It is a simple downloadable Word document. We can also fax it or use the good old United States Postal Service.Please do not apply if you are not ready to adopt. We currently do not charge a processing fee. Processing an application takes several hours of VOLUNTEERED time. Please note all vet clinics if you use more than one. Please note all names in which your account may be. Incomplete applications are not processed.
If a pet has multiple applications which qualify equally, the earliest one will be chosen. However we DO NOT work on a first come, first serve basis. A completed application does not mean an adoption-we review the application and then approve or decline it. Our goal is a forever home for each and every one of our homeless pets. Homes are carefully chosen to ensure the best match for your family and the pet.
Processing takes 2-6 days after we receive your application. You will be notified if it is not approved. We reserve the right to refuse adoption for any reason. Our priority is the rescued animal we are placing.
After approval, we can then schedule a time for you to meet with the pet you are applying for. If on the day you meet, you do choose to adopt, you will sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. All of our pets are at the very least-spayed or neutered, vaccinated including rabies, worm free, heart worm free,on prevention and on flea/tick prevention. Some are house trained, some have had their teeth cleaned, some have been treated for various injuries and illnesses. Read the pet's entire bio for specific information. This will also all be in detail in your vet records you receive when you adopt. Your pet will have a collar with rabies tag, patient history from Westridge Animal Hospital, and date to continue heart worm and flea/tick prevention. Thank you very much for considering adoption with us.
Completed, APPROVED applications take PRIORITY over ALL others. Emails are answered quickly. All of our pets are in private foster homes. WE DO NOT SHIP OR TRANSPORT OUR PETS FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO TEXARKANA TO MEET AND ADOPT YOUR PET. Our adoption fees vary and are posted with each pet.
Poodles Past....Past Poodle Patch rescues
All rescues are not the same. Want to adopt from a reputable Poodle Rescue but maybe The Poodle Patch doesn't have who you are looking for? Or you live too far away? Please see Poodle Club of America's Rescue Referral. They also have lots of good Poodle information for us Poodle Lovers!
These are my Standard Poodles. They are Certified Therapy Dogs. They were also rescues.
Sophie is a wonderful example of what a rescue can blossom into. Sophie was living on a chain in a backyard, without shelter, producing puppies before we met. In addition to battling health issues, we had to work through multiple behavioral issues. Sophie later graduated top of her obedience class with ArkLaTex Obedience Training Club. She is a now a Canine Good Citizen and Certifed Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International. She is also an excellent water retriever.
Want to send your dog to school and learn lots yourself?
They are right here in Texarkana. The instructors are fabulous! You and your dog will love it. Give it a try!
YOU CAN HELP US HELP THEM
Donations of food are always welcome. Unlike city run shelters, we have no paid employees, receive no city funds, and have no facility. Our volunteers give their time and homes to these animals. We use adoption fees and donations to provide vet care, food and supplies.
We also accept donations of chews, toys, beds, sweaters, collars, leashes, crates, treats, shampoos, brushes, clippers, clipper blades, ear cleaner, cotton balls, Q-tips, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, bowls....just about anything dog related and NOT dog related too..... Cat food, copy paper, pens, staples, ink cartridges HP 6210-Black 94, trash bags, paper towels, and much more. I am happy to pick up donated items, call my cell (903) 276-2073. Or mail donations to;
The Poodle Patch & Friends
P.O. Box 3091
Texarkana, TX 75504-3091
PayPal donations are also welcome. Just use the button below.
As many of you know we ran a month (3/1-3/31) long collection drive after we were contatced by some Poodle Lovers serving in Iraq. We met outside on Sat. 4/10 to sort and assemble everything. We made individual goody bags with hand written letters thanks to you guys. Then we got them shipped off to those serving in Iraq.
This is Miss Ann the Chihuahua.
Miss Ann was adopted on Feb 8, 2010. On1/11/10 her former person called Texarkana, Texas Animal Control and reported she was attacked by two Pit Bulls. He did not intend on taking her to the vet and he surrendered her to Animal Control. They took pictures of her at the scene and starting calling for help.
