The Enchanted Poodle Club, Inc. actively supports Poodle Rescue. Poodle Rescue has two functions: aiding in the adoption of homeless poodles and providing a temporary home for Poodles that are owner give ups.  Some of our members may be able to foster a Poodle if you have to give it up. We are always in need of foster families, and if you are interested in helping to take care of a poodle in need so that we can find a perfect new family for it, please contact Kathy Merlock at Your effort would help us take care of more poodles!


If you would like to adopt a Poodle please review our Adoption Form and Home Evaluation Form:


EPC Home Evaluation

If you are considering giving up your Poodle please review our Poodle Release Form.


The applicable form(s) should be completed and e-mailed to: Barbara Timmcke (, our Poodle Rescue Coordinator, or mail the completed form to the following address:

Enchanted Poodle Club
Poodle Rescue
PO Box 6895
Albuquerque, NM  87197


Adopting a Rescued Poodle:
Since a Poodle can be a fifteen year or more commitment, we will talk to you about your expectations, your lifestyle, and the Poodle personality you hope to find. When you adopt a Poodle of whatever variety, you are making a commitment to care for a dog that couldn’t stay with its original family. Taking in a rescue can be challenging. You must not take for granted that the Poodle has been taught to live with people. Our rescues come from a lot of different situations, but even the most loved pet has learned how to live with a different set of rules than they will be given in a new home.  Most of the dogs that arrive in our rescue have been neglected, though, and haven’t been given the love or the training that they desperately need. All rescues have baggage, and we will do our best to be up front about what we know about our dogs. We will only place a rescue in a home where we believe it will have a good chance of successfully integrating with its new people.

When we take in a rescue Poodle, we will groom it. Sometimes that is the first introduction to the grooming tools, so training starts at that time. Sometimes our rescues have never been leash trained, and we will work on that as well. We recommend that the new owner enroll in an obedience class with their rescue Poodle. This will help the dog bond more quickly to you and helps you to become a confident owner.

We make sure the Poodle is spayed or neutered before it goes into a new home. One of our members will foster the Poodle until the proper placement can be made, and we will follow that foster’s observations and advice in finding the rescue a home.

No matter the age of the Poodle that you adopt, you must begin its routine and schedule as if you had just brought home a young puppy. Rescues will exhibit anxiety when left alone so begin crate training immediately. Dogs usually learn to love their crates as their safe den, and the crate will keep the dog safe when you are not around. It will also give you peace of mind that your house will be intact when you return. Members of the Poodle Club can give you advice on crate training. If the Poodle wasn’t house trained the foster will have started this training and we will give you advice on how to continue.

Rescued Poodle Stories:
One of our members traveled with her job. She found Poodles at various times that needed to be re-homed. One of these Poodles, a miniature, had not been groomed in so many months that she couldn’t relieve herself without standing on her hind legs. When we groomed her, the coat was so matted it came off in one piece, similar to shearing a sheep wool.  “Fancy” lives with the mother of the member who found her. She scared away a burglar her first night in the home.

Another of our rescues, lost in a storm, was taken to a veterinary office with a compound fracture of the leg. No other rescue group had the dollars to pay for fixing the leg. Our group was called. We ascertained the options for repairing the leg and choose the less expensive option because one of our members could foster the Poodle and take care of the leg. The leg healed and the Standard Poodle could run and jump normally again. He was adopted by a loving family.

One of our members adopted a miniature Poodle from the local animal shelter. He hadn’t been groomed in months. It had been hit by a car and was dragging a front leg. Our member took it to a private veterinarian where the leg was x-rayed and checked. It wasn’t broken but there was severe nerve damage. The member ordered a special orthopedic boot and “Charlie” instantly put pressure on the foot and leg and used it to balance himself. The member found “Charlie” a wonderful home.

Another member bought a lovely Standard Poodle but felt she needed a playmate. Ahluv was happy being an only poodle, but seemed to miss playing with other dogs. After much search we found Annie, a young female Standard Poodle in the St. Louis area that really touched our hearts. The couple knew when they saw and read about her that she belonged with their family. After many e-mails to the rescue, who agreed to do an out of state adoption, and prayer, they went on an adventure RV trip to St. Louis during a heat wave in August to pick up Annie.
AhLuv was the happiest dog the rescue people had ever met which may have been helpful in easing their minds and letting Annie go back to New Mexico.  Annie is the sweetest dog. She is a special needs dog, missing an eye and seems to have some slight nerve damage/sensitivity. After much love and attention, one would never know she has any problems. She can run, jump, give AhLuv a run for her money, eats well, sleeps well, plays well, travels well and takes walks well.

Stella was adopted at one year old.  No one had ever told her “NO”.  Stella has been her new owner’s teacher this past year, introducing her to the world of dog training and  what can happen to a smart poodle girl given discipline, direction and a chance.  Stella has gotten her Canine Good Citizen and rally Excellent title.  We have fun in canine free style dancing. Agility is her next career.