Most of our Dobermans come from ‘kill’ shelters. Of those, most are strays, but some are owner-impounds. The common ages range from 8 months to 4 years, but sometimes well into senior years. Only a few puppies are available each year, though we’ve had a litter or two.
Most of the dogs that end up in shelters were likely bought as puppies by irresponsible people from backyard breeders. Puppies are cute, but by 8 months they are almost full height and their chewing instincts (which diminish around 2 years) are in full force. People don’t have the patience or knowledge to deal with a full-sized puppy, so they discard them. However, Dobermans like this are surprisingly wonderful dogs even if they may not win any conformation shows. Even we who do rescue work are gratified that the dogs bought and discarded by irresponsible people turn out to be wonderful pets in the end.
Rescue groups cannot “order up” a dog to everyone’s exact specifications. More than half our dogs have natural ears, but most have docked tails. They are not always the most striking example of the breed. But realize that the essence of the Doberman can always be found — in any of the four colors, at any age, in those who through abuse or misfortune and no fault of their own have issues that create special needs. The true spirit and beauty lies within. Look for that and you will find a soul mate.
All our dogs are spayed/neutered, brought up-to-date on shots (rabies, distemper/parvo), microchipped and heartworm tested. We treat medical problems at our own expense if anything is wrong prior to adoption. Some dogs cost us nothing and a few have cost us thousands. This does not affect the adoption fee, which is normally $300. Puppies are $350, seniors may be $150 or less.