If you are looking for an Aussiedoodle rescue, but don’t know where to start we are here to help.
The Aussiedoodle became popular shortly after the doodle boom began, Their popularity was due in part to their unique looking coats and teddy bear faces.
Unfortunately people fell in love with the look of the dog without understanding what they were really like. This resulted in a lot of Aussiedoodles looking for a new home.
Since that time people have become educated about the breed. They have learned that the Aussiedoodle is an energetic dog that needs an active lifestyle. This is good for the Aussiedoodle, but if you are looking to adopt one, it makes finding one more difficult.
However you can still find one if you know where to look and you are patient.
But before we get into where to look, let’s discuss what an Aussiedoodle is and if you should even get one.
What is an Aussiedoodle?
The Aussiedoodle is an Australian Shepherd and Poodle crossbreed.
Like other types of doodles, Aussiedoodles come in a few different sizes. These sizes are; standard doodle, mini doodle and micro doodle. The size is determined by the size of the poodle that is used in breeding.
What do you call an Australian Shepherd and Poodle crossbreed?
An Australian Shepherd and Poodle crossbreed is often referred to as an Aussiedoodle. However there are a few other names they can go by.
When they were first bred in the US, Aussiedoodles went by the name Australian Poodles. Since then the name has morphed into Aussiepoodle, Aussiepoo and Aussiedoodle.
When searching for one be sure to use all the possible names.
Should You Adopt an Aussiedoodle Rescue?
The Aussiedoodle is a wonderful dog for the right person. But they are not right for everyone.
As I already mentioned above, Aussiedoodles are a crossbreed of an Australian Shepherd and Poodle. Both of these parent breeds are energetic, active and very smart.
Aussiedoodles make excellent companions for active people who have the ability to spend a lot of time with their dog.
This means lots of mental training, and activities like running, or hiking. They make excellent frisbee players and excel in agility training. They do not want to lay around or be alone for long periods of time.
However Aussiedoodles are not good for first time dog owners. Due to their intelligence and the fact the Australian Shepherd is bred to be independent, they don’t always listen. They need an experienced dog person to guide them in a firm but kind way.
Is the Aussiedoodle right for you?
If you do not maintain an active lifestyle or you are a first time dog owner, an Aussiedoodle is not the best choice for you. You should either look for a different breed or look to adopt an older Aussiedoodle that is already trained and has started to slow down.
Are Aussiedoodles high maintenance dogs?
Another important fact to consider about the doodle is that they have high maintenance coats. Unless your Aussiedoodle inherited the straight coat of the Australian Shepherd, they will need to be brushed a few times a week.
The longer and curlier the coat is the more maintenance they will need. You also need to factor in the cost to have them professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks.
Alternatives to the Aussiedoodle
At this point you may be wondering if an Aussiedoodle is right for you. If that is the case you can check out our other rescue posts; Goldendoodle Rescues, Labradoodle Rescues, Bernedoodle Rescues, Sheepadoodle Rescue, Doodle Rescues, and Poodle Rescues to see if one of the other poodle crossbreeds is a better fit.
Or maybe you want a smaller doodle? Check out these other small, low shed dog breeds: Cavapoo Rescue, Cockapoo Rescue Maltipoo Rescue and Shih Tzu Rescue
Where to Look for an Aussiedoodle Rescue?
The best places to look for an Aussiedoodle rescue are at breed specific rescue groups that also help mix breed dogs that are part of the specific-breed.
In this case we looked for Australian Shepherd Rescue groups and Poodle Rescue that also help mix breeds. Our list comprises the places with the best chance of having an Aussiedoodle.
Please note, we provide a general overview of the rescue based on information gathered, however you must verify all information with the rescue including eligibility requirements and the application process.
1. Australian Shepherds Furever
Service Area: Continental United States
First on our list is Australian Shepherds Furever (ASF). ASF was established in 2013, as a National Non Profit 501(C)(3) Corporation. They are dedicated to saving Australian Shepherds across the nation.
Australian Shepherds Furever has a team of volunteer staff located throughout the continental US that look for Australian Shepherds and crossbreeds in need of rescue. They are saved from shelters, deplorable living conditions or other undesirable circumstances.
Please find some highlights of the adoption process. Please visit their website to confirm all information listed here and for additional information.
- The first step in the adoption process is to fully complete an Adoption Application which can be found on their website.
- Next a volunteer will review the application. The review process takes at least a week, or more.
- If approved, the application will be sent to the foster home where the dog is located.
- Next is a meet and greet with the dog and all of your family members including your current pets.
- References are checked and a home check may be performed before the application can move forward.
For additional information please visit their website
2. Aussie And Me Animal Rescue (AAMAR)
Service Area: Florida
The next Australian Shepherd Rescue on our list is Aussie And Me Animal Rescue (AAMAR). Aussie And Me Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization, located in Florida.
They are dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs from high kill shelters. They also offer rehoming services for owners who can no longer care for their Aussie.
Although they specialize in the herding breeds like the Australian Shepherd and Border Collie, they are not a breed-specific rescue. Meaning you can also find a poodle crossbreed here too.
Aussie and Me Animal Rescue is a foster home based rescue. Dogs are placed into foster homes where they stay until they are ready for adoption. There the dogs can learn to trust people in a safe, comfortable environment.
This is a broad view of the adoption process. Please visit their website for more information and to confirm all information listed here.
- The first step is to complete and submit an adoption application.
- Once the application is submitted you will receive an email outlining the adoption procedure.
- You are required to respond back to the email in order for the process to continue.
- Please visit their website for more information.
3. Carolina Poodle Rescue
Service Area: South Carolina, North Carolina and surrounding areas.
The Carolina Poodle Rescue is a no-kill/limited entry private rescue group. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that started out as Poodle Rescue but has since opened their doors to poodle cross breeds and other dogs in need, including Australian Shepherds.
Located in the northern part of South Carolina, the Carolina Poodle Rescue maintains a physical location called Dreamweaver Farm where most of their dogs reside.
The farm, which can hold over 150 animals, acts as both a place for rescue dogs to stay while being evaluated and as a sanctuary for senior or special needs dogs.
To be eligible to adopt from Carolina Poodle Rescue you must be willing to go to the farm to meet the volunteers and dogs.
Here is a broad overview of the adoption process. Please visit their website to confirm all information listed here.
- First you need to complete the Adoption Application.
- Then go through a screening process before you can visit the farm to meet their dogs.
- They do not adopt to families with children under age 5.
- Check out their website for more information on the process.
4. IDOG Rescue
Service Area: US and parts of Canada
IDOG rescue is a not-for-profit dog rescue based in Houston, Texas, but helps poodle crossbreeds find new homes throughout the United States and parts of Canada.
While their website states they are dedicated to the protection of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, they help all types of poodle cross breeds including Aussiedoodles.
IDOG has a network of volunteers that work with shelters around the country to pull doodles as quickly as possible. Once they are removed from a shelter, dogs are placed in foster homes.
Here is a quick look at the adoption process. Please visit their website to find out more.
- The first step in the adoption process is to complete the application. IDOG Rescue states that you must complete their adoption screening process prior to meeting a dog.
- In addition to the completed application, the adoption screening process includes a phone interview, veterinarian and personal reference checks and a home visit.
- The application process can take between 2 to 4+ weeks to complete.
- IDOG does not ship dogs. Applicants must live within a reasonable distance to where the dog is being fostered and be willing to come meet the dog.
5. Doodle Rock Rescue
Service Area: Dallas, TX and surrounding areas (within 350 miles.)
Doodle Rock Rescue (DRR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dog rescue located in Dallas, Texas. The volunteer-based rescue group received a Gold Seal from Guide Star for their transparency.
Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, neglected, and abandoned poodle mixes from all over the United States.
But their main focus is on helping dogs in South Texas shelters, where there are high euthanasia rates.
At the time of this writing they even had an Aussiedoodle named Maya who was looking for her forever home. See picture above.
While they offer rescue and rehoming services for dogs in need all across the United States, they only adopt out to people who live within 350 miles of Dallas, TX.
