About SHDR

     Sweet Home Doberman Rescue (SHDR) is the only 501c3, not for profit Doberman rescue organization in Alabama. Founded in 2015, SHDR has committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused, abandoned, and/or neglected Dobermans. It is SHDR's personal mission to assist this magnificent breed in any way we can. In 2018, we welcomed the German Shepherd Dog to our rescue and mission as well. 


We are dedicated to educating the public as well as future Doberman owners about this majestic, often misunderstood breed. They are often portrayed as aggressive dogs who will attack at a moment's notice when in fact they are Velcro dogs who are loyal, protective, and want to please their family!  A Doberman wants nothing more than to be by your side and on your couch. 

We are dedicate to educating the public and future German Shepherd owners about this loyal, often misunderstood breed. They are often portrayed as aggressive or difficult dogs. In fact, German Shepherds are incredibly loyal, loving, sensitive, and want nothing more than to please their person. 

All SHDR rescues are up to date on their shots, HW tested, microchipped, and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Some come injured or abused and take a little longer to ready them for a forever home.

Our adoption area is primarily the lower east side of the country, however every application is taken into consideration.


All foster and adoptive homes require calls to personal references, a vet check, and a home visit to insure our dogs are afforded a chance at a healthy, loving rest of their life after an uneasy beginning.


  • Open your home to fostering or adoption

  • Volunteer

  • Gift cards, gas cards, flea and tick prevention or dog food are much appreciated

  • Monetary donations are tax deductible and 100% go to our animal’s care


Board of Directors


Nikki Lilly  President, Co-Founder

Nikki adopted her first Doberman in 2009 (with more to follow) and fell in love with the breed. She founded SHDR with her husband in 2015 after realizing the misconceptions of this highly intelligent breed and the need for a breed specific rescue in the state of Alabama. Nikki strives to change the opinions of the publics view and educate them about the needs of the Doberman breed.

Haley Rich   Vice President

Haley is a certified dog trainer who started fostering for SHDR in 2016. She has brought her passion of rescue and training to SHDR in 2017 when she joined our team as Foster/Adoption Director. Haley has fallen in love with the loyalty and the quirkiness of the Doberman breed. Haley hopes to educated others about the misconceptions about the breed and help families build the best relationship they can with their rescued Dobermans.

William Turner  CFO

William became an adopter in 2016 and continued to support  by fostering, transporting, and volunteering. He joined the board in 2016 as CFO and continues to be an amazing asset to the team. William strives to educate as many people as he can about the great qualities the Doberman breed has.

Tom Lilly   Secretary, Co-Founder

Tom is a US Army retired Vet. He has known and loved dogs since he could rmember. He has never been without a dog, and could never bear to be without the company and love they bring. Tom fell in love with the Doberman breed after rescuing is first in 2009, Dutchess. Tom is a co-founder of SHDR and has been a great asset throughout its growth.


A.J. Steiner    Foster/Adoption Director

AJ is a law clerk by trade who started fostering for SHDR in 2019 when her roommate and his dog moved out. A.J's dog Mocha Bean needed a companion to curb her bored furniture eating, so she did her research on rescues, and loved the focus on education, and ‘best match’ philosophy that SHDR employs. Her love for creating order in chaos forced her to volunteer as Adoption/Foster Director in 2020, where she combines her paperwork skills with her passion for dogs to the amusement of the SHDR board. She’s still learning the breed, and insists there are NO stupid questions... because she’s asked them all.