Code of Conduct


Code of conduct for Dobermann Rescue UK and EUROPE (D.R.U.E.)

  1. Animal rescue is strictly a non-profit endeavor.  All volunteer rescue work is conducted on a voluntary basis without regard for profit for any individual or organization.
  2. If a dog is requiring a new home and is not spayed or neutered the new home must agree and sign a contract saying that they will carry out the spay/neutering by a qualified vet and provide proof to the rescue that this has been done. They must take every precaution to ensure that the dog is not bred from and if they fault in this they can be liable and have the dog removed. If the dog is deemed too young to be spayed/neutered then it should be carried out no later than 2 years of age.
  3. Breeders who also practice rescue agree to not allow their rescue activities to be used to sell puppies and to keep breeding and rescue separate endeavors and not use their rescue activities to bait and switch.
  4. To house all animals in clean, sanitary conditions that meet our agreements.
  5. To pay attention to and to meet each animal’s emotional needs and match them to the most suited home which will provide a secure, stable environment for the dog.
  6. To not knowingly place a vicious or otherwise seriously temperamentally unsound animal in an adoptive home.  Any animal that we may be unsure of will be thoroughly  evaluated by us before we even consider rehoming.
  7. To the best of the rescue’s abilities and resources, it will provide appropriate medical care and training towards the goal of putting each animal in the best possible condition for a permanent adoption.
  8. If an animal comes into the rescue’s care with registration papers or a breeder’s microchip is discovered, the rescue will make a reasonable attempt to contact the breeder to inquire about return of the animal, and/or assistance in placing the animal.  Provided it does not violate state or local regulations, an attempt would be made to return a breeder’s personal dog intact.
  9. The rescue will only euthanize animals that are determined to be unadoptable due to serious health (which impairs the animal’s quality of life) or serious temperament problems.  Animals that are euthanized will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian or certified euthanasia technician and properly disposed of.  Animals that are deemed unadoptable due to serious health issues may be placed with a humane and knowledgeable hospice care provider, or “long term foster” when available.
  10. To thoroughly evaluate potential adopters utilizing a combination of written applications, home visits, checking vet references, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, and personal reference checks, as appropriate, with the goal of placing all animals in homes that are appropriate to the breed and specifically appropriate to each individual animal’s needs.
  11. To utilize a written adoption contract for each rescue animal.
  12. To fully disclose all relevant information that is known at the time of placement or adoption regarding the health and temperament of each rescue animal.
  13. To provide each adopter with information on the animal in question, common diseases, appropriate training, housebreaking, and appropriate standard of care.
  14. To provide follow up advice and assistance to adopters.
  15. To require every adopter to return the adopted animal to the rescue if he/she can no longer keep it.  A responsible rescue will always accept and insist upon the return of an animal that has been adopted from them. The adopter should agree not to sell, trade, transfer ownership, abandon or dispose of the animal in any way, but to notify the rescue group and relinquish custody of the animal back to the rescue.  This includes family members.
  16. A responsible rescue is aware of all local animal control laws and shall be responsible for obeying those laws.
  17. Requires that all adopters be of legal age.
  18. Requires landlord’s approval for any adopters who rent or lease their home.
  19. Requires that any registration papers be withheld to prevent unlawful use, even if the animal is sterilized.
  20. Everybody will be treated in a fair manner and will be respectful to all. Any verbal or written abuse will not be tolerated and the appropriate action will be taken.
  21. Any person found to be neglecting or physically abusing an animal will be reported to the authorities and we will pass on all the information we have to the prosecution.
  22. We will accept no liability if we are given incorrect information about an animal that we rehome.
  23. We will be professional, compassionate and none judgemental to anyone who wishes to rehome with us.
  24. All information given will remain confidential and not passed on to any 3rd parties.
  25. We will only rehome dogs to people based on what they can offer the dog.
  26. These dogs are only ever to be rehomed as indoor family pets not for any other reason unless stated otherwise in writing by ourselves.
  27. If any part of our code of conduct is not being adhered to this may result in dismissal of staff/trustees and possible legal or criminal charges dependent on the code broken.