Are you planning on rescuing or adopting a dog soon? Interested in adding a new member to your family? We prepared a guide to help you during the process, as rescuing a poodle is only the beginning. Any rescue comes with challenges, but we are confident the rewards will definitely make it all worth it!
Aside from providing dogs their forever homes, rescuing dogs also yield many benefits to us. Adoption has some evident and not-so-evident perks.
Dogs are well-known for their loyalty. Once you earn their trust and affection, your dog will treat and protect you like their own family for life. You’ll become their best friend, and their world will revolve around you.
2. You will save a life.
Choosing to adopt rather than acquire dogs from pet shops or other sellers means that you are giving a dog a second chance in life. Adoption saves them from euthanization, extending their opportunities at a better and happier life. Providing a dog with his forever home will mean the world to him.
3. You will save money.
Adoption fees are cheaper compared to the price of buying a dog from pet shops. Additionally, the shelter uses this money towards the remaining animals, maintaining and conceivably improving care. Rescue dogs receive regular veterinary care, which is better for you and your pet.
4. You will be healthier.
In general, pets increase the health and welfare of owners. They can reduce stress levels and help increase dopamine and serotonin in their human parents. Dog owners’ health can improve due to companionship, increased walking, and additional positive play/distractions in the day.
5. You will help reduce overpopulation in shelters.
Approximately 1.5 million dogs are euthanized each year in shelters. Increasing overall rescues by adoption and having them neutered can help reduce these numbers.
Now that the benefits of having rescue dogs should be clear, I assume you are excited to start the guide. However, before we head on to the nitty-gritty of the process, let’s first get to know more about Poodles.
Poodles: A Magnificent Breed
This dog breed is recognized as one of the smartest (ranks second out of 195 breeds) worldwide! Due to their intelligence, teaching and training are less of a challenge. Poodle Breeds are of different colors and sizes. Some of the favorite colors are white, brown, and orange fawn. Their sizes can be classified into three: Toy, Miniature, and Standard poodles.
Toy: This type is the smallest among the bunch. They stand at just about seven to nine inches (20 to 25 centimeters) and weigh around four to eight pounds (two to four kilograms).
Miniature: Compared to the other types, miniatures tend to be more active and energetic. They stand at around 11 to 13 inches (28 to 35 centimeters) and weigh approximately eight to 15 pounds (four to seven kilograms).
Standard: They are the biggest and oldest among the three. Their heights range from 17 to 23 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) and weigh approximately 35 to 48 pounds (16 to 22 kilograms).
In addition to their intelligence, this breed has been a favorite pet for celebrities throughout history, including Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Characteristics and traits of poodles depicted in old Hollywood films are not always accurate. Their elegance and grace are often misunderstood as snobbish and aggressive. On the contrary, they are loyal, cuddly, and extremely affectionate. They can surely bring happiness and laughter to any household!
The amount of food that they need depend on their age. Puppies need more food to help their developing bodies. It is recommended to feed them four to five times a day. This can be reduced to two to three meals a day as adults. Always ask your veterinarian’s advice since the amount of food will also depend on your dog’s lifestyle, age, and medical conditions.
This breed requires regular grooming. It is recommended to visit a grooming salon every six to eight weeks. Regular teeth, coat brushing, and trimming their nails are also important for their overall health.
Poodles have an abundance of energy, which requires frequent activities, about 30-60 minutes each session. Their favorite activities include fetch, walking, and swimming. Please remember to pack water on hand for your Poodle to drink.
Poodles do not require a large space to live comfortably, especially the toy type. They can live in houses or apartments that do not have running spaces but would need access to these spaces outside. Sectioning off personal space is important—one that provides a feeling of ownership and comfort. Noise will also not be a problem since they tend to keep to themselves and bark only when necessary.
They are mostly a healthy breed that has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Toy Poodles: tend to be prone to sickness. Some of this breed’s most common health issues include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Addison’s disease, and Leg Calve Perthes Disease. Exercising regularly and scheduling regular visits to the veterinarian can improve and even help prevent these health issues.
Miniature Poodles: inclined to lesser issues like trichiasis, entropion, distichiasis, cataracts/glaucoma, lacrimal duct atresia. More pronounced issues like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, Legg Perthes disease, and patellar luxation. Urinary stones can occur sometimes. Testing for these issues will help you stay ahead of them.
Standard Poodles: Are susceptible to Addison’s Disease, Patellar Luxation, Sebaceous Adenitis, Seizures (Neonatal Encephalopathy), and Von Willebrand’s Disease.
Poodles and children
This breed is gentle and protective of children. They tend to be good companions for children and often take on the role of “patient playmates.”
Synergy with other pets
Interacting with other pets is rarely an issue. Poodles are usually quite friendly and playful with other animals, though; it helps to introduce them to others early to achieve this naturally. Playdates and obedience classes can help him be accustomed to other animals.
Adoption Application and Process
Once you have a sincere interest in adopting a dog and have submitted the application papers to your chosen shelter. Shelter staff work with two fluid/random inventories: animals and potential owners. They will attempt to reach a mutually beneficial match with potential owners and pets, which means you might not get paired with the pet you have picked out. Ask lots of questions and try to trust the process. An interview will then be conducted between the interested adopter and a shelter’s counselor. This can also be when you are given a chance to meet the dogs that are up for adoption. It is important to note that different adoption centers have different requirements for applicants. This checklist shows some common considerations looked for in pet adoptions:
- Is your residence suitable for pets?
- Will the dog fit your lifestyle? Do you travel a lot for work? Will you be able to feed him at the right time
- Do you have children in the household?
- Are there other pets in the household? Will they all have enough space, and will he be compatible with the other pets in the home?
- Are there members in the household who have allergic reactions to dogs?
- Is there at least one adult who takes full responsibility for the dog?
- Does your house have electric fencing?
If you pass the interview and prove to be an excellent fit for the dog, only a few formalities must be made to bring him home. Next, a small adoption fee must be paid, an adoption contract must be signed, and then you’re good to go! You can finally bring the newest addition to your family home!
** Please note that the process of application and adoption differs from one adoption center to another. It is best to research beforehand.
Preparing Your Home for Your New Member
Bringing your pet home for the first time is a very special moment. However, it is better to prepare everything needed before welcoming the dog to his new home and family. Clear instructions must be shared within the household to properly handle the pet in his first few days. All his basic needs, such as food, space, and even toys, should be secured and ready.
The adjustment period of dogs can be quite an individual trait; due to their previous experiences. Some dogs instantly feel comfortable with their new home, while others may take a few months for them to get settled. They may also appear to be shy at first. Do not panic and assume that your pet has some behavioral issues. Allow time for adjustment and familiarity with his new home.
Rescue Organizations and Shelters
Beware of hoax dog shelters. Their numbers have risen due to an increased normal of staying home (COVID) and heightened desire for family pets. Not only do these shelters practice unethical behaviors, but they also charge higher fees. Perform thorough research of the shelter before submitting an application. If the process is too easy or too good to be true, then it probably is. It is advisable to pick a trusted nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Here is a list of some trusted foster homes and rescue shelters where you can inquire more about their pet fostering and adoption programs to help you narrow down legit shelters:
- Carolina Poodle Rescue
- Poodle Rescue of Houston
- Florida Poodle Rescue
- Adopt A Pet
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Shelter Pet Project
- North Shore Animal League America
- Pet Finder
- Northeast Animal Shelter
- Animal Haven
We are happy you are currently researching how to rescue a Poodle. We are confident the more work you put into the research, the more prepared and satisfied with the result you’ll be. The fact that you spent time and effort to research and read articles about the process of adopting and how to properly care for your pooch shows that you want to be the best owner you can be!
Every dog owner’s requirements will be unique, so there is no definitive guide on what to expect and what to do as situations will differ. The journey can be an emotional one; it is okay to be tired and dissuaded at times. That’s a good time to walk away for a bit and come back after the emotions subside. Keeping emotions in check will help reduce emotional choices you may not like in hindsight. Take your time, make lists, be diligent, and of course, have fun.