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.
baltoBALTO is a 2 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who was found as a stray in New York City. He showed to be a high energy boy with no manners or obedience to speak of. Balto is a nice, clean dog who seems content and secure in his crate. To amuse himself, he hides his food bowl under his blanket and sits on it. When he is outside, his excitement soars! Balto likes other dogs so much that when he sees them and can't get to them, he will vocalize at an astounding pitch that stops anyone in their tracks. Progress has been made by diligent training, but Balto is still young in his head and his handler needs to be on top of him. Although one could describe Mr. Balto as a bit of a benign punk, he has a super solid temperament. His new owner will have to go to training and find a job for Balto that knocks him out both mentally and physically. Time working with Balto will be time well spent. He's an outstanding Doberman!
chanceyCHANCEY is a 6 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who came to DRU via another shelter. He struggled at first with his new surroundings. Once a person wins his trust, Chancey always remembers that individual. Although he sometimes can be a quirky fellow who was difficult to figure out at the beginning, Chancy is smart, funny and always ready to make his trusted humans laugh. He has the BEST Doberman smile that makes the recipient feel pretty important. He would do best as the only companion animal in the home. Chancey is somewhat hand shy until he feels comfortable with a handler. He now has good obedience and is a pleasure to walk on a leash. Chancey's new owner should have patience and a sense of humor!
delilahDELILAH is a 5 year old, black and rust, natural and docked female who came to DRU from an overcrowded rescue, needing veterinary care for heartworm disease. She sailed through her treatment and has been given a clean bill of health. Delilah is a shy girl at first, but when secure is a real sweetheart who loves attention. She has barrier aggression that is quickly squelched once the barrier is removed. One could put this energy to good use as a deterrent to car thieves or burglars if there happen to be any around. Clever Delilah has a crate inside her kennel run that she uses as a look-out tower, choosing to sleep on top of rather than in it. She could live with a mannerly male dog or a cat that stands its ground. Delilah loves to train and learns quickly, especially when food treats are involved.
filoFILO is a 3 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who was treated like a piece of meat by his former owner. He was imported from Budapest, used as a stud dog and dumped in a shelter. Filo is not a dog that will simply stay on the back burner as he is from working dog lines and needs to have a job. He is okay with most female dogs, but cats are out of the question. He requires someone who will properly channel his high energy and natural protective tendencies. Filo is a lot of dog who gives 110% to everything he does. High food drive and an awesome work ethic will make Filo a fun partner with which to work or compete. His food dish barely hits the floor before he empties it and turns it into a stainless steel missile. One can hear him throwing the bowl in the air and delighting at the loud crashing sound it makes. Left to his own devices, Filo would be a "bomb builder", but if his power is used for good, he could be that dog of a lifetime!
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chanceCHANCE is a 4 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male whose owners were evicted from their residence. He seems to genuinely like people, despite showing every sign of being over-handled in the past. Chance is sensitive to correction but comes right out of it with proper handling and encouragement. He plays well with the female dogs at DRU…although his intentions are sometimes romantic in nature as he was recently neutered…which can be off-putting to some of the ladies. Chance even plays with some of the male dogs. Our cats disappeared at the start of the cat test and so we called it due to their clear message that Chance was not a friend to felines! Although well behaved on walks, Chance keeps his eyes open for squirrels and birds. He is a known chicken stalker and people gooser. Tennis balls and tummy rubs are among Chance's favorite things.
cocoCOCO is a 1 year old, red and rust female with natural ears and a tail who came to DRU from a woman who had her for 2 weeks. She took Coco from a family that had neither the time nor the resources to care for a young pup. Coco was unsure of new people and greeted same with barking, growling and tail wagging. After lots of training and handling here, Coco is a more confident dog, but she will likely have some territorial behaviors in a new home. Proper introductions and continued work will help Coco be the happy and free dog she is. She loves to train, but will put on the brakes when she doesn't want to do something. Coco has played with lots of dogs, but can show dominance with some new dogs. Despite having lived with indoor cats, she is set on pursuing them with less than noble intentions. Coco is quite adaptable and transitions easily when moved from a run to a crate to a room to a kennel. She likes to gather her toys in a pile and keep an eye on them.
dodgeDODGE is a 5 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male who came in from another rescue without a lot of information. This dog just makes a body smile! Dodge is sweet, social and happy with people. His desire to please is tangible and he so wants to do the right thing. Although a stern word can quickly crush him, a few words of encouragement make his whole body wiggle. Dodge stays clean in his kennel run, leaves bedding intact and thoroughly enjoys frozen peanut butter in a bone. He is squishy and squeezable with his people, but should be an only pet in the home. Dodge is reactive to other dogs while out on a leash walk and will always need management in this area. He would be happy as a homebody where he can be king of his fenced yard. Despite his love affair with food, Dodge takes even the smallest treat with gentleness. Dodge loves to run in the snow!
herculesHERCULES is a 3 year old, fawn and rust, cropped and docked male whose owner became ill and couldn't care for him. After spending some time with Hercules, we were surprised to discover that he is deaf. One of our trainers took Hercules home as a foster dog and has done a lot of work with him. His obedience is excellent. Although he is generally friendly with other dogs, Hercules doesn't like rough physical play, and he chases cats. Whoever adopts Herc needs to understand it will take time for him to become comfortable about being handled. It's like this… I'm a Doberman, I'm deaf, I don't know you and I don't trust you. But once he does, he will be devoted to his person. He will become territorial and protective of the one he trusts and that needs to be properly channeled. Hercules will likely prefer the attention of his owner almost exclusively. An ideal home would be with a strong minded, consistent owner who understands what Hercules needs to succeed and will put him in good situations. That person will be rewarded with a go-anywhere, do-anything dog.
ivanIVAN is a 6 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male whose owner went to jail. He's a sweet boy with basic obedience who loves to chase a ball in the yard. When introduced to another dog, Ivan skillfully uses play bows to entice the dog to engage in some fun. When walking on leash, Ivan can be reactive to dogs he can't reach. Use his obedience to mentally dial him in and he responds well. Ivan could live with a compatible female dog, but cats are another story. He has a good balance of maturity and pep…the best of both worlds. Ivan thrives on affection from his person and would be a nice addition to any well run household.
ivyIVY is a 7 month old, black and rust, natural and docked female who was put up on Craigslist because she needed training…now that's a real shocker! The owner said Ivy was very fearful and on guard 100% of the time. She was being aggressive with the cat and small dog with whom she lived and had to go. While Ivy did show some unsureness on arrival at DRU, she quickly got into the routine here. There were rules to follow and people she trusted would keep her safe. It's scary for a young dog to be in charge of things. Ivy quickly realized she was no longer in charge and became all the more relaxed for it. She has been super social with other dogs here and has learned that cats are off limits. Her new person must continue training with her or Ivy will likely resort back to her unwanted behaviors. Ivy is a sweet, affectionate dog who makes people smile. She is a murderer of stuffies and fancy dog beds. I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
jasonJASON is a 6 year old, red and rust, natural and docked male whose owner didn't want him anymore. He's a pleasant fellow who needs a little time to acclimate. Once he does, he is a calm, low-keyed companion who is yearning for a person to call his own. Jason would thrive in a quieter household where not a lot is expected of him. He loves to plunk his handsome head in a familiar lap and doze. As far as other dogs, Jason lived with his sister, who took sibling rivalry to a new level! Consequently, living with another dog would be on a case by case basis. Jason needs management around cats, but might be okay with a tough one or a fast one. This patient wallflower is ready to go home!
majorMAJOR is a 6 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked male whose owner gave him up to avoid being evicted. He is a social dog, likes people and will engage whenever possible. Major is hilarious when it comes to his blanket. It must be soft, soft, soft and he will bunch the blanket up and suck on it. He carries it around and tries to initiate a game of tug of war. Throw a blanket over his head and he'll run around and play peek-a-boo. Major enjoys long leash walks and also exploring the fence line. He is territorial and can be protective behind a barrier, but is easy to control. Major gets along with lady dogs, and although his best pal was an older intact male Shih Tzu, he has to be watched around some male dogs…and all cats. Major loves to be brushed, but is not thrilled about a toenail trim. He can run a little anxious but trust in his handler makes all the difference. He is used to sleeping in bed under the covers. He's a good boy in the car and when left alone in the house. Major loves candy canes!
saberSABER is a 3 year old, black and rust male who was given up for being "OCD with cats." His owner says Saber loves people and other dogs, but he has made the practice of hounding the household cats into his life's work. He doesn't think Saber is a cat killer, but he looks for them all the time. Saber is from working dog lines and needs an active home that can keep him occupied. Even in a home without cats, Saber will likely find himself another job if he isn't kept busy with something more appropriate. He is good in the house and the car. Saber has been around horses and other large animals without issue. He likes tennis balls. Saber has a good attitude and is compliant when given clear rules. He's a big, powerful, brainy boy who wants to do stuff.
skySKYE is a 3 year old, fawn and rust, natural and docked female who was surrendered by her owner to a shelter in Vermont. She had given birth to a litter of puppies and developed mastitis when they were four weeks old. Most of the puppies died and Skye got the boot. She was spooky and unsure of herself on arrival at DRU. Obedience training and handling has helped Skye stabilize but she will likely remain fearful of some new things. She has lived with cats, and although she has little tolerance for other dogs, Skye has become manageable on leash around them. Once Skye trusts someone, she is a cupcake, but will be cautious of strangers on leash and protective, especially once she settles into a home of her own. All Skye needs is an owner whose focus is making sure she only gets into situations where she will succeed.



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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. 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 continue to 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 continue to 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!
gabbyGABBY is a 9 year old, black and rust, natural and docked female who has been disappointed by people many times in her life. First she was rescued from a puppy mill. Gabby then went to live with a woman who gave her up because she contended she couldn't get insurance on her new home because she owned a Doberman. From there Gabby went to a young couple who later broke up. The man kept Gabby until he went to jail, at which time his now girlfriend gave Gabby to someone who kept her for 2 weeks and then brought her to a shelter. From there she went to a nice home where sadly, the woman became ill and couldn't keep her. So now Gabby is at DRU. Some of her nicknames include Land shark, Live wire, Pip, Leg grabber, the Lurker, the Princess and Edwina Haskell. Once you are in her circle of friends, Gabby will smile, give paw and roll over, offering her belly for a rub. Until then she is a force to be reckoned with. Gabby takes her guarding heritage seriously. From behind a door or under a bush, she can quickly size up an opponent. There is no better alarm system available. Gabby has lived with dogs and cats. She needs a very strong leader who will keep her out of trouble.

Gabby has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to continue to 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. I'm a SSNAP dog!
jessieJESSIE is an 8 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female who was found as a stray. She is a delightful, needy, gentle attention hog with a sense of humor who is a pleasure to spend time with. One of her favorite games is Take-my-bone-please! Jessie is a talker and isn't shy about asking for the attention she so craves. The old girl has some arthritis in her back that is managed on NSAIDS. We walk her on a harness to eliminate stress on her neck. If the harness gets left on by mistake, Jessie will remove it…permanently, and it's off to the tack bin to find her a replacement. Jessie likes some dogs but can be a crabby old lady when she feels like it. She is a cat assassin. Jessie has wonderful manners and personal hygiene.

Jessie has been adopted! But, DRU has agreed to continue to 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!
lilyLILY is a 5 year old, cropped and docked white female who came to DRU when her owner went to jail. She looks as if she has had a boatload of puppies during her lifetime. When we had Lily spayed, our veterinarian removed several small lumps from her. Unfortunately, the biopsies came back that Lily has malignant melanoma. Treatment options weren't great and our veterinarian couldn't say how things will progress or how long we can expect Lily to live. In the meantime, Lily has gone to a foster home that is truly a Disneyland for Dobermans. We are told she is slowly evolving from a quiet, flat, timid girl into a demanding Doberman who expects a daily car ride along with multiple walks. Lily does Doberman snappies when she wants something. She sleeps like a rock next to the woodstove or catches some sun beams near the slider. Life is good!

Lily has has gone to a permanent foster home. Please consider a donation to our SSNAP program to help us cover her medical 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 continue to 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!
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!
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! 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 continue to 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 continue to 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!
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 continue to 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 continue to pay for his seizure medication and testing to make it easier to find her 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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