Adoption

So you want to be owned by a Dobermann?

Adoption is about placing the right dog in the right home and is of paramount importance to us.  We don’t operate a ‘first come, first served’ policy and sometimes the right home for a particular rescue Dobermann takes a while to find.

When you adopt a doberman dog our prospective adopters must meet some minimum requirements.  In order to apply to adopt one of our Dobermanns you must be able to answer YES to each of the statements below; if you can we would love to hear from you with a view to adoption.

  • I can provide a loving and permanent home for a rescued Dobermann
  • My home is not a flat, has a fully enclosed garden which I have exclusive use of, and has fencing at least 5ft high
  • My Dobermann will never be left without human contact for longer than 4 hours in any one day – N.B: This is NOT 4 hours in the morning and 4 in the afternoon!
  • I have the requisite finance to provide my Dobermann with good food and veterinary treatment
  • I have access to an area locally where my Dobermann can run freely and safely for daily exercise
  • I will not keep my Dobermann in an outdoor kennel
  • I am over 25 years of age and I have a stable home environment for adoption.

Any pedigree papers which are received by the rescue are never passed on to the new adopter.

We do not place male Dobermanns in homes which already have a male dog of any breed, irrespective of their neutering status.

We do not rehome dogs outside the UK or in Ireland.

We are pleased to accept a non-refundable donation of between £150 and £250 to support each adoption.  This donation helps us fund the activities of The Dobermann Trust and supports the rescue Dobermanns in our care. The donation will be discussed with you prior to your initial visit.

Here in this house……

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’.
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness,
and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.
Here in this house…

There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!
Here in this house…

I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I should be.
I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.
Here in this house…

I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
If scared, I will be calmed.
If sad, I will be cheered.
No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and thought to be of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.
I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.

Here in this house…
I will belong.
I will be home.

~unknown