The IDR+ adoption process contains 5 steps:
Step 1. Online application
Since most of our animals are fostered in our volunteer foster homes, only approved adopters are invited to meet the dogs, cats, and small animals. Please complete the online Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus application, which asks that your provide us with pet history, vet info, housing info, references, and other info. Please note that it is mandatory that your existing pets are both up-to-date on their vaccinations, heartworm tests/prevention, and spayed/neutered (unless there is a medical reason or you are showing your dog in conformation–both will require proof).
** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE IS USUALLY A WAITING LIST OF PRE-APPROVED APPLICANTS. THESE APPLICANTS ARE CONSIDERED FIRST WHEN NEW DOGS ENTER OUR PROGRAM, SO IF YOU ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN ONE DOG, IT MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION. BUT THERE IS NEVER A SHORTAGE OF NEW DOGS ENTERING THE PROGRAM.**
We do not adopt animals out as gifts for many reasons. You could possibly offer the surprise of adopting, but it is best everyone is together to choose the new family companion.
Step 2. Landlord/vet check
On your application, please provide the number for your landlord/association to confirm you are allowed to have a dog/cat in your home. Some places have breed or size restrictions, so we need to ensure the animal you are interested in is not prohibited where you live.
**Please also provide ALL vet office numbers to be able to verify spay/neuter, shots, heartworm, and other basic/routine vetting. Any missing info from the vet will delay your application, so please make this step easy for our volunteers who are processing the application.
Even if your dog or cat gets 3-year vaccines, Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus recommends that you have your pets examined by your veterinarian annually. These examinations are important in detecting conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, dental disease, internal parasites, and many others, while they are still treatable.
ALL DOGS AND CATS SHALL BE SPAYED/NEUTERED unless they are being shown in conformation or other trials where it is required to have the animal intact or there is an underlying medical condition.
Step 3. Home visit
After processing your application to adopt a Doberman or Plus Dog, a volunteer with Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus will visit your home to meet and talk to the whole family in person. The purpose of this visit is to verify any information you have listed on your application (i.e., fenced-in yard, crate, etc.), ensure everyone in the home is excited about adopting, go over the slow introduction process if there are existing pets, and answer any questions about adopting a rescue dog.
Step 4. Meeting the available dogs
Once your application has been approved, you will be connected to the foster home(s) to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. Please note that the majority of our dogs are fostered in homes and kennels all over IL, southern WI, and IN, so we do not have one central facility to conveniently visit. Please carefully read the bios of all available dogs and consider who will be the best fit for your home. Adopters are expected to travel to meet the dogs, and the entire family should be present to meet a prospective dog. Please DO NOT bring your existing dog with you. Instead, the new dog will be slowly blended into the existing home over several days until the novelty wears off. A stressful on-leash meeting is usually not a good first impression, so we prefer the in-home slow intro behind barriers for the best success.
- Adopt@ILDobeRescue.com if there are any questions about the Doberman application or adoption process.
- Dobes@ILDobeRescue.com about specific Dobermans
- PlusDogs@ILDobeRescue.com about specific Plus dogs
- Cats@ILDobeRescue.com about specific cats
- SmallAnimals@ILDobeRescue.com about specific small animals
Step 5. Adoption contract and fee
Finally, to complete the official adoption, an adoption contract must be signed with an adoption fee of:
- $400 for Doberman puppies (up to 1 year)
- $350 for Dobermans (1 to 4 years)
- $250 for Dobermans (5 to 7 years)
- $150 for senior Dobermans (8 years and older - may be reduced depending on the dog)
- Adoption fees for the “Plus” dogs vary, but generally follow the Dobermans
- $85 for kittens (1 year and under)
- $70 for adult cats (older than 1 year)
- $35 for special needs, long term and senior
- $30 for Guinea Pigs (6 weeks – 5 months)
- $25 for Guinea Pigs (6 months – 4 years)
- $20 for Guinea Pigs (5 year and older)
- $10 for Hamsters and Gerbils
- $15 for Parakeets
- $20 for Parakeets (tame)
- Adoption fees for other small animals vary based on specific species.
There is a $35 returned check fee for all adoptions.
This adoption fee serves to reimburse Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus for the medical costs invested in your new pet. All adoption fees should be made payable to Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus. If you return the animal within the 2-week trial period, your adoption fee may be returned or applied toward another adoption.
(Since we are a not-for-profit group, this fee simply is deposited into our pool of funds to help the next animal in need of our assistance.)
Obedience training: To ensure the success of our adoptions, our contract requires that adopters complete obedience classes within 6 months from the date of the adoption. There are exceptions to this requirement, and the foster will let you know if they do not feel your dog needs to attend formal training. The Dobe is a working breed that needs mental and physical stimulation. They need a strong owner that sets limitations and creates a respectful relationship with their dog. To ensure that obedience classes are completed on some of our more challenging dogs, an obedience deposit of $150 will be collected at the time of adoption and returned upon completion of the POSITIVE reinforcement class of your choice.
Puppy spay/neuter: When adopting a puppy, we will also collect a $150 spay/neuter deposit, which will be returned upon completion of the spay/neuter. IDR+ requires that puppies be spayed/neutered no later than 6 months of age. If you have the surgery performed at one of our participating vets, IDR+ will cover the cost of surgery. If you prefer to use your own vet, IDR+ will reimburse $100 toward your cost of the surgery. Any additional charges (bloodwork, IV catheter/fluids, laser, etc) are the responsibility of the adopter.
Kitten spay/neuter: When adopting a kitten, $20 of the adoption fee is a deposit, which will be returned upon completion of the spay/neuter surgery at an IDR+ partner vet at 6 months, per the adoption contract.
IDR+ RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DENY THE ADOPTION OF ANY ANIMAL TO AN APPLICANT FOR ANY REASON, IN THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE DISCRETION OF IDR+.