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LAST UPDATED: 01-13-17

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Name:  Scoobie  4238
Age:  13 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size: 8.5 lbs

December seems to have an uptick in dogs brought in to shelters be euthanized, because they are old.  Every year at Christmas time, we seem to get a dog because of this.  This was Scoobie’s fate this year.   Fortunately for him, the shelter did not feel he needed to leave the world just yet, so they reached out to rescue.

It was clear that Scoobie had not been well cared for.  He had serious periodontal disease and his mouth was very painful.  His nails were so long he could barely walk.  He was missing hair on his back.  We promptly got Scoobie a dental where his painful teeth were extracted.  His nails were cut nice and short, and he had a really ugly skin tag removed.  Antibiotics and a few weeks of rest and ‘Viola!’, now this boy is raring to go.

Scoobie is very communicative, especially when he feels you should feed him.  We have been spoiling him with canned dog food. Prior to his dental, it hurt to eat.  After his dental, we wanted to make sure any stitches in his mouth were undisturbed, so now he gets canned food because he is a demanding little diva who has us jumping to his beck and call. (Canned food is not good for a dogs’ teeth but Scoobie has few of these left).

Scoobie is definitely an old guy.  Sleeping is his preferred activity.  He pops his head out from under the covers and lets us know when he wants to go outside or to eat.  If it is a nice day, he enjoys wandering around for quite a bit, but we don’t think he is really up for more than a short walk.

Scoobie enjoys hanging out with people once he knows you are not going to hurt him.  He’s happy to be a couch potato and keep you company when you are watching TV.

Scoobie has a very dachshund stomach.  His meals better be on time or you will hear about it.  He gets fed in his crate, because the other dogs would kill for his food.  Scoobie lets them know they better not try to get too close to his bowl.   We tried moving Scoobie to a crate in another room where neither he nor his food would be disturbed by the other foster dogs and Scoobie would have none of it.  He wanted his original crate in the middle of all the action.

Scoobie is looking for a kind retirement home.  Respectful older children would be ok.  He is so tiny we believe he would be no threat to cats.  Other dogs are fine with him although he is cautious when first meeting them.  He is crate trained.

Scoobie has one remaining canine tooth that might need to come out in the future.  He has some fatty lumps and another bump that the vet did not feel needed to be removed.  He appears to have a bit of arthritis. Now that he is an inside dog, his coat is filling in and it is looking shinier.

In addition to his dental, Scoobie is neutered and current on his DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations.  If you are interested in Scoobie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

You can adopt Scoobie for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue

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Name:  Gibbs  4030
Age:  7 years
Color: Red Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 10.5 lbs.

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Name:  Morgan  4031
Age: 6 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 15.5 lbs.

Tiny Gibbs and his chubby buddy Mogan originally belonged to an older woman.  When she passed away, the two dachshunds made their way to the granddaughter.  With children of her own and a full time job, the granddaughter did not have the resources to care for the dogs.  She reached out to rescue and we agreed to take them into our program.

This charming pair was quickly adopted in the Spring of 2017 and were well loved.  Then life threw a curve ball, and the adult daughter and her three young children moved into the home.  One of these three was a mobile baby.  The dogs were very upset by the youngest addition to the household.  With the likelihood being the baby was going to be around for a long while, Gibbs and Morgan came back to rescue to find a toddler-free home.

Gibbs is a very silly boy.  Something about his snout makes him look like an animated cartoon mouse.  He also makes cartoon sounds.  He likes older kids and people, and he is quite adorable.

Morgan is a friendly girl who wants everyone to give her attention.  She does try and hog all the cuddles.  She needs work on her leash manners, as she sometimes goes from mild mannered to barking and carrying on when she sees another dog on a walk.

Gibbs wants a home where he and Morgan are the only dogs. (He gets jealous when dogs other than Morgan or him get attention).

In their past lives, this pair successfully lived with kids 8 years old and up.  Right now, Gibbs is the special buddy of a young teenager.  Morgan is a believer in “love the one you’re with”.    Both of them adore getting to go for walks.

