If you are interested in adopting from a poodle rescue, you need to understand that there is an adoption process you will be required to go through. The rescue will not simply hand over a poodle because you wish to adopt one.

The following is what you need to be aware of when it comes to most poodle rescues and their adoption policies –

The terms stated in the adoption contract are not negotiable – All adoption contracts that are signed cannot be altered. An adoption application created by the poodle rescue is designed to protect both you and the dog. Therefore, make sure you read all terms and conditions, have all questions answered and are comfortable with the decision you are making before signing.

There is more to an application than simply filling out a piece of paper – The rescue will likely send a volunteer to pay a visit to your home when it is convenient for you. The volunteer will want to meet with you and all other family members to discuss details regarding adoption. The volunteer will ask questions and inspect the fence in your yard (if applicable) to ensure it is secure. He/she will also be willing to answer any question you may have about rescuing a poodle.

Adoption applications are not selected on a first come, first serve basis – Applications are considered based on a specific case. Rescues are always looking for a suitable home for all their dogs. Therefore, despite when you may hand in your application form, someone who applies after you may be called on to adopt a dog before you if their profile best matches one of the rescue dogs. A poodle rescue does its best to ensure that dogs and potential owners are compatible.

Therefore, depending on your criteria and a dogs needs, it could take as long as a year before the rescue finds the best match for you.

Return policies are part and parcel with adoption – If adoption doesn’t work out and the dog you are provided turns out to be not a good match, you are under obligation to return the dog to the poodle rescue as soon as possible.

Finally, keep in mind that a poodle rescue has a right to refuse an applicant. Therefore, make sure you learn everything there is to know about adopting a poodle from a rescue before making the assumption that it will be a quick process.