We exist to place dogs in good homes, and we view ourselves as your allies. Our policies are meant to rule you in, not rule you out

But yes, we do have  time-tested procedures designed to protect our dogs, so before you apply, please be sure you understand, agree to, and meet these basic criteria, and understand that we reserve the right to refuse an application if we feel that it is not in a dog’s best interests:

  • You and all members of your family are ready and willing to adopt now, provided the right dog is available
  • You and all members of your family have no reservations about adopting a Doberman Pinscher or a rescue
  • You are at least 18 years of age and are legally able to enter into binding contracts in the state of Arizona
  • All members of your household are 12 years of age or older. Due to insurance-related policies, DHDR is not able to adopt adult dobermans to families with children under the age of 12. Families with children of any age may apply to adopt a puppy under the age of six months.
  •  If applicable, you can present a letter on letterhead stationery from your landlord or Home Owners’ Association (HOA) allowing you to keep a Doberman Pinscher at your residence
  • You can afford to care for your dog independently. (Expect to spend at least $500 a year on food, medical care, supplies, grooming, treats, toys, bedding, etc, not counting emergency care.)
  • Your yard is completely fenced, your fence is at least 5′ and preferably 6′ high and in good repair, and your outside gates are always securely locked
  • All your present and past dogs and cats are/were altered
  •  Your current dogs are licensed, micro-chipped, and tagged.
  • You can afford an adoption fee ranging between $250 and $500, depending on the rescue’s age, condition, appearance, and training (We are a non-profit. Fees go for the care of the dogs or very modest operation expenses. Almost all of our expenses are donated.
  • You are aware that we rarely place dogs further than a day’s drive from Phoenix, and that we rarely place dogs in homes with children under the age of 8 years

If you understand, accept, and meet these criteria, you qualify to begin the adoption process. 

There are other  reasonable expectations. For example, we ask you not to transport the dog in the open bed of a pick-up or other open vehicle. But we don’t publish all these expectations because we don’t think that’s in the dog’s best interests. Here’s the deal: At the end of the day, we want an open, candid, and honest conversation with you aimed at a successful adoption.  As soon as you have completed the application, we share our expectations and begin to work with you. 

If you’re a capable, conscientious, and responsible dog person with a suitable and safe home, we want you to succeed.

For more about all this, see The Process and Apply. Of course if you have questions, just contact us!