Gibbs and Morgan are neutered and spayed and are current on their vaccinations.  Both had dentals in Feb of 2017.  They are microchipped.  If you are interested in Gibbs and Morgan, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for the pair is $250.00

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Name:  Vienna  4231
Age:  10 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13.5 lbs.

Vienna’s former owners moved away and abandoned their 4 dogs in the back yard.  The very nice neighbor took the 4 little dogs in and got them all spayed and neutered and then sought rescue for them.  We agreed to take Vienna, the only dachshund in the group.

It is clear that Vienna had not had a good first home.  Dogs that are left in the scorching sun of the central valley tend to get skin cancers and Vienna was no exception.  She came to us with a skin cancer mole which we had removed.  The vet feels he got it all and that Vienna should enjoy a skin cancer free life.  And because neglected dogs often have multiple medical issues, when her nails were being cut, we discovered she had a badly infected toe nail.  We treated the infection, and also got her a dental, so now Vienna is in tip-top shape.

Vienna is a very sweet, submissive dog.  She has a soft velvety coat.  As her medical issues were resolved, she became a very happy, active senior.  She now only carries her AARP card to get the discounts.

Vienna loves to hang out with her people, including respectful children.  Vienna adores her foster mom’s five year old granddaughter and is happy to curl up in little Natalie’s lap.  If no one is available, then she will bury herself in a blanket and take a little snooze.

Vienna does well with all the other dogs in her foster home and is happy to let them be in charge.

Vienna is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.

If you are interested in Vienna, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

Adopt Vienna for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue

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Name:  Libby  4227
Age:  22 months
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 13 lbs.

Libby’s owner developed a serious health issue.  As a result, Libby found herself left alone for long periods of time.  Wanting better for her, her owner asked SCDR to take Libby and find her a home where she could get the attention and affection that she deserves.

Libby is a stunning dachshund.  She has a wonderful long doxie snout and long doxie body.  She is truly a head turner.

Libby is very people friendly.  She really wants to be able to get some serious lap time and human attention.  She shows signs of jealousy with the other dogs so she needs to be the only dog in the home or she needs a friendly, laid back dachshund brother.  No other female doxies for her.   And while Libby is dog selective, she loves her some kitties and enjoys playing with them.

Libby is young.  She needs daily walks and she wants to go on real adventures – hiking, camping, trips to the beach.    She is in no way ready to be a couch potato dog.

We promised her former owner that we would find Libby a home where she did not have to spend so much time alone.  We think Libby would do well as a take to work dog or she would be happy to supervise your work from home.   We also think Libby would do well with older, respectful children.

Because Libby is an extra long dachshund, she needs a home with no stairs.

Libby is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped.

If you are interested in Libby, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Libby is $450.00

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Name:  Sara  4206
Age:  5 years
Color:  Black
Coat:  Long Hair
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 6.8 lbs.

This little longhair doxie/chi mix came to us from the Stanislaus shelter.  We have no idea of what her previous life was like nor why no one ever came looking for her.

Sara is, to put it mildly, a pistol.  She may be little, but she is a Queen.  She lets all her foster siblings know that she is in the one in charge.  However, no matter how naughty she Is being, all you have to do is call her name and she will instantly behave.

Sara is shy with new people, but she really likes them.  She quickly warms up when she realizes you are not a threat and she is going to get positive attention.  She really is sweet and loving.

Sara enjoys getting a nice walk, and she also likes car rides.  She will take a treat nicely from your hand.   Her favorite thing is to get on the back of the couch and put her front paws around her foster mom’s shoulders, wrapping around her neck.

Sara is at times bothered by seasonal allergies.  The vet has told us she may need occasional treatment for these (such as being given Benadryl), but that if she is adopted out of the Central Valley, she may leave her allergies behind.

Sara is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and has had a dental.

If you are interested in Sara, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Sara is $250.00

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Name: Happy Harry  4246
Age:  6 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie 14lbs.


Happy Harry came into rescue several weeks ago, from a wonderful and loving home.  He was doted on by his human parents, and he lived with two senior dogs as well.  We do not know where Harry came from, as initially, his previous owners adopted him from a local shelter in 2015.

Harry was in his second home when he was surrendered to rescue, because he had been having some jealousy issues with the two older pets in the home, and sometimes would complain by growling at them.  Since he has been in rescue, he has been living with several other fosters, some old, some younger.  The only time Harry has any issues, is if he is curled up in a tiny ball sitting next to his human.  Often, he is sleeping soundly, and he gets pounced on by another doxie wanting to be up on the same chair or lap.  Harry will get a little growly, but he immediately calms down with a warning from his foster mom.

Harry loves snooping in the yard, but is most content inside with a warm blanket.  He adores going on a walk, riding in the car, playing with his collection of balls and durable toys.  He is not much of a barker. Unless the other fosters bark first, he is generally quiet and extremely sweet natured.

Harry is taller than the average dachshund, so stairs will not be a problem.

We believe he will have some separation issues if left alone, so most likely a working from home person, or a recently retired person, will be in his best interest.

Harry has learned several commands, and is a pro using the doggie door.

If you are the right person for Happy Harry, please complete the online adoption application, and feel free to ask questions of his foster mom, Dawn, at dawnaa@pacbell.net.  A home check is required.

The tax-deductible donation for Harry is $250.00

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Name: Drexel  4225
Age:  9-10 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Micro Mini – 7.4 lbs.

We received more than 20 emails asking us to save Drexel.  He was “at risk” at an East Bay shelter.   The first emails said   “Drexel is a purebred Dachshund who has severe periodontal and optical discharge among other medical issues.  His temperament is unpredictable.  He barely moves in his bed and gets snappy when being handled perhaps because he is in distress.”  The accompanying medical notes said he was severely dehydrated and severely underweight.  We were willing to take a chance on him, but we had no place to put him.  And his shelter behavior made us concerned about finding him a first time foster.

Fortunately, the universe decided to smile on Drexel and we found him a foster home willing to take a chance on him.  Meanwhile, the shelter finally realized that this sweet boy was blind which explained much of his behavior.  They began working with him and on the day we rescued him, we got this note along with his records “Drexel is a changed dog”.

Drexel has been living in a foster home with another dog and with older children.   He left that snappy behavior behind at the shelter, and in foster care is a friendly, happy boy.  He loves to be in the middle of all the action.

Drexel may be blind, but he is still very adventurous.  He loves to explore the nooks and crannies of his home where this tiny boy sometimes gets stuck.  Drexel is thrilled if he gets to sit on your lap for hours at a time.  He always wants to be around people and needs a forever home where he is not left for long periods.    He is fine with other dogs, but he wants lots of human attention as well.

Drexel can startle when you wake him from a deep sleep.  If you surprise him, he will give a little bark.  He is not fond of getting up early in the morning. He prefers to wait until the day has started to get up and moving.

Drexel needs a home with no stairs that he could accidentally fall down.  No unfenced pools either.  Other than that, his blindness is not a big deal.

Drexel has now been neutered, microchipped and is current on his vaccinations.  And what about those those bad teeth? Drexel had a major dental.  Once his mouth didn’t hurt, he became an even happier dog.

If you are interested in Drexel, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

Adopt Drexel for a modest tax-deductible donation to SCDR


Name: Squishy  4224
Age:  10 years
D.O.B.:  7/08/2007
Color:  Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie – 15.5 lbs.

In a convoluted way, Squishy comes to us from Florida where he witnessed Hurricane Irma.  His original owner could no longer care for his dogs and gave them to his daughter in California.  She wasted no time in looking to re-home all her dad’s dogs citing family issues.  (There were 5 of them!!)   We had a new foster home volunteer to take the oldest dog in the group, Squishy, the only dachshund.

Squishy had received frequent vet check-ups in his previous home and while his vaccines and flea medications were kept up to date, his major health issues were neglected.  He came to us un–neutered and with serious periodontal disease. (The poor boy’s mouth was infected and painful.)

In foster care, Squishy has proven to be a delightful dog.  He is very loving towards people, and he has been fine with all the other dogs in his foster home (even prior to being neutered).  His tail is constantly wagging.

He walks well on the leash and is great on car rides.  Squishy enjoys playing with his foster siblings.  This sweetie has all the classic doxie behaviors.  He loves to curl up on the couch next to his person and he is always burrowing into his bed covers.  And, of course, he has the doxie love of food.  He will follow you like a shadow.  He has a seal sounding bark that makes him sound like a very big dog.

Squishy has now been neutered and is current on his vaccinations.  And, of course, he had a complete and complicated dental.  He is ready to share his love with a new family.

If you are interested in Squishy, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

Adopt Squishy for a modest tax-deductible donation to SCDR

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Name:  Oscar  4222
Age:  5 years
Color: Red Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Chubby Tweenie – 20 lbs.

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Name:  Janey  4223
Age: 5 years
Color: Red Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 17.6 lbs.

This dynamic duo was surrendered to SFACC with the ever popular excuse “allergies”.  They did not pass their behavior evaluation, as they were extremely scared in the shelter environment.  The notes on them say “Tester is smitten with dogs and highly recommends rescue outreach”.  The behavioral tester was right to be smitten.  These are some very nice dogs.  They really like people.  They come running when they think there might be a chance to get a lap or to get some loving.

They can be shy in new situations.  We are constantly exposing them to new places and people to get them more comfortable in the world. (We don’t think they had gotten out much before.)  They both love going for walks and do their best to entice the dog walker into picking them even when it is not their turn.  They walk nicely on a leash, but can pull when they see another dog.

We believe Janey and Oscar are littermates.  They have something in them besides dachshund.  Oscar’s snout and big, round eyes make us think Beagle.  Janey looks all dachshund except her ears are little off.  If we had to guess, we’d predict ¾ doxie, ¼ beagle, but we really don’t know for sure.

These two enjoy playing chase with each other.  They crate together at night.  Even though they are bonded, we are working on building their independence by taking them out on separate adventures.  This has really helped each of them develop their bravery.

They both enjoy trying to catch squirrels, so we don’t think they would be cat safe.  They are doing great with all of the other dogs in their foster home.  They often are found in dogs beds cuddling with the others. 

We think they would do fine in a home with older children.

In addition to being spayed, they are both microchipped and up-to-date on their vaccinations.  They appear to be housebroken (but we haven’t had much rain yet).

If you are interested in Oscar and Janey, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for both Oscar and Janey is $400.00

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Name:  Madison  3993
Age:  8 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 15 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Madison came to us when her mom was losing her stage 4 battel with cancer.  She is such a delightful dachshund, she was immediately adopted. This was not surprising since Madison is really a delightful dog. She is great with people. She was non-reactive with the other dogs.  She was housebroken!

So why is she back?  Well, it turns out that sweet Madison is an alpha female and was not willing to share her new home with her older canine sister.   This is one of the all too common issues we see with the females and why we prefer F-M  or M-M pairings.  Madison is back in rescue, looking for a home where she is the undisputed queen.

Honestly, we think Madison could fit in almost any home where she is the only dog or at least the only female dog.  (She is currently fostered with three males.  The first couple of days, she had a few kerfuffles with the dominant male before he saw the error of his ways. He now lets her run the show and all is well in her little queendom.)

Madison’s main focus is getting as much time with humans as she can.  She loves laps. She enjoys walks but is not neurotic about getting them.  She hangs out at the ranch with her foster mom and never leaves her side- no leash needed.

Madison is spayed, vaccinated and micro chipped. She also had a complete dental. She sleeps quietly in her crate at night (and is so quiet in the morning we‘ve sometimes forgotten to let her out until 5 or 10 minutes after the others.)

If you are interested in Madison, contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Madison is $175.00

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We had agreed to take a 12 pound longhair, black and tan dachshund/mix female from a Central CA shelter as soon as her stray hold was up.  Unbeknown to us, the dog was pregnant, and she gave birth in the shelter.  We weren’t really prepared to host a litter of puppies and hoped some other rescue would pull the little family.  When none did, we took a deep breath and plunged in.  Shelters are a terrible place for new babies and we couldn’t let them stay there.  It’s a good thing we didn’t wait.  Mom dog, now called Sophie, was very sick.  She required immediate vet care and weeks of spoiling, so that she could continue to care for her babies.  She did a great job and has now already moved on to her forever home. 

The little fingerling potatoes we took in at the end of September are now adorable little fluff balls.  We have no idea of who dad(s) is but we wouldn’t be surprised if there was some poodle and terrier in the mix.  We cannot promise adult size but we suspect they will be from 12 to 18 lbs when fully grown.

Don’t let those cuddly faces fool you.  These are not sweet little lap puppies.  They are on the high side of the energy scale.  This means they will keep you on your toes (and your face if you trip on them as they are underfoot).  A playful canine companion would be perfect for them.  They will need lots of walks and social interactions.

As puppies, these cuties are going to be A LOT of work.  They will get into everything, and they will chew your iPhone, your expensive shoes, and your favorite underwear.  They are not appropriate for a home where people are gone much of the day.  They would love a playful, but gentle adult canine companion or a rowdy small puppy near their age.  They are young enough to learn to live with cats.

The ideal home for each puppy will have the following qualifications:

  • Someone at home most of the day, stay-at-home parents, or folks who work from home.
  • Another small, young dog for play and companionship.
  • A very secure INDOOR place for the puppy to be when no one is at home.
  • Applicants must be between 25 and 65 years of age.
  • No infants or toddlers, please, but we will consider families with children over 8 years old.

Previous puppy experience is a plus but not absolutely essential.  The puppies are neutered/ spayed, microchipped and have age appropriate vaccinations.  If you are interested in a puppy, please fill out the adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

The tax deductible donation for each puppy is $300.00

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Name: Sergio #4077
Age: ~6 years
Color:  Isabella Piebald
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13.5 lbs.

This chiweenie came to us from SFACC.  He was totally terrified in the shelter, so they asked if we could take him.  He’d clearly had a rough life as he was extremely thin (he was rated a 3 out of 9 on body condition).

When Sergio arrived in rescue, he was, to put it bluntly, “weird”.  He acted as if he had never seen or heard anything.  Other dogs appeared to be a new thing for him and it took him a bit to figure out their behavior.  He had zero expectations about people and showed no interest in them.  For a long time we debated whether Sergio was deaf.  Then we wondered if he had vision issues.  He totally ignored all human conversation.  A high pitched “are you a good boy?” got not even a glance.  Treats? He ignored those too.

Well, now with hindsight it is clear he is not deaf and he can see just fine.  We think he had just not ever had a human talk to him before, so he paid no attention to our sounds.  Getting goodies from a human was also new to him.

After time in foster care, Sergio now knows that humans talk to him.  He responds to commands and he knows his name.  This former treat rejecter now comes racing to get in line when treats are being given out.

What lights Sergio up like a Christmas tree, is the young man in his foster home.  He worships him and waits eagerly at the gate for him.  He likes being held and cuddled by his person.  He is much more suspicious of his foster mom, but our female dog walkers have helped him get a little more comfortable with women.

Sergio is not a dog for kids (although he lets them pet him on walks). Their shrieking and antics will likely stress him.  His ideal home will have at least one male adult.  Sergio really wants a dad.  He would be happy to be an “only dog”.  Another small dog is fine although it might be best if his canine sibling were easy going and confident.

Sergio loves to go for walks.  He also enjoys sunbathing.  He does not bark at squirrels or strange sounds.

Sergio is miserable in his foster home. There are way too many dogs and way too many new dogs arriving.  He just gets comfortable with the pack and then a new member appears and upsets him again.  Sergio wants a quiet, orderly home life.  He loves structure and predictability.

Sergio is neutered, microchipped and current on his vaccinations.  He had a complete dental (but he didn’t lose a single tooth). He is crate trained.

If you are interested in Sergio, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

Adopt Sergio for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue