About Us/Mission

Georgia Poodle Rescue is registered in the state of Georgia as operating  under Georgia Poodle Club Incorporated. We are a licensed and permitted Georgia non-profit corporation.  Our mailing address is 12850 Hwy9N, #600-230, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide sanctuary for unwanted poodles, poodle mixes, and other animals as resources allow and educate people in economical and cost effective ways to own, maintain, and feed their animals with true nutrition. Once these dogs have been properly rehabilitated and trained, our goal is to adopt these animals into appropriate, loving, and responsible “forever” homes.  Our adopters are contracted to return adopted dogs if they can no longer care for them no matter what period of time has passed since the initial adoption.  Our adopted dogs are non-transferrable.

A FAIR CHANCE

It is so easy to take in animals and adopt them out as fast as possible just to boast high adoption numbers.  That is not what we are about.  Although we would like to find the right home for each dog as fast as possible, we are true rescue and want the rescue cycle to end for each dog so we thoroughly screen to ensure a good match to people with appropriate experience.  People feel comfortable relinquishing their animals to us and people prefer to adopt from us as we focus on quality adoptions to ensure the adopters and adopted animals are a good match, we ask for veterinarian and groomer references as well as personal references.  We physically go to each home the dog will be adopted to and perform fence checks where appropriate so we can ensure the dog is in a good environment.  To help ensure our dogs have a good chance of meeting the goal of ending the rescue cycle, we are the first rescue organization that we know of that commits to having our adopted dogs already trained in basic obedience and pack leadership protocols, receive potty training, leash training, socialization with other animals and humans, and training instruction to their new owners with ongoing support and consultation for the lifetime of the adopted dogs.  Also before all dogs are adopted to their new homes, they are brought up-to-date on their rabies, distemper combo, and bordatella vaccinations, heartworm tested, spayed or neutered and other necessary and immediate medical procedures performed as resources allow.  We have been operating this way since our creation in 2009.  We fall under Georgia Poodle Club Incorporated and are the first breed club that is rescue based as opposed to breeder based. We do not discriminate against mixed poodle breeds as it is not the dogs fault they were bred  that way, and they, too, are loving dogs, that need true rescue to find them a forever home.  Many of our dogs come from families who purchased these dogs from breeders with AKC and CKC and other certification.  Dogs do not need certification to be wonderful dogs, especially since we have noticed that many dogs coming with their certification are not all bred to the same standard.  Unless the certifying body begins to police the certification they administer to ensure the breeders are breeding dogs to certain standards then really ask yourselves what good is that certification? We have many certified and uncertified dogs coming through our rescue that are absolutely wonderful and that we find good homes for.

About Us-NEW ADDRESS

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Deborah Blatchley, CEO and Founder

Board:  Deborah Blatchley, Counsel David Geiger, Laura Rosa

Advisory Board:  Counsel Victoria Hoffman, Counsel Thomas Wynne

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ADOPTION PROCESS

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 application will be reviewed when Paypal notifies us of receipt of the application fee.  The adoption amount varies for each dog and is listed by each dog’s profile.  The adoption amount 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 application fee is received or check 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 or in a neutral area where we try to schedule several meet and greets at once.  This has always been a fun session.  ALL family members that reside in the household, which includes any animal family members, must be present for the meet and greet and/or home visit.  After we leave with the animal from the meet and greet and/or 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 Georgia 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 within two weeks of them arriving 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 come to us (the home they came from, another home, 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 be able to pay our very high expenses, 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 amount 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 (short term, very short term, or long term) that meet our guidelines, and in need of monetary donations, donations of blankets, towels, paper towels, Odo-Ban (gallon size and full spray bottle available at Sams Club for under $10), laundry detergent, large and small kennels and runs, toys, healthy treats, volunteers, gift cards to WalMart (Food, Garbage Bags, Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, Towels), Home Depot & Lowes (20x20x1 Air Filters, Construction Supplies For Ongoing Maintenance of the Kennel), Sam’s Club (OdoBan), Costco (Kirkland Grain Free Dog Food), gas cards (as we do a lot of driving), auto stores, 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 georgiapoodlerescue@gmail.com.

Our full contact information is:  email at georgiapoodlerescue@gmail.com , phone at 678-624-0444, and US mail at 12850 Hwy9N, Suite 600-230, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

 

WHERE DO YOUR DONATIONS GO?

We rely on your donations to continually allow us to be able to rescue new dogs and to care for our existing dogs, some of which will most likely be permanent residents due to their age and/or other conditions.

You can control exactly where your donation is applied by your specific instructions to us.  All other donations are applied to the costs of running a rescue and shelter, which include veterinarian medical care and supplies (spay/neuter, vaccinations, exams, emergency fees), nutritional care and supplies (food-we use kibble and the raw meaty bones diet as well as make our own home-made and healthy nutritional food for the dogs), kennels, stainless steel bowls and holders for food and water, healthy water, rescue efforts and fees, grooming, training, utilities (electric, water, web site maintenance and development, internet, phone), transportation, licensing, phone, and much more.

Our dogs are not yard dogs.  Poodles do not want to be outside by themselves and it is not fair to keep them outside all day long.  Our dogs go outside to play and potty several times per day (as they would in a home environment).  We have much property for the dogs to run around and have fun on, however, we want to expand our private, shelter building by raising funds to increase our indoor space and also have a space for the dogs to run around in indoors, especially during inclement weather.    As such, we are always in need of funding, food, other types of donations, good foster homes and volunteers to help us out at our adoptions, fundraisers, grantwriting, grant researching, and other 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.

YOU ARE NEEDED AS A VOLUNTEER

Won’t you help the poodles by donating your time in fostering, volunteering, donating food, and/or funding?   The poodles are relying on you!

You can contact us via email at georgiapoodlerescue@gmail.com , via phone at 678-624-0444, and via US mail at 12850 Hwy9N, #600-230, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

Thank you for leading the way in caring and making a difference in the lives of these poodles and poodle mixes.

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