Weimaraner Rescues

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


Do you live in Iowa and would love to rescue a Weimaraner? I’ve compiled a list of Weimaraner rescues that serve the state of Iowa, and sometimes even neighboring states.

Not from Iowa? Check out my Weimaraner Rescue Directory!

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Weimaraner Rescues In Iowa

Iowa Weimaraner Rescue

Iowa Weimaraner Rescue (IWR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Decorah, Iowa. The rescue was established in 2011, and they have placed more than 400 Weimaraners since then.

The rescue only serves the states of Iowa and Minnesota. If you don’t live in either of these states, please look at my rescue directory to find Weimaraner rescues near you.

IWR is completely foster-based, so they don’t have any boarding facilities. As such, the rescue is always looking for new foster families. All you need to do is fill out the foster application form. You will need to provide vet and personal references and generally undergo a similar process like adoptive families (more on that below).

The rescue will provide each foster with a foster mentor, who will guide you through the whole process.

You can help the rescue by donating via PayPal, which can be set as a one-time payment or a recurring monthly payment.

If you’d like a more hands-on approach, you can always apply as a volunteer. Your role can be anything from making calls, transporting dogs, evaluating Weimaraners coming to the rescue, home visits, fundraising and helping out and meet & greet events.

If you’re in a difficult living situation, IWR also accepts surrendered Weimaraners. It’s not an easy thing to do, but the rescue is there for you every step of the way. Fill out the surrender form and volunteers will get back to you.

Adoption Application Process

If you’re interested in adopting a Weimaraner from IWR, your first step will be to fill out the adoption application form. As I mentioned above, you have to live either in Iowa or Minnesota to be accepted.

The adoption application form includes all details about you and your family (if any). Your experience with dogs, any current pets, and the description of your home and the way you spend your time. This ensures your home is appropriate for a Weimaraner.

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The rescue will also need information about your vet and any personal references (can’t be family).

Once you send out the application form, allow a few days for the volunteers to process your application. You will be contacted to set up a phone interview after your personal and vet references are checked.

If everything goes well, you will schedule a home inspection with the IWR. Volunteers will come to your home and assess whether it’s suitable for a Weimaraner.

The adoption process can normally take anything from several weeks to several months. It’s entirely volunteer-run, and sometimes there are no Weimaraners which would match with your family and home. The adoptions aren’t on a first-come, first-served basis.

Adoption Costs

The adoption fee is between $100 – $300, depending on the dog.

All dogs are spayed/neutered, tested for heartworm and use a preventative heartworm, flea, and tick solution.

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Make sure to visit the rescues’ websites and social media post for up-to-date information on Weims available for adoption. If you know of any other Weimaraner rescues in Iowa, let me know!



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