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Southern States Rescued Rottweilers Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Southern States Rescued Rottweilers, Inc. is dedicated to saving the lives of Rottweilers throughout fourteen southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. We could not fulfill that mission without the efforts of our supporters and hard working volunteers.

Target demographics: Fourteen southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 lost, surrendered and abandoned rottweilers.

Geographic areas served: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Programs: medical treatment, heartworm treatment and educating the public about the misunderstood rottweiler breed.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Corinne Desiree B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have wanted to be apart of this rescue for years but due to being renters I couldn't. My husband and I bought house and I started the process to become a foster for this wonderful breed. Magic came to us as a owner surrender to be foster in July, well he adopted us right from the start and we adopted him.
I have owned Rotties for many years and I love what this rescue stands for! Each baby is different and are handled with great care! I can't be more proud of the work we do!

1 Regina E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Southern States Rescued Rottweilers for my love of the breed and due to the good work they do. They go above and beyond the call for the breed and I am ecstatic to be a part of this group.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Kobe in 2018 from SSRR. It was quite the experience, they really make sure that their adopters are appropriate. Prior to getting Kobe, he had been at a trainer for a period of time due to severe abuse. They really commit money, time and energy to their rescues before they put them up for foster or adoption. I struggle not to adopt another Rottweiler every time they post one on the page! They are a fantastic organization.

1 Alaina G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSRR is an amazing organization to work with! They helped walk me through getting my first rescue. They took time to help me with all of the steps, answer my questions, and even gave me guidance when I would ask years later. Lilly & I will always be appreciative!

1 Carrie F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly love being part of this wonderful rescue organization. They give their hearts to these wonderful dogs and I’m proud to be part of that team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first noticed SOUTHERN STATES RESCUED ROTTWEILERS when I was looking to adopt another Rottie. I read all of their info, checked the comments, but I still wasn't sure, sometimes the internet can be deceiving,lol. But as soon as I talked to someone in person, I knew these people were the real deal. These were Rottie lovers determined to help the breed. They have a high bar for adoptions. They want to make sure the breed and particular dog are right for you, your family and your lifestyle. I adopted Mattis, the biggest, sweetest, goofiest Rottie, and I love him with all my heart! I believe in SSRR so much that I have begun fostering for them. They are always available for questions or problems as an adopter or a foster, with members very knowledgeable about the breed. This is a great rescue!

1 mamundsen

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSRR is a well-run charitable all volunteer organization. They are dedicated to finding great homes for as many Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes as possible. They cover all initial medical costs to ensure that any adopted dog is as healthy as possible. SSRR does all that they can to ensure that the adopted dog and family are a good match, and will follow through with any assistance they can. My husband and I have adopted 2 wonderful dogs through Southern States Rescued Rottweilers.

We volunteer to assist with transports, and participate actively in fundraisers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 wonderful Rottie boys from SSRR. They are a great rescue organization and seem to be willing to work with other rescues to help as many dogs as possible. They do thorough background/vet checks on potential adopters and foster homes. I have stayed in contact with some of the people from SSRR and consider them friends. My husband and I have assisted with transporting dogs to new homes when they are passing through our area. This is a stellar group of people doing great works for our canine friends.

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1 Shaina V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn’t recommend Southern States Rescued Rottweilers Inc. MORE! They are dedicated to helping their beautiful rescues find their perfect fit, they are very responsive and stay on top of things to make it as smooth of a process as possible. Each dog has a profile describing them and they do not mislead you. I found my perfect match thanks to their expertise! Thank you to EVERY volunteer!
Love, Shaina and Bear

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with several non profit organizations and this one by far has the most dedicated passionate group of volunteers that I have had the honor of working with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing, kind, tirelessly working towards saving as many as they can. I have both adopted & fostered with this group. Their sole focus is the safety & happiness of the angels they rescue.

1 Cheryl Squiccimara S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing rescue I have ever dealt with. They always do what is best for the animal, first and foremost. They have saved many who would have most certainly been euthanized without them stepping in. I initially started as a donor, then volunteer, but after being so impressed by them am now a board member. Truly one of the BEST!

The pictures are of my foster. A before and after and a current one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially became involved with SSRR as a donator/supporter of their work. I then became a volunteer, serving as their transport coordinator and have now added the role of foster. This is by far the most professional rescue I have ever dealt with. Every decision is made with the best interest of the animal as the priority. They are honest and very transparent with regards to their decisions on things. They have worked hard to save some animals, who have ended up being adopted in to very loving families, that other rescues would have given up on simply due to the expense. In my opinion, they are the model of what all rescues should be like.

