I became involved in animal rescue because of the overwhelming number of stray animals I observe in less affluent areas of Southern California. I do what I do because I enjoy connecting all the dots - full circle - in terms of rescuing dogs, getting them cleaned up, treated medically and then adopted.
Poochmatch is a small rescue group with half-a dozen volunteers. Since our founding in 2006, we have done over 3,800 dog adoptions. We are on track to do over 500 in 2019.
We do not have a secretary - we are completely volunteer-based and so we respond to emails, calls and voicemails as quickly as possible. We'd love to have more assistance. We need help administratively from individuals with computers, digital cameras and marketing skills. We also need volunteers for our Saturday events, individuals 18 years or older, to help walk our dogs, maintain clean crates and provide them with fresh water for them. Please note we do not accept volunteers who treat our events as a hang-out and are generally distracted while tending the dogs - that is a disaster waiting to happen. We also do not accept volunteers who treat the event as a petting zoo and "hog" dogs. While we do appreciate and encourage that our volunteers interact with our dogs it is our one day a week to find them a forever home and we also want potential adopters to be able to interact with them. If you are interested in adopting, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that we will be holding an event on the Saturday you are interested in volunteering. We could really use dedicated volunteers too! Please see http://poochmatch.com/volunteer.html for more information.
We do not have a facility. Our dogs are in foster homes with volunteers.
We do not do out-of-state adoptions for puppies. We would only consider out-of-state adoptions for adult dogs that prove hard-to-place locally. We do not hold dogs, please submit your application when you are ready to adopt.
All prospective adopters must COMPLETE AN ADOPTION APPLICATION. Our adoption application is available on our website, poochmatch.com, under the adoption tab and can be emailed to us at email@example.com. Upon receipt AND approval (usually within 72 hours), a mutually agreeable appointment date, time and place will be scheduled. If the dog you are interested in has multiple applications we generally wait until Friday to review all of the applications and identify a best match to meet him/her on Saturday during our weekly adoption event at the Petsmart of Yorba Linda (5521 Mirage St.) from 1-5 PM. Prospective adopters must be receptive to a home check, sign an adoption contract and provide an adoption fee. The adoption fees range from $225-$495 depending on the age, breed and costs incurred by us on the dog's behalf i.e. medical, training, etc. The adoption fee always includes the cost of spay/neuter, microchip, microchip registration, deworming and full sets of core vaccinations: rabies vaccine and 1 sets of distemper/parvo for an adult dog and 4 sets for a puppy.
All of our dogs are vetted prior to becoming adoptable - although not everything is always revealed in the initial health check. We do request that if one of our dogs becomes ill shortly after being adopted that their adopter contacts us ASAP so that we can assist them.