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.
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.
About Animal Shelters
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"
1.You can continue to live with your dog as he is.
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.
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:
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.