Happy TailsThere's no one better than our adopters to talk about our dobermans and their experience adopting, so we've asked them to do just that. Our adopters are our family for the life of the dogs they adopt and beyond.
Adopted April 2018
From the first time I had contacted GDR, Meredith was very nice and helpful. She asked me what type of doberman was I wanting and she hooked me up with Ranger. He is a dream come true and the perfect fit for me. He came at a good time in my life and I am so thankful for all the wonderful, dedicated people at GDR. The whole process in his adoption was a very nice experience. All my questions were answered and when I went to meet his foster mom, Elise she was such a sweet, kind person who cared about him. I still send her and Meredith pics and all the staff at GDR have been such a blessing. I highly recommend GDR to anyone who is looking for the right doberman.
Ziva (formerly Cherry)
Adopted May 2018
I can’t praise Georgia Doberman Rescue enough for the work they do in saving needy Dobermans! I have partnered with GDR as both a foster and adopter. The GDR staff follows strict rules to insure that the dogs in their care are placed in the best environments. The process of fostering and adoption is completed with utmost integrity from start to finish. Before being placed in a home, families must meet with a member of the GDR staff in the home the dog will be placed. The home is checked for safety and the family is informed of policies and expectations while the foster dog is in their care. Our initial meeting with Suzanne Meers was very enjoyable. Not being familiar with the breed, it was so nice to hear personal experiences and insights about typical Dobie behaviors during our home visit. All of our questions were answered and the needs of our family were considered before we mutually agreed to bring Cherry home. She had a great deal of medical needs and GDR graciously covered her expenses. The staff checked in with us regularly to make sure things were going well for both Cherry and our family and her health was always the highest priority for the rescue.
Our adoption experience was equally positive. The GDR staff made sure our pup was spayed, fully vaccinated, and had a round of heartworm preventative before she became a part of our family. The support has been overwhelming! From the introduction to the breed to becoming a member of the GDR family, we have had nothing but a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in becoming either a foster or adoptive family, work with Georgia Doberman Rescue! They truly care about helping dogs that have been abandoned, abused or in need of a new home. GDR is an organization with high standards and a big heart! I’m so thankful to be a part of this great rescue group! Our experience was so positive that we look forward to the day we can open our home to another needy pup!
Abby (formerly Elsa)
Adopted May 2018
Our Georgia Doberman Rescue adoption process with precious Abby was very professional and thorough. I stumbled onto their Facebook page in March 2018 and it wasn’t too long before I saw Abby’s picture. Her precious name that was used then was Elsa. We fell in love with her pictures and bio. I immediately emailed and the swift process began.
We could not be happier with sweet Abby and all the volunteers at Georgia Doberman Rescue. They are amazing and the effort put forth just to get Abby transported to our home was unbelievable . I can’t say enough kinds words about this rescue organization and the volunteers. We are beyond grateful.
Adopted December 2016
As my husband neared retirement we agreed to add a dog to our family. Our children both have dogs that we see often and felt we would enjoy having one of our own. Having rescued a Doberman years ago I knew that was the breed I wanted ~ loyal, smart, and active.
We started searching online for dogs, both puppies and adults, and found a mixed breed Doberman/lab that we attempted to adopt. At the last minute we were told someone else had already adopted her so our search continued. Through Petfinder we found Annabel at Georgia Doberman Rescue and filled out the application. We were anxious to complete the application process and bring her home before my husband had to return to work in another state. Our home visit went well and the following weekend we traveled to a park near Atlanta to meet Annabel. She seemed to take to us well, especially my husband who played ball with her ~ we now refer to her as a Doberman Retriever! The first few weeks had their ups and downs, she was full of nervous energy, difficult to walk, escaped numerous times from her crate, etc...I was grateful to have the Georgia Doberman Rescue Adopters, Fosters, and Volunteers website available to offer help and advice ~ time after time they proved to be a valuable resource. It was a great help to be able to speak with her previous foster mom and ask questions about her behavior.
A year and a half later Annabel is a wonderful girl, loving, smart, goofy, and energetic. She is a quick learner and has come so far. We are currently working with a trainer to help us help her be the best dog she can be. Georgia Doberman Rescue is devoted to saving the lives of these precious dogs who through no fault of their own need a new place to call home. I can’t say enough good things about them and the wonderful people who work and volunteer with them.
Marian and Jeff Dunn and Annabel
Maggie and Rambo (formerly Tequila and Whiskey)
Adopted July 2016
The GA Doberman Rescue was the answer to our prayers!
In 2016, I was involved in a traumatic car wreck, which killed both dogs that were with me (Tucker the Bassett Hound and Shelby the Doberman). Grieving their loss has been the hardest thing we’ve ever endured. They would never welcome me at the front door again, but I walked away from a mangled car without a scratch. It almost felt like Shelby & Tucker would never let anything bad happen to me.
