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ADOPT

ADOPTION PROCESS

 

All Dobes that come into our rescue receive a full physical and behavioral exam and temperament evaluation which helps match them with an appropriate family. In addition, the organization serves as a resource to educate and assist new Dobe owners with knowledgeable advice during the initial adoption adjustment period.

 

We currently have dogs being processed through foster care but not quite ready for adoption yet.  Many of these dogs do not make it to our website as we have a waiting list of qualified applicants.  

Once you submit an application, you will be assigned a caseworker who will interview you and contact your references. When approved, we will contact you and make every effort to match you to an appropriate pet.

​Since our purpose is to find the best possible Doberman for your situation, we appreciate your patience. When we have a Doberman we feel can offer what you want in a companion, we will contact you to arrange a meeting. Meanwhile, you may contact us to discuss any aspect of the adoption process. If your application is approved, checking in periodically with your caseworker is helpful so we know you have not adopted elsewhere and are still looking.

If you are unable to complete an application online, download a hardcopy here, complete, and send to the address indicated on the form.

ADOPTION FEES

 

Puppies (1 year old or less) $495

Dogs 1+ year - 2 years old $450

Dogs 2+ years - 3 years old $425

Dogs 3+ years - 5 years old $395

Dogs 5+ years $350

 

*Adoption fees do NOT represent the "purchase price" of a dog.  Be aware that these fees do not cover the expenses of most dogs that come into the rescue and the adoption fee is a donation to the organization to help offset expenses while a dog is in foster care and/or rehabilitating, and mostly covers veterinarian fees.  The average expenses for a dog in our care is $750.  Without adoption fees and generous donations from our members and other supporting donors, we would not be able to operate or exist.  Adoption donations are non-refundable and are not tax deductible.

Adoption Process
Fostering
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FOSTER

FOSTERING

 

DPRPA relies purely on the compassionate devotion of its foster families.  We would love for you to join that network and be part of this rewarding experience by taking care of a homeless Doberman in temporary need of a home.  

You may be able to save the life of a dog simply by temporarily opening your home to one. It may be a puppy or young dog, a senior dog, or a dog undergoing medical treatment before he can be adopted.  Without foster homes, we may not have the ability to take these dogs into our care.  A brief stay in your home is the difference between life and death for many of them.

What does a fosterer do?

  • Provides a safe and stress-free home until adopted.

  • Takes the dog to the vet (paid for by the rescue).

  • Helps socialize a dog to a home environment, other pets and people, if needed.

  • Helps with training to improve adoptability.

  • Helps assess a dog to determine an appropriate home.  

How long do pets need to be fostered?

Some dogs only need a foster family for a week or less if we are waiting on transportation or for the adopter to ready their home for the new dog. ​ Others may need a month or longer while it receives needed medical attention, is being evaluated by the foster family for temperament and personality, or while we are in the process of identifying just the right home for him.   

It’s important for you to know that sometimes things don’t work out as planned.  A foster pet may need unanticipated medical care, or recovery time may take longer than expected. Pending adoptions can fall through or fail.  If you agree to foster and have a limited time frame or a pending vacation, etc., please discuss this with us up front so we can work through it.

What does it cost to foster?

DPRPA will provide any and all medical care that is needed for the dog. We'll also provide pet food and supplies.  All medications and preventatives will also be provided by DPRPA.

What supplies will I need?

DPRPA may be able to provide some of the items you will need.

  • Feeding bowls

  • Some method of confining the dog for possible quarantine and/or training purposes (a crate or baby gate)

  • Leash and collar 

  • Dog toys

What about my own pets?

If you would like to foster a dog and you currently have a dog or cat in your home, we will only ask that you foster a dog that we know does well with other animals.  

 

Can I keep the dog?

We know it's difficult to say good-bye and therefore many people choose not to foster, but DPRPA is there to support those who are willing to take on this selfless commitment to helping a dog in need.  And if you just really can't part with your foster dog, foster families always have the option of adopting them.  

What if my foster dog isn’t a good fit for my home?

DPRPA takes every precaution to fit the dog with the right foster home but we also understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Perhaps your pets are not accepting your foster or the foster dog is afraid of your child, etc. We ask that you contact your caseworker immediately if you are unable to continue fostering a particular pet.

