You have several options for sources when rescuing a poodle, including local shelters, breed-specific rescue organizations and breeders looking to re-home older dogs. Once you complete your research to determine that a poodle suits your lifestyle, you are prepared to pursue any of these rescue avenues.
To avoid having to take a dog back or find yet another new home for the dog, the primary concern for any organization looking to place or re-home dogs is whether the breed in question is suitable for an applicant's lifestyle. Any size poodle requires ample exercise and a yard, as well as dedication to routine grooming and preventive veterinary care. You must recognize the responsibility and financial commitment involved in taking a poodle into your home.
The Poodle Club of America features a network of breeders as well as a sister organization dedicated exclusively to the rescue of the breed. Along with the required questionnaire and application, you must include personal and veterinary references to ensure you are a suitable match for a rescue dog. Once you have been approved, patience is key, as there may not immediately be a dog available that fits your profile. Similarly, the Poodle Club may also be able to put you in touch with breeders who have older puppies they are looking to place in a home.
Local shelters or all-breed rescue organizations may occasionally have purebred poodles. You can also consider if you'd be happy with a poodle mix. Using a site like Petfinder can help you search for available poodles in a given radius. This route requires the completion of an application and waiting for approval.