Surrender Process

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We are so sorry to learn that you are considering surrendering a Doberman. We know that this is a painful and very difficult decision. Thank you for considering rescue, as private sales, transfers, or craigslist postings can be very dangerous for Dobermans.

Though shelter dogs are our first priority, part of our mission is to assist owners who must give up their purebred Dobermans. If you must give up your Doberman, we will work with you compassionately, and if we believe surrender is truly in the Doberman’s best interest, we will accept your Doberman if our resources permit.

If you’ve already read through alternatives to surrendering your doberman,  please review our surrender process below:

  • Step 1: To begin communication about surrender with DHDR, please email us at or fill out and return this surrender survey, including photos. Please provide as much extensive detail as possible and do not sign yet.
  • Step 2: DHDR contacts you in less than 48 hours (we aim to get back to you immediately, but we are a 100% volunteer-run organization). We discuss your personal situation with you confidentially and see if we can develop a custom program for you to keep your Doberman. If this is not an option, we still contact you and reiterate next steps, answer any questions, and begin the search for the right foster home within our rescue.
  • Step 3: If we are able to find a foster home, we work to coordinate an evaluation/surrender date and location. At the time of surrender, we ask you accept financial responsibility if possible. It costs us a minimum of $350 to vet a Doberman and ready it for placement. We cannot help you or others if we don’t have the means. We understand that some do not have the means at the time of surrender, so this surrender fee is NOT required. However we do ask that when you are back on your feet, you someday make a donation to DHDR if possible.
  • Step 4: Once a Doberman has been surrendered to us and the surrender paperwork has been signed, we start the confidential new placement process. The Doberman is medically and behaviorally evaluated and treated as necessary. They are then placed in a loving foster home for socialization, observation, and basic obedience training. We follow a strict and careful adoption process to ensure the doberman is placed with the perfect, forever match.

Please note that title, license number (if licensed), health history, and full formal veterinary records are important to share. Over-vaccinating a dog can be very dangerous for his or her health. Feel free to also bring any belongings that you can donate to us – crates, leads, bedding, toys, treats, food, and more.

Returning a dog to a surrendering former owner is a very, very rare event: The reasons that people surrender a dog don’t disappear overnight. We will carefully evaluate this request on a case-by-case basis, but if we agreed to accept a dog in the first place, it is because you and we thought that there were no better alternatives for the Doberman. That may sound harsh, but think of it this way: Our first commitment is to the Doberman. We follow the same general guidelines that apply to human adoptions, and for the same reasons.

We understand that you are making a very tough decision and we are not here to judge you. We ask that you think it through and share your concerns and situation as frankly as possible. If we can help you, or answer any questions, please contact us.