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.

Dexter ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Adoption Pending

This handsome boy is 2 1/2 years old and was surrendered by his family because the new baby was making him nervous.  They made the very difficult decision to surrender him so he could find a home where he would feel more comfortable.

Dexter's new home should be an adult only home with Doberman savvy parents.  He is a big goof who is playful and silly,  but he can be leery of new people who visit.  He quickly warms up with treats and then is everyone's best friend.  With proper socialization we are sure this boy will do just fine.

Dexter is great with other dogs (he attended doggie daycare often) and perfectly fine with cats.  We are told in his previous home he used to drop his ball in front of the cat hoping for the cat to play with him.

Good with other dogs
No kids
Good with cats

King ~ Parsippany, NJ

King is  a very sweet smaller blue Doberman (about 50 pounds) who truly loves his people and enjoys being with them all the time!  He's gotten very used to cats (and his foster home had a bunch of them!) and really loves kids as well.  He's quite content to just hang out with his people and play in the backyard. He also loves play time with his canine friends.

He came to us with demodectic mange and was so incredibly patient with all the baths and medicine he needed to heal. He's well on his way to being healed and has grown a beautiful steel grey coat.  And it's quite thick for a blue doberman - none of the thin coat issues this color sometimes has.

He does have a  bit of a gypsy soul so would do best in a yard with a fence.  King is a medium energy dog, will need some walks and play each day but not high energy.  

He's learned the rules of the household well, including no counter surfing and staying off the couch.  King's fairly adaptable to a variety of situations and travels like a pro. His sweet affectionate outlook on life helps people to fall in love with and get to know him fast.

Good other dogs
Good with kids
Good with cats

Taz ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Hospice - Not Available for Adoption


At 9 years old, Taz found himself in a shelter with rescue being his only option. Thankfully, his info ended up coming to our VP and we had a wonderful volunteer close by to save him.

Taz is the victim of divorce.  While one family member wanted Taz to come with, the other forbid it sentencing him to a life of sad uncertainty at animal control.

We are told Taz spent the last year living in a crate in the basement. He had poor muscle mass in his back end and lick granulomas on both back legs.

After getting Taz into rescue we worked on healing Taz's wounds, had his thyroid checked and got him on thyroid meds. It also became obvious Taz was incontinent, but that's ok... That's what belly bands are for!

Taz has come out of his shell and he is nothing but personality. He is very vocal and lets his opinion be heard loud and clear.  He is so silly and at least once a day he will stop, drop and roll on his back....making the silliest groaning noises.  He also loves his foster family and enjoys nothing more than plopping down on one of his human's laps to snuggle.  He also thinks tennis balls are the best thing since sliced bread.
Taz can be leery of strangers, but once you are his friend...you are his friend for life. 
Because of all that Taz has been through and his incontinence, he will remain with DDR for the rest of his life and we're pretty sure that's a-ok with him.

If you would like to donate toward Taz's care please click on the link below.

Athena ~ Special Needs

Athena is a sweet baby from Florida. At just two days of age, poor Athena was bitten by her momma causing trauma to her cerebellum which resulted in a severe neurological issue. She has a very difficult time with her motor skills. She will take a few steps and then fall over and thrash (which has caused a secondary condition called Horner's Syndrome which may correct itself over time). Her legs would go a million... miles a minute and Athena can not get herself back up once she falls over. It is hard to watch for sure.

While Athena’s human momma did an amazing job caring for Athena and her special needs, as Athena grew she realized with a human baby on the way it would be very difficult to continue to provide the same constant level of care with a newborn baby in the home. This is when she contacted us at DDR.

While the severity of her condition was unknown, we did know that we needed to give her every chance this little sweet pea deserves. As luck would have it, our VP’s family was soon to be driving north from Florida and agreed to bring Athena home to New Jersey. Athena arrived into our care on Tuesday July 22nd and the first few days with Athena were quite an emotional roller coaster. This beautiful little baby has such a desire and the determination to walk, run and play. She did not have the ability to relieve herself like any other pup, drink water, or even eat like other pups. On July 25th we had her first visit with a vet specializing in rehabilitation and after fitting her for a special harness we were very optimistic. Within a few minutes in her harness we saw a very different puppy. It was amazing and there wasn’t a dry eye in the vet’s office that night.

Athena is progressing and is now relieving herself with the assistance of her foster mom and her harness. She is engaging in play with toys more and more and even managed a play bow with her foster brothers. Athena also has her very own life jacket and is getting exercise in the pool with her foster mom too. Despite all of her progress, we did have one set back when Athena had one small seizure. She came out of it quickly and within a day was back to making progress again.

Athena was also fitted for a quad cart. This cart will provide her with the support to stand and be mobile as well as provide support for her head which tends to bobble when not supported. As you can imagine because she is a growing puppy, several carts will actually be needed for her as she continues to grow. We are working with Eddie’s Wheels for cart rental until she is done growing and can be fitted for her own permanent cart. IF anyone wishes to make any donations to help us offset these costs, we would greatly appreciate it. Donations can be made on our website by clicking HERE.  Additionally we would like to acknowledge Athena's first mommy for making a generous donation at the time of surrender. Thank you Rebekah.

Please keep our little girl in your thoughts and prayers. She has quite a journey ahead of her and while we are not sure where this journey will lead us we have made her a promise to do everything we can for her.

Penny ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Special Needs ~ Adoption Pending

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!

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


Please click here for adoption information

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 three medications to help is heart beat normally.


'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.  Caesar would not be a good fit for a home with cats.  Caesar absolutely loves kids!


Good with other dogs, ideally larger dogs

Kids 6 and up

No cats



Please click here for adoption information

Gunner ~ Rochester, NY

Gunner is as sweet as candy! He will melt your heart when he snuggles up to you and looks at you with his puppy eyes!

He has progressed leaps and bounds since first coming into rescue. He is now crate trained and will enter his crate on his own. He is doing excellent on house training and if kept on a schedule he never has accidents.

Gunner plays well with other dogs and has been introduced to cats with no issue. He is very food motivated and is eager to please. Gunner has been taught to run along side his foster mom while biking. He is working on his basic obedience and walks well on leash. He rides well in the car. Gunner has learned that kids can be lots of fun and his favorite person is a 13 year old little girl.


Good with dogs

Will do best with older, dog experienced kids

Good with cats


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

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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