If you are unable to complete an application online, download a hardcopy here, complete, and send to the address indicated on the form.

Before you bring your dog home....

Is Moving Stressful? ... it sure is, especially for your new dog!

REQUIRED READING!

When you apply to adopt from us, you will complete an application that helps us assess your lifestyle and knowledge of adopting this active, working, intelligent breed.  The interview and review may seem rigid; that's because it it is and for good reason.

 

We make every effort to learn as much about our applicants as possible, not because we don't want to adopt a dog to you, but because we want to make sure a Doberman will fit into your lifestyle and to determine which dog will be a good match, because each one has his/her own unique personality and needs.  Will a young, untrained, active dog fit into your small apartment with no yard and no access to a yard while you are at work 8 hours a day?  Probably not, but maybe a better fit is a more mature Doberman who is just looking for a warm bed, a couple walks a day and cuddling at home.  Where do you live?  Will the dog adapt well to city life with lots of stimulation or to rural life where a high prey drive might have him barking his head off the entire day?  Or will he/she stress everyone out by constantly chasing the cat?  These are just a few details we need to factor in as we collect information on you.  We are doing our due diligence to ensure a dog will be well cared for and will be placed in his/her forever home and not be bounced out of another home.

 

Keep in mind that many of the dogs taken into rescue are under a lot of stress from being uprooted to a new environment or other reasons such as lack of attention, exercise, socialization, training, housebreaking, and more.  After we approve an applicant and feel you are ready to help your new pet overcome these issues, we require that you thoroughly read and digest these tips that will help you and your new pet achieve success by developing the resilience he/she needs to overcome the anxiety which often develops from such a traumatic change.

 

In order to avoid setting up your dog for failure when he/she arrives in a new home, it is critical that you allow the dog quiet time.  Many resilient dogs are just happy to be with people and want to explore a new home and adapt almost immediately.  Then there are those who don't. You cannot tell the level of resilience your new dog has until something goes wrong.  Hence, we insist all new adopters give their new dog at least one week with just the immediate family; no visitors (animal or human). Create a small, confined area (a single room or a covered crate) where the dog can go until he/she understands the household routines which eases a dog's stress by being able to foresee what will be happening next.  In other words, routine minimizes surprises and reduces stress.  It will make the dog much more comfortable to know what to expect as opposed to something unpredictable that can trigger fear, anxiety and maybe even undesirable reactivity.

 

Many adopters are anxious to start playing and cuddling with their new dog.  Again, this should be avoided for the first few days until the dog gets to know you, his/her surroundings, and is comfortable and familiar.  It also allows you to read your dog's cues of what he might like or not like. For example, you might find a dog backs off a little bit when you go to pet him/her on the top of his/her head.  Take that cue and let the dog approach you, move slowly, and maybe even just scratch him/her on under the chin.  And always reward the dog when he/she does something positive either with a high-value treat, a non-intimidating petting, or a toy.

You also may be surprised to learn that many of the dog's behaviors that seem adorable or naughty at first are hidden anxieties manifested from the dog's previous life and/or due to the change in surroundings.  Think of how excited your dog gets when he sees you and jumps around and licks your face.  Many love being "kissed" by our dog, but licking is also an appeasement behavior that dogs do when they are nervous or anxious, and not just because they're happy and in love.  Or perhaps you think your dog is being spiteful because he/she urinates or defecates when you're not home (or even when you're there).  If there are no health issues, it's most likely the dog is just nervous and anxious.  Punishing the dog will only make it worse.  If an accident occurs, be calm and clean it up.  What if your dog is barking incessantly?  Do you yell at him/her or punish him/her for being scared?  Some may even think of using an electronic training collar to solve this issue, but this severe and painful punishment technique will likely increase his/her insecurity and fears.

 

Remember, dogs do NOT know spite.  If you think your dog's bad behavior is spite, think again.  The dog is likely anxious and that is what is triggering the behavior.  Punishing these fearful behaviors will only make it worse.  If you are having a specific issue, please contact your adoption representative for advice.  If you are in a position to engage a dog behaviorist and/or dog trainer, be sure to check their credentials and get a recommendation.  Choose a trainer who uses positive reinforcement techniques and not punishment.  

Bringing your dog home

Required reading for successful introduction and transitioning to your home.

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