Looking to Surrender your Dog?

Are you no longer able to care for your Rottweiler or Rottweiler mix?


Does he or she have medical or behavioral issues?


Please read the information below.


Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is a non-profit rescue group that solely relies on foster homes that open their homes to these dogs in a time of need. We do NOT have a kennel or shelter to house these dogs. We are NOT professional trainers with decades of experience rehabilitating intense behavioral issues. We do NOT have an endless supply of money. We ARE, however, a dedicated group of people who love and respect the Rottweiler breed and, when we are able, we will do everything we can to help. Most of our dogs are rescued from kill shelters when their "time is up", which means they are about to be euthanized for no other reason than the shelter is out of space. We have a very limited number of foster homes dedicated to saving these dogs. This is the primary reason we are unable to help many owner surrenders – there are simply too many dogs to save and too few foster homes available.


Wake County Animal Center put together a great page regarding alternatives to surrendering your pet (http://www.wakegov.com/pets/shelter/Pages/surrender.aspx). The most common reasons for giving up a pet are: moving, behavioral issues, and financial hardship. If you are dedicated to keeping your family together, there are resources to help make that happen! If you would like help finding housing or a good behaviorist, please feel free to ask us. We are always eager to help keep families together.


WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE IN BITE HISTORY DOGS. Unfortunately, due to legalities, we are unable to take in any dog that has a documented bite history, regardless of the circumstances of that bite. It is often unfair to the dog and we understand that. There are no exceptions to this rule.


If your dog is very elderly and has multiple health issues and you are no longer able to care for him/her, please do right by the dog and have him/her humanely euthanized at your vet with you by his side. Nobody wants to make this decision. Nobody. It is heartbreaking. However, the stress of being rehomed or being put in a shelter is often unbearable for an older dog. They will die alone and scared. If you are moving and unable to take your 12 year old Rottweiler with you, who has joint issues, can't hear or see, and has trouble walking, please do right by your dog. He has stood by you his entire life, return the favor for the last day of his. If you need help finding a vet, please contact us. We know how difficult this decision can be and we will help you in any way we can.


If you have read through the above information and feel that none of the above applies to your situation, and you need additional help with your Rottweiler, please email us at fosters@rottweilerheartsrescue.org