Save Dachshunds from shelters
There are many Dachshund rescue groups and they all need loving foster homes to look after the Dachshunds until they are adopted.
When a Dachshund has the misfortune of finding itself in a dog shelter, he is of course scared and lonely and among hundreds of other dogs looking for a home. Some shelters have so many dogs that they cannot keep them all and sadly have to put some down.
This is where the Dachshund rescue groups come in. The rescue groups go to the shelter and remove the Dachshund, in some instances saving its life. If the Dachshund is sick, the group pays for all the medical care. The little one is then placed in a caring foster home that has been approved by the group.
As a foster home, you have to be able to socialize and train your new charge making him adoptable.
The rescue group that I volunteered for where very helpful in providing many guidelines and a contact person that I could call anytime for advice.
Just treat him like he is part of the family and it is surprising how fast they adapt to their new surroundings.
The length of time a foster Dachshund will stay in your home varies widely. Young puppies are in demand, so are adopted quicker than an older dog with heartworm. There are dedicated foster homes who take in Dachshunds that due to illness or age may stay with them for years.
You do of course have a certain say in which dogs you are willing to take. If you do find yourself with one that really does not fit into your home, it may be possible to find him a more suitable foster home. However, give them all a chance first; sometimes a dog that may seem snappy could just be upset and missing his home. Often with love and care, they settle down quickly.
Dachshund Luke, our little love enjoyed the foster dogs and was willing to except them into his home. He did get a little protective with his toys but they always worked it out between them.
Sometimes Luke was the alpha dog in the group and other times he let a newbie take over.
We wanted the fosters to be part of our daily life so they shared our entire home with us.
Dachshund Luke is quite excepting of other dogs in his home but this is something you will have to consider if you already have a Dachshund other pets or children.
All members of your household must be happy to be part of this otherwise; it will not be a rewarding experience for you or the dogs.
Please look at a Dachshund rescue group in your area to find out guidelines and information about the possibility of opening up your home to a homeless Dachshund.
If fostering is not for you then at least consider getting your next Dachshund from a rescue group.
I fostered from D.A.R.E, Dachshund Adoption, Rescue and Education in Florida. www.daretorescue.com
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