Available Dobermans

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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.

Penny ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Special Needs

Not Currently Available
Penny is a 13 week old baby who is as sweet as she is beautiful. How does a gorgeous puppy end up in rescue? Well penny was purchased from a breeder by a human who thought she was getting a completely healthy puppy.

Unfortunately, after her initial vet visit it was discovered that Penny is completely blind in one eye, possibly issues with the other, and also has a malformed ear canal. When the owner contacted the breeder, the breeder offered the owner a new puppy.  The owner assumed the breeder would take her original puppy back, however, when she met the breeder that was not the case.  The breeder said it was not posssible to take Penny back and if she did Penny would be immediately taken to a shelter where she would most likely be put to sleep.
The owner could not see that happen to poor Penny, so she reached out to rescue.
Because the owner's vet said Penny's expenses could reach over $3000, and Penny's special needs, she felt as though Penny could be better helped in rescue.
Penny is seeing a specialist in a few weeks here in Pittsburgh.  She will have surgery on her ear and have her eyes examined as well.
There is no reason on earth that Penny should be put to sleep just because of these disabilities.  She is a normal, happy, energetic Dobie pup who loves the world she lives in.
More to come on sweet Penny after her vet visit.

Chance ~ Parsippany, NJ

Applications not being accepted at this time.

Chance is a 1-2 year old Doberman/American Bulldog mix who found himself homeless for quite some time.  He has been shuffled from home to home to home to home.  Finally he found a family that was committed to him, but now they are moving and can not take Chance with them.  This poor boy just can't seem to catch a break!

Chance is super handsome with his giant head and soulful eyes. He just wants security and love.  He is great with other dogs of all sizes, fine with cats and good with kids.

He does have separation issues, but we have our resident trainer working on this with Chance.
Chance will not be ready for adoption for a few months while we work on rehabbing him through his  insecurities.

When Chance is available, we will require a American Bulldog knowledgable home. While he has many Dobie traits, his American Bulldog side is most prominent.

Good with other dogs
Good with cats
Good with kids

Luger ~ Gloucester, NJ

This one year old handsome man comes to us from his owners who could no longer keep him. He's also a big boy weighing in at over 100 lbs.  he does need to lose some weight, so he should weigh in around 90 at the perfect weight.

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.


At this point we are looking for a home with Doberman experienced owners, no children and no other dogs.

Please know that if you apply and do not meet the above criteria, we will not process your application for Luger. While he is a very handsome boy, he also need to be set up to succeed and that means meeting our criteria.

No other dogs
No kids

No cats

Dawson ~ Pittsburgh, PA

Dawson currently lives with a 9 month old female Golden Retriever and a 3 year old male Doberman.  She is becoming more playful with both dogs and loves to play tug and wrestle with them.  She also lives with 12 and 14 year old cats.  She has been very well behaved with both.
Dawson is also making great strides with her house manners.  She is consistently offering a sit instead of jumping up.  She'll also stomp her front feet and wiggle her butt to make sure you notice she's sitting and being a good girl.  Additionally she's doing a good job of doing either a sit or down for her dinner - oftentimes showing up her foster sister Maiya by responding faster.  She is also close with housebreaking.  She has never had any issues overnight in a wire crate next to the bed and has had no accidents in the smaller plastic crate during the day when necessary.  If she starts wandering the house instead of chewing on a toy, playing with the dogs, or snuggling with you, odds are she has to go to the bathroom and will follow you to the door to go potty if you ask. 
Dawson has also proven to be a great traveler staying quiet in the car in her plastic crate and never making a mess.  She has been to a festival, Search and Rescue training sessions, and a seminar for socialization where she has been very good meeting all kinds of people.  She has let a trainer examine her mouth, ears, eyes and paws with no problems.  She attended a four day Search and Rescue seminar where she was a hit with a lot of K9 handlers and took turns sitting in the laps of several.
Her favorite toys include a long, squeaky snake and a Skineeeze raccoon.  Her favorite chew toys are pig ears.  She also loves going for walks.
Dawson would love a home where she can snuggle with her person - whether it's on the couch or in bed at night.  She'd excel with a person who is consistent with their expectations (i.e. no jumping) and consistent with rewarding good behavior (i.e. sitting) whether it's with a treat or some lovin'.  And Dawson really does want to please her person.  Even when she doesn't understand what you are asking of her, she'll keep wiggling her nub trying to make you happy.

Good with other bigger dogs
Good with kids
Ok with cats


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Caesar ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Special Needs

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 dogs

Kids 6 and up

Cats are unknown



Please click here for adoption information

Gunner ~ Rochester, NY

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


Please click here for adoption information

Bodhi ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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


Please click here for adoption information

Cali ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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

Please click here for adoption information

Zorro ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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


Please click here for adoption information

Chanel ~ Rochester, PA

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

Cats unknown

OK with kids


Please click here for adoption information

Moses ~ Gloucester, NJ

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


Please click here for adoption information

Stormy ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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

No cats


Please click here for adoption information

Roscoe ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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.


Please click here for adoption information

Tina ~ New Castle, PA

This is our sweet kissy face, Miss Tina!

She is a five year old, vibrant red Dobergirl who lost her home when her owner became too ill to care for her.  She was living in her former home by herself while committed animal lovers attempted to find a home or rescue for her.  Thankfully through a former adopter and Facebook, Tina was able to make her way to DDR.  Sadly, Miss Tina's former owner has since passed.

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.

Tina had her right knee fixed first and was an excellent patient for her foster momma!

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.
Tina recently had surgery to fix her left knee.  The surgery went well but unfortunately, the vets noticed swelling after the surgery and discovered her fibula broke from the pressure of that leg now being straight down.  Poor Tina will need weekly x-rays and a new cast for 8 weeks.
We did what we did to make her legs as normal as possible and would do it all over again.  We always worry about the money second.  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. Thank you all for your continued support for our babies!

Good with other dogs
Good with kids
Cats are unknown
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Wilma ~ Pittsburgh, PA

Hi there,
My name is Wilma and I'm almost 8 years old. I found myself In a southern shelter and I was so thankful to be rescued from there. My previous life mostly consisted of having babies...and, well, pretty much just having babies. Unfortunately I also ended up contracting heartworm. I really didn't know what they were...I just knew I felt kinda crappy.

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 love my foster humans and I like hanging out with the furkids in my foster home. I do have a high prey drive so I would have to live with a calm little dog. I am also the alpha female of my house, but it can get along just fine with other females as long as they won't challenge me and my human reminds me of my place.
On the feline front...I have to pass. They are way too tempting to go after for me.
I am my foster momma's go to girl for events....I love meeting new people for sure!!! I am also fine with children.

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.


I have a lot of love to give because I've been saving it up for a long, long time. 
Love and kisses, 
Good with most other dogs
Good with kids

Not good with cats


Parker ~ Parsippany, NJ ~ Hospice

Hi there,

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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