Doberman Rescue of NC, Inc.
PO Box 91421
Raleigh, NC 27675
It is extremely important to us at
DRNC to be sure that the Dobermans we rescue go to permanent, loving homes where
the dog and the new owners are well-matched. In order to meet that goal, we must
first learn as much as possible about the rescued dog. We accomplish this by
placing the Doberman into an experienced foster home for an appropriate period
of time to ascertain his likes and dislikes, his adaptability, his energy level
and his overall temperament.
The second part of the equation involves the adoptive family. In order to learn enough about the perspective owners and their environment to make the best placement of a rescued Doberman, we require that an Adoption Application be completed in its entirety and submitted to DRNC. This application is available online. Once an application is on file, a DRNC adoptions representative will contact the applicant to discuss his/her needs and the available dogs. We contact the applicant's veterinarian to determine that other pets are current on vaccinations, heartworm medication, etc. We will then do a home visit to the applicant's residence to get acquainted and further determine exactly the type of Doberman best suited to the applicant's environment and life style. We want to be sure that our dogs have adequate space to live, so we are not looking at the home with white gloves on. The visit is not invasive and we don't look in closets, drawers or under beds. :-) If we have a Doberman that matches the applicant's needs and home situation, the applicant will then be invited to visit with the dog. All members of the family should plan to attend that initial visit (including other canine family members).
We place dogs only within the state of North Carolina or, occasionally, in areas of adjacent states that are close to the North Carolina border. We limit our adoption area to a distance of not more than 3 hours from Raleigh, NC because we must travel at least once to the applicant's residence for a home visit, and the applicant must travel to our area to meet the dog, and perhaps a second time to pick up the adopted dog. We recommend that those interested in adoption who live in other states visit the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's rescue directory to look for the rescue organization closest to them.
Adopters MUST be at least 21 years of age and independent (i.e. not living at home with parents, etc.). Adopters must own the property where the adopted dog will reside.
It is our policy not to place male Dobermans in homes with resident male dogs. Male Dobermans, in general, have rather pronounced dominance issues with other male dogs and the successful integration of a male Doberman into a family with other male dogs is relatively rare. There are, more often than not, problems occurring with such placements so we have simply made a policy not to risk this kind of placement.
It is our policy not to adopt rescue Dobermans out to homes with existing intact dogs (male or female). In the rescue business, we see firsthand what happens to too many puppies and young dogs that come into this world because someone decided their pet should produce puppies or because of accidental breeding. Over 25% of the dogs in shelters in this country are purebred and most of them (thousands), sadly, are euthanized each day because there are simply not enough adopters or rescues to take them. Many of the people who breed their pets have the best of intentions when they sell their puppies. Unfortunately, in too many cases, something happens later on and those puppies end up in shelters or worse If not those puppies, then the puppies of those puppies, etc. These puppies are produced, in some cases, unintentionally, because an intact animal escapes his/her yard and an accidental breeding takes place with another dog in the area. The problem of pet overpopulation is epidemic. We save as many as we can in rescue, but it is often a losing battle. Additionally, pets that are spayed and neutered, on average, live 3+ years longer than those that are not. Neutering greatly lessens, and in some cases eliminates altogether, many types of reproductive cancers. For example, a neutered male will not be in danger of developing testicular cancer later in life. Prostate problems (including cancers) are also greatly reduced. Likewise, a spayed female will not be in danger of developing ovarian or uterine cancer, or life-threatening pyometra. Spaying prior to the first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary tumors over her lifetime to less than 1%. Intact females are at 50% risk of developing mammary tumors (either benign or malignant) at some point during their lives. Many pregnant bitches die every year due to whelping-related problems. Neutering/spaying also generally makes for a calmer, less frustrated pet. According to recent statistics, 2/3 of the dog bites reported in the U.S. involve intact males. So from an ethical standpoint, this is why many rescues do not place dogs in homes where there is an intact dog (male or female). Whether or not you decide to neuter/spay your dog is, of course, your own decision. But from a moral standpoint, we have made it our policy not to place rescue Dobermans in homes with intact dogs.
We prefer not to place our rescue dogs in homes with very young children. Likewise, we prefer not to place dogs in homes where there is a resident older than 70 years of age, or to place puppies and young dogs in homes with any senior people. We set these limitations, not because of aggression issues with our dogs, but because Dobermans are generally large, active dogs and can easily knock down or run over a small child and could easily trip an older person, causing a serious fall. Small children generally do not have the stress management skills, impulse control, or the ability to think abstractly that adults have. A small child can unintentionally hurt a dog and the consequences can result in injury to the child. Also, because our primary concern is the welfare of our dogs, we want to place them into homes where they can live out their lives without being dislocated again. Because senior people are more likely to experience life changes, we do not wish to place puppies and young dogs in homes where their normal life span is apt to be greater than that of their adopters.
Effective January 5, 2009, we will be unable to place dogs into the homes of military personnel. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army has issued a Pet Policy regarding RCI housing that excludes Dobermans, along with several other breeds. Because there is always a chance that even those personnel who own their own homes may be transferred to a location where they may find themselves in base housing and because this restrictive pet policy may be adopted by other armed forces branches, we cannot take the risk that our dogs will become homeless once again. Sadly, we are currently receiving an increasing number of requests from military personnel to take dogs they must relinquish into our rescue program.
All DRNC dogs are placed under an Adoption Contract which we strictly enforce. It requires, among other things, that the owner keep the dog up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm prevention, medical care and yearly veterinary exams. We also require that if the new owners should not, for ANY reason, be able to keep and care for the Doberman, the dog MUST be returned, by the owner, to DRNC. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Another important requirement for adoption involves secure containment. We require adopters to have a secure, safe fenced-in area (i.e. a solid, not an electronic, barrier) in which the dog can have adequate room to exercise in a safe environment. Dobermans are generally very active dogs and often have a pronounced prey drive. They can travel long distances at high speeds and our concern for the safety of the dogs that we place has resulted in our requirement for good, secure fencing in order to avoid missing, injured or killed animals. Under no circumstances will we place dogs in environments where they will be kept tied (i.e. cables or runner) or in small pens.
There is an adoption fee of $250.00 for most Dobermans. Occasionally, we may have a senior or special needs dog whose fee will be reduced. The adoption fee is used to partially offset the substantial costs incurred in the rescue and medical treatment of the Dobermans. All dogs are spayed or neutered, have been vaccinated against rabies, distemper and parvovirus, have been tested for heartworm (and treated if testing positive), are on monthly heartworm preventative, have been dewormed if intestinal worms are present, are microchipped for identification (microchip registration remains in the name of Doberman Rescue of North Carolina, Inc. after adoption to insure the long-term safety of the dog), and each has been evaluated for temperament. We encourage our adopters to enroll in an obedience class with their new Doberman. This is helpful in building confidence for both dog and owner.
If you are looking for a perfectly-trained obedience dog or looking for a snarling, vicious guard dog that will love you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, the neighbor’s kids, but no one else, you’ve come to the wrong place. We don’t have either one. The snarling, vicious dog will never pass evaluation to get into our rescue program to begin with. While we do endeavor to begin a basic obedience training regimen with our rescue dogs, our most important goals are to restore these unfortunate, abandoned Dobermans to physical and mental health.
Rescue dogs are a work in progress. In addition to various illnesses, many also come to us with behavioral issues such as shyness, fearfulness, excessive energy, etc. We begin the process of healing for them. That process must be continued by the adopter. If you are not willing to work with your dog to help him/her continue on the road to healing and becoming a happy, confident pet, please do not apply with us. We are not merely a resource from which an inexpensive Doberman can be acquired. Adopting a rescue dog is, first and foremost, an act of kindness and compassion for a creature with vast potential that simply needs patience, love, structure, training and a place to call home with a family of his/her own.
By filling out and submitting an application to DRNC, you are not committed to an adoption. The application ONLY serves to help our staff best match the right dog with the right home. We try very diligently to place our Dobes into the best environment that will compliment the dog's needs as well as the adopter's desires for the new family member. Being completely honest about your home environment helps ensure that we will make a successful placement, one that turns into a "forever" home.
We thank you for your interest in Doberman rescue and we look forward to helping you find a loving, well-matched companion for you and your family.