Application Process

We attempt to move the adoption process along as quickly as possible, but we do ask for your patience.  Please understand that we work very hard to save these wonderful dogs and we always have their best interests at heart. 


We want to find the absoulute best match between the dog and family.

Step One: Is a Doberman or Miniature Pinscher Right for You?

If this is your first Doberman or Miniature Pinscher, please research the breed and be sure the breed will fit into your lifestyle.  It is extremely important we ensure each rescued dog is able to remain in its new adoptive home for the rest of its life.  Please contact us if you have questions about the breed or owning a Doberman or Miniature Pinscher.  Also, please review our Resources page for more information.

Step Two: Complete our Adoption Application

You must complete our online adoption application.  We require answers to several questions as well as three personal references and one veterinary reference.  All current pets MUST be up to date on vaccines and spayed/neutered.  If they are not, please provide the reason(s) why.  We also network with many local rescuers, so please let us know if you have applied with anyone else.  Also, it is a requirement that all dogs adopted through DDR remain on heartworm preventative for the rest of their lives - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Step Three: Home Visit and Meeting a Dog

After your application and references have been reviewed, the next step is your home visit.  At that time, a volunteer will meet with your family at your home. We do this to gain a better sense of your lifestyle to help make the best match possible for both your family and the adoptive dog.  Our visit could take up to two hours and photos will be taken of your home.  This is a great time for any questions you may have!


Potential adopters can meet DDR foster dogs only after final approval by the Board of Directors.

Please keep in mind adoptions are at our discretion.  We can refuse an application for any reason.  We will only introduce you to dogs we feel will fit into your lifestyle and circumstances.  You are under no obligation to adopt any dog we introduce to you and your family.  Please do not be afraid to express questions and/or concerns when meeting the rescued Doberman.  We want this Doberman to remain a member of your family for the rest of his/her life.


**We do not have a designated adoption area.  We have volunteers in PA, NY, WV, VA and NJ.  We are open to reviewing applications in these states as well**

Step Four: Completing the Adoption Contract

Once you, your family and DDR feel as though a match has been made, you will be required to complete an adoption contract.  Please be sure you are willing to comply with all aspects of our contract.  This is also the time to address any questions you may have about our contract. Please click here for information about adoption fees.


Our contract includes a section that lists everything in detail we know/have learned about the Doberman.  We include this information in an attempt to make the transition easier for everyone.   We include current feeding schedules, potty schedules (any known cues), sleeping arrangements, likes, dislikes, known commands, etc. 


We also include a small bag of the food your new dog is currently eating.  In most cases we do not require the new home to feed a specific food, however, there are some exceptions.  Some dogs may need to eat certain foods for medical reasons.


Please click here to read the following article on cat testing if you have resident cats. This is also how we cat test our dogs. We cannot make any guarentees, but do try our best to test prior to adoption.

Continued Contact with DDR

DDR communicates with the new adoptive family several times during the first few weeks after adoption.  We address any issues that may arise with the family and/or the new Doberman.  If there are any issues, we want to be able to address them immediately rather than allowing things to get worse.  Once the dog has settled in, we occasionally check in to see how things are going.  We encourage the adoptive families to contact us at any time with concerns or questions.  We are always here to assist the new adoptive home in any way possible.


Contact does continue for the entirety of the dog's life.


If the dog can no longer remain in the adoptive home, he/she MUST be returned to DDR.  The dog must not be sold or given away.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

DDR reserves the right to reclaim any dog that is neglected, not properly cared for and/or permitted to roam freely.

Adoption Application

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