Mason, Michigan | 517.333.7015
Michigan Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. is a not for profit, federal 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1993. Michigan Weimaraner Rescue Inc is now a State registered Animal Placement Shelter. With the tireless help of 70 plus volunteers who are dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced Weimaraners, they foster and place on average 75 dogs a year. They rely 100% on grants, fundraisers, private contributions, and adoption donations to care for the dogs currently in the rescue. All donations are welcome and needed.
Located in Mason, Michigan, the rescue is approximately a 5 hour drive from Toronto, Ontario. This rescue works with Ontario Weimaraner Rescue & Assistance so if you are interested in one of their Weims, OWRA may be able to help you.
All of their rescues are spayed or neutered (including puppies), current on Rabies vaccination, heartworm tested and treated if necessary. They also receive monthly heartworm preventative and are microchipped before being placed. Weimaraners entering their program are fostered with MWR for a minimum of two weeks. During this period the dogs are evaluated and temperament tested by Chris Conklin the founder and director, who has over 22 years experience as an all-breed dog trainer, and 16 years specializing in Weimaraner behaviour.
They truly believe that by taking their time getting to know each dog as an individual, they can assure both the adoptive families and the Weimaraners the best match for lifelong companionship. Their goal is to not only save Weimaraners, but to find the perfect “forever home” for each dog. The time taken in choosing the right match means you will not only welcome your new Weimaraner distinctive personality, but will be able to enjoy it to the utmost.
They are a proud member of Michigan Purebred Dog Rescue Alliance. Michigan Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. operates under the auspices of the Weimaraner Club of America Rescue Committee, according to guidelines established by the Weimaraner Club of America and the American Kennel Club.
Each dog has its own personality and there will be one to fit your family perfectly. Email the rescue for an application (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will get you started with the adoption process.
- Each Weimaraner is placed on a lifetime contract.
- Dogs are temperament tested, brought up to date with their Rabies, heartworm, and spayed/neutered.
- Families will be contacted for a phone interview after their application has received a vet reference, then a home visit will be completed.
- Once approved, you can set appointments with the foster families to meet dogs. Approval to the program does not guarantee approval for every dog.
- The rescue does require a personal interview pre-adoption, and we do not “ship” animals.
- You are welcome to bring your family to Chris’ home in Mason to meet some Weims and become familiar with the breed.
- $400 up to six months;
- $300 six months to six years;
- Discounts may apply to senior or special needs dogs.
- The minimum adoption fee for very elderly or special needs dogs is $50, and is non refundable.
- All adoptions are done on a thirty-day trial with a $50 non-refundable deposit.
- Checks or money orders are preferred, and should be made out to MWR.
- There should be at least a a one year (two is better) age span between the rescue dog and the dogs already in the new home.
- Obedience classes are required for dogs under the age of two.
- Dogs under the age of two are generally not placed in homes with children under the age of 5 years.
- MWR will not ship dogs, you must meet the dog at his foster home, or at our open house.
A Personal Note from Toronto Dog Stuff
The Weimaraner featured in the photo above is our dog, Gunner. In 2005 Adam, co-founder of Toronto Dog Stuff, drove to Michigan and adopted Gunner from Michigan Weimaraner Rescue. When he first met Gunner, he was 18 months, had been surrendered to the rescue twice (yes, twice!), and looked like what you see on the left. I came into Gunner’s life when he was 6 years old. Now 10 years old, Gunner is still a lunatic but this beautiful, incredibly loyal Weim is part of our family.
Weims are not for the feint of heart. Gunner walked all over me when we met and whenever Adam left us alone Gunner would pace and fret, watching the door. I made a decision to work with Gunner to get him to not only respect me as his “second owner” but to trust me and feel safe with me as well. After many, many months of walks, feedings, and training, this “velcro dog” is every bit as attached to me as he is to Adam. It was tough work and it’s a big commitment because now he paces and frets when I leave the house!
Animals come into our lives for a reason and I know that Gunner came into mine to transform me into a dog lover. You simply cannot experience that moment of a dog putting his love and trust into you without being forever changed. Lucky for me, as my vet told me, “If you can train a Weim, you can train anything!”
– Angie, co-founder Toronto Dog Stuff