While processing that immense loss, I learned that my husband and I still had so much love to give to a dog. As firm believers in “adopt, don’t shop,” we found the GA Doberman Rescue. Specifically, we found Maggie & Rambo (formerly Whiskey & Tequila). We felt accustomed to having two dogs & learned Maggie & Rambo were likely together since birth and incredibly bonded. The rescue was not willing to adopt them out separately (a good sign of being focused on whats best for the dog). Before meeting the Dobermans, we spoke with foster mom (Shelley) several times. On multiple occasions, I cried on the phone with her – nervous about loving another dog as much as I’d loved my other two. Each time I talked to Shelley, she was incredibly understanding of our grief and supportive in our efforts to adopt again. She was very focused on making sure we got to know both Dobermans and ensuring we felt like it was a good fit for our family. Before long, we drove through 3 states to meet Foster mom & dad, who also drove several hours to meet us in Atlanta…in the heat of the summer.
Maggie & Rambo had us from the start. I was surprised at how large he was (90lbs) and how small she was (55 lbs). As soon as I saw them I knew I was taking them home. It took my husband a minute, though. It wasn’t until Maggie reached out for him to hold her paw that he was convinced….sucker. We’ve had Maggie & Rambo for 2 years now and we still keep in touch with their foster mom. Without her and without the GA Doberman Rescue, my house would be empty and my family incomplete. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the rescue & I’ll always send a Christmas card to the dog mom that saved Maggie & Rambo.
Ginger (formerly Tasha) and Mello
Adopted January and October 2016
Caroline and Analee
Adopted May 2017
Elli (formerly Baeya)
Adopted June 2016
I found GDR by chance, googling doberman rescues near me, but the moment I saw Elli’s picture and read her story I knew she needed us just as much as we needed her. We live in Birmingham so I called GDR, fully intending to beg for them to consider adopting to us out of state. To my surprise, the board member who answered the phone was quick to assure me that they adopt out of state regularly, and even have some foster homes in Birmingham. She also said they would find transportation to get Elli to us if we were approved! Through the application process, vet reference, and homecheck (which took about a week in all) I was so impressed with how thorough they were; it was clear they really cared about their dogs and wanted to be 100% sure we would be a good home and treat Elli right. GDR arranged a chain of volunteers to transport Elli near the stateline where we met Danielle and her husband at a park to finally meet our sweet girl. Seeing how scared she was, I fully understood all the precautions they took, GDR takes in dogs from all backgrounds and if anyone needed a second chance, it was our Elli. She was wide-eyed and fearful when she got into our car, but about an hour into the drive she started licking my face as I was driving down the road. It was like she was saying thank you for saving me. It took a few weeks of giving her space and allowing her to come to us as she slowly took in our home and learned to trust us, but each day was worth it as she rewarded us more and more with her trust and love. Now, 2 years later, Elli is the most loving and devoted dog I have ever owned. She is spoiled rotten and has brought so much love and joy into our lives. I am so thankful to GDR for allowing us to adopt her.
Adopted March 2016
A little over two years ago, we adopted our first Doberman, Captain Jack, through the Georgia Doberman Rescue. Jack was 4-months old and left at the pound with his two sisters because he was born without his left eye. He could not be sold or bred with this defect. Luckily for us, Ga. Doberman rescued the three dogs and we adopted Jack from his foster mom. He is the light of our lives. His first foster mom, Tracy Burnett Estes, told us he was the sweetest, male puppy she had ever dealt with, that there was something “special” about Jack. The foster mom when we adopted him, Heather Wheeler, met us with Jack and cried as she left him with us. Heather and Tracy were our first GDR contacts and they were just the best. They answered any questions, still follow us with Jack on FB and were so honest and accurate about this special boy. We have had many large and small rescues over the last 20 years. Jack is indeed the most sensitive, intelligent, sweet boy we have ever had. Any issues (mostly health questions and training questions in the beginning) were all answered immediately through the website. All members are there for you when you need them. They support you, grieve with you when you lose a dog or your animals are ill and offer advice and referrals for all type of questions from “where are dog-friendly restaurants in Savannah” to “has your dog ever been kicked out of daycare because he plays too rough?” Because of Suzanne Meers, who teaches at the UGA vet school, we were able to diagnose Jack’s allergy to chicken meal and start a different food all through conversation on the site or by email. I highly recommend Ga Doberman Rescue without any hesitation. It is a well-run, dedicated group of knowledgeable people who care about the Doberman breed and the people who care for their rescues.
Adopted October 2015
Four years ago we “purchased” a Doberman puppy named Ronin. While it was love at first sight, we realized as he got older that he needed a friend his size. That’s when Georgia Doberman Rescue came into the picture. While I support responsible breeding practices, I also love the idea of being able to bring home a Doberman, a breed we already know and love, through adoption. I completed the application and submitted it along with the required pictures by email and received a call shortly after. The response was quick, which was awesome as I had already had my mind set that it would take weeks or months for anything to go through. Tracy, the GDR contact at that time, called me and went over my application and asked several questions. Based on my information she already had a Doberman in mind for us. Moxy was a returning rescue, and I was able to talk with her previous foster Mom. I was so encouraged by the process, and excited that she was going to fit right into our family. Two weeks after my initial application was sent, Moxy came home to her furever family. GDR was right, and we knew it was meant to be. She was the perfect match for us, and I always say we hit the “Doberman Adoption Jackpot” with her!