who we are

About MARR

MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue (MARR) was founded in March 1999. This rescue organization was formed because we saw a need for a rescue network in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. While some of these states have strong and successful rescue groups, there are gaps in area coverage and some states have no rescues at all. MARR is supported solely through charitable donations and the fundraising efforts of its members and is a nonprofit corporation, recognized as a public charity with federal nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. All donations are fully tax-deductible allowable by federal income tax code. We are always looking for Rottweiler enthusiasts of all experience levels who are interested in breed and a desire to help. There is something for everyone to do!

What we Do

Our primary causes

MARR receives dogs from private shelters, Humane Societies, animal control facilities, and other organizations where a dog was abandoned. In most cases we adopt from the shelters as a “last resort” adopter, giving the shelter maximum time to adopt the dog through their system. Our organization rarely accepts dogs into foster care from private individuals.


We require an online adoption application be completed before a dog can be adopted. Potential adopters are required to provide a veterinarian reference as well as a personal reference and allow a home visit. We prefer that the home have a fenced yard. In the event we determine the home to be a healthy and loving environment, a Rottweiler is matched with the adopter’s lifestyle and family. An Adoption Contract that protects the dog for life is part of the adoption process.


MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue needs volunteers for many Rottweiler related activities. Some of the areas we need help in include fostering, home checks, evaluation, training, grooming, booth support, educational seminars, fundraising, and transportation.

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Medical Aid

We provide medical aid to Rottweilers we intake to ensure they are happy and healthy.


We operate purely on donations we receive from cash, supplies, events and donation fees.

Training & Education

We provide basic training for our Rottweilers we adopt out and we help educate fosters and adopters.

MARR Board of Directors

President – Kay Word (Kansas)

Vice President – Jay Pratte (Illinois)

Secretary – Laura Kilmer (Nebraska)
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – Lauren Hargreaves (Nebraska)

Treasurer – Brian Hayes (Kansas)

Adoptions Coordinator – Kristen Preston (Nebraska)
Asst. Adoptions Coordinator – Julie Schneider (Wisconsin)

Lead Intake Coordinator – Lisa McKinney (Illinois)

Foster Home Coordinator – Michelle Stark (Missouri)
Foster Home Assistant – Cody Flatt (Iowa)
Assistant Foster Home Coordinator – Kelly Ann Trout (Missouri)
Assistant Foster Home Coordinator – Kaitlyn Kingery (Iowa)

Technical Coordinator – Melanie Meister (Iowa)
Asst. Technical Coordinator – Donna Jones (Missouri)

Social Media Coordinator – Alora Harrington (Indiana)

Volunteer Coordinator – Lisa McKinney (Illinois)
Volunteer Coordinator – Dan Meier (Nebraska)

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