June and July Rescue Blotter
Direct United Way Funds to Rescue
Selecting a Rescue Organization
Be a Great Dog Owner
Remember Rescue in Estate Plans
Who We Are
How You Can Help
Adopting a Friend
Our Adoption Process
Our Adoptable Dachshunds
Our Happy Tails
Dachshund Resource Library
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Have You Heard?
"Picture A New Life" 2017 Calendars are Ready to Order NOW!
It's time again to order your "Picture A New Life" calendars.
The 2017 calendars feature Teresa Berg's beautiful photographs of our rescued dachshunds and includes mini interviews with each dog about their new life.
Each 12" x 18" calendar is spiral bound at the top and printed on high quality paper. The cost is the same as in previous years - only $20 (plus shipping).
All proceeds go directly towards the rehabilitation and placement of rescued dachshunds in our program, so that they, too, may Picture A New Life.
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Our Currently Adoptable Dachshunds
Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for June and July
We've continued to receive lots of favorable comments about our "Rescue Blotter", similar to a "Police Blotter", summarizing the types of requests for assistance we receive. It helps to illustrate the sorts of calls we get, the reasons why people surrender their dogs, and the uphill battle that all shelters and rescues face every single day. In 2015, we received a total of 354 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 30 requests for help every month. We are delighted to report that this represents a continued reduction in calls—we received about 143 less calls for help in 2015 than we did in 2014. This represents a slow, steady decline in calls each year for help with dachshunds. At this point, however, that still represents a consistent number of dachshunds needing help from a rescue program.
We're a small organization, staffed solely by volunteers and we do the best we can with our limited resources.
We wish we could help everyone who contacts us, but sadly, we are usually "full" and can only help a fraction of those who request our assistance.
We do what we can, however, and always refer callers to other groups when we are full, or suggest other options such as training for behavioral issues, or low cost veterinary services for those with limited financial resources.
When Good Samaritans contact us about stray and abandoned dachshunds they have taken in, we always encourage them to try to place those dogs themselves, and are happy to provide information on how to find good homes.
Until we can eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders, unfortunately, there will always be more dogs in need than there are available spaces in any rescue organization.
Please help - encourage others to spay and neuter their pets! For other ways to help us, please refer to our
How You Can Help page.
Summary: June 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 30 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 3 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 3 dogs
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A man contacted us because his 3-year-old dachshund injured his back and they could not afford the surgery. We explained that we were not a sanctuary, and thus could not take a dog like this into the program as the dog would not be adopted. We did provide the man with alternatives to surgery plus a surgery location that was not as expensive.
~ A woman found a young, stray male dachshund that was very friendly. She was unable to locate the owner, and we offered to take him but happily she found a home for him on her own.
~ A woman wanted to get rid of her 5 year old male dachshund because he was highly protective of the owners and would attempt to bite. We explained that due to liability and insurance reasons, we could not accept or rehome dogs with a known aggressive history. We advised her that she would be potentially liable for any injuries this dog might cause in the future.
~ A shelter contacted us about a mixed breed dog; and we explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred them to groups that did.
~ A woman called us about her grandparent’s five year old dachshund who was paralyzed and incontinent; wanting us to take the dog into rescue. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health would not allow them to ever be adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about her 91 year old father’s dachshund. He was in an assisted living facility and was having trouble taking the dog out to potty. We recommended hiring a pet sitter to help, so that the father could keep his dog. The woman was open to the idea and we recommended several pet sitters that she could contact. Hurrah! One of our big goals is to help people figure out how to keep their dog.
~ A rescue group in a rural area contacted us about two young piebald male dachshunds that had been dumped in the country; covered with ticks. The dogs had sweet, friendly personalities. We agreed to accept them into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about two heartworm positive dachshunds found together. Because we already had 4 that our group was treating, we had to decline. Happily, another group took in the dogs.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 5-year-old black and tan smooth female dachshund that was heartworm positive. We offered to take her, but another group was able to respond more quickly and took her into their program. We were happy to hear that.
~ A vet tech from an East Texas vet clinic called because two dachshunds were surrendered by their owner and a rescue group had to be found immediately. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 9-year-old dachshund that was heartworm positive. We explained that due to her age, she would not be adoptable and as we are not a sanctuary for dogs that cannot be adopted, we could not help. Luckily, another group was able to take the dog.
