Looking for rescue or re-home adult male

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Hi everyone!  I thought I’d put a small post here as well.  I mentioned in my introduction I was looking for a rescue/re-home.  I am looking for an adult male.  A short background on my home is that I have 3 older rescues (pug, toy poodle, and sheltie) and children ages almost 6 and up.  I would like to start obedience with my dobe.  If you know of any needing homes please let me know.  I am near Kansas City but am willing to drive within a day in any direction.  Thank you!

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Welcome!  I think it's FANTASTIC that you've chosen to rescue!  I'm in Ontario, so obviously I don't know of any in need of rehoming in your area.  Not to knock our forum but have you posted this on Dobermantalk.com?  It's quite a bit bigger than GD and has many members from the states who are involved with rescue organizations, so you might have a better chance of connecting with someone over there.  My other suggestion would be to check out http://www.ildoberescue.com/ and fill out an application.  They have dobes fostered all over Illinois. 

Good luck!

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Illinois Doberman rescue probably won't work it was with you...I tried to rescue a male from them and it was like pulling teeth just to get them to respond, when they finally did they told me they wouldn't work with me because I lived too far away (Detroit area). I am not knocking the great work they do just their lack of willingness to place dogs outside of their immediate area.

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Yes, thank you I did post on DT and DC.  DT seems a little slow to respond.....it was over 24 hours before I even got 1 welcome from my intro post.  I figured they weren't interested in newbies there.  But I'll check back with them too.  I also did see the IDR and they had many dobes available.  I read their requirements and I think I am outside their limited adoption area. 

Most rescues have limited geographic areas - for pretty valid reasons.  You might want to look on the DPCA website as they do list approved rescues throughout the country. 

The other issue you will most likely run into with a rescue is the age of your youngest child (not sure what the other ages are).  Many rescues (and some breeders too) will not approve homes with young children.  With rescues it has to do with the fact that most of the dogs that come into rescue have unknown backgrounds and are often wild, untrained adolescents.... not a good mix with young children and too risky for most rescues.  

You might try contacting reputable breeders and tell them you are looking for an older puppy/young dog.  Breeders sometimes have dogs that they need to rehome or show prospects that did not make it in the show ring... but will make wonderful pets. 

My last comment is that you want a male - if any of your small dogs are males, you might want to rethink that.  Dobermans are notoriously male on male aggressive - and size does not always matter. Male aggression is not always evident right away - it can take years to appear... but once it does, you could never trust boys together ever again.

Also, you will most likely get a lot of help on DT, but it can be slow on weekends and some people only check in every so often. 

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Hi Fitzmar,

Thank you so much for replying.  I do understand the distance thing when going through rescues.  I would hope the rescues would work together though if there were more dogs in one area that needed homes and more homes wanting dogs in another area.  It would be a win-win. 

My children range in age from nearly 6 to 26.  The youngest two are still at home.  We have had dogs longer than we have had kids.  In my younger years I always got puppies.  I had a rottweiler and a boxer as puppies (not at the same time) with lots of energy!  That’s my reason for wanting an older adult.  But I still want to train in my local obedience club.  I am looking for a male because my 3 other rescues are spays.  I’ve done lots of reading on the forums and found that a male would probably work best in our home.  Although we have not had a dobe, we are not green dog owners. 

I am just a bit nervous going with a rescue as I’ve read on the forum some real temperament issues with certain lines.  I am open to a re-home, but am not willing to pay a premium for an older dog, even if trained.  And let me add to this so I'm not misunderstood. This is the situation: I have $2500.00 to spend on a dog. Dog #1 is a beautiful 2 yrs old, already had formal training, perfect health, breeder backing and ready to go. Dog cost $2300.00 (this is an actual quote from a very well respected reputable breeder). I have $200.00 left to spend on extras or donate to shelter/rescues and my dog is in top shape. Dog #2 is a 2-4 yr old rescue/re-home. Cost is $500.00 (which I've seen is high). Dog is up to date on shots, altered, not had a great life. I now have a wonderful dog that needs me, is very happy to have a family, loves to please and I get to train him and develop that lifetime bond, however long that life may be. AND I have $2000 left to buy lots of extras and donate to shelter/rescue as well as I start out ahead if there are medical problems. So this is where I'm coming from as far as an initial purchase price. It's not that I COULDN'T buy a dog for that price, it's that I couldn't JUSTIFY it to myself when that money can go so much further spent a different way.

BTW dog #1 would be worth every penny! In a perfect world I would own both dogs.

My only concern is that a rescued dog with an unknown background will have serious temperament issues.  The rescue website (KC) tells me not to worry about adopting and adult.  Maybe I’ve been reading too maybe posts on dogs that have gone bad.  I don’t know.  I’m terrified of making a mistake!  But I really do not want to start with a puppy.  I know my human kids would like that.  But I know how much work they are.  Ok, I’m starting to talk myself in circles now.  I’m done.  I realized what a big decision this is and I’m really trying to do my research prior to bringing home my dobe.