Doberman Pinschers are smart, devoted, obedient companions who, as with many other breeds, are sometimes misunderstood and wind up homeless.
Experienced Doberman owners and rescue volunteers have formed Doberman Rescue of Nevada (DRNV) dedicated exclusively to finding “forever homes” for homeless Dobermans.
“Especially in these tough economic times, Dobermans – as are other breeds – are abandoned when owners are suddenly unemployed, have to move to apartments that don’t allow dogs, can’t pay for necessary medical treatment or can’t find homeowners insurance that covers Dobes,” said Camille Stelter, DRNV president. “But they also may be surrendered by owners who don’t have time, are getting divorced, find the breed too high energy or too needy or the dog has been confiscated for being abused.”
In its first month of incorporation in Nevada as a non-profit organization, DRNV has rescued five Dobermans and rehomed two. DRNV is representative of the increasingly popular and growing number of privately funded all-volunteer rescue organizations throughout the country devoted to reducing the strain on traditional animal facilities by supplementing their placement efforts.
“DRNV works closely with public and private shelters, pounds, humane societies and individual owners as well as regional rescue groups to give Dobermans their best chance of finding a permanent loving family,” said John Getter, DRNV co-founder and volunteer.
Volunteers – and especially “foster parents” – are the key to DRNV’s success. Before being available for adoption, rescues live with a foster family who can assess
their personality and needs to enable the right dog to go to the right people in the best home.
DRNV also provides necessary medical treatment to allow rescued dogs to become healthy enough to be adoptable. All dogs are spayed or neutered. Currently, foster parents are providing temporary homes to Red Rider, a 2-to-3-year-old red male, and to Will and Grace, a pair of previously undernourished 6-year-old fawn strays, who needed vitamin and diet supplements to get them back to good health.
“By using foster parents, we significantly improve the chances that our rescued Dobermans will find their ‘forever homes,'” Stelter said. “But it also means we always need more foster homes. For every Dobe we foster, there’s another being boarded waiting for a foster home to become available. We need foster parents and volunteers, so we encourage and welcome anyone who loves the breed to help.”
“Our primary concern is the health and well-being of the Dobermans we foster and adopt out,” Getter added. “We work tirelessly to educate the public about the breed, to assist owners in placing unwanted Dobermans, to provide foster homes and veterinary care for rescues and relinquished Dobermans and to place Dobermans into loving homes through our adoption program.”
DRNV is recognized by two prominent national organizations, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and Special Needs Dobermans. For additional information about Doberman Rescue of Nevada, log on to www.drnv.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.