Doberman Rescue Minnesota Adoption Policy:

Please read our policy carefully before applying to adopt from Doberman Rescue Minnesota (DRM)! If you have any questions regarding our policy, please contact us.

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee to process your adoption application.

We do incur fees to maintain a database, including our applications and website. Should you adopt from DRM this $25 fee WILL be applied and deducted from the adoption fee. If you do not qualify, or do not adopt from DRM, this application fee is considered a tax deductible donation. Please keep your PayPal receipt for your tax purposes.

The adoption fee serves to reimburse Doberman Rescue Minnesota for a portion of the care invested in your new pet through vetting, feeding, micro chipping and training. All adoption fees are payable to Doberman Rescue Minnesota, or DRM. If you return your adopted dog within the 2-week trial period, your adoption fee may be returned or applied toward another adoption. Should you return the dog after the two week trial period, the adoption fees will not be refunded. Since we are a non profit group, this fee is deposited into our pool of funds to help the next animal in need of our assistance.

Research and know what kind of dog you are deciding to adopt before applying!

While we think the Doberman is the best dog around, Dobermans are not the right fit for every family. Please be sure to visit the DPCA website for great, up to date Doberman breed information. Pay careful attention to the health section, as Dobermans can have several inherited medical issues.

Outside of adoption events, potential adopters must be approved before meeting a Doberman in their foster home.

After the application is received, we do require a home visit for all applicants. We will require ALL people that will be living with new Doberman be present for the home visit with our volunteers, or this may delay the application process! All homes must be within a reasonable distance from the Twin Cities metro area, or an available volunteer, for home visits and follow up care. We do have a wide network of volunteers throughout Minnesota, Iowa and beyond but we cannot get to all locations. Please contact us via email at if you are not sure of your location!

It is our goal to place the right dog in the right home. Not only do we want you happy but we are committed to making sure each Doberman we care for is also happy.

Fencing is preferred but not mandatory.

We require adopters to have a secure area in which the Doberman can have adequate room to exercise in a safe environment. Young Dobermans must have a fenced yard; older, adult Dobermans, with good recall, may be placed in homes without fenced yards. We will consider some electric fencing on occasions, depending on the Doberman, the home, and the experience/training of the owners in regards to electric fencing.

Adopters must be at least 21 years old and independent.

All adopters must be 21+ and not living at home with parents.

Adopters must preferably own the property where the adopted dog will reside.

In some cases we will consider those who rent. We will have to contact the landlord and get a documented insurance policy for the property. The landlord will have to agree allowing a Doberman on the property. Why? Most insurance companies will not insure rental units that house Dobermans. Please check with your landlord BEFORE applying or getting any type of dog.

All Dobermans must live indoors as loved family members. Under no circumstances will we place our Dobermans into homes where they will be forced to live outdoors, tied up outdoors, kept in an outdoor kennels unsupervised or used as guard dogs.

Children under 6 years old? Here’s our policy:

We will rarely place adult rescue dogs in homes with children under six years old. Dobermans are large, active dogs that can knock down small children. Even the kindest of dogs can injure another person or animal if provoked, injured or in pain. Because we adopt rescue dogs, usually with unknown histories, it is safest for our dogs to go to homes with older children.

We do encourage families with children under six to apply for any puppy that we take in!

All resident dogs must be at least 12 months old.

Face it, you have a puppy and in the puppy’s best interest you need to dedicate your time to it exclusively! If your pup needs a playmate ask for a puppy play date with a neighbor, or take it to the dog park for socializing. Doggy daycare is a great option also and we highly encourage all owners of young dogs to get their pups into doggy daycare to reduce energy and help with socializing. Dogs under one year old require a greater amount of time and energy to devote to bonding and training. Due to this we feel it would be detrimental to the resident dog to introduce a new dog before one year of age.

All resident dogs must have been in living residence for at least six months.

Dogs new to the home should have adequate time to bond with the family before adding a subsequent dog to the home. It’s not fair to either dog if you are adding another.

Applying for a male Doberman? 

It is our policy to not place a male Doberman in homes with other resident male dogs. Dobermans are loyal to their pack, which includes us humans. They also are driven to an instinctive hierarchy status within the domain that is their pack, and may fight with other males for alpha status, as they become mentally mature, which is approximately 2-4 years old. Male Dobermans, in general, have rather pronounced dominance issues with other male dogs and the successful integration of a male Doberman into a family with other male dogs is relatively rare.

Spaying and/or neutering of existing dogs is required.

It is our policy not to adopt our rescue Dobermans out to homes with existing intact dogs, male or female, unless there is a sound reason they are not altered.

All DRM dogs are placed under a contract which we strictly enforce.

Our contract requires, among other things, that the owner keep the dog up-to-date on all vet care, including all vaccines, provide monthly heart worm prevention, medical care, yearly veterinary exams and completion of an obedience course with the new Doberman. We also require that if the new owners should not, for ANY reason, be able to keep and care for the Doberman, the dog MUST be returned, by the owner, to DRM.

We require our adopters to enroll in an obedience class with their new Doberman.

