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live in NJ and have a large fenced piece of property

have a 2 year old red female we rescued 8 mo ago and had a 7 year old who passed

love the breed and would like to rescue another

dont have the funds to pay a rescue hundreds of dollars but my

dogs are taken better care of then my wife

if i can help out call steve 732-522-6641

Really, if you can't afford the cost of a rescue, how will you afford to take care of another dog? 

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Hi Steve, Welcome into the forum....sorry for your loss of your other doberman...

I commend you for wanting to give another dog a home, but Fitz has a point, if the adoption fees are too much money then the actual cost of having another dog will be too much of a burden. I will give you an example: I adopted a rescued rottweiler who was 7 years old, the adoption fee was reasonable at around $350 we knew he had heartworm and was on "slow kill" so it was manageable, we also knew that he needed allergy shots once a month, but they were very affordable so all in all we figured his food, shots and heartguard and agreed to adopt him after all he was 7 years old any health issues would have been obvious by now right? wrong.....after adopting him and falling in love with him, about 2 months later we noticed him limping after his allergy shots, while trying to figure out what was wrong with the allergy shots we learned he has an auto immune disorder - in less than 2 years this rottie boy has cost around $8,500!!! The skin allergy was a symptom of the immune disorder. The reason I bring all this up is because you mention not having the funds to pay the adoption fee for the new dog, you have a young dog right now as that dog ages you may run into some health issues that you don't know about right now; if you have two dogs at that time you may run into having to rehome one or just not getting the care for the dog or dogs that need it....and what if BOTH dogs end up with health issues a bit later?? the cost can run really high, thank goodness we can afford this rottie, but gracious if we had two of them I don't know what we would do..

Things to consider.... if the adoption fee is an issue I would just keep the one dog you have and keep what money you have just in case this dog needs it...or you or your wife....if you really want to help another doberman you could foster dobermans, that way the medical is taken care of along with food sometimes but you will have to wrap your brain around taking the dog to events and then eventually rehoming the dog when an approved adopter comes along, but it is a way to have more than one at a time and not have your money being used up.....but you must be doberman savy to have a doberman and foster one that you have no idea of the history in most cases......

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I can understand your point, and you may be able to find a private party to rescue from.

That said, there will be costs and I discourage people from getting another dog if they can't afford the fee. For instance, dog food alone in my house is $35 a week. I put $25 a week aside for emergencies ($50 a week in the human emergency fund). One trip to the vet, with exam fee and bloodwork, is around $80 - and my vet is very reasonably priced for our area.

I know you know all this, so what I would suggest is start saving now. Have a nice nest egg for dog stuff, maybe $1000, and then save for an adoption fee. Then you know for 100% fact that if something goes wrong, you'll be able to afford it. It will also put the owner's mind at ease, and you'll be a lot more likely to be chosen as the new home. 

Its easy to think nothing will happen. We've gone years in our house where we only needed basic checkups. And then in the course of a month, Bruno had surgery ($140), Bruno ripped out stitches ($160), Bruno got an infection ($45) and to top it all off, a barn cat froze himself to the ground and ripped his pads off his feet ($65.) And then Bugs gets spayed in two weeks ($245, includes last combo vac, rabies, and mircochip.)

I was able to get Bugs from a gentledoberman member. I won't say the fee, but it wasn't much, simply because I had the savings to care for anything that came up and they knew I'd take great care of her. So if you have a nice dog savings account, you can probably get a dog from a private party for very reasonable.

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.... And, about ten minutes ago, Bugs snagged her side on the gate and needs stitches. What a month! Off to the vet we go...

 

This is how quickly things can add up and why dog owners need an emergency fund.