Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
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2016 - Another Great Year for DFW Dachshund Rescue
2016 was another busy year for our volunteers, and we're constantly reminded how lucky we are to have your generous support. As you know, it's all about the dachshunds! We placed 36 dachshunds in loving forever homes this 2016, with 3 additional adoptions pending at year-end. An additional 11 dachshunds are currently receiving plenty of love and attention in their foster homes as they await their perfect forever families.
We spent over $63,000 on veterinary work in 2016. In addition to routine care like immunizations, spay/neutering, dental cleanings and microchipping, we treated 11 dogs for heartworms - the most ever in a single year. We had a pregnant dachshund who delivered one puppy while in rescue. Both mother and daughter have found forever homes. Several dogs required major dental care by our veterinary dental specialist, and two dogs required treatment by a veterinary dermatologist. Several dogs received rehabilitation treatments such as acupuncture and laser therapy to treat various injuries. One arrival was found dumped on a rural farm, a victim of starvation and neglect, with symptoms of tick borne disease. He is now thriving in his foster home, gaining both weight and confidence.
We regularly utilize the services of three dog trainers to consult and work with our foster parents and adopters. This helps our adoptable dachshunds adjust to their foster homes and prepares them to be well mannered forever family members. We also arranged consultations with several dachshund owners to resolve behavioral problems; this allowed them to keep their dachshunds and prevented them from surrendering their dogs to rescue. Training is an essential part of our program.
We hosted a rescue reunion picnic in October with 83 adopters and over 100 dachshunds in attendance. Everyone enjoyed barbeque, a special cake, fun dachshund races and other activities. There were dozens of fabulous raffle and silent auction items and many happy winners. The big hit was a free photo booth where adopters and dachshunds dressed up for fun and funky photos!
Our ninth annual Donation Matching Campaign raised over $12,000 for our rescue dachshunds. 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. We plan to hold the Donation Matching Campaign again this year. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor.
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. Thank you for being a friend to the dachshunds!
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Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for October and NovemberWe'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: October 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 20 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 3 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 3 dogs
These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~ A woman contacted us about surrendering a chi-weenie to our program. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to programs that did.
~ A woman called us wanting to be the go-between for an owner that no longer wanted her 3-year-old male dachshund. We explained that we did not deal with third parties—the person wanting to surrender the dog needed to contact us directly. The woman refused to put the owner in touch with us, so we explained that we could not help.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dog that was supposed to be a dachshund, but turned out to be a mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred them to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about a chocolate and tan smooth male dachshund that had been dumped on a farm in a rural area. After seeing pictures and talking with the woman, we agreed to accept the dog into our program. She kindly drove two hours to meet us at our veterinarian’s office.
~ A woman contacted us about an elderly dachshund that she no longer wanted. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options in these situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 5 and 6 year old pair of dachshunds that needed rescue. Their owners had surrendered them because they were too busy taking care of an elderly family member to be able to take care of the dogs. We accepted these dogs into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about 4 dachshund littermates that might need rescue help. Luckily, they were all adopted before a rescue program needed to be involved.
~ A man contacted us about his two senior dachshunds that he wanted to get rid of because his young children were too rough with them. We offered a consultation at our expense with one of our trainers to see if this would help them keep the dogs, but they never responded to our offer.
~ A woman contacted us about their longhair male dachshund that had bitten their daughter twice. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home dogs with an aggressive history. We advised that having their vet euthanize the dog for reasons of temperament was their only option.
~ A woman found a female dachshund wandering as a stray and could not locate the owner. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A man contacted us about their dachshund that had bitten several people. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home dogs with an aggressive history. We advised that having their vet euthanize the dog for reasons of temperament was their only option.
~ A woman contacted us about a longhair male dachshund that was in a local shelter. We called to check on the dog, but happily he had been adopted.
~ One of our adopters contacted us for advice about rescue groups that took in mixed breed dogs, as she had found a stray mixed breed female. We were happy to give us the list of groups that we had on file.
~ A woman had to get rid of her senior dachshund because she had been evicted from her rental home. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs that were too old to be adopted. We reviewed the limited options in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male smooth piebald dachshund needing rescue. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about a female dachshund in a rural shelter. We were full, but made referrals.
