I got involved in rescue and fell in love with Rottweilers about 15 years ago when my neighbor asked me to help a senior Rottie named Angel. She was 8 years old and was brought to the vet to be put to sleep as she could no longer be used for breeding. I remember asking “What does a Rottweiler look like?” I then “Googled” the breed and read about them. I must say I was worried about bringing home a Rottie after what I had read, but I agreed to meet her anyway.
So off to the vet we went and out came this old dog who could barely walk. The vet gave her to me for “free” and thanked me for helping her. I remember thinking “What am I going to do with this dog?” She had been at the vet’s being used for blood transfusions for other 3 months.
Long story short, Angel changed my life in many ways. She slept with my son every night and helped him to not be afraid of the dark. She lit up a room when she was in it and she loved me in a way I had never experienced. I was only blessed to have her for 11 months before I had to put her to sleep because she was unable to walk. This is when I realized that it is not about the quantity of time but the quality of time. After losing Angel, I never left the breed and made a promise to myself that I would help as many Rotties as I could. I found out quickly this was not going to be an easy task.
I volunteered for many rescue groups and was fortunate enough to make a lot of contacts and friends along the way. In May 2010, a group of us got together and started Rottie Empire Rescue. We agreed that we would mainly rescue Rotties but always keep the doors open for any animal that needed our help. We have kept that promise. We also agreed to always keep RER about the dogs and not allow anything to get into the path of what we set out to do. We have been fortunate enough to have awesome people join us in our mission and we have rescue A LOT of dogs and cats! I am very proud of our rescue and although the work is hard and draining at times, it is also extremely rewarding. I am so grateful to have met people that are mutual animal lovers and consider them all friends.
People refer to us as “crazy animal rescuers.” Personally, I would not have it any other way. There is no better feeling that picking up a dog that is facing death and knowing that you are the reason he is alive. You then make a promise to the animal that you will ensure he is taken care of for the rest of his life no matter what it takes. That is a promise we make to every animal that enters this program and a promise that will always be kept.