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.
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maxxMAXX is a 2 year old, red and rust, natural and docked male whose owners' new work schedule meant he now was crated for 12 hours every day. His people tried to make it work, but realized the toll it was taking on their young dog. Maxx loves attention and play time, and if he has the opportunity to tire himself out, he shows his snuggly side. With basic commands under his belt, Maxx will certainly benefit from further training…especially in the recall department. He has been trained on the Invisible Fence, which is much appreciated by the local squirrels and turkeys. Maxx is cautious of strangers but warms up when given a little time. He loves playing with other dogs and encourages cats to interact by barking at them. In true Doberman style, Maxx does not like to be cold or out in the rain. This happy, alert and jumpy boy needs an active home that will keep him busy. I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
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divaDIVA is an 8 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female whose owner lost his home and was unable to find anyone to take his feisty, older girl. Diva is nervous and unsure in certain situations, and being left at the DRU shelter was one of those times. Once the only owner she had ever known drove up the driveway, Diva's insecurity rose exponentially. She bared her teeth and told everyone to stay away. It took time for her to begin to trust her caregivers, but once she allows you into her circle of trust, Diva's loyalty is unparalleled. She would protect and defend her person for sure. So while Diva isn't in the "Pet of the Week" category for the average family, she has learned to be respectful of her handler's direction and to curb some reactive behaviors that were learned and allowed over her lifetime. Diva picks right up on a person's fear and seems to enjoy exploiting that, like so many Dobermans do! She will require a calm and clear leader both to manage her behaviors and to commit to keeping her safe. Despite her curmudgeonly reputation, Diva does have many positive qualities as well. She will keep one's feet warm by scooching up and sitting on them; she is clean and respectful of one's home; and she loves riding in the car. While usually a calm dog overall, Diva does get silly playing chase-me-around-the-table, go-get-my-ball and think-I'll-carry-my-food-bowl-for-a-while. She will lay her head in your lap for hours, and if you leave her at home she'll take food off the counter and prevent anyone from robbing your house. They say there is someone for everyone out there. I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
echoECHO is an 8 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female whose owner moved to Colorado and couldn't take her with him. This is one nice dog! Although Echo needed a little time to show her personality, we found that she is beautiful, smart, loving and social with people and other animals. Echo walks well on a leash and loves car rides. She is a comfort aficionado, creating intricate pillow nests at nap time. Her blanket and tennis ball are precious to her. Echo is quick to alert when strangers appear, but welcoming after consultation with her person. Dinnertime always goes well with a little tuna added to her entrée. Echo deserves to be the Queen in her new home. I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
herculesHERCULES is a 5 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.
lanceLANCE is a 7 year old black and rust, natural and docked male whose owners moved and couldn't take him along. They found him a new home where he stayed for three months. The household was busier than what Lance was used to. An environment of typical teenager activity was too hectic for him and he struggled with the all the comings and goings in this particular family. Although Lance is a dog that loves to be with someone, he couldn't settle and find his happy place there. The routine at the DRU shelter helped Lance relax and feel safe, as it does for many of the Dobermans who come here for rehabilitation. People often say they don't want to leave their dog at our shelter, but in some cases, it's just what the doctor ordered. We have found Lance to be a charming, happy boy who is gregarious with other dogs and isn't too bad with our cats. He is an alert barker when strangers visit, but with proper introductions, Lance greets guests with a wagging tail. His prized possession is his blanket and he takes it wherever he goes. Lance is a stealer and consumer of all things paper…tissues, dryer sheets, toilet paper and money, to name a few. But other than needing to secure the trash, one can trust Lance to hang out at home and suck on his blanket. He stays off the furniture and leaves other household items alone. Lance loves to go for walks, fetch his ball and jump into the car for a joyride anytime. He will do anything for food! I'VE BEEN ADOPTED!
marsMARS is a 2 year old, red and rust, natural and docked female whose owners divorced and couldn't take her with them. Social, outgoing when comfortable, energetic and food driven describe this pretty little red girl. A quiet, but active, home would be just what the doctor ordered. Mars needs to be busy to be at her best, and excels at puppy pushups and find-your-food-stashed-all-over-the-house. She and her sister experienced some sibling rivalry, especially when food was involved (she got along better with the Beagle with whom she lived) and can be turfy when sucking on her blanket. Although Mars has lived with cats, we're not so sure cats would like to live with her. Her veterinary records say she fell off the bed as a young pup and has a slight head tilt from the incident. Mars is otherwise neurologically intact and our veterinarian expects no issues related to this. She will need a little time to warm up at first, but once she's over herself, Mars soon shows her squishy, affectionate true self.
meganMEGAN is a 9 year old, black and rust, cropped and docked female whose owner became too ill to care for her anymore. They used to sleep on the couch together, covered by Megan's beloved leopard blanket. Megan welcomed the visiting nurses who came and went each day, caring for her person. One dozen feral cats were fed regularly in her backyard, and Megan dreamed of the day she would catch one. She set her sights on the squirrels too, but things didn't work out there either. Megan lived with a small dog and seems social with the dogs she has met here at DRU. She used to walk and hike with her owner, but lately has been let out into a fenced yard. Megan loves to be covered with a toasty blanket and groans her approval of ear rubs. She had several large lipomas removed and, despite her intolerance for sutures, has managed to recover nicely from her surgery. Megan is an affectionate and needy older girl who is looking for someone to appreciate and fuss over her.
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.


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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.

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!
lilyLILY is a 9 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!

Heartbreakingly, Lily has lost her battle with cancer. DRU would like to thank her family for the tremendous life and much love they showered on Lily. The mutual adoration was apparent to everyone. Lily will be greatly missed.
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!
nelleNELLE is a 10 year old, fawn and rust, natural and docked female who was given up by her owners because she went to the end of her Flexi-lead and nipped a passing bicyclist. We were told no skin was broken, but that several days after the incident, the woman was seen by her doctor for a scratch and a bruise. Nelle's owners said they felt pressured by family and neighbors to give up their dog…and so they did. Leaving the home she had been in all her life was difficult for Nelle and she wasn't eating well at the shelter. Nelle couldn't afford to lose any more weight, so special foods and goodies were concocted and she seemed to respond to being fussed over. Some of her favorites included warm chicken and rice, hard-boiled eggs, baby food, apples and peanut butter, liver, melon, Innova Health Bars, linguini and clams and the occasional bite of cheesecake. Soon she was eating her kibble mixed in to the offerings. We may have created a monster but believe Nelle will resume more normal eating habits once she is in a home. Our veterinarian found mild, intermittent heart arrhythmia when she examined Nelle. A cardiac ultrasound and 24 hour Holter monitor were done, along with a thyroid profile. The cardiologist recommended addressing Nelle's hypothyroidism first, and possibly avoiding the need for heart medications. Her condition will be monitored. Nelle is a sweet, gentle and playful dog who manages to win over anyone that spends time with her. Nelle was walked on a golf course and would find lost balls and carry 2 of them in her mouth at the same time. She is afraid of turkeys, thunder and loud noises, yet chases squirrels, barks at motorcycles and catches scorpions. Nelle's best friend was a female Irish Terrier and she has shown no ill will towards our cats. Nelle would really like a new home.

Nelle 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!
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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