Rottweiler Rescue & Adoption Guide

Rottweiler rescue gives you a great opportunity to add one of these amazing dogs to your life AND give him/her a much-needed second chance at happiness.

Older Rottweiler dog

There are many, many Rottweilers of all ages waiting patiently for loving, forever homes.

They sit in rescue centers, pounds, shelters and foster homes across the country (and around the world!).

The majority are there through no fault of their own, and will make wonderful family pets and companions – repaying your kindness in licks and love for years to come.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Rottweiler adoptions and rottie rescue, I have all the information, help and resources you need to find the perfect ‘match’.


Rottweiler Adoption – Where To Begin?

There are several options when it comes to Rottweiler rescue.
How many are available to you (or how many Rottweilers are awaiting adoption), can depend on where you live, your home environment, family situation and so on.
When you’re approaching Rottweiler Rescue Groups (or again, any pound/shelter/center etc.) expect to be asked a fair number of questions.

The staff want to place their dogs in good, loving, permanent homes and the best way to do that is be as certain as possible that the dog and new owner are a good ‘fit’.

Also, prepare some questions that you want to ask them.

The responsibility of finding the right dog works both ways!

Rottweiler Rescue Q & A

Here are some of the questions you may be asked by the rescue organizations you talk to.

These aren’t just being asked out of idle curiosity or because the organization wants to know your business.

They’re an important part of the screening process and increase the odds of you finding your dream dog, so answer them honestly!

  • Why do you want to adopt a Rottweiler?
  • Do your rent or own your home?
  • Do you have a fenced yard?
  • Do you have other pets?
  • Are you familiar with the Rottweiler breed?
  • Is someone home during the daytime?
  • How do you plan to exercise your dog?
  • Are your prepared to take this dog to training classes?
  • Is everyone in the family in agreement about this Rottweiler adoption?

There are also some questions that are more specific to Rottweiler rescue than to many other breeds.

These may include….

  • Will your Rottweiler be used as a guard dog?
  • Will your dog be left outside unattended/chained etc.
  • Are you aware that some insurance companies may cancel your homeowner’s insurance if you own a Rottweiler?

There may be more/less/different questions asked by various Rottweiler rescue organizations/adoption centers. But they all have the same aim….. to get the best possible home for their dogs, and a happy ending for everyone involved.

You can increase the odds of this by asking your own questions. After all, you know your home, family and situation better than anyone else, and you know what it is you’re looking for.

Here are a few suggestions as to the questions YOU may want to ask.

Use them as guidelines but don’t be afraid to add your own suggestions.

  • What is the personality/temperament of the dog you’re interested in?
  • What is his/her energy level?
  • Does this Rottie have any specific health issues you need to be aware of?
  • How well socialized (or not) is this particular dog?
  • Is the history/previous ownership of this dog known?
  • Is there a ‘trial’ or ‘grace’ period that gives you the chance to evaluate the dog in your home situation?

There may be a home visit required so that the organization staff can make sure your home/yard is suitable for a Rottie. References, possibly from your veterinarian, may also be needed.

Also, be aware that Rottweiler Rescue Groups, and virtually all animal rescue organizations, charge an adoption fee.

This can range from under $100 to $400 or more, and there may be a mandatory figure or a ‘suggestion’ of a certain amount.

This money does not go to ‘line the pockets’ of the staff, but to help the organization take care of the dogs that come to them.

Rottweiler with woman owner

Often there are far less funds than there are dogs, so be as generous as possible.

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Rottweiler Rescue Organizations

There are many Rottweiler Rescue Groups in the United States, some of them cover only a individual city, others may serve several states.

In addition to these breed-specific groups, many municipal shelters and city pounds have Rottweilers available for adoption from time to time.

You can even search online by using the huge databases of some of the big, national organizations such as the ASPCA, or

To see some of the Rottweilers that are available for adoption right now, take a look at my Rottweiler Rescues page.

If you think that you could open your heart and your home to a lonely Rottweiler then there’s a website that I know you’ll enjoy.

Check out their Rottweiler Rescue page to learn more about giving one of these gorgeous dogs a chance at a loving, forever home.


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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone