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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Rottweiler Hearts Rescue have a facility (shelter) we can visit to see available dogs?

No. All RHR dogs are kept in individual foster homes where they are potty and crate trained and learn how to be part of a family. We are always happy to arrange a time for you to meet any of the dogs you may be interested in, or you may request that they be present at a certain event. To meet one of our dogs, please email and let us know which dog you would like to meet! We will put you in touch with his or her foster family.

Q: Are you paid to volunteer, or foster for Rottweiler Hearts Rescue?

No. Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is entirely volunteer ran – every penny raised goes back to caring for the dogs in our care. Our volunteers contribute their personal time, energy, and resources purely out of love and devotion to saving these wonderful dogs.

Q: Where do the dogs you rescue come from?

Most of the dogs we take in are from "kill-shelters". These are county run animal shelters that must take in every dog brought to them, either as a stray or owner surrender, and thus must euthanize to make space for the never-ending influx of animals. The shelter, a volunteer, or simply a concerned citizen will notify us that a Rottweiler or Rottie mix in danger is being put down. If we have an open foster home and the financial resources, we visit the shelter to temperament test and potentially pull that dog. Most times these dogs have a very limited timeframe before they are euthanized, so we often have a matter of just days to save each dog. On rare occasion, we will take in owner surrenders; however, these situations must be out of the owner's control. Please see the Owner Surrenders page for more information.

Q: How much money does Rottweiler Hearts Rescue make off each dog?

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue Adoption FeeIt is a common misconception as the majority of our dogs cost us more than twice our adoption fee. The average cost per dog for RHR is almost $400 - and this is just the basic veterinary costs. This does not include the general expenses such as food, training treats, flea & tick prevention, monthly heartworm prevention, dewormer, microchip, etc. Some dogs cost a couple of hundred; some dogs cost into the thousands. Because we provide every dog with vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchip, we actually LOSE money on each dog. On top of that, many of the dogs we take in are heartworm positive, require masses to be removed, dentals, or even ACL surgeries. Our adoption fee is very reasonable given that the dogs come fully up-to-date medically. People unable to pay the adoption fee should strongly reconsider whether they are able to properly care for a dog.

Q: Where does the money come from to pay the vet bills if the adoption fee does not cover all of the costs?

We are supported by you, and other people like you, from businesses, and from organizations dedicated to helping non-profit rescues like Rottweiler Hearts Rescue. If it was not for donations, fundraising activities, and grants, we could not do what we do. We spend many hours applying for grants and organizing fundraising activities, but donations make up a large percentage of our income. Donations are always needed and can be made right on our top page using the DONATE button.

Q: How many dogs do you save?

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue came into being in early 2012 and we have been thrilled with our growth over the past 3 years. In 2012, we were able to save 18 dogs, followed by 63 dogs in 2013, and 87 dogs in 2014. So far 2015 is looking GREAT! As you can see, the growth has been exponential. We have our growing family of foster homes and dedicated volunteers to thank for these impressive numbers. Foster and volunteers are the backbone to our rescue. We could not do what we do if it was not for them. If you would like to volunteer or foster, please email us at or for more information.

Q: Why is your adoption area limited? Can I still adopt if I am willing to drive from…?

RHR adoption areaWe often get these questions from potential adopters, and the answers are "For the dogs" and "No". First and foremost, we are a small (but growing) rescue. This means that our volunteer coverage is limited. Each time we pull a dog, we make a promise to that dog that we will be here for him or her for the rest of their life. If, for any reason, an adopter needs to give up their RHR dog, the dog comes back to us. This means that we may need to drive to the adopter's location to pick that dog up. The distance restrictions are in place to ensure that we can retrieve the dog within a reasonable amount of time. On the chance that we hear that an RHR dog is being mistreated or neglected, we must be in a place to send somebody to check on that dog.

Unfortunately, it is also possible for a RHR dog to end up back in a shelter for any number of reasons. The bottom line is that our adoption area is limited for the safety of our dogs, whether pre- or post-adoption. With 99% of dogs, there will never be an issue. However, we need to be looking out for all of our dogs, including that 1% that need us after they are placed in a new home. As we continue to grow, we are looking to expanding our adoption area as volunteers and resources allow. If you are interested in helping RHR grow, please send an email to

Q: Why do you want to save Rottweilers, aren't they big, mean dogs that randomly attack people?

RottweilersFor those of us who know the Rottweiler breed, all we can do is smile when people ask this. Chances are that at least one of our Rottweilers is lying upside down on the couch, tongue out, feet up in the air, and snoring (loudly). Rottweilers are certainly large, powerful, protective, and often stubborn animals. However, they are also goofy, loving, sensitive, very smart, and loyal. Check out as they provide an excellent overview of the Rottweiler breed. While we are the first to admit they are NOT the dog for everybody, once you fall in love with one, every other breed seems dull in comparison.

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