Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Feel free to visit our web site for more information: www.ddrinc.net
We are a 501(c)(3), Not For Profit Organization and a corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania composed solely of volunteers that functions solely on donations, fundraising efforts and volunteers.
Funds are used to offset the costs of rescuing and re-homing the Dobermans that enter our rescue. There are various costs involved with each Doberman that is rescued. Some of these costs include shelter fees, veterinary care, medications and equipment.
We do not have any paid employees. Our organization is run solely by volunteers who devote their time and energy because of their love for this majestic breed. We do this in addition to having families, jobs and dogs of our own. Our only reward is knowing we helped a Doberman in need.
DDR receives Dobermans from shelters as well as owners. These owners can no longer keep their Dobermans for reasons such as divorce, death, relocation, illness, lack of time/income or landlord conflicts. Some rescued Dobermans come into rescue in poor health or suffering from the affects of neglect and/or abuse.
Our rescued Dobermans each receive a vet exam, necessary vaccines and medicines, a micro chip, a heart worm test (heart worm treatment if found to be positive) and are spayed/neutered.
Each Doberman lives in foster care until placement. We use this time to learn more about the dog. This information is helpful when choosing the appropriate adoptive home. We also use this time to rehabilitate and/or teach basic obedience if needed.
There is a screening process for adoptive homes. Each potential adopter must complete an adoption application, agree to a home visit and sign an adoption contract. We also require an adoption fee to help defray costs incurred while the rescued Doberman is in our care.
If we have the space, we will take in Doberman mixes and other breeds.
We feel education is very important. We attend outings and provide educational materials to the public. We also provide these materials to our adoptive homes.
Volunteers remain in contact with our adoptive homes for the rescued dog's entire life. We are always here to provide assistance if needed.
We want to find the absolute, best match between dog and family.
Step One: Is a Doberman Right for You?
If this is your first Doberman, please research the breed and be sure a Doberman will fit into your lifestyle. It is extremely important we ensure each rescued Doberman is able to remain in its new adoptive home for the rest of its life. Please contact us if you have questions about the breed or owning a Doberman. You may also want to review our Resources page for more information.
Step Two: Complete our Adoption Application
You must complete our adoption application. We require answers to several questions as well as three personal references and one veterinary reference. All current pets must be up to date on vaccines and spayed/neutered. If they are not, please provide the reason(s) why. We also network with many local rescuers, so please let us know if you have applied with anyone else.
Step Three: Meeting the Doberman and the Home Visit
Once your application has been reviewed and your references have been checked, you will be able to meet the Doberman you are interested in adopting. We also ask that your entire family (including any other family pets) be available to meet the Doberman. We will need to visit your home prior to finalizing the adoption. We normally like to bring the Doberman to your home to meet your family and your other pets. We do a home visit to see where the Doberman will be living and also to observe the Doberman's interaction with you, your family and the other pets in your home. Our home visits normally last an hour or two. This is also a good time to discuss any concerns and/or questions you may have about owning a rescued Doberman.
Please keep in mind adoptions are at our discretion. We can refuse an application for any reason. We will only introduce you to dogs we feel will fit into your lifestyle and circumstances. You are under no obligation to adopt any dog we introduce to you and your family. Please do not be afraid to express questions and/or concerns when meeting the rescued Doberman. We want this Doberman to remain a member of your family for the rest of his/her life.
Step Four: Completing the Adoption Contract
Once you, your family and DDR feel as though a match has been made, you will be required to complete an adoption contract. Please be sure you are willing to comply with all aspects of our contract. This is also the time to address any questions you may have about our contract.
Our contract includes a section that lists everything in detail we know/have learned about the Doberman. We include this information in an attempt to make the transition easier for everyone. We include current feeding schedules, potty schedules (any known cues), sleeping arrangements, likes, dislikes, known commands, etc.
We also include a small bag of the food your new Doberman is currently eating. In most cases we do not require that you feed a specific food, however, there are some exceptions. Some dogs may need to eat certain foods for medical reasons.
An adoption donation is also required at this time.
Our adoption fees are listed on our web site.
Your adoption donation helps defray the costs incurred while the Doberman is in our care.
Continued Contact with DDR:
DDR communicates with the new adoptive family several times during the first few weeks after adoption. We address any issues that may arise with the family and/or the new Doberman. If there are any issues, we want to be able to address them immediately rather than allowing things to get worse. Once the Doberman has settled in, we occasionally check in to see how things are going. We encourage the adoptive families to contact us at any time with concerns or questions. We are always here to support the families in any way possible.
Contact does continue for the entirety of the Doberman's life.
If the Doberman can no longer remain in the adoptive home, he/she MUST be returned to DDR. The Doberman must not be sold or given away.
DDR reserves the right to reclaim any Doberman that is neglected, not properly cared for and permitted to roam freely.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.