Pet Allergy Sufferers

If you have a dog allergy, your body’s immune system reacts to the proteins in the pet’s urine, saliva or dander.  No dog is 100% hypoallergenic and pet hair itself is not an allergen.  Pet hair can collect dander, urine and saliva and it also can carry other allergens like dust and pollen.  As such, typically dogs with non-shedding coats who are groomed regularly seem to trigger allergies in humans less often.

SOSARL recommends meeting and spending a good amount of time with a dog PRIOR to adoption for anyone suffering from dog allergies to help ensure the right match.

Due to the nature of rescue, SOSARL can not know the genetic history or make up of the vast majority of dogs in our program.  For most SOSARL dogs, and rescue dogs in general, we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix based upon visual appearance and/or personality.  Additionally, dogs with non-shedding coats typically receive much more adopter interest than hair dogs, and thus tend to be adopted much more quickly and are not always available for a meeting prior to adoption.
For these reasons, we like to suggest that any adopter with dog allergy concerns work with a rescue specialized in non-shedding coat dogs (eg, Just Doodles and Friends Dog Rescue,
If you wish to work with SOSARL to find a dog to adopt, we ask that you set your expectations accordingly:  finding the right match who is available for a meeting locally could take several months and you will need to plan to come to our public events to meet and spend time with potential candidates prior to adopting.  While we are advocates of pet adoption first and foremost, buying from a RESPONSIBLE breeder is another reasonable option for those adopters with serious allergies.




More Information on Finding a Responsible Breeder:

The following variety of breeds typically do well with dog allergy sufferers.

  • Afghan Hound
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid (Hairless)
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Xoloitzcuintli

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“CUDDLES-R-US” Adoption Event! @ Rumford Pet Center - Warwick
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