Weimaraner Rescues

Weimaraner Rescues in Florida (Incl. Adoption Process & Fees)

If you live in Florida and are looking to adopt a Weimaraner to a new loving home, I’ve compiled a list of Weimaraner rescues that serve the state of Florida (and sometimes neighboring states as well).

You can find information about each rescue, their adoption process and adoption fees.

Weimaraner rescues in Florida

Weimaraner Rescues in Florida

Florida Weimaraner Rescue / Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue (formerly Florida Weimaraner Rescue) was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organization. In the past 11 years they have rescued over 47,000 dogs. Their goal is to rescue at least 5,000 dogs a year.

In 2019, Big Dog Ranch Rescue had 2,852 of successful adoptions and over 2,000 dogs saved from high-kill shelters. In total, they have saved 4,132 dogs in 2019.

The rescue sits on a 33 acre land and is the largest no-kill and no-cage rescue shelters in the United States.

Besides adopting a Weimaraner at the rescue, you can also volunteer or apply as a foster. The Bug Dog Ranch Rescue also offers training programs and pet loss grief counselling. You can of course donate money, buy their merch, all proceeds go towards caring for the doggos.

If you wish to help take care of the doggos, you can buy items from their Amazon wishlist.

Adoption Application Process

As with any adoption application, it begins by filling out the adoption application form. You fill out the contact information and then answer questions about your lifestyle, where you live and your previous pet experience. You will need to provide a vet referral/records if you’ve owned a pet before.

You cannot reserve a specific dog via the application form.

Once your application has been processed and approved, the rescue volunteers will get in touch with you and schedule an appointment to visit the ranch.

After you decided which dog you will give new forever home to, you will pay the adoption fee and you can take your new friend back home with you.

The rescue will give you some sample food on the way and your dog will also get a month-long supply of preventative heartworm medication.

All rescued dogs are already spayed/neutered and up to date on all their shots, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Once you’ve adopted your pup, it will be microchipped as well.

Adoption Costs

As Big Dog Ranch Rescue saves all types of dogs and not just Weims, their adoption fee may vary a lot.

Generally, mixed breeds are cheaper and the younger the dog, the higher the adoption fee it is. Here’s a table with the range of adoption fees for both mix and purebreds.

Weimaraner’s AgeAdoption Cost
Puppy (< 1 year)$350 – 600
Adult (1 – 7 years)$250 – 400
Senior (7+ years)$150 – 250
Special needs$100

There’s a discount for veterans and first responders, ranging between $0 to $200 depending on the age of the dog. There’s also a $100 discount on dogs who have been on the ranch for more than six months.

Contact Information

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Lifeline (Weimaraner) Dog Rescue

Lifeline Dog Rescue is a division of the Central Florida Weimaraner and Dog Rescue, Inc. It was incorporated in 2011 and received the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status of a non-profit organization.

Lifeline sits on a 3 acre fenced area and the dogs can enjoy

On their website they have adoption stories of about 237 successfully adopted dogs over the years. They are very active on social media, so go give them a follow there as well.

Lifeline not only rescues Weimaraners, but there are other breeds (either purebred or a mix) that you can choose from.

You can adopt a Weim from this rescue even if you’re not located in Florida, just bear in mind you will need to be able to pick your new pup up at the rescue.

Besides adopting, you can also volunteer to foster or help out at the rescue. You will need to fill out the foster volunteer form. You don’t have to worry about any vet costs as they will be provided by the rescue.

If you can’t adopt another dog, you can choose to sponsor a dog for $100/month via Paypal, send a one-time/recurring donations or purchase items in their shop. All proceeds will go into running the rescue, including vet costs, medicine, food, toys and more.

Adoption Application Process

You can either choose a Weim that has been rescued or you can specify your preference for age and gender and they will search for a dog that meets your criteria. You will need to fill out the adoption request form (here), mention the name of the dog that you’d like to rescue or choose your preferences.

Once Lifeline Dog Rescue has reviewed your application, a volunteer will call you for details and then contact your vet (if any) for referral. If all goes well, the volunteers will set up a home check to make sure the adopted dog will be suitable for your environment.

Next you will schedule an appointment to meet with the dog. It’s advised to take every member of the household (including other dogs), so they can get used to their new pack as a whole.

If you feel your family and the dog are a great fit, you will set up a time where you can pick up your new friend.

Adoption Costs

The adoption fee ranges from $250 to $400, depending on the age, gender and breed.

Contact Information

Other Weimaraner Rescues in Florida

Grayter Good Weimaraner Rescue

As the Grayter Good Weimaraner Rescue serves all states along the East Coast and more, I’ve already put all the details in the North Carolina Rescues post.

Weimaraner Rescues Near Tampa

The closest Weimaraner rescue to Tampa is Lifeline Dog Rescue in Inverness, which basically covers central Florida. The Grayter Good Weimaraner rescue operates along the east coast, so there may be adoptable Weimaraners close by.

Weimaraner Rescues Near Jacksonville

If you’re in Jacksonville, the closest Weimaraner rescue is in Inverness (Lifeline). As I mentioned above, rescues that serve multiple states may have adoptable pups near you.

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

Some non-breed specific rescues might also get a Weimaraner or Weimaraner-mix occasionally, so make sure to check your local shelters as well.

Weimaraner rescues in Florida
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I’ve always loved dogs, ever since I was a child, but I wasn’t allowed to have one. I dog-sit my sister's Weimaraner often. I decided to start this blog and share what I’ve learned about Nelly, the Weimaraner breed, and dogs in general from scientific papers and journals and my own personal experience. Learn more about Dana.


  1. Debra
    September 22, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Please contact me about placing my Senior Weimaraner Female 13 yrs old with you or with
    someone who can take her.
    This is an urgent situation.
    Thank you.

    • Dana - WeimaranerPlanet.com author
      September 24, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      Sent an email and edited the comment to hide personal information! 🙂

  2. Scott Weeks
    Scott Weeks
    October 19, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Hi my name is Scott. I live in Lakeland FL and am looking to adopt a Weimaraner puppy or dog. I I would prefer a female puppy or adult dog. I have a loving home with 3 adopted dogs and looking for my fourth. I have a big, fenced in back yard for them to play. If you have anything or know of any other closer rescues please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Scott Weeks, RN

    • Dana - WeimaranerPlanet.com author
      October 19, 2021 at 8:07 am

      Hi Scott,
      other than the two rescues in this post, there’s also The Grayter Good rescue (https://thegraytergood.org/), which serves the East Coast. Bear in mind that some rescues are based on fosters, so there may be fosters who are closer to your location. I’d contact Grayter Good to see if they can help. You will probably need to travel though.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Candice Parchment
    Candice Parchment
    October 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Hello Scott,
    I have 2 year old male who is loving and energetic. We are looking for a good home for him. Would you be interested? We are in Largo Florida.

  4. Clarissa
    May 28, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    I have a one year old silver Weim and three year old blue Weim that I need to rehome. I have developed a horrible allergy beyond medication that I’ve been battling to maintain last few years to no avail. I want the best home for them and need to find it soon before I go into labor at home as that would make their transition more complex. The three year old has been trained and is registered AKC GOOD CITIZEN among other awards.

    • Dana - WeimaranerPlanet.com author
      May 28, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Clarissa, I’m sorry about your situation! If you live in Florida, please contact one of the rescues mentioned in this post, they will be able to help you!

    • Bonnie Bie
      Bonnie Bie
      May 29, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Hey Clarissa. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I have an older male Weimaraner who lost his sister a few months ago. We have found that Weimaraners do better with company, so we’ve been looking for the right dog to make our home complete again. Do you think the one-year-old would do O.K. if separated from your other dog? I have lots of experience with Weimaraners (I’ve had five) and would like to know more about your one-year-old.

    • Ana Maria
      Ana Maria
      June 27, 2022 at 6:38 am

      Im sorry to hear that you can have your dogs anymore. I’m interested! I love Weimaraners!

  5. Ricky carraher
    Ricky carraher
    March 12, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    We want a pup

    • Dana - WeimaranerPlanet.com author
      March 13, 2023 at 9:46 am

      Hi Ricky, please contact any of the rescues mentioned on this post if you’d like to adopt a puppy. I’m not affiliated with any of these rescues.


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