Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for homeless or distressed poodles, poodle mixes and sometimes "honorary" poodles.
And for over 17 years, that's what we at Poodle Rescue of Houston have been doing! It's not uncommon for our shelter to have 50 dogs in our program at one time, and often we collect that many in a single day! We are one of the only shelters in Houston that accepts heartworm positive dogs into our program, as well as, poodles with broken bones and other special medical needs.
If you have a poodle or poodle mix that you have found or need to surrender, you may contact our director between 7 am and 7 pm at 713.504.1224. Please, do NOT call this number for other inquiries - use our online form instead.
Sometimes, we are asked how rescue dogs come into our program. The truth is, they find us through a number of channels:
Public Shelters: We do our best to monitor the poodle population and intake of regional public shelters. Whenever possible, we work with the staff and volunteers of these shelters to "pull" dogs from their populations and assume the responsibilities as stated in our mission. As we are a "no-kill" operation, this often results in the best possible outcome for the animals. We are proud to say we have assisted public shelters and rescued poodles in five states!
Owner Surrenders: Sometimes, life changes dictate that an owner can no longer care for a beloved pet. We have a long-standing record of successfully finding carefully screened forever homes for poodles and poodle mixes. Because of that and our excellent facility, owners often feel that they can come to us with trust and confidence that we will find great new homes for their pets.
Stray Surrenders: Good Samaritan citizens often call us about helping with a lost or stray poodle they have temporarily cared for but cannot keep. Sometimes, citizens ask our assistance in capturing a lost or stray poodle, or bring one they have already caught to our facility. In many cases we have been pleased to joyfully reunite a lost dog with its owner. In all cases we diligently attempt to locate the owner of the stray before inducting it in our program.
Breeder Surrenders: We have been asked for help by well-intentioned breeders overwhelmed by life circumstances or financial difficulties who could no longer care for their puppies and breed dogs. We have accepted their dogs into our program.
"Puppy Mill" Closures: We have worked with law enforcement in three states and the Humane Society of the U. S. in accepting dogs into our adoption program due to the closure of inhumane and/or illegally operated "puppy mills."
In all cases, we make the same promise to each dog in our program: To love, feed, shelter, socialize, rehab and re-home each one.
Once we rescue dogs, we rehabilitate them and offer them for adoption to carefully screened families and individuals. It is our outstanding reputation that makes other organizations, courts, and private individuals turn to us for our assistance.