Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
2016 Picture a New Life Calendars
November and December 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 November and DecemberWe'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 2014, we received a total of 497 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 41 requests for help every month. We are delighted to report that this represents a continued reduction in calls. In total, we received about 202 less calls for help in 2014 than we did in 2013. Hopefully, we will continue to see a slow, but steady decline in calls this year for help with dachshunds. At this point, however, that still represents plenty of dachshunds needing help.
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: November 2015
Requests for placement assistance: 17 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A man called us about getting rid of his male dachshund who was walking after back surgery, but still incontinent and thus required his bladder be expressed several times a day. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues would render them unadoptable. We reviewed the limited options available for dogs in these situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her 3-year-old piebald longhair male dachshund, explaining that they were too busy to take care of him anymore. After talking with her about the dog, we agreed to accept him into our program. When they met us at our vet clinic (despite what they had told us about the dog) he turned out to be highly dog aggressive. At that point, the decision was made to have him euthanized as he could not be safely near any other dog.
~ A woman contacted us about her 6 year old female dachshund that was peeing and pooping everywhere in their home since they have moved to Dallas. She had sought care from a vet and worked with a trainer; all to no avail. She wanted us to take the dog as she was tired of dealing with the constant mess. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health and behavioral issues made them unadoptable, and advised, given what she had already tried, that she would likely need to discuss with her vet euthanasia of the dog due to these unresolvable issues.
~ A man contacted us about a 3-legged dachshund that he found. The owners were located, but did not want the dog back. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs with disabilities, and reviewed the limited options available for dogs in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about 2 young dachshunds in need of rescue. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman took in a senior and very timid dachshund. She called for advice on how to manage the dog; and we offered two consultations with one of our trainers. She was pleased with this offer, and we connected her with the trainer.
~ A woman called us about 2 year old female dachshund that she needed to get rid of because she was moving. After talking with her, she advised us that the dog did not warm up easily to people, usually taking several hours to even approach a new person. We explained that we could not successfully rehome dogs that fearful, and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about a friendly male dachshund she had found as a stray. She was working on trying to locate the owner, but asked us if we would take the dog if the owner could not be located. We agreed to do so, as long as she gave a reasonable amount of time for the original owner to be located.
~ A woman contacted us about a puppy they had purchased after it was diagnosed with mega-esophagus. We explained that this medical diagnosis was difficult to treat, and would render the puppy unadoptable. We reviewed the limited options available in this situation.
~ A woman contacted us about her 8-year-old female dachshund that she adopted from a shelter. The woman had to move in with family and the dog was aggressive towards family members. We explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept or rehome any dog with a known aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a chiweenie in need of a home. We explained that we did not accept mixed breed dogs, and referred the woman to groups that did.
~ A man contacted us about his brothers 8-year-old dog. The brother had to go to an assisted living facility and no one in the family wanted the dog. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A shelter contacted us about a heartworm positive dog. When we saw the pictures, the dog was a mixed breed. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs, and referred the shelter to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about her mothers 13-year-old dachshund. The mother had passed away, and no one wanted 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 her fathers 6 year old dachshund. Her father had died and no one wanted the dog. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund that was surrendered by an owner that was too busy. The dog snapped and attempted to bite anytime someone handled the dog. We explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept nor rehome a dog with known aggressive behaviors.
~ A woman contacted us about a dog she adopted from a shelter but could not manage; as he was too active. She thought he was a wirehair dachshund, but after seeing pictures we determined he was a terrier mix. We referred her to groups that handled mixed breed dogs.
Summary: December 2015
Requests for placement assistance: 13 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 2
Adoptions this month: 0 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 2 dogs
These are some of the reasons that assistance was requested from our group:
~ A couple found a young female dachshund wandering in their neighborhood; the dog had no microchip or collar. After an extensive search, no owner could be found and we were contacted for help. We agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a female dachshund in need of rescue. We contacted them and offered to help, but happily another group was able to pick her up.
~ A woman contacted us about surrendering her female dachshund. The dog did not get along with their cat, and the cat was a special companion to their special needs child. We offered her information about how to safely place the dog herself, and she decided that was a better way to handle this situation, as she would know where the dog would be living.
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a female dachshund in need of rescue. When we talked to her in more depth, she shared that the dog was very fearful and did not accept new people very well. We explained that this was not going to be dog that we could help, and that a sanctuary program might be the only option.
~ A man contacted us about surrendering his 16-year-old dachshund because he did not want to make the decision to put the dog down due to senility and old age related ailments. We talked with him for sometime, explaining that rescue programs were for rehoming viable dogs, and he was able to come to the conclusion to make the decision himself to have the vet euthanize his dog.
~ A shelter contacted us about a smooth red male dachshund in need of rescue. He had been impounded as a stray and no one claimed him. We agreed to accept him into our rescue program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund in need of rescue that was aggressive towards people. We explained that as a responsible organization and due to liability reasons we did not accept nor rehome dogs with known aggressive behaviors.
~ A woman contacted us about her mothers dog. The dog got along with people but was aggressive towards other dogs. We explained that as a responsible organization and due to liability reasons we did not accept nor rehome dogs with known aggressive behaviors.
~ A shelter contacted us about two dachshunds that were abandoned by their owner at the shelter. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A man asked for our help in locating a rescue group that had adopted out a Chihuahua mix to his neighbor. The neighbor was ill and could no longer care for the dog. He ended up finding the group on his own and we were glad to know that.
~ A shelter contacted us about two elderly dachshunds that were abandoned by their owner. We explained that we were not able to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age would result in their never being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A man contacted us about getting rid of his 3-year-old male dachshund claiming he was too busy to have time for him. When we questioned him more thoroughly, it turned out the dog was aggressive towards people coming to the home and would not accept strangers. We explained that due to liability we could not accept nor rehome dogs with known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available.
~ A shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund abandoned by his owner. We explained that sadly we could not be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman had a dachshund with a back injury and contacted us for advice and resources. We were happy to recommend Dodgers List and K-9 Backpack as sources of support and information, and also gave her the name of an excellent rehab vet. She was grateful for the information.
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
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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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