Adoption Policy

We ask that all prospective adopters send us an adoption application. After we have screened it and approved your application, come to visit the rescue dogs at our rescue facility in Grand Prairie and meet with members of Doberman Rescue of North Texas. If, for whatever reason, you have not already completed an application when you get here, we will ask you to fill one in so we can do our homework.

Unless we are satisfied that a prospective adopter will meet our adoption criteria, we will not allow them to adopt.

We do our best not to adopt out dangerous dogs. As a rule, the animal control shelters we deal with will not allow us to rescue a dog that appears mean or aggressive. If a dog shows signs of dangerous aggression towards people after it is rescued, we withdraw the dog from our adoption program. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that a dog will not become aggressive, bite, or otherwise injure people. We therefore insist that all adopters agree in writing to hold us harmless and indemnify us if the dog causes injury.

We tell adopters about the behavior we observe.

We also spend a considerable amount of money on veterinary care and do our best to make sure the dogs are healthy, or at least that the adopter is aware of any medical conditions a dog may have. We cannot be sure, however, that we have observed all aspects of a dog's behavior. Nor can we be certain that all medical conditions have been diagnosed. We therefore make no warranties or representations as to the health, fitness, demeanor, or well-being of each dog.

Without few exceptions, all dogs are spayed or neutered before they are adopted out. The exceptions are where the health or age of the dog will not allow for the surgery. In that rare case, if we allow the dog to be adopted, the adopter must promise to spay or neuter the dog when its health permits. We follow up diligently!

If you want a rescue dog for breeding purposes, please call us. We will not have a dog for you, but we would like to have a long talk with you about irresponsible breeding.

We ask for adoption fees so we can continue to operate. The amunt of the adoption fee should be listed in the detail page about each dog that you can access from our Available Dobermans page (top page on the menu at the left). Click on the dog you are interested in, the Adoption Price will be displayed. If you do not see an adption price listed, please send us an email and ask.

Our growing network of volunteers and supporters has allowed us to expand our adoption area! We now adopt to all of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and large parts of New Mexico and Louisiana. If you live in one of these states, we invite you to apply. We also adopt to people who have previously successfully adopted from Doberman Rescue of North Texas but have moved away from our primary adoption area.

We also encourage you to contact Doberman Rescues close to your home using the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue Directory or doing an Internet search for Doberman Rescue in your state.

We only adopt out dogs to people who meet all our requirements, who have had their application approved, and who come to Doberhof to be interviewed.

We require all adopters to promise:

  • to care for the dog lovingly (including providing adequate food, shelter, water, veterinary care, and love);
  • to ensure the dog is maintained on heartworm preventive;
  • to keep all immunizations current and updated according to a veterinarian's schedule;
  • to license the dog in accordance with the laws and ordinances and to abide by the leash laws and ordinances of the municipality, county, and state in which the adopter lives;
  • to ensure that the dog wears a collar and identification tags at all times;
  • to keep the dog as a house pet, to be exercised in a fenced yard or on a leash, and not be allowed to roam the streets;
  • not to allow the dog to ride in the open bed of a pick-up truck;
  • not to sell, trade, or dispose of the dog in any way, before informing Doberman Rescue, which shall have the option of retaking custody of the dog;
  • that the dog will not be used for any medical or experimental purpose;
  • that the dog will not be kept chained or tied;
  • that the dog will not be trained or used as an attack or guard dog;
  • and that Doberman Rescue may examine and make inquiry regarding the dog at any time and retake custody of the dog if the adopter fails to abide by the terms of the adoption contract.

If a dog does not work out in a home, we require the adopter to return the dog and, if they choose, adopt another.

We invite any Doberman lover who would like to help with rescue to come to our regular Sunday open house. The work starts around 9:30 a.m., so if you can come early, we can use the help. The dogs need contact with lots of people and your help in socializing and playing with them is much needed. You are welcome to bring your Doberman(s) with you and make it a family outing. We have fenced play yards where your dogs can sniff for rabbits and have fun under the trees.

The Process

  • Fill out an application.
  • Our screener will contact you with any follow up questions and let you know the board's decision on your application. If your application is denied, we are sorry but it is our policy not to explain why.
  • If your application is approved, come on out to Open House.
  • If our board still has questions, you will be invited to undergo a screening interview while you are visiting Doberhof during Open House, and a decision will be made at that time.
  • If you fill in an on-line application by Wednesday evening at the latest, we can often have our checks completed before Open House the following Sunday.
  • At Open House we will work with you to help you select a dog that we think will work for you. Our goal is a happy adopter, a happy dog, and a lifetime adoption.
  • After deciding on a dog, complete our adoption contract.
  • Make the appropriate adoption donation.
  • Take your new dog home. Please bring a leash and collar so you don't need to borrow one of ours.
  • Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs