We own a Sheepadoodle named Kaya, and she is the best family dog we could have ever hoped for.
While getting a Doodle from a breeder is an option, there are still many Doodle-type dogs out there that are looking to be rescued and rehomed through specific Doodle rescue agencies. Rescuing a doodle can be great because often, you are skipping the puppy-stage and while puppies are cute, they are tons of work.
To help you find a Doodle rescue near you, I’ve compiled a list of rescues so you can possibly find a new four-legged member for your family.
Is a Doodle Right for You and Your Family?
Before adopting a doodle, it’s essential to try and decide whether a doodle is right for your family.
Doodles have reputations of being great family dogs, but the amount of work that goes into owning one is often not discussed (which is why so many doods end up in rescues).
I’ve written about our experience owning a Sheepadoodle that you should read as much of it would cover general doodle traits. As a summary:
- Doodles require lots of brushing and grooming (30 minutes – 45 minutes of brushing per day for a large dog if you want to keep their coat long, otherwise they will need to go to the groomer for a shave every six weeks. A groom costs us anywhere from $100-$150).
- Big doodles require lots of exercises, or they can get destructive and bored (I suspect this is why a lot of dogs end up in rescues, not just doodles). Ours receives around 2 hours of mental and physical exercise a day. If you work full time, you might want to consider putting your dog in daycare a couple of times per week. Our daycare is $33 per day (6am-6pm) and is worth every penny to send our dog to once a week!
- Big dogs eat lots! Food gets pricey. We allocate around $100 per month for food.
Keep in mind; the above figures are for a large doodle dog. Ours is 60 pounds. You could easily cut those costs down by rescuing a mini-sized doodle. However, smaller doesn’t mean they don’t require work. You will still need to brush, groom, exercise and train.
If you think a doodle is the right dog for you, take a look below at some of the doodle rescues!
General Doodle Rescues
- Poo Mix Rescue – Shows a listing of doodle-dogs from all over North America that are available to rescue
Doodle Rescues in America
- Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue: Delaware
- Doodle Dandy Rescue: Texas
- Doodle Rock Rescue: Texas
- IDOG Rescue: Texas
Doodle Rescues in Canada
- Canadian English Doodles: Calgary
Doodle Rescues in the UK
How Do I Find a Doodle Rescue Near Me?
After looking at the above list, you may realize that there are a lack of doodle rescues near your town/city. In some cases, you may have to drive to or transport the dog you wish to adopt! It’s worth reaching out to the doodle rescue to see how they work with out-of-town applicants.
Keep in mind that doodle dogs don’t always go to a specific “doodle rescue” and they may end up at your local animal shelter or adoption agency, and you should look to dog shelters as well to see if they have any doodle-dogs available.
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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!