrutiny that professional breeders demand — making them the perfect solution for people who want to care for the “dog,” rather than the “breed.”
What to Expect
Local shelters and rescue groups really do their best to maintain quality pet health care. That doesn’t erase the fact, however, that some of the animals they care for have a few issues. These could be health issues, behavior issues, or even social issues that normally don’t accompany the poodles from professional breeders. You have to remember that a significant number of these poodles were rescued from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Others might have been rescued from over-breeding, medical testing, or any other situation where they were taken advantage of. That’s the ugly truth that thousands of animal shelters face on a daily basis — but it isn’t the only truth and it isn’t always ugly.
Some of the poodles that rescue groups house need homes for other less dramatic reasons. Their original owners might have needed to move to a no-pet community, for example. Maybe an owner couldn’t fight off an allergic reaction to his poodle or perhaps the grooming needs proved to be too much for someone. These are minor issues that don’t affect poodle behavior, which means that there‘s a huge chance a rescued poodle may already understand important commands, know where to potty, and/or socialize perfectly with the neighborhood kids (and cats)!
With such a wide variety of situations to face, you’ll appreciate the fact that shelters always test the temperament of the animals they protect. In doing so, they can answer important questions you may have, such as, “Is this poodle good with kids?” or “Is he friendly?” Of course, your options are broadened even more when a shelter rescues a pregnant mother or a group of puppies. Here, you have the opportunity to get a brand new puppy with no issues at all.
Approaching Your Poodle Rescue Options
Ready to take the plunge? You should find plenty of shelters and rescue groups in your local yellow pages. They may not have a poodle on hand when you approach them, but don’t give up. One, two, or an entire littler will show up sooner or later. See if you can get your name on a waiting list. Specify that you’re an avid poodle fan, and leave your phone number at the groups you approach.
Prepare For Good News
Just be careful to answer promptly when you’re called. Poodles have always been (and probably will always be) a highly popular dog. That means that you’ll probably face a little bit of competition from other poodle fans! So while you’re waiting, have the shelter’s fee set aside and on-call when a shelter has your new arrival. Your fee will most likely accompany a contract that demands to neuter (especially with non-purebreds or non-AKC poodles), and return of the pup in the event that you’re no longer able to properly care for your little friend.