Are you looking for a Goldendoodle to adopt but don’t know where to start? There are many ways to find a Goldendoodle in need of a home, but trying to find all those ways can be difficult and time consuming. That is unless you like looking at the internet for hours at a time. This is exactly what I did when we were looking for a doodle. To save you time we have complied a list of the 9 best places to search for a Goldendoodle rescue. Also check out our post on Labradoodle Rescues for more ideas on where to find a rescue.
Understanding a Goldendoodle Rescue
A Goldendoodle is a cross between the fun loving Golden Retriever and the high intelligent Poodle.
The Golden Retriever has always been viewed as a great family dog that loves to be around people. They are forever young at heart. What I mean by this is that they are full of energy even as they age and are always looking to play.
Poodles also make great family dogs. Don’t let their reputation of being aloof fool you. They love to be around people and are always ready for an adventure.
When you cross the two breeds you end up with a high energy, fun loving dog that is a family favorite. You can also end up with a very large dog. When you cross a standard poodle with a Golden Retriever they tend to be bigger than either of the parent breeds.
Common Myths About the Goldendoodle
As great as these dogs are there are a few myths about them that may not be true. Let’s discuss three common myths.
First is the myth about shedding. Although Poodles are considered non-shedding, they do shed, but because they need to be groomed regularly their hair rarely makes it to the floor of your home. Golden Retrievers on the other hand are heavy shedders especially during the change of seasons when they lose their winter coats. When you cross the two breeds you may end up with less shedding but there are no guarantees. Later generation doodles may shed less if they were carefully breed to eliminate shedding.
The second common myth is that they are hypoallergenic. Poodles are considered a hypoallergenic breed meaning they may cause fewer issues for allergy suffers, but no dog breed is completely allergy friendly. Golden Retrievers are more prone to affect allergy suffers. Just like with the shedding, mixing the two breeds does not guarantee you will end up with a hypoallergenic dog. If you really need a hypoallergenic dog either consider getting a poodle or look for a terrier poodle mix where both breeds are considered hypoallergenic.
The last common myth about the Goldendoodle is that they are low maintenance. A Goldendoodle may require more maintenance than either of the parent breeds. Depending on the coat type you may need to brush and line comb your doodle daily to avoid getting mats. A Goldendoodle will also require regular professional grooming to manage the hair.
These myths are some of the reasons why some Goldendoodles end up in need of a new home. Keep reading for more reasons.
Why do Goldendoodles end up in rescues
Goldendoodles find themselves looking for a home for a number of reasons. Most of the reasons are not the dogs fault. Here are a few reasons why Goldendoodle may need a new home.
- The person dies or becomes sick and is unable to care for them – This is a very common reason for people to decide to rehome their Goldendoodle. Because doodles can be such great pets, there was a trend of getting them for older people. But in some cases the dogs outlived their owners.
- Too high of an energy level- Both Golden Retrievers and Poodles are high energy dogs that love to be around their people. They are often billed as the perfect dog but in reality they still need someone that can provide enough stimulation to keep them from getting bored and in trouble.
- Not properly trained by owner – Again Goldendoodles are billed as the perfect dog but they still need someone who can train them properly or are willing to take them to training classes.
- Owners start a family – Because of their high energy level young doodles aren’t always the best dogs to have around young kids. It’s not uncommon for them to accidentally knock over small children. Rather than deal with the issue they are rehomed.
- Allergies – Goldendoodles are often billed as hypoallergenic, but that is not always the case. Allergy suffers might choose to rehome their doodles if it turns out they are allergic to them.
How much is it to adopt a Goldendoodle Rescue?
Because Goldendoodles are very popular is it common to pay higher adoption fees for them. Adoption costs can range between $200 and $1000 to adopt a Goldendoodle. Getting your doodle from a local shelter will generally result in a lower fee, but rescue groups may charge a high fee to offset the costs of medical care.
How to find a Goldendoodle Rescue near me?
You can find Goldendoodles in need of a home at local rescues or shelters from time to time, but there are also rescues that specialize in Goldendoodles. These places may have an agreement with local shelters to take these dogs before they are available to the public. In addition to looking for rescues that specialize in doodles also look for rescues that specialize in Poodles and Golden Retrievers. Often these rescues will help mixed breed dogs too.
Goldendoodle Rescue: The 9 Best Places to Look for One
Disclosure: We do not endorse any of the groups or websites listed in this post. Please make sure you do your research.
Petfinder.com is one of the best places to start looking for a Goldendoodle. This is how we found our doodle at a local rescue organization. Unlike individual rescue sites that only list their available dogs, Petfinder.com lists 1,000’s of dogs from all different types of rescues and local shelters making it a one stop place to look for your future best friend.
But that doesn’t mean you need to sort through every dog that is available to find a Goldendoodle. Petfinder.com makes it easy to filter your search results to only the types of dogs you are looking for, including the breed. Even though Goldendoodles are not a recognized breed by the AKC, PetFinder.com does list them as a breed. You can also filter by age, size, gender and a few more categories.
Petfinder.com also gives you the option to setup email notifications to let you know when a new dog is listed that matches your criteria.
