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Who We Are

Second Chance Dobes Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Clinton, Michigan. Our mission is to foster, rehabilitate and help find Doberman Pinschers new homes, giving them a second chance on life. We provide any medical assistance needed to every dog that comes into our program along with spaying and neutering.

History of Second Chance Dobes

Founder Arda Barber has been rescuing Dobermans Pinchers since 1981. Her mission to help the breed began with a visit to a Humane Society to pick up a boxer for a friend. Also at the shelter were four beautiful Dobermans slated that day for euthanasia if homes were not found for them. Without thinking twice, Arda loaded the four Dobes and Boxer into her van and brought them home to safety.

Our Mission

Second Chance Dobes is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of Doberman Pinschers. We are soley run by volunteers who have the time, patience, and the love of Dobes needed to make this effort possible.

Can't Adopt But Would Still Like to Help?

Every day thousands of adoptible pets are killed at local animal controls because of the simple fact that they're homeless. It is Second Chance Dobes mission to rescue and rehabilitate the Dobermans that others have failed, the unwanted, the unloved and the abandoned. We provide complete medical care, including spay/neuter, heart worm testing, vaccinations and parasite removal for every dog that comes into the rescue. We do our best to evaluate the temperament of each dog in order to make the best possible placement for that dog. We provide life long support for our adopters following adoption. We try to educate the public about the Doberman Breed and the importance of spay/neutering.

Rescuing is very expensive--every dog in our program will cost an average of $200.00 - $600.00, depending on his or her medical needs and length of stay. You can help alleviate the burdens of those expenses by choosing to
Sponsor a Homeless Pet. Every donation made to the rescue to aid one of its residents helps, and no amount is too small. If you are unable to adopt but would like to help, this is a great way to make a difference in the life of a homeless Dobe. When you choose to become a sponsor, you save a life. Your name will appear on the pet notes and also be listed on our sponsor page. We will contact you about your sponsor dog and also keep you updated on their progress until they've been adopted. After your sponsor dog has been adopted, you can read about their progress in the New Beginnings page on our discussion forum.

Whether you are able to adopt or sponsor, your generosity will save the life of an animal in need. We do not turn away any Dobe in need, except in extreme cases of overcrowding.

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You can also help by making a tax deductible donation:
To help us save more homeless animals, make a donation with PayPal

All donations go directly to aid animals in need. Expenses are kept to a minimum.

Or you can mail a check or money order donation made payable to Arda Barber to:

Second Chance Dobes
Attn: Arda Barber

PO Box 581
Clinton MI 49236

Previous Adopters
Please share your stories of your rescued dogs, upload pictures and get adoption support by
Joining our Message Board. Adopters are the true heroes of rescue. They open not only their homes, but also their hearts to the once unloved and unwanted.

Wish List
WE ARE IN GREAT NEED OF : Pedigree Dog food donations.
Cash donations for vet bills. If you would like to make contribution directly to the vet please email us for information
Donations for general up keep and improvements of the kennels.

Thank you from the volunteers at Second Chance Dobes as well as all of the "Dobie Kids" who are waiting for their Forever homes.

Second Chance Dobes would like to THANK the following:

J & S Glass in Tecumseh
Stevenson's Lumber in Adrian for the roofing supplies.
Dr Gillins in Tecumseh for my glasses.
"The upcoming violinist, Larissa Marcich, for her generous donation to the dogs". $80. It's her second big donation
Patrick Maughan. Big thankyou for all the biscuits, raw hides, treats he is alway's bringing. Also the brand new crate with a new bottom
"The Daily Telegram" of Adrian for their generous and ongoing donation of newspaper to help keep the kennel clean!
Maumee Valley Vending Company for their generous donation of a van to help transport Dobes!


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Email Karen:
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Adoption days BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! You MUST be approved for adoption
prior to visiting Second Chance Dobes.
If you have submitted an application for adoption, you will be notified by our adoption committee
via e-mail whether or not you have been approved. Directions to Second Chance Dobes
will be included within your approval e-mail.

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