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: 03-20-19

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Nikki (4529)

Age: 11 months
D.O.B.: 3/26/2018
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 8 lbs.

~ Nikky is being fostered in San Jose ~

Nikky is an adorable chiweenie puppy. His previous owner had no idea how much responsibility raising a puppy was, and really didn’t have time to devote to him. Lucky for Nikky, one of our SCDR foster/volunteers lived across the street, and she offered to take him into rescue to find a better home.

Nikky is a wonderful puppy, friendly, affectionate, mischievous, curious, and silly. He’s highly intelligent, so should respond quickly to training. He’s going to need some training and consistency to become a great family dog. Nikky loves other dogs, and wants to play. Nikky would not be good in a home with senior dogs. He will bug them constantly to get up and play with him. He needs a young, active companion. One that is slightly older than him, so he can have a mentor and a playmate.

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Nikky is good with respectful children over 8 years old. We don’t know if he is safe with cats, but as he is very young, he can learn to be nice to the kitty. Also, as Nikky is slightly taller than the average dachshund, a home with stairs is a non-issue.

Nikky learned the dog door in right away in his foster home. However, he still needs someone to take him outside every couple of hours and stay out there with him to praise him for a good potty. He will not truly “get it” until he is over a year old. Nikky is crate-trained and sleeps through the night in a crate. He is already begging to sleep in the big bed under the covers with his person. He loves to be held and cuddled. He gives amazing kisses.

The ideal home for Nikky 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 six years old.

  • Previous puppy experience is a plus but not absolutely essential

Nikky is neutered, his vaccines are current, and he is microchipped. If you are interested in Nikky, please fill out the adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

The tax deductible donation for Nikky is $300.00

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Sebastian (4547)

Age: ~1 Year
Color: Mahogany Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.

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~ SEBASTIAN IS FOSTERED IN THE SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE AREA ~

Sebastian and his littermate were found wandering as strays in a small Central CA town. No one ever came looking for them. The tiny shelter is run by volunteers who reached out and asked us to help the brothers. We happily agreed.

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Sebastian is an extremely charming dog, but he was extremely shy when he arrived. He and his brother would try and hide behind each other when in any new situation or seeing any new person. In order to encourage the development of their independence, we split the boys up. Sebastian has been going on outings and walks and learning the world is not so scary after all.

Sebastian is friendly with people. He is good with other dogs. Sebastian is not a candidate to be an “only dog”. He must have another young, confident dog in his forever home. Older respectful children would be ok with him. He loves hanging out in the yard, so we would prefer a home with a back yard.

Sebastian is a young dog. This means daily walks and adventures to help wear down his puppy energy and to continue to socialize him.

Sebastian is a quiet dog. As he gains confidence, this may change.

We have had Sebastian neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He crates nicely at bedtime.

If you are interested in Sebastian, please fill out the online adoption application, and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Sebastian is $600.00

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Lucy (4527)

Age: ~ 7 years
Color: Black & Tan Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Small Tweenie – 12.5 lbs.

~ LUCY IS FOSTERED IN THE SAN JOSE/SILICON VALLEY AREA ~

Lucy’s owner had a stroke, so Lucy became homeless. This poor girl has been bounced around ever since. First was the neighbor who cared for her for a few weeks. Then to her first foster home. From there she went to our medical foster home on a temporary basis, so she could get a dental. Now she is in what we hope his her final foster home.

Lucy is an incredibly sweet dog although all the changes have made her a bit clingy. If her people are home, she wants to be with them as much as possible.

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Lucy is friendly from the get go but she will need some time to get comfortable and to feel safe. She loves everyone so a home with respectful children would be fine with her. She enjoys playing with the other dachshunds and would find having a canine brother both fun and comforting.

Lucy has funny ears. They stand out from the side rather than hanging down properly. We think it adds to her character. She really is one very nice dog.

Lucy is healthy and current on her vaccinations. She just had a recent dental. She crates quietly at night.

If you are interested in Lucy, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. Adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Lucy is $250.00

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Timmy (4418)

Age: ~1.5 Years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 8.5 lbs.

