If you want to adopt a dog in need of a loving home, a Doberman rescue might be the perfect matchmaking service. The people who run these organizations adore the breed, take good care of the dogs in their programs and carefully choose the best forever home for each animal.
Health and Medical Care
When a Doberman enters a rescue program -- whether he is taken from a shelter, surrendered by an owner or found running loose -- the first step usually is a trip to the vet. Standard visits include shots, heartworm tests and treatment of diseases or injuries. Some organizations also ask vets to microchip the Dobermans, and rescues almost always insist that the dogs be spayed or neutered. Not every adoptable Doberman is in perfect health, but reputable organizations will make sure you know about a dog’s physical condition and special needs before you sign an adoption contract.
Finding Your Doberman
Some U.S. rescues hold open houses, which enable you to visit their facilities, meet the dogs and find a good match. These organizations usually request that your other pets accompany you, so you and the rescue staff can make sure the pets will get along. Other organizations ask you to submit an application describing your home and the qualities you want in a Doberman. When they receive a dog who seems to fit the bill, they’ll arrange a face-to-face meeting. If you adopt a Doberman and then decide you can't keep him, most rescues will take him back. In fact, some require you to return the dog to them rather than finding him another home.
These Dobermans oftenhave been through traumatic events, so the rescuers’ primary goal is to find permanent homes with loving, responsible, financially stable people. You’ll probably need to fill out a detailed application with a reference from your vet, a description of your home and information about you, your partner and your other pets. In addition, you usually must sign a contract confirming that the dog will be an indoor pet, you won’t chain her outside, and you have a securely fenced yard where she can exercise. Each organization has other requirements, such as that you keep them informed if you move and contact them if you need to surrender the dog.
Foster Care for Dobermans
Many American rescues rely on foster homes for Dobermans who haven’t yet been adopted or who aren’t quite ready for a forever home. Foster parents lavish love on the dogs, get to know each one’s personality and temperament, and might even provide needed training. If you’re thinking about adopting a Doberman, her foster parents can give you valuable insights into your new family member. If you have experience with the breed and want to become a foster parent, contact your local rescue for information; many organizations have a constant need for loving foster homes.
Fees, Donations and Volunteering
Doberman rescue is a labor of love, and most organizations operate as non-profits. Some charge an adoption fee, while others recommend donations in specific amounts. These fees help cover the costs of vet care, food and other needs. Depending on your state and the rescue’s status, your donations might even be tax deductible. If you want to help Dobermans in your area, contact the organization to find out if they need volunteers to transport, play with or exercise dogs, or to help with adoption events.
Finding a Doberman Rescue
Most Doberman rescues will adopt only to people who live within a two- to three-hour radius. To find an organization in your area, visit the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's rescue website (dpcarescue.com).
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- Doberman Rescue of North Carolina Inc.: About Us
- Doberman Rescue of North Carolina Inc.: Adoption Process and Policies
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