I will continue to support them and volunteer for them as long as I am able!

2 Najah C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to get a rescue from this group. The process was easy but thorough enough to make sure the pup was a good fit for my home. I plan on fostering soon so someone can find their forever pup!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered several Rottweilers through this wonderful organization. A lot of them had medical issues that needed to be addressed and southern states did not hesitate to provide whatever means necessary to restore them back to health. They are a wonderful organization, very well run and organized, aimed at not only helping this wonderful breed but really all dogs.

2 Elaine M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSRR is a very organized and effective rescue group. After a very thorough check, I was approved as a foster for SSRR. I have fostered 2 Rotties so far, both of whom had health issues, one even required Orthopedic surgery, which was about $3000. SSRR paid for all of the necessary Vet care for both dogs. Both dogs, once healthy, went to excellent homes. Homes that SSRR checked out for appropriateness to help ensure a good quality, and life long fit for each dog.
SSRR is often the difference between life and death for abused, and abandoned dogs. This organization is deserving of any and all support that it can get, simply because it truly cares about the welfare of all dogs and demonstrates that daily through its actions.
Here are 3 photos of my last foster, one before SSRR took her in and then after their excellent care. Just so everyone can see their results. This is just one example of the many dogs SSRR has saved.

2 Tori7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSRR is a well-organized rescue that really puts its dogs at number 1. This is true for the entire life of the dog, no matter what. Once a dog is an SSRR dog, he or she is safe for life and the rescue is truly committed to ensuring its health, happiness, and well-being. They are meticulous and thorough with choosing who is lucky enough to adopt an SSRR dog all to ensure the best possible home for each pup. Also, the rescue has a large network across 14 states so is able to help many more dogs as a result. They are great to work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with SSRR since 2004 and have been impressed by the organization, dedication, and devotion all the volunteers and board members have toward recusing this special breed. Spanning 14 states, SSRR is able to reach far and wide to save more dogs than other rescues I’ve worked with. With them I’ve fostered over a half dozen dogs and have adopted another three to become part of my family. SSRR is committed to their dogs from day one til the end of their lives. No question this is a top notch group.

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3 Scott B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a sweet rottweiler mix and the process was very thorough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with many shelters and rescues and have to say, this one is by far my Favorite! They truly care about the animals they take in and it shows with in every decision they make. They don't just try to find a home, they try to find the furever home! Run by volunteers only, they save and change lives, daily! I currently have two fosters with SSRR and can say they received all the medical attention they needed, and promptly! Any applicants are carefully screened and I love that! We put a lot of time, effort and love into each of these babies and it pays off when you see them placed in their furever homes.

They also will not turn an animal away just because it has medical problems, instead the fundraising begins! One of my fosters needed emergency medical and it was approved without hesitation. Many people complain about paying "so much" to rescue a dog and if it was really a rescue, it would be less. Well, just for my foster alone, I can assure you, her adoption fee does not even begin to cover her medical expenses and that is the case with many of our intakes.

Please consider supporting this rescue, there are so many different ways you can help: adopt, foster, transport, volunteer and donate. Volunteers are valued because none of this could happen without them. Volunteers save lives and if you love Rottweilers, this Rescue is for you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a rescuer, which means my money and time are limited to help others who rescue. However, I believe it takes everyone pulling together, in the same direction, to save as many animals as possible. I have sat quietly for a few years just watching what SSRR does and how they do it. I have rescued dogs for more than 30 years, so I think I have some knowledge of what it takes to do it right. In my opinion, Southern States Rottweiler Rescue is one of the finest rescue organizations around today. While they love the Rottweiler breed, they help with all breeds. So uncommon with breed specific rescues. But, they are uncommon. Worth having their name and rescues told round the world. I have donated to several of their individual rescues, sent product for sales, share their posts as often as possible, and, would volunteer as a foster if I did not already have 3 long-term fosters, plus my own dogs. This is an exceptional organization, with an outstanding team from the top down. I hope you will find the same. Thank you.

4 Katina L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSRR is an amazing organization. Right from the start, everyone involved was engaged and answered all of our annoying questions. The foster families even sent us pictures of our new FURbaby every time we asked for one! We are so lucky to have Angus and if it wasn't for SSRR, we wouldn't have such a wonderful addition to our family. The way Beth and Alex took care of Angus and his siblings is a true testament to the quality foster/volunteer system of SSRR.

The part of the process that we really appreciated was the due diligence that SSRR did on us and our family. We would recommend SSRR to ANYONE, regardless of whether they wanted a rottweiler. Their client service and caring approach is TOP NOTCH. A++++++++.

