Welcome and please join us as we celebrate our Twenty-Fifth Year saving Dobermans! Hand Me Down Dobes began as part of the forward thinking rescue "movement" that was gaining speed in the early 1990's and since then our nonprofit charitable organization has placed well over two thousand dogs into loving, forever homes! Learn more about us.
Some of the Dobes that come into our care are homeless, lost and never looked for, or just unwanted. Some of them have suffered from abuse and neglect. Others are sorrowfully surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them due to unfortunate family circumstances or major life changes. Less frequent are the dogs that come to us from cruel environments or from disreputable breeders such as puppy mills.
We take the health of our rescued dogs seriously and they receive immediate and thorough veterinary care with a comprehensive exam by a veterinarian, vaccinations so the dog is up-to-date on Rabies, DHLPP, Bordetella and Canine Influenza, as well as a heartworm and fecal test. The dog is treated for any medical issues, spayed or neutered, microchipped and placed on preventatives for heartworms as well as fleas and ticks. Occasionally dogs have more serious health issues where they receive care from a veterinary specialist.
Dobermans form strong bonds with their people even when neglected or mistreated. Aware of the emotional trauma they experience when losing their home, we place all of our rescues into caring foster homes where they receive the love, attention and time needed to emotionally heal before they find their forever home.
Although we are a large rescue, we provide personal, attentive support throughout the adoption process—and after! From application through adoption—and for the life of the dog----we are here for you. While attending our adoption event you are able to meet many purebred Dobermans, talk with their foster parents and narrow down which dog is the best match for you, your home, and lifestyle. Our dogs range in age, energy level, training needs and home requirements. We are knowledgeable and experienced with Dobes and the dogs in our rescue, and will assist you in finding the right match for you as well as the dog. At any given time we have 10 to 20 Dobermans awaiting the loving, forever home they deserve. Will it be yours? Learn more about our adoption process.
Not ready to adopt but want to help a Doberman? Then fostering is for you!
The dogs we rescue are placed into foster homes so they experience the warmth and security of a safe and loving home until they are adopted. We are in desperate need of good foster homes as currently there are more dogs needing to come into our rescue than we have openings. We provide EVERYTHING you need to care for the dog including a crate, dog food, a collar and leash, toys, dog sweater or coat, cover ALL veterinary costs including preventative heartworm and flea/tick medication. We also provide liability insurance coverage. We give you 24/7 support with assistance and advice ALWAYS just a phone call, text or email away! All we ask of you is to give a sweet dog the love and attention it needs while waiting to find its forever home. Fostering is a joyful experience that results in excited, happy adopters while the lucky dog finds just the right home for him or her.
We rescue dogs like Tyson. This sweet and friendly boy came to us from an Ohio shelter. He had been hit by a car receiving serious abrasions and a broken leg, and due to a painful infection the leg had to be amputated. Tyson was picked up from the shelter and immediately placed into one of our caring foster homes. Tyson has been adopted by a loving family and is now a Certified Therapy Dog bringing hope and happiness to the lives of others. Please make a difference and fill out your application to foster today. Questions? Contact us at (614) 470-2851.
Join Us for our next Adoption Event!
** SATURDAY **, September 14th, 12:00-2:00, * * Location - Pet People * *, 1317 Cameron Avenue, Lewis Center, OH 43035
We welcome visitors, but you will need to be approved before adopting. Go to our Adoption Process page to find out how!