Most Doberman rescue groups are independent organizations with their own
policies and procedures. Some are a sub-committee of, or otherwise
affiliated to, their local DPCA Chapter Club. All are run by
Some may have access to a kennel facility but most will house their available dogs in their volunteer's own homes. Most service a loosely defined local area within reasonable driving distance of their volunteers' homes - others may cover a multi-state area.
There are many good dogs in Shelters and Humane Societies but one good reason to adopt from a Rescue is that the rescue dog will have been evaluated by experienced Doberman owners. The group will then match suitable dogs to suitable adopters. Another reason is that with most rescue's you can become 'pre-approved' to adopt and then wait until the 'correct' Doberman comes into rescue.
Dobermans are loving, loyal, extremely people-oriented dogs. A Doberman is happiest when he can be a close part of your family (his 'pack', even if that pack consists of just two - you and him). This is a very sharp, intelligent and active breed that needs both physical and mental stimulation to thrive. A Doberman left alone too much of the time will tend to find *something* to do to self-stimulate (such as barking, digging, chewing, etc.) Please do NOT consider a Doberman if you want an outside-only dog. Because of their short coats, Dobermans do not tend to tolerate weather extremes very well. And, again, it must be re-emphasized, this breed needs quality human contact in order to be well-socialized and happy. A poorly socialized Doberman can be a danger to both humans and other animals, and a legal liability to his owner
A reputable rescue group will
ask you a lot of questions to insure that their Doberman is going to a safe,
loving, responsible home. Don't be offended or put-off by their questions.
Take it as a sign that they care deeply about the dogs that they place and
that they want to make sure that both you and the Doberman; are a good
match, and will have a long and happy life together.
Likewise you must ask the rescue group questions - to satisfy yourself that you are dealing with a group that will stand-by its contract. A group that will be there to assist you should you need it down the road.
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