Senior and Special Needs Advocacy Program

Older Dobermans and those with medical or behavioral issues can be with us for a long time. We are careful not to “warehouse” dogs, but feel strongly about providing care for dogs who have good quality of life, both physically and mentally, until such things change or until that special home comes along.

These dogs often have the added expense of medication, special diet, supplements, training, etc. SSNAP spotlights these dogs with the hope of ultimately finding a permanent home for each one.

Designated donations will be used to provide ongoing, supportive care for these wonderful dogs.

How can you participate in SSNAP?

There are several ways

  1. Choose a SSNAP dog and send a monthly contribution for that dog’s care. Since the costs associated can vary greatly from dog to dog and from month to month, we suggest a donation amount that is comfortable for you. Listed below are some examples of care costs.
  2. Designate a one-time donation for a particular dog.
  3. Make a donation to be used for the SSNAP dog that needs it most.

Ongoing costs of a one month supply per dog are

  • $6 heartworm preventative
  • $10 dietary supplements (herbs, garlic, probiotics, bee pollen)
  • $20 thyroid medication
  • $25 keeps one run comfortably cool during the summer
  • $30 Glucosamine and Chondroitin arthritis medication
  • $50 keeps one run toasty warm in the winter
  • $60 special diet

These are common one time expenses

  • $7 collar and ID tag
  • $15 veterinary wellness check
  • $24 harness
  • $50 orthopedic dog bed
  • $60 thyroid function test
  • $75 dentistry
  • $85 routine senior blood work
  • $100 acupuncture for pain management
  • $150 cardiac ultrasound

Participants will receive information and a picture of their sponsored dog.

Any donations designated for a specific dog, which exceed care costs, will be used to provide for other dogs in the program.

All dogs are available for adoption and our goal is to see each dog find a home.

If the dog you have chosen to sponsor is fortunate enough to be adopted, we’ll notify you and tell you the details.

If you would like to participate by sponsoring one of the DRU SSNAP Dobes, please click here for a form to fill out and send in. 

You can also donate to SSNAP online with a check or credit card at the Dobermart. Thank you very much for your participation in this special program.

Dogs Currently enrolled in SSNAP

PRIMA (Adopted September 2017) 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.

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.

Sasha – A super sweet 10 1/2 year old girl that came to DRU this past summer because her owner was going into a nursing home. Sasha had been back and forth to the vet when she 1 st came in, to address some medical concerns we were having. It turns out she has Diabetes Insipidus, which will require her to get an injection every morning for the rest of her life to manage this condition. While at the vet they also diagnosed her with lung cancer. For now she is comfortable and we will continue to monitor her condition by taking x-rays every couple months, just to stay on top of things. Everyone at DRU has fallen for her because of her easy going, lovable personality and the way she smiles at you when you come in the room. It just pulls at your heart strings when you think that her condition will eventually get worse, but all we can do is make her comfortable and happy for as long as we can.