Doberman Rescue and Adoption for New England and Eastern New York
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DRU usually has between 40 and 50 Dobermans for adoption. Some are listed here. Please fill out an application to help us find the right dog for you.
beileBEILE is a 20 month old, black and rust, cropped and docked male whose owner couldn't find a place to live that would allow a Doberman. He is a nice, kind dog with a bit of the devil in him. Beile's intelligence and playful nature make for a fun and comedic companion. The sight of other dogs causes immediate play bows and an almost tangible invitation to engage. Beile has never lived with cats and seems a little too interested in them for safe cohabitation. He loves the car and will fall asleep on longer rides. In the house, Beile is for the most part a gentleman, although given a chance, he will trash pick for food and has been found sleeping on furniture. He alerts to the doorbell but welcomes guests who are invited in. Although Beile knows his commands in Chinese, he has quickly picked up on what is asked of him. His preferred toys are a rope tug and a stuffed yellow duck. Aptly named, Beile (pronounced Bella) means Prince in Chinese.
biankaBIANKA
I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
dieselDIESEL is a 2 year old, black and rust, natural and docked male who came from Egypt. He was severely injured when he fell from a 5th floor balcony. His leg was impaled on a piece of rebar and help didn't come for 3 days. Fortunately, help finally did come in the form of a kind animal rescuer who got immediate veterinary care for Diesel. She also reached out on social media on Diesel's behalf and ultimately, arrangements were made for him to make the long journey to DRU. No one realized how truly sick this skinny little boy was…anemic and ravaged by tick borne diseases. His slow response to treatment scared the daylights out of his many fans, but once his recovery gained momentum, he sailed through the treatment and further surgery to repair his leg. Today, Diesel is a shiny, pleasingly plump picture of health. His behaviors are puppyish and affectionate. He loves to explore the yard and toss his toys in the air. Diesel doesn't care for chest-pounding male dogs, but does well with most females. Cats are considered a menu item. Continued training is a must for this nice young fellow. I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
griffinGRIFFIN
I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!









antonANTON is a 2 year old, black and rust, natural and docked male who was found as a stray in Connecticut. He's a little bit careful in the beginning with new people, but opens up nicely and becomes very friendly. Anton is super smart and caught on to basic obedience in a flash. He will do anything for food. Anton loves going for walks and he's a good boy in the car. He amuses himself by dragging his blankets and toys outside. Anton could live with a stable, strong female dog, but he cannot live with cats. An active person who is both loving and firm would be perfect for this enthusiastic teenager.
dukeDUKE is a 6 year old, red and rust male with natural ears and a tail who was adopted at a year of age from a New York shelter and returned to them 5 years later so sick and obese he couldn't even walk or stand. His infected ears and urinary tract were treated and he was started on medication for hypothyroidism. So far his weight has dropped from 124 lbs. to 99 lbs. and Duke is up and exercising every day. He does have a sloppy gait, likely due to cervical vertebral Instability (CVI or Wobbler Syndrome). We walk him on a harness and he is building strength in his hind end. Duke "runs funny" but enjoys his time outside in the grass. He's a sweet boy who loves attention and talks while his meals are being prepared. Duke is fond of lounging in his giant dog bed. He is social with other dogs and likes cats. Duke is a happy boy!
hersheyHERSHEY is a 3 year old, red and rust, natural and docked male who was transferred from a small breed rescue where he just didn't fit in. While in our care, Hershey has shown us he will avoid other dogs, rather than engage them, if given a choice. Once he gets to know a person, he is an affection seeking, happy-go-lucky, gentle boy whose nub is always wagging. Hershey is great for a bath and nail trim and likes to ride in the car. He's a stuffie defluffer and a licky boy. Hershey loves, loves loves his snicky-snacks! He does not feel the same way about cats.
savannahSAVANNAH is a 6 year old, blue and rust female with natural ears and a tail who was an owner turn in at a New York shelter with no history…very frustrating! As soon as our veterinarian saw this poor girl with her sparse, brittle coat weighing in at a whopping 120 pounds, she ordered a thyroid profile and started Savannah on Soloxine. Since arriving at DRU in March, she has lost over 30 pounds and still has several more to go. Savannah looks and feels so much better now that she is getting the veterinary care she so desperately needed. She adores people and craves affection, often crawling into any available lap and rolling over a belly rub. Toys are of no interest to Savannah. She much prefers the company of humans…a sweet, needy, follow-you-around type. Savannah happily chases her person around the yard, but will stand at the door if left outside alone. Food motivated, smart and sometimes stubborn, she's a fast learner who is calm when she knows what is expected of her. Savannah was very reactive on leash around other dogs when she first came to the shelter. We think she's more fearful than aggressive and hadn't been shown how to deal with that. Savannah is more relaxed on walks now and is accustomed to walking with a few regulars that don't cause her concern. She is a lady who keeps a clean kennel and leaves her bedding intact. Savannah has a strong opinion that cats should cease to exist.