1 Tonya G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I transported Tiger many years ago. I've been transporting for about 5 years now. Tiger was my only transport to date where I got to deliver him directly to the new owner. SSRR is a very professional organization. They are wonderful and do so much for the animals!!

3 Ali M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Southern States Rescued Rottweilers has been the very best-run rescue I have ever encountered. The organization's clear love, respect and commitment for the animals they rescue is seen through its wonderful group of volunteers. In addition, the management and administration is excellent! Every question I had, every email I sent, every phone call I made, were all met promptly and professionally.
The dog we adopted had been in SSRR's care for several months, and her foster mother had taken such good care of her, she was clearly in very good hands.
If only every dog rescue was run as well as SSRR! These people do dog rescuing right!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I received my Foster 1 day after losing my beloved Kassie "Byrd". Fell in love, she saved me! So I adopted her! Now she is my Navah "Love" ! My Byrd Dog at the river and my Navah on the couch! SSRR is the BEST! I am a client served, donar and volunteer when I can!

2 Whitney Weller S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic people who love animals. ❤️
I try to donate as often as I can.

4 Lisa De J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first a client, then a volunteer (foster), and now also a (small) donor when I can. This group is selfless, passionate, compassionate, and work tirelessly to save sweet innocent souls that do not have a voice & have huge odds against them because they are a misunderstood breed. Their #1 focus is saving as many lives possible while also giving them a safe and loving home. Their adoption application form is extensive & asked insightful questions. They called my vet & had a detailed discussion with him. They did a home visit & met my other dogs and checked out where he would sleep. They made it very clear not only in writing but also verbally during many discussions that the Rottie I would adopt would be considered as part of the family and would be kept indoors with the rest. The adoption paperwork was also extensive in not only providing expectations but also setting the tone of how seriously they took the welfare of their adoptees.
When I wanted to adopt my beloved Buddy, the foster parent expressed concern because I had 2 younger males (non- Rotties) & he didn't want Buddy to be in peril. Cathy, who did the home inspection, vouched for me & I also had an extensive conversation with the foster parent. This is an example of how much they care about the welfare of their Rotties.
I fell in love with Buddy as soon as I saw him. He was kind, sweet, and a soulful gentleman. My pittie mix worshipped him. He was at least 10 years old & how awesome of this organization not to see age but instead, to see a sweet soul that needed rescuing. I lost him this past March & there isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry for him. He loved me as much as I loved him and I miss his smiles, his big paw asking for affection, and I miss our slow walks. I miss looking into his deep eyes and seeing pure love and pure innocence. If it wasn't for SSRR, he wouldn't have had a chance & I wouldn't have had him as part of my heart until I die.
After losing him, I decided to foster as my heart couldn't take another loss. They were in dire need of finding fosters for 3 Rotties. They sent out countless emails and tried different avenues to find homes for them & I volunteered to take Taylor. Even before I had her, I knew I would adopt her. It took approx 15 volunteers, coordinated tirelessly by Cheryl, & 2 days to get her from GA to Tx. She had clearly been abused, underweight, and used for breeding. Her name is now Cupcake & she has blossomed & feels love & affection that she never knew existed.
I am now also fostering Rocky who is a mixed Rottie & pulled from euthanasia the day of. Tori worked for weeks to get him fostered & when I volunteered, she worked with me and patiently helped me with questions I had about him as he was heartworm positive. The entire group, to also include Bill, Dee, Denise, Tori, and Cathy answered my endless questions about his care. I can't fanthom killing Rocky just simply because he had no choice in his circumstances & thanks to SSRR, he has been given a 2nd chance & his first real family. I could tell he had never been indoors & had no concept of human affection & so you can understand the elation the 1st time he kissed me. As much as it will emotionally devastate me, I can't wait for him to have his forever home and give endless joy and love to whomever is lucky enough to have him. He is delightful in so many ways that I could write pages about him, and again, thanks to SSRR, he will be given a chance to thrive-- something he clearly deserves.
Rotties have an undeserved reputation for being vicious and are often victimized and are quickly killed because of their markings. Or, if adopted, the adopters are not carefully screened which can lead to a life of misery and torture for them. SSRR fights against these odds tirelessly and engage in numerous efforts to find fosters, adopters, medical assistance, and to try to find funding to support the costs behind medically caring for the fosters. As I write this, they have taken in 2 Rotties (one that to an unfamiliar person would seem aggressive-- but turned out was just scared) & an 11 year old that was poorly taken care of & potentially needs hospice care. Their web page shows all ages, personality types, and needs. Every single person I have interacted with has been amazing and quite frankly, I don't know how they do it. I think they are very humble super heroes.
Laslty, as a result of how passionate they are and how awesome they are, I am now a part of this group. I have always loved dogs and have always adopted dogs that were going to be euthanized or were on the streets. But now thanks to this group, I can help in a concentrated fashion. I will be forever grateful not only for the Rotties they have given me, but for their dedication, their professionalism, their compassion & because of them, I feel I have become a better person.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from SSRR and couldn't be happier with them and their organization. There staff and directors are extremely nice and helped us find the perfect dog for our family. Our sweet Laci is a young female and the perfect addition to our family. She is especially good with our 5 & 6 year old boys. We look forward to working with them and adopting again.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Put in our application, had to contact again a week later to confirm that they had gotten it. Finally got in contact with an adoption coordinator, then couldn't get a reply to any of our questions or emails. Two weeks later our application is switched to a different coordinator and it has now been two more weeks and we still can't get any kind of updates or consistent communication. They obviously aren't too worried about getting these babies adopted out.

