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Apply to adopt a poodle from Florida Poodle Rescue

This is an online application to adopt a poodle from Florida Poodle Rescue, Inc. If you are not able to fill an online application, the application can be printed and mailed to Florida Poodle Rescue, P.O. Box 7336, St. Petersburg, FL 33734.

Please remember that our goal is to find the right Forever Home for each dog. Our application may ask a lot of questions, but it is in the best interest of the dogs, and of you, to answer all of them.

We strive to make wise and permanent placements for each poodle. Remember, the more conditions that you make (i.e. color, coat type, age, and sex), the longer it will take for you to be matched with a dog. Please be open-minded to the different qualities that each poodle has to offer. Try to avoid "falling in love" with a particular poodle - another applicant may have already been chosen as the best fit for a dog that you see online. We place poodles where we think he or she will be a successful addition, and not on a first-come- first-served basis.


  1. You must be at least 21 years of age and living on your own
  2. All current pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered. The only exception is if they are currently being shown in the conformation ring or health issues preclude this surgery. Verification will be required.
  3. All current pets in your home MUST be up to date on vaccinations and be maintained on monthly heartworm preventative. We will call your vet to verify this information.
  4. We do not adopt out dogs as gifts or surprises! Absolutely no exceptions.
  5. If you rent, you must provide your landlord's name, address and phone number. We will verify with your landlord that you are allowed to have a dog.
  6. Applicants are willing to spend $45-$60 (Toys & Minis) to $100 (Standards ) every 5-8 weeks for grooming.
  7. Applicants are willing to make a lifelong commitment to love and care for their adopted dog.
  8. All applicants are willing to have a volunteer check references and do a home visit.

Not everyone who applies is able to adopt from Florida Poodle Rescue, Inc. Our mission is to find homes best suited for our poodles. 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.

Adoption Fees

A fee ranging from $150-$700 is required at the time of adoption. The amount will be determined by Florida Poodle Rescue and is used to cover, among other things, the expenses of spaying/neutering, vaccination, heartworm testing, microchipping (if needed), grooming and ongoing care for each of our dogs. FPR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all money goes to caring for the poodles that we rescue. No FPR volunteers are paid. Even though the adoption fees help offset our medical bills, they often do not cover the money needed to care for the dog while in the FPR program. We still depend on donations from the public, and your support is greatly appreciated.

Your adoption fee is applied directly to our vet bills and pays for the poodle's sterilization, fecal exam, vaccines, microchip (if applicable), and on-going care while in the adoption program. No FPR volunteers are paid. Even though the adoption fees help offset our medical bills, they often do not cover the money needed to care for the dog while in the FPR program. We still depend on donations from the public, and your support is greatly appreciated.

The Application Acknowledgment

If you apply online, you will receive an email confirmation. If you submit a paper application, you will receive a postcard acknowledgment. Please note that paper applications will take much longer to process.

The Adoption Process

We are an all-volunteer group, and the speed of processing of applications depends on two major factors: volunteer availability and how fast your references respond to requests for information. When an application comes in, we check the personal references first, then your vet and groomer. Please be sure to let them know that we will be contacting them and give approval to your vet and groomer to release information about your pets. Once we have checked all your references, we forward the application to the placement team.

The Matching Process

A placement volunteer will review your application information with you by phone. 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 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 family, your home and your lifestyle. All family members must be present.

Meet the Poodle

Following the home visit, when a potential match has been made by the Placement volunteer, she will put you in touch with dog's foster parent to arrange a Meet & Greet between the foster dog and the potential adopter and his/her family and pets if any. The volunteer foster parent, having lived with the dog, has the most information about the personality, characteristics and needs of the dog, and will make sure the dog is comfortable with the potential adopter.

The Adoption Contract & Adoption Fee

Upon adoption you will be required to read and sign a legally binding contract detailing the terms and conditions of the adoption. Click here to read the contract. You will also be required to pay the adoption fee at that time.

Florida Poodle Rescue Adoption Application

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. Our application must be completed in full to be considered for the adoption of a poodle. 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 insure 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.

All fields with * must be answered. If you are applying to adopt a Standard poodle, please note that a fenced-in yard is required. No exceptions.