SSNAP Dogs
Senior and Special Needs Advocacy Program


bellaBELLA is a 9 year old, black and rust, natural and docked female whose owners were expecting a baby and didn't trust Bella to be around the newborn. This senior girl is loyal, loving, cuddly and affectionate with the people she knows. Bella nimbly jumps up on stone walls to investigate her surroundings, not wanting to miss anything on her watch. Although she enjoys walking, she can be reactive to other dogs on leash. A fenced yard to call her own where she can bask in the sun and roll in the grass would be Bella's dream come true. Blanket sucking, stuffie hoarding, avoiding water and cat ignoring are among Bella's skill set. A calm household with people who will give her time to settle in, bond and trust is what we are hoping for Bella. She was diagnosed with an inflammatory condition of the liver called hepatitis. This is not the same as human hepatitis and is not contagious to people or other animals. The inflammation in the liver can be caused by many things and significant testing has been done to try to identify the cause of the problem so that we can maximize the treatment plan for success. A special diet for the liver will be needed lifelong, as well as medication specifically used to decrease the inflammation and scar tissue so that the liver can function normally. The liver has a remarkable capacity to heal and regenerate normal tissue when it is damaged and Bella will have the best chance of leading a very normal healthy life if she is treated properly with diet and medication/supplements. Some of the medications will be temporary while others lifelong and follow up testing will be needed to follow the progress and adjust medications. I'm a SSNAP dog!
belleBELLE is a 9 year old, black and rust, natural and docked female whose elderly owner couldn't continue to care for her. Belle enjoyed playing with her two beloved cats and savored her late night snack of almonds with her owner. There were visiting grandchildren that Belle welcomed and we were told when strangers came to the house, Bell would try to kiss them. She is excellent in the car and has lovely house manners. Belle is healthy and certainly doesn't look her age. Right now some fish oil and heartworm prevention is all she needs. Belle's exposure to dogs both in daycare and here at the DRU shelter has gone well. She does pick and choose which dogs are allowed to take liberties with her and which ones she gives swift, clear correction. Despite having three dog beds from which to choose, Belle is prone to sneaking up on the couch. This nice lady dog will bring joy to her new family.

Belle has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
caesarCAESAR is a 9 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who was surrendered to a town shelter because his owners lost their house. He was so SAD when he got to DRU. He cried for days despite our best efforts to comfort him. Caesar would only eat if coaxed and if goodies were added to his food. He was treated for Lyme Disease, stiff and sore hind legs and conjunctivitis…all of which have improved with daily medications. He fought us off with ear cleaning until he realized his ears would be cleaned and he would survive the procedure...nails too! Caesar actually enjoys a scrubbie in the tub. He's a clean boy who prefers people over toys, but hot dogs trump people. Caesar is a needy boy who wants to be with his people. Routine is important to him; change upsets his apple cart. He prefers leash walks to yard time. We have had him around several dogs and he seems okay…just barks a lot in a referee sort of way. Caesar chases cats, but doesn't seem aggressive towards them. Although Caesar has become comfortable at DRU, he definitely needs to find a home for his senior years.

Caesar has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
fredaFREDA is a 7 year old black and rust, cropped and docked female who came to DRU because her owner was terminally ill. She shared her home with three Collies. Lad was her constant companion and the alpha female Collie was her bitter foe. Her owner had a Koi pond where Freda would relentlessly pursue the large red eared turtles that dwelled there. There was no need for an alarm system with Freda in the house. She loves stuffed toys and will carry one in her mouth when she needs to go out. Once inside, she gathers her precious babies and makes her nest with them. Freda's most precious possession is her stuffed green cactus. Even when wearing an Elizabethan collar after a benign lump removal, Freda could be found with her head tilted back with her cactus resting inside the cone. She is a very obedient and mild mannered dog who takes her time trusting new people. But once one has been accepted into her circle, it is, indeed, an honor. Freeze dried chicken is her favorite treat.

Freda has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
gerdaGERDA is an 8 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female who was brought to a New York shelter by her disabled owner who said he could no longer care for her. Gerda trusted no one and she gave that shelter staff a pretty hard time. They decided to transfer her to DRU for specialized care, and a very kind pilot flew Gerda from New York to New Hampshire. On arrival, it was clear that Gerda was very hand shy and had little training. She was frantic and showed aggression towards other dogs. Our veterinarian had to muzzle her in order to safely examine her. While we have almost no history on Gerda, her body shows signs of the brutality she suffered at someone's hands. Gerda's ears have been cut off crudely and have the sickening look of a home crop job. Her soft muzzle has scars consistent with someone tying her mouth shut for an extended period of time. After many months of training and TLC at the DRU shelter, Gerda now trusts and feels safe with people. She has learned to control herself around other dogs, and now walks through the neighborhood on a loose leash in a group of Dobermans. Visitors to the shelter are greeted by Gerda with her purple and white stuffie in her mouth and her nub wagging furiously. She is relaxed and happy to see new people. Gerda neither looks nor acts her age and has a clean bill of health. She is an active dog who loves to run in our fenced field. Gerda needs a home where she is the only animal. It's time this sweet girl gets a loving home.

Gerda has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
mandyMANDY is an 8 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female who was given up for biting a Yorkshire Terrier in the home on two occasions. The incidents occurred when the Yorkie rough housed with the one year old male Doberman that also lived in the pack. Both times, Mandy stepped in as referee and the little dog went off to see the veterinarian. Mandy's owner got her about 6 years ago from a man on the street who was bringing Mandy to a shelter "to get rid of her." Mandy has been to obedience classes and has exemplary house manners. She barks at strangers and then quickly befriends them. Mandy is happy to accompany her person to the barn at chore time to help with the horses, cows and a goose. She doesn't like cats and shouldn't live with small dogs or female dogs. Mandy delights in curling up on the couch with her person. She has been trained on an Invisible Fence. Joint support medications and Soloxine keep Mandy feeling tiptop. She loves car rides.

Mandy has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
magnumMAGNUM is an 11 year old, red and rust, cropped and docked male who got the boot when 90 year old Grandma moved in. Although Magnum had never done anything untoward, his owners said the woman was afraid of him and refused to come live at the house if the dog was there. On arrival at the shelter, Magnum's coat was dirty and his toenails were atrociously long. Our veterinarian said he was too thin, displayed symptoms of hypothyroidism and required medication for an ear infection. While it's likely Magnum was a valued family member for much of his life, something went wrong somewhere. With Soloxine on board now and 5 additional pounds under his belt, Magnum feels better and his big personality shows more and more. He is an alert, confident, happy older gentleman with a good attitude. Magnum has high self-esteem and isn't shy about vocalizing his needs or opinion on the matters at hand. Although he hadn't been exposed to other dogs very much, he wants to engage. He doesn't have the best social skills when meeting a dog, and his forward advances can be off putting to some. With some practice, Magnum could make a good companion for another dog. He's very interested in the shelter cats, and further observation will be needed to determine his likelihood of compatibility. Magnum has more pep than most dogs his age. His house and car manners are impeccable and he is always excited to head out on a walk.

Magnum has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
mayhemMAYHEM is a 5 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who came to DRU after being hit by a car. Serious injuries sustained included partial hind limb paralysis, broken ribs and blood in his chest. Against all odds, Mayhem recovered, but he will never be whole again. Ongoing veterinary and tender loving home care will be needed indefinitely to keep him comfortable and happy. Despite his drunken gait, Mayhem still loves to run and enjoy gently the company of other dogs. He is a character!

Mayhem has gone to a permanent foster home. Please consider a donation to SSNAP to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
memphisMEMPHIS is a 9 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male whose owners couldn't afford to care for him. Like a lot of older Dobermans, Memphis has many lumps and bumps on him that are benign, but one lump had ulcerated and required surgical removal. Biopsy results indicated a low grade sarcoma that is often curative with removal, however the deep tumor-free surgical margin is narrow in this case and Memphis should be monitored for reoccurrence of the tumor. Memphis is an otherwise healthy, elegant, loyal, distinguished, confident and classic looking Doberman with a sweet personality that is to die for. His happy place is on the couch, belly up and receiving lots of loving. Transition from life in a home to the shelter has been a struggle for Memphis and his caregivers go all out to help him feel special. He likes company, especially at mealtime, and home cooked morsels often end up in his dish. Memphis lived with cats and has been passive here with other dogs. He likes a car ride and a walk once in a while, but human attention is what Memphis truly craves. This spry senior Doberman deserves to be in a quiet home where he will be endlessly admired by his person. The feeling one gets in return from being with Memphis is priceless.

Memphis has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
nalaNALA is an 8 year old, red and rust, cropped and docked female who has been disappointed by people. She came to DRU from a shelter in New York. The staff there told us her history: Home #1 - Nala was found in a feces-filled crate; Home #2 - Nala was tied outside to a trailer for 5 years because the wife didn't like her; Home #3 - Nala lived in her next home for 2 months, but was brought to the SPCA because she urinated on the couch; Home #4 - Nala was adopted out by the SPCA, but was returned after one day for nipping during rough housing. Medically she was a mess on arrival…urinary tract infection, large mammary mass removal (benign!), molar extraction, Lyme Disease and x-rays which revealed significant radiographic changes in her cervical spine as the cause of her awkward gait. Fortunately, Nala doesn't seem to be in any pain from her neck abnormality, and she walks on a harness to protect her neck. Her most cherished possession is a small rubber penguin which she carries constantly. Nala needs time to accept someone new, but once you're in her circle of friends, you're in!

Nala has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
primaPRIMA is an 8 year old, black and rust, natural and docked female whose owner was charged with cruelty to animals. Prima and 6 other dogs were held in a facility for 18 months until the court case was resolved and custody of the dogs was transferred to the good guys. Her days of cranking out puppies are over. Sweet, social, friendly, mellow, low-key, and a joy to be around are some of the characteristics that come to mind about Prima. She picks and chooses which dogs she likes and is pretty clear that she is no fan of cats. Princess Prima loves a cozy bed. She will bring lots of love with her to her new home. Prima was diagnosed with an inflammatory condition of the liver called hepatitis. This is not the same as human hepatitis and is not contagious to people or other animals. The inflammation in the liver can be caused by many things and significant testing has been done to try to identify the cause of the problem so that we can maximize the treatment plan for success. A special diet for the liver will be needed lifelong, as well as medication specifically used to decrease the inflammation and scar tissue so that the liver can function normally. The liver has a remarkable capacity to heal and regenerate normal tissue when it is damaged and Prima will have the best chance of leading a very normal healthy life if she is treated properly with diet and medication/supplements. Some of the medications will be temporary while others lifelong and follow up testing will be needed to follow the progress and adjust medications. I'm a SSNAP dog!
rocky3ROCKY 3 is a 9 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who came to DRU from a New York City shelter with limited information. We were told that his family had rescued him from a bad situation 6 years ago and now had to give him up. Our veterinarian removed some benign growths and several teeth that were likely bothering him. He's in pretty good shape and quite spry for an older guy. Rocky 3 has done well playing with a gamut of dogs here. He takes correction from grumpy old lady Dobermans with minimal sass back on his part. Cats are a different story…no cats for Rocky 3…not even a cat tchotchke is safe around him. He is a pleasure to walk on a leash and has the Doberman lean down pat. Rocky 3 wants to go home!

Rocky 3 has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
sadieSADIE is a 9 year old, red and rust, cropped and docked female whose owners divorced and lost their home. Unfortunately, misfortune trickled downhill to the animals. Flea and parasite infested Sadie arrived experiencing a false pregnancy and had our veterinarian concerned about pyometra. While being spayed, a mammary mass was removed and multiple extractions of rotted teeth were required. Her mammary mass was a low-grade malignant mixed mammary tumor that will need to be monitored closely for recurrence. Sadie is a 50 lb. peanut who needs to be coaxed and handfed (shame on us…) to eat. Prior to her spay, Sadie would collect "babies" and hide them underneath herself, daring any animal to approach her, and yet was kind to people. Now Sadie still is attached to a particular stuffie but not as inclined to protect it. When around other dogs or cats she tends to ignore them unless they don't respect her space. Sadie is a sweetie pie!

Sadie has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
savannahSAVANNAH is an 8 year old, blue and rust, natural and docked female who came in with her brother Sam when their owner lost their house. She gets along with most other dogs, and would rather hunt for food than for a cat. Of the two siblings, Savannah is in charge…for example when it comes to personal space around the water dish. Despite this, she seems to depend on Sam to feel secure. Savannah is a true foodie and can scout out the smallest bit of discarded particles of nourishment. She is a loving old girl.

Savannah has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for her medical bills to make it easier to find her the home she deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
scoobySCOOBY is a 9 year old, black and rust, natural and docked male who was found with a myriad of health problems as a stray in New York City. Some were easy to attend to…tapeworms, dirty ears, dandruff, nails down to the quicks and irritated eyes. Our veterinarian diagnosed hypothyroidism and started him on medication. The scary time was when his mild upper respiratory infection burgeoned into full blown pneumonia. After lots of antibiotics, time and TLC, Scooby's health improved and he was finally able to be neutered and cleared for adoption. During his recovery, Scooby managed to cultivate a band of admirers at both the veterinary hospital and the DRU shelter. His nice attitude, along with high self-esteem and a knack for gazing adoringly into one's eyes, make him a very engaging, fun fellow to be around. Scooby is a typical, sweet old dog, but with a surprising amount of spunk. He likes the lady dogs very much and is relentlessly friendly toward, yet respectful of, them. Scooby is a foodie and loves the challenge of the treat pouch. The only point on which he is non-negotiable is cats.

Scooby has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
tankTANK is a 5 year old, red and rust, cropped and docked male whose owner lost his home. He is Yoda's father. He's a beautiful dog who is full of energy and loves to run, despite a deformity of his left femur due to being hit by a car in 2010. Surgery was done but failed to correct the problem…possibly due to poor technique or secondary to aftercare. No treatment was in his best interest and he takes a joint supplement for support. Tank loves water…he's a swimmer, a chaser of water streaming from the end of a hose and even an enjoyer of baths. He is friendly and social with people, but has a strong prey drive with other dogs and cats. Tank needs to be the only animal in his new home.

Update! The bad news is our veterinarians discovered Tank had some issues with his liver and, on top of everything else, he developed neck pain. The good news is that a wonderful family chose Tank to be their dog. He is receiving the help he needs and is now HOME! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
zekeZEKE is a 3 year old, black and rust, natural and docked male whose owners gave him up when he started having seizures. They were not able to keep track of giving him medication twice daily. Since Zeke has been at the DRU shelter receiving phenobarbital as directed, he remains seizure free. Blood work shows his medication levels are well within a therapeutic range and our veterinarian is starting to slowly lower his dose to the smallest amount that is effective. Zeke is also hypothyroid and has just started Soloxine. He is feeling so much better now. Personality-wise, Zeke is a prince! Everybody at DRU loves him for his sweet personality and nice attitude. Zeke views other dogs like they were long lost friends. He has been around children and likes to chase cats. Zeke is super clean in his roomette and will go through his whole repertoire of tricks in anticipation of a goodie! Out trainers say he is compliant, very tolerant of handling and has good obedience, although he would benefit from a refresher class. If allowed, Zeke can be a little pushy but overall he is a fun and loving dog. His last owner let him sleep on the couch, although he is crate trained. Marrow bones make him happy!

Zeke has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to help pay for his medical bills to make it easier to find him the home he deserves. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover his expenses. I'm a SSNAP dog!
 
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