We have many dachshunds fostered in Northern California. If you live in Southern California, you can still adopt them! Please inquire and we might be able work with you to transfer them down to where you live, or you can pick them up. Please contact us for more info.

LAST UPDATED: 12-11-17

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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:  Max  4022
Age:  8 years
Color:  Cream
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie – 17 lbs.

* adoption pending *

We received a request to save Max from a Central Valley shelter.  We were sent a picture so we knew he was a “mostly dachshund”.   When we got him, we were not surprised by his filthy coat, his bad teeth or his fleas.  What we were surprised by was that Max was paralyzed and could not use his hind legs. (We hadn’t been told that little detail) He appeared to have been that way for a while as he had callouses from dragging his legs.

We worried that it was too late to get him up and walking, but just in case, we immediately put him on 24/7 crate rest and began the “downed doxie” medication protocol.  All this was made easy by Max’s delightful personality.  He was totally fine with strangers reaching into his crate (to get him to carry out to go potty).  As long as he was in the center of the action, he didn’t argue about being crated.  No barking or carrying on. He was just thrilled to get any human attention and to have a cuddly bed to curl up in.  From the get-go, he has been one happy boy.

Fast forward a few months and Max began to regain the feeling in his legs and began walking.  To meet him now, you would never know he had suffered a back injury.  Sometimes the universe moves in mysterious ways.  If we had known he had a back injury, together with being a senior and a mix, we might have declined to take him.  We love this boy so much now, we can’t imagine not having saved him.  He truly is wonderful.  Max is one of the sweetest, gentlest dogs you will meet.  He also is extremely cute – we call him a teacup lab.  He is perfect for condo sized living.

Max gets on very well with other dogs.  He enjoys a good romp with his buddies.   He is even good with cats.  Max loves, loves, loves squeaky toys and cow hooves.  He is housebroken and he is a tidy little boy.  When he was on crate rest, if he soiled a puppy pad, he would roll it up and push it in the corner of his crate so that only the clean pad underneath was visible.

Because of Max’s previous back injury, he will need a home without stairs.  Max needs a firm owner who can enforce keeping him off the furniture as jumping down could reinjure his back.

Max recently had a full dental and had eight teeth removed.  He is neutered, microchipped, and current on his vaccinations.  If you are interested in Max, contact Althea at atkippes@gmail.com.  An application and a home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Max is only $150.00

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Name:  Sadie 4219
Age: 3 years
D.O.B.:  4/07/2014
Color: English Cream
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Sadie came to us when tragedy struck her former family.  A long, losing battle with cancer left Sadie and her canine sibling (Mr Darcy for those who follow our dogs) with no one with the time or the energy to pay attention to them.  Realizing that now with only a dad who worked long hours, the kind sister-in-law reached out to rescue for help, as no one was ever going to have much time for the dogs.

Sadie was in very bad shape.  The poor girl had a very long standing, untreated bladder infection.  Even though she was miserable, she still showed us she was the sweetest thing.  Her infection had led to a rare type of alkaline bladder stone that can sometimes be treated with a long course of antibiotics.  Each week, as her infection cleared up and her bladder stone shrunk, Sadie got happier and happier.  Then one day Sadie barked in excitement.  "The stone is gone!", she seemed to say.  X-rays proved her correct!

Sadie is a classic long hair with a soft personality.  She is shy but sweet.  She adores going for walks. She put in enough time living in a crate so we want a home that will get her out for fun and adventures.  She is a head turner when she goes out.

Sadie is likely workable with cats. She wagged her tail at the one she met in the vet’s office and then ran back to her foster mom for safety.

Sadie is very quiet for a doxie. Until recently we never heard from her at all.  Sadie is not very brave. She would like a confident canine brother in her new home.  She also will need regular brushing to keep her long hair looking its best.  She is short, so needs a no-stairs home.

Gorgeous with a gorgeous personality.  This dog has it all.  This includes a very small hernia that the vet said could easily wait until she is under for some other reason.  She will also submissive pee at times.

Sadie is spayed, microchipped, and current on her vaccinations.  She also received a dental.  If you are interested in Sadie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

The tax deductible donation for Sadie is $425.00

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Name:  Conrad  4087
Age:  1.5 years
Color:  Wheaten
Coat:  Wirehair
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 12.5 lbs.

* Adoption Pending *

Sweet Conrad came from the Modesto shelter where he had been picked up as a stray.  We are not sure if he is a wire dachshund/mix, a dachshund-terrier mix or just a terrier with a very long body.  What we are sure of is that this boy is darling.

First, look at that face!   How cute can you get?   Best of all, he has a wonderful personality to go along with that face.

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Conrad is shy, but very people-friendly.  He loves being with humans!  He is a gentle boy that is also good with the other dogs.  He turns the other cheek when he gets picked on, and is happy to go with the flow in his foster home.

Conrad is enjoying getting out and about in the big wide world.  Each outing is an adventure for him, as we don’t think he had previously left his back yard.

Conrad has longer legs so even though he is very long, we think he would be OK with stairs.  We believe he would be fine with respectful children age 5 and up.   He’s a youngster so he needs a home that will get him daily exercise and outings.

So far, Conrad has not proven to be a barker – not even when he accidentally got locked in the garage all afternoon.  We are still working on fattening him up, as he was extremely thin when he arrived.  (His thinness is clearly not due to a lack of appetite.  This boy really enjoys chowing down!)

Conrad is neutered, microchipped and current on his vaccinations.  Conrad sleeps quietly in his crate at night.

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

The tax deductible donation for Conrad is $275.00

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Name:  Suzie  3915
Age:  11 years  
Color:  Red Piebald
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 15 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Suzie is one of our favorite dogs.  She is just the right amount of feisty/opinionated mixed with incredibly loving.   We adore this dog.  It’s not just us.  She is our dog walker’s favorite also.  However, poor Suzie just can’t seem to snag a forever home.

We don’t know Suzie’s early years but we know she was adopted from a shelter about 4 years ago. Then a year ago, due to a family illness, she was back in the shelter.  SCDR saved her this time.   Suzie then had one quick adoption but was returned because she couldn’t keep up the brisk pace on a 3 mile walk.   Her next adoption lasted months and while her new mom loved her silly personality she didn’t love that Suzie kept peeing on the carpet.  Back she came.

Suzie is a trooper about all of this moving around, but she deserves so much better than being part of a large foster pack.

Suzie greets new people nicely although she does not want strangers picking her up.  She is fine with the other dogs as long as they respect her when she is guarding a food bowl.  She even enjoys playing with annoying puppies.    She loves going for walks and she is well behaved on outings to downtown and restaurants.   She has the most luscious, silky coat.

Suzie needs a new home that is tolerant of her occasional “accident” in the house (even when taken outside).  We manage this in her foster home by confining her to the easy to clean up dog room when she is unsupervised.

Suzie is spayed, current on her vaccines and microchipped.  She also just had a dental and is crate trained (but she would adore getting to sleep in the big bed).

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

Adopt Suzie for a modes tax-deductible donation to rescue

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Name:  Wally  4017
Age:  8 years
D.O.B.:  6/12/2009
Color:  Isabella Piebald
Coat:  Longhair
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie – 15 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Wally and his canine sister, Remy, are a classic example of why we are often loathe to adopt doxies to young people who might someday start a family.  These two dogs were well loved and received excellent care.  Then came the arrival of “The Baby”.   Now as seniors, these two sweet dogs need to find new homes.  Remy and Wally get along well together so we are happy to let someone adopt both, but they are not a bonded pair.

Wally is a gorgeous boy who clearly likes to eat.  (He could stand to lose a bit of weight).  He has the classic soft personality often found in long haired dachshunds.  He gives gentle greetings to all.  He is fine with the other dogs (he even lets the 5 pound Chihuahua in his foster home push him around).

Wally would like to go back to being special to someone.  He is not a barker.  He loves his people.  He loves walks.  He loves toys, carrying stuffies around in his mouth like a retriever.  Wally would like another friendly dog in the home.  Children need to be older (8 years and up) and respectful.

Wally is a sweet boy, but he does seem to have one passion out of keeping with the rest of his personality.  Wally appears to be a very quiet hunter.  This guy loves to head outside as soon as it is dark.  We believe the neighbor’s wood pile has roof rats and Wally wants to be out there after them.  Every night at bedtime we have to go round him up. This is the only time he does not come when called.

We were told Wally used to be 100 % housebroken, but with the arrival of the baby, he began to mark.  A new home should keep an eye on him for the first week or so and set up good potty habits.  Wally is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  He also had a complete dental one year ago.  He sleeps quietly in his crate at night.

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

The tax deductible donation for Wally is only $150.00

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Name:  Mila  4210
Age:  5 months
Color:  Chocolate & Tan
Coat:  Wirehair
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – currently 8.7 lbs.

