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Rottweiler Hearts Rescue

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Mission: Mission Statement: Rottweiler Hearts Rescue (RHR) is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Rottweilers, placing them in safe and loving homes, and educating the public on the Rottweiler breed and responsible pet ownership.

Results: As of October 2018, we have saved over 350 Rottweilers and/or Rottie mixes. We are currently assisting is finding help and homes for dogs affected by Hurricane Florence.

Target demographics: rescue rottweilers from shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 25+ rottweilers and rottie mixes and more than 20 families.

Geographic areas served: the Carolinas and Virginia

Programs: the rescue, rehabilitation, and careful re-homing of neglected, lost, surrendered, or otherwise homeless Rottweiler dogs along with being dedicated to preventing this by education of responsible dog ownership regarding the proper care and training of Rottweilers.

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23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is an excellent organization that truly goes above and beyond for their animals. Their staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable about rottie’s, and they are super nice people. RHR has helped my organization place rottie’s with their rescue. As well as has helped Burlington Animal Services with their Rottweiler‘s. They try to help as many animals as possible. RHR is one of the best to work with.

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Diane U.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer to transport dogs in need during the summer. (I am a teacher and usually cannot keep it up during the school year.). I was tagged to transport a rottie on their “last” day at shelter. I met Ed and passed off the absolutely precious baby. I am always amazed at how much RHR does. They go above and beyond. I also transported a sweet boy to a foster in Virginia. It is a fantastic organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very involved in the large breed rescue community and Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is a very active rescue in the mid Atlantic area. They are well respected, they have solid vetting and adoption practices, and they prioritize the wellbeing of the animals.

A very serious and reputable organization specialized in Rottweilers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rhr came into my life during my search for a rottie companion.
I was not a new rottie Guardian by any means but relatively new to the area. I found scrubs online and a picture is truly worth a thousand words. True to his name he was a stray full of fly bite lumps bumps and 30 pounds underweight. But I knew he was meant for me. By the time his rescuer got him back from MD animal control my app was being processed. That's been a lifetime ago. Indigo was rescued from a shelter and she became scrubs partner in all things fun and silly over the years. I will always be thankful for the little birdie from rhr who said indigo would make a great friend for scrubs. She was spot on. I found a passion for rotties as a teen that I could not realize until adulthood.I thank the great work of rhr helping me to continue the love of the black and mahogany Angels with paws.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my first rottie from a rescue that morphed into Rottweiler Hearts, I volunteered to have educational tables at my local event days and spread the word about how wonderful rottweilers are; I am way up in western NC so not local enough to be at Rottweiler Heart events but I certainly worked up here to spread their message. I have tried to adopt a rottie from them numerous times that would love cats but most don't and to this day I am still trying to adopt a cat loving rottie and I know my first choice would be Rottweiler Hearts their fosters are great at knowing their foster dogs and sharing that info in order to have a great match. The dogs they save are in so much need and they do such a good job of assessing the dog's needs. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt a rottweiler.

Donor

Rating: 5

An organization that cares deeply about the Rottweiler breed. Excellent communication

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have chosen to support RHR with cross posing for help as well as donations for several years .
This rescue takes in the dogs no one wants. The dogs with medical issues, the old abandoned souls thrown away like trash.
They work with dogs with behavior issues as well.
Any rescue can place a pretty face or a cute puppy. RHR of rescue is to me the Face of Rescue. They are what a rescue should be all about.

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RHR2012 09/29/2020

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Rottie rescue for many years and have adopted dogs from many rescues, including RHR. I liked the people at RHR a lot and admired their dedication, so I started working with their organization a few years ago and am now the President of the rescue. We are dedicated rescuers, who often put in 8 - 10 hour days, and we go the mat for any dog that comes across our radar screen. Thank you so much to all of our supporters!

Wendy M.12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This rescue is what rescueis about they take Rotties from shelters and owner surrenders. They make sure the dogs are placed in the proper home. This organization stands behind every dog that comes through. They are foster based so they know what the animal is like in a home. If you are looking to adopt a rottie you have come to the right rescue.

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RHR2012 09/29/2020

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Connie J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful people who care about finding the right fit for both you and the dog. Very knowledgeable about the breed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! They work so hard to help take dogs out of dangerous, sad and challenging situations to give them a better life and soft place to land. They take great care to vet potential adopters and are very serious about the welfare of the animals. The amount of attention and organization that goes in to some of their rescues is incredible. Highly recommend!

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RHR2012 09/29/2020

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a aco in rural sw Va I've reached out to this rescue a few times. They have stepped up to help when other rescues wouldn't. I can't say enough about their love and care of the Rottweiler breed. Thank you guys for all your hard work!!!

Sandy Starr Fisher S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for Rottweiler Hearts Rescue and my experience has been wonderful. They work around my schedule to place the absolute right dog with me and my rescued rott who is sometimes particular in his fur friends. It is so rewarding to help a rottie be the best dog they can be and them find an amazing furever home.

Tom G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with RHR was limited to one amazing adoption. We became aware of RHR through a photo of a beautiful male Rottweiler named Buddy who had some special needs. We have been active in the rescue community in Colorado for over 7 years and have fostered and adopted our share of dogs during this time. Most notably a blind Rottweiler named Ranger. Ranger joined our pack in January of 2014 having been dumped on the streets, severely abused and recently losing his first eye from his injuries. It was our experience with Ranger that helped us to appreciate the need to rescue dogs with special needs.
In July 2018 my wife was sent a picture of another blind Rottweiler, Buddy, who had been returned to RHR due to an unfortunate change in his original owner's housing situation. The biggest challenge was the RHR is in North Carolina and we live in Colorado.
When we decided to officially apply for adoption of Buddy we had to include a request for an exception to their policy of adopting only to individuals within a six-hour radius of their location. Our adoption and exception request was considered carefully by RHR and included a video conference call with members of RHR’s Board of Directors. In the end, the positive experience we had with our first blind Rottweiler helped pave the way to being approved.
We can’t thank Rottweiler Hearts Rescue for making an exception to their policy, so we could adopt Buddy. He is an excellent addition to our pack and he has filled the void left by Ranger’s passing. Every pack should have a Rottweiler and if you are looking for a reputable, caring rescue to work with you don’t need to look any further than RHR. God bless you for all that you do for this magnificent, often misunderstood breed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful that we found this rescue. I have rarely dealt with a group so committed, organized and downright strong. We adopted our boy, Cupcake, from RHR when he was only 8 weeks old. He had been rescued from certain death with his entire litter at 4 weeks old. It's been 4 years, and we know that RHR helped us complete our family. In this time, I have volunteered on the periphery and have seen a group of people that have learned so much. One of the most important aspects of running a non profit is to learn what you do not know and be willing to learn it. Wow, have they excelled in this.....and in doing so, have become an incredible asset to the breed and rescue in general.

1 Ginny Hall M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had recently lost our rottie at a mere 3 years old to cancer. We were beyond heartbroken. By chance I saw the RHR group and read so many stories of their amazing commitment to so many rottweilers and the families that love them. We were blessed with our Hershey and they came for a home visit to be sure they were giving him to a family that will love and care for him furr-ever. We keep in touch through Facebook and continue to be in awe of their personal sacrifices and continued dedication to helping all the pups that they can possibly can. We are blessed to be a small part of this wonderful, compassionate and inspiring group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Tripawd Zeke from RHR three years ago. They rescued him from a rural shelter despite a wonky leg that clearly needed surgery, very expensive surgery. They were able to see his wonderful personality. He came to me after his leg was amputated. He is energetic, exudes happiness, and never misses that leg! We have become a certified therapy team and especially love to work with kids and veterans. I will be forever grateful to this group who brought me this amazing boy.

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RHR2012 10/11/2018

Zeke was one of the best dogs we've had through the rescue. That boy does not understand the term can't. Nothing ever slowed him down. With your assistance, he has risen to his full potential. Thank you for doing what you do and we love hearing about Zeke's adventures.

1 Lori W.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met our Ryker through RHR! He is very much a member of our family. We have a dog, our dog, that we love very much. He needed a forever home, and we needed him to be a part of ours. My husband and I will be forever grateful to RHR for matching us together with him. The work, dedication and love RHR shows for their rescues is undeniable. The lady that had fostered him kept in touch for a bit to make sure he was doing well. This pic is him happy to be watching over our granddaughter.

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RHR2012 10/11/2018

Thank you so much Lori. It's fantastic to see Riker again. Knowing that we helped your family makes our hearts happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered dogs for this organization as well as adopted a puppy. They are a great organization who is very responsible when it comes to the breed (and all dogs they adopt out). They are concerned about matching the right family and dog and educating the families who adopt them. I highly recommend this rescue!

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RHR2012 10/11/2018

Thank you so much. You jumped into fostering multiple puppies at a time when we really needed it. Thank you for the support and kind words.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the executive director of Vets To Vets United, Inc. We rescue dogs train and partner them with veterans suffering from emotional and/or physical disabilities. Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is a wonderful organization and has helped our charity tremendously by providing us with wonderful dogs that they have rescued for us to train. Two have already graduated for service and therapy in 2018. Their outstanding support and concern for our veterans and the animals that they rescue is clearly evident. All of the staff that I have encountered are professional, loving and caring. We are very appreciative of the hard work that this rescue does to save these precious pups. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this animal rescue.

Dr. Terry Morris

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RHR2012 10/11/2018

RHR couldn't be prouder by working with Vets to Vets United, Inc. We fully support your mission and look forward to a continuing relationship!

3 LaDonna C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We pulled a purebred Rottweiler from our local shelter in 2014. We lost her to cancer in 2016. We knew we wanted to rescue another Rottweiler so the search began. We checked all rescues within a reasonable driving distance without any luck. We were checking back often and suddenly this angel of a dog popped up on the screen. It was love at first sight. RHR picked her up in Florence, SC and brought her to us. They did the home inspection and the meet and greet and the adoption all at the same time. It's been two years now and we love her more than ever. We don't have room to adopt another so we foster for RHR now and sometimes provide transportation. We really like the way they do business always putting the dogs first. We hope to have a relationship with them for many years to come.

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RHR2012 10/09/2018

Thank you LaDonna. You've been wonderful helping of foster a number of dogs. Glad to have you on our team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my oldest daughters dog from RHR. I also have a second dog that I adopted from them last year that is a previous alumni. I love the work they do; they are professional, loving, and passionate about the dogs in their care and go out of their way to make sure all of their dogs go to good homes. I have nothing but amazing things to say about this organization. I am so glad I found them! Stryker and Maverick agree too! Thanks Rottweiler Hearts Rescue for such faithful companions. Kenyatta McNeill

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RHR2012 10/09/2018

Thank you Kenyatta! We love that you foster-failed with Maverick so that Stryker could have a furry brother. Both boys are fantastic.

2 Ariel R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

RHR has been an amazing association to be involved with as both a foster and an adopter. We were matched with our amazing girl, Stella, in 2014 and she was an amazing addition until she passed from cancer in 2017. The amazing thing about RHR is that when you adopt through them you are gaining more than just a fur baby, you gain a community. They check in regularly to make sure things are going smoothly and are always willing to offer advice.

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RHR2012 10/09/2018

Thank you Ariel. Our hearts broke when Stella crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You gave her an amazing home. Like so many of our adopters, you've shared your story with others who have felt the same heartbreak. When we say "Welcome to the Rottie Hearts family", we truly mean it.