The Rottweiler Welfare Association, is a not-for-profit organisation, and was started in 1979 to find good homes for Rottweilers. The association is completely run by volunteers and is a registered charity since 1981. Our logo says – ‘It begins here’ and we firmly believe that a dog deserves to get a second chance and find its forever home.

The aims of the association are to:

  • Rescue abandoned and neglected Rottweilers and help those who are unwanted
  • Provide all necessary care, treatment and rehabilitation
  • Assess these dogs for adoptability and find suitable homes for them

The dogs we rescue are given up for many reasons: now an adult and no longer the cute puppy this dog is perceived as a nuisance and is simply abandoned. A dog is neglected due to the owner not being able to afford the veterinary fees or food for it to eat. Others need to be helped to find new homes due to the owner dying or being terminally ill, the loss of a job or home, a child developing an allergy, a couple having a baby, a family break up and those who are moving house and are unable or unwilling to take the dog with them. Then of course there are the cruelty cases, dogs beaten for no reason, or shut up in a shed all day or left tied to a lamppost. It is our policy to ensure that these Rottweilers get a chance to start a new life and be loved.

When applying to adopt a dog you may need to be prepared to have your name added to a waiting list. To the best of our ability we try to match each dog with the most suitable owner. The length of time you wait depends on your requirement of a dog as well as the dog’s requirements of an owner. If you are flexible about the dog’s age, sex and distance you will travel, your wait may be less.

We operate nationwide and have many years of experience in rehoming Rottweilers. We are not associated with any other Rottweiler rescue organisation, but will try to assist anyone that contacts us for help.

We do not have our own rescue centre but have a system whereby we encourage owners of dogs that need to be rehomed to continue to keep their dog for as long as possible until a new suitable home can be found, thus minimising the stress and anxiety on the dog. If a dog needs to be removed from the home for whatever reason or comes to us as a stray we use a number of approved kennels throughout the country for this purpose. Our main kennels are just outside Stoke, but we also have dogs in Wales and use foster homes in various parts of the country.

The people running these kennels are all experienced with Rottweilers and are Welfare representatives. In some cases a dog would be fostered until a suitable home is found, as it might need to go into a home rather than into a kennel environment. All dogs that need a new home are assessed by us, so we can match the right dog to the right owner and vice versa. All prospective new homes are also checked.  It is a requirement of our adoption policy that we will always take a RWA dog back if it needs to be returned for whatever reasons.

The Charity has a neutering policy and all dogs depending on their circumstances will be neutered before being rehomed, they will also be micro-chipped and vaccinated. Dogs that cannot be neutered before being rehomed, will still need to be neutered by the owner within 6 months, but payment can be made direct to the vet as part of our neutering programme.

Because our rescued Rottweilers are very special to us we insist upon finding them the very best forever homes. To be considered as an adopting owner you must:

  • have a home check from an authorised officer of the RWA
  • undertake to keep your dog as a household pet. Rottweilers are sociable dogs and require human companionship and should not be kept away from human company.
  • undertake to keep the dog in good health and give it good care. This includes providing all the necessary veterinary care and comprehensive insurance. Proper care of the dog includes assuring that it has fresh water and food, appropriate sleeping quarters in a space of its own. Proper socialisation, training, exercise, play, given it attention and undertake grooming.
  • have a high fenced yard/garden or an appropriate secure area for the dog to use. Tying dogs outside to a post, tree, or clothes line or promising to always accompany the dog in an unfenced yard are not acceptable alternatives to fencing. This is necessary to ensure the dog’s safety as well as having consideration for your neighbours.
  • be willing to have third party liability insurance
  • return the dog to Rottweiler Welfare if for any reason you can no longer keep it. The dog must never be sold or given away to anyone including family members.
  • comply with any laws and regulations as laid down by the Government, in respect of Rottweilers.


  • The Rottweiler is a large, strong, intelligent and determined dog which, like all dogs, needs to be socialised, trained properly and controlled at all times.
  • No one should own a Rottweiler if he/she is not absolutely sure that they can control such a dog and are willing and able to devote time and effort to teach the dog good basic manners.
  • The Rottweiler has a natural guarding instinct without being encouraged to be aggressive. NO owner should take the action to encourage the Rottweiler’s natural guarding instincts.
  • No Rottweiler should be in the sole charge, even for a limited period of time, of a person e.g. child, who is not capable of controlling it, either physically or mentally.
  • When taking a Rottweiler, or any other dog out in public, it is of paramount importance to show consideration for other people, animals and livestock.
  • Any person who owns a Rottweiler should be aware that he will be devoted to and feel protective towards his household. This should be born in mind when children are playing, people arguing or visitors are calling.

If after reading all this you are still want a Rottie than please consider giving one of our dogs a home. Download our application to rehome a rottie form as a Word document or a pdf file and email it to us or post it to the address on the bottom of the form. To go to our Forms page You can also ring our Welfare lines: 01538 723330 or 07960 930864 to discuss adoption.  Please ring at a suitable time, and if be prepared to leave a message on the answerphones.  You can also email us for further details at When emailing us it is helpful to include your name, telephone number and what area of the country you reside in. Dogs now come into care almost on a daily basis and the website gets updated regularly. Under no circumstances will a dog be rehomed to any place other than a home environment. If after you have adopted your dog you require help and advice with your adopted Rottweiler we are only a phone call or email away.


To be able to continue our work, the RWA needs support. A donation will be greatly appreciated when adopting one of our dogs. All donations help with kennelling costs and the care of the dogs.


It is our policy not to place a dog into a home with children under 5 years old.


If you need to rehome your dog, you can also email us at or call 07368 336092 or 07960 930864. If not answered you can leave a message on the answer phone, but be prepared to listen to the message as it may give you other numbers to ring. 

We cannot rehome dogs that have been aggressive or are shown to have aggressive responses. please be aware that your dog may be placed on a waiting list as our kennels are normally full. 

We ask you to keep your dog as long as possible, but all situations though will be considered individually. When taking a dog into care for rehoming we would be grateful for a voluntary donation towards the cost of keeping the dog in our kennels, as it can take several weeks or months to find the right home. No dog though once accepted into our care is turned away because of money.


Could you help us by fostering one of our rescued dogs in your home. You must be people experienced in the breed and you would be subject to a home visit by a Welfare Officer. You must also have household insurance for third party cover. If you are interested please email us at

The Share and Care Scheme  has been established to provide Rottweilers with long term care. Share the Responsibility, Care for a Rottweiler.

By joining our scheme and donating a fixed amount each month, funds will always be available for dogs that find themselves in Welfare who may have no prospect of a safe and permanent home in the near future, because they may be unsocialised, elderly or have a long term non fatal illness.

These dog on the Scheme sometimes take just that much longer to find a suitable forever home, but in this way they are cared for without draining our main fund.