About Us

Our Board of Directors

President: Andy Ivanicky
Vice President: Lauren Kelliher
Secretary: Susan Leninger
Treasurer: Lisa Ferber
Director at Large: Linda LeVeille

Our Mission

Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus operates as a not-for-profit organization based in Northern Illinois. The goal of IDR+ is to rescue animals in need, to place them into responsible homes, and to educate the public about the Doberman breed. Our rescue animals come from animal control organizations, humane societies, and owner give-up situations in Illinois and surrounding states.

After entering the program, our animals are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested (and given monthly heartworm preventative), and microchipped (a computer microchip placed in the dog’s lower neck for help with identification should the animal ever become lost). While awaiting adoption, most of our animals live in foster homes throughout Illinois where we attempt to evaluate their temperaments, learn their behavioral quirks, and work on basic manners and obedience.

We endeavor to place each animal in a home best suited for that individual dog. Some factors we take into account include the animal’s reaction to children, dogs, and cats. We carefully screen all applicants since we want to ensure that each adoption is a good match and provides a permanent home for the animal. We maintain contact with our adoptive families and encourage them to contact us in case of any questions or problems.

If for any reason the rescued animal is not working out in its new home, the adoptive home is legally required to first contact IDR+ to allow us the option to accept (or decline) the return of the animal back into the IDR+ program.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will we place our animals into a home where they will be forced to live outside, or to serve as outdoor “guard” dogs. It is our most heartfelt desire that all of our “kids” be adopted into loving homes and be accepted as part of the family on a permanent basis. We only adopt to families within Illinois or the surrounding states within 4 hours of Chicago. We also do not ship our dogs.


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