Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
It's been difficult wanting a rescue dog and a doodle, especially in California. Doesn't seem to be much activity out here.
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How wonderful Jeffrey, congratulations on your new family member!
Hi Jeffrey! I just found a cute doodle in the Downey Shelter. Are you close?
Doodle breeders mostly just give misleading information, as their income depends on selling puppies. This results in most people believing that they "have the personality of a retriever with the non-shedding coat of a poodle" even though we know that genetics don't work that way, "they are great with kids" even though we know that no dog is born great with kids or anyone else, that they require minimal exercise, even though we know that NO dog needs more exercise than a large retriever, that "they are healthier than purebreds", even though we know that the same genetic diseases run in poodles, goldens, and labraodrs, and that doodles are susceptible to all of them, and that "they need a brushing about once a week", even though we know that dogs with poodle coats are extremely high maintenance. People say they have researched these dogs, but you don't "research" a product on the seller's website, whether it's a car or a dog. So people who have never had a dog before and know little about them get these dogs because the breeders have made them sound like living stuffed animals who will sit calmly on their beds, requiring no training, no grooming, no exercise, just waiting quietly and perfectly behaved until someone has time to pay attention to them. When they find out this is not the case, they dump them.
Jeffrey - most want the status of a doodle, never doing research but more important they don't train their doodle. Training is so important to having a happy home with a doodle. I guess their 2 legged kids come out of the womb knowing how to brush their teeth, use a knife and fork and the alphabet!
Thank you, Adrianne, for clarifying a few points. One would think that people would know a little about these dogs before plunking down two grand for a puppy from a person who must have told them what they are getting into. Sadly in this country, stupidity reigns supreme. Yes I certainly check the regional listings as well. Take care now....
Jeffrey - all doodles in our programs are in foster homes. There are some foster homes that have 2 or 3 fosters since we are short foster homes. We put them in foster home so that we can get to know the doodle before they are posted on PetFinder so we know what the best home for each doodle.
Lots of shelters to do not post them, either they adopt them out asap or they reach out to us or IDOG.
Wish I could agree with you that people 'hang on to them'. Most of the doodles in our program are rehomes. People do not do research on what life with a doodle is like, they think they are lap dogs and just lie around. In truth they need lots of exercise. Lots of breeders advertise the hypoallergenic nonsense and non shedders when in truth a large percentage of doodles shed. I could go on but I am sure you understand.
Sadly there are too many rehomes and I will bet as soon as that cute puppy under the Christmas tree starts nipping on ankles and hands and grow too big because the breeder 'promised' they would be 25-30 lbs and they don't stop until they hit 50+++ lbs they will also be looking for new homes.
Have you been checking the tab on the top of your page REGIONAL LISTINGS? We have volunteers who cross post doodles all over the country that need a home. These doodles are NOT in our program so you would have to contact whoever is listing on the post.
Thanks for the reply, Adrianne. Perhaps I'm not familiar with how the program works (been trying to figure that out for a while...). Are you saying that people in CA have been contacting DRC with doggies they need to re-home but DRC can't do it without foster homes? Are they unable to get them listed here? I don't know what foster homes have to do with it, even though I surely appreciate them. I'm a very thorough searcher and have searches saved for all shelters within 100 or more mikes of me as well as poo-mix rescue and pet finder. Only a few doodles once in a while. People appear to hang on to them. Don't blame them!
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