Placement Ethics

The integrity and ethical actions of a responsible rescue group go beyond volunteers simply helping dogs find new homes; there are many variables that must be considered. Please click onhttp://www.naiaonline.org/articles/archives/ethics_in_rescue.htm to go to the National Animal Interest Alliance website to gain knowledge of the many facets of rescuing animals ethically.

When You Can't Keep Your Weimaraner

Not long ago, you were thrilled to have a Weimaraner puppy of your very own. You never dreamed that you might have to give him up some day. Your Weimaraner still depends on you to do what's best for him, just like he depended on you when he was a puppy. Now, more than ever, he needs you to take time to think things through and make the right choices for his future.

WEIMARANER RESCUE helps to find new homes for Weimaraners.

Rescuers are unpaid volunteers with full time jobs and families to care for, just like you. They usually do not have kennel facilities nor do they receive financial help from the government. The cost to care for rescued Weimaraners comes out of their own pockets and through the participation of their individual breed clubs. Rescue works with Weimaraners that are given up for adoption by their owners, with dogs that are given up to shelters, or are picked up as strays. Shelter dogs are in need of immediate attention, therefore, private releases (those dogs who are given up by their owners) are given secondary importance in the adoption chain. Why? Because they already have a home and an owner...you. Your Weimaraner is your responsibility. Most of the work in finding him a new, loving, permanent home is up to you. 
If your dog came from a private breeder or individual, your first recourse should be in contacting that breeder or individual immediately. Although he or she may not choose to help you, he has a moral obligation to do so. Members of the Weimaraner Club of America agree to this service when they adhere to the Code of Ethics as set forward by our parent Club. An ethical, responsible breeder/fancier will want to help you and has a right to know what is about to happen to the dog that he or she brought into this world. Finding a new home will not be quick or easy. It takes patience and hard work. This web page is designed to help you decide what is best for your dog, how to prepare him for adoption and how to choose the correct new owner for him. Finding a new home involves several steps, but before you start here are a few things you should know:

About Animal Shelters 
Shelters and Humane Societies were created to take care of the needs of stray and abused animals. They were not intended to be the dumping grounds for people whose pets are no longer convenient, but that is what they have become. Shelters today are so overcrowded that many dogs are destroyed on the same day that they arrive. By law, strays must be kept several days for their owners to reclaim them. Dogs turned in by their owners aren't protected by these laws. Only 1 in 10 animals that enter a shelter will come out alive. Shelters don't want to kill all these animals but they have no choice. For every child born on this day - there will be 15 puppies and 45 kittens born as well. There are just not enough homes for all of these animals. Being a purebred will not help a dog's chances of adoption-40% of the dogs in shelters are purebreds. Sending your Weimaraner to a shelter in the hopes that he will find a good home is wishful thinking...you could in reality be signing his death warrant.

Step One - Soul Searching: There's a big difference between being forced to give up your dog and wanting to "get rid of him". Search your heart for the real reason why he can no longer live with you. Your answer will probably fall into one of two categories:

"People Problems or Dog Problems"

PEOPLE PROBLEMS include moving, death of an owner, divorce, a new baby, allergies, etc. With some planning and forethought, People Problems don't always mean having to give up your dog. It is possible to find rental dwellings, which accept pets; kids and dogs can be raised together; and allergies can be controlled with medication, etc. If you are not sure if you have considered all .of the options, call us. We may be able to give you some ideas or send information that will help you keep your dog. Sometimes you can make temporary living arrangements for your pet that will buy you both a little time to find alternatives. 

DOG PROBLEMS include aggression, house soiling, destructiveness, barking, fighting, bad manners or other undesirable behavior. If you got your dog as a puppy, you must accept the fact that you are at least partly responsible for the way your dog acts now. Any owner whose dog has a behavior problem always has these four options:

1.You can continue to live with your dog as he is. 
2.You can hire a trainer or attend classes to alter his behavior. 
3.You can give your problem to someone else. 
4.You can have the dog euthanized.