In addition to offering rescue and rehoming services, DRR also opened the CHEW Animal Clinic. The goal of this clinic is to provide high quality, yet affordable veterinarian care.
CHEW offers their services to local shelters, other animal rescue groups and qualified families within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They also provide on-site group training to assist families and rescue partners with mild behavioral concerns.
DRR maintains both an available dogs list and an upcoming dogs list. Dogs on the upcoming list are dogs that are not yet available for adoption but should be soon.
When looking for a dog at DRR, look at both lists even though you will not be able to apply for the ones on the upcoming lists yet.
- You first need to complete a separate adoption application to start the process.
- If you are interested in more than one dog you must complete an application for each dog.
- After the application has been reviewed you will be notified if you are selected.
- All others will receive an automatic response within 3 weeks.
- Please review the website to confirm this information and for additional requirements.
6. Doodle Rescue Collective, Inc. Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Rescue
Service Area: USA and parts of Canada
Founded in 2008 the Doodle Rescue Collective (DRC) started out helping Labradoodle and Goldendoodles in need of a home.
But as more types of doodles needed help to find a forever home they expanded their mission. Now they help all types of doodles, including Aussiedoodles and Bernedoodles.
While they are based in Warwick, RI, the Doodle Rescue Collective Inc. maintains a network of over 800 registered volunteers. These volunteers are located throughout the USA and parts of Canada.
Volunteers work with their local shelter to remove doodles from the shelter environment. They are then placed in a foster home while they wait to be adopted.
They also run a rehoming program for doodle owners that need to find a new home for their dog.
As with many of the rescues listed here, the Collective bases their adoption decisions on the needs of the dog.
The Doodle Rescue Collective also has strict rules about who they will consider for adoption.
- You must be a minimum of 21 years of age
- They do not adopt rescue doodles to families with children under 10 years of age.
- Nor do they allow adoptions to families with children between 10 -16 years of age without a yard adjacent to the home that is surrounded by a physical fence of at least 4′ in height.
- They do not allow adoptions to first time dog owners.
While this may seem harsh you need to realize that rescue dogs are not perfect. These requirements help to make the best life for a rescue dog.
- To start the adoption process you must complete the online application.
- They also require multiple phone interviews, reference and vet checks and a home visit when possible.
As always please visit their website to get the latest most up-to-date information.
7. Doodle Dandy Rescue
Service Area: Dallas and surrounding areas
Doodle Dandy Rescue (DDR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue located in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. In addition to their main location they also have satellites in Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
They have over 500 active volunteers that provide rescue, and foster services to all types of doodles in need.
Doodle Dandy Rescue prefers to only adopt out to people who live within 500 miles of the main location.
All adoptable doodles spend at least three weeks with a DDR foster family to discover their needs and personality. This allows DDR the ability to select the right person for the dog.
In order to be eligible to adopt, you must be willing to come to where the dog is fostered. You must be able to go for a meet and greet and also to pick up the dog if you are selected.
- The first step is to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements per the DDR website
- Next you need to complete an adoption application.
- A separate application must be completed for each dog you are interested in.
- It can take 1 to 3 weeks to complete the adoption process at Doodle Dandy Rescue.
- Home visits are required.
To learn more check out their website.
Okay, so Petfinder is not a rescue. But it is a rescue listing site. But 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.
When researching rescues for this post I found 6 Aussiedoodles, across the country that were looking for a home. None of these dogs were with a Poodle or Australian Shepherd rescue. A few were at local city shelters.
However, not all rescues use Petfinder.com, which is why you also need to check on the individual websites of the rescues listed above.
Petfinder.com does make it easy to search for an Aussiedoodle since they list it as a breed type. You can also control how far away you can search. Other search functions include, age, size, gender and a few more categories.
When looking for an Aussiedoodle on Petfinder also look for poodles and Australian Shepherds. Sometimes they will only be listed by the parent breeds so they do not come up in the search for Aussiedoodles.
Petfinder.com also gives you the option to set up email notifications to let you know when a new dog is listed that matches your criteria.
Do you have any tips on how to find an Aussiedoodle Rescue?