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Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue in Fairfax, Virginia was founded in 2013 as a non-profit dog rescue organization run by dedicated dog-loving volunteers and funded by community donations. They primarily rescue five breeds:
Sometimes they'll also rescue other non-shedding, hypoallergenic companion dogs.
Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue often rescues senior dogs at risk of euthanasia at overcrowded shelters, and they re-home dogs surrendered by their owners who can no longer care for them.
All of the dogs temporarily live in private foster homes throughout the Northern Virginia area, where they’re restored to good health and evaluated for placement into their best-matched permanent family.
Considering adopting from Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
To adopt from Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue, please follow the simple process below:
Rescued dogs, and especially senior dogs, are most often severely neglected and require extensive veterinary care to get well enough to be adopted.
Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue takes in many senior dogs who typically cost $2,000 in veterinary treatments with required dental work. While adoption fees vary from dog to dog, higher adoption fees are charged for young dogs to help care for all dogs the rescue saves.
Whatever your adoption fee, it covers a physical examination, spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, heartworm, Lyme disease, and anaplasmosis testing, deworming, and flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.