~ TIMMY IS FOSTERED IN THE SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE AREA ~

We decided to give Timmy, a doxie-chi mix, a Christmas miracle. He was on a local shelter’s rescue only list with a comment that he was a fear biter and had bitten an AC officer. We saw his picture for weeks, but no one saved him. So in the spirit of the holiday season, the day before he was to be put to sleep, we decided to take a chance on the little guy. In person, he is the cutest thing with the sweetest little worried look on his face.

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Timmy loved his foster mom from the moment he met her. He was also terrified of her getting too close to him. He wanted to be close to her, but still maintain a safe distance. He was ignored for a few weeks and allowed to progress at his own rate. He slowly started tolerating being pet and ear scratches (he is very treat motivated). Then one day, his foster mom decided it was safe to pick him up, and he has been easy to handle since then. He adores getting human affection and attention and is always eager for lap time.

Timmy is a weird little guy. While in foster care, he has been playing the role of Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. If his foster mom wears different shoes, or clothing, he freaks out about the “stranger” and runs for safety out the dog door. It takes him about 5 min to accept that he knows this person after all.

Timmy loves playing with most of the doxies in his foster home. However, he is extremely jealous of the male dachshund that arrived after him. The best home for Timmy will have a confident small female sister or two to romp with and help remind him to be brave.

Timmy will need a home that will give him a few days before they try and handle him. (Or you can come visit a few times before taking him home.) For this reason, a home without children would be best.

Timmy is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He crates nicely at bedtime although he really wants to be the first one out in the morning.

If you are interested in Timmy, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Timmy is $250.00

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Cole (4546)

Age: ~1 Year
Color: Black
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 11.8 lbs.

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~ COLE IS being FOSTERED IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA ~

Cole and his littermate were found wandering as strays in a small central CA town. No one ever came looking for them. The tiny shelter is run by volunteers who reached out and asked us to help the brothers. We happily agreed.

Cole is an extremely charming dog. He is the bravest of the pair. He is friendly with strangers. He is good with other dogs. If they aren’t good with him, he just retreats to his crate.

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Cole was never exposed to much in the past. A leash and a walk were foreign concepts when he arrived in foster care. The outside world is a little scary to him so he prefers a canine companion accompany him on walks. He also enjoys a good play session with other dogs.

In addition to having a canine buddy in his new home, we believe Cole would be fine with respectful children age 8 and up. Because he is young, he needs lots of exercise and appropriate toys and bones to chew on.

Cole is a quiet dog, and so far, has not barked while in foster care. As he gains confidence, this may change.

We have had Cole neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He crates nicely at bedtime.

If you are interested in Cole, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com an adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Cole is $450.00

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Ginger (3810)

Age: 3.5 months
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Potential Tweenie - currently~7.5 lbs (and growing)

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~ GINGER IS FOSTERED IN SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE AREA in CA ~

Within hours of us learning about her, Ginger was in rescue, A friend of the owner posted on Facebook trying to help find the puppy a good home rather than just letting her be given away on Craigslist. (This friend does cat rescue herself). One of our volunteers was tagged in the post and agreed to foster Ginger. Knowing that SCDR would get her all needed medical, we got that call that Ginger was ours.

Ginger’s first owners were neglectful dog owners. They had a male and female, both unaltered dogs. Ginger and her littermate were the result. (The cat rescue friend is now working on getting the parents fixed).

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Ginger was a little timid when she first arrived, but she soon found her confidence playing with the young Doxie in her foster home. She is a very sweet dog and now she loves to play. She races around the house all day and she loves her stuffy toys!

There are two young children in her foster home (age 6 and up) and she enjoys playing with them and playing chase with them.

As with all puppies, Ginger is going to get into everything - shoes, phones, pillows, whatever she can sink her little puppy teeth into. She will not be appropriate for a home with people gone for long hours. She would love a playful, gentle canine companion or another small, rowdy puppy in her new home. She is young enough to learn to live with cats.

The ideal home for Ginger 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 6 years old.

Ginger is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. If you are interested in Ginger, please fill out the adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. If you have an application on file, you do not need to fill it out again. Just let us know of your interest in Ginger. An application and home check are required for new applicants.

The tax deductible donation for Ginger is $300.00

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Ella (4243)

Age: ~6 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini – 11 lbs.

~ ELLA IS being FOSTERED IN TURLOCK, CA ~

We first became aware of Ella when we were sent her shelter picture. She was shockingly and heartbreakingly thin. Of course, we had to say yes to her. She gained weight prior to leaving the shelter and continued to gain while with us. Her bloodwork at the shelter indicated she had been starved and was dehydrated. We had more bloodwork done after a few weeks in rescue and everything was now within normal limits.

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Ella has always been sweet with people, but she was a little snarky with the other dogs at first. This was most noticeable as resource guarding at meal times. Due to her past starvation, we gave her a pass on this behavior. With time, a reliable mealtime and some training, she is beginning to relax and cuddle with the others. She is now starting to try to play with some of her foster siblings. She is most likely an “alpha female” who will always want to be the top dog in a pack.

Ella needs a home as an “only dog” or with a calm canine brother. Her new owner will need to continue to work with Ella on her resource guarding and fears. She very much wants to please her people and loves attention, so she is proving easy to train. Ella also needs a home that is active. The vet aged her 5 to 7, but she acts like a much younger dog. She wants to get out and about!

Ella’s physical condition is much improved since she has been getting regular meals. While her ears are just beginning to grow hair again, the bald spots on her coat are filling in nicely.

Ella has now been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. We also gave her a complete dental where she lost a few painful teeth.

If you are interested in Ella, please fill out the online adoption application and email Kari at kparadiso2705@yahoo.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Ella is $300.00

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Lulu (4417)

Age: 6 months
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini – 12.5 lbs.

~ LULU IS being FOSTERED IN SILICON VALLEY ~

This darling dachshund mix, with the cutest white dipped toes, was adopted from the local shelter. We greeted her as she was leaving the building with her new owners. (We happened to be at the shelter to pick up another dog. Lulu was so cute we had to say hi to her.)

Fast forward a few days, and we got an email from the new owners. The sweet, quiet, calm puppy they met in the shelter was anything but. They were not prepared for her energy level and the chaos a puppy can bring. Wanting to be sure she would get an appropriate home, they asked us to take her.

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Lulu was a very rude puppy with no dog manners when she arrived in rescue. The other dogs quickly taught her what is and isn’t appropriate behavior. Now they enjoy playing with her.

Lulu is very people friendly and solicits attention from humans. We think Lulu would be ok with kids 8 years old and up. However, we warn you, she is going to chew on any Barbies, Transformers, Legos, or any other toys left where she can get them. She loves to grab anything of interest to her people and run off with it. Lulu will need an active home. She needs daily walks, adventures, and hikes to wear her out. She would love another friendly dog to play with.

The ideal home for her 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.

Lulu is spayed, current on her vaccinations, and is microchipped. She will sleep quietly in a crate at night.

If you are interested in Lulu, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Lulu is $300.00

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Precious (4541)

Age: ~ 9 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Chubby Tweenie – 16 lbs.


~ PRECIOUS IS being FOSTERED IN TURLOCK, CA ~

Another rescuer alerted us to a Facebook post looking to rehome two seniors that were living outside. One was a doxie (the other dog we connected with someone else). These poor dogs were outside 24/7 in Central CA where the temps get extremely high in the summer and cold in the winter.

When Precious arrived, she was anything but precious. She stunk to high heaven. Her coat was a full of mats all the way to the skin. Needless to say, first on the agenda was a visit to the groomer. We thought she would have to be shaved, but the groomer spent hours brushing her and de-tangling her coat. She is now as gorgeous on the outside as she is on the inside.

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Precious may have been a backyard dog in her prior home, but we don’t believe this was her first home. This girl has lovely house manners. She only gets up on furniture if invited. She uses the doggy door. Her excited dance when she sees a leash means somebody must have taken her for walks at one time in her life.

Precious is a very happy, friendly dog. She will flip over for a belly rub faster than you can say “hi”. She loves walks and car rides. She is just an all-around, easy wonderful dog.

Precious is spayed and vaccinated. We just did a dental on her. Her left eye was removed sometime in her past. (We were told the removal was due to an infection that was left untreated for a long time.)

If you are interested in Precious, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Precious is only $175.00

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Red Charlie (4277)

Age: ~10 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Standard – 23 lbs.

