Many of our dogs are not suitable for homes with small children (children under 5)- PLEASE read the dog's bio thoroughly before applying. This could be for numerous reasons - small kids make them nervous, they need training, etc. If the dog does well with small children their bio will state "OK with small children".
We do not have designated adoption areas for our dogs. We normally do not go west of OH or south of VA and cover all northeastern states including New England. Once approved you are welcome to visit with suitable dogs no matter which state they are located in. Please be sure you are willing to travel to the location of the dog.
Stormy ~ Pittsburgh, PA
Our sweet senior Stormy was the oldest of the Mission 6 babies at 10 years old. She is momma to Trampoline and, in our opinion, was the worst off physically from
Poor Stormy looked so pitiful the day we met her. Overweight, missing hair, bowed front legs and infected pressure sores. She was also pulled the first night and spent some time with a wonderful rescuer friend of DDR until we had available foster space. Thank you so very much Tracy!!
After a visit with Tracy's vet along with a recent visit to our vet, Stormy is on thyroid medication, a joint supplement and Doxy as she also tested positive for Lyme.
Our sweet senior girl was obviously bred over and over with no reprieve. Living her life supplying babies for sale. Well...no more sweet girl! We promise! It's all comfy couches and fluffy dog beds from here on out! You will live the life of a queen!
As with all of the Mission 6 dogs, Stormy has an incredible temperament. She is great with other dogs and wonderful with every human she meets. She is also said to be
fine with cats, however, there are no cats in her current foster home.
It's the little things that makes Stormy's foster mom smile... Like when Stormy will pounce around with the other dogs like a big puppy or when she sprawls out on her dog bed sound asleep with not a care in the world. Even picking up a bone and chewing away brings tears of happiness to her foster mom.
Stormy is a special girl for sure and at 10 years old she deserves every bit of catering she receives. As a senior girl whose only job was to have babies, we are, just as she is, looking forward to her future of no puppies and everything about Stormy.
Stormy will be spayed and have a dental soon.
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats
Trampoline ~ Columbus, OH
Sweet Trampoline is one of our Mission 6 babies and is Stormy's daughter. She is the youngest of the six at 5 years old.
Miraculously she never came into heat and never gave birth to a litter. She is wonderful with people of all ages and great with other dogs. She is also ok with cats.
She's on the bigger side for a female and absolutely loves her humans and often shows her affection by snuggling.
Trampoline is used to being around several dogs and would do best in a home with another dog.
She was recently spayed, but will need entropion surgery before being adopted.
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats
Nixon ~ Parsippany, NJ
This is our handsome young Dobie named Nixon!
He is 10-12 months old and has tons of energy. An active home is necessary for Nixon and he would be great for agility training. Nixon would also be a great fit for a house with more mature dogs. He is still a youngster and needs a boss to look up to and sometimes put him in his place.
Nixon LOVES people and children.
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Cats are unknown
Aesa ~ Pittsburgh, PA
Thankfully for Aesa, she is finally going to get some relief. After consulting with our vet, as well as a specialist, the best treatment plan seems to be FHO surgery to alleviate the pain in her hip. Not can be done for her malformed femur, despite it causing her left leg to be shorter. As of right now she does use her leg most of the time, so we are hopeful the FHO surgery will allow her to have better use of her leg.
Tina ~ New Castle, PA
This girl will love you up for as long as you want! She is doing great in her foster home and her family loves her... including her furkid foster brother Rocco.
Sadly Tina came to DDR with two torn ACLs. Both of this girls knees were blown and they had been that way for quite some time.
After a consult with Dr. Anderson it was determined that Tina would in fact need Tibal Wedge Osteotomy surgery on both of her knees. Because Tina has malformed bones to start with, she requires the Tibal Wedge Osteotomy versus the regular TPLO.
This also meant she could not have both knees done at the same time. Tina's back legs tend to be bowed and the malformation is most likely why.
The surgery was performed on her right knee on Monday and Tina is now home and doing well. She's being a very good patient for her foster mom!
As if all of this wasn't enough, Tina's clot time was not within the acceptable range, so initially surgery had to be prolonged until a vWD test could done. Because she is somewhat affected, Dr. Anderson insisted she have a cryo transfusion prior to surgery. Thankfully surgery went well and and bleeding wasn't an issue.
Tina's knee surgery was a bit more complicated and we can only do one leg at a time. We are asking for help with these costs. The total cost for this surgery was $3675.00.
We had no choice but to do this surgery because poor Tina has never had the ability to walk correctly. She is in pain and sometimes walks backwards to get places because it was easier.
Dr.Anderson said her her ACL was almost completely gone and very little was left of the meniscus. Thank goodness she is on the road to recovery now.
Donations of any amount are appreciated to help offset the cost of Tina's surgery.
Please keep our sweet girl in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers.
Her left knee will be done as soon as Dr. Anderson feels she has recovered enough from this surgery.
Thank you all for your continued support for our babies!
Dixie ~ North Granby, CT
Dixie is about 18 months of age and all puppy. Sadly our beautiful girl didn't have a very good start to her life as she was living outside on a chain and not fed as
often as she should have been. Thankfully she was rescued by our friends at Doberman Assistance Network in the South and since arriving to DDR has been working very hard at putting on some much
needed weight and learning her doggie manners. She's a small girl and her ideal weight will be in the area of 55lbs or so.
Dixie is a total sweetheart but due to lack of proper socialization she does need time to warm up to new people she meets. With that said, an experienced family would be best. However once she knows you....she loves you. Her new family should be one that is patient and committed to continuing to socialize and train her. She is very motivated by play and treats and learns fast so she is actually quite fun to train with.
If interested in this gorgeous little lady please submit your application. She's very excited to have a forever home of her own.
Cash ~ Kings Park, NY
Cash comes to DDR via our friends at The Bowling Green Humane Society in Kentucky, He was not only found homeless but obviously victim of being hit by a car based
upon his injuries. This poor little guy had multiple open wounds and serious road rash. Don't worry though, Cash has recovered just fine thanks to his rescue angels in Kentucky and save a few
remaining scars, his hair is growing back in beautifully.
Cash is only a year old and full of sweetness. He bonds quickly with humans and fits right in with other canines of all sizes. His foster momma claims, "there is nothing but perfect in this baby." Not knowing Cash's history before his rescue he acclimated immediately to life back inside a loving home. He loves to cuddle while watching TV and shower his person with lots and lots of affection. He is also housebroken and doesn't seem to mind the snow either, for a little while anyway.
Cash's perfect family will be one that can show him lots of love and spoil him rotten. He does request his new home have lots of blankets, any kind of blankets because in typical min pin fashion....he just loves them.
If you happen to be amongst the many Families with an affliction for both Dobies and Pins....Cash is the ultimate guy for you....he's a total leaner and it's totally adorable.
If interested in this wonderful and handsome young boy, please submit your application.
Sally ~ Maywood, NJ
Meet our beautiful foster baby Sally! This little sweet pea is around 15 months and such a beauty!
Sally was surrendered to DDR and we immediately noticed an issue with her right, rear knee. She was using it without issue, but her knee was twice the size it should be and the leg was slightly turned. X-rays revealed a fractured growth plate that went unaddressed. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done for the growth plate. Sally does not seem to know there is anything wrong with her knee at all and runs, jumps and plays just like any other pup her age. She will need to stay on a joint supplement because of her knee for the rest of her life.
Sally has been in foster care with a wonderful and giving human. Her human foster momma has worked with her to overcome her timidness and fears. Here is what Sally's foster mom has to say about sweet Sally:
"We have a busy home here and she's settled in so well. She obviously had a rough beginning - the broken leg was never set and I think there may be some very slight nerve damage in that she really needs to go out to potty every 4-5 hours. But she definitely knows the rules of the house (including housebreaking) and the amazing thing is that even though she had a rough first year of her life and bounced around a lot, she still has such a huge desire to please.
