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.
We are dedicated to finding the best possible home for all Dobermans that come into our adoption program. Be assured that the decisions and recommendations regarding surrendering or adopting a Doberman are based primarily on what is in the best interest of the dog and are guided by many years of experience with this special breed. We care as much about the quality of life for all Dobermans in our program as we do our own dogs.
Dobermans in our program are never kenneled and live in private homes with foster families who evaluate the doberman for temperament and behavior traits so we can make recommendations on the best type of home for our dogs.
FEES TO ADOPT-All dobermans are fully vetted, altered and micro-chipped in our program.
Under 1 year: $400.00
1 to 8 years: $350.00
Over 8 years: $150.00
The adoption process requires a home visit by a DRM volunteer prior to meeting any of our Dobermans. All adoptions require a signed contract by the adopter-if adopter can not care for the adopted doberman any time in its life it must be returned to Doberman Rescue Minnesota.
- All Dobermans must live indoors as family members. Under no circumstances will we place our Dobermans into a home where they will be forced to live outside, or to serve as "guard" dogs.
- All adoptive homes must be within a reasonable distance from the Twin Cities metro area for home visits and follow up care.
- Adopters MUST be at least 21 years of age and independent (i.e. not living at home with parents, etc.).
-Adopters must own the property where the adopted dog will reside. We find it is difficult for renters and landlords to find home owners insurance, which means suitable renting units for dobermans are not available. Far to often we get dobermans surrendered from people who rent.
- It is our policy not to place male Dobermans in homes with resident male dogs. Male Dobermans, in general, have rather pronounced dominance issues with other male dogs and the successful integration of a male Doberman into a family with other male dogs is relatively rare. There are, more often than not, problems occurring with such placements so we have simply made a policy not to risk this kind of placement. Please Google this behavior in male Dobermans.
- It is our policy not to adopt rescue Dobermans out to homes with existing intact dogs (male or female).
- We will not place our rescue dogs in homes with children under 6 years old. We set these limitations, not because of aggression issues with our dogs, but because Dobermans are generally large, active dogs and can easily knock down or run over a small child, causing a serious fall. Any injury to a small child may cost the dogs life and we can not risk this for our dobermans.
- All Doberman Rescue dogs are placed under a contract which we strictly enforce. It requires, among other things, that the owner keep the dog up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm prevention, medical care, yearly veterinary exams and completion of an obedience course with the new doberman. We also require that if the new owners should not, for ANY reason, be able to keep and care for the Doberman, the dog MUST be returned, by the owner, to Doberman Rescue Minnesota. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Fencing is preferred or secure containment. We require adopters to have a secure, safe area in which the dog can have adequate room to exercise in a safe environment. Under no circumstances will we place dogs in environments where they will be kept tied (no cables or runners) or in small pens or kennels out doors.
- There is an adoption fee for most Dobermans. $150-$400. Occasionally, we may have a senior or special needs dog whose fee will be reduced. The adoption fee is used to partially offset the substantial costs incurred in the rescue and medical treatment of the Dobermans. All dogs are spayed or neutered, have been vaccinated against rabies, distemper and parvovirus, have been tested for heartworm (and treated if testing positive), are on monthly heartworm preventative, have been dewormed if intestinal worms are present, are microchipped for identification (microchip registration remains in the name of Doberman Rescue Minnesota after adoption to insure the long-term safety of the dog), and each has been evaluated for temperament while living in a private home with a family. We require our adopters to enroll in an obedience class with their new Doberman. This is helpful in building confidence for both dog and owner. It is not the same to "train" your dogs yourself versus taking them to a formal class. Dobermans need socialization, structure and way to stay active and out of trouble. Obedience, agility, or a form of structured training is highly desired for every Doberman through out the dobes entire life. These are working dogs that do need a job and an owner that will be committed to offering activity to them on a daily basis.
- By filling out and submitting an application to DRM, you are not committed to an adoption. The application ONLY serves to help our staff best match the right dog with the right home.
Step 1: Decide if the Doberman Pinscher breed is right for you. The best way to make this decision is by doing your research !! There is a lot of information out there. A really reliable resource is the Doberman Pinscher Club of America website. They have wonderful resources that can give you insight on the Doberman.
Step 2: Do you have the time and energy. There are many great things about Dobes; they love to be with their owners, and they love to play. One quick way to make a Dobe emotionally depressed is by leaving them alone too long. Doberman Pinschers are ultimate companion dog that like to stay busy and near its pack !! See Breed Info.
Step 3: Are you willing to take the time to train. Regardless of the age of the Dobe you adopt it's a good idea to attend obedience classes. This is a great opportunity to bond with your dog and to teach him/her what your expectations are.
Step 4: Complete our online application. Your application will be reviewed and you'll be contacted to set up an in home interview.
Step 5: Take a few days to decide on which dog will be appropriate for your home. Please be patient as all volunteers have a full schedule with work and family. These steps are taken to make sure all of our foster dogs will be going to a safe and loving home and the family is confident about the decisions they make when choosing a dog.
All dobermans in our program are up to date on vaccinations, micro-chipped and spayed or neutered.
Minimum suggested adoption donations are as follows:
Under 1 year: $400.00
1 to 8 years: $350.00
Over 8 years: $150.00
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.