About Us

Who is Payton’s Place / Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue?

Payton’s Place / Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer based organization, dedicated to placing homeless Doberman Pinschers into new and loving homes. We rely solely on donations to continue and expand our work. Every dollar contributed goes directly to the rescue, care, and placement of the dogs, such as operating expenses, care of the dogs, shelter fees, veterinary care and medications, and training. No one at Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue receives a salary; we have no paid employees. Our volunteers are all extremely committed people who, from the goodness in their hearts and for the love of this magnificent breed, generously give of their time, money and devotion. These volunteers work full time jobs, have families and dogs of their own, as well as volunteering for the Rescue.

What we do

Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Dobermans in need. These Dobermans come from varied backgrounds. Some have been abandoned or neglected, some have been given up due to divorce, relocation, or because an owner is unable to dedicate the time the dog needs and deserves. We do not judge, we are here to help. We strive to place these Dobermans into responsible, caring, and permanent homes. Before placement in a new home, we go to the veterinarian and have them updated on vaccinations, checked for heartworms, spayed/neutered, wormed, and micro-chipped. Each dog is on a regimen of heartworm preventative while in our program. We require any applicant looking to adopt to have a strong history of using heartworm preventative, lack thereof will disqualify them for consideration to adopt. We also evaluate, as best as possible, each dog for behavior and temperament. We routinely use a trainer to ensure the dogs have basic obedience and a firm foundation of leadership, socialization and exercise. 

We are not here to place dogs quickly. Good work takes time. We respect the time our approved adopters put into the process and honor that with careful, sound judgement and good old fashioned horse sense when placing a dog. And we love our “babies” too much to do anything less than our level best for them!

Together we can make a difference! If you are thinking of getting a new friend, please consider adopting a rescue dog.

Payton’s Story

Wondering where the name “Payton’s Place” came from?

As told by our founder, Toni West:

 “Payton’s Place is named after my dear Dobe, Payton. She was about 1 1/2 years old, skin and bones with a crushed left leg and hip, when a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Columbus Ohio took her under her wing. In an interview in a Columbus newspaper, when asked about helping find her a home, this patron was quoted “it is going to be Payton’s home for life.”[Article below.] Our mission was born from that phrase and continues today — finding the right forever home for all rescues we take in.” 

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