SCDR's mission is to ensure as many dachshunds as possible have loving, forever homes.  And we're fortunate to serve California from North to South and Central in between.  We have many dachshunds fostered in all three regions and do our best to give you the option to adopt from any one of them.

Please inquire and we''ll work with you to transfer them to where you live, or you can pick them up.  Please contact us for more info.

LAST UPDATED: 12-11-17


~ Courtesy Listing for Valley Animal Center in Fresno ~

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Name:  Walnut
Age:  6 years
Color:  Chocolate Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered

Walnut is an adorable six-year-old chocolate dapple dachshund mix.  He was rescued from CCSPCA in Fresno and has been waiting patiently at Valley Animal Center for a few months now.

Walnut has a unique personality; sometimes he likes to hang out in the adoption center thinking he is a human. He demands to have a chair to sit in or to sit in a volunteer’s lap so he can monitor the front desk.  This has quickly made him a staff and volunteer favorite!

When Walnut first arrived at the Valley Animal Center, we quickly realized he was prone to breaking out in skin rashes and hot spots.  Unsure of what was causing this—stress, allergies, or something else—Walnut received a full blood panel so he could be given the appropriate treatment.

When we received the results for Walnut’s blood work, there was good news and bad news.  The bad news was that our poor Walnut suffers from several different allergies.  He is allergic to several types of meat and grains common in most commercial dog food; this is what was causing his repeated skin irritations.  The good news is that Walnut’s allergies are treatable and a special diet will almost completely take care of any rashes or skin irritations he would otherwise develop.  Since switching to his special diet here at Valley Animal Center, Walnut’s overall health has improved greatly. He can live a full happy and healthy life as long as he remains on a specific diet.

Walnut would be great for almost any type of home.  He likes kids, would be ok with other pets in the home, likes dogs that are close in size to him, and has a moderate energy level.  While we love having Walnut here with us, we know that he deserves a forever home and is going to make his new family very happy.

Walnut has already been neutered, is up-to-date on his vaccinations, and is microchipped. If you would like more information about Walnut, please call (559) 233-8690 or send an email to

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Name:  Precious Pepper  3965
Age:  7 years
Color:  Black & Tan Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 10 lbs.


Precious Pepper found her way into a SCDR foster home via a Craig’s List ad, that one of our Central CA volunteers happened to spy.  The volunteer was quite concerned that she could fall into “bad hands”, as she had been used by a backyard breeder, and could’ve easily found herself in a similar fate.  This backyard breeder was also selling Pepper’s son, who was also used for breeding.  They were both quickly swiped up.  Both were extremely underweight and starved for attention.  (Pepper’s son was recently adopted.)

Pepper is a dapple mini dachshund weighing in at 10 pounds.  She is 7 years old, and quite happy and energetic.  She is great with other dogs and people.  She does not do well with cats.  She doesn’t know the value of toys as she was probably not introduced to them as a puppy.  She does enjoy Kongs though, as long as they come with a yummy treat inside.  She wouldn’t be a good fit for household with very young children (under 8 years old).  

Pepper walks very well on a leash without pulling.  She would be happiest at night in the “big bed” as she loves to snuggle.  She only had one “accident” at her foster home and would adjust to a doggy door quite easily.  Pepper is house trained in her foster home, but a new family will need to continue encouraging her good potty habits by keeping her on a regular potty-time schedule.

Pepper’s whole world revolves around “her person!”  She pays constant careful attention, with her big beautiful, dark eyes.  Her dapple markings glimmer in both of them.  She is extremely loving, and was actually named Precious Pepper, because of the way she looks at her foster mom, with such an eager, tender nature.  She would do best with a female human companion whom she can spend most of her time with.  Someone who works from home, or is retired, would be a better fit for Precious Pepper.  She deserves a loving, supportive human who can give her the attention that she didn’t get in the past.

Pepper is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and has had a dental.  If you are interested in providing Pepper with a wonderful home, please contact Jenaveve at  An application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Pepper is $200.00


We Have Many Other Dogs to Choose From ~ Please Keep Looking!

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Name:  Dash 3966
Age: 5 years
Color: Red Dapple
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 9 lbs.

* adoption pending *

Dash made his way to SCDR (along with his mother) via a backyard breeder who decided to pursue another business, thankfully.  We named him Dash for obvious reasons, as he is so dashingly handsome!!  He’s a 5 year old energetic, hidden dapple red male.  He is a mini, at approximately 9 lbs. and will still need to add a little more weight.

