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.
We are certain Luger will have a lot of interest, but we will be very choosy about his forever home. He's a very assertive male who needs a obedience work, structure and routine. He didn't grow up with a lot of other dogs, so he can be dominant, pushy and obnoxious with other dogs his size. For this reason, he will need to be the only dog in the home.
Caesar is an energetic boy that loves attention! He is a kissing snuggle bug and likes his human to always be in his sight. He loves to play with toys, especially soft ones, and enjoys a nice soup bone.
Caesar never really saw grass in the first few months of his life, so it is still kind of odd to him to do his business in the grass, he much prefers cement. Caesar would do best with an active family with a big fur-brother or fur-sister that can show him what to do.
Caesar is also very special because he has a heart arrhythmia. Don’t worry though; it’s not slowing him down! He is very playful and loves to run and hop around. Caesar is currently taking two medications to help is heart beat normally. He will soon visit the vet for a re-check to see if the medicine is helping.
'Normal' heartbeat or not, Caesar has a big heart and is hoping to find his forever home soon. He is good with other dogs, small or large, however, will do best with someone who will correct him. Cats are unknown, but, he is not bothered by squirrels and other small animals. Caesar absolutely loves kids!
Good with other dogs, ideally larger
Kids 6 and up
Cats are unknown
Our sweet Gunner is one of our GP 7.0 crew. He's around 7-8 months and such a love bug!
He loves his food, treats and bones. He also looooves to work for food! He's a total cuddle bug who loves to sleep in bed with his human. He also find 'keep away' with a tennis ball a super fun game! He is lightening fast and can run like the wind. He gets along great with his foster sibling and he resident cat.
Gunner is not fond of being alone and being crated. He is crated when his foster family is away but it's definitely not his favorite thing. He's also a little timid when people move too quickly.
Gunner's foster mom says....
Gunner does not like being away from his people at all but has gotten better at going outside with the boys! He was pacing, barking and whining instead of going to the bathroom but has now settled a bit! He will now go outside with the
boys without panicking about us leaving. He is also getting better about being crated. Still whines and barks for a little while but he does settle.
Gunners ideal home:
I young active family that enjoys activities like hiking, jogging and biking! A couch potato family will not work for this little fella! If he isn't exercised enough he has nervous energy and will pace and whine! He also would benefit from someone who is going to take him to OB classes as he lacks confidence and startles easily. Gunner is a love and he loves any attention he can get.
No small children as he startles with fast movements!
Good with dogs
Will do best with older, dog experienced kids
Good with cats
This is our handsome boy Bodhi. He is a 1 1/2 year old male, pure bred German Pinscher. Good with other dogs of all sizes and loves every human he meets.
Good with other dogs
Kids 6 and up
Cats are unknown
If we were handing out awards, Miss Cali would definitely be the recipient of Miss Personality! She is such a joy to be around - always happy and always wanting to be near her human.
Cali's story is a sad one. She came to DDR because her owners discovered she had diabetes and could not provide the care she needed for this disease.
DDR stepped in because there were no other options for Cali other than euthanasia.
It's been a bit of a road to get her stabilized, but we believe we are almost there. Cali's foster mom has done an incredible job with monitoring her blood sugar and keeping her stable. Cali has been nothing but a trooper throughout this process - bless her little soul.
Cali is also now on a very strict diet. When she came to DDR she was severely overweight which was probably part of, if not most of, the cause of her diabetes.
We are hoping there is a wonderful and loving soul who will offer a forever home to our special needs baby... this person will not be intimidated by her having diabetes and will be comfortable monitoring her blood sugar on a regular basis.
At only 6 years old, Miss Cali could have many years ahead of her and we have promised her she need not worry... whether here with DDR or with her forever family, she will always have a safe and loving place to call home.
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats
This is 7 year old handsome Zorro! He's one sweet baby who loves
to go on walks, eat (what Min Pin doesn't) and take cuddly naps with his humans.
Zorro was surrendered to DDR by his owner who could no longer care for him and now he's looking for his forever and ever home.
Our little Zman has severe dry eye which is being treated with medicated drops. We will most likely be taking him to see a specialist in hopes there are other eye medications that might help with this. His vision is limited because of his eyes.
Don't think this eye issue slows this boy down - no way Jose! He's rearing to go and has an incredible love for life and living to the max.
Zorro is great with other dogs and is fine with cats as well.
Hopefully our little boy finds his forever home soon!
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats
Chanel is a very special girl for a very special someone. She is a five year old doberprincess. Here is what she would like you to know about her: Although I am not very certain of my life before the past few years, I do know that I have a big heart and I cannot wait for a forever owner that can appreciate what I have to offer.
I was a DDR dog from South Carolina, rescued and sent up to Pittsburgh, PA. My owner tried with all her might to make me happy, but it just was not working out as she had hoped. She runs a business out of her home and the fast paced, loud atmosphere was too much for me.
As I am getting up in years, I desire to retire. I enjoy spending quiet time alone in my kennel with my soft pillow. I prefer a relatively secluded atmosphere without bright lights, heavy foot traffic or the noises of power tools! There are other dogs and small children around here and they put me on edge, too. I would prefer a quiet, calm, predictable life where there is no food competition. I take medication for incontinence and it adds to my nervous tendencies.
Although I have a few quirks, let’s not gloss over my finer points! First off, no one has ever seen a finer guard dog than me! I am like what some humans call ‘velcro.’ I love to follow my person and not let them out of my sight! That’s what I would call a perfect companion. I walk beautifully on a leash and listen well. I also like to talk to my groomers but am polite and manageable.
I have been told that my bark can be intimidating. Despite my authoritative bark, all I really want is love and affection. If you show me love I will fawn all over you ten-fold!
Best as an only dog, ok with a submissive male
OK with kids
This is our sweet tripod Moses. His story will break your heart! At less than a year of age he was shot by some horrible excuse for human and had to have his back leg
amputated. He also carries around a piece of shrapnel that could not be removed in his front leg. Why, why, why? It's hard to wrap your mind such ignorance and inhumane treatment.
Thank goodness he will never, ever have to fear for his life again. We've promised Moses he is safe and sound and his biggest worry in life will be which toy to play with.
Despite the incredibly traumatic incident he had to endure, he is super sweet and loves every human he meets. He would do best as an only dog or with a medium to large submissive female. Moses is also great with cats.
Moses is looking forward to the rest of his life and his very own forever and ever family. We told him we know they are going to love him to infinity. We hope he finds his forever home soon!
Good with medium to large female dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats
Our final Mission 6 baby is our oldest - 10 year old Stormy who is momma to Trampoline. She was also, in our opinion, the worst off psychically.
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.
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.
Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Roscoe, our adorable Miniature Pinscher, was recently returned through no fault of his own and is available for adoption.
Other than being totally adorable, Roscoe loves to nuzzle up against his human. He listens very well and knows basic commands. He sleeps through the night in his crate or on his bed, eats well, and is not an excessive barker at all and will quiet easily when told. He enjoys his bathtime, is good with both large and small dogs, walks great on leash and always struts his stuff.
He just wants to be the love of your life. That's all he looking for - A human companion to love him that he can love back.
Thankfully that is all behind me. I have had my heartworm treatment long ago and I'm doing great now. I love to run and play with my foster siblings and I'm feeling awesome!!!
I've been in rescue for almost a year now and I'm really hoping that my forever a never family is out there looking for me.
Not good with cats
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:
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.
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