Dobermans in need have friends in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State boasts several nonprofit rescue groups devoted to the care and rehoming of this loyal, intelligent breed. If you live in Pennsylvania and want to adopt a dobie or need to give up a pet, contact a rescue serving your area.
Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Assistance
Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Assistance aids dobies in southeastern Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey and Delaware. In addition to fostering surrendered dogs, volunteers also rescue dobermans from local shelters. Dogs not fostered with volunteers stay in boarding kennels. To adopt, applicants must permit a home visit and provide veterinary references. The DVDPA website states they "work on matching dogs and owners based on the personality of the dog and the desires of the adopter." All dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Distinguished Dobermans Rescue
Located in Moon Township, Distinguished Dobermans Rescue is convenient to Pittsburgh International Airport. Dobies are surrendered by owners or rescued from area shelters. Upon entering the rescue, each dog receives a veterinary examination, along with microchipping with the rescue's information. Experienced volunteers foster these dogs, rehabbing or training the dog if necessary. Adopters are carefully screened to make the best match, with applicants agreeing to a home visit and signing a contract with DDR. The group also takes in and rehomes dobie mixes.
Doberman Rescue Inc.
Based in Sewickley, Doberman Rescue Inc. primarily receives dobies or dobie-type dogs from local animal shelters or animal control officers. DRI does take in some owner surrenders but has a strict policy of never accepting aggressive animals. Prior to being put up for adoption, all dogs receive veterinary exams, vaccinations and spaying or neutering. Volunteers evaluate and train dobies in basic obedience, as well as exposing them to other dogs, cats and kids. Applicants must agree to a home visit, and a fenced-in backyard is preferred although exceptions may be made.
Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA Inc.
Serving the southeastern part of the state, Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA Inc. performs a full evaluation on each dobie they receive. This includes evaluating not just the dog's physical health but his temperament and behavior. The rescue offers advice and direction to new dobie owners, helping with the specific behavioral issues of the dogs they've adopted out. Volunteers care for dogs in their homes until a new owner is found.
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