* adoption pending *

How can anyone resist this little girl’s face?  She is off the charts cute.  She came to us a stray from Modesto.  She and the mom of the litter we also pulled came in at the same time and seem to know each other.  Not sure how these dogs were strays but someone’s loss is your gain.

Mila is extremely people friendly and loves getting attention.  She really wants to have some folks of her own, so she could get more love and cuddles.  Mila is also great with all the other dogs.  As a puppy, she is appropriately submissive to them and accepts their corrections.

Mila has a lovely wire doxie face, but her longer legs hint there is something besides doxie in their as well.  Due to her longer legs, stairs should not be a back issue for this beauty.

As is the case with all puppies, Mila may chew on anything, even inappropriate objects.  Be prepared to lose your prescription glasses, your iPad, and your expensive shoes.  Future homes should be committed to continue with socialization and with daily exercise.

The ideal home for Mila 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.
    (Puppies often torment older dogs so if you have a senior dog already, you may want to wait a few years before getting a puppy or get a dog age 5+)
  • 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 five years old.
  • Previous puppy experience is a plus but not absolutely essential.

Mila is spayed, vaccinated and micro chipped. She sleeps in a crate at night.  If you are interested in Mila, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

The tax deductible donation for Mila is $300.00

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Name:  Jake  4202
Age:  5 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Standard – 20 lbs.

* adoption pending *

The stunning Jake came to us as an owner-surrender.   These people had adopted Jake as a 1 year old from a Las Vegas shelter.  While well meaning, they really didn’t understand dachshunds.  Jake was left alone for long hours each day, and he did not have a firm pack leader giving him the structure he craves.

In foster care, we have learned that Jake is a bit of a loner.  He could have a canine companion, but don’t expect Jake to be a playmate for another dog.  He has no issues with any of the doxies and Chihuahuas in his foster home, but he doesn’t interact much other than laying down with them.

Jake very much loves HIS people.  New people - not so much.  He needs time to get used to strangers.  (He is not aggressive but he does bark at them).  Sadly, it appears Jake may have been abused at some point in his past.  He sometimes will cower when you call him and act like he is going to be hit.  Fortunately, this heartbreaking behavior does dissipate as he gets comfortable and trusts the people around him.

Jake loves to go for walks and he enjoys a good game of fetch.  He is very athletic, so a home that would take him hiking and on long walks would be wonderful.

Jake does not want to be an alpha dog.  He wants a pack leader with consistent rules and expectations.  He has had his fill of being left alone for 12 hours/day and now wants a home where his people are around more. 

Jake is neutered, microchipped, and is current on his vaccinations.  He has beautiful looking teeth.  

If you are interested in Jake, please complete the online adoption application, and email Kari at kparadiso2705@yahoo.com.

The tax deductible donation for Jake is $250.00

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Name:  Gigi  4085
Age:  2 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
 Size:  Mini – 8.3 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Gigi has had a very rough start to her life.  She had an owner that never, ever took her out.  Gigi had never been on a leash.  She never met new people.  She never had any adventures.  (Not only her lack of socialization, but her nails supported her past of never leaving the house.  Poor thing had nails curling into her paw pads when she was rescued).  When her owner then died, Gigi was alone with the deceased for 4 days.  No food and no water in the summer heat.  Eventually the police were called and Gigi tried protecting the body from them.  One officer, who made no attempt to soothe her, snared her with a catch pole, lifted her by the neck and shoved her into a crate.

From there, Gigi went to a terrifying shelter.  This poor girl was almost catatonic with fear and shock as a result of all that had happened.  Because she was so scared, she was not going to be made adoptable.  A shelter volunteer lobbied us to take her and even agreed to short term foster her.  How could we say no to such an offer?

Gigi is incredibly cute.  She has a very puppy looking face.  She is also a tiny little thing.  She is another silent dog that does not seem to be interested in barking.

In rescue, Gigi has been extremely skittish, but she is friendly if given time and treats.  Gigi is a poster dog for why we preach constantly about socialization.  She can and will get better, but it will take time.  She is making progress each week, but will require new owners who are very patient with her.  Right now, she comes up to us and sometimes will let us pick her up, but she needs a home that can really spend time with her.  In her much quieter first foster home, she would crawl into her foster mom’s lap for loving.  (In her current foster home the hooligan dogs demand the lap).  A friendly small canine sibling would help her feel braver.  Gigi is likely to be workable with cats, especially since she is about half their size.  We do not think Gigi is appropriate for a home with younger children.

