By Connie Martin and Nina Armsrtong
With this issue of Doberman
Digest, we welcome you to the debut of The Senior Doberman
Project, collaboration between Doberman Digest, DPCA's COPE/Rescue
Committee, and Special Needs Dobermans (SND).
The purpose and goal of the Senior Dobe
Project is to raise awareness of the numerous older Dobes
in rescue, and facilitate communication between prospective
adopters and the rescue community in order to advance the
placement of seniors in forever homes. To achieve this, rescuers
submit information about the seniors in their care and available
for adoption, Doberman Digest will regularly publish the information,
and SND will create and maintain an online database at www.doberman911.org/seniors
specifically for these senior Dobes. If you would like your
senior Dobe included in the Senior Dobe Project, please send
the information to SND via an online form at the Senior Dobes
website above, or by email to email@example.com,
or by postal mail to: Senior Doberman Project, P.O. Box 10932,
Arlington, Virginia, 22210.
Quoting from DPCA's website, "The DPCA
COPE/Rescue Committee exists to encourage discrimination in
breeding, educate the public about the plight of the Doberman
and empower others to provide humanely for Dobermans in distress."
Their missions of education and empowerment are clearly evident
with this project and with the participation of the rescuers
listed in the COPE Doberman Rescue Directory (www.dpcacope.org).
Special Needs Dobermans (SND) is a non-profit
tax exempt organization of diverse people holding the common
goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans. The need
may be financial assistance with extraordinary medical expenses;
it may be provision of information and/or emotional support
for the owner of a Dobe with a serious illness or injury;
it may be aid in fostering and re-homing senior Dobes. Dobermans
helped by SND have been in shelters, in rescues, and much
loved in-home companions. The sole common denominator among
all "SND Kids" is need. Funding of SND's efforts
is made possible through donations, online auctions, and other
charitable fund-raising efforts.
Doberman rescuers everywhere have worked
tirelessly and unselfishly to save and care for the precious
seniors. Doberman Digest, DPCA/COPE, and SND have joined together
in a far-reaching effort to help rescuers find forever homes
for the Grand Old Ones. We all look forward to the day when
there will be no more seniors in rescue and we have only their
"Happy Tail" success stories to tell.
So let's get started! Below are the
very first seniors in the Senior Dobe Project. The information
provided is limited by space available, but each rescuer will
be happy to provide you with more detail. Every rescuer wants
to ensure these Dobes find caring and suitable homes; adoption
application information and procedures, including any geographic
limitations for placement, are established by each rescue
organization. This information is available on the rescuers'
websites and by contacting them directly. We hope you'll find
your perfect fireplace hearth companion in this issue, because
in the next issue we want to add several Happy Tail success
Reprinted with permission from the publisher,
Doll-McGinis Enterprises, Inc., and Special Needs Dobermans.
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Special Needs Dobermans.