We agreed to take Miss Ann in and she went directly to our vet to see what could be done about this horrific injury. After receiving IV fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication she was stable enough for surgery. On 1/12/10 she underwent disarticulation amputation to make a clean cut at the shoulder. She lost her front leg, but as you can see in this picture only 2 days after her surgery, Miss Ann is ready to try. She is an impressive little girl with a remarkable spirit. 2/1/10 Thanks to Mickie for taking care of over half of Miss Ann's surgery fees. Thanks from all us Mickie. Miss Ann has had her stitches out, she is house trained and loves all laps! Thanks to Tina who took care of the other half of Miss Ann's vet bil. You two ladies are what make things like this possible. Thank you from The Poodle Patch and most especially Miss Ann!
We're glad to let our friends know that we rescued 288 dogs and cats in 2009. And our ONE HUNDREDTH ADOPTION for 2009 was none other than ............. MARY.
All our volunteers that work the Adoption Fairs know that Mary was so deserving of a loving home. This sweet mix breed girl was a dedicated mother who was found abandoned in December 2008 trying her best to keep her newborn babies alive. She was given a warm place to raise her pups, medical care and plenty of food. Her puppies all found good homes, but no one seemed to want Mary. Even though she listened well and had good manners, she got passed over so many times. We all celebrated in our hearts when Mary found her home with a relative of one of our volunteers. The fact that Mary now has a human baby to look after we feel pretty good about.
HIP HIP HOORAY!!! RUFF!! RUFF!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
Congratulations to the citizens and dogs of Texarkana! Our city council passed an ordinance 7/27/09 to forbid chaining and tethering of animals! No more lonesome existence at the end of a chain.
We can be proud of our dedicated Texarkana, Texas Animal Service Officers who were instrumental in drafting and supporting this ordinance. Many Thanks to a Poodle Patch volunteer, Diana L. who also spent many hours behind the scenes working on these ordinances.
In case you didn't know Sophie's chauffer at Wadley Regional Medical Center was not accoustomed to giving Luau girls a ride. He made an exception today and drove Sophie to the front door so she could make her therapy dog appointment as scheduled.
Where does that puppy in the window come from?
Simply put: a puppy mill. No reputable breeder would sell puppies to a pet store. Pet store puppies typically come from dog breeders who breed dogs for money and profit as the primary concern. That means that medical care, quality food, health of the animal and socialization aren't important. These dogs are usually never petted, held, named, let out of their cage, much less loved. They are often insecure, fearful, and exhibit a lack of trust. People usully do not come to the place where these dogs are kept. These places are are loud, smelly, and scary. Dogs bark uncontrollably. There are many different kinds of dogs usually. Small cages or pens, overcrowded conditions, it's hell on earth for the animals. So puppy brokers, in trucks, come along and buy puppies from these people then sell them to pet stores. (Beware of ads in the paper that advertise several types of dogs for sale. These are most likely not reputable breeders, either.) When you buy a puppy in the window because you "feel sorry for it & want to 'save' it", remember that you are putting money in the pockets of those who keep it's parents in "slavery". It's a nasty business and the animals suffer. If you buy a puppy, please look for an AKC breeder. AKC breeders are subject to inspections by the AKC. Their dogs are also subject to DNA certification. Look for puppies who are AKC registered, and ask to see both parents if you must buy a puppy.You can also search for specific breed rescues using the AKC's Rescue Referral. There are countless purebred dogs in rescue groups. The rescue groups specializing in their paticular breed are well educated and experienced with that breed. I personally have over thirty years experience with Poodles.
We've received dogs the summer of 2009 from several different breeder busts. The matts and smell of these dogs is not like anything most folks have ever seen or smelled before. It's a crime the way these animals have been kept. Their entire life before being rescued, most have never been cleaned, petted, held, given kind words, medical attention, reassurance, or shown that there is a reason for living that doesn't involve having puppies. If you have never experienced the feeling of taking one of these dogs from fear to freedom, you've missed a foster experience like none other. Just ask, there's an opportunity waiting.
Riley's story .....
Who would pour boiling liquid down a dog's back? Can you imagine anyone doing something that hideous? Riley suffered at least three days in pain without care before a volunteer took Riley into her heart and began to help him heal. She faithfully cared for him every day with love, and kind words until his wound healed. The tail of the tortured dog wagged from the day she brought him home. He'd never heard of being rescued, but when it happened, he knew it.