Most behavior problems can be worked out if YOU are willing to make the effort. Don't make the mistake of trading this dog for another one that you think will be easier to work with. If you didn't train this one properly, you won't train the next one either. If you'd keep your dog if only he were better behaved - call us - we can help. We have a strong network of Weim fanciers, and all of us, at one time or another, have faced the same problems as you are having now. We can provide training advice, reading material, and refer you to qualified trainers of animal behaviorists to help you with your dog's problems.

Step Two - Temperament Evaluation: Your dog's adoption potential depends mostly on his temperament or "personality". Weimaraners are usually friendly, outgoing dogs with few, if any, temperament problems. 
However, there are Weimaraners that, due to lack of early socialization or other factors may have temperament or personality disorders. You must be realistic about your own dog. Is he outgoing and friendly to almost everyone? Is he unpleasant or aggressive towards strangers? Does he adjust easily to new situations? Has he been exposed to a variety of situations during his lifetime? Has he been raised with children, other dogs, cats? Is he protective of you and your home or is he overly protective? The majority of people who will be looking at your dog as a prospective pet will never have owned a Weimaraner before and their mental picture of the breed will be from a magazine picture or a book illustration …. a large, friendly gray dog who approaches with his eyes shining and his tail wagging. When you love your dog, it is easy to think that everyone else will love him, too. But think, if you were meeting him for the first time, what kind of an impression would he make? Would you want to adopt him?

Step Three - Preparing your Dog for Adoption: Having decided that your dog must really have a new home and that his temperament is suitable for a new owner, take him to your veterinarian for a complete checkup and any necessary vaccinations. IF YOUR DOG HAS NOT BEEN NEUTERED OR SPAYED, DO IT NOW!! Some behavior problems occur because of physical problems and are easily treatable. For example: house soiling can be caused by worms, urinary infections or diabetes. There may be other physical causes as well. Your dog should also have a heartworm check, be heartworm negative, and be on heartworm preventative, as well as having a stool check for worms. ALL owner relinquishments are required to be heartworm checked neg or on preventative before coming into the rescue program. Groom and bathe your dog. Get rid of any fleas. Get rid of that old frayed or rusted collar and buy him same "new clothes". You want him to look his best in order to make a nice impression on prospective adopters.

What goes with your dog to his new home: 

  • His medical records, vaccination records and spay/neuter certificate. 
    Name, address and phone number of your vet.
  • Your dog's toys, bedding or special belongings.
  • A supply of food and treats that he especially loves.
  • An instruction sheet of special needs, feeding, etc.
  • Any other relevant paper work on your dog.

What Weimaraner Rescue Does: Weimaraner Rescue helps to find new homes for abandoned, unwanted and stray Weimaraners. Dogs in Shelters get our first priority. Information and Education is given to Weimaraner owners considering giving up their dog for adoption. If this fails and the dog is given up, Weimaraner Rescue has the present owner sign a release form giving up ownership of the dog to Weimaraner Rescue. Rescue then does the job of screening prospective owners and placing the dog for adoption.

Many of the dogs turned over to rescue come from families with small children and no fences. The adults may work full time, and don't have the time to fulfill the needs of the active Weimaraner. There are no hard and fast rules about good dog owners. I have seen dogs that were placed in homes that were perfect profiles (for Weims), that didn't work out for one reason or another. Often, people describe Weimaraners as 'hyperactive'. Most Weims that get enough interaction and exercise will be calm and gentle. When people don't make the time to interact, the results can be literally disasterous; a bored, unattended Weim can shred a couch in no time. These dogs come in differing ages, from all types of situations. They are spayed or neutered, and are up to date on their veterinary care. A variable fee is charged to help offset these expenses. The dogs are evaluated, and are then placed in suitable indoor homes under contract. Perhaps you own a weimaraner you can no longer care for, and would like to contact rescue to find a new family for your dog.