Things people should know about her is that she is high energy and high enthusiasm. She loves her daily walk of a couple of miles and will need a home that is willing to make that commitment. She also needs another dobie or high energy dog to romp with. She has rapidly learned sit, down, stay, come and "drop it" :-). We are working on heel and on not getting upset when a car passes us on a walk (I suspect her broken leg was from being hit by a car). Despite her fear of cars passing her, she's really progressing on keeping her composure.
She likely should go to a home that knows and understands that Dobie's need mental and physical challenge. Her healed leg, while crooked, does not slow her down a bit.
Because of her rough first year, she needs help from her human in staying calm in exciting or noisy situations. The good news is that she bonds SO closely to me (and all my neighbors and family) that once she knows someone she loves them forever. Strangers need to be introduced slowly and with lots of treats. She will likley do well with older kids, but shouldn't be around young kids quite yet. That said, with the right owner and time she will be able to do well around younger kids, it's just going to take time.
I wish I had the words to convey what a sweet, loving dog she is. And she in true Dobie style is a huge snuggler. We need a loving, patient but active family who is committed to helping her continue to grow and develop. She's made great progress despite a rough start in life. If I could keep three dogs long term I would surely adopt her!"
Good with other dogs
Will do best with older children
Good with cats
Moses ~ Pittsburgh, PA
Moses ~ Pittsburgh, PA
Minnie ~ Pittsburgh, PA
Sasha ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Available March 2014
Waldo ~ Youngstown, OH
**Good with kids**
Wilma ~ Pittsburgh, PA~ Available March 2014
Tessa ~ Gloucester, NJ ~ Currently Unavailable
This is our sweet new girl Tessa who was surrendered along with Tyson after loosing their home. Sadly their owner moved and could not keep them.
Tessa is a 6 year old fawn beauty who is tiny, super sweet and a little love bug. She loves her foster momma and her furkid siblings.
Tessa came to us on the thin side so we are trying to get some weight on her right now.
More to come...
**Ok with other dogs**
**Ok with kids**
**Ok with cats**
Parker ~ Parsippany, NJ ~ Hospice
My name is Parker. Parker, P Diddy, or just P. My foster momma has so many cute names for me, but her favorite is P so it's my favorite too!
My story is quite a long one, but my foster momma said everyone will want to read it because I'm such a special boy - so here goes...
I grew up in an Amish puppy mill. At the time I didn't know it was a 'puppy mill' or what 'puppy mill meant' - I just knew it was a very loud place with lots and lots of other dogs like me living in wire pens. I had a lot of friends there, but we all had the same feelings about our home... we weren't very happy.
No one paid much attention to us and if they did they weren't always very nice. Back then I had no idea how truly great life could be. When you live in the mill its the only life you know and you can't do much about it but get up every day and go through the motions... but when you get out you realize how horrible it is and you never, ever want to go back. I feel so bad for all my friends that are still there. I wish I could go set them all free. I am lucky a nice rescue lady was able to get me out of there - I don't know how she did it, but man am I sooooooo grateful! I feel real bad for my friends who couldn't come with me. Each night, before I got to sleep, I thank God I'm no longer there and I also pray that each and every one of them can one day know what its like to be on the outside and be loved.
Once I was free, the nice rescue lady gave me to a Doberman rescue - I was wondering if she realized I wasn't a Doberman. She told me not to worry because this rescue loved Min Pins as well and I would be just fine. I had no idea what it meant to go to a rescue, but soon found out it was pretty freaking AWESOME! I was a little afraid at first, but once I realized humans equal love, food, warmth and everything else good in the whole big wide world, I was looooooooooooooooving it!
Then along came my forever and ever family. Oh how I loved them. They continued to show me that the world is a great place and I became deeply attached to my entire human family. I even had new Min Pin siblings in my forever and ever home. We had a great time for four years and then, suddenly, without warning... my human momma passed away. I thought my heart might break completely in half. I loved my human momma so much and I know she loved me... I didn't understand how she could be here and be fine... and then suddenly, just like that, she was gone.
My human family was devastated too. They loved my momma just like I did. They tried to tell me it would be ok, but I just didn't understand why, when life seemed so good, God decided my momma needed to be in heaven. Thankfully I had my Min Pin sister Jetta. She was as upset as me if not worse... after all, my momma was her momma since she was a teeny, tiny baby. We comforted each other and spent many days sadder than sad.
Then one day human daddy told me that he was going to have to make THE hardest decision he had ever had to make and ask for the rescue to help with Jetta and me. At first I didn't understand, but you see my daddy works out of town and he couldn't quit his job - trust me, I begged him to, but he said he couldn't take care of our human sister if he did that. With teary eyes, he promised me and Jetta we would both be ok and that the rescue would take very good care of us.
So, at 10 years old I am back at the rescue but let me just say my daddy is no fool. No sir! He was right and I am in heeeaaaven here. Yes, I still miss my human momma deeply, but I know she has to be smiling in heaven to see how happy I am again. I know she would loooooooove my foster momma because she loves me just the same as my human momma did.
When I got back to rescue I had to visit the doctor. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but I went along with it as any good boy would. The vet said I needed a dental and she also discovered my little heart has a murmur. After taking some of my blood, working her magic on it and taking a picture of my heart, she said I should be on medication for my little, bitty heart. She told my foster momma my heart murmur is a Grade 5. I don't know what that means, but my foster momma looked concerned which in turn caused me to look at the vet with concern. My foster momma said I have to take my medicine to help my heart (which is enlarged) and she said my other medicine will also help control the fluid in my lungs. I will have another picture taken of my heart in August. Thank goodness those don't hurt.
I heard the doctor tell my foster momma that a Grade 5 murmur is serious stuff and to top it off I'm no spring chicken. So, my foster momma told me that because this is all the case, I will stay with her and her family under the care of the rescue for the rest of my days. She said I have had enough change and bouncing around - which I totally agree with. =) Whew... I did not want to have to move again.
I'm pretty psyched about staying with the rescue forever. I love it here and I love my foster family. I'm pretty sure they love me too! I don't know how much time I have left, but I don't let that get me down. I say, live each day to the fullest and love life... What else can ya do?
My foster momma wanted me to add something she wrote earlier for you to read too:
Parker, or simply "P" as we lovingly refer to him, is the most adorable, laid back, go with the flow, small dog there ever could be. Even if you aren't a dog person, his personality is magnetic and everyone that meets him instantly adores him. He gets to go many places with our family and meet lots of new people. He loves to sunbathe and relax with his two Doberman foster siblings, but we suspect his most favorite thing is to climb up and curl up with his foster family. This little guy will make a bee line & hop up and spin around & get comfortable on our shoulders or under our arms the moment we settle down onto the sofa. We truly adore P.
Well, I think I need a nappy now because that was a LOT to write for a small boy like me.
Thanks for reading!
Sophia ~ Mexico
This is Sofia... sadly you can not meet her or adopt her because she is no longer alive....
Sofia was a beautiful red Dobergirl who was living in Cancun Mexico.
She found herself in a shelter in Cancun and was set to come to DDR.
Thankfully she was spared due to the efforts of concerned volunteers in Mexico as well as the US.
We were so excited to be able to help this poor girl start a new life here. Sadly, she never made it. Sofia was heavy heartworm positive and died in Mexico before we were able to get her to the US.
Even if we had moved her quickly she may have died on the flight. She was so severely infected with heartworm disease and there was almost no chance of saving this sweet girl.
How sad! She did not deserve the life she had there and she did not deserve to die this way.
We require all of our adoptive homes to use Heartworm Preventative year round so our dogs will never suffer like Sofia and our Spice.
Heartworm disease will kill your beloved family member and it is so easily preventable.
Sofia spent her life suffering... no one cared enough to make sure she was protected from this horrible disease.
If your current pets are not on preventative you will be required to have them tested and started on preventative prior to adopting a DDR dog.
Visit the American Heartworm Society's
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