2. IDOG Rescue
Another great place to search is the IDOG Rescue group based in Houston, Texas. Even though IDOG is based in Texas they serve Goldendoodles in need throughout the US by using a network of volunteers that rescue and foster Goldendoodles where they are. The volunteers have working relationships with local shelters that inform them when they get a Goldendoodle in. This allows the group to get the dogs out of the shelter environment and into a home quickly.
They also work with individuals that need to rehome their Goldendoodle. IDOG rescue not only helps Goldendoodle, they also help all types of poodle mixes find a new home.
According to their website IDOG has successfully helped place over 2,600 dogs into their new forever homes.
3. Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR)
You might have noticed that the DVGRR doesn’t have doodle in its name. That’s because they started out as a Golden Retriever rescue. But one day they received a call that there were 24 Goldendoodles in need of rescue after a nearby breeding operation was closed. How could they not help? After all, the dogs were half of their own beloved breed. Shortly after more Doodles began to arrive at their door step and they decided to add Doodles to their mission.
DVGRR has placed more than 5,500 Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Goldendoodles and Labradoodle since 1993. Today DVGRR not only helps rescue dogs but also helps people rehome their dogs when they are no longer able to care for them. This service helps keep the dogs out of the shelters.
4. Doodle Rescue Collective
The Doodle Rescue Collective is another rescue organization that specializes in rehoming Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and every other kind of Doodle. Based in Warwick, RI, the Doodle Rescue Collective specializes in rescuing doodles from shelters. They also run a rehoming program for doodle owners that need to find a new home for their dog.
The collective consists of over 1,000 registered volunteers in the USA and parts of Canada. Volunteers work with local shelters to place doodles in need of a safe home in foster homes until a permanent home can be found.
According to their website they have saved and placed over 4,000 doodle dogs through their “Rescue/Rehome Program.”
5. Doodle Rock Rescue
Doodle Rock Rescue is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. The foster-based organization specializes in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming all types of poodle mixes (doodles). Due to their home visit requirement they will only allow people who live within 350 miles of Dallas, TX to adopt dogs in their care.
The Doodle Rock Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed more than 900 dogs in need since their start in 2017. The Doodle Rock Rescue specializes in helping dogs in South Texas shelters. Theses shelter have some of the highest euthanasia rates in the nation.
6. Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue
The Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue specializes in Poodles; Poodle mixes and other non-shedding hypoallergenic companion dogs. Located in Fairfax, Virginia their primary service area is Northern Virginia. Like many of the other rescues on our list they use foster homes to house and evaluate dogs in their care before putting them up for adoption.
Established in 2013, SCPR has helped over 800 dogs find permanent homes.
7. Golden Retriever Rescue Resource
Golden Retriever Rescue Resource, GRRR, Inc. specializes in re-homing abandoned strays & unwanted Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixed dogs. They serve Ohio, Michigan & Indiana. They limit their range of adoptions to places where they can do a home visit.
The Golden Retriever Rescue Resource is an all-volunteer non-profit golden retriever rescue
8. GRIN Rescue
The GRIN in GRIN Rescue doesn’t just stand for the wonderful smiles Goldendoodles have, it also stands for Golden Retrievers In Need. This rescue specializes in Golden Retrievers (of course) and also Golden Retriever Mixes.
GRIN is a non-profit organization that is totally staffed by volunteers and has over 500 active members. GRIN does not have a facility. They are a network of volunteers and foster homes scattered throughout Northeast Ohio and Western PA.
If you are interested in a younger dog GRIN has a waiting list for younger dogs. They recommend that if you are interested in adopting a younger dog that you apply in advance of seeing a younger dog on their website. Their approval process takes about 2-4 weeks.
9. Doodle Dandy Rescue
Doodle Dandy Rescue is a foster-based rescue, with volunteers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. This is a 100% volunteer rescue. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate & rehome all types of Doodle dog in their service area. They only allow adoptions to people who live within a 5 hour drive of the main location outside of Dallas.
How to Increase Your Odds of Being Selected for a Goldendoodle Rescue
- Don’t be too specific in what you are looking for. – Wanting a Goldendoodle is fine but wanting a female Goldendoodle, that is under 6 months old and blonde in color may be too limiting. It will also turn off rescue groups that put a priority on finding the dogs the best homes possible.
- Make sure you meet the requirements – Many rescues organizations have rules in place, like how far away you can live or if you need a fenced in yard. Read all the materials the rescue group provides including how the process works and what are the requirements to adopt. There is no point in applying for a dog if you don’t qualify in the first place.
- Keep an eye on Social Media accounts for your favorite rescue groups. Often they will post advanced pictures of incoming dogs before they list the dogs on their own website or petfinder.com
- Signup for updates – If the rescue you are interested in uses Twitter or Facebook make sure you sign up for notifications.
- Get your personal references in order before you apply. Rescue groups want to make sure you will be a good pet parent. One of the ways they do this is to ask for personal reference and also one from your veterinarian.
- Understand that the process takes time. Rescue groups never know when they will get a dog in. On top of that they need to take time to evaluate the dogs to see if they are heathy or they have any behavioral issues. If you are inpatient and pressure the rescue group there is a chance they will decide that you are not a good fit.
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Goldendoodle Rescue Resources:
- Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA)