Hi Eleanor and welcome! Have you considered adopting a puppy from a reputable breeder if you are having trouble finding a rescue? Are you familiar with DoodleKisses.com? Here is a link to the site and the page on what to look for in a breeder:
I think that most reputable rescue organizations require that you live within a certain distance of them because they prefer to do home visits(not always) before approving an adoption. So I understand that it does reduce the number of dogs that would be available to you. Nancy gave you good advice about filling in your application with the DRC immediately and not waiting until you find a dog that you are interesting in adopting. Doodles are very popular so there are people who have applied and are waiting for the doodle that matches them to be available.
Good luck with your search and remember that there is a special dog out there who is just for YOU! You will find your special doodle! :)
Welcome! Be sure to fill out an application (form at the top of the page), check the Adoptable Pets on our home page. When you are looking at the Adoptable Pet 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. Also click on the Doodles in Need section, and check Petfinder (putting in all zip codes within driving distance), and google in shelters and humane societies within your driving range. Check back often.