Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I am trying so hard to adopt not buy. I have specific needs for my family. We need a baby to young female doodle. I was ready to pack up and drive 4 hours to go see 3 female puppies tomorrow morning. All 3 were adopted & we are so disappointed. : ( this has happened to us about 5 times already. Should I just buy from a breeder instead. I really wanted to adopt. any suggestions for breeders? We purchased from Glen Eden years ago but are open to new one. Thanks!!!
Let me ask why you want to adopt versus buy. If it's because you are trying to provide a good home to a Doodle in need then you probably aren't going to be able to be real specific about age, sex, etc. If you have very specific requirements then you're probably better off looking for a good breeder. Please check the Recommended Breeders group for advice. I did see on your page that you lost your Doodle this Summer....I'm so very sorry. I hope you find just the right Doodle for your family.
I second Jane's question about why you are earnestly seeking to adopt a dog in need of a home vs. purchase from a breeder. There's nothing wrong or superior about either, it just depends on your wants and needs. Obviously there are fewer choices when you want a rescued/rehomed dog...the market isn't FULL of every size, shape, age, and color like you can find from a breeder. So if your heart is set on rescuing, then you'll need to put in applications to each and every doodle rescue, each and every almost doodle rescue (poodle, retriever, and labrador rescues sometimes will take in doodles) and then keep waiting and searching.
As to recommendations for breeders, here is our DK advice: http://www.doodlekisses.com/notes/What_To_Look_for_In_a_Breeder
I'm very sorry for your loss, Deanna.
Happily for the dogs, the demand for doodles in rescue is much greater than the number available. For every healthy young adult female doodle in rescue in most parts of the country, there are at least 50 good applicants, and for puppies, hundreds. In many cases, the rescue has preapproved applicants who were turned down previously, just because there were so many potential adopters. Being flexible about size, age, sex and color certainly helps improve the chances of successfully adopting.
But it may help you to feel better about purchasing a puppy to know that there are no shortage of homes for every healthy young doodle who is currently homeless. :-)
Thanks everyone. We bought Luna from a breeder 11years ago when the breed was fairly new to the US. We paid a lot of money for her and in return we had a priceless family member. She was soooo incredible. There is not a day that passes that we do not feel her loss. I have no problem purchasing again. I just feel like I wanted to help a dog in need this time around. It is something I always wanted to do. It is my nature. Now that I am opening my heart/home, I figured I would try. I am not in a rush and I scan the web every single day. For now I think that is what I will continue to do. I will try a little longer. Thanks for all of the suggestions & kind words.
Deanna, to help make your search a little easier, here's a link to the DRC regional listings for your area. These are doodles and poodle mixes who are available thru other recues and shelters. They're updated at least weekly: http://doodlerescue.org/group/doodlesinneedinnorthamerica/forum/top...
When we were looking for our second doodle, I filled out applications to DRC, IDOG, and a couple of other local rescues and had specific requirements. Had to be small/medium doodle (to play with Zoe-she's a mini), non shedding (because of my allergies), and we preferred a boy. One of the reps said it is really hard to come by all my requirements especially in Southern California. We found Bender and after about a month one of the rescues contacted me (forgot which one). They had a boy mini doodle that needed a foster or forever home!!! I told them we found a dog and they congratulated us on our new family member but it made me so sad that we couldn't help him. I'm sure he got adopted pretty fast as Karen mentions below that there are many applicants.
Whatever you decide to do... finding a breeder or keep waiting for THE one... i think both are great! Good luck!
So sorry for your loss on your loving doodle.
Yep, it sometimes happens the way it does when someone adopts a human baby and then gets pregnant, lol!
I applied for a lhasa/poodle mix and lost out to another family right before I adopted JD from another rescue group. The week after I adopted him, the first group called me about another poodle mix who had just become available. I'm sure that dog got a good home, too.
Deanna, They are also always looking for foster homes and who knows, you could foster a Doodle that you fall in love with and be a foster failure or find it is not the right match for your home and help find the dog his/her furever home. Just a thought.
I was going to suggest the very same thing. Foster. California's DRC and IDOG doodle rescues are desperately seeking help. You would be helping a dog in dire need and who knows, you may just fall in love with exactly what you were not looking for :) That happens a lot around here.
If you are interested, go to their pages and fill out a foster application also.
"... and who knows, you may just fall in love with exactly what you were not looking for :) That happens a lot around here."
Truer words were never spoken. It happened to me. :)
I always love a happy ending to any story :)
I would consider fostering, my husband is the one who would have trouble with it. He said he would never be able to give a dog up. He would get too attached. I also have children and think it would be hard on them as well. Thanks for the success stories! I do have an adoption app. in at DRC NJ. I live in NY. I need to put one in with IDOG as well.