WHO WE ARE
We are primarily a Standard Poodle Rescue. We rescue all others in need when there is space available. We are a small group of volunteers trying to make a difference. We can always use more volunteers.
It has brought me great joy to help these animals. Thank you so much for considering adopton with us. At the bare minimum, our animals are vet checked, spayed or neutered, vaccinated including rabies, fecal tested and parasite free, heartworm tested and treated if needed, on heart worm prevention and in most cases house trained. Some of our pets receive dentals, mange treatment, orthopedic surgery.....you name it, we have done it. They leave us in excellent health and happy.
For those of you who do not know, I am the daughter of a Poodle Groomer who owned and operated a very reputable Poodle Grooming shop in Little Rock for over 30 years. I own two Rescue Standard Poodles. Both of my Standards have earned Canine Good Citizen Awards and they are certified Therapy Dogs with Therapy Dogs International. They work meeting folks in the Texarkana area nursing homes and hospitals. I have been volunteering with and grooming Poodles for over 30 years.
I was introduced to volunteering when I was in the third grade and have done so ever since then. When I was a kid we went every week to meet the Animal Control Officer for Little Rock Animal Control. My mom and other volunteers would pick dogs who they deemed would do well meeting strangers. Then they would bathe and groom them. Every Wednesday, we would meet at the nursing home. The Animal Control Officer would pull up and bring out our latest treasures for everyone in the nursing home to meet and greet and snuggle. The dogs were turned over to us for just a few hours of fun-FUN for them and all of our elderly folks waiting to meet us! I knew every single person there and they knew me like they raised me. My mother has received several Mayor's Awards for her volunteer work at numerous shelters in Little Rock. She is still a volunteer at The Sherwood Animal Shelter where I too was a volunteer until I moved to Texarkana. I was recently awarded the 2007 Artex Animal Welfare Inc. Volunteer of the Year Award here in Texarkana
I also work my Therapy dogs here in Texarkana. Today's Therapy Dogs perform a series of tasks for certification before visting nursing homes. I am proud to say both of my Standards have passed the TDI test and are now Official Therapy Dogs who visit nursing homes, hospitals, and schools in the Texarkana area.
I have volunteered and fundraised for many organizations here in Texarkana since I moved here. I created and organized a fundraiser for both The Texarkana Humane Society Inc. and Artex Animal Welfare Inc. in 2005 and 2006. Each organization received over $5,000 from these fundraisers. I could not have been happier with the results from my work. I have also organized other other fundraisers for good local causes such as The Texarkana Baptist Orphanage and Fallen Biker fundraisers-yes I also ride a Harley.
In addition, before starting The Poodle Patch here in Texarkana, l logged over 1,300 hours at The Texarkana Animal Shelter the last half of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. I took pictures(of animals at The Texarkana Animal Shelter) by myself or with another volunteer-Diana, I met online and we posted them to my Poodle Patch petfinder site as a courtesy to the shelter and animals there needing adoption. I groomed and bathed nearly 100 dogs and cats at The Texarkana Animal Shelter. I also took pictures for Pet of the week which appeared in the local newspaper, I also helped sell ads for the newspaper spot that benefits the shelter's adoptable pets, I cleaned and groomed animals, did laundry, greeted folks who wanted to adopt, and coordinated Specific Breed Rescues.
I got serious about The Poodle Patch in May 2007. We rescued five different Standard Poodles in two months time. They were all from right here in Texarkana. Our first three came in together all heartworm positive and matted beyond belief along with numerous other medical conditions. I called The Texarkana Humane Society and they helped me establish a rescue account with Westridge Animal Hospital. That's how we got started. I will always be grateful to The Texarkana Humane Society Inc. for this. Now all three of the original Standards are healthy and happy in their new homes. Lucy, Gracie, and Bella started this. No pet should ever be subjected to the condition they were in. It was heartbreaking.
We have over 500 pets on our Happy Tails page. Some are from the Texarkana Animal Shelter where I volunteered 30 hours weekly for almost a year. I got many of them posted on our petfinder site and adopted. We have helped out a lot of "honorary" poodles along the way, and even some cats-thus the name The Poodle Patch & Friends Rescue of Texarkana.
MEETING OUR ADOPTABLE PETS
All of our pets are in private foster homes and appointments must be made to meet the pets. Since we operate via FOSTER HOMES we are always looking for fosters. If you would like to help save a life by being a foster home please email us
so we can give you the details. It's simple, the more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. We would love to have you and you will love the reward you get from it. Can't foster but want to help? For other volunteer opportunities send an email with the subject "volunteer" to
Well, we are on the border of Texas and Arkansas in the southwest corner of Arkansas and the northeast corner of Texas. We are 2 hours from Little Rock, Ar., 1.5 hours from Shreveport, LA., and 3 hours from Dallas, TX.
FAIRY DOGMOTHERS & DOGFATHERS!
We are fortunate to have these little Angels who help The Poodle Patch. These donations and adoption fees make our rescue possible.
2/08/10 Thank You Tina! Tina has picked up the remaining half of Miss Ann's bill. Between Tina and Mickie's donations, Miss Ann's surgery was taken care of. Thank you!!
2/06/10 Thanks Genie & Daphnea! Both of these ladies bought food to help us feed the two large Akitas while we search for rescue or adoptive homes.
2/04/10 Thank you Mary, Melissa & Sheila for buying puppy food for our latest little unwanted family of pups. Thank you Connie, Brandon, and Louise for the monetary donations-this will help with their vetting. Good food, vet care, and a little time-just watch!
1/25/10 Thanks Mickie! Mickie made a very generous donation towards Miss Ann's vet bills. Miss Ann had to have her leg amputated after being attacked by two Pit Bulls.
1/25/10 Thanks Sallie and Sherry! Sally is Ty's new Mom and she made a donation in addition to adopting our little Ty. Sherry, a friend of Sallie's was so impressed with the work we do she made a donation to help as well. Thank you so much for your kindness.
1/06/10 Thanks to Miguel's family! Along with a very generous donation, he sent an awesome Christmas card with lots of pictures and updates about his Obedience and now Agilty Training! You go Miguel!
1/06/10 Thanks to Maya's (AKA Faith the Husky) family, what a generous donation.
1/06/10 Thanks Lindsey! Food to eat and beds to nap in after! Two things our rescue dogs love!
1/1/2010 Thank you Melissa! I opened an envelope today with no letter or note, just a very generous check.
12/26/09 Thanks Anita! Carlee's Mom sent us a very generous donation.
11/11/09 Thank you to Checkers and his family-100 hundred pounds of food-Yummy!
11/05/09 Thanks to Sadie's dad-Mr. Henson for the recent check he sent.
10/10/09 Thank You Ark-La-Tex Obedience Training Club. This is the second year they have included us in their donations.
9/09/09 Thanks TALA.
We received the largest donation ever from a wonderful group of Legal Assistants. YOU LADIES ROCK!!!
8/15/09 Thanks Sheena! You are always there for these babies.
7/15/09 Thank You to Abby's new family. I received a wonderful letter updating me on Abby, a beautiful photo of her, and a generous donation. Thank You!
6/10/09 Thank You to Charlie's family for the recent generous donation made.
6/10/09 Thank you Duffy! A very generous donation was made In Memory of Duffy Dog. Duffy we are told, looked exactly like our Camile. Thank You.
6/10/09 Thanks Tom and Charlotte!! Cocoa the Standard has thoughful parents. They sent us a great goodie box with lots of new dog toys!
6/10/09 Thanks again Sheena! Very cool package of nifty supplies. The pill cutters are everyone's favorite. When you are medicating the amount of babies we are, those sure are handy.
5/25/09 Thanks Sheena!!!! Sheena is a long time supporter who came to our rescue after seeing so many of our little ones need extra help right now. Sheena's donation was made in Thunder's name. "In Memory of Thunder, my precious Doberman...gone, but never forgotten."
5/23/09 Thanks Anita!! Carlee's new mom is a long time supporter who always helps out at the best time. She knows when we really need her. Thanks so much Anita!
5/05/09 Thanks Genie! Chelsea and her new pups needed puppy food. And you were kind enough to buy a big bag of high quality food.