Gigi is not yet leash trained so she needs a home with a yard, and people willing to put in the time and effort to bring her training up to date.

We have had Gigi spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped.  She also had her teeth cleaned.  (A diet devoid of crunch left them pretty icky.  This is another reason not to feed people food to a dog).

If you are interested in Gigi, please contact Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com and complete the online adoption application.

The tax deductible donation for Gigi is $225.00

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Name:  April  3970
Age:  7-8 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Standard – 22 lbs.

Whoever gets to adopt April will be getting a really, really nice dog.  We believe that April is a “Deagle”, dachshund/beagle mix.  April is very sweet and she gets along with other dogs.

We rescued April from a Central California shelter.  She came to us in with a critical condition that she had for quite some time. She had a massive inguinal hernia (An inguinal hernia is a condition in which the abdominal contents protrude through the inguinal canal or inguinal ring, an opening which occurs in the muscle wall in the groin area.)  April needed immediate surgery if we wanted to save her and the veterinarians weren’t sure that they could save her at all. In the end, it took 3 surgeries over approximately a four month time, but we are happy to say that she is doing fantastic now.  She feels like a new dog and she acts like a spring chicken running around.

April’s foster parents kept her separate from their other dogs until she had completely recovered from surgery number 3.  They didn’t want any rough-housing that could cause a problem to the hernia.  April was thrilled once the intros started.  She would really like to play with them, but so far the foster parent’s other 2 dachshunds aren’t having it.

April is a very, very easy dog.  She is a little shy with new people but very sweet.  The staff at the vet hospital also remarked on numerous occasions that she is so easy and so good through all procedures.

April’s one fault is that she has separation anxiety.  She would prefer someone who is home most of the time.  Her foster parents work full time and April does get upset.  If you are work from home, are a stay at home parent or recently retired, April would be a good fit.

April is great in the car and she LOVES going for rides in the car.  She also loves walks, but pulls a little.  April hasn’t had any accidents in the house, and she is crate trained.  She sleeps in the crate at night, but her preference would be in the big bed.  April has longer legs, so stairs should not be an issue.  No apartments or condos, because she will bark when her people are away.  April hasn’t been tested with children, but because of her sweet demeanor we feel she would be fine with gentle children ages 10 and up.

April is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and had her teeth cleaned.  She’s all dressed up and ready to go.  If you are interested in April, please contact Janice at rplsecr@yahoo.com and complete our adoption application.

The tax deductible donation for April is $150.00

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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

Name:  Esme  3796
Age:  5 years
Color:  Black
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Standard – 18 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Esme got lucky because we were in the car when we got the call about her.  The shelter worker swore she was a purebred dachshund so we agreed to take her without seeing her picture.  As you can tell, Esme is actually a dachshund mix.

Esme originally came into the shelter over a year ago where she promptly gave birth to a litter of puppies. After raising her babies, she made her way to rescue.  We were told she had to be an only dog.  This turned out to be very wrong.

Esme actually likes other dogs and she needs at least one in her new home or she gets separation anxiety. A calm, confident male dog would be best.  (And wouldn’t it be cute if she had a black lab brother? She would look like his mini me!). Her foster home is always bringing home new fosters and Esme is one of the dogs we never have to worry about with the newcomer(s).   A sniff of the newbie and she is ready to move on with playing.  Friendly as she is with dogs in her home, she does have a bit of leash reactivity while on walks.

Esme’s best feature is that she ADORES humans. All shapes, all ages, all sizes, all ages.  Loves, loves, loves them. She thinks cuddling up and watching TV is the bomb.  Sleep on the big bed? She’s be happy to join you. Any attention is good attention in her book.

Esme loves activities.  She never wears out on a walk and she is a dedicated squirrel stalker.

Sweet as she is, Esme does have a few quirks. An example, is that she hates wind chimes.  We are not sure what they ever did to her but we are looking for a chime free home for her.  She also is food possessive of her bowl (only with the other dogs, not with people).   And to keep other dogs from eating, she will try and eat all the food.  Feeding her in a crate (which she loves) will solve any issues.  She also is not good with cats.

Esme is crate trained and sleeps quietly in her crate at night.  She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.  If you are interested in adopting Esme, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at linla@comcast.net.

The tax deductible donation for Esme is only $125.00