Stray Dobermans

Thank you so much for contacting us about this stray Doberman. Due to relevant legal restrictions, we are not permitted to accept strays directly into the rescue. Significant disinformation exists regarding stray animals. Below is information on what you can do, and how DHDR may be able to take in the dog at the right time.

Attempt to Find the Owner

First and foremost, attempt to find the owner. If you can’t keep the dog for any length of time, then surrender the dog to your local county shelter or Humane Society*. Rehoming or passing along the dog without a strong attempt to find the owner and sending the dog through a county shelter could expose you to legal ramifications if an owner turns up.

1. Take the dog to a local vet or PetSmart and have it scanned for a microchip.
2. Post the dog on https://www.lostdogsarizona.org/ and/or the Straydar Facebook Group
3. Post the dog on NextDoor and put up physical signs in the area you found it.
4. Check Lost Pets on Craigslist and NextDoor
5. Report the dog to your county shelter (even if you don’t physically take it there, they can create a found dog listing)
6. Provide DHDR details on where you found the dog, photos, anything it was wearing, if you’d like (in case the owner contacts us)

*If the dog is injured, call AHS’s EMAT 602.997.7585 ex2073 line and let them know. They will often come get the dog as soon as possible.

Surrender to the County Shelter / Get the Dog to DHDR

Whether you surrender the dog immediately, or after some time, having the dog go through the physical 72-hour county stray hold is the best way to protect yourself from future legal action. Some rescues believe a public 6-day hold in the rescue is valid, however this is misinformation. We know, it is really frustrating – we all want to keep dogs out of the shelters, but legally the only way to protect ourselves from possible lawsuits, is to have the dog go through the physical 72-hour stray hold. Hopefully, some day, legislation will change/become more clear.

If you decide to keep the dog or re-home it without completing the shelter hold, you may do so at your own risk. If you do surrender the dog to the shelter, they will allow you to tag the dog with your name, so that when the hold is complete, you can adopt the dog before others have the chance to do so. This is also the only way to get the dog to DHDR. Either you must tag the dog to yourself when you surrender it, adopt it after the stray hold, and then surrender to DHDR, or in rare cases, DHDR may be able to meet you for the surrender and complete the surrender for you, so we are tagged.

Please reach out to us if you have any other questions or need support in any way. If you would like clarification or support, we can give you a call.

Thank you!