Rescue FAQ

Where do rescue poodles come from?

Poodles come into rescue from different sources: Some are pulled from shelters where they ended up after being abandoned or picked up as strays. Some end up in shelters after being confiscated by humane authorities from a puppy mill or other place where they were being neglected or abused. Some come directly from people who have found them as strays, but cannot keep them. A few are relinquished directly to rescue by owners who cannot keep them for some reason. Sometimes the original owner is ill or even died, and the family relinquishes the poodle to rescue.

Do rescue poodles have registration papers?

No, most rescue poodles’ origins are unknown. However, all purebred dogs, even unregistered ones are eligible to compete in AKC performance events. Many rescue poodles compete in obedience, agility and rally competition after being issued an Indefinite Listing Privilege (ILP) number by AKC. Unregistered purebreds must be spayed or neutered to be eligible for an ILP, and all CCPC rescue poodles are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

What happens after poodles come into rescue?

CCPC rescue poodles are vet checked, given needed vaccines, and spayed or neutered if that is not already done. Any needed veterinary treatment is given. The poodle then goes to a foster home to be cared for and prepared for adoption into a suitable home. Our foster caregivers are all volunteers who donate their time, space and loving care to rescued poodles and helping them find loving permanent homes.

Are rescue poodles healthy?

Most are in good basic health after any medical needs such as dental work or heartworm treatment are met. When a poodle has some special need, potential adopters are fully informed and given instructions for the dog’s care. Poodles that are older, have visual or hearing problems, or have seizures or some other medical condition make loving pets for adopters willing to meet their needs. Most such dogs are not difficult to care for, and can live normal lives. Adopters are given all available health records on their adopted poodle.

Will I be given a history of the rescued poodle?

Yes, adopters are given whatever history we have. Often we know nothing of the poodle’s background before it arrived in the shelter or was released to rescue.

Are rescue poodles trained?

The foster home starts any training needed, as many poodles come from neglectful situations where no one ever made the effort to train them. Most learn house manners and other basic things readily. Socialization for neglected poodles will need to continue in the adoptive home, and adopters are given detailed written instructions for this. Housetraining is the most common concern, and detailed instructions are provided for the individual poodle. If they are followed, housetraining is rarely a problem.

Do rescue poodles have good temperaments?

CCPC rescue does not accept or place poodles with any history of aggression toward humans. Fortunately, few poodles have such tendencies, even those that have been severely neglected or abused. Some have been kept in isolated conditions, and are shy at first, but most of these learn that they are now in a loving situation where they are treated kindly. The foster home works on helping the rescued poodle learn that living in a home is good, and by the time they are adopted, most have become more outgoing. Adopters of neglected poodles will be given instructions on how to continue the process of helping their poodle learn trust in people.

Will an adult poodle bond with a new family?

Absolutely! In fact, most rescued poodles become even more attached to their new loving owners than young puppies do. They seem to understand and appreciate that they now have the loving home that most lacked in their past.

How are placement decisions made?

While in foster care, the poodle is evaluated for personality, and how it gets along with adults, children, other pets, etc. Applications are evaluated, and applicants are referred to poodles that seem best suited for them. We do not place toy poodles (under 10” tall) in families with children under the age of ten, because their small size makes them unsuitable pets for very young children. Standard poodles are placed only with families who are situated to give them the exercise needed by a large dog. We also try to match personalities of the poodle and the adopter, as well as any needs or preferences of the applicant. We usually ask that a potential adopter meet the poodle before making a commitment to adopt, in order to be sure that they suit each other. The rescue chair makes the initial recommendation of a specific match, and the foster caregiver, who knows the dog well, makes the final decision after observing the potential adopter with the poodle.

How long does the adoption process take?

This varies. The application is evaluated, and references checked. If we have a poodle that seems suitable, the applicant is referred to the foster caregiver to get more detailed information about the dog and to arrange to meet the poodle. It is possible to complete the process in as little as a couple of weeks in some cases. If we don’t have a suitable dog available, the applicant is placed on the waiting list. The more flexible the applicant is on things like sex, color, etc. the sooner we will be able to offer them a poodle to adopt.

What is the cost?

Our adoption fee for most poodles is $200, which often doesn’t cover the expenses incurred for vet care. Any excess is used to care for other poodles awaiting adoption. The adoption fee may be lower in the case of a special needs poodle.

Is help available if my adopted poodle has any problems adjusting?

Yes, the foster caregiver and the CCPC rescue chair are available to assist in any adjustment problems. We encourage adopters to stay in contact and to let us know immediately if they need help. Most adjustment or training problems are readily resolved if addressed right away.

What happens if I ever become unable to keep my adopted poodle?

The CCPC adoption contract requires that if the adopter is ever unable or simply unwilling to keep the poodle, it must be returned to CCPC rescue, so that we can place it in another home.

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