Dachshund rescue needs foster homes

 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


10 Responses

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  2. Thanks for your post on the importance of fostering. It amazes me that with all the hundreds of dachshund rescue groups, and thousands of volunteers, we still have such a need for rescue that we still cannot save all the dachsies in need.

    We appreciate your telling people about how it worked for you.

  3. Hi Kristin, Thank you for your comment.
    I agree with you 100%. I do not think people realize how many Dachshunds are abandoned for various reasons each year and the thousands of people who dedicate their lives to helping by volunteering. It saddens me that we cannot save them all.
    I am adding your link to this blog and http://www.squidoo.com/Foster-Dachshunds

  4. We must protect the dog,because the dog are friends that we trusted the most. I enjoyed reading your blog,thanks for visiting my blog also.

  5. looking to foster dachsund have two of my own love n adore this breed .Having hard time finding info. in my area wich is Long ISLAND NY if you can help that would be great .

    • Hi Maureen, That is great that you are thinking of fostering – I know the Dachshund rescue groups are always looking for people to foster in their homes.

      I fostered for Dare http://www.daretorescue.com they are in Florida but I know they got Dachshunds from other states if local rescues did not have space so it might be worth getting in touch with them.

      Also http://www.drna.org/ are in North America
      and this site
      http://www.dachshund-dca.org/rescue.html has lists of phone numbers and contacts and a couple were in NY.
      I am so happy that you are thinking of fostering and wish you all the best. Be sure to come back and let me know how it is going, or ask questions.

  6. I have 4 dachshunds and I love the breed. I would like to get involved in fosterig. I am in Brookltn, NY. How can I get started.

  7. I have a red akc dachshund, his name is copper, I adopted him from a dachshund rescue group here in fl when he was 8 weeks old he had a mother who died when he was two days old, he was always selfish, I got him at eight weeks, and he had an eight month old brother who gave him everything, first at bowl, best bed, and all the attention until he was over a year old. We have done everything to make him feel secure over the years I am in my 40’s and he is now 7 and I can’t handle him anymore, he pee’s on everything, I have gotten rid of all of the other dog’s to make him feel secure, he now bites me and my daughter who have been with him from the beginning, people tell us we need to have him put to sleep, but we feel that there is another way., He loves to hunt lizrads and bark/ What can we do???

    • Hi Dana,
      Thanks for visiting. You did a wonderful thing by adopting Cooper however seems his powerful personality has given him the alfa dog postition in your home. 7 is still quite young and it is not too late to train him.
      Please, please DO NOT PUT HIM TO SLEEP! He is not sick or suffering in any way – he needs to be trained. If you feel you are unable to do this then may I suggest you contact the Dachshund Rescue group and let them take him.

      Ok, that sounded harsh and I do understand that having a dog that bites is not good for anyone and once a Dachshund thinks he is the household boss it can be very frustrating. However, we have had foster Dachshunds that we were able to turn around in a very short time to become wonderful pets.

      Seems like Cooper has a few things going on here. First he is alpha dog (and human). And a dog training course will soon teach you how to change this (Please do not hit him for this will have the opposite results). You could enroll in a local course, get a video course or check out my site http://dachshundluke.com I have free tips and written about a few courses that you download to your computer – I have used the same methods.

      Peeing in the house. Dachshunds unfortunatly can be hard to potty train. Again see my site for a lot of free tips and maybe sign up from the free mini training course. However, if he has just started peeing in the house it might be worth taking him to the vet to make sure he is not sick. Also has he been fixed?
      Please, read about potty training Dachshunds and I think you will find that he will get the idea of going outside very quickly – in a week he will be understanding what you want him to do provided you keep at it – it is us that has to learn what to do and how to train a Dachshund.

      Biting – I am not sure why he is biting you and your daughter – please do not let stangers touch him when you take him for his walks (you are taking him for walks? Dachshunds need stimulation of smells and of course exercise). Also again do not hit him. Instead if he looks like he is going to bite you a sharp loud NO will be the first step to easing him of the Alpha dog step.

      Again, I beg you not to have him put to sleep. If you love Cooper and would love to have him as a balanced Dachshund please read about training Dachshunds and work on him.
      Feel free to ask any questions you have on Cooper and let me know how it is going.
      I really would like to hear from you again.
      Good luck to you and Cooper and please read all you can and start training him today – It is not hard, just simply repeating the same actions and understanding him.

      • Hi Dana, me again 🙂
        Sorry but I keep thinking about Cooper.
        Re his biting – when does he tend to try and bite? Is it when you pick him up? Or approach him suddenly above his head. I am concerned that he may be in pain. Dachshund Luke hides his pain well even when he hurt his leg. Dachshunds get all sorts of pains in thier backs and legs.
        Re training. Please read my free tips at my site and also links from here to my Squidoo Dachshund training. It really is a case of watching Cooper and reading his signs. Basicly whenever he stops doing anything – playing, eating, sleeping etc you should take him out and have a command that you use all the time – like “go potty Cooper” and say it until he does. Then praise him like crazy. (Maybe have a small treat). You will have to go with him – do not just open the door and let him outside – he will just sniff around and may pee etc but that will not teach him that he can not go in the house. Keep doing this, be calm, and repeat. He should get the idea in a week. Again do not hit him if he pees in the house – you just missed his sign.

        When you do take him outside (I know, you have to do it often but he will soon start letting you know – maybe bark at the door but be aware Luke just swivels his eyes at the door so his sign is v. subtle 🙂 ) make sure that you go out first – you are the alpha now so he has to go out behind you. With training you can introduce “sit” (do not push hard on his back – but give the command “sit” and raise your hand). When he does praise, praise and maybe a treat. Even if he just sat because he was bored. Soon he will understand what ‘sit’ means. With practice he will then learn to sit at the door and let you go out first then you can tell him to ‘come’. But for now just make sure you are out the door first – use a leash if need be.

        Keep loving him, playing with him and introduce v. small healthy treats to help with training. Start with ‘sit’ for a week and taking him outside with ‘go potty’ – everyone in the household must use the same commands. In a week, provided you keep it up I think you will find that he will pee in the house less if at all and over the next month it should be over.

        Barking – Dachshunds as you know have a very loud bark (so they could be heard when underground) – Luke still barks when he gets excited – we use ‘stop barking’ or ‘leave it’ each time and he now stops. But, again this has to be repeated in a sharp voice over and over until he understands.

        Remember Dachshunds are working dogs and want to please. Left to thier own devices they will learn to make up thier own little routines. You need to lead him, so start with the potty training and sit for a couple of weeks and read as much as you can about training Dachshunds.
        Please let me know Cooper is still alive and how you are doing with him. Again feel free to ask any questions.

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