Adoption and Rehoming

We hope to find new loving forever homes for all Dobermanns who come into our care. Unfortunately the number of abandoned and unwanted dogs needing help far exceeds the number of people willing or able to re-home a dog.

Please remember that taking on a FOND rescue dog is not a cheap option in addition to a minimum adoption donation of £175.00 you may be required to have the dog or bitch neutered and need to invest in socialisation and obedience classes. Many Dobes like more than just going for a walk so another way to interact with them is to attend local agility classes. We also find many of the young Dobes coming through show a talent for Cani-X and tracking. All this with good feeding, veterinary costs and insurance requires total commitment and needs careful thought before entering into the adoption of a dog.

If you think you could offer one of our dogs a new home after reading our adoption ethos you can download an adoption form (click here)
(please note that this link is a Microsoft Word Document). Please complete the form and return it by post or email to

Our Rehoming Policy:

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Any dog for re-homing is assessed by one of our representatives and a careful history of the dog recorded wherever possible. There are times, however, when a full history is simply not known, for example if the dog has changed hands one or more times or has sadly, been picked up as a stray.

We will not re-home a dog without a full history into a home with young children. Similarly if we have a Dobermann in our care who has never lived with small children we will not consider rehoming the dog with a very young family (even if we are told that the dog is great with visiting small children/neighbours’ children etc).

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We work very hard to ensure that we match the right dog to the right home. All of our potential adopters must at least meet our minimum criteria and all homes are checked for suitability. We may also require a veterinary or dog trainer’s reference initially if a long distance is involved between the dog and the potential new home. Current fuel prices mean that we like to have as much information up front before authorising a home check. We may also ask you to make a contribution to the volunteer home checker’s fuel costs.

It is all about finding a home and environment our Dobermanns will thrive in.

Our guidelines are:

Our guidelines are:

  • A fully enclosed garden with fencing of 5 feet minimum, preferably 6 feet. This applies to garden gates as well.
  • The dog must live in the house, have its own bed and there must be ample space in your home for the dog and any family. We do not re-home into outside kennels or outbuildings.
  • The dog must not be left alone without human companionship for longer than 4 hours a day during the working week. Young dogs may not be left this long. ( This does not mean 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the
    afternoon!)At weekends the dog should be involved with your activities and not left.
  • Financially able to provide a Dobermann with good quality food and veterinary care.
  • Experience of the Dobermann breed or at the very least, experience of a large breed, high energy dog.
  • The provision of twice daily exercise.
  • A commitment to providing life-long, loving care to a homeless Dobermann or one that is up for rehoming.

Once a Dobe is placed into a permanent home, we offer support whenever needed and we love nothing more than to hear stories and receive photos of our Dobes with their new families.

In What Way is FOND Different?

We are different from “all breed” rescue centres for the simple reason that we only re-home Dobermanns to adopters who have thought very carefully about the implications of owning a Dobermann.

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We never re-home one of our dogs without a home check first. Once a home check has been completed successfully and veterinary references followed upeived and we have established that your family could indeed be right for one of our Dobermanns we can proudly offer that little bit extra by inviting our would be adopters to travel up to Lonmay and stay in Pam’s old manse (previously a guest house) to meet your new friend. We have found this to be a mutually beneficial arrangement for many of our adopters for a few good reasons. Firstly because of our location in the north of Scotland a number of our adopters commit to very long journeys from all over the country for their special Dobermanns. We appreciate this commitment greatly and in return are delighted to offer some comfort and hospitality before the long journey home again. But more importantly it gives you and your new Dobermann a chance to get to know one another in an environment familiar to our dogs.

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You are given the opportunity to take your new friend for a walk, play in the large gardens or paddocks, hang out together in the kitchen and generally become acquainted with each other. During this time we aim to give as much friendly advice as we can and make sure that you are ready to depart on your new lives together as newly established friends. We believe this is a kinder way for all concerned to introduce our dogs to their new families.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate other dogs at the manse but if you happen to be bringing a family dog with you to meet your new Dobermann we can recommend the following dog friendly accommodation for your stay. Nethermill Holidays

Other Re-homing Organisations and Centres.

If you really want to know what happens to a huge proportion of dogs bred today start visiting your local dog pounds and dog homes where with on production of a utilities bill and a few pounds people walk away with a dog that is totally inappropriate for their life-style or some sinister purpose. Unfortunately the Dog’s Trust and Jerry Greens and other similar caring organisations simply do not have room for them all.

There are countless “adoption centres” throughout the UK falling under many different guises from Council run “pounds” to small privately owned or charity funded rescue centres to the more well known National centres like Dogs Trust.

A great many of the smaller centres are of course trying their very best to do what they can under extremely difficult circumstances frequently with very limited resources. Recently there have also sprung up informally run rescue services incorporated in the ever increasing use of social media websites such as Facebook. The limited resources of smaller centres often mean that they simply cannot accommodate home checks or proper assessments of the dogs in their care. If you are considering taking on a dog from a re-homing centre which will allow you to take the animal without adequate assessment as to your suitability please exercise extreme care. This recent case in Ayrshire gives a shocking insight into just how dangerous taking a dog from an apparently well intentioned rescue centre can be. Take an experienced friend with you.Waiting for a home Try to spend time with the animal in different situations over the course of several visits. In particular find out why the dog has been surrendered for re-homing and discover as much about it’s prior history.

No organisation can ever guarantee that a dog in their care is not going to give you problems later with behaviour or health. This is of course even more true with dogs offered on websites which are not formally and properly set up without insurance or risk assessments. Should you be unlucky enough to have subsequent problems after you have taken a dog for re-homing in these circumstances it may be that those you took the dog from may have neither the resources or inclination to offer you support and you will have little recourse to them for help

The National rescue and re-homing centres we recommend are provided with links below.

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The Dogs Trust
SSPCA

The Kennel Club has a list of approved Breed Rescue organisations on their website HERE

The alternative to Rescue

Whilst as a rehoming organisation we hope you would consider as your new companion one of the many dogs we’re helping find a new home, we do realise that for whatever reason you may not be able to do this, or feel that a puppy is or would be more appropriate for you. In this case, please do ensure you follow the excellent advice that is given by all the major organisations such as the Kennel Club, RSPCA, SSPCA, Dobermann breed clubs etc as well as ourselves and only deal with reputable, licensed breeders who can offer you a healthy, happy, well-bred pet and a lifetime of advice, help and support should you ever want or need it.

If buying from a breeder make sure you see the puppies with their mother. DO NOT take a pup if the bitch has a timid or bad temperament, however hard, walk away.

Make sure you obtain a receipt from the breeder and if the puppy’s Kennel Club registration is applied for and not available at the point of sale, make sure the receipt is marked ‘Registration applied for and dated’. Also make sure you take away a copy of your puppy’s pedigree and the full name and address of its breeder and their land line telephone number.

Never buy two puppies from the same litter. A responsible breeder will not try and sell you two. Think carefully about buying puppies from breeders who do not put endorsements on their pedigrees as a responsible breeder will not want their offspring bred from without necessary health checks and in some cases may consider certain matings inappropriate.

Think carefully about buying from a breeder who does not have adequate facilities to take back their progeny in the sad event you are unable to keep your puppy due to unforseen circumstances. Reputable breeders do not use the type of internet site that advertises dogs and puppies by the thousands as most of their off-spring will have been pre-booked with a great deal of thought being put into firstly temperament of both dog and bitch and health checks like VWD, H.D. and others.