We are continuing to slowly build our adoptable pet population. We will attemp to keep petfinder.com as up-to-date as possible. Please bear in mind that we accept new dogs into our adoption program every week. Also we almost always have a number of dogs in quarantine who are not yet ready to meet adopters. These will be added to our list of adoptable dogs as soon as they are ready.
What are the prerequisites for being considered as a potential adopter? Adopters must..
· Understand that when you adopt a dog you are making a commitment to love and care for that dog for the duration of its lifetime. Some small poodles live to be 15-18.
· Be willing and able to spend the time and money necessary to care for a pet including exercise, food, shelter, grooming, and vet care, including heartworm preventative.
· Be 21 years of age or older, with a valid driver's license or other photo ID showing your present address.
· Be able to verify that you may have a pet where you live if renting or if living with parents or someone else, and be able to show proof of pet deposit if your landlord requires one.
· Provide the name, address and phone number of your current vet or the vet you will use should you be approved as an adopter
Where is Poodle Rescue of Houston located, and what are your hours of operation?
· We are located at 13302 Schroeder Road, Houston, TX, 77070. See the map on our home page, or dial 281-477-3297 for recorded directions. When you arrive, you will see a sign for Poodle Rescue of Houston. Enter the side gate off the parking lot and go straight back. If that gate is locked, inquire at Prestonwood Kennels.
· Our temporary hours are 11am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays. Other weekend times and weekdays are by appointment only. We'll interview you onsite and if you see a dog you'd like to adopt, you can fill out an application then.
How many dogs do you have in your adoption program? Can I see who is available?
We are reorganizing and slowly building up our adoptable dog population. The best way to see available dogs is through prh.petfinder.com where we post photos and other information.
What are the steps to adoption?
· Visit the dogs at our facility. You will be interviewed by one of the officers of PRH. We want to make sure that the adoption will be successful - a good fit both in temperament and energy levels for you and for the dog.
· If approved, you can then fill out the application. There is no on-line application.
· When you select the dog you want to adopt, you can then pay your full adoption fee (see below).
· As soon as your dog is fully vetted, including spay or neuter, you can take him or her home: often, this is the same day you adopt, but other times it may be longer.
What are your adoption fees?
· Adoption fees vary at Poodle Rescue of Houston. Normally, miniatures range from $260 - $360. Puppies, highly desirable young dogs, Toy Poodles and Standard Poodles can be more; senior and special needs dogs may be less. PRH accepts cash, Visa or Mastercard. 100% of our adoption fees goes to the care and well-being of our dogs.
Note - Before dogs are released for adoption, they are healthy; spayed or neutered; heartworm tested and treated if positive; parasite negative, and current on all vaccinations. Few shelters provide this level of veterinary care for their animals. Based upon the cost of obtaining similar services from a private veterinarian, our adoption fees are a bargain
Why is it important for me to visit the dogs at your facility?
· First, we want to do our best to help you select a dog that is right for you. It is difficult for a prospective adopter to determine this with certainty from a photo or video and personality profile posted on the internet.
· Second we want to make sure that a prospective adopter is the right fit for the dog. That’s where the interview comes in. It’s a very simple interview during which we attempt to make sure in advance that the adoption will be successful. You will be asked a few friendly, simple questions by one of our officers and together, we will attempt to find the right dog for you.
What’s the best way to get to know a dog I may be interested in?
· PRH has play yards where you may interact with the dogs. Three yards provide protection from the sun and rain. All have chairs. If you don’t see dog toys, ask the person helping you for some, as well as a quilt so you can get down on the dog’s level.
· When interacting with the dogs, please keep in mind the following: Dogs are named when we accept them into our program. To get their attention, call them and slap your thigh; however, they may need a little time to get to know you and they may need a few minutes to “do their business”, check out some of the other doggie “pee-mails” and perhaps run off some pent-up energy before you get a sense of their personality. They will appreciate your patience and understanding.
· If you want to adopt a dog for your child or another adult in your family, it is always a good idea to bring them with you to be part of the selection process. Dogs sometimes respond differently to different people.
If I currently have a dog, may I bring it with me when I visit?
Yes - as long as it is current on all vaccinations, we recommend you do so, to get an idea of how they will relate.
Do you approve out of state adoptions?
On occasion we have approved out of state adoptions. This is handled on a case by case basis. If you are unable to come to our facility, an in-depth telephone interview will be required. Transport cost is the adopter’s responsibility.
If I adopt a dog, when can I take it home?
· If your application is approved, you can adopt a dog when you visit and often take him home the same day.
· There are some exceptions. For example, if you select a dog that has recently been accepted into our program and hasn’t been vetted yet, you would need to return to get him when that process has been completed. All dogs must be spayed or neutered before leaving our facility. Dogs needing heartworm treatment have to be confined for 30-60 days.
What should I bring with me in case I adopt a dog that is ready to go home the same day I visit?
· Come prepared with a collar or harness and a leash. If you don’t have the proper size, we have inexpensive ones for sale on site. Additionally, there is a pet store nearby. You may also bring a crate if you wish.
· Traveling to a new home may be temporarily stressful to your new buddy so you may want to bring along wet wipes, a towel and a plastic bag.
How will I know what vet care my dog has received and when his next vaccinations are due?
If you adopt a dog from us, you will be given his Poodle Rescue of Houston file containing a detailed accounting of his vet care since the day we accepted him into our adoption program. It will clearly state when his next vaccinations are due. This record becomes your property for you to bring to your vet.
Can you tell me which dogs are housebroken?
We train our dogs to use doggie doors. We can't guarantee whether or not a dog is housebroken.
Can you tell me if the dog I’m interested in is good with cats, children, seniors, etc?
Dogs come to us from a variety of sources. We learn about them over time via daily interactions. We will do our best to tell you what we can about our dogs but the best way for you to learn about them is to come out and interact with them personally so you can form your own opinions.
Please visit our website at www.poodlerescueofhouston.org. We are also on Facebook @Poodle.Rescue. You can also check out our YouTube channel at poodlesofhouston.
We are located at 13302 Schroeder Rd., Houson TX 77077. Our facility is on the grounds of Prestonwood Kennels. Our current hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-3pm. Other weekend times and weekdays may be available by appointment only. For appointments please call 713-504-1224.
We look forward to seeing you.