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Thank you for considering rescue for your next four-legged family member. Please read BEFORE filling out the adoption application! Failure to read the adoption rules, failure to provide current vet information, failure to fill out application fully may cause denial of your application. If you do not provide the information asked for we may deny your application.
All potential adopters must fill out an adoption application. There is a $20 application fee to submit your adoption application. This fee will be applied to the adoption fee upon adoption. Should you decide not to adopt through UDR, or your application is denied, the application fee is non-refundable and will be consider a donation for tax purposes.
Applications are not taken on a first come first serve basis, but taken on what is best for our dogs and of course the adopters home. We want the best possible fit for our dogs in their new homes, and want adopters happy with their new friend. If we feel your home would better be suited for a different dog, due to activity level, prey drive, or what ever is determined through the interview process, we will make recommendations that would be better suited for both your home and our dogs.
The interview process to adopt starts the moment you contact us. After we receive your completed application, we will do a home visit. The home visit is to ensure a safe environment for the adopted dog and gives us a chance get to know what you are looking for in a dog and for you to ask questions. All individuals residing in the home must be present for the home visit, including children. If you are moving, please apply after you have moved as we must see the home that the dog will be living in. If you are renting you must provide your landlords name and phone number so we can verify approval to adopt, no exceptions. Failure to provide this information will result in your application being closed.
We do require all pets residing in the home current on heart worm preventative, vaccinations, and spayed or neutered. You must provide a current vets name and phone number so we can verify this. Failure to have pets vaccinated, spayed and neutered, on heart worm preventative or failure to provide vet information may deny your application.
Prior to adoption, all our rescue dogs will be spayed or neutered (with the exception of puppies in which we wait till about 6 months to give them time to grow), current on vaccinations, heart worm negative and on heart worm preventative, on seasonal flea and tick preventative as needed, and micro-chipped. We will address all health issues presented while dog is in our care. While we may get reduced vet pricing, UDR still has to pay for vet care for all our rescue dogs. Adopters MUST be willing to continue vet care for our rescues as required including monthly heart worm, flea and tick preventative and yearly physicals with vaccines as required.
PLEASE!!! Research the breed prior to adoption as Dobermans are not a good breed for everyone. They are beautiful, and we agree, the best dog ever created by man, but Dobermans are super high energy, in your face 24/7, busy, busy dogs. If you want to sit home and watch TV after work or a long day, a Doberman is NOT for you. If you want to go for a 2 mile run every day with your dog by your side, a Doberman IS for you!
Dobermans possess a superior intelligence and are much smarter then most canines. They will watch you ever minute of every day, determining and knowing your next step. You will not be able to go to the bathroom without them, they are loyal, by your side and in your bubble every minute of every waking hour. They will worship your entire being and follow you to the end of the world. Due to their high intelligence they do need to stay mentally and emotionally active, with YOU, their leader, guiding the way. If left on their own they can potentially become destructive in the home, due to boredom , lack of energy release and they will make up their own games, which may not be desirable to you the owner, such as destroying the couch, or even an entire room! (Yes we have seen it!) It is up to the owners to keep them active physically and mentally, so they do not become destructive! Daily walks or runs, frisbee and ball playing, dog parks, doggy daycare, obedience and agility classes are some of the ways to do this.
You must be willing to take them to obedience classes, give them a job and a few hours of energy release daily. You must keep them well socialized with other humans and animals or they will become overly protective, territorial and/or, have severe anxiety as adults!! If you do not have time and money to invest and train, then a Doberman is not for you.
Dobermans are smart, fearless, loyal, active and make wonderful family companions. A good place to learn more about the health and temperament of the breed is the official Doberman web page of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, or DPCA. Dobermans are best raised with confident, trusting leaders.
