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.
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 also committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused, abandoned, and/or neglected German Shepherds. They are also a very misunderstood breed that are near and dear to our hearts. We have officially expanded our mission in 2020.
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Open your home to fostering or adoption
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 Director of Finance
William became an adopter in 2016 and continued to support by fostering, transporting, and volunteering. He joined the board in 2016 as Director of Finance 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 remember. 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, Duchess. Tom is a co-founder of SHDR and has been a great asset throughout its growth.
AJ Steiner Adoption/Foster Manager
AJ is a law clerk by trade who started fostering for SHDR in 2019 when her roommate’s dog moved out with him. Her and Mocha Bean needed a companion to curb her bored furniture eating. 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 Manager 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.
Lauren Medina Social Media Manager
Lauren and her husband Cameron joined SHDR in 2017 as foster parents which later lead to the adoption of their little girl, Onyx! Their family is owned by two dobermans and they continue to foster on occasion. Lauren’s main focus is to use the Facebook page as a platform to show others how foster homes actually look, and the impact they can make. It’s easy to fall in love with a sweet face but a detailed bio and family testimony really shows not only the breed we love but how certain dogs may excel in one specific home more than others.
Amanda Bridges Vet Check Coordinator
Amanda began fostering for SHDR in February 2019, it was her first introduction to the breed and she fell in love! She adopted her first SHDR Doberman in August 2019. Amanda came to love the work that SHDR was doing and of course the dogs, so she dove right in and took on more of a role in SHDR by becoming the Vet Check Coordinator. Her and her husband continue to foster and volunteer in other areas of the rescue as well.