My name is Ferdinand!

Doberman Pinscher Dog for adoption in Newhall, California - Ferdinand
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New Leash On Life Animal Rescue

Facts about Ferdinand

  • Breed: Doberman Pinscher
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9943874

Looking for a fun, head-turning-kind-of-handsome companion to take on adventures and share a lifetime of memories with? Then you have found just the dog in our resident stud-pup: Ferdinand.

It's a common misconception that purebred dogs are almost impossible to find in the world of everyday animal rescue, but it's actually far from the reality. Purebreds are a common sight at shelters, and are sometimes more at risk for euthanasia than their mutt counterparts. Such seems to be the story of Ferdinand.

We first met Ferdie at the end of a long row of kennels in one of the highest-kill shelters in the area. While the other dogs around him were going into overdrive with barks and snarls, scared of the fate that may await them as each second passed, Ferdinand caught the attention of our staff with the way he approached the kennel divide with grace, caution and composure.

One look into this handsome guy's face and our jaws almost hit the floor.

A purebred, young Doberman -- and the more rare chocolate color, no less -- who had, according to his kennel information, been given up simply for having more energy than his former family could handle. A sad reason to discard such a wonderful dog, but unfortunately, it happens. A lot.

We took Ferdinand out into the small, cramped meet-and-greet kennel, and he instantly came up to our staff members and leaned into their legs, begging for ear scratches and wiggling his stumpy tail in excitement. He was patient and polite as our photographer took photo after photo, holding extra still as she snapped away, then coming over to kiss her face and sniff her camera once she'd finished.

Our hearts melted. Ferdie was so filthy, sick and sad-looking; it was probably the first time anyone had shown him any attention since he was dumped at the shelter. We knew a dog like Ferdinand would find a fantastic forever home in a heartbeat, so imagine how both thrilled and confused we were when the shelter told us we could take him because no one else was interested.

No other interest? How could that be?

Regardless, since coming to the haven of New Leash On Life's thirteen-acre Ranch property, Ferdinand has blossomed into a smart, loyal, loving guy who wants nothing more than to stretch out in the sun or play tag in the dog park.

He has earned the affectionate nickname of 'Velcro' among the staff and volunteers -- he still wraps around our legs, much like a curious but shy toddler, especially when he needs reassurance he is safe.

Ferdinand's former family obviously spent no time whatsoever trying to socialize or train him -- he would benefit greatly from a basic obedience course, and needs to get out and about in the world and try new experiences!

We have no doubt that with a little effort, Ferdinand will make the finest of family dogs, full of enough love and loyalty to last for years to come!

Click the 'Adopt Me' button to submit an adoption application for Ferdinand today!

About New Leash On Life Animal Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

New Leash On Life Animal Rescue Foundation was started in 1997 by a group of animal-loving individuals united by a vision -- to make overpopulation, unwanted pets, crowded shelters, and euthanasia things of the past.

In 2002, the organization moved to a 13-acre facility in the Santa Clarita Valley and established their base of operations there: a haven for many companion animals who would have otherwise been lost within the shelter system. The organization also established programs to help provide locals with better learning resources, to help enrich their education as animal owners.

Today, the Ranch is a borderline magical place, and offers a wide variety of additional services, such as: boarding, training, volunteer programs, CGC certification, and much more -- the proceeds from which go directly back into the rescue efforts, spearheaded by New Leash On Life's passionate staff and proactive volunteers.

New Leash On Life has also pioneered a unique program: the Lend A Paw (LAP) program, which offer training for both shelter and already-adopted dogs to become licensed therapy dogs for visits to hospitals, nursing homes, schools for special needs students, and veteran facilities.

Today, New Leash On Life can proudly say it has been directly responsible for spaying and neutering thousands of pets, rescuing, rehabbing and re-homing over 5,000 shelter dogs from various high-kill shelters all across Southern California, as well as making a continued determined effort to better educate the community on responsible pet ownership.

Together, in coalition with amazing organizations like Best Friends Animal Society, New Leash On Life is determined to save even more helpless lives, build a comprehensive network of allies to help all animals in need (even those not in our immediate area), and make LA (and beyond) no-kill, forever!

Come Meet Our Pets...

We are by appointment ONLY!

For full details or to schedule with us, visit our website at:

Our Adoption Process...

Find your new best friend

Fill out an Adoption Application for that dog

Meet the dog in person, and interview with a New Leash On Life representative

Provide pictures of the home and/or yard to ensure it is safe and secure

Make a tax deductible adoption donation ($250 for adult dogs, $350 for puppies -- unless otherwise noted in Special Offers)