Summary: November 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 28 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 6 dogs
These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~A woman called us about a bonded pair; female dachshund mix and male dachshund mix. We were unable to take a pair that had to be fostered and placed together (as well as both being mixes), so made referrals.
~A man called us about a neighbor’s 10 year old dachshund. The neighbor was moving 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 for senior dogs.
~A pet sitter contacted us about a young male dachshund that was skittish and could not be housetrained (according to the owners). The dog had been obtained originally from Craig’s List; which is often a source for problem dogs that other people or rescue groups would not take. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs that had temperament issues that would make it unlikely for them to be adopted. We suggested she try some of the larger rescue groups.
~A woman contacted us about her 1 year old male dachshund that growled and snarled when confronted with anything that displeased the dog. We explained that as a responsible rescue group, we could not accept, sanctuary or rehome dogs that displayed aggressive tendencies. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman contacted us about a dachshund that her roommate abandoned with her. The dog had severe separation anxiety and was destroying things in her apartment. Nothing had worked in dealing with the dog. We explained that we were not equipped to deal with a dog that had a low likelihood of being able to be safely re-homed and reviewed the limited options in situations like this.
~A shelter contacted us about a wirehair female dachshund that was heartworm positive and a red piebald smooth dachshund (no heartworms) that both needed rescue help. Both were young and had good temperaments, and we were able to accept them into our program.
~A woman contacted us about surrendering a dachshund mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs, and made referrals to groups that did.
~A shelter contacted us about 4 elderly dachshunds in need of 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 woman contacted us about providing temporary care for her elderly dachshund while she escaped an abusive relationship. We were unable to do this, but referred her to the Dallas SPCA, as they have a program of this type.
~A woman contacted us about a dachshund mix that was highly dog aggressive. Her children had been bitten while breaking up a fight between this dog and their other dog. We explained that as a responsible rescue group, we could not accept, sanctuary or rehome dogs that displayed aggressive tendencies. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations and advised her that the likely option was to have to euthanize the dog for reasons for aggressive temperament.
~A woman found a male dachshund estimated to be 14 years old in her backyard. Despite consistent efforts to find the owner, no owner turned up. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available for senior dogs.
~A woman contacted us about a young female dachshund at an area shelter that was supposedly in need of rescue. When we called the shelter and left a message, we never got a response.
~A man called us about getting rid of his parent’s two senior dachshunds. They were traveling more and did not want to be bothered with the care of their dogs anymore. 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 a male dachshund that they had adopted from an area shelter a month ago. They decided that they did not have time for a dog and wanted to get rid of him. We agreed to accept the dog into our program, then it was determined that he was heartworm positive. Sadly, it then turned out that his heart was too damaged, so he was euthanized.
~A shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund that was abandoned by her owner because the dog was no longer wanted. 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 shelter contacted us about a young black and tan female dachshund in need of rescue. We were full, but made referrals.
~A shelter contacted us about a female dachshund that was adopted out and then returned due to aggressive behavior. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home dogs with a known aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman contacted us about surrendering her female dachshund after it bit her boyfriend in the face. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home dogs with a known aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A shelter contacted us about an elderly dog in need of 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 woman contacted us about a stray elderly female dachshund that she had found. 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. Luckily, though, the owner was found at the last minute.
~A man contacted us about a young dachshund that was dumped on his rural property. We agreed to take the dog, and within a few hours at our vet clinic it was determined that the dog was severely ill with both kidney and liver issues. His problems were not going to be resolved, so the decision was to euthanize him.
~A veterinarian contacted us about a black and tan smooth male dachshund puppy that was dumped in a client’s backyard, covered in fleas. The puppy was brought to the clinic and a search was mounted for the owner, but with no success. At that point, she contacted us and we agreed to accept the dog into our program.
~A woman was left with a 2 year old male black and tan dapple dachshund when her boyfriend broke up with her and moved overseas. She did not want to keep the dog, so contacted us for help. We agreed to accept him into our program.
~A woman found an elderly female dachshund wandering in her neighborhood. No owner could be located so she contacted us for help. 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.
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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
Click here for a list of our available dachshunds
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