Dobermans need socialization, structure and a way to stay active and out of trouble. Obedience, agility, or a form of structured training is highly desired for every Doberman throughout the Dobermans entire life. These are working dogs that need a job and an owner that will be committed to offering activity to them on a daily basis. We will not accept “training them on my own” as a form of formal obedience training! You will need to take them to a formal class within 2-6 months after adoption, with other dogs, people and a trainer!

Our dogs are rescued. What this means for you: 

While we do endeavor to begin a basic obedience training regimen with our rescue dogs, our most important goals are to restore these unfortunate, abandoned Dobermans to physical and mental health. Rescue dogs are a work in progress, you must be willing to commit to their training as we have committed to finding them the best, most suited forever home!  In addition to various illnesses, many come to us with behavioral issues such as shyness, fearfulness, excessive energy, etc. and we begin the process of healing for them. That process must be continued by the adopter.  If you are not willing to work with your new dog to help him or her continue on the road to happiness that we have promised all our rescue dogs by continuing healing, behavior training so they can become a happy and confident pet, please do not apply with us! We are not merely a resource from which an inexpensive Doberman can be acquired. Adopting a rescue dog is, first and foremost, an act of kindness and compassion for a creature with vast potential that simply needs patience, love, structure, training and a place to call home with a family of his/her own.

All Dobermans in our program are vet checked, up to date on vaccinations, micro-chipped, on heart worm preventative and spayed or neutered before being adopted.

Doberman Rescue Minnesota (DRM) is an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3, charitable organization founded in 2000.
All donations are tax-deductible.


Adoption fees are as follows:

Fully docked and cropped Doberman
Under 1 year fully cropped and docked: $450.00
1-3 years fully cropped and docked: $375.00
4-7 years fully cropped and docked: $350.00
8 years and older: $150
Docked tail and natural ears
Under 1 year, docked tail, natural ears: $400.00
1-7 years, docked tail, natural ears: $350.00
8 years and older: $150.00

All natural (with tail and ears) or Doberman mixes
Under 1 year: $350.00
1 to 7 years, all natural or Doberman Mixes: $300.00
Over 8 years, all natural or Doberman Mixes: $100.00
Adoptions donations may vary or be waived depending on the Doberman.

An application fee of $25 will also be required to complete the application process. This application fee will be applied to the adoption donation once the contract to adopt is signed. This application fee is a non-refundable donation.

There is an adoption fee for our Dobermans. Occasionally, we may have a senior or special needs dog whose donation will be reduced or eliminated. The fee is used to offset the costs incurred in the rescue and medical treatment of the Dobermans. All dogs are spayed or neutered, health checked, microchipped, dewormed, up to date on age appropriate vaccinations, 4DX tested, and are on monthly heart worm and flea/tick preventative.

By just filling out and submitting an application to DRM, neither DRM nor you are committed to an adoption of one of our dogs.

The application ONLY serves to help our staff determine if your home will work for one of our rescue dogs. Once the home visit is completed and you are finally approved we try to match the right dog with the right home. While we do look at the dog you would prefer, in some cases this may not be the right match for your home. Not every home is a good fit for a Doberman; these are very active dogs, not couch potatoes! You must be somewhat active. We try very diligently to place our Dobermans into the best environment that will compliment the dog’s needs as well as the adopter’s desires for the new family member. Being completely honest about your home environment, your past pets and what you’re looking for in a new dog helps ensure that we will make a successful placement, one that turns into a successful “forever” home for our dogs.

After reading the policy above and agreeing to the terms continue to the steps below:

Step 1: Decide if the Doberman breed is right for you.

Step 2:  Do you have the time and energy? Dobermans are a working dog, very active and like to stay busy! There are many great things about Dobes; they love to be with their owners 24/7, and they love to play. Dobermans are ultimate companion dogs that like to stay busy! If you do not want a dog to follow you to the end of the earth and back, be in your face all the time and always wanting to play, this is not the dog for you.

Step 3:  Are you willing to take the time to train?  Regardless of the age of the Dobe you adopt training and socializing is a lifelong commitment. If you can not commit do not adopt!

Step 4: Complete our online application. Your application will be reviewed and you’ll be contacted to set up an in home interview. All persons living with the new potential Doberman must be present for the home visit with one of our volunteers. After you are approved you will be able to meet our adoptable dogs, not before hand. If you cannot agree to a home visit by one of our volunteers, please do not apply to adopt!

Step 5: Please be patient as we are all volunteers. We want you to be excited about adopting a Doberman. Call often to check in and keep us posted on your status. We will give you updates about possible dogs coming in! Please stay in contact with DRM or the designated person you are working with. Know we handle many applications, incoming dogs and could possibly have a lot going on at any one time.  Once you are approved and meet our dogs we do have a 24 hour wait period before the actual adoption can take place. These steps are taken to make sure all of our foster dogs will be going to a safe and loving home and the family is confident about the decisions they make when choosing a dog. We do not want adopter’s remorse, although we will at any time take back our dogs, days, weeks, months and even years later. We are 100% committed to all our Dobermans in our adoption program for the life of the dog.

Step 6: If you are now committed to our policy and procedures and can provide these basics, please proceed and fill out the application!

Adoption Application

We thank you for your interest in Doberman Rescue Minnesota and we look forward to helping you find a loving, well-matched companion for you and your family.