Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love...
they depart to teach us about loss.
A new dog never replaces an old dog: it merely expands the heart.
If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.
A Doberman Adoption Placement Team (ADAPT) is a IRS approved nonprofit, charitable, tax-exempt (501(c3) corporation composed of a group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to save the lives of homeless Doberman Pinschers in TX and, on occasion, in surrounding states. Most of our members reside in and around the Kingwood and Houston area. Our primary goals are to rescue, restore to good health, rehabilitate and place these unfortunate dogs into safe and loving homes where they can live out their lives as wonderful companions to those individuals and families who are lucky enough, and caring enough, to welcome them.
Most of the Dobermans we rescue come from shelters or are turned over to us by owners who, for a variety of reasons, are no longer able or willing to care for them. Many come to us because of the owner's death, divorce, loss of job and/or home, and for many other reasons which are not the fault of the dog. Each Doberman is checked by a veterinarian, given vaccinations, tested for heartworms and intestinal worms, spayed or neutered, and MAY be treated for any illnesses or medical problems that are found. The dog is placed in a foster home for a period of time for evaluation, to assess its temperament, to provide house training and crate training, and to determine the best type of adoptive home for the particular dog.
ADAPT does not have a "SHELTER" and therefore it is not possible to "come and look at the dogs". Pending an approved application an appointment will be made for you to meet dogs that you indicate an interest in and that would be appropriate in your home.
We do not buy or sell dogs, nor do we offer any type of consignment services. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. The adoption fees and donations we receive are used ONLY to help cover our direct operating expenses (e.g. veterinary care, medicines, food, transport costs, etc.). We have jobs and families, so we are not always available to respond instantly to public inquiries. Please be patient when you contact us. We value your interest and will respond as soon as we can.
Adoption is a big decision
When making the decision to adopt a Doberman, keep in mind the lifelong responsibilities associated with dog ownership- these involve commitments of time, love and financial resources:
- Yearly medical expenses (e.g. vaccinations, monthly heartworm preventative, etc.) and occasional emergencies
- Quality food
- A good, secure fence (i.e. no underground/invisible fencing and no runners/cables) is highly suggested
- Boarding (when you must be away from home) or in-home care services
- Toys, collars, leashes, dog houses, etc.
Despite our best efforts, and the efforts of many other rescue groups across the country, hundreds of Dobermans are euthanized every year because there are more homeless pets than there are homes available. The suffering and needless deaths of these dogs (and millions of other companion animals in the U.S.) could be eliminated, along with many problems involving stray animals, if only responsible owners would spay and neuter their pets. Additionally, there is a desperate need to eradicate the "disposable pet" mentality from our society. ADAPT is not interested in placing pets into homes "until the children grow up" or "until the baby is born" or "until the family loses interest". We need to teach our children (and remind ourselves) to cherish and care for these unique four-legged family members.
ADAPT doesn’t board dogs, we feel a more realistic insight into the dog is having them in a home situation being treated just as we treat our own dogs until they are chosen by a forever family……. Fostering is a temporary housing and a lifetime of loving each dog. Foster families are responsible for the proper feeding of the foster dog, teaching good house manners and working on any “weak” areas that might keep a dog from either BEING adopted or STAYING adopted….
ADAPT covers all medical costs of the dog, provided the care has been PRE-approved by the rescue and we will assist with monthly heart-worm prevention if the foster home needs the help, and in return the dog is safe from a shelter environment, feels loved, and waits patiently and safely until they are selected by a family to be a lifelong companion…..
Many argue that they will get “too attached” “couldn’t give them up” to effectively foster, but I tell you that when you accept an animal into your home and YOU are part of the animals future, have say in WHO gets this animal and KNOW that the animal is going to a home who will love and care for them the way they deserve, it’s MUCH easier to hand the leash to another family.
You know too that the safe, happy rehoming of a foster dog will leave room in your home and hearts for the next deserving animal. Foster families get to see the application for the particular dog they are fostering, get to talk to potential family members, are allowed to, in fact ENCOURAGED to keep in touch with the adopting family and get routine updates and photo’s. A lifetime of friendships can easily be made between fosters and the adopting family.
Consider being a foster, TRY it, if you can’t/don’t like it, it’s not working out, we will find another place for the dog. You won’t be stuck with the dog. You only need the desire to save a life, a desire to make a difference and the ability to open your heart and home temporarily and YOU can save a DOBERMAN’S life and make a difference.
If you’d like to find out more, contact us.
You REALLY WILL SAVE A LIFE.
Most rescue stories are sad, disappointing and some are uplifting life teaching experiences that have wings. George Bailey’s story in “It’s a wonderful life” a Christmas “golden oldie” reminds each of us the impact our lives have on one another and the ability to “make a difference”.
THIS is George Bailey the Doberman and for ADAPT he’s a reminder of what life COULD be, NEVER should be and hopefully NEVER will be again. We have no idea what his past was, and other than the horrifically emaciated body of a boy who reacts as though he really was once someone’s treasured baby there’s no inkling of his past. ADAPT would like to remind you, we are an all volunteer group who works tirelessly to rescue and rehab ALL Dobermans in need no matter how GREAT the need. Please remember to offer a helping hand to rescue throughout the year. We cannot do it alone. George Bailey WILL have a “Wonderful Life”. He’s safe now and well on his way to recovery. Please, make sure that other “George Bailey’s” have the wherewithal to survive.