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DOBERMAN UNDERGROUND

No dog left behind.

aka DU Dobes   |   Aurora, OH   |  www.dudobes.org

Mission

Doberman Underground is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to rescue and rehome Dobermans and other dogs from abusive or neglectful situations as well as from shelters/pounds. We service Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. We follow the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s Code of Ethics. For more information visit the DPCA at http://www.dpca.org/

Ruling year info

2015

Director

Lucinda Landis

Main address

114 Barrington Town Square Dr Suite 345

Aurora, OH 44202 USA

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EIN

47-4622289

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a severe problem of abandoned and homeless dogs in every State. Many dogs are dumped by owners when the owner(s) can't or doesn't want to spend the money necessary to provide food and water, proper or even basic veterinarian care for healthy, ill, injured and senior dogs and also many shelters need to euthanize dogs who are ill, old or because the shelter needs the space or doesn't have funds for sick and injured dogs. We address these problems by taking the dogs into our Rescue (including those that are blind, tripods, or bipeds) , provide basic and necessary and often expensive medicine (example heartworm treatment) and surgeries, place them in loving foster homes for healing and care, and then find permanent homes that will care and love the dogs. We match the dog and its needs and personality to the family/home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Phoenix Fund

To provide funding for dogs that are not in perfect health. The Phoenix Fund provides financial support to the foster/owner for the continuing medical needs of the dog to allow the dog to be placed in the best home possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Seniors Owning Seniors (SOS) matches senior adopters (70+) with senior dogs (7+). This program is designed for seniors that have experience owning Dobermans but may no longer be able to afford the expense of owning a senior dog on a fixed income. The SOS program takes care of the cost of medications, prescription foods, heartworm prevention, and annual vet visits. Additional expenses may be submitted to be considered for reimbursement. SOS benefits both the adopters and the dogs, as they will provide companionship, love, and caregiving to each other!

Our senior dogs may face many of the same medical situations as their senior owners. At some point, they will likely require ongoing medications, prescription foods, and possibly surgical procedures. These medical needs can get expensive. Doberman Underground is dedicated to giving our senior dogs the best quality of life for their remaining years. Your donations will allow us to cover the medical expenses these dogs will incur.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are:
1. Rescue abandoned dogs, including owner surrenders and shelter dogs who will soon be euthanized;
2. Provide all medical care to nurse the dog, when needed, back to health;
3, As needed, spay and neuter dogs who come into our Rescue;
4. Find permanent loving homes for the dogs; and
5. Annually increase the number of dogs rescued

Strategies for making this happen:
1. Increase fundraising;
2. Further increase social media presence;
3. Grow our volunteer base;
4. Increase number of shelters and other animal rescues who know about us to increase our network; and
5. Increase number of potential and approved adopters

We are capable of meeting our goals because:
1. Annually we have increased - number of supporters -amount of donations and - number of adoptions;
2. Our volunteer base has consistently grown allowing us to save more dogs and care for more dogs; and
3. The number of adopters and potential adopters has increased annually; and
4. Continue to increase our social media presence

The number of dogs we save annually and find permanent homes for has increased substantially. We've saved more dog lives, grown our volunteer base, and increased the amount of donations. What's next is to increase dogs taken into our Rescue, provide medical care, and raise more funds so we can save more abandoned dogs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DOBERMAN UNDERGROUND

Board of directors
as of 01/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lucinda Landis

Gwenn Bamer-Flynn

Debbie Smole

Nancy Unsold

Meredith Hawk

Betty McClard

Gail Willis

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data