And the puppies just keep on coming. If you want to share your life with one of these adorable bundles of joy please review our Adoption Process and then complete an Adoption Application by clicking the Adopt button above.
How do you know what's up? You follow-us on social media, you read and comment on our posts, you visit our website, you send us emails, you read our emails, and you call our voicemail. There are many ways that we connect to our followers so you can all see what Dobermans and Nobermans are being rescued, fostered, looking for forever homes and then adopted!
There's a lot that goes into our communications! We publish content to Facebook and Instagram every single day! We have a group of very busy volunteers that decide on what we will post, what our viewers would be interested in seeing, what educational content we can share...and did I mention we do that every single day? It's huge undertaking! We recently added TikTok, so be on the lookout for fun videos coming soon!
Another group of volunteers respond to your comments and questions on our Facebook and Instagram posts. They reply to all the private messages you send us from a wide range of topics. Some want more information on a specific dog or adopting in general, others are faced with the tough decision of rehoming their Doberman, and then there are those that alert us to Dobermans in shelters from the areas we pull from. Everything goes, and we try our best to provide all the information you request.
Emails and voicemail messages keep us busy as well! As a volunteer-run rescue, we don't have a facility and we don't have any administrative staff. We rely totally on volunteers to call people that leave messages and provide electronic responses to those that email us or submit inquiries through websites like PetFinder. Again, we do our best to provide all the information you request.
Today we give a great big THANK YOU to our volunteers that keep up with our social media and your important communications. We couldn't do this without your help!
So, you just filled out an application to adopt a dog from us. Then what happens? Today we pay tribute to our volunteers that handle the critical process of evaluating our applicants.
First up is the vet and reference checks. Our volunteers talk to 3 references from each applicant and then we move on to the vet check. We verify that current and past pets have had annual well visit exams, have been kept current on vaccinations and receive annual heartworm tests. We also make sure that there is a consistent history of purchasing heartworm preventative.
If everything checks out, a different group of volunteers will do the phone interviews. They talk with every applicant and learn more about their experience, home life, lifestyle and what they are looking for in a dog. The phone interviewer provides a detailed overview of the conversation to the adoption committee for consideration.
The final step in the process is the home visit, done by an entirely different team of volunteers. Home visits have always been done in person, but during COVID we aren't able to do that. Our volunteers adapted to virtual home visits without skipping a beat. We help people who aren't tech savvy to navigate the process on Zoom, FaceTime or Messenger. They tour their houses and their yards. They talk to families that are experienced with rescues and those that aren't. They answer questions and provide information about what to expect. Some calls are 30 minutes and others are more than an hour if they need to answer a lot of questions. When the calls are done, they fill out a detailed online form to share this information with the adoption committee.
Lastly, each volunteer on the adoption committee evaluates all the information collected and votes to approve or deny an applicant. Once the decision has been made, an email goes out to the applicant. These decisions are made with careful consideration from an experienced and impartial group of volunteers. If you applied and were not approved, it's not personal, and we take steps to explain the reasons for denial. Most often, this process takes one to two weeks in total and ait truly takes a village to get it done!
A great big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers that spend so many hours on this process each and every week!
Volunteer Appreciation Week continues with #MobileMonday and a great big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers that transport our dogs!
The path to home begins with our transport volunteers. We bring in dogs from may states, including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, and our transport volunteers are always at the ready! They drive short and long distances, often with just a few days notice, to make sure these dogs can get the care they need from Doberman Underground.
There is nothing more special than the Freedom Rides! We are greatful for our volunteers that transport dogs and thank you for all you do!