Why adopt, rather than purchase a puppy?
Well, to start, there is no such thing as a perfect dog. A puppy comes with a big medical question mark, whereas a dog that is older than two years has most likely been identified with any obvious congenital medical conditions. An older dog also allows us to determine their temperament and activity level.
Raising a puppy is a huge undertaking that generally involves far more time, work and patience than the average family expects. An adult dog requires a very significant commitment as well, but many of the first year challenges, like housebreaking, initial medical care, and spaying/neutering are already done.
Most importantly, the number of young adult, mature, and senior dogs in need of new homes is staggering. A quick perusal of Pet finder will verify the number of shelters and rescue organizations seeking adopters for displaced dogs, whether purebred or mixed breed. Most of our prospective adopters tell us they have come to rescue because they want to help a dog in need, and we are very grateful for their willingness to do so. Bringing a “second hand” dog into your home is not always smooth sailing from the beginning, but once you get past any rough edges the rewards are amazing!
Your dogs are all spayed and neutered, why do you care if my existing dogs are spayed or neutered, or if I breed them?
We feel our mission extends beyond just finding someone to take the dogs in our program. A major part of out mission is education–attempting to lessen the pet overpopulation problem. Part of that includes educating the public & our adopters on the Doberman breed & on responsible pet ownership.
Just because a dog is purebred does not necessarily mean that dog should be bred or remain intact. As an organization that rehomes primarily purebred Dobermans, over 300 annually, we can certainly attest to the fact that there is an overpopulation crisis with purebred dogs also due to irresponsible, “just one litter” type breeders who are NOT there to help new owners (often they are novice owners themselves) & are not able to take back puppies/dogs who are not working out in their new homes.
Surgical sterilization is the ONLY way to be 100% certain that an animal will not reproduce. We are not opposed to responsible breeding–however, responsible breeding takes quite a bit of work, knowledge and money.
Even if you do not plan to breed your intact pet, there are many painful, even fatal conditions that can be prevented by spaying & neutering your animals. We often have Dobermans in our program that have had to endure very painful surgeries & treatments for mammary tumors & prostate conditions. Both of these conditions (along with many others) could have been prevented if these dogs’ owners had been responsible enough to spay & neuter these dogs.
We will adopt to people with intact dogs under only two conditions:
1.) The dog is being actively campaigned in conformation &/or other types of impartial testing/judging to insure that dog is a superior member of the breed or;
2.) The dog has a serious medical condition that would make any surgery an unacceptable health risk.
We do require that the prospective adopter provide us with proof of both conditions.
Why can’t families with children under 7 adopt from Illinois Doberman Rescue?
We are uncomfortable adopting to homes with children under 7 years of age. This is due to the number of dogs being turned in and returned after being in homes with young kids and having trouble. Most often, it’s a matter of the sheer size of an adult Doberman coupled with their energy compared to a small child – the child can be knocked over easily, the dog’s face could come in close contact with the child’s, accidents happen, etc. We hope that in the long run this policy leads us to more successful long-term adoptions.
How much are the adoption fees?
Our current adoption fees are:
|Adult Dobermans (8mo-7yrs)||$250|
|Doberman Puppies (7 mo and younger)||$350|
|Senior Dobermans (7-10yrs)||$125|
|Older Senior Dobermans (10yrs and up)||$50|
|Adoption fees for the plus dogs vary|
|Cats (7mo and older)||$50|
|Kittens (6mos and younger)||$75|
|Kittens with blue eyes (6 mos and younger)||$100|
Will you hold the dog that I want until I am ready/approved to adopt?
No, we cannot hold dogs for people. Doing so would possibly prevent the dog from being adopted which in turn could prevent another dog (who could possibly be at a shelter days from being euthanized) from being accepted into the program. Plus, the dog may not be the right dog for you. We always have new dogs coming into the rescue, so there is bound to be the perfect one for you when you are ready to adopt.