You are the heart of the Rescue. Without you, we couldn’t operate. You provide a safe landing for a shelter dog, a stray or founding, or a dog who’s just lost its home. All this you do for love of the breed.

The need for foster homes has never been greater. 
Some landlords won’t accepts dogs. This forces thousands of families to give them up. The US is engaged in two wars, but US military bases will not accept certain breeds on base housing. Apart from the insult to our troops, this forces thousands more to give up their dogs. Not least, our current economic crisis has flooded the shelters with dogs, and ongoing foreclosures, evictions, and job losses mean more come our way every day. It’s a huge problem. 
We need you.


OK, what do I get out of it?

A lot more than you think. 

  • Fostering is a great way to learn whether a breed will fit your lifestyle. Live with the breed of your dreams before you take the marriage vow
  • You have the joy of a companion dog without the long-term commitment. It’s like rent-a-dog, only there’s no rent
  • When you open your home to an orphan, you save it from painful death and help provide a new family with a lifetime of love
  • Plus, you get braggin’ rights

Does it get any better?


What do fosters do?

Besides taking in a desperate Dobie, you play a key role in readying it for placement.

  • Provide a safe, loving, temporary home for a rescued Doberman
  • Help socialize, rehabilitate, and provide it with basic obedience training
  • Report to us on its habits, needs, temperament, behavior, likes, dislikes, health, and personality
  • Assist with transport to and from the veterinarian and meet ‘n greets

What will it cost me? All reputable rescues, including DHDR, provide a contract so that you know, up front, what to expect. We provide a full medical intake exam before the dog comes to you, along with a bath and a nail trim. We can also provide a crate, bowl, lead, collar, and bed if you need them. We will pay for treatment of any existing medical conditions and for commonplace illnesses and injuries that occur during reasonable socialization activity or despite your prudence and caution while in your care. You agree to pay for treating injuries or illnesses that are caused by your carelessness, negligence, or failure to provide reasonable care and caution and that occur on your watch (but at a significantly reduced rescue discount). You also agree to provide healthy food, treats, toys, and any luxuries that you might wish to provide. Remember, your contributions may be tax deductible. Ask your tax advisor.

How long will I have my foster? Some dogs are ready to go in days. Some take months. You can decide because you’ll be advised about what to expect before you commit. Also, if you’ve planned a vacation or something just comes up, we’ve got your back.  If you need a break or if you there’s a problem, just let us know in time to find alternative arrangements.

What if it doesn’t work out? You’ll never be stuck with a dog you don’t want. Remember, we want you to be very happy. and we want our dogs to be safe and loved. But everyone knows that life happens. If something comes up, we commit to take the dog back as soon as possible and place it elsewhere, without judgment. We need and appreciate advance notice, of course, but in case of emergency, we will respond immediately.

How do I know this dog will be safe? We all know there are no guarantees, whether you get a puppy from a breeder or a teen from a rescue. But from Day 1, our policy and process attempt to rule out dangerous dogs. Shelters will not adopt them out. We will not accept them. We screen our dogs for temperament before we accept them, and we take them directly to the vet for a medical intake exam before they go to a foster home. Besides the bath and nail trim, and the vaccinations, health exams, and blood tests, the vet helps us assess temperament. With the input of shelter staff, the care and input of the vet and the technicians, history from prior owners, our own considerable experience, and our trainer/behaviorist’s evaluation, we have a pretty good take on a dog before it ever goes to a foster. And then we tell you all we know. We work with you. If you have limits, we respect them. We want you to be happy and we want to know that you are comfortable with this individual, and vice versa.

What if I need training help? We’ll ask our behaviorist/trainer to provide it. You’ll also be part of a great network of DHDR volunteers who are ready to help you at any time. If you need help with dog walking or transport, or help with training or treatment, we’ll do all we can to provide it.

Yeah, but what if I fall in love with my foster? OK, it happens. We try to discourage our fosters from adopting because–well, er, because we need fosters! But if love happens, we won’t break your heart. It happens, and it’s affectionately known as “foster failure.”

To avoid it, we suggest that you look on your foster dog as you would your kid’s visiting roommate: She’s here temporarily and my responsibility while in my home, but she’s not my kid. If you adopt that stance, you’ll probably be able to maintain safe emotional distance. 

Besides, it’s not about you. It’s about a desperate dog.

You can do it. Millions have.

 You’re reading this because you love Dobermans. If not you, who? If not now, when? Contact us, please.

After funding, the most important way to support rescue is to open your home and your heart to a needy dog:
 We can’t rescue it if we have nowhere to put it.