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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTING AT POODLE RESCUE
What are the prerequisites for being considered as a potential adopter? Adopters must..
- Understand that when you adopt a dog you are making a commitment to love and care for that dog for the duration of its lifetime. Some small poodles live to be 15-18.
- Be willing and able to spend the time and money necessary to care for a pet including exercise, food, shelter, grooming, and vet care, including heartworm preventative.
- Be 21 years of age or older, with a valid driver's license or other photo ID showing your present address.
- Be able to verify that you may have a pet where you live if renting or if living with parents or someone else, and be able to show proof of pet deposit if your landlord requires one.
- Provide the name, address and phone number of your current vet or the vet you will use should you be approved as an adopter
- We are conveniently located at 13302 Schroeder Road, Houston, TX, 77070. See the map on our home page, or dial 281-477-3297 for recorded directions. If you need more help with directions, call 832-294-5800. When you arrive, you will see a sign for Poodle Rescue of Houston. Enter the side gate off the parking lot and go straight back.
- We accept walk-ins from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, every day. No appointment is needed. We'll interview you onsite and if you see a dog you'd like to adopt, you can fill out an application then.
- We typically have about 80 dogs in our program; sometimes less, sometimes more. The best way to see who is available is through Petfinder, where we post photos, videos and personality profiles.
- Visit the dogs at our facility. You will be interviewed by one of the officers of PRH. We want to make sure that the adoption will be successful - a good fit both in temperament and energy levels for you and for the dog.
- If approved, you can then fill out the application. There is no on-line application.
- When you select the dog you want to adopt, you can then pay your full adoption fee (see below).
- As soon as your dog is fully vetted, including spay or neuter, you can take him or her home: sometimes, this is the same day you adopt, but other times it may be a week or so if there is a backlog.
- Adoption fees vary at Poodle Rescue of Houston. Normally, miniatures are $360 for males and females. Puppies, highly desirable young dogs, Toy Poodles and Standard Poodles are more; senior and special needs dogs may be less. PRH accepts cash, Visa or Mastercard.
- Note - Before dogs are released for adoption, they are healthy; spayed or neutered; heartworm tested and treated if positive; parasite negative, and current on all vaccinations. Few shelters provide this level of veterinary care for their animals. We have an on site animal hospital and a staff veterinarian. Based upon the cost of obtaining similar services from a private veterinarian, our adoption fees are a bargain.
- There are a couple of reasons. First, we want to do our best to help you select a dog that is right for you. It is difficult for a prospective adopter to determine this with certainty from a photo or video and personality profile posted on the internet.
- Second we want to make sure that a prospective adopter is the right fit for the dog. That’s where the interview comes in. It’s a very simple interview during which we attempt to make sure in advance that the adoption will be successful. You will be asked a few friendly, simple questions by one of our officers and together, we will attempt to find the right dog for you.
- PRH has play yards where you may interact with the dogs. Three yards provide protection from the sun and rain. All have chairs. If you don’t see dog toys, ask the person helping you for some, as well as a quilt so you can get down on the dog’s level. When interacting with the dogs, please keep in mind the following:
- Dogs are named when we accept them into our program. To get their attention, call them and slap your thigh; however, they may need a little time to get to know you and they may need a few minutes to “do their business”, check out some of the other doggie “pee-mails” and perhaps run off some pent-up energy before you get a sense of their personality. They will appreciate your patience and understanding.
- If you want to adopt a dog for your child or another adult in your family, it is always a good idea to bring them with you to be part of the selection process. Dogs sometimes respond differently to different people.
- Yes - as long as it is current on all vaccinations, we recommend you do so, to get an idea of how they will relate.
- On occasion we have approved out of state adoptions. This is handled on a case by case basis. If you are unable to come to our facility, an in-depth telephone interview will be required. Transport cost is the adopter’s responsibility.
- If their application is approved, can not only adopt a dog when they visit, but often take their new family member home the same day. There are some exceptions. For example, if you select a dog that has recently been accepted into our program and hasn’t been vetted yet, you would need to return to get him when that process has been completed. All dogs must be spayed or neutered before leaving our facility. Dogs needing heartworm treatment have to be confined for 30-60 days.
- Come prepared with a collar or harness and a leash. If you don’t have the proper size, we have inexpensive ones for sale on site. Additionally, there is a pet store nearby. You may also bring a crate if you wish.
- Traveling to a new home may be temporarily stressful to your new buddy so you may want to bring along wet wipes, a towel and a plastic bag.
- If you adopt a dog from us, you will be given his Poodle Rescue of Houston file containing a detailed accounting of his vet care since the day we accepted him into our adoption program. It will clearly state when his next vaccinations are due. This record becomes your property for you to bring to your vet.
- We train our dogs to use doggie doors. These are rescue dogs. We can't guarantee whether a dog is housebroken or not.
- Dogs come to us from a variety of sources. We learn about them over time via daily interactions. We will do our best to tell you what we can about our dogs but the best way for you to learn about them is to come out and interact with them personally so you can form your own opinions.