Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
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Selecting a Rescue Organization
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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 December and JanuaryWe'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: December 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 15 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 man contacted us about a dachshund mix in a West Texas animal shelter. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred him to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about 4 chiweenie puppies that she thought were in need at the home of an elderly person. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did.
~ A woman had a six-year-old male dachshund that became paralyzed. She was unable to be home enough to care for him so wanted to surrender him. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues could not be resolved. We reviewed some of the options for acupuncture/rehab care but explained that it would be unlikely any rescue group would accept the dog.
~ A woman found a sweet, elderly longhair dachshund wandering as a stray. Luckily, the owner was located because we explained to her that most rescue groups were not equipped to be animal sanctuaries for elderly dogs that could not be adopted.
~ A woman contacted us about to get rid of her fearful, un-housetrained dachshunds. She stated that the dogs were ruining their house and their lives. We emailed her and offered some training help but explained that other than that we could not assist her as we were not a sanctuary for animals whose behavior would not result in being a good, adoptable companion.
~ A woman found a back-injured, paralyzed dachshund on the road. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues could not be resolved. We reviewed the very limited options in these situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund that she had rescued and attempted to re-home three times. The dog was highly aggressive and had bitten three times. We explained that due to liability, no responsible rescue group would accept, sanctuary or re-home such a dog. We advised talking with her vet about euthanizing the dog for reasons of temperament.
~ A woman wanted to get rid of her two dachshunds that both had extensive and permanent health issues, because she was no longer able to care for them. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health issues precluded them ever being adopted. We directed her to foundations that might provide grants for vet care but otherwise explained that options were very limited in this type of situation. ~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a male dachshund that was found starved and abandoned in a ditch along a rural road. We agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a young male dachshund in need of rescue. When we contacted them, another group had already picked up the dog.
Summary: January 2017
Requests for placement assistance: 16 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 7 dogs
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 a dog she thought was a dachshund. As it turned out, it was a mixed breed dog and weighed over 35 pounds. We explained that we did not accept mixed breeds, and referred her to groups that did.
~ A social worker contacted us about a dog she thought was a dachshund. She had removed the dog from a neglectful home and was looking for rescue options. The dog was a mixed breed, so we referred her to groups that work with mixed bree dogs.
~ A man called us about a stray female dachshund they had found. The dog had no microchip or collar ID; and after several weeks no owner could be located. The man called us about surrendering the dog to our program. He explained that the dog was sweet some of the time, but would snap or bite if required to do something she didn’t like such as get off the couch, give up a favorite item, get off someone’s lap, etc. We explained that due to liability we were unable to accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We advised that the only option would be to take the dog to the local shelter; where she would likely be euthanized for reasons of temperament.
~ A woman contacted us about re-homing her two 10-year-old dachshunds (littermates) because their pediatrician stated that the baby was allergic to dog dander and the dogs must go. Unfortunately, we had to explain to her that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We suggested contacting the breeder of the dogs (responsible breeders always take back dogs of their breeding) and if the breeder was not a responsible one, we reviewed the limited remaining options.
~ A woman called about surrendering her parent’s dachshund that had multiple health issues; as they did not want to be bothered to take the dog to the vet. Unfortunately, the dog had more health issues than could be resolved in order to be re-homed, so we reviewed the limited options available for this dog.
~ A vet clinic contacted us about a female dog that had been abandoned there by its owner who no longer wanted her. After seeing the pictures, we determined the dog was a mixed breed dog and referred them to groups that handled mixed breeds.
~ A woman called us about her brother-in-law’s 9 year old dachshund. The dog was diabetic, requiring regular insulin shots. He was also quite aggressive, snapping and biting whenever he was asked to do things like get off the couch, go outside or give up an item. We explained that due to liability we were unable to accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We recommended that the dog be taken to the man’s veterinarian to be euthanized for reasons of temperament.
~ A shelter contacted us about a fear-aggressive dachshund that even the shelter vet refused to examine. We explained that due to liability we were unable to accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available for such dogs, and explained that responsible rescue groups do not take in dogs like this.
~ A kind nurse called us about a 10 year old female dachshund whose owner had recently died under the care of a hospice program. We explained that while this was a very sweet dog, we were unable to be a sanctuary program for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We suggested she contact a program that we knew sometimes could take senior dogs and luckily there was an opening there, and the dog was accepted into their program.
~ A couple rescued a female dachshund from a property abandoned by a family member. The family member refused to return for the dog, so the couple contacted us for help. The dog was overweight, but friendly and got along well with other dogs. We agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A woman contacted us about a longhair dachshund she adopted from Craig’s List, supposedly because the military family was moving a lot. Within a couple of days, she found out why the dog was being re-homed….the dog was highly dog-aggressive and badly injured one of her own dogs. We explained that due to liability we were unable to accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We advised that the only option for a dog like this was to have their vet euthanize the dog for reasons of temperament.
~ A woman contacted us about a dog that turned out to be a mixed breed. We explained that we were focused on purebred dachshunds and made referrals to groups that did take mixed breed dogs.
~ A shelter contacted us about a chiweenie who was not only a mixed breed, but was quite aggressive towards anyone that approached her run. Between the mixed breed and the aggression, this was not a dog that we could help. We explained that due to liability we were unable to accept, sanctuary or re-home dogs with any known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a male dog in a shelter. She sent pictures of the dog, and we explained that the dog was a mixed breed. We made referrals to a group that took mixed breed dogs, and the rescuer let us know that the group accepted the dog.
~ A woman contacted us about her sister’s elderly dachshund, as her sister was terminally ill. Because of the dog’s age, we were not able to be a resource for her, but we did refer to groups we thought might be able to help. We explained to the woman that we were not able to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being able to be adopted.
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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