Our goal is to place the right poodle in the right home.

A link to the Adoption Application is located at the bottom of this page. Please read this Adoption Process Page in full before submitting an application.

The Application

Our application must be filled out in full to be considered for the adoption of a poodle. If you are not able to apply online or print the application, please call our hotline at 617-628-1425 and an application will be mailed to you by our hotline volunteer. While you may indicate an interest in a specific rescue dog on your application, there will likely be many interested applicants for any particular dog. We work very hard to ensure that each adoption is an ideal fit and have successfully placed many great dogs with families who initially did not inquire about them because another dog’s picture caught their eye. A non-refundable $10 application fee must be submitted with the application. Applications submitted without the required application fee are considered incomplete will not be acknowledged until completed.   Please note that we do not adopt to households with children under the age of 10 or with electric fences. We only place dogs within the New England area (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire).

The Application Acknowledgment

If you applied online you will receive an email confirmation. If you submitted a paper application you will receive a postcard acknowledgment. Please note that paper applications will take 3-4 weeks to process.

The Matching Process

We generally have a waiting list of people wanting to adopt, but placements are not made on a first-come-first-serve basis. As dogs come into the program we go through our applications and choose from applicants that we feel will be the best match for the dog.

The Phone Interview

You will be contacted by a volunteer who will review your application information with you. Your veterinarian and groomer references will also be checked. The inability to contact any of your references will cause a delay in the adoption process.

The Home Visit

We require a home visit before a placement can be made. One of our volunteers will arrange to meet with you in your home environment. The information from the home visit will be used to help match you with a dog suitable for your home and lifestyle. All family members must be present.

Meet the Poodle

When a potential match has been made, the dog’s foster parent will arrange to meet the applicant/family with the dog. The volunteer foster parent, having lived with the dog, has the most information about his/her personality, characteristics and needs and will make sure that a potential adopter is comfortable with the dog.

The Adoption Contract

Upon adoption, you will be required to read and sign a legally binding contract detailing the terms and conditions of the adoption.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees range from $300 – $600.  This amount, determined by Poodle Rescue of New England, is noted on the dogs bio page. The adoption fee is used to cover, among other things, the expenses of spaying/neutering, vaccination, heartworm testing and grooming each of our dogs.  The average expense for dogs in our care runs between $950-$1,400.  This does not include any specialty veterinary care (orthopedic, diagnostic, etc.). PRNE is a non-profit organization and all money goes to caring for the Poodles that we rescue.  The adoption fee is due at the time of adoption.

Our volunteers make every effort to ensure that the application process moves forward at a steady pace. The timeframe for each adoption will vary and can range from one month to up to one year or longer to find a suitable match. We appreciate your patience.

If you have read the above information and wish to submit an adoption application you may apply online or you may download, print and mail your application. For any further questions, please review our FAQ’s.

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