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Does this seem like a legit rescue?
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We are hoping to go see this dog, but I emailed asking about their 501(c)(3) number, as I cannot locate it on their website or their Adopt-a-Pet page, and I've received no reply. Wondering if anyone…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shannon Ahern May 21, 2014.

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Where are you located?
Los Angeles
Tell us about yourself and how we might help you:
My husband fell in love with a very large Goldendoodle that runs at the Rose Bowl on the weekends, and has expressed his desire for one like that he can run with and bond with. Back when he lived in MN, he had a standard poodle he loved to run with.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs as an adult, with vet records in your own name (not parents' names)?
We have 3 cats. Our close neighbor has a chihuahua with whom all the cats get along fine, and one of our cats uses their doggie door and spends about 65% of its time at their house! We also have a snake and a bearded dragon (neither of which roam the house!).
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
As I noted above, my husband has fallen in love with a large Goldendoodle that runs at the Rose Bowl on the weekends sometimes. He's interacted with it and has expressed a desire to get a large Goldendoodle he could run with every day.

Additionally, we would be looking for one of the less-allergenic-coated Doodles. My husband has no allergies, but 2 of my stepkids in MN do (which is why they have Maltese in their home there), so the Poodle-ish coat would be prferred.
Have you read our adoption policies, located under the "About DRC" tab?
On the application, yes.
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Yes, and we would be seeking a less-allergenic one, since they can run the spectrum of fur/hair types. We do not care about shedding, though. That's why there's Roomba! ;-)
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
I have experience rescuing and fostering and placing cats and litters of kittens in a non-formal way (but I love doing it!). Also, my stepmother, Emmylou Harris, runs a dog rescue in Nashville, TN. All my cats are rescues or from litters I rescued/fostered.

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At 6:15pm on May 20, 2014, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

Hi Sharon,   Our Southern California Group is going to meet at Ocean Beach (Dog Beach) in San Diego on June 15th.  I would enjoy meeting you and I'll bet you would enjoy meeting some more doodles - big and small ones. It would give you a very realistic peek at more doodles - size, behavior, etc.  Here is a link to that event.  It is posted on website.

I think the rescues you described were just puppy mills in disguise. Good for you to realize it and step away.

On doodlekisses there is a guide to finding a reputable breeder if you decide to go that route.  Here is a link to that guide:

At 1:25pm on April 28, 2014, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…
Hi Shannon, If you would like to meet more doodles to see them with all their variations and sizes, join and join the Southern California group. We meet up about once a month, usually at Arbor Dog Park in Seal Beach. These events are posted in the So. Cal Group.
If you are looking for a dog and allergies are a concern, you should know that there is truly not a hypoallergenic dog breed, however 'non-shedding' dogs tend to be more allergy friendly - this usually is a more poodle type coat, but not always. Here is a link to the most allergy friendly breeds:
While doodles are great dogs, not all of them are non-shedding or allergy friendly and there is a coat change from pup to adult that can cause a change in your allergic reactions to them. Here is an article about determining your allergy level with a particular doodle. If you are still interested in adopting a doodle (that may or may not be allergy friendly) be sure to read our DRC ADOPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
You might want to get an application on file.
Check the OUR ADOPTABLE DOODLES section. When you are looking at the pictures, notice that the two letters in front of the dog’s name mean the state they are being fostered in. While the DRC allows out of state applicants, they cannot transport the rescues and will not let them fly, so you need to be within driving distance of the foster. If you have an application on file and you see a dog under the DRC’s care, you can send an e-mail to: stating that you have an application on file and would like to be considered for (name of dog).
Here are some additional ideas for finding a rescue doodle:
1. Here is an article on what a doodle really is:
2. Click on the REGIONAL LISTINGS section which lists poodles and mixes from other organizations and shelters around the country -- click "Follow" right below where it says "Replies Are Closed For This Discussion" and you will get email notifications when new listings are added;
3. Here is a helpful article on how to find a doodle on Petfinder and in shelters:
4. PETFINDER (putting in all zip codes within your driving distance) as well as possible dog breeds that could be doodles starting with poodle which will include poodle mixes; Sometimes doodles are listed as terrier mixes;
5. GOOGLE in shelters and humane societies within your driving range. Check their sites often.
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