Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
2016 Picture a New Life Calendars
February and March 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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Another Great Year for DFW Dachshund RescueAs 2015 comes to a close, we volunteers at Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue send Happy Holiday Wishes to you and yours! It's been another busy year for our volunteers, and we're constantly reminded how lucky we are to have your generous support. Be sure to follow Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue on Facebook for all the latest rescue news.
As you know, it's all about the dachshunds! So far this year, we have placed 36 dachshunds in loving forever homes. Ten of those went to previous adopters who returned to us when it was time to add to their families. We think this speaks volumes for the desirability of the dachshunds in our program. We spent over $55,000 on veterinary work in 2015. In addition to routine care like immunizations, spay/neutering, dental cleanings and microchipping, we treated four dogs for heartworms. We also provided specialized veterinary treatment when needed: two dachshunds required care from a veterinary ophthalmologist, two required care from a veterinary dermatologist, two required care from a veterinary acupuncturist, and one was evaluated by the veterinary cardiology department at Texas A&M University. We always ensure that our dachshunds are as healthy as possible prior to adoption.
Training remains a high priority of the foundation. Training helps dogs succeed in their foster homes and allows them to more easily transition to life in their adoptive homes. We have provided both in home sessions and classes for both foster and adoptive homes. We have had very positive feedback about the value of these training options.
Preventing dogs from entering rescue, and retaining them in their original homes, is a priority for us. When this can be done, it is better for the dogs, it results in fewer dogs entering rescue, and it is more cost effective for all involved. When owners call wanting to surrender their dogs to rescue, we talk with them about their situation. Some owners would like to keep their dogs, but are having problems doing so. If owners are having financial difficulties we are sometimes able to assist by making referrals to low cost vet services and food options. For owners struggling with training issues we have provided printed materials (such as an excellent housetraining booklet) or recommend consultations with one of the trainers we use. This kind of assistance resulted in six instances this year where a dog was able to remain in its original home and not enter rescue.
Once again, DFW Dachshund Rescue participated in Oak Cliff Earth Day and The Great Rescue Roundup at the Fort Worth Stockyards. We look forward to these two events every year. Our volunteers enjoy meeting fellow dachshund lovers, and our adoptive dachshunds love meeting their adoring public. Come join us at these events in 2016!
Almost $13,000 was raised during our eighth annual Donation Matching Campaign. What started out with a modest $1,000 goal in 2008 continues to grow each year. We are so fortunate and grateful to have such generous supporters.
Our annual "Picture a New Life" Calendar, featuring Teresa Berg's photos of some of our rescued dachshunds, is currently available for sale. Supplies are dwindling quickly so be sure to go to our website and order now. Calendars can also be purchased at The Nosey Dog in Flower Mound. The calendars make excellent Christmas gifts for yourself or your dachshund loving friends. As always, all proceeds go to help our rescued dachshunds.
DFW Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded solely through donations, adoption fees, affiliate revenue, and proceeds from our calendar sales. Every dollar goes to help the rescued dachshunds in our program. Your ongoing support makes it possible for us to continue helping those dogs in need. Heartfelt thanks from our Director, our foster families, and our other volunteers for being a friend to the dachshunds.
Have You Heard? "Picture A New Life" 2016 Calendars are Ready to Order NOW!
It's time again to order your "Picture A New Life" calendars.
The 2016 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.
Don't be left in the doghouse - use the "Buy Now" button below to order yours today!
(To order more than one calendar, just enter the quantity desired on the order form and click "update".)
If you'd rather pay by check, or have questions, please contact us.
Our Currently Adoptable Dachshunds
Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for February and MarchWe'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: February 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 26 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 2
Adoptions this month: 5 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A woman contacted us about her mother in law’s 9-year-old dachshund. The mother in law was entering a nursing home and the dachshund had been taken to a municipal animal shelter. The dog was known to be highly protective of the mother in law and unfriendly to other people. We explained that first of all, once the dog was in a shelter—it was up to the shelter what happened to the dog. And secondly—a dog that was potentially aggressive could not be cared for or rehomed through any responsible rescue organization.
~ A man lost his wife, and his new girlfriend did not want to bother with the two dachshunds that had been primarily the wife’s dogs. Both dogs were elderly and 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 in hopes of obtaining money to go towards her mixed breed dog’s back surgery. We explained that rescue groups do not pay for vet care for dogs that have owners; that is not the purpose of the program. We provided her with a list of foundations that offer some funds to help towards vet care; depending on the likelihood of the treatment being successful. We also referred her to Dodger’s List and K-9 Backpack for support and information from other owners facing this type of situation.
~ A man found an elderly female dachshund wandering in his cul-de-sac. The dog was not chipped and he wanted to get it somewhere quickly. We explained that the legal hold period is a minimum of 3 days and that a rescue group could not take in the dog. The only option was the city shelter, to allow the owner to potentially find her. Because the dog was elderly, was also advised him that there were limited options for adoption.
~ A man contacted us regarding a 4 year old male dachshund that was highly protective of his wife, and had bitten him repeatedly and now had bitten their infant son. We explained clearly that a dog with an aggressive history could not and should not be rehomed. Their only option was to have the vet euthanize the dog for reasons for temperament. These conversations are sad, but a necessary reality in the rescue world.
~ A woman contacted us about a 1-year-old dachshund that she obtained from a friend about six months ago. She had had the dog neutered and vaccinated, but he became progressively more fearful and aggressive as time went on. They were no longer comfortable having him in their home. Once again, we explained clearly that a dog with a fearful and aggressive history could not and should not be rehomed. Their only option was to have the vet euthanize the dog for reasons for temperament. These conversations are sad, but a necessary reality in the rescue world.
