We are often contacted regarding assistance for people with finding a new home for their
Doberman. If we have space we may be able to take your dog right away. We have a surrender
form that you will be required to sign relinquishing your rights to the dog and giving us full
ownership. Before making that step, here are some things to think about.
Your dog is your responsibility, whether you bought it from a breeder,adopted him from a shelter,
took him in as a stray, or assumed care after a friend or relative could no longer provide for him.
This is your dog, you made a commitment to him, he loves and trusts you. Re-homing him is going to
be a traumatic event for him no matter what we do to try to help, He does not understand what is
happening to him and he is going to have a rough time even though finding a new home really is the
best decision for him. He depends on you to make the best decisions for him now, more than ever.
You need to make the right choices for his future.
You WILL NOT find a good home for your Doberman on Craig's list. This is guaranteed. As
experienced rescue people will tell you, From interviewing potential adopters,knowing what to
ask,what to listen for,and what to check and how to handle UN expected surprises. Most people
looking for dogs on Craig's list are those that have been rejected by responsible rescue groups or
are purposely trying to avoid the adoption process. They know we will check their references, call
their vet and even check their home.
It usually takes us at least a couple of months to find a quality home for a Doberman with
somebody that will properly care for him for the rest of his life. If you think that you will find a good
home with a stranger you met on Craig's list, or any social media websites, and you think it will be a
good home for your dog, chances are you are wrong. People know what to say to make themselves
sound good and they will usually want to meet you at a store parking lot or some where similar for
your "convenience" when the reality is they do not want you to see their home. Nearly all of them
have bad intentions,Dog fighters like to use Doberman as bait dogs (they tie them to a tree with
their mouths taped shut so the fighting dog can rip them to pieces). Others want a cheap guard dog
and beat the dog to "make it mean". They may send a women or child to give the appearance that it
will be a family pet.
Shelters were created for the care of abandoned, stray and abused animals. The are not meant to
be a drop off for people who no longer want to keep their pets. Only the
youngest,cutest,friendliest,and best behaved dogs get adopted through animal control. Doberman
rarely find good homes through animal control. Shelters are required to hold stray dogs for a certain
number of days before putting them up for adoption or killing them. If you turn your dog in, they do
not have to hold it for any time and may kill it as soon as you walk out the door. If your dog is old,
has health problems, or does not do well with strangers, his chances are not good. It is more likely
your dog will wind up dead then in a new home if surrendered to a shelter.
Our rescue is not a "kennel". Doberman Rescue is a group of dedicated volunteers that open their
hearts and their homes to abandoned, abused and needy Dobes. If you surrender your dog to us the
first thing we are going to ask is
1. Is the dog spayed or neutered?
If not Dobe rescue will have this done when we take possession of the dog
2. Do you have up to date vaccination records.
Having up to date records helps us to determine if we need to have your dog taken to the vet to
have him brought up to date on his shots.
3. Is he currently on any heart worm preventative?
Again, this could mean a trip to the vet
4. Is he on any other medications or supplements
This will help to keep his care the best he deserves.
If you absolutely can not keep your dog and we do not have space, we can advertise your dog on
our site, interview potential adopters and pass the information along to you. As soon as available
space in one of our foster homes becomes available we would contact you. Although most of the
requests we receive claim that the dog must be out of the home IMMEDIATELY true emergency's of
this nature are few and far between and generally reflect poor planning on the part of the owner.
How can we be sympathetic that you have to have your dog out NOW when you moved in to a
home that does not allow pets. You would not move to a home that did not allow children if you had
a two year old. Why move to a home that does not allow a Doberman when YOU OWN a Doberman.
Take a hard look at your reasons for giving up your dog. Now is the time for true soul searching.
Are you being forced to give up your dog? Or do you just not want to deal with him any longer. We
often here that the dog deserves better or he has too much energy or I don't have enough time for
him. This is not your dogs fault, He had no say coming into this relationship. You are the only family
he knows and being sent away will be hard on him. Being passed around leads to emotional and
behavioral problems that may turn your loving friend into a fear biter or bring out other behaviors
that may end up having your dog being killed. There is no family with a farm waiting for all the
homeless doggies to come run in the fields forever. When dogs are not wanted they are killed. With
time and effort, a loving family could be found for your Doberman, But is it necessary? Is there
something else you can do to help make your family and your dog a better fit?
If he is to energetic, Have you tried play dates with other dogs? Throwing a ball until he is tired?
How about agility class?
If he is destructive or too much to handle, have you taken him to an obedience class? We can
recommend good classes.
If you work long hours, have you considered a pet sitter coming in to walk him every day?
Remember, Adopting a dog is a commitment. They do more than eat, sleep and poop. They need
exercise and mental stimulation and it is your responsibility to give it to them. Remember There is
no better thing than a tired Doberman.
If you still feel you have to surrender your dog to us you will be required to sign a surrender form.
This means once we have taken possession of your dog and you have signed the form, You can not
call back in two hours and say you changed your mind and you want your dog back. The form is
legal and binding. Remember, You are giving up your dog to us. Once this happens we ask that you
do not call to "check up" on your dog. It is no longer "your dog" your gave him to us. We will provide
the love,care, and protection that he or she needs and deserves. Continual calls are not necessary.
I know its difficult to surrender your dog, but once we take possession of your dog,
we will not take calls regarding the surrendered dog. Please understand we are trying to move
forward with this transition and any contact from you complicates this process. So please, don't
call us regarding "our " dog, because we will not take these calls! He or she will be going to a good
Submit the form below,call 586-362-8496 and leave a message,or send an email to
email@example.com one of our volunteers will reply to discuss options
to get your dog to us. If Dobe Rescue does take your Dobie to find him/her a new home. It is
thoughtful that as a last gesture of your love. Please consider making a donation to help pay for
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life,his love, his leader. He will be yours faithful and true,
to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."