This page will be split into 2 parts.
Firstly we will talk about those who are after a cockapoo for rehoming from a rescue centre and then we will discuss what to do if you are thinking about giving up your Cockapoo if you cannot cope due to change in situations.
When most of us think about cockapoo rescue, we might think about dogs that have been abused or neglected. The thing is, this might not be the case. Divorce, the death of a loved one, having to move home – these are all the most stressful moments of life. Not just for humans, for dogs too – and they are all legitimate reasons a rescue cockapoo will end up at a rescue centre, or need rehoming.
One of the main reasons Cockapoos are given in to rescue centres is that they did not realise how much hard work they would turn out to be and just how much attention they really need. They really are an adorable dog, make great family pets but they are a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle which when combined make an energetic dog breed. Combine these both and you get a dog that needs a lot of training.
The best places to inquire about a rescue dog that needs a loving home is:
- Your local dog shelters such as the RSPC or SSPCA
- The Cockapoo Club of GB
- Dogs Blog – They have a list of Cockapoos on there that need homes
- Cockapoo Owners Club of GB – They advertise dogs that need rehoming on their FB page
- Gumtree – This comes with an air of caution which we discuss below
- The Doodle Trust – Specialising in rehoming doodle cross dogs
- Doodles For Rehoming Facebook Page
RSPCA, SSPCA or your Local Shelters
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Although there isn’t a specific cockapoo rescue centre in the UK or even in the USA, there are many rescue centres you can phone and ask if there are any cockapoos needing new homes. There is usually an adoption fee involved for rehoming rescue dogs.
The Cockapoo Club of GB
These guy’s are specialists with Cockapoos. Although the page I link to mainly talks about what to do if you need to give up your Cockapoo, please send them an email as they will be able to help you find a rescue cockapoo or point you in the right direction.
I have only come across this site recently and it is a great resource. Shelters from all over the UK place their dogs on here and you can search by specific breeds. At the time of me writing this, there are 3 Cockapoos on this site looking for new homes and to date this site has helped find a forever home for over 56,000 dogs!
Cockapoo Owners Club Of GB
A very trusted source when it comes to finding a cockapoo. Check out their facebook page daily and look out for dogs that need rehoming.
The Doodle Trust
This is a charity that helps rehome all poodle cross dogs. They look to rehome them with suitable owners and educate and help you with the dogs needs. This is entirely run by volunteers.
Doodles for Rehoming UK
This is a Facebook page that I have been a member of for many years. They vet all the listings and you have to apply by answering a questionnaire so that the current owners and people that run the group can decide who is best for that dog. I have read a lot of great success stories on this group and the admins work very hard. A lot of the dogs I have seen on here are still cockapoo puppies and not adult dogs. They also have a lot of cavapoo dogs and other crossbreeds such as the Labradoodle (half labrador and half poodle) and Goldendoodle (half golden retriever and half poodle)
Local Independent Rescue Centres
As well as these main charities there will be lots of centres local to you. Look around and check out a few rescue centres, you can always phone ahead and ask if they have cockapoos. It’s worth checking on local centres to make sure they are offering a good service with clean kennels and well looked after dogs before you take a dog from them as some centres are unscrupulous, and there are many which are closed down and the dogs given to the main dog rescue centre charities.
We are putting this last on our list. I have heard a lot of bad things about dogs on here and some have come from some really bad situations. Most of the dogs through Doodles Trust etc will have had some sort of assesment before being put up for adoption such as “are they good with kids” or “are they resource guarding etc” but with gumtree you won’t truly know what you are getting. Some dogs advertised as Cockapoos might not even be Cockapoos!
Do you Need To Give up Your Cockapoo?
There are a lot of reasons why owning a Cockapoo might not have turned out as you expected it to be. They are adorable but require so much time and effort and it really is sad both for the owner and the dog. A big reason I see is that that the dog is still young and even though they are great family pets the cockapoo is still going to nip when its young. This phase passes but its at this phase when I see a lot are given up.
However, we try not to judge here at CockapooHQ and find it is better for both parties to separate and move on. The owner will be less stressed and the dog can go to a home where they get the love and attention that they need. Most of the dogs I see being given you are still little cockapoo puppies aged 6 months or at least under a year old.
Please, do not sell your dog on Gumtree or a similar site. A cockapoo can end up in the wrong hands, especially if they are sold cheaply. We want to make sure they all go to good homes don’t we?
Please do contact one of the listings above that I discussed where people are after Cockapoos. They will be able to help you and will deal with this situation all the time and be able to find the perfect family home for your pooch.
If you want to chat about this with someone then please feel free to contact us here at Cockapoo HQ and we will help all we can.