Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
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Selecting a Rescue Organization
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DFW Dachshund Rescue's 10th Annual Donation Matching CampaignOur tenth annual Donation Matching Campaign has come to a close, but we're proud to announce that we met our goal of $5000 in donations. This amount was matched in full by our sponsor, resulting in a total of $10,000 that is now available to assist our adoptable dachshunds.
Even though this year's campaign is over, you may still make a tax-deductible donation to DFW Dachshund Rescue at any time by clicking the donate button in the column to the left. Thank you for helping the dachshunds!
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 2016, we received a total of 263 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 22 requests for help every month. We are delighted to report that this represents a continued reduction in calls—we received about 91 less calls for help in 2016 than we did in 2015. This represents a continuing and 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 2017
Requests for placement assistance: 24 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~ A shelter contacted us about a female dachshund in need of rescue. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A backyard breeder offered us a litter of 4 dachshund poodle puppies as a “free fundraiser” for our group; stating that she had given the first distemper shots and we would be able to place them with no further vet care (I don’t think so!) and make “a lot of money” for our group. She became angry and verbally abusive when we told her we do not take puppies and then provide no further vet care so we can “make money”. Dogs placed through the foundation receive all the vet care they need and we do not “make a profit” on them. In addition, we do not take dogs from breeders. It is the breeder’s responsibility to re-home the dogs they produce. Taking dogs from people like this is simply enabling them to continue irresponsible breeding. Responsible breeders would never contact a rescue group to take in their dogs. And responsible rescue groups would never take dogs from a breeder like this.
~ A woman contacted us about a 5-year-old female dachshund she had that was highly aggressive resource guarder. The dog would lash out at their other dog and the owner if there were a resource she wanted (food that fell on the floor, access to toys or dog beds, etc.). The owner had been bitten by the dog and now had a baby of her own and did not feel safe. We explained that aggressive dogs could not be “fixed” in terms of their behavior and could not be re-homed for liability reasons. We explained that euthanasia was the only option.
~ A woman contacted us about “getting rid of” her dog due to financial issues. She was unwilling to give much information about the dog’s temperament and it was our feeling that the reason for surrendering the dog was more likely to do with temperament. We declined to assist her.
~ A woman contacted us about her mother’s 11 year old wirehair dachshund that now needed a home because the mother had died. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for a dog whose age meant it would not be adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about one of her dachshunds who was deaf. She had recently moved and could only have two dogs in her new living arrangement. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for a dog whose disability meant it would not likely be adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her mother’s 6 year old longhair female dachshund who needed to be rehomed because of her mother’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The dog was friendly and sweet, and we agreed to accept her into our program.
~ A woman contacted us about two abandoned dachshunds but wrote such an angry vindictive email about why the foundation assisted owners with dogs that we decided it was safer not to contact her. We do not know what happened to those dogs.
~ A woman contacted us about two mixed breed puppies that had been dumped on her aunt’s rural property. We explained that the dogs were not dachshunds and that we did not take mixed breeds. We referred her to rescue groups that did and told her that since the puppies were young and friendly, there would be a very good option for one of the groups to take the puppies.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund that had temperament and housetraining issues. The dog’s owner no longer wanted the dog. We explained that we could not accept a dog with unstable temperament and reviewed the limited options in available in such situations.
~ An elderly woman contacted us about a piebald wirehair female puppy that she said was playing too roughly with her other small dogs. We thought the puppy might just be playing roughly as puppies sometimes do. However, when we went to see the dog we were alarmed to see that she was extremely aggressive towards us, barking, snarling and attempting to bite. We explained to the woman that the only options were for her to work with a trainer to attempt to modify and manage the behavior safely or to have her vet euthanize the dog for reasons of temperament.
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a dog; after seeing the pictures we advised her that the dog was a mixed breed. We explained that we did not take mixed breeds, and referred her to groups that did.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 5 year old female dachshund whose owner died. The dog had a very good temperament and we offered to take her into our program. Happily, though an extended family member of the original owner adopted the dog.