2 Patti56

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted "BEAR " About A Month ago. Our experience with SSRR was wonderful! The foster mom kept in constant contact with us and the approval process was pretty quick!
Everyone, right down to the home inspectors were incredibly nice to deal with.
Bear did not take long to settle in, and he has two sisters that love him..a mommy that can't hug him enough and a daddy who takes him on lots of truck rides! Bear actually rescued us!

3 Melissa306

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always had rotties and I love the breed. when I lost my last one due to kidney failure, I decided then that I was not going to buy from a back yard breeder and rescue one instead. That was one the best things I ever did!! I have had my Shelby girl now for over 2 years and she came straight out of shelter to me, so she was a trail base considering no one knew much about her.. She is the most lovable dog and loves anything and anyone!! I also now volunteer with SSRR helping with others trying to adopt from the rescue. The other great thing is some rescues will only take Pure breeds, where SSRR will take mix breeds of rotties, every dog deserves a chance no matter what!!!

4 Angela152

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and me were wanting to add another rottweiler to our family, so we completed paper work to start the process of adopting a rescued rottweiler. I was so pleased how thorough their process for checking out a proper home for these babies.They're always available to answer any questions and to help if you have a problem arise. The transport with the wonderful transporters to get your rottie to you safely & pictures all along the way for you to see your precious cargo. If you foster they are top notch with getting your Rottweiler's medical attention taken care of and they pay for their medical expenses while fostering. I would definitely foster again, but my first time I was a foster failure as you can see in picture Jada when we received her & now with her sisters. Once these rottweilers gain your trust, you'll have a loving companion for life!. Please open your heart and home up to a rottweiler in need, and watch the rottie blossom before your eyes from love. Thank you Southern States Rescued Rottweiler's for a wonderful experience! Hope to help in the future when I get an opening.

3 Tanya32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in several areas of the rescue and I am always willing to do whatever is necessary especially seeing how so much is taken on by so few who are all 100% volunteers. No one gets paid a penny yet most work full time jobs and work almost as much if not more with the organization. We all do it simply for the love of the breed especially with so many areas with breed restrictions as well as insurance restricting breeds as well. This results in them being dumped. They all break my heart in the beginning but provides so much joy seeing these dogs happy for probably the first time in their lives. Some have lived a long and what must have been a miserable life if they can be dumped at a shelter when they are seniors. The look in their eyes and the unconditional love they are finally able to share on both sides is the most rewarding thing anyone can ask for. My only regret is that we are not able to help more. With more volunteers, especially fosters, we would be able to help more dogs. We are not an organization that takes the dogs from one cage to another but they are placed in HOMES of volunteers. In some cases, the first real home they have ever experienced or even being indoors. I am fostering my first one and failing miserably at being able to be separated from him. It's an incredible feeling! there is not doubt of the genuine love and passion we each have for these dogs. One of my favorite almost happy endings is of our current boy WOLF https://youtu.be/0QdxoYU-MqI Wolf had the owner back over his leg and crushing it and left him to heal on his own. Caliber is another that breaks my heart when he was shot in the head and left for dead. Lastly Hershey and her brother escaped from their "breeder". The breeder came and got the brother but left Hershey because she didn't like her color. Standing there crying for her brother as they walked out of the shelter leaving her behind. These dogs both have their happy ending! How can you not enjoy experiencing this kind of reward?!

