PLEASE NOTE: You must have a submitted and approved adoption application on file prior to meeting any of our available dogs.
Due to COVID-19, we are operating under an appointment only set-up. Once your application is approved, please reach out to set up a time to meet potential dogs during our Sunday Open House.
The first step in our adoption process is for you to complete an application. We pre-screen applicants before they come to Open House at Doberhof. Please submit your application by Wednesday evening for the following Sunday Open House.
Your answers on your application will help us make the best possible adoption match between you and a Doberman in our care. The more we know, the more confident we can be that your adoption will be successful.
It is very important that this application be completed fully and truthfully. While we regularly make allowances for a wide range of conditions, we do not adopt Dobermans to people who are untruthful. We need to be able to trust the people who adopt our dogs. We apologize if this seems a little threatening, but the suitability of the future environment for our dogs is our top priority.
The answers you submit on your application will be discussed by members of DRNT and with people outside our organization. We sometimes share applications with other rescues, especially when the applicant is outside our area.
Please remember that we charge a fee for each adoption. The amount varies depending on each dog's characteristics. Check the dog's listing on our website to see the adoption fee for each animal. We accept cash, check, or credit/debit card.
**NOTE: Adoption fees are assessed an 8.25% sales tax, which is required by the State of Texas**
The first step is to complete an Adoption Application. Once you click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the application form, the information will be emailed to us. You will not be able to edit it further, so please make sure the form contains the information you want us to receive.
When the application is received, it is reviewed by our application screeners on our Board of Directors. A screener will contact you with any follow up questions and let you know the board's decision on your application. If your application is denied, we are sorry but it is our policy not to explain why.
If your application is approved, you are invited to come to our Sunday Open House. You will have the opportunity to meet dog(s) that we feel would be a good match for your and your situation, based on the information provided in your application.
Occasionally our board may have some additional questions for an applicant. If this is the case, you will be invited to undergo a screening interview while you are visiting Doberhof during Open House, and a decision will be made at that time.
Adoption Contract Completion
During the Open House we will work with you to help you select a dog that we think will work for you. Our goal is a happy adopter, a happy dog, and a lifetime adoption!
If you find your perfect match, you will be asked to complete an Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee. Please plan ahead and bring a collar and leash with you to the Open House so that you can take your new dog home!
When you arrive, you will first be interviewed by one of our members or volunteers. You should have already completed an adoption application so the interviewer will zero in on any concerns we may have, and work on trying to find the best match between you and our available dogs.
Usually we will show you several dogs that fit within the parameters you are seeking and invite you to spend some one-on-one time with each dog. You can walk the dog around, play with it, try a little obedience work--whatever you like. If you have brought your children and other dogs with you, they will have plenty of time to interact.
We will tell you when your dog last was given heartworm preventive (usually the first of the month). You will need to take your new dog to your vet for an initial examination and for you to purchase heartworm preventive. If your vet has any questions we can put them in touch with our rescue vet.
We will give you a file that includes the records of the veterinary care we have provided to your new dog. The folder also includes your new dog's rabies vaccination certificate and tag, a copy of the adoption contract, your dog's microchip number, and any other details we need to tell you. Weather and staffing permitting, we will give your new dog a bath and trim his nails.
You can then take your new dog home!
***PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are operating under an appointment only set-up. Please reach out to set up a time to meet potential dogs.