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ROTTS ROTTWEILER RESCUE
What is ROTTS?
R.O.T.T.S. (Rottweiler Owners Together Taking Steps), Inc. is an Atlanta
based rottweiler rescue group that works within the state of Georgia to
find good homes for deserving rottweilers, who through no fault of their
own, find themselves in need of a helping hand.
We accomplish this through referrals and by taking dogs into foster care
until permanent homes can be found. Potential owners are screened for
suitability and follow-ups are made to ensure that both the new owner
and the dog are satisfied with their new relationship.
Our goal is to rescue and find permanent, loving homes for rottweilers
in the Atlanta area and around Georgia. If you are interested in adopting
a rescued rottweiler, please visit our Available
SURRENDERING A ROTTWEILER
If you are considering surrendering a rottweiler that you own, READ
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE YOU CONTACT US!
- We wish our rescue group had enough volunteers to take in every unwanted
or homeless rottweiler that we are contacted about. The reality is there
are not enough foster homes to take in all but a few of the dogs we
are contacted about because there are very few people involved with
rottweiler rescue in the state of Georgia.
ROTTS IS NOT A SHELTER where you can drop
off your unwanted dog! Our rescue group is made up of UNPAID
VOLUNTEERS. We are involved with rescue because
we deeply love our breed. It is our passion. We are pet owners, just
like you are, not a publicly funded organization. For most people that
contact us about surrendering a dog, please understand that the waiting
list can be long.
Urgent messages or threats of taking your dog to the pound are not what
motivates us to rescue a dog. Understand that we work full time jobs,
and have lives outside of rescue, therefore we do not read emails or
check voicemails every day. We simply cannot save every single dog that
we are contacted about, and we can't drop everything to rush to your
house to rescue your dog. Your pet became your responsibility when you
purchased, found or adopted him/her. Do your dog a favor and if you
know your circumstances are changing, make plans for your dog far enough
in advance to find him/her a good home. Only when you have exhausted
all of your options should you contact rescue.
If your only option is to turn your dog over to a rottweiler rescue
group, please understand that you must have patience and some time for
the details to be worked out. Your decision to give up your dog probably
did not happen overnight, so do not expect us to react with urgency
when it comes down to lack of planning ahead.
First, a foster home must be available for your dog. Second,
your dog must be an acceptable candidate for rescue. Any dog
taken in by our rescue group MUST have a temperament
evaluation done by an experienced rottweiler rescuer, professional canine
behaviorist, professional dog trainer, or licensed veterinarian before
ever being considered for rescue.
- ROTTS does not accept dogs with a bite history or a history of aggression
under any circumstances. Unfortunately, there is no magic that can make
the influence of bad genes, poor training and lack of socialization
go away. Sometimes these factors combine to create a vicious or unpredictable
dog. These dogs are not candidates for rescue. If you have such
a dog and you are compelled to give him/her up, the best thing for you
to do is put your dog to sleep. Please do not try to make the problems
you have with your dog someone elses problem, or someone elses liability.
We understand that not all dogs that have bitten once are aggressive.
We also understand that the circumstances surrounding a bite incident
or act of aggression must be evaluated and considered. However, if this
is a recurring behavior with your dog, we urge you to speak to your
vet, or consult a professional canine behaviorist or trainer. With some
dogs, training and modifying your behavior can correct aggression
so you can safely keep your dog. Sometimes the best solution is to euthanize
the dog. Again, dogs that are aggressive or have a bite history are
not candidates for rescue.
Some people believe that by not disclosing the dog's history, that
his/her chances at rescue will be better. Even if your dog makes it
into rescue, most of us have owned and rescued rottweilers for many
years and we have trained, rehabilitated, and helped more dogs than
you can shake a stick at. We are also pretty darned good at evaluating
temperament, and rescued dogs typically live in a foster home for several
months before being rehomed. If your dog is a biter or is aggressive,
he/she will not be rehomed and will be euthanized by ROTTS.
- ROTTS is not a free or low cost veterinary clinic for dogs. The fact
is we get precious little in monetary donations, and our rescuers regularly
dip into their own pockets to cover the expenses of foster dogs, not
to mention the costs they have associated with the care of their own
dogs. Your veterinarian can refer you to organizations to which you
can apply for a low interest loan to cover your pet's medical expenses.
In cases of true financial hardship, there are organizations to which
you can apply to for assistance. ROTTS is not one of these organizations.
We do not make ANY donations to help you cover
the costs of medical care or surgery for your dog. We do not dispense
free heartworm medication, flea preventatives, or vaccinations.
Vet care is part of pet ownership, just as healthcare is part of parenting.
If your dog is old and suffering, please, put an end to that suffering.
It is hard to do, but you have to consider the quality of your dog's
life. If he/she can no longer get around on their own or your dog is
in pain, they are not enjoying their life. Please be responsible and
do the right thing by your dog.
- ROTTS is a purebred rottweiler rescue.
Most of our donations come from other rottweiler lovers that support
purebred rottweiler rescue. It is difficult enough for us to find good,
qualified homes for purebred rottweilers. We can't take on rottweiler
mixes because 1) people don't look to purebred rescues for mixed breed
dogs, and 2) we do not have the financial resources to rescue every
dog that is mixed with a rottweiler.
Every dog that is fostered means a place for another homeless dog is
taken. The sad reality is that mixes take longer to find homes. If we
take on mixed breeds, we simply do not have enough room to take on a
purebred rottweiler that also need a foster home.
- If you would like to have your dog considered for rescue, we require:
1) clear, recent photographs to accompany EVERY
rescue request; 2) veterinary records that include vaccination history
and health history; 3) the reason why you wish to surrender your dog;
and 4) a temperament evaluation. If you meet the above criteria for
rescue, contact Irina
Clow or Diane
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED
ROTTS is always in need of good foster homes in the Atlanta area, and
around Georgia. If you are interested in providing a foster home for a
homeless rottweiler, please contact Irina Clow or Diane
All foster homes must be interviewed, inspected and provide veterinary
Click here to view Second Chance
video, a reason to foster a homeless rottweiler.