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Where can you find free poodles for adoption?

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Poodles are adopted for free from some animal shelters and individuals, or for a fee from some pet rescue shelters, or are purchased from dog breeders or pet stores. Websites such as AdoptAPet.com, TheShelterPetProject.org and PetFinder.com help prospective dog owners search for available animals by location and breed. PuppyFind.com lists hundreds of poodle puppies, adult poodles and other dogs for sale.

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AdoptAPet.com lists poodle rescue organizations in 28 states and two Canadian provinces that offer poodles for adoption, with California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Alabama having multiple poodle rescues. The site publishes "Five Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Poodle for Sale From a Store or Poodle Breeder." Among the reasons, adoption is less expensive than purchase, and shelters often offer purebred and healthy mixed-breed dogs, the article says. Adoption often saves the life of a dog that would otherwise be euthanized, and adopted adult dogs are generally easier to care for than puppies. Shelters are well-suited to make a good personality and lifestyle match between a dog and owner.

Some poodle owners looking for a new home for the dog or its puppies advertise pets as "free to a good home." Many shelters charge a fee or ask for a donation to cover operational costs and encourage responsible pet ownership

Nationwide pet supply stores Petco and PetSmart do not sell dogs and instead encourage potential dog owners to adopt from a rescue or shelter rather than buy from a puppy mill or pet store. Both stores often host community adoption events where prospective dog owners are encouraged to adopt dogs in need of a home.

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