Pets are given up for a number of reasons: financial concerns, illness, moving to a home that doesn’t welcome pets, allergies, pet behavior issues, and unwanted litters, just to name a few
We understand how difficult it is to make the decision to surrender your pet, but also that surrendering to a shelter or rescue should be a last resort. Doberman Underground is an all-volunteer foster based rescue. The amount of animals we can take in is limited by the availability of foster homes.
Doberman Underground urges pet owners to consider other options before surrendering their animal.
Before you decide to surrender your pet please consider the following resources which have helped many people and their pets.
Rehoming Your Pet: Before surrendering a pet to a shelter or rescue, we recommend first trying to find a suitable home for your pet by spreading the word among friends, relatives, and co-workers. Give yourself a few weeks to place the animal in a good home, and never give away your pet to someone without screening the person carefully and asking for references. Please do not give your pet away “Free to a Good Home” as there are unscrupulous individuals who could harm your pet or sell the animal for research to make money. Asking a reasonable fee may help deter such people.
Behavioral Issues: Sometimes pet behavior problems seem overwhelming, but many can be managed with the application of a little knowledge and a little effort. Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. Training serves to strengthen the bond between a dog and its owner. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and demonstrates to your dog that you’re the leader. And if your dog doesn’t respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he’s a bit rowdy or dominant by nature. Several pet stores offer low-cost training. YouTube also offers training videos from several well-respected trainers.
Housing: Finding pet-friendly housing may take a little more effort, but today there are many more rental options for people with pets. https://www.apartmentlist.com, https://www.apartments.com/, https://www.forrent.com/pet-friendly-apartments are just a few sites that allow you to search for pet-friendly housing. Contact the humane society or animal care and control agency serving the area into which you are moving; the agency may be able to provide you with a list of apartment communities that allow pets.