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Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for April and MayWe'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: April 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 25 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 1 dog
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 9 dogs
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A young woman called us about surrendering a terrier mix puppy as she and her husband did not have time to care for and train him. They had obtained the puppy from a friend that had an unwanted litter of puppies. We explained that we did not accept mixed breed dogs and gave her a list of rescue groups that did.
~ A woman called us to report that an elderly dachshund had been found near her grooming shop. She asked us to help get the word out in hopes of finding the owner. We were happy to help with that.
~ A woman called us wanting to get rid of her parents two 14-year-old dachshunds. Her parents had passed away a couple of years ago, and the woman wanted to move and sell her house and wanted to get rid of these dogs as soon as possible. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available.
~ A man called us and wanted us to either take in his dachshund that had become paralyzed or provide someone from our group 4 times a day …for free---to take the dog out to potty, administer medications, etc. He was too busy in his work to provide the care. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues precluded their ever being adopted. We referred him to Dodger’s List, as well as to an area vet clinic that does acupuncture. We also suggested paying a pet sitter to come in to help with the dog while it was recovering.
~ A woman called us about a backyard breeder that was involved in a domestic violence situation. There was a pregnant dachshund on the property and she needed to surrender this dog. We were unable to take the dog, but we were able to get another dachshund rescue group to take the dog.
~ A woman called us about numerous dachshunds on the property of a backyard breeder. The woman had been involved in a domestic violence situation. She was advised that she could either voluntarily surrender the dogs or there would likely be a seizure of the dogs and a potential court case. She decided to surrender six dachshunds—1 short hair and 5 longhair—and we were able to accept all six into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 10-year-old male dachshund with hip dysplasia whose owner had surrendered him. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age and health would preclude their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available.
~ A woman with cancer contacted us about 3 miniature female dachshunds that she could no longer care for. They were not spayed. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman called us about her male dachshund that had become increasingly aggressive towards her. After determining that there did not seem to be any health issues that would cause this, we explained that due to liability we could not accept nor rehome a dog with known aggressive issues. We explained that she would have to discuss euthanasia of this dog for temperament reasons…with her vet clinic.
~ A woman contacted us about a senior dachshund that she wanted to get rid of, complaining that no rescue group would respond to her. We explained that most groups—including ours—were not sanctuaries and therefore could not take in elderly dogs. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A woman called for advice about what to do regarding a neighbor that was neglecting their dachshund puppy and violating local animal ordinances. We explained that we were not the enforcers of those ordinances, and that she would need to contact her local animal control agency.
~ A couple found a stray male dachshund walking down the road. They were able to get him to come to them, and then spent three weeks trying to locate an owner with no success. The dog got along well with their children and other dogs; but they could not keep the dog. We offered to take him into our program and they accepted the offer.
~ A vet tech from a local clinic called us about her dachshund that was both dog-aggressive and food-aggressive. We explained that due to liability we could not accept nor rehome a dog with known aggressive issues. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ 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 her dachshund that was fear-aggressive and now had started biting her children and other people. We had a long discussion, explaining why dogs like this could not and should not be rehomed. This is a discussion, sadly, that we have regularly. The woman finally agreed with us that the dog would need to be euthanized for reasons of aggressive temperament.
~ A couple contacted us about their dachshund that had bitten their child, twice—badly. The dog was also dog aggressive. We explained that due to liability reasons and common good sense—no responsible rescue group would accept or rehome a dog with known aggressive behaviors. We explained that the only option for this dog was to be euthanized by a veterinarian for reasons for aggressive temperament.
~ A veterinarian that worked in a small rural shelter contacted us about two young male dachshunds with good temperaments that were going to be euthanized for reasons of space. After talking with her, we agreed to accept these two dogs into our program.
Summary: May 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 21 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 3
Adoptions this month: 3 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A woman asked for information and treatment resources for their dachshund that had developed IVDD. We were happy to give a variety of information, and hope that it helps them as they go through this with their dog.
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a male dachshund in need of help at an area shelter. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A couple called us about a female dachshund that was being attacked by their Yorkie. They wanted to rehome the dachshund, for her safety. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A man contacted us about getting rid of his two senior dachshunds because he was moving. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options in such situations.
~ A woman found a young female dachshund and could not locate the owner. We offered to take the dog, but the woman was able to find a new home for the dog on her own.
~ A woman contacted us about her daughter’s dachshund that had been living with them for awhile. The dog had bitten several times, and they thought a new home was the solution. We explained that due to liability, we could not accept nor rehome dogs that had an aggressive history. She made the decision to have her vet euthanize the dog for reasons of unstable temperament.
~ A woman lost her dachshund and sent us a picture and information and asked us to keep an eye out. A few days later she contacted us and let us know her dog had been found. We were very happy for the owner!
~ A woman wanted to get rid of her 3 year old male dachshund that was dog aggressive. We explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept nor rehome a dog with aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A man lost his dachshund and asked for advice on how to search, and also if we would keep his information about the dog on hand. We agreed to do so and we hope he finds his dog.
~ A woman sent us a posting about a longhair dachshund from a buy/trade/sell newspaper. We explained that for safety reasons, we could not have any dealings with dogs that were posted in newspapers like that. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about getting rid of her 11 year old dachshund because she was moving and the new place did not take 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 shelter called us about an elderly, injured dachshund in need of rescue. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age and health precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund mix being advertised for rehoming on Craigs List. We explained that for safety reasons we did not take dogs that were listed there as criminal activity is very high in connection with any transactions on Craigs List.
~ A man contacted us about his male dachshund that had gone down and was completely paralyzed. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues would result in their never being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about an elderly dachshund found wandering. She could not find the owner and contacted us for help. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues would result in their never being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about four 6 week old puppies from an accidental litter of her male and female dachshund. She agreed to get the adults altered. We were full, but were able to refer the woman to a larger dachshund rescue group that was able to assist her.
~ A couple contacted us about a dachshund/beagle mix that was heartworm positive and they no longer wanted. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and provided a list of groups that did. We also told them we were sorry that they had neglected to provide monthly heartworm prevention for this dog—as heartworm disease can be prevented.
~ A man called us about a sweet female black and tan dachshund that they had found as a stray. There was no collar ID and no microchip and they had looked for an owner for over a week. We agreed to accept the dog into our program.
~ A couple contacted us about getting rid of their 5 year old male dachshund that had become territorial and aggressive towards people since they brought their baby home. We explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept nor rehome dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund/Bassett mix that needed rescue. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and provided a list of groups that did.
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.
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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
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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
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