~ A woman contacted us about a 5 month Dachshund-Min Pin puppy that needed a home. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did. We told her that since the puppy had a great temperament she would probably easily find a group that would take the puppy.
~ A woman contacted us about an 8-year-old dachshund-terrier mix that was unwanted by her current owners. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to a group that we thought could help.
~ A woman contacted us about her 2 year old longhair male dachshund that she no longer wanted because he barked too much. She wanted us to pay her $200 for the dog, we explained that we did not pay for dogs to enter rescue and also explained that the dog had to have good temperament. She was very vague in her conversation so we thought we probably would not hear from her again---and we didn’t.
~ A woman contacted us about 4 chiweenie dogs that she could no longer take care of. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did.
~ A shelter contacted us about a partially paralyzed dachshund that they could not adopt out, so wanted a rescue group to take. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues precluded them ever being able to be adopted. We reviewed the limited options in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund that they could not adopt out and wanted a rescue group to take. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
Summary: May 2017
Requests for placement assistance: 20 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 1 dog
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 1 dog
These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about two elderly dachshunds that were removed from a hoarder home. We explained that we were unable to be a resource for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A Good Samaritan contacted us about a smooth standard male dachshund in need of rescue. We accepted him into our program, and quickly found out he was highly dog aggressive. The dog came close to badly injuring a volunteer and her dog. Per our euthanasia policy, the dog was euthanized for reasons of aggression towards other dogs. This is sad, but a reality at times when it comes to rescue programs.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund she adopted some years ago from a rescue group. The dog had become steadily more aggressive in the home; both towards the child in the home and aggressive towards the adults whenever they attempted to get the dog to do typical things—put on a leash, ask the dog to get off the couch, etc. We advised the owner that aggression can not be fixed, and that due to the safety and liability issues connected with an aggressive dog in the home, their only option was to have their vet euthanize the dog for reasons of aggressive temperament.
~ A woman contacted us about two dachshunds that she needed to surrender due to a divorce. We talked with her at length, and offered to take the dogs into our program if she would send pictures and if the dogs could pass a basic temperament test. After that conversation, we heard nothing more from the woman---so have no idea what happened with the dogs.
~ A couple found a small, dapple smooth female loose in their neighborhood. Since they were near one of our volunteers, they took the scanner over and determined that the dog had a microchip. The company was called, but after 5 days no one responded to reclaim the dog. At that point, we took the dog into our program and submitted the microchip transfer paperwork to the chip company.
~ A woman that needed to go into long term drug rehab programming contacted us about surrendering her 10 year old female dachshund. We explained that we were unable to be a resource for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A man contacted us about two elderly dachshunds that he needed to surrender due to going through a divorce. We explained that we were unable to be a resource for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a male longhair dachshund that was left behind by owners who moved overseas and could not afford to take the dog with them. We were uncertain about the dog’s temperament so sent one of our trainers to evaluate him. The trainer reported that the dog was fear aggressive and could not safely be re-homed. We explained that to the owner and reviewed the limited options available to her with a dog like this.
~ A shelter contacted us about two elderly dachshunds that were impounded as strays. We explained that we were unable to be a resource for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about two dachshunds that she had and could no longer keep. Neither dog was altered, on heartworm prevention or vaccinated. The dogs were tolerant to some degree of each other, but were described as being aggressive towards any other dogs. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior towards either people or other dogs.
~ A woman found a stray dachshund with no chip or collar. The dog consistently growled at her and was difficult to handle. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior towards either people or other dogs. We reviewed the limited options available to her for this dog.
~ A woman wanted to surrender her 8 year old female dachshund who was fearful and destructive and snapped at family members. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior towards either people or other dogs. We reviewed the limited options available to her for this dog.
~ A woman took in a standard dachshund some months earlier but now wanted to surrender the dog because it was aggressive towards her dogs. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior towards either people or other dogs. We reviewed the limited options available to her for this dog.
~ A couple found an elderly, incontinent dachshund wandering in the street. They were unable to find the owner. We had to explain to them that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs that were too old or sick to be rehomed. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about an elderly dachshund whose owner had recently died. We had to explain to them that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs that were too old or sick to be rehomed. We 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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