~ A woman called about a 10-year-old dachshund whose owner had to go into a nursing facility. We explained that we could not be a sanctuary for older dogs, and gave several suggestions on how a home might be located through friends of the person or an organization that specialized in senior dogs.
~ A woman contacted us about a 2-year-old female longhair dachshund that she had to get rid of immediately. We questioned her repeatedly about where she had gotten the dog, as we were suspicious she was trying to evade the return clause on an adoption contract. Sure enough, she was and finally admitted that the dog came from Dachshund Lovers of Texas. We contacted them and they made arrangements to pick up the dog. Do not sign an adoption contract if you are not willing to comply with the conditions on the contract.
~ A man contacted us for advice about finding a veterinarian that did acupuncture and other rehab related services. We were happy to recommend Advanced Care Veterinary Services and provide the contact information for him. He was very pleased to find out that the facility was located near his house.
~ A puppy was born to a female that entered our rescue program already pregnant; so the puppy is now part of our program and will be rehomed once she is old enough.
~ A woman contacted us about 2 elderly dachshunds belonging to her grandparents; the grandparents had recently passed away. Family and friends were unwilling to take on the care of the dogs. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A man called us about rehoming his two dachshunds that he was no longer willing to keep. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her dachshund mix female. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about her 7-year-old male dachshund that had separation anxiety and was also fear-aggressive towards unfamiliar people and dogs. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive issues. We reviewed the limited options available, and also offered her a consultation with one of our trainers, which she decided to utilize.
~ A woman called us about a stray male dachshund that was un-neutered and had no collar or chip. We offered to accept him into our program, but thankfully his owner was located. We hope that next time they keep a collar with tags on him, and hopefully get him neutered and microchipped.
~ A man called us about 9 chiweenies in a home where the dogs were being neglected. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and provided a list of groups that do accept mixed breed dogs, on a space/temperament basis.
~ A woman contacted us about a female senior dachshund that they no longer wanted because they had new jobs and had no time for 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.
Summary: March 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 18 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 2
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 3 dogs
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A man contacted us about a young piebald male dachshund that he and his elderly mother could not manage. He stated that the dog was wonderful with young children, but when asked how the dog was around adults, he began hedging and could not really say that the dog was reliable with adults. After a fairly lengthy conversation, he admitted that the dog probably was not good with adults and we explained that we could not accept a dog that had potential to be aggressive. We reviewed the limited options available in his situation.
~ A man called asking for advice for his parents, who had three senior dachshunds. The man felt his parents were not giving the dogs enough attention. After talking with him, it sounded like the parents actually were giving the dogs enough attention and we explained that for senior dogs, it was best if they remained in their home as it was unlikely they could be rehomed at their ages. We recommended hiring a pet sitter a few times a week to give the dogs some extra attention.
~ A couple found an elderly dachshund wandering as a stray and could not keep the dog. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options for such situations.
~ A small town animal shelter contacted us about a female dachshund that was impounded as a stray. No one claimed her, and we accepted her into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about an elderly dog whose owner had passed away. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman found a stray male dachshund that was very friendly but had no collar or microchip. No owner was found and we offered to take him into our rescue program, and she initially decided she would keep him herself. Then she realized her dog was not happy about sharing his home with another dog, and the stray dog was not crate trained and barked a lot. At that point she contacted us again and we agreed to take the dog.
~ A woman called and wanted our recommendations for boarding facilities for her senior dog when she had to travel. She was very appreciative of our advice and suggestions. It is good to be able to help callers with advice that help them get the best services for their dog.
~ A man living in Kansas contacted us about his 5-year-old paralyzed and incontinent dachshund. He was too busy to take care of her, and was tired of doing so. He was sure that a rescue group had many adopters eager to take on a situation like this. We had to explain that we were not a sanctuary and that there were not, in fact, adopters lined up that wanted to take this on. We reviewed the limited choices in his situation.
~ A woman that had cancer contacted us about rehoming her dachshund mix. We explained that we did not take mix breed dogs, and referred her to groups that did. We hope one of those groups can help her.
~ A woman contacted us about her dachshund that bit and injured her child badly. She was sure that a senior citizen or someone else would love having this dog. We explained that due to liability and safety reasons, no responsible rescue group would accept nor knowingly rehome a dog with an aggressive history. We explained that she would have to either work with a trainer or talk with her vet about euthanizing the dog for reasons of aggressive behavior.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund female mix and her mixed breed puppies. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred them to groups that did.
~ A shelter contacted us about a piebald smooth male who was abandoned when his owners moved. We agreed to accept him into our program.
~ A woman contacted us about two mixed breed dogs owned by her deceased mother in law. She did not want to keep them. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred them to groups that did.
~ A man contacted us, wanting to surrender his 3-year-old male dachshund. At first he claimed it was due to financial reasons; when we offered to refer him to low cost vet services he then stated that his wife didn’t like the dog. When asked why his wife did not like the dog, he then stated that the dog snapped and tried to bite anytime a leash was put on the dog or anytime the dog needed to be handled and the dog did not want to be handled at that moment. We asked him if he were adopting from us….would he want a dog like this. Indignantly he said of course not! We then explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept nor rehome dogs with known aggressive tendencies and/or behaviors. We reviewed the limited options for this type of situation.
~ A shelter called us about an elderly dachshund needing rescue. 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 man called wanting to get rid of his elderly dachshund. Again, 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.
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 your group?
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 RescueMost 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 contact us, 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 OrganizationThank 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 PlansWhen 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 AreThe 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 HelpIf 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.
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.
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Adopting a FriendIf 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.
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034
Click here for a list of our available dachshunds
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