Doberman Health: They do have a high number of costly health issues! Can you afford the amount of vet care they may incur? Will you be willing to purchase health insurance? As most purebred breeds, there are health concerns to consider such as Cardiomyopathy (60% of all Dobermans will develop this in their lives, or die suddenly without any notice of disease to the owners), Wobblers Disease, Hypothyroidism (20% of Dobermans are hypothyroid) , Von Willabrand's Disease is a life threatening bleeding disorder, hip dysplasia , retinal atrophy to name a few of the diseases affecting the Doberman. Dobermans are at the top of the list as the breed with the highest genetic health issues.
We will not place adult rescue dogs in homes with young children 6 and under, with the exception of puppies which can grow up with the child. Some adult rescue dogs may have unknown histories and young children do not have the stress management skills, impulse control or the ability to think abstractly that adults possess. A small child can unintentionally hurt a dog and the consequences can result in injury to the child. Doberman are large dogs and can knock an infant over. If a rescue dog injuries a child it could end the life of the dog. We can not risk the death of one of our dogs, or a bite to a young child!
Fencing: We do give preference to homes with fencing, but will consider homes with no fencing on a case by case basis. All puppies must have a fenced yard no exceptions. Adopters of older dogs must have a secure plan in place for bathroom breaks and agree to never let adopted dog run freely. We will adopt dogs with good recall to homes with no fencing on a case by case basis. Electric fencing is also considered on a case by case basis. We prefer electric fencing installed by a professional company that provides training to adopters when they bring home a new dog. Puppies adopted through UDR must have a fenced yard no exceptions! If you apply for a puppy and do not have a fence, your application will be denied. We can not let our young pups make a mistake, and many mistakes they will make growing up as that's what puppies do! Being proactive to prevent injuries or death for any of our dogs is our priority.
We do not adopt out of the USA. We do not ship our dogs. You must be willing to come to the fosters home to meet the dog, no exception. It is highly desired to have a volunteer near your location to complete the home visit. Please contact us first before applying so we can verify your location is acceptable for adopting with us.
We will not adopt male Dobermans into a home with other male canines due to the male on male aggression issues that is very pronounce in male Dobermans. For more information please google it.
We will not adopting sibling puppies into the same household due to the very high incidence of "Littermate Syndrome" and the issues that arise as the puppies grow to adults. Click on the link or google "littermate syndrome" to learn more about this undesirable potential in adopting two puppies from the same litter.
You must 21 years of age and living in the home where the dog will reside. If you live with your parents, they must be willing participants of the adoption process and interview. Renters will need written approval by their landlords, and you must provide landlords name and phone number on the adoption application, no exceptions!
All current pets, cats and dogs, living in the applicants home MUST be spayed or neutered, current on vaccines and on heart worm preventative prior to adopting a rescue dog, unless there is a valid reason why they are not. Exceptions to this rule are: working as a show dogs, working dogs in any field for a champion title, yearly titers done in place of vaccines, or any medical reason. We will verify this with your vet. If you chose to not give monthly preventative, vaccinate your dogs, or choose to keep your pets unaltered with out a reason, we will deny your application.
All adopted dogs must live indoors with their family, no exceptions. Dobermans are not suited as outdoor dogs and will die if left exposed to the elements of winter. Never should any adopted dog be left outdoors unattended for long periods of time, either in a kennel or on a tie out.
All owners must keep United Doberman Rescue up to date on how dog is doing, keep us current on phone and address information should you move.
Adopting a dog is a commitment for the life of the dog! All adopted animals must be returned to United Doberman Rescue per contract, should you be unable to keep adopted dog under any circumstance for the life of the dog. Contact us and we will take the animal back immediately. Adopters may NOT give away, sell or transfer adopted dog ever! If you can no longer care for your adopted dog, it MUST be returned to UDR no exceptions. Violation of this signed contract agreement may results in legal remedies.
If you are looking for a well trained dog with no issues, one that will require very little work on your part, then you have come to the wrong place. ALL dogs are diamonds in the rough. You must be willing to put some work in to them. Some require more work and training then others, just as any dog or puppy you buy from a reputable breeder! Owning a dog means you are committed to working through what ever arises, and things will arise! Adopters must be willing to continue working on what ever issues they have, such as fear, lack of obedience training, house or crate training, possible behavior issues, even some with medical issues. While we begin their healing and start the process of them becoming wonderful family members, adopters must be willing to commit and continue the process for these dogs. You will be rewarded ten-fold!
All adopters are encouraged to enroll in a formal obedience class as soon as possible after adoption! For puppy adopters this is mandatory no exceptions! Training your dog at home is not the same as training with a trainer in a formal classes setting. Formal training with a classroom and trainer, gives your dog the opportunity to work on social skills, with other dogs and other strange people, which is very important for the Doberman breed! You must be willing to work on social skills throughout a Dobermans life, or risk a dog that becomes overly protective, fearful of new people or other animals, or full of anxiety! Trainers can also assist with any post adoption issues. Dogs love to work for their owners, and formal classes will help form a very important bond with your new dog. Dobermans are very smart, need to stay stimulated and obedience classes will fill this need. Plus they are great learning tools to offer best practices when working with your dog. BONUS!!! We will reimburse you $25 once we receive the certificate of class completion.
If found to be convicted of animal abuse, child abuse, or any felony, UDR reserves the right to deny application. If you are unsure, please ask us first. We appreciate full disclosure and will review on a case by case basis.
We reserve the right to discontinue communication at any time and reject the application should applicant communicate in a disrespectful, dishonest or non-productive manner.
We look forward to helping you find your for ever companion! Please fill out the application to adopt here!
I have had my home visit now what?
Once the home visit is completed and looks good, you will get to meet our adoptable dogs. If you have a resident dog, please ask foster if it is acceptable to bring to meet potential adoptive dog also.
We do not adopt our dogs on the same day of the meeting. Why? We want adopters to consider how the dog will fit in the home, and get the home ready for dog, meaning, getting your food and supplies purchased, crate set up, classes signed up for and so on. Be prepared for when you bring the dog home, and make sure you have time to bond before going back to work!
If a dog you have applied for is not a good fit, or has been adopted, we will make recommendations as to which dogs might work better in your home and have you meet them. Know we always have dogs coming in to rescue. If the dog you applied for gets adopted, know there will be another dog just like the one you had your heart set on, coming in soon. Application pre-approval will ensure you get to meet our dogs, when they arrive in rescue. Those applications with home visits completed and are a good fit for that particular dog get to meet our dogs!
When meeting a dog, it is important for potential adopters to ask fosters as much about the dog you are interested in adopting. Our foster should be very transparent about what they have learned about their foster dog, both good and bad, to potential adopters. Fosters are the ones who are actually living with the dog and know the most information, including temperament and health issues. While our fosters will share what they have seen and observed, it is impossible to know everything about the dogs in the short time we have them in rescue, nor do we offer any guarantee. Adopting a rescue dog is an act of love and kindness, willingness to restore these dogs faith in humans, make them well in mind and body, and be WILLING to work on what ever needs your adopted rescue dog might have, should it be health issues, anxiety issues, training issues, ect. If you are looking for the perfect dog that will come home and not require any time or commitment from you and your family, then adopting may not be a good choice. Dog behavior can and does change from home to home, depending on type of leadership skills demonstrated and expected in each different home. Our foster may share one behavior, but adopters may see another behavior depending on their training skills, the dynamics of the home and the new masters ability to read and deal with canine behavior.
Know we are ALL volunteers, meaning we are not paid and do this on our free time, for the love of helping these homeless animals. The adoption process involves time and effort on your part, but be patient - we want to ensure that we match you with the right dog. it is imperative that you provide all information asked for on the application, or in a timely manner when asked by one of our volunteers. Please stay in close contact with us during this entire process.
Once a match has been made, we will execute the Adoption Contract and set up the adoption day!