Surrender a Weimaraner

Thank you for inquiring about our rescue program here at Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue.

We do take owner surrenders into our rescue program as space and resources permits. The first step to bringing your dog into the GLWR rescue program is to review the following information about our program and if interested in our services, completing and returning the attached owner relinquishment forms.

Here are some answers to common questions about GLWR and our owner surrender and adoption practices, policies and procedures:

Who or what is Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue?
Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue is an all-volunteer foster home based group and our mission is the rescue and placement of Weimaraners in the Great Lakes Region. We are a private foundation that was formed in May 2005 and are a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We strive to provide a safe haven for Weimaraners that are in need of finding a new home.

We are home based in West Michigan and service the five surrounding states in the Great Lakes region (MI, OH, IN, IL, and WI) as well as several provinces in Ontario, Canada. We are affiliated with many other groups and work in cooperation with a network of humane societies, animal shelters, animal control facilities and other dog rescues in these and other states as well as with owners needing to relinquish their dog.

The volunteers of GLWR sacrifice daily to give each dog a chance to enjoy a good life. GLWR adheres to a no-kill philosophy, and we will never euthanize a dog to make space for another. The waiting list for Weimaraners in need never ends and we do all we can to take dogs in before they, well, cease to need us anymore.

At GLWR, we believe in doing everything possible to help a dog make the transition as easy as possible to their “forever” home.

Whether it is getting information from you, their owner, about your dog’s history, personality and behaviors; working with you to arrange a safe and expedient transport; providing the necessary and appropriate Veterinary support to ensure the dog’s health and medical needs are attended to, helping the dog to settle into their temporary foster home until we can identify a “forever” home for him or her to following up routinely after the adoption to ensure that they stay happy and healthy.

We are here for the Weimaraners and the Weimaraners alone. Our reward lies not in the accolades of being “rescuers”, but in the gratitude we see in the bright, loving eyes of dogs that once were sad, dejected and without hope or whose only other alternative may be a life in a shelter kennel while they await an unknown fate.

Why should you consider a breed specific rescue as a placement option for your Weimaraner?
A breed rescue organization is a safe alternative to help your dog find a new home. GLWR is made up of people who not only love the Weimaraner breed, but are experienced with handling all the aspects of their care. Re-homing a Weimaraner on your own can be a difficult and precarious process as there are many people who present themselves as genuinely interested private adopters yet are obtaining the animal for other purposes such as to sell for research, for use as bait dogs to support dog fighting enterprises, for re-sale to private parties, and for breeding purposes if they are still intact, etc. If you do decide to seek a new home for your dog on your own please proceed cautiously and, for your dog’s sake, take the time to screen your prospective adoptive home thoroughly.

Animal Shelters, control facilities and impounds are also another possible option. However, there are some things that the general public may not be aware of when leaving an animal at a local shelter or animal control facility. Shelters today are so overcrowded that many dogs are destroyed on the same day that they arrive. By law, strays must be kept for a specific period of time for their owners to reclaim them. These time limits vary by State and by governmental jurisdiction; some are as short as 24 hours others may be as long as 10 days or more. Some facilities will keep all adoptable animals as long as space is available. Dogs turned in by their owners aren’t protected by State animal impound laws, only stray animals are. Most animals that enter shelters have a very poor prognosis for being saved.

Reports show that only 1 in 10 animals that enter a shelter will be fortunate enough to come out alive. Shelters don’t want to kill all these animals but they have no choice. When new stray animals come in space must be made available to house them, often times this means that owner surrendered dogs must be euthanized to make space for the others.

There are thousands of animals born every day and there are just not enough homes for all of these animals. Many owners believe that if their dog is a purebred that it will find a home after entering a shelter. However, being a purebred will not necessarily help your dog’s chances of adoption. In fact, statistics show that an average of 40% of the dogs in shelters these days are purebreds. So, sending your Weimaraner to a shelter in the hopes that your dog will find a good home is an unlikely and unrealistic belief. You may in fact be signing his/her death warrant. For those reasons and many more, we at GLWR thank you for choosing to consider breed specific rescue as a safe option to help find your dog find a new home.

How does the owner relinquishment process work and what happens when my dog enters the GLWR re-homing program?
Once you have made the decision to surrender your dog to GLWR and your paperwork has been received and reviewed and your dog has been accepted into the GLWR re-homing program timing is determined and transport arrangements are made with you to physically move your dog to one of our intake foster homes. Once your dog arrives he/she is given a minimum of two weeks time at our intake home to settle in and let us get to know them prior to being made available for adoption. Some dogs may require more time to work on behaviors that need to be reconditioned, have medical needs that require they stay with us longer or simply need more time to acclimate and adjust to the changes in their lives.

There is no time limit set for a new arrival and each dog and their individual needs are considered. While in our care, every dog will pay a visit to our rescue veterinarian for a wellness check. During the exam, they will have a physical and overall health check, along with any needed vaccines updated, be checked for Heartworm/Lyme/Erlichia and receive a microchip (if not previously chipped). If your dog is not already altered, an appointment for spay or neuter surgery will be scheduled for them.

