The GLWR adoption team has briefed the foster family on your lifestyle and everyone in it. Our team knows all of the GLWR candidates and will work with you one-on-one to find the best fit. Come prepared to take “test drive walks” with dogs. Our team will carefully introduce dogs to your children and other pets to observe interaction to determine the responsible lifetime match.
Weimaraners are clever and fantastic athletes. Make sure all gates, doors and fencing are in good working order. Repair and secure all before you bring your new Weimaraner home.
Weimaraners have been known to open gate latches. Secure with carabiners. Weimaraners can let themselves out of yards if a fence is in disrepair or has low or weak spots. You do not want your new Weimaraner lost or injured before they become accustom to your home. Do a thorough once over to make sure your Weimaraner will be safe and secure in your home & yard.
Every Weimaraner adopted from GLWR will come with records of vaccinations, microchip registration form and a new leash and collar with GLWR ID tag. Here are the basics you will need to have on hand for your newly adopted Weimaraner.
ID tag with your contact info
Food water bowls
Wire crate (optional but the best tool for housebreaking and preventing anxiety)
Dog food: the best food you can afford to feed your Weimaraner is a good investment in their health
Commitment patience: you need both to help your newly adopted Weimaraner adjust their new life which can take time. GLWR is there to help you every step of the way.
Only buy quality dog food from a pet food store (or Costco) never from a grocery store. With so many great pet stores offering a wide variety of top quality food, it’s really your choice, and what your new dog will eat. Sometimes in the beginning it might be trial and error so buy small bags to start until you find the right one. Some good brands include Zignature, Merrick, Wellness, Royal Canin, Taste of The Wild and Kirkland brand from Costco.
We may not be able to narrow down what quality food is best for your new dog but we can certainly recommend what not to feed your Weimaraner: many brands available in a grocery store (Ol Roy, Beniful etc.) Most are low-grade foods - over processed, filled with fillers like corn, preservatives and toxins which are very problematic for Weimaraners. Also, no products from China.
GLWR will help select the best candidate to fit your life and all in it. If your home includes other dogs, cats or kids of any age it is best to be prepared to follow integration guidelines to insure the best chance for a happy life together.
It can sometimes take time and effort, but the end results are unconditional love for a lifetime.
GO SLOWLY, TAKE YOUR TIME.
Knowing what steps to follow and more importantly what NOT to do will help everyone. Click appropriate links for successful integration tips that apply to you. Be prepared by educating yourself.
Weimaraners LOVE their human family. Your new Weimaraner must be an inside dog and sleep inside the house - preferably in the same room as a family member, especially at first. Do not expect your Weimaraner to sleep in a remote room such as kitchen or laundry room because the dog will feel isolated rather than included. A crate in your bedroom is a great integration tool helping your dog feel safe, avoid accidents, and prevent anxiety.
The simple answer to this question is to integrate your Weimaraner by taking baby steps. Your new Weimaraner has a lot to learn and get used to. Every home is different; every Weimaraner is different. It will take time and patience. Remember that you’ve made a life-long commitment to your new rescue dog.
Here are links on the most common questions people have when bringing home a new Weimaraner.
GLWR treats health issues that are visible when Weimaraners arrive or conditions that develop during their time with us. Owner surrenders to GLWR often come with their medical history and records. Dogs that we pull from shelters often come without much history and we must evaluate visually from experience. GLWR will always divulge any conditions that are known and treatment protocols.
Even with the most careful and thoughtful selection on adoption day…life can happen, things can change. If you can no longer care for your Weimaraner, GLWR will take the dog back. We ask you to connect with GLWR to make arrangements and return your dog.
No. GLWR adopters come from all five great lakes states and beyond. No matter where you live, our policy is that all parties (human and pets) must drive to meet adoption candidates in person. This is the only way to observe the interaction and ensure a responsible lifetime match. If you, and all in your home are up for a trip - we welcome your application. Out of town adoptions are welcome as long as you are willing to travel commit to return if need be. We’ve had families travel as far as Nova Scotia Canada and Stowe Vermont.
Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue
We are a volunteer run, nonprofit group whose primary mission is to help with the rescue and placement of Weimaraners in the Great Lakes region – including MI, OH, IL, IN and WI.
GLWR is a foster based rescue organization and does not have a traditional physical kennel facility like many humane societies or animal shelters. Our dogs are typically housed in family homes and cared for by their foster families until we find a forever home for them. Therefore, our process to meet dogs and to adopt may be different than a normal animal control facility, humane society or animal shelter. We work hard to match each dog with their perfect forever home.