1 LillysMum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up in a home where both of my parents were afraid of dogs, but not me! As soon as I moved out on my own I knew I wanted a dog. A friend had a litter of Rottweilers that the mom hadn't taken to offered me a puppy in exchange for helping care for the litter. There it started, I was in love!

Fast forward to 2014 where in February I lost my sidekick, Moody to osteosarcoma. This dog had been by my side my entire adult life practically. Slept under my desk through two degrees, listened to all of my heartbreaks, apartments to my first house! This left a huge hole in my heart and my life. My search began for a Rottweiler to rescue.

I came across Southern States Rescued Rottweiler on the internet. I quickly became impressed at how passionate they were about their work. Through the approval process I realized they were going above and beyond to ensure these dogs were only going to be placed in homes that were a good fit for each dog. In November 2014 me and Lilly, a loving and energetic SSRR puppy became a family/pack. She filled those holes in my life and heart and I think I filled some for her too!

Whenever I have the chance to give back to SSRR I help them with transports, home inspections, etc. To rescue a dog can be such a blessing to both owner and dog that I wanted to help give that opportunity to others. We ❤️ SSRR!

2 RottnLuv

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster parent & transporter. This is my first time fostering for SSRR and found they were thorough in their vetting and home visit. The process went quickly and easily. I have been a foster parent for a year now and work with Rottweilers who have been misused in any number of ways. It is so rewarding helping these dogs who thrive on love and attention. Their adoption protocol is just as thorough and they are diligent in finding the right family for the right dog, wanting the best home possible for these wonderful dogs. Their efforts to save the most in-need dogs are extraordinary and show their dedication to this breed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a foster with SSRR after my fur baby passed away. His sister needed a companion so we reached out to SSRR and fostered Zeus. Great experience, very thorough which is what I wanted to see. Paperwork required, called references & did a house visit. I really like the process bc I knew the dogs being rescued we're going to good homes. We ended up as a failed foster. We adopted Zeusy.

1 Pam_117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted two SSRR dogs and fostered one. We first adopted Piper about 4 years ago as a companion for our mixed-breed rescue dog, Louie. She quickly became a daddy's girl, sleeping with her head on my husband's chest. Her gentle, calming personality has been a great influence on him, a VN combat veteran. Her favorite thing is to meet new people at the park and do the signature rottie "butt wiggle." She is gentle with all people, young and old.
We saw a plea from SSRR to foster an older dog, Dazz. Her photo broke my heart. She was very thin, and her head was covered with sores from flea bites. We had Dazz about 4 months. She put on weight and healed to become a beautiful dog. She found a great home as an only dog where she gets lots of love and attention.
We missed Dazz, and she taught us that we could manage 3 dogs. We began thinking of adopting another dog and decide we would focus on finding a senior. We found another SSRR dog, Ava. She is at least 7 years old. She is full of life and love, and sleeps in the bed, next to her mom!
The volunteers at SSRR are dedicated to providing rescue and homes for rottweilers. We are thankful for the work they do and support them in their mission.
Photos are Dazz, Ava, Piper.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSRR is a great organization! I foster, transport, donate, and do home visits for SSRR and they truly care about finding the Rotties in their care, wonderful, caring, forever homes. It is amazing to see how these animals respond when rescued, give the love, care and medical attention they need and then delivered to the homes they've always deserved.

2 Kathy249

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with two rottweiler rescue groups in the 20 plus years I've lived in Texas - the latest group being Southern States Rescued Rottweilers Inc. All the people volunteering with this group are beyond friendly and committed to saving not only purebred rottweilers, but in the past several years have expanded to rescue rottie mixes. The area served by this group has grown during my volunteer period. I have yet to meet or speak with an SSRR volunteer who isn't friendly and more than willing to help in whatever manner is needed.

I plan on continuing to volunteer with this group as long as I can.

I'm more than happy to admit that I'm also a foster failure - my Rosie, a soon to be two year old - came to me April 2015 and I just couldn't bear to part with her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with SSRR in some capacity for the last 9 years. I have seen many Rottweilers who would otherwise die on the streets or in a shelter get saved due to this organization.

The success rate of this rescue group's rescue/adoption rate is higher than any other group that I've worked with. The potential adopter screening process is streamlined, thorough and fair, making sure these rescued babies get into the best homes possible. A HUGE positive for this group is that the length of foster to adopt is astronomically shorter than other groups. The applicant pool has been vast and I have witnessed dogs adopted into amazing homes where they are loved members of the family for the rest of their lives.

My SSRR alumni, Sadie, is living out her golden years getting lots of love as well as quality medical care for arthritis. I could not imagine my life not knowing this beautiful girl.