Can you rescue / adopt a Goldendoodle?


YES! –

Believe it or not, these adorable little creatures are surrendered to rescue re-homing organizations more than you would believe.

WHY? –

Impulsive decisions. Sometimes when something new hits the scene people want it – not giving much thought to the responsibility it requires –

  • High energy means just that! They are very playful and active. They require attention
  • Hypo-allergenica term often misunderstood 
  • Lack of knowledgenot understanding crossbreed dogs
  • Maintenanceregular grooming is involved


Harley probably would have succumbed to his illness had we not found one another…


…but truth be told – he really saved me!

Life hasn’t been the same since he leaped into my arms 7 years ago.

David Tinsch – a FaceBook friend wrote an entry one day about “finding” his Goldendoodle Charlie. Sometimes when you think you’re rescuing the animal, he’s really rescuing you…


9 years ago this morning, I walked into an animal shelter in New Jersey to meet and check out dog #11610. I had, “a hole in my heart” as someone told me. A hole that only a dog could fill.

Multiple buildings in a row, connected by short covered sidewalks. Pit bull after pit bull, Rottweilers, mutts and more pit bulls.

And finally, in the last cage of the last building…was dog #11610.

As I walk towards his “cell”, he laid down and slit his paws under the door.

A volunteer led us to a small enclosed yard where we played for 15 minutes or so, to see “if I liked him”. We wrestled and played on the ground, and I laughed the entire time. He was dirty, matted, and smelled of urine. But the reality was that, “he had me at hello”!

My eyes filled with tears as I said goodby and walked away. The last thing I wanted to do was leave MY Charlie there alone and afraid, as we both had to wait ten days for his owner to come claim him.

But. ..the never did.

I didn’t know at the time that he was sick…but I’m sure his owners did. Who “looses” a Goldendoodle and never looks for him at the local shelter?! He was picked up as a stray wearing a collar but no tags. Most likely tossed aside and abandoned because he threw up a lot…even though he couldn’t help it.

Ten days later, I returned to that shelter to bring my boy home!

He road in the back of my van, and still looked and smelled every bit as bad as he did the first time I laid eyes on him. He had been neutered, and couldn’t be bathed for another 10 days.

I remember saying to him as we pulled away…” I’m your new dad! I’ve never had a dog before, and I’m a little nervous. I hope I’ll do a good job.”

So, here we are nine years later.

We got divorced, lost my folks, made 65 trip to Penn Veterinary Hospital, met wonderful women who loved dating him more than they did me😉

I thought we were gonna have to say “goodbye” on more than one occasion, but…we’ve gotten through it all, together.

People often say nice things to me about saving Charlie’s life. But I think it’s he who should truly be getting the accolades…for saving mine.

Charlie, Chachi, C-dog, Chaz, Char-man, Charles, fuzz head, Charlie “chicken leg”, muppet man…

My boy!


If you’re interested in rescuing a Goldendoodle of your very own or becoming a foster home – there are wonderful Doodle organizations to reach out to for more information.

These are the ones I am familiar with –

IDOG RESCUE (International Doodle Owners Group) *look for an interview blog post from me with Kate Singleton next month.

DRC (Doodle Rescue Collective, Inc.)

*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.

This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.

We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.

Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️


  • Sharon Seltzer
    April 21, 2016

    That is one of the best rescue stories I’ve ever read. I tell people all the time they can adopt the breed they want at a rescue.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      Thank you Sharon – I knew when i heard David’s story, I had to post it. The letter “R” in this challenge gave me that opportunity.

  • Emma
    April 21, 2016

    Rescue is a great thing if it is right for you at the time. Mom’s last dog was a rescue and she was amazing I hear. Our cats are also rescues, but my sisters and I are from good breeders.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      Leo and Jaxson are both from an excellent breeder also. But some people love to rescue. I wanted to let everyone know Goldendoodles are looking to be re-homed too! In the event they were wondering – DRC and IDOG are great organizations to help with that.

  • Jan K
    April 21, 2016

    What a sweet, sweet story! I’m so glad they found each other, and that you found Harley. ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      I fell in love with David’s story. I couldn’t wait to share it!

  • Monika & Sam
    April 22, 2016

    What a delightful, charming storm about rescue. Bravo to your friend for allowing Charlie to rescue him. ღ

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      I thought so too! Happy to hear so many enjoyed it to. Very inspiring for those contemplating a rescue pet!

  • Random Musings
    April 22, 2016

    What a gorgeous dog 🙂 It annoys me so much when people get dogs without doing any research to see if the dog they chose is suitable for them and then the dog ends up in a shelter!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      I agree. I think it’s directly connected to this instant microwave society we’re living in now. Everybody wants what they want immediately, no planning, no though behind the action, just “gimme” What have we created?

      • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
        April 23, 2016

        Ohmigosh! “Microwave Generation” is the phrase I use. We think alike on soooo many levels! At some point – after Shadow joins Callie in Heaven – I hope to rescue an adult Golden or Doodle to keep Ducky company.

        • Cathy Bennett
          April 24, 2016

          Whomever you bring into your home will be one super fortunate pup! Yes, we are like kindred spirits!

  • Lindsay
    April 22, 2016

    We had a Labradoodle client and his mom just worked a ton of hours and because of his energy and her leaving him for so long, she actually tethered him to a long nylon leash that allowed him all over her main floor of her house but limited his access to leaving the ground floor. We were always so afraid that he’d get hung up on something and hurt himself… Finally, after some time, she realised that he deserved more than what she was able to give him and decided to rehome him. Through Facebook, another client of ours, adopted him and to this day, we still see Murphy, but with his new family and he’s a completely different dog. Such a lovely boy and killer green eyes.

    Anyways, I’d love to go find one in a rescue and adopt. I mentioned to my husband the other night that once our two boys pass (lord help me when that happens!!), that I’d be interested in exploring a rescue.

    Great topic for the letter R. 😉 xo

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      There was the most adorable rescue on Pet Finder yesterday. Imagine a face like Harley but the size of Jaxson. He’s 3 years old – out in MD. Man, I wanted to call, and have my kids pick him up for me. Sounds like a terrific doodle, not sure what the rest of his story is, but I can’t afford another dog right now. That’s not to say, I won’t try for three one of these days. Interesting you mentioned “tethering” that’s my letter T for tomorrow – I will talk about training. Have a great weekend! Hugs to your babies from me!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 24, 2016

    I do appreciate you thinking about me when you found a dog in rescue locally. I so wish I could get another dog, but J said “nope.” I have to admit that four is quite the handful, but I’m convinced that if I can find 4 more ours in the day, I can do it.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 25, 2016

      Girl, I struggle every day wanting a third. There was one last week looks just like Harley, 3 years old, and Jaxson’s weight. He was so adorable… But I can’t. Lee would run away I’m sure! LOL

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