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DAR&E only places within the Maryland, DC, West Virginia and Virginia area. Please do no apply to adopt if you live outside of those areas. Please click here to visit our Adoption Process page for additional information on adopting one of our DAR&E Dobermans & an online application!

Our dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and microchipped.

UPDATE: November 2008 After 9 months in foster care, little Tally has blossomed into a loving, goofy, happy and smiling young Dobe..... as long as the only person in the house is her foster Mom. After all this time Tally still cannot handle anyone else near her. Even family members who come to the house regularly are still cause for Tally to run to her crate and stay there until they leave. People she doesn't know are worse. She barks wildly and hides in her crate in fear.

UPDATE: December 2009 Although over time, Tally has settled into her foster home and loves her foster mom, she is still so fearful of new people she will run and hide. The foster parent's extended family frequently visits. Just recently, Tally hit a new milestone and acutally came out of hiding and allowed herself to be petted by one of the family members

UPDATE: January 31, 2012 Tally is doing well. I think she’s about as confident as she’s going to get when it comes to new people/situations. A friend of mine comes to the house all the time now, and has been for over a year. Tally will seek out attention from him in certain places, ie: dining room table and a particular chair in the family room, but will still panic and run from him in others; like the back or front yard and most other places in the home. In some instances she won’t run from him, but won’t allow him to get too close. I’m not sure why certain places are “safe” for her. As always, in her comfort zone Tally is happy and goofy. She loves to play with my male Dobe and really loves to play with my young female Boston Terrier, Dolly. They are best buddies. Tally is very protective of her crate and whatever bed she’s lying on from everyone else except her little buddy. She shares everything with Dolly. I took Tally and a couple of my dogs to a beach house over the summer several times and after an initial settling time Tally had a ball! The house has a large back yard overlooking a canal. Tally seemed to think no birds should be allowed to fly over the yard and would bark at them as she ran underneath them. I kept thinking she was going to run right into the canal because she was looking up as she ran, and I was going to have to fish her out, but so far that hasn’t happened. With me Tally is extremely affectionate and loving. She is a big cuddler and will sometimes crawl up into my lap and settle in for a nap. She’s a big smiler too, which I love. Tally’s trust in me is total and very humbling. I don’t know what made her fear of everything so deep-seated, I’ve rarely come across a dog who wouldn’t eventually learn to trust people again, but Tally is definitely one of them. I’m so grateful to DAR&E for reaching out to these dogs and giving them a safe place to go. Tally may feel she only has one safe place in this world, but thank goodness DAR&E was able and willing to give her that. I feel very lucky to share my home with such a special Doberman.

About Tally

Tally has been in hospice care since February 2008.  As a 2 year old red dobie girl, Tally was one of ten dogs which were seized by authorities from a backyard breeder in West Virginia for neglect and cruelty.  The wife, having grown tired of all the dogs moved into an apartment; the husband, divided his time between the two homes.  This left the dogs alone and unattended for long periods of time.  The conditions for the dogs were harsh.  Some were crated, some were chained and others roamed free in the backyard.  

This Is My Story

The dogs lived outdoors in feces and filth without adequate food and water.  None of them had ever been socialized.  After the neighbor's continuous complaints about the dogs fighting and several dogs being picked up more than once for having escaped the yard, authorities finally removed the dogs in September 2007.  The dogs were so fearful of people, they had to be captured.  None of them had any training, not even to be walked on a leash.  Most of the dogs had skin issues of some kind and some were very thin with rib and hip bones protruding.  Based upon their condition and circumstances, the authorities would only release the dogs to a rescue group for rehabilitation.  One of the dogs was a pregnant female which was conditionally released to another rescue for immediate care.  The others spent almost six months in a shelter while the case made its way through the court system.

Several of DAR&E's volunteers made routine trips to the shelter over that time to get the dogs out of their kennels to evaluate them, give them a bit of exercise, toys and treats along with some much needed human contact.  Upon the courts terminating ownership, DAR&E was there on the day of the verdict, ready with vans and crates to bring the nine remaining dogs to DAR&E in February 2008.  All of the dogs needed rehabilitation to be eligible for adoption.

The worst of the group was Tally.  Poor Tally was so frightened she mentally just shut down to cope. She cowered in her run during the Dobes stay at the shelter while we waited for the the cruelty case to go to court. She froze whenever anyone approached her and no amount of coaxing could get her to go on any of the walks the other dogs enjoyed when DAR&E volunteers visited them. When the time finally came to get the Dobes out of the shelter, little Tally's fear was so great it took several folks to safely get her loaded into the crate for her journey to a new life in foster care. Tally was fostered with her sister, Freya, in hopes that this would help her handle the changes in her life. Freya was also very frightened, but had already shown a willingness to trust and she obviously wanted to be friends with the folks who rescued her. But for many days, when she first came into foster care, Tally stayed glued to the back of her crate, unwilling to acknowledge her foster Mom, or even any of the other dogs in the home. Finally, following the lead of her sister Freya, she began to venture out and started interacting with the other dogs. It would be quite a bit longer before she'd be able to bring herself to accept her Foster Mom's presence.

How You Can Help Tally

A Tax deductible sponsorship gifts of any amount are welcome in support of our orphans.

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  • A tax deductible donation
  • $15 will provide a collar and matching ID tag
  • Funds are used for medical treatment



  • Tax deductible sponsorship gifts
  • Funds are used for medical treatment
  • Multiple sponsors are welcome