Dash follows his foster mom with such a submissive, sweet spirited nature!  He loves to cuddle on the sofa, nap in the bed, but he is also crate trained at night.  We believe he would really like to sleep in the big bed at night if invited to do so.

Dash loves going on walks and does well on a leash with no pulling (which we always appreciate).  He loves to play with other dogs and looks forward to meeting them.  Dash has never met a person he didn’t like.  He doesn’t know what to do with toys, because he likely didn’t get them as a puppy.

Dash loves to eat! (What dachshund doesn’t?)  He is OK sharing a “community bowl” if he has to, but much prefers his own portion in a bowl by itself.

Dash is getting a refresher course in house training and is doing well, but his new family will have to be committed to continuing to take him outside on a regular schedule so he can continue to establish good potty habits.

Dash is healthy, fully vaccinated, and microchipped.  He has had a complete dental, and did not lose any teeth. 

If you are interested in providing Dash a wonderful home, please contact Jenaveve at  An adoption and a home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Dash is $300.00

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Name:  Tiki  3979
Age:  13 yrs
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size: Small Tweenie – 12 lbs.

Tiki has a sad story. Her human mom who loved her very much passed away, and there was no family to take Tiki as part of their family.  We were delighted to take her into our rescue program.

Don’t let her age fool you, Tiki is VERY active.  She isn’t just a couch potato.  If we didn’t have her past records and had to guess her age by her activity level, we would have thought she was much younger.  She runs around and enjoys life.  She will also settle down with you on the couch and enjoy snuggle time.  

Her human who passed took very good care of Tiki her entire life.  Tiki had regular dentals and whatever she needed, and this is probably the reason that she is in great health for a gal her age.

Tiki lived her whole life as an “only dog”, and she would be just fine with that as long as her people weren’t gone for very long periods of time.  She could probably also be matched with a mellow male dachshund.  No females.

Tiki is very sweet with people and seems to enjoy visitors.  The last few years before her person passed, she wasn’t able to get Tiki out much; but prior to that, she did take her on walks.

Tiki is also one of those dachshunds who will keep you laughing.  If you are a dachshund-person, you know what we mean.  She is sweet, funny, and she will bring much joy to your family.

Tiki is also crate trained, but if she had her choice, she would probably prefer to sleep in the big bed and snuggle with her people.  

Tiki is receiving a refresher course in potty training due to her previous person’s bad health the last few years.  In her new home, access to a doggy door would be helpful.  As Tiki is extra long and very short, she also needs a home all on one level, no stairs for this gal.  It would be a big risk for back injury for her at her age.

Tiki is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and her previous person did regular dentals for Tiki.  If you are interested in Tiki, please contact Janice at, and complete our online application.  An application and home check are required.

Tiki can be adopted for a modest tax deductible donation to rescue

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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 and complete our adoption application.

The tax deductible donation for April is $150.00

Name:  Matilda  3868
Age:  4 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Large Mini  – 12 lbs.

*adoption pending*


Matilda came to us when her previous owner had passed away and the son of previous owner had disabilities preventing him from caring properly for himself or Matilda.

Isn't this little one beautiful? She is also sweet, good with other dogs and with dog-savvy cats.

We noticed one thing right away. Matilda had a previous back injury at some point. Our Central CA rescue veterinarian felt we could get Matilda walking even better. Dr. Singh taught foster mom, Natasha, rehab exercises and Dr. Singh started cold laser therapy for Matilda. And sure enough, she is walking better. Dr. Singh was very pleased with the results.  

See how well Matilda gets around.  Watch this video:

Matilda loves to run.  Don't forget the belly rub!

We did recently discover that Matilda has some residual incontinence issues.  Matilda needs to have access to the yard via a dog door to help her make it outside to do her business. And she is going to have occasional accidents inside. We recommend adoptive homes that do not have carpeting and need to be all on one level (no stairs).  We will talk to potential adopters about our recommendations to help Matilda’s new family with her special needs.

Matilda is good on a leash.  She also enjoys playing with the small dogs in her foster home.  Sorry no large dogs for Matilda's safety.  Matilda also knows how to use a doggy door and we do require a doggy door to help her as much as possible.

We consider families with calm & gentle children ages 11 years and up for Matilda's safety as well.

If you can provide Matilda with a wonderful home, please fill out the application at and contact her foster mom, Natasha at  A home check is also required.

The tax deductible donation for Matilda is a modest donation to rescue