Do we require adopters to have a fence? The answer is, “it depends.” A physically fenced area, accessible directlyfrom your home, is always desirable. For most dogs it is a requirement. A physical fence not only gives your dog a safe place to attend to toilet needs and get some exercise, it also protects him from intrusions by other animals and humans. Usually, any type of fencing is acceptable as long as it is sturdy, in good repair, and escape proof. Gates must latch securely. Rarely, we will insist on a six-foot fence for a particular dog. Electronic fencing is growing in popularity and is the only kind permitted in some housing areas. Some, but by no means all, of our dogs can go to a home with electronic fencing. Laid back, non-assertive older adults are the best candidates. If you have an electronic fence you may have to wait for a suitable dog to become available. However, if you have the option of installing a physical fence, we urge you to do so. You need not fence your entire yard. Electronic fences have a huge drawback, they cannot keep anything out: not thieves, not children, not cats, not other dogs. Furthermore, a dog in full chase mode can sometimes get through the fence, only to be stuck on the other side. If you have no fence at all, you MAY still be able to adopt a dog IF you are willing to LEASH WALK the dog several times a day. As with the electric fence, not all of our dogs can go to a home and only be leash walked, usually the laid back, non-assertive older adult dogs, not puppies. Please consider carefully, this is a big commitment. Under no circumstances can you simply let the dog out to “do his business,” even if it is pouring down rain at 3 o’clock in the morning and you have a cold. Nor can you tie the dog outside. At least once a day, your Doberman will need a long walk to get some real exercise. A few potty breaks won’t be enough. We do NOT adopt to situations where the dog will be “perimeter trained” with no barrier or restraint of any sort. This is without regard to the amount of acreage you have. Although we understand that some people have effectively perimeter trained their pets, for the safety of the dogs we have elected to set more stringent standards. We have seen too many tragedies. If you have further questions about our fence policy, contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue will consider applications throughout the United States and Canada, if and only if we can arrange to have a home visit done. However, if you live outside of an approximate 200-mile radius of New Richmond, Ohio, you can expect the application process to take a while. It is your responsibility to arrange to come to New Richmond to meet the dogs. It is not our policy to hold dogs while we process your application, so if you are interested only in a specific dog, please inquire as to his/her availability before making travel plans. Should you choose to adopt a dog, you are responsible for transporting your new family member to his/her new home (via ground transportation only). If extraordinary circumstances make travel difficult, let us know. We may be able to help with alternative arrangements, although this is in no way guaranteed. If you prefer to adopt closer to home, visit the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s http://www.dpca.org/Rescue
Most of our dogs incur expenses greater than the adoption fee. In order to help cover our expenses, SWODR charges an adoption donation for each dog. This fee is considered a “donation” and is usually nonrefundable. The fee varies according to the age of the dog as follows:
- Baby dogs 6 months of age and younger, typically: $400.00
- Youngsters 7 months to 2 years: $300.00
- Adults 3 years through 6 years: $250.00
- Seniors 7 years and up, typically: $200
Note: Often we do not know a dog’s exact age. In such instances we use our best estimate of the dog’s age but cannot guarantee its accuracy.
SWODR reserves the right to change this adoption donation schedule without notice.