Understanding your dog’s likes, dislikes and individual personality is important to helping us assist them with finding the right new family and home. Therefore, a behavioral assessment is an important step in the GLWR re-homing process. At GLWR, every one of our dogs is treated as an individual and their needs are considered on a personal basis. This helps us to ensure that we are able to provide the best possible physical, mental and emotional care for them while they are with us as they move forward on their journey to finding a new home that is going to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment suitable for their individual temperament and specific needs.

How do you approve someone to adopt my dog? How will I know that my dog will find a suitable home?
We have an extensive application process for all adopters. We require first that all potential adopters fill out and return and in-depth written application, next we perform veterinary and personal reference checks, then an extensive phone interview is conducted and lastly, we do a physical home visit to verify the suitability of the actual home environment before we will consider placing one of our Weimaraners with them. If all results are positive, the family will then speak at length with one of the GLWR staff and/or one of our foster homes regarding their family activities, environment, work schedules, activity types and levels, dog ownership history etc. and may receive one or more recommendations on dogs that may be suitable and a good fit for their home. Available dogs and approved families are matched up and meet to see how everyone gets along and interacts together.

All prospective new families must travel and come to meet the dogs in their current foster home environment to ensure that the dogs are where they feel the most comfortable and can be themselves. We do not ship dogs and we do not place a dog without seeing the dog interact with the family and their animals (if they have any other pets). The dogs are all placed on a “lifetime adoption contract” and we track our dogs throughout their lives in their new homes. When a dog is adopted, he/she is sent home with a take home pack that will contain at minimum; a personalized folder with the adoption contract, relevant medical and behavioral information, and general information to help the new adopter acclimate their Weimaraner to his/her new life. It will also contain toys, treats, a new collar and leash, transfer kibble and foods, one month of Heartworm medication, and a blanket. Once our dog goes home, we stay in touch with our families to ensure that all is going well and everyone is getting acclimated to each other.

We assist our new adopter with any advice, suggestions or information that they need to help settle their new family member into his/her new home to make the transition as comfortable and stress free as possible. Our goal is to make the adoption process a rewarding one and a good experience for all involved. We are proud to say that we have successfully re-homed more than 900 Weimaraners in the last 11 years. As the past owner, after relinquishment, you are always welcome to contact GLWR either via phone or e-mail to obtain a status report and update on your dog at any time.

I like what I have read about GLWR and the surrender process so far…what are the next steps?
If after reviewing our practices and procedures you are still interested in releasing your dog to GLWR for re-homing then you will need to fill out and return the paperwork listed below. Acceptance into the re-homing program is dependent on a number of factors: such as the present adoptability of your dog (i.e. does the dog need behavioral retraining due to issues like dog/people aggression any kind of bite history, age, medical needs, physical condition etc.), space availability, transport availability, owner’s individual needs and urgency, etc.

We process owner intakes on the basis of available openings and when we receive the completed owner relinquishment form. Therefore, the sooner you can return the form the more likely you can secure a place for you dog. It helps to know what time frame we have to work within when determining our intake list priorities, so it is important for you to please be sure to indicate what time frame your dog must be moved within. Please understand that we try to handle new intakes as quickly as possible, but situations can change daily…a shelter dog’s life may become at risk requiring an immediate response by GLWR and thereby interrupting the planned intake schedule. So please be patient and understand that the time it takes may be as little as only a day or two or it could possibly be a few weeks or more before transferring your dog into our program may be possible.

Once we receive the completed preliminary owner relinquishment form back we will review it and contact you via e-mail and/or telephone to talk with you about your dog’s eligibility for our program as well as timing and transport arrangements. Required paperwork to start the relinquishment/surrender process is as follows:

1. A completed copy of the attached GLWR Owner Interview and Intake Survey
2. A picture of your dog (digital is preferred)
3. An original or copy of all veterinary and canine (AKC etc.) records. If your dog is AKC registered please be sure to sign the back of the registration form. Please contact your veterinarian and ask them to email the records directly to GLWR at: if possible.
4. Any other pertinent information that you may have regarding your dog and its history.

Once we review the preliminary paperwork we will make a decision of whether we can take the dog into the rescue. At that time we will send you a relinquishment contact.

We know that the decision to surrender your Weimaraner can often be a very difficult and heart wrenching decision for many owners and we applaud you for taking the steps to find a secure and safe venue for re-homing your dog. Should you decide to entrust your Weimaraner and his/her care to GLWR please know that we will do our very best to provide your dog with the support needed to find a suitable new “forever” home.

Again, thank you for your inquiry into our rescue program. We hope this will answer any questions you may have regarding our rescue. However, if you have any further questions regarding our intake or placement policies/practices please feel free to call us or e-mail us anytime. GLWR Relinquishment Coordinator contact information is listed below.

SCAN and E-MAIL COMPLETED FORMS/RECORDS TO: or fax them to us at 1-800-640-1617.

Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, Inc.
Toll Free: 1-877-SAV-A-WEIM (877-728-2934)
Rescue E-Mail:

Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, Inc.
A federally recognized charitable non-profit 501(c)(3)organization

Adopting a dog will certainly not change the entire world, but it will certainly change the entire world for that one dog.
Adoption is the very best option!