Deborah Blatchley, CEO and Founder
Board: Deborah Blatchley
Advisory Board: Counsel Victoria Hoffman, Counsel Thomas Wynne
The process for adopting one of our poodles or mixes begins with completing our application preferably returning it as an email attachment and submitting a non-refundable $20 “application fee” via PayPal. The “adoption donation varies for each dog and is listed by each dog’s profile. The adoption donation helps offset the food, nutritional, medical and other costs we incur amongst all our dogs. All dogs are spayed/neutered, given vaccines, tested for heartworm, treated for worms, treated for injuries and illnesses when necessary, given dentals/tooth extractions if needed and are treated for infections, allergies, and other things, if needed. Serious medical problems are also treated, which may result in going to specialists and operating, if necessary.
Our application is thorough in that it will ask you many questions about your lifestyle, your experience, the type of animal you seek, and the lifestyle you intend to provide the animal you seek to adopt from us. Once your application is received and your payment has cleared, the application will be reviewed. When the application is initially approved, you will then be contacted, sometimes with further questions, and if appropriate, to schedule a meet and greet with the dog at your home. ALL family members that reside in the household, which includes any animal family members, must be present for the home visit. After we leave with the animal from the home visit, we ask that you send us an email letting us know your thoughts. This way there is no pressure and no obligation for you to commit and adopt on the spot if the situation is not right. At this point we will begin contacting the references for all the people interested in the same animal. The adopter(s) chosen to adopt any dog(s) from Georgia Poodle Rescue are required to sign our standard adoption agreement, which the application also becomes part of, stating they will provide proper care and love for the animal as well as other details, including returning the animal to us for any reason after any length of time if they could no longer keep the animal.
We encourage you to return the application, even if you don’t see the poodle or mix you are seeking, so we can place you on our waiting list and contact you when the dog you seek comes into our program. We are always receiving new dogs, calls from people who can no longer keep their dogs, and may know of someone else or another organization who has a dog that you seek and can also refer you to them if we have your application on file. We have provided 100% of the people formerly on our waiting list with a wonderful family member!
Georgia Poodle Rescue is a legal entity formed under Georgia Poodle Club Incorporated and licensed in January 2009. We are a licensed and permitted 501(c)3 non-profit corporation located in the new city of Milton, Georgia, formerly known as Alpharetta unincorporated. We are licensed by the state, by the city, by the Dept of Agriculture and receive inspections by the state and county.
We were created to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide sanctuary for unwanted poodles, poodle mixes, and other animals as resources allow. Once these poodles have been properly rehabilitated and trained, our goal is to adopt them into appropriate, loving, and responsible “forever” homes located in the state of Georgia. We vet, vaccinate, spay/neuter all animals shortly after arrival when needed as long as they are medically fit to undergo the surgery. Our policy requires us to conduct meet and greets with the dogs and their potential new owners at their home. We do not adopt out of state at this point in time unless you are willing to abide by our out-of-state policy as stated below. Also, we do not adopt to families with children under the age of 10 for the safety of the children and for the safety of the dogs.
We do the work for you! We are looking for a certain lifestyle for the dogs we adopt out. We want our adopted dogs to be adopted into their forever homes on the first adoption and not be bounced around from home to home, as they are already coming from at least three to four different places by the time they are adopted from you (the home they came from, an animal control or other facility, our shelter and your home.). We do everything we possibly can to help ensure our dogs receive a good chance of being adopted into their “forever” homes. We are the first rescue organization that we know of that commits to providing ALL of the following to dogs adopted from us: training in a home environment in basic obedience, socialization, housetraining and acclimation to a home environment, how to walk on a leash, pack leadership protocols (with instructions to the lucky new owners), up-to-date vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. Adoption donations/can range up to $500 per dog, with an occasional dog outside this price range, which allows our organization to continue feeding, housing, training and providing medical and nutritional care for the poodles, especially for those poodles that will most likely be with us for the rest of their lives due to their age or other issues. The adoption donation/fee also includes a free one-year membership in Georgia Poodle Club Incorporated and lifetime discounted dog boarding at the exclusive Blue Willow Farm as space allows. All dogs are in a home environment and are allowed to run and play outside in the sunshine and on real grass several times per day and evening.
If you are unable to adopt from us at this point in time, we greatly accept all donations, no matter how small or large, to help our organization continue helping the poodles.
We limit the number of dogs at our shelter at this point in time until we can raise funds to expand our space and so Blue Willow Farm will be able to have space once again to board dogs in which a percentage of the boarding fees are donated to Georgia Poodle Rescue. Blue Willow Farm also gives discounted boarding to people who have adopted from Georgia Poodle Rescue. That said, we are always in need of good foster homes that meet our guidelines, monetary donations, donations of blankets, towels, paper towels, Odo-Ban (gallon size and full spray bottle available at Sams Club for $8.99), laundry detergent, kennels, toys, healthy treats, volunteers and much more. to help us out, especially at our events. We are also in the process of forming various committees and are looking for people to help lead, manage, and volunteer on these committees. If you are interested or have any thoughts to help out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our full contact information is: email at email@example.com , phone at 678-624-0444, and US mail at 12850 Hwy9N, Suite 600-230, Alpharetta, GA 30004.
OUT=OF=STATE POLICY AND TOP REASONS WHY WE DON’T ADOPT OUT OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, USA
1.) Our contract may possibly conflict with other state laws, thereby, making it void. It would be cost prohibitive to hire attornies familiar with other state laws to ensure our contract supersedes all other state/federal laws. It would also be cost prohibitive should we need to hire attornies and other professionals in certain situations to retrieve dogs from other states. Also, other state animal protection rights may not be strong and/or animal shelters in other states may not undergo inspections. For example, South Carolina ranks at the bottom iin animal protection laws (source: Humane Society of the US -
2.) Since we take all adopted dogs back for any reason at any time, we need to be nearby to retrieve the dogs. If the adopting family develops financial hardships, they will not be able to financially send the dogs back to us. We don’t have the budget to do this, nor the manpower, nor can we always rely that someone trustworthy will always be available when we need them at that point in time in another state.
3.) We care about our dogs and we perform home visits……..no exceptions. Our budget does not allow us to perform home visits further than 1.5 hours from the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Plus, we have a low amount of volunteers, and would need to hire someone and pay them to care for the dogs while we are performing the home visits out of area. This is cost prohibitive.
4.) If you are out of state and still want to adopt one of our dogs, we would require a $5,000 up-front non-refundable donation, in addition to the adoption donation/fee, and any travel, legal, and other expenses, incurred now or in the future, so we can ensure we will be able to pay for any expenses pertaining to the adopted dog that may be involved in the immediate or far future.