relevant sections or the Contacts page
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 has been 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
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
RWA operates 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. RWA does not
have its own rescue centre but encourages owners of dogs that need to be rehomed to continue to
keep their dog 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 in as as a stray they are housed in a number of approved kennels
throughout the country whilst waiting for a new home. The
kennels are all experienced with Rottweilers and are Welfare
representatives. Some dogs are also fostered in homes if kennels
are not appropriate. 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. A requirement of our adoption
policy is that if for any reason or at any time a dog needs to be
returned RWA will take it back. All dogs depending on
their circumstances will be neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated
before being rehomed. Dogs that cannot be neutered
prior to being rehomed, will need to be neutered by the new owner
within 6 months and a spaying form returned to us.
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, the loss of a job or
home, a child developing an allergy, 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. These are
only a some of the reason, but it is our
policy to ensure that these Rottweilers get a chance to start a
new life and be loved.
Information on adopting
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
- undertake to keep the dog in good health and give it
good care. This includes providing all the necessary
veterinary care and 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.
Please read these notes carefully!
- 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
- 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.
So you still want a Rottie than
please consider giving one of our dogs a home.
We try to the best of our ability 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, but when applying to adopt a dog, if a suitable dog is not
available your name will be added to our waiting list until a
suitable dog arrives. 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.
application to rehome a dog
it to us or post it to the address on the bottom of the form.
You can also ring our Welfare lines: 01782 395558 or 01732
841082 to discuss your application to rehome a dog. Please ring at a suitable
time, and 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.
To be able to continue our work, the
RWA needs support. A voluntary 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 young children unless we know that the dog has
lived with children of the same age range and is accustomed to
If you need to rehome
your dog, download our rehoming form
and return it by email or post. You can also email us
for help at
or call 01782 395558 or 01732 841082. If not answered you can
leave a message on the answerphone, 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
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
or call 01782 395558.
and Care Scheme
been established to provide Rottweilers with long term care.
Share the Responsibility, Care for a Rottweiler. By
joining our scheme and donating a voluntary 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
Sponsorship scheme allows people to sponsor an individual dog for veterinary
care, kennelling costs or just a special treat. So if you do not
wish to commit to a fixed amount each month this may be your way
of helping us.
RWA Puppy Donation
We run a scheme whereby breeders voluntary donate the
sum of £10 to RWA for every puppy they breed that is sold and/or
contribute a voluntary amount after a dog is used at stud. We
would very much welcome your inclusion in this scheme and if you
feel you are able to help please contact Olive Davison, RWA
Puppy Donation Scheme Co-ordinator on 07913 540321 or e-mail on
for further detail. Please DO NOT donate online for this
scheme. We are grateful to those that contribute and
all donation will be used to help and maintain Rottweilers which
are in the unfortunate situation of being in our care. Any
donations made will be acknowledged in the breed notes on a
Find all RWA forms for download.
section is for you to
find out what places we will
be attending to raise money. We are always looking for people to
help us with these events. If you are running your own event to
raise money for us, let us know and it can be added to our
website. Whether interested in helping or you wish to add an
is where you will find
ways to raise funds for us.
are our rehomed rescued rotties.
and others success stories. Send us your story and picture
about your RWA Rottie and how it is getting on. Email
is where you can read about how some of our dogs cope with a
Please send us photos of your Rotties to
include. All Rotties very welcome, whether rescued or not.
Remembrance pages is dedicated to our Rotties that have gone to Rainbow Bridge.
If you would like to add your Rottie to our Remembrance page,
please send a photo and a small poem or short piece to
We are happy to add all Rotties whether rescued or not. If you
have not got a scanner or digital camera than email us for
details of where to send pictures and we will be able to do it
section is about
articles on hip replacement,
cruciate ligaments and other health related information.
A list of links to relevant sources of information that might be
of interest, including the Breed Clubs.
Our forum is a place to obtain information on a range of
subjects, chat to like-minded people who are friendly, helpful
and knowledgeable about Rotties. We do not tolerate using these
facilities to advertise puppies or adults for sale, exchange or
rehoming. Advertising other goods is not allowed and the site
is strictly monitored. If you wish to chat about your rottie or
get info this is the place to be, if though you wish to argue,
be rude, etc this is not the place to be.