~ A shelter contacted us about two dachshund mixes. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred them to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about a 9-week-old dachshund puppy that she could not keep. After seeing pictures, we offered to help but she never replied after that.
~ A man contacted us about getting rid of his dachshund due to financial pressures of not being able to provide care for the dog. We offered to connect him with low cost vet care to see if that might help, but at that point he stopped communicating with us.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund mix that she took in from a friend and did not want to keep because the dog was aggressive. We explained that due to liability we did not accept nor rehome dogs with any known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman found a piebald dachshund and after an extensive search could not find the owner. She contacted us only to get help in identifying the color pattern on the dog. We were happy to give her that information after seeing the pictures. Wonderful that this dog has a home!
~ A woman contacted us about a male dapple dachshund that they took in from an acquaintance. The person lied when asked if the dog had been on heartworm prevention. As it turned out—he had not and thus was heartworm positive. The family could not afford the cost of treating the dog, so surrendered him to our program.
~ A couple going through a divorced no longer wanted their two dachshunds and contacted us about them. We were full, but made referrals to other groups for them.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 12-year-old dachshund with tumors. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age and/or health precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available for dogs in these situations.
~ A family contacted us about getting rid of their 2 year old longhair male dachshund because of their daughter’s allergies. After getting information, we offered to help but received no further response. We hope they found a good option for their dog.
~ A woman contacted us about her in-laws 13-year-old dachshund. They had to move to an assisted living facility and could not take the dog. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about two young dachshunds that she had living in her backyard because she claimed they could not be housetrained. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about two 3-year-old dachshunds that she could not keep due to allergies and asthma. We agreed to help, but then the woman found a home for the dogs on her own, where the dogs could stay together. We were delighted that this situation had resolved nicely.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her six-year-old dachshund because she was too busy at work. We emailed her and offered first to discuss ways for her to keep her dog….at that point she stopped communicating with us. One of our priorities is “surrender prevention”…finding ways for owners to keep their dogs. Evidently, she was not interested in this.
Summary: July 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 16 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 1 dog
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund that was about to be euthanized simply because the shelter was out of time (they had tried for six weeks to find him a home) and did not have space for him to stay. We agreed to accept him into our program.
~ A woman rescued a 13-year-old dachshund from another rescue group because it was dog aggressive. She was sure she could fix the dog. She quickly found out that she could not fix this issue and contacted us to take the dog. We explained that due to liability and common sense—we did not take aggressive dogs of any type into our program. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about an elderly dachshund that had been abandoned at an area dog park. The dog was visually impaired and possibly deaf as well. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age and health precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about 2 elderly dachshunds on Craigs List. We explained that for safety reasons, we can have no dealings with Craigs List and in addition; the age of the dogs precludes their ever being adopted. As we are not a sanctuary, we cannot assist with dogs like this.
~ A woman contacted us about a puppy that appeared to be a Chihuahua terrier mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did.
~ A realtor contacted us about two elderly dogs that were abandoned in the home of a couple with severe mental illness. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her mother’s 7-year-old female dachshund. The dog was aggressive towards other dogs and had escaped from the apartment several times and attacked other dogs. We explained for liability reasons that we could not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her mother’s two 6-year-old dachshunds. The mother had Huntington’s disease and because of this was falling frequently and unable to safely manage her dogs. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about an elderly dachshund whose owner went to a nursing home. We explained, sadly, that we were not able to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their every being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A man called us facing a difficult situation. His wife left him and did not take the dogs with her. One of the dogs had been injured as a young dog and had a surgery to repair the injuries that was not particularly effective. The dog was now 8 years old and suffering from pain that was not resolvable and was also completely incontinent. We talked over the situation with the man, and advised that given the dog’s condition, the most humane thing was to have the vet euthanize the dog for reason of suffering. We have these conversations from time to time with people, it’s hard to make that decision, but when a dog is suffering—keeping them going is not the right thing for them.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her two dachshunds because her young son was very allergic to them. She wanted them to go as a pair, and we did not have a foster home that could handle that, so referred her to other groups.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 14-year-old dachshund in need of rescue. We explained, sadly, that we were not able to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
Dear Dachshund Admirers:
You may remember me from a few years ago, when I was featured on the DFW Dachshund Rescue website.
The rescue volunteers and vet staff helped me overcome a number of medical challenges, including a broken jaw and treatment for heartworms.
I was adopted last summer by a wonderful couple and have been happily settled in my new home for quite some time.
