Please read our adoption policies.

Please ESPECIALLY note:

We do not adopt to homes with children under the age of 10, and if they have not lived with a dog in the home before, the minimum age is 16

We do not adopt to first time dog owners. You must have owned a dog AS AN ADULT and have vet records in your own name. 

Please also note the following:

It is not true that labradoodles and goldendoodles are hypo-allergenic, allergy-friendly, or non-shedding. The poodle's coat does not automatically cancel out the heavily shedding coats of the retrievers. There are many doodles who do shed and are not allergy friendly. In fact, 70% of all first cross doodles (50/50 retriever-poodle mix) do shed, some quite heavily. This is one reason doodles lose their homes in the first place. The fact that your friend's goldendoodle doesn't affect your allergies doesn't mean that another goldendoodle won't. They are all different, and there is huge variation from one to another, even within the same litter. The genetic makeup of each individual doodle is unique to that particular dog. These are mixes, and they do not breed "true" as purebreds do. 
Also, puppies experience a coat change around a year old, so a puppy who does not shed or affect your allergies very well might do both as an adult. If you have dog allergies, please adopt a purebred that is known to be consistently non-shedding such as a Poodle, Wheaten Terrier, Bouvier, Schnauzer, Bichon, Havanese, etc.,  or a poodle mix in which all breeds involved are non-shedding, i.e. yorkie-poo, westie-poo, schnoodles, bichon-poo, etc.

A goldendoodle does not necessarily have the temperament of a Golden Retriever with the coat and/or intelligence of a Poodle. Genetics don't work that way. It is just as likely that a goldendoodle will have the temperament of a Poodle with the coat and/or intelligence of a Golden Retriever, or any combination thereof. The same is true of labradoodles. These are mixed breeds, and no two are alike, in personality, temperament, or appearance.

No dog is born "good with children". Temperament depends on many factors. Many doodles are given up by their owners because of issues with children. All dogs need training, and all children need supervision and guidance on how to interact with dogs. These are living, feeling, thinking beings, not stuffed toys. No matter how old your children are, how responsible they are, or how much they want a dog, the dog will be your responsibility and will belong to you. Would you want a dog if you didn't have kids? 

Many goldendoodles and labradoodles are extremely high energy, high maintenance dogs. They are a mix of two sporting breeds, and sporting dogs have the highest exercise requirement of any of the breed groups. They are runners, jumpers and leapers. Doodles require a lot of grooming, a lot of exercise, (including off-leash exercise in a secure area), and a lot of training, and all of that adds up to several hours a week. Many of these dogs end up in rescue because their owners did not realize how much time owning a doodle requires. 

It is not true that doodles are healthier than purebred Poodles or Retrievers.

Many of the same genetic diseases run in both Poodles and in Labs or Goldens. Parents do not have to be related or of the same breed to pass on the same genetic illness or condition. Every disease or illness that is found in Poodles or Retrievers is also seen in goldendoodles and labradoodles, at about the same frequency. 

Please do not do your research on breeders' websites. You wouldn't choose a make of car based on the manufacturer's advertising or sales pitch, please don't choose a dog that way, either. If all of the information on the internet about these dogs was true, "Great with kids", "perfect family dog", non-shedding", "low maintenance", etc, there would not be any doodles being rehomed and none of them would be homeless.

Also, if you are looking for a "mini" doodle, you should also consider other breeds and mixes. There are dozens of non-shedding, allergy-friendly small breeds in rescue. Not much of the laid back, "good old boy" personality of the retrievers is left in the mini-doodles, anyway, and they are relatively rare in rescue. 


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How do we see which doodles are up for adoption?

Not all of the dogs in the program are listed; those who are are featured on the front page in the Petfinder listing section and also under the Adopt a Doodle tab up top. But if you wait until you see a picture of a particular dog you think you are interested in, you may be too late; we have lots of approved applications on file and many dogs are adopted before they are ever listed. It's always best to just submit an application. 

The article confirmed what we have experienced with all 4 of our doodles and we've had all kinds of health problems with 3 of them, but we do not regret any of the time or cost to keep them healthy. They have given our lives amazing riches.

First off let me say what a well done educational web page. Bravo!

So here's my two questions: Why am I only seeing 2 dogs that were Adopted. Are there no more available (hard to believe) Or am I doing something wrong?

Secondly, can i fill out an application to be put on file or only when I'm interested in a particular dog? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Brian. 

Hi Brian,
There are always at least a dozen available dogs in our program, but they are not always listed. Reasons may be that they are still being evaluated, biographies have not yet been written or posted, or Petfinder is down. because we are all volunteers, there are many higher priorities than writing up dog listings: saving the dogs, vetting the dogs, finding fosters, etc. And we always have many approved applicants waiting. If we receive 20 good applications for a single dog, we can only choose one, so 19 homes will be waiting for another good match. So quite often, when a new dog comes into our program, they are adopted without ever being listed anywhere. Our adoption director knows she has a good home in X location who is looking for, let's say a medium sized female who is good with other dogs. A medium sized female who is good with other dogs and is within reasonable distance of X location comes in and our adoption director contacts that family. And so on, you get the idea.
What this means is that you should submit an application to be put on file. People who wait to apply until they see a dog who appeals to them may miss out. 

Hi Karen & Jackdoodle,

Thanks you for the quick response and informed feedback. I will fill out the application to begin the process.

Happy New Year, Brian

Thanks all....  We are getting records together and will respond shortly.

With appreciation,

Linda & Skip Graf

Hi Linda, 
I'm not sure what records you are getting together, but if you are looking to adopt, all that is needed initially is to submit an application. And there is no need to "respond" to anything here on the website. This is for informational purposes only. Everything realted to adoption happens privately via email with the rescue directors, never in the public forum here, and our adoption director doesn;t even see these responses to this informational post. 

I understand and agree to all that’s been written here.

Agree you certainly have covered so many issues; appreciated. I agree & understand everything that has been written. Thank you for being so through.
I agree and understand.
I agree and understand!!!!! Thank You!


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