Weimaraner Rescues

Weimaraner Rescues in California (Incl. Adoption Process & Costs)


Looking to adopt a Weimaraner? I’ve compiled a list of Weimaraner rescues serving the state of California. Some rescues might also adopt out of state or even out of country, so make sure to check them out.

Weimaraner Rescues in California

Northern California Weimaraner Rescue

Northern California Weimaraner Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It’s an all-volunteer Weimaraner rescue.

If you’d like to help out, you can become a volunteer – you can become a foster, volunteer to transport dogs to and from homes or carry out home visits of adoptive families.

If neither of these are possible, you can also donate via PayPal or check or set up monthly donation amount via PayPal.

If you’re in a difficult situation and need to surrender your Weimaraner, contact NCWR using the email below.

Outside of pandemic, NCWR also hosts galas and attends events to introduce their awesome rescue work.

Adoption Application Process

The adoption process is pretty standard – you will need to fill out an adoption application (here).

You need to enter your contact information, then information about other family members including pets (and past pets). You will be asked to describe your home and your lifestyle as the rescue will need to know whether a Weimaraner is a good fit for you.

Please bear in mind that NCWR doesn’t adopt out adult dogs to families with children under 10 years old as Weimaraners are pretty rambunctious. The rescue prefers families where the dog will spend little to no time alone and gets plenty of exercise.

If you don’t own your home, you will need to provide a letter from your landlord confirming that you are allowed to have a dog.

If NCWR has Weimaraners ready to be adopted, you may apply to adopt them, otherwise you will be put on a waiting list. Once a suitable dog to your preferences is found, you will be contacted by the rescue volunteers.

Once you have submitted your application, it may take the rescue a few days to respond. You will be contacted by phone by one of the volunteers to work out the details.

Outside of pandemic, the volunteers will visit you at your home to make sure it’s safe for the dog. Otherwise photos of your yard will be sufficient.

Adoption Costs

The adoption fee ranges from $0 to $700, depending on the age and health of each dog.

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California Weimaraner Education & Rescue

California Weimaraner Education & Rescue (CalWEAR) was founded in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It serves Southern California, ranging across Santa Barbara, Lancaster, San Diego to Needles and to the border with Mexico.

However, they are also willing to adopt out of state *and* out of country but each case needs to be evaluated individually. All adopted dogs must be picked up from their foster families.

Besides adopting, you can also volunteer at CalWEAR by fostering a dog (volunteer application form here). It’s better if you don’t own a dog as sometimes the dogs that come to the rescue can be sick and in need of a quarantine and there’s a threat of infecting your other animals.

If you’re in a difficult situation and made the heartbreaking decision to rehome your beloved Weim, you can surrender the dog to the rescue as well.

If you cannot adopt a Weimaraner at this time, you can donate to CalWEAR via PayPal. All donations go towards veterinary expenses (including vaccinations, spaying/neutering etc.), food, medications and more.

Adoption Application Process

CalWEAR is a foster-based rescue, which means that there is no rescue shelter in one location. All dogs are placed with foster families across Southern California.

The application is pretty straightforward; you will need to fill out the adoption application form as accurately as possible.

The adoption process can take as little as a few days to as much as a few weeks. If your adoption preferences are too strict, it may take a while to find appropriate Weimaraner for you and your family.

Once your application has been processed, a volunteer will get in touch with you and suggest a dog for you or clarify some things in your application form. Then they will set up the best time and date for you to meet the dog and its foster family.

When you have successfully adopted a dog and brought them home, the next 30 days are considered as a trial period. If, for any reason, the dog doesn’t turn out to be a good fit with your family, CalWEAR will make sure the dog gets a suitable family and you get a dog that’s more suitable to your lifestyle.

Adoption Costs

The adoption costs might be a little more than in other states that I’ve covered. Usually puppies are the most expensive to adopt at CalWEAR.

Weimaraner’s AgeAdoption Cost
Puppy (<1 year)$800 – 1,000
Adolescent (1 – 2 years)$800
Adult (2 – 7 years)$400 – 600
Senior (7 – 9 years)$200 – 300
10+ and special needs$0

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Honorable Mention

Friends For Pets Foundation

Friends For Pets Foundation was founded in 1985 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organizationand since then has rehomed around 4,500 dogs. Being entirely volunteer-based, they provided veterinary care and adoption services mostly of the Sporting group breeds (Weimaraners, Labradors, Dalmatians, etc.).

While they have closed the facility in 2020, the Foundation still supports dogs that are in need.

Unfortunately, the founder of Friends For Pets Foundation, Diane Monahan, passed away in July 2021. Her hard work and dedication to dogs in need continues to inspire many people. You can see all the touching tributes to Diane on this Facebook post.

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Do you know of any other Weimaraner rescue that’s serving the state of California? Please let me know and I’ll add it here!



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