Now that life is great for me, I have been thinking about ways to give back to those who helped me so much.
One day, my new family was reading the paper and I saw something called an "advice column" for humans.
I thought to myself, "that's it! I'll write my own advice column for DFW Dachshund Rescue and call it 'Dear Dickens'."
Just like the people who write the human advice columns, I'll call upon different dog experts if I can't answer the whole question by myself.
The volunteers thought it was a great idea, so this will be a regular feature on the website.
I hope you will
write to me if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Thank you for writing this column. I always
find helpful and interesting information here.
I have a question for you. Rescue groups ask
a lot of questions to potential adopters; but
I wondered if it is okay for me to ask questions
of the rescue group before I adopt from them.
While some of my friends have adopted dogs
from groups and it has been a good experience;
others have encountered problems. I want to
be more informed before I decide to adopt
from a particular group. Is it really okay
to ask questions?
Questioning Quinda in Quebec
Dear Questioning Quinda,
You definitely should ask questions of a rescue
group before you decide to adopt from them. You should include questions about a dog you are interested in, and also basic information about the operating and management policies of the group. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions.
Here are some questions I would encourage you to ask:
1. Do you evaluate dogs for temperament before listing
them for adoption to the general public? Would you
knowingly place a people-aggressive or dog-aggressive dog in an adoptive home? Do you have an
experienced dog trainer that works with or advises
2. How many foster homes does your group have? Does
your group have a limit on the number of foster dogs
that can be in one home? (Note from Dickens: If there are too many dogs in a foster home, then the
dogs are getting food and shelter, but not the necessary training and socialization to be ready for a permanent home)
3. What health care has the dog received? At minimum, the dog should be altered, vaccinated,
tested for heartworms (treated if needed), tested and
treated for parasites and microchipped. The dog
should also have been treated for any infections or
injuries. With dachshunds, a dental cleaning for
adult dogs is a real bonus. Do ask the group if they provide dental cleanings for their foster dogs.
Ask if you can speak to the vet clinic that has
done the vet work for the dog you are interested in
adopting. A good rescue group will happily provide you with the name and phone number of their vet clinic. Ask if you will be provided with an actual copy of the vet records for the dog and not just a list of the vaccinations that the dog has received.
4. Do you allow a trial visit period? Dogs do not always display their true personality in just a few days. A group that allows a 1 to 2 week trial visit will give you a better opportunity to evaluate a dog and see if it is the right match for your home.
5. Ask to see a copy of their adoption contract, so you will understand fully what will be required of you
if you adopt from the group. If there are any stipulations in the contract that you do not think you can abide by, then perhaps this is not the right rescue group for you.
Do be sure to read through website of the rescue group first, as you may find answers to some of your questions there. Then you will know what additional questions you would like to ask. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions, and they will do so willingly. There are a number of good rescue groups out there, and it is worth taking the time to research and ask questions before deciding to adopt from a particular group. A good rescue group will continue to be a useful resource for you, even after the adoption of your dog. I hope this information will help you make an informed decision when you are looking for your new forever companion.
Well, my family is busy planning a camping trip and
I am going to see where they plan on taking me and
my doggie siblings! Goodbye for now.
Click here to read previous letters to Dickens.
Annual United Way Donations can be Directed to DFW Dachshund Rescue
Most of us are familiar with the annual United Way campaigns organized by many employers, but did you know that you can direct your United Way donation to benefit DFW Dachshund Rescue?
Most companies allow you to designate 501(c)(3) organizations of your choice to receive your United Way donations.
Check your employer's United Way sign-up process for requirements, and
or call us at 817-481-9272,
for the information needed to "write in" DFW Dachshund Rescue.
We've already begun receiving United Way directed donations from several companies, so you can rest assured that the process does work.
What a wonderful way to help the dachshunds all year long! Thank you to those who are participating already - we are grateful for your support!
Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization
Thank you for considering the adoption of a homeless dachshund. As you've no doubt seen, there are many more dogs than there are available homes, and there are many shelter and rescue organizations from which to choose your new family companion. Petfinder is an umbrella website that advertises adoptable animals from a number of different city shelters, private shelters, rescue organizations, and individuals, each serving their own target adoptive audience. Each of these groups has their own policies, procedures and requirements.
If you choose to adopt a dog from a rescue organization such as ours, it's important to learn as much as possible about the organization and its policies. The better the rescue organization, the better the chances you will adopt a companion that truly fits your family and lifestyle.
We have prepared an excellent article detailing a number of things to consider when selecting a rescue organization. Don't be afraid to ask questions about a rescue's policies and procedures. If the organization's representatives are defensive, rude, or avoid providing details, you should consider adopting from a different organization.
Click here to read the full article on Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization.
Be a Great Dog Owner!
1. Clean up after your pet! Whenever you go out for a walk or go to the park, be sure you go with a plastic bag. No one wants to step in the poop that your dog left behind. Please "scoop the poop" and this way your dog will be welcome out in public.
2. Don't add to the animal population - please be sure your dog is spayed or neutered. There are already more dogs on the planet than there are possible homes - we don't need more.
3. Feed a quality dog food. Pet foods purchased in the local grocery store chains are generally full of grains, by-products and other undesirable ingredients. Feed a premium dog food; it pays off in the long run with a healthier dog. And healthier dogs have less trips to the vet!
4. Find a job for your dog. All dogs were initially bred to do something, and most dogs are "chronically under-employed".
Dogs who are bored tend to get themselves in trouble. Take a basic obedience class with your dog for starters and then go from there. Perhaps you can teach your dog some tricks or pursue agility training or therapy dog work or any number of interesting activities. A dog with a purpose is a happy dog.
5. Use positive training methods. In today's dog training world, choke collars, shock collars and other punishment based methods are just not appropriate. We know more about dogs these days, and there are lots of positive training options out there.
Clicker based training is very effective and there are lots of articles about this out on the internet.
6. Volunteer to help with an animal rescue or welfare organization, or donate to support one of those groups. These organizations give many dogs a "second chance" at life and they need your support.
Remember DFW Dachshund Rescue in Your Estate Plans
When you sit down to do your estate planning, please consider designating DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate.
A bequest, no matter the size, funds our mission of restoring the health and finding new forever families for our homeless dachshunds.
It's easy to do. Just instruct your attorney that you wish to make a bequest to "DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation" in your will or trust documents in whatever amount or form you choose.
Be sure to include our address if you're a Texas resident.
Because we are a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation we may also meet the criteria for qualified beneficiaries for a variety of charitable giving programs which may be components of more elaborate estate planning.
Be sure to consult with your attorney and tax professionals before embarking on any type of asset distribution plan to determine the appropriateness for your particular situation.
If you are interested in making a bequest and you, or your counsel, require further information please
contact us, or call us at 817-481-9272.
Who We Are
The Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
is a well-established organization with a history of providing dachshund related education and service to the DFW community.
If you are looking to adopt or purchase a dachshund, have dachshund related training or behavior questions, or need to place your dachshund, we may be able to assist you.
If not, we will make every effort to find you someone who can.
Dachshunds in our program are fully vetted before adoption. This includes being altered, receiving all needed immunizations, having a dental cleaning and being microchipped.
Any other medical issues the dog has will also be addressed before being adopted.
Our dachshunds are placed in foster homes while they undergo rehabilitation and await adoption.
This allows us to better evaluate the personalities of each dog, which provides a better match for potential adopters.
While in their foster homes, the dachshunds are socialized, given plenty of love and praise, and some begin to pick up basic housetraining skills and obedience.
How You Can Help
If you or someone you know are looking to acquire a companion dachshund, please view our
list of available dachshunds. Information on how to go about adopting can be found in each dog's detailed listing, and in the next section, "Adopting A Friend."
Even if you are not looking for a companion dachshund, you can still be one of our Guardian Angels.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization, funded solely through gifts, donations and adoption fees and staffed entirely by volunteers.
All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar received goes directly towards the care of our rescue dachshunds.
Your support makes it possible for us to continue helping those dogs in need.
Donations may be sent to:
Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034
Donations may also be made via Paypal:
Some companies have matching gift programs that allow individual donations to go even farther. Ask your employer if this type of program is available to you.
Click here for more ways to help the dachshunds.
Adopting a Friend
If you are interested in adopting one of the dachshunds in our rescue program, please contact us for an application.
It will be sent out to you via postal mail, as it is not available online. Once your application has been received, we will check your vet references, and schedule a home visit.
We are a private organization that fosters our dogs in individual homes. We do not have a kennel or a public facility of any type.
We do not schedule visits with dogs until an adopter's application has been approved.
For more information about our adoption process, go to
Our Adoption Process page.
Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034
Click here for a list of our available dachshunds
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