Frequently asked questions
Why don't you have a phone number on your website?
We are all volunteers who volunteer when our free time allows. Between juggling full-time jobs, families, and volunteering for rescue, we are not able to offer phone support. When we do provide a phone number, it is a home phone number for our volunteers and not a line dedicated to the rescue because we cannot afford to pay for phone service solely for the rescue. We are normally always checking email, so we prefer this method of contact. Please know that even without a phone number, we will respond to you as quickly as we are able.
Why don't you have an address on your website?
We do not have a facility to house the weims. Instead we rely on people like you to open up their homes to our weims. These are called foster homes. Foster homes are volunteers. They have full-time jobs, families and a personal life. They are not able to have people just drop-by their homes to meet the weims. Instead, we offer meet-and-greets nearly every weekend so that you can come by and meet the weims. To see our meet-and-greet schedule, please visit our Events page. Some dogs stay with their owners until a new home can be found. When an owner can not house the dog and we do not have enough foster homes, the dogs are placed in boarding facilities around the Denver metro area.
Where are these dogs located?
The dogs found on this site are all located in the Denver, Colorado area. Due to a limitation in funds for rescue, these dogs will only be placed in Colorado and surrounding states that do not have a Weimaraner Rescue Coordinator.weims. Instead we rely on people like you to open up their homes to our weims. These are called foster homes. Foster homes are volunteers. They have full-time jobs, families and a personal life. They are not able to have people just drop-by their homes to meet the weims. Instead, we offer meet-and-greets nearly every weekend so that you can come by and meet the weims. To see our meet-and-greet schedule, please visit our Events page. Some dogs stay with their owners until a new home can be found. When an owner can not house the dog and we do not have enough foster homes, the dogs are placed in boarding facilities around the Denver metro area.
I sent an email, so why haven't I received a response yet?
The small group of people who are responsible for re-homing Weimaraner for MHWR are all volunteers. We have full-time jobs, families and pets of our own to care for. We respond as we are able. Often, emergent situations such as a dog in danger of losing its life is a priority before responding to an email inquiry. Please know that we will respond to your email as soon as we are able, usually within 48 hours. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our How It Works page so that you can understand our process of adopting a weim. Our small group of volunteers love this breed so much that it drives us to help these dogs when we can and in whatever small way we can contribute to the Weims.
Why don't you accept dogs that have bitten a human?
Simple - if you can't trust the dog, how do you expect someone else to be able to trust the dog? Under Colorado Law we cannot rehome a dog that has bitten a human. Period. The liability of a biting dog is such (in Colorado) that you can be held liable for your dog's future actions. Wouldn't you feel awful if your dog killed a child? And, think what would happen when the parents of that dead child hold you accountable for their child's death - you could lose your home and everything you have worked for. If your dog has bitten a human, and you don't want to keep your dog, the best and kindest thing to do is humanely euthanize your dog. Don't pass your problem on to someone else. Be responsible.
How do I go about adopting NOW?
We have a process in place to prevent impulse adoptions. We realize the pictures and stories of the dogs on our website are compeliing, and we are grateful of your interest in adoption. However, many of these dogs are in rescue because of an impulse purchase. Our process requires patience and due diligence because Weimaraners require patience and due diligence. Please visit our How It Works page to understand our process and complete an online application. We want our weims to find the ideal home for them, and we want this to be their forever home.
What is a Meet-n-Greet?
Because the dogs are in different areas of Colorado and are either in the surrendering owner's home, a foster home, or a boarding facility, we have Meet-n-Greets at various locations where pre-approved adopters can meet Weims in need of new homes.
How do Meet-n-Greets work?
When we inform potential adopters about Meet-n-Greets, potential adopters will get the chance to meet and interact with the dogs as well as asking questions about the dogs. Volunteers, foster homes, and owners are at these meet-n-greets to help facilitate the meeting. After the meeting, you will go home and discuss the dogs you've met with your family. If you have a dog you would like to adopt, let one of our volunteers know, we will ensure that the dog is a match for your family, and we will set up a two week trial.
Where is the Adoption Application?
In order to be considered "pre-approved" to adopt, you must read our adoption application packet and then submit our online adoption application. If for some reason you can not complete the online application, we can provide you with an application via mail or email. Once you complete the application and submit (or return) it to us, our rescue committee reviews it and determines if your home is a good fit for a Weimaraner. We also try to determine what would be the appropriate match for your family.
Why do you charge an adoption fee?
We charge an adoption fee to help ensure that the dog will be well taken care of for the rest of the dog's life. Simply put, people value what they pay for. Pets obtained for free or for less than $100 are less likely to be cared for, taken to a veterinarian, and these pets are seen as disposable. Most adopters view the adoption fee as an investment in keeping their new dog healthy and happy. We feel they will be responsible pet owners and more likely to keep the dog for the duration if a substantial fee is paid. We also charge an adoption fee to screen-out the people who cannot afford a dog, and the care that is required for a dog. We have had people ask rescue for a "payment plan" or to reduce the adoption fee. We don't do this because we believe that if an adopter cannot afford the fee, they cannot afford to keep the dog healthy, happy, and groomed. Rescue believes that adopting a dog is a commitment for the life of the dog and also a financial commitment. One question on our application is whether the prospective adopter could afford to pay a minimum of $1,000 a year for the dog. You would be surprised that 1/3 of the applicants say "no". Obviously, those applicants do not get approved. Most adopters view the adoption fee as an investment in keeping their new dog healthy and happy. We feel they will be responsible pet owners and more likely to keep the dog for the duration if a substantial fee is paid.
What does my adoption fee include?
All dogs adopted from MHWR come spayed or neutered, are current on their shots, are tested for heartworms, and will have a microchip implanted and registered.