Dallas - Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
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Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for August and SeptemberWe'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: August 2017
Requests for placement assistance: 7 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
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 two dachshunds that she could not afford to care for after a recent divorce. The dogs were young and in good health, and we were able to offer them places in the rescue program.
~A woman contacted us about a friend’s elderly dachshund. The friend had died and no one who knew or was related to the dog would agree to take the dog. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age or health precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A vet tech contacted us about a 5-year-old dog that she thought was a dachshund. The owner was in ill health and could not keep the dog. When we received the pictures, the dog was a mixed breed so we referred the vet tech to groups that rehome mixed breed dogs.
~A couple contacted us about a relative’s 5-year-old longhair dachshund. The relative was in hospice and was not expected to survive; and the dog needed a home. We offered to accept the dog into our program, and luckily the couple found a home for the dog on their own.
~A young couple contacted us about a 1-year-old red smooth male dachshund that was dumped onto their rural property in starved condition. They gave the dog food and water for several days, and then contacted us for help with the dog. We were happy to accept the dog into our program.
~An independent rescuer contacted us about a male dachshund that was impounded as a stray at a rural animal control agency. The owner was located, but did not want the dog back. We agreed to accept the dog into our program.
Summary: September 2017
Requests for placement assistance: 13 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 5
Adoptions this month: 3 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 2 dogs
These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~A shelter contacted us about a young red smooth male that had been impounded as a stray. No one reclaimed him, so we were contacted for help. We agreed to accept him into our program.
~A shelter contacted us about seven dachshunds that were surrendered due to the death of the owner. Because there were so many needing rescue at one time, our small group was unable to help with this situation and made referrals to larger rescue groups better set up to help in situations like these.
~A woman contacted us about getting information about treatment options for her dachshund mix who was experiencing back issues. We were happy to offer some basic advice and referrals.
~A shelter contacted us about a longhair female dachshund mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and made referrals to groups that did. Thankfully, another group agreed to take this dog into their program.
~A shelter contacted us about a young male black dachshund mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and made referrals to groups that did.
~A disabled woman contacted us about paying for her dog’s veterinary care. We explained that we were not an organization that paid vet bills for privately owned dogs. We provided her with a list of organizations that provide grants for veterinary care, based on specific criteria.
~A woman contacted us about a young female dachshund that had been surrendered to her by a homeless individual. We contacted her, offering to take the dog into our program, but another rescue group had already taken the dog. We were glad to know the dog was safe.
~A shelter contacted us about a senior longhair male dachshund that was dumped in their area….a woman saw this happen and stopped to get the dog. The shelter asked us to get the picture out in the hopes that the irresponsible person that did this can be found and brought to justice.
~A shelter contacted us about a puppy that was a few months old and completely paralyzed in the rear end. We explained that we could not be a sanctuary for a dog that would likely never regain normal function. These situations are sad, but the reality is that there are no real options for a dog in this situation.
~A woman contacted us about a stray female dachshund with no collar, no ID and no microchip. Unable to locate the owner after an extensive search, she contacted us for help and we agreed to accept the dog into our program.
~A woman contacted us about her dachshund with neck issues, wanting our suggestions and referrals to veterinarians skilled in dealing with these types of issues. We were happy to offer some advice and options for referrals.
~A woman contacted us and asked if we knew of non-profits that helped with vet bills for dogs that were severely injured or had serious health issues. We sent her the pdf of organizations that do this, and we hope one of them can help her.
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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