Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
After entering the program, our Dobermans are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested (and given monthly heartworm preventative), and microchipped (a computer microchip placed in the dog's lower neck for help with identification should the animal ever become lost). While awaiting adoption, most of our Dobermans live in foster homes throughout Illinois where we attempt to evaluate their temperaments, learn their behavioral quirks, and work on basic manners and obedience.
We endeavor to place each Doberman into a home best suited for that individual dog. Some factors we take into account include the dog's reaction to children, other dogs, and cats. We carefully screen all applicants since we want to ensure that each adoption is a good match and provides a permanent home for the dog. We maintain contact with our adoptive families and encourage them to contact us in case of any questions or problems.
If for any reason the rescued Doberman is not working out in its new home, the adoptive home is legally required to first contact IDR to allow us the option to accept (or decline) the return of the Doberman back into the IDR program.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will we place our Dobermans into a home where they will be forced to live outside, or to serve as outdoor "guard" dogs. It is our most heartfelt desire that all of our "kids" be adopted into loving homes and be accepted as part of the family on a permanent basis.
We only adopt to families within Illinos or the surrounding states. We also do not ship our dogs.
STEP 1. APPLICATION PROCESS
*IDR now requires a fenced yard if you have children under 5 years of age.
We request that you complete and return our Illinois Doberman Rescue Application, which asks that your provide us with both a veterinarian and personal reference. Please note that it is mandatory that your existing pets are both up-to-date on their vaccinations and spayed/neutered (unless there is a medical reason or you are showing your dog in conformation-both will require proof). We have devised a vaccination protocol which can be read below.
We do not adopt dogs out as gifts for many reasons. You could possibly offer the surprise of adopting, but it is best everyone is together to choose the new family companion.
You may choose to submit your application by way of regular mail. You may choose to fax or email your application. Mailing address and email/fax information is listed on the top of the application. Note: During this process you may be working with a number of different members of our group.
Please fill out an application and send it to:
P.O. Box 435
Barrington, IL 60011
STEP 2 INITIAL FOSTER PARENT CONTACT
While we are reviewing your application, you may call to inquire about any of the dogs on our "Available Dobermans" It is important that you inform the foster parent that you have submitted a copy of the application.
** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE IS USUALLY A WAITING LIST OF PRE-APPROVED APPLICANTS. THESE APPLICANTS ARE CONTACTED FIRST WHEN NEW DOGS ENTER OUR PROGRAM. **
STEP 3. HOME VISIT
After processing your application, the foster parent or another volunteer with Illinois Doberman Rescue will visit you home to perform a home visit. The purpose of this visit is to verify any information you have listed on your application (i.e., fenced-in yard, crate, etc.) and to ensure that we are matching you with the correct Rescue Doberman for your home environment.We request all members to be present at the home visit.
PLEASE NOTE: The adoption process CANNOT be completed until a home visit has been performed.
STEP 4. MEETNG THE AVAILABLE DOBERMANS
Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to meet the Doberman(s) of your choice. If possible, we encourage you to look at all of the available dogs in our program that fit your profile. These dogs are in foster homes all over Illinois. You will need to call or email the foster parent to get more information about the specific dog. You will be expected to travel to these homes to meet and visit with your potential adopted Doberman. All members of the family (including any family dogs) should attend this initial meeting since we consider this to be a family decision.
STEP 5. ADOPTION CONTRACT AND ADOPTION FEE
Finally, to complete a valid adoption, an adoption contract must be signed and an adoption fee of:
* $250.00 for adult Dobermans (7 mos-7 years)
* $350 for Doberman puppies 7 months and under
* $125 for senior Dobermans (7-10 years)
* $50 for older Dobermans (10 years and up)
* Adoption fees for the “Plus” dogs vary
* $75 for kittens under 6 months
* $65 for cats 6 months and up
This adoption fee serves to reimburse Illinois Doberman Rescue for the medical costs invested in your new pet. We potentially could lower this fee based on special circumstances (i.e, elderly dogs, etc.). All adoption fees should be made payable to Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus
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, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.