You and Your Household

Your First Name*: Your Last Name*:
Gender*: Age*:

Your spouse, roommate, or partner

First Name: Last Name: Age:
Address 1*:
Address 2:
City*: State*:  Zip*: 
Primary Phone*: ()   - Work/Mobile Phone: ()   -
Email Address*:
Has your spouse, roommate or partner agreed to adopt a dog?*
Is anyone in your household allergic to pets?*
List the ages of all children in your house*:
Why bring a Poodle into your household?*:
Why is a Poodle the right breed for you?*
Who will be the primary caregiver?*
Does the primary caregiver work?*
During work, how will the poodle be cared for during work hours? *
How many hours will the poodle be left alone each day?*
Where will he/she stay? *
Where will the poodle stay when you are on vacation? *
Where will the poodle sleep at night?*
Please describe your daily routine*:
Do you plan obedience training for your dog?*
How did you educate yourself on poodles?*
Will your dog be allowed complete access to your house?*
How do you plan to exercise your poodle?*

Your Home and Property

What is your housing situation?* If Other, please explain:
Are you in Military Housing?*
Do you own a swimming pool?* Is the swimming pool enclosed?
Is your yard fenced in?* What is the height and type of the fence?
Do you own or rent?* (If you rent, enter your landlord's info below or your application will not processed.)

If you Rent, provide Landlord's Information

First Name*: Last Name*:
Address 1*:
Address 2:
City*: State*:  Zip*: 
Phone*: ()   -

Your Pets and Estimated Expenses

Have you adopted any dogs from Florida Poodle Rescue?* 
If "Yes", when?
Name of dog?
Are there other dogs in your household?* 
If yes, please list each dog's breed, gender, age, current status of vaccinations and status of spaying or neutering. All pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered. The only exception is if they are currently being shown in the conformation ring or health issues preclude this surgery. Verification from the vet will be required.
Other than the pets listed above, have you had dogs in the past?* 
If yes, what happened to them? 

Provisions and Estimated Expenses for Your Poodle

The owner of a Poodle should expect to make regular vet visits as well as have some money put aside for emergency health concerns. Are you willing to spend $45-$100, depending on the size, every 5-8 weeks for grooming?*
What will happen to the dog if you move?*
What is your philosophy regarding discipline of your dog?*
How do you plan to handle potty accidents in your home?*
What arrangements have you made for your pet in the event of an emergency or death?*
If Other, please explain:
Please estimate how much you plan to spend per year on this dog's medical care*:
Estimate how much you expect to spend on FOOD and other NON-MEDICAL EXPENSES per year*:
List the health concerns you are aware of in the Poodle breed:*:
Are you willing to pay for any medications your poodle may need in the future?*
Under what circumstances would you not keep a dog?*
 Moving      New Baby      Divorce      Illness      Other      None
If Other, please explain:
Will you take responsibility for the dog's entire life (upwards of 10-12 years)?*
Please list/describe any other pets or livestock you currently own.*
Please list the names of all your pets*

Veterinarian's Information

FPR will call to verify your veterinary reference. If you do not currently have any pets, please provide the name of the veterinarian you used in the past.
Vet's Name*: Clinic Name*:
Vet's Address*: Vet's Phone*: ()   -
 I do not currently have a vet.

Groomer's Information

FPR will call to verify your groomer's reference. If you do not currently have any pets, please provide the name of the groomer you used in the past.
Groomer's Name*: Groomer's Address*:
Groomer's Phone*: ()   -  I do not currently have a groomer.

Personal References

Please list two personal references who are NOT RELATED to you and are not your Vet or Groomer.

Reference #1

Reference #2
Name: Name:
Phone: ()   - Phone: ()   -
Email Address: Email Address:
Relationship to reference: Relationship to reference:

Miscellaneous Questions

Is there a specific dog you are interested in?*
If Yes, what is the name of the dog?
What size poodle do you prefer?*If you are applying to adopt a standard poodle, please note that a fenced-in yard is required. No exceptions.
What ages would you be willing to adopt?*:
(please choose all that apply)
 Puppy (up to 2 years)    2-7 years    8+ years
Are you willing to adopt a poodle mix?*
What traits (personality, approximate age, activity level, social skills) are you looking for to best meet your needs?:*
Would you be interested in adopting a dog 8 years or older?*
Would you be interested in adopting a dog with a disability (diabetes, blindness, epilepsy)?*
Would you be interested in adopting more than 1 dog?*
Why do you want to adopt a poodle?*
May an FPR representative come visit you and your home?*
Have you applied to or are you working with any other animal rescue or adoption organizations?*
Please list the name(s) of the rescue(s) you have applied to:
Do you agree to return the Poodle to FPR, Inc. if you decide you cannot keep him or her?*
Would you be willing to adopt a special needs dog?*
How did you hear about FPR?*
If Other, please explain:
I carefully read the adoption information. This is my digital signature authorizing you to consider me as a potential adoption applicant for Florida Poodle Rescue.

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