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~ RED CHARLIE IS FOSTERED IN LOS ALTOS, CA ~

Charlie and a non-dachshund friend had been banished to living in a barn. We heard about them when their owner decided to move and needed the dogs gone. We agreed to take in Charlie as well as the non-dachshund (Phoenix Phox, for those who follow our dogs). While his buddy was quickly adopted, Charlie had some medical issues that we had to resolve before he could look for a home.

Charlie was a slug when he arrived in rescue. We rarely saw his feet as he never got up from his bed. His ears and tail were almost hairless. He hardly moved except to eat or to go outside to go potty (good boy Charlie!) After numerous blood and urine tests, he was finally diagnosed with a thyroid issue. Within a few days of taking medication, we had a new dog on our hands.

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Charlie now loves to wander from room to room. He explores the far side of the yard. If people are outside, he is right there with them. He is still not much for walks, so if you want a couch potato, this is the dog for you. (His tolerance for exercise may increase over time, but we don’t think he will ever be a bounce off the walls kind of dog.) He has grown hair on his ears and tails and is now a gorgeous dachshund.

Charlie is great with people, including strangers and children. He went to a chaotic holiday dinner and was wonderful with everyone he met. He is truly a charming boy. Charlie loves to cuddle with you while you watch TV. He is a fan of sleeping in the big bed, if you will let him. The only time Charlie barks is when he wants something the other dogs have (such as a favorite bed).

Because Charlie is extra short and stubby, he needs a one story home. Even a single stair should be ramped for him. And while he loves to be on the couch with you, you will have to lift him onto it (or ramp it).

Charlie will have to take a morning thyroid pill for the rest of his life. Fortunately, this medication is very inexpensive (less than $10/month).

Charlie is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. He had a dental where he lost 26(!) teeth. And dare we say it? . . . . . Charlie has been perfectly housebroken (with a doggie door).

If you are interested in Charlie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Red Charlie is only $100.00

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Eddie (4344)

Age: 12 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.

~ eddie is being fostered in Sonoma County ~

Eddie was surrendered to a Central California “high kill” shelter because his family said he was too old and they wanted a younger dog. If we hadn’t gotten him out of there quickly, he would have been euthanized for the same reason. We were delighted to rescue Eddie.

Eddie was in pretty bad shape when we got him. Clearly his family didn’t spend any money to care for him. He went to the vet and got neutered and had some benign growths removed, but most importantly, he had a dental. He had every single tooth removed except for one, which is being used as a splint to keep his jawbone in place to heal. That tooth may likely eventually need to be removed. The vet said it was the worst mouth he had ever worked on. Poor Eddie.

Eddie’s food must be softened for him to eat. He also has a very sensitive stomach. After a couple of tries, we finally found a food he likes. He is also getting Pepcid AC (over-the-counter Famotidine) before his meals. Also, Eddie’s back was painful when he first arrived at his foster home, but with some rest he made a complete recovery. As with all doxies, he will need doggy-steps up to the couch and the big bed. He WILL jump which would be bad, and steps are really helpful to prevent re-injury.

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Eddie is an incredibly sweet, kind and sensitive dog. He absolutely loves to go for a walk and that is non-negotiable. He needs someone who will take him on a good daily walk every day. He will stick by your side and just hang out if you are working from home. Eddie is safe with children over 8 years old. (No babies or toddlers please.) We were not told how he feels about cats, but as he has a very gentle nature, and no teeth save one, he really does not pose a threat to a dog-savvy cat. Proper introductions and supervision would be recommended until both he and the cat have established a peaceful relationship.

Eddie loves to sleep in bed with both his human AND his other dog friends. He really likes having a dog buddy, and he would do best with another small dog for companionship. He really loves everyone – men, women and kids. He has a bad habit now of barking at strange dogs, but he is easily correctible. He barks when he’s getting leashed up and fed, because he is so excited.

Eddie needs a home all on one level (stairs would need to be blocked) as his legs are extra short and going up and down a flight of stairs would be detrimental to his health. No condos or apartments either, as this type of home present a “barking problem”. Living in very close proximity to lots of outside noise and foot-traffic would result in complaints from neighbors. Eddie has a very BIG, loud bark.

Eddie is house trained, and knows how to use a doggy door. He goes out by himself periodically during the day. However, he will NOT go out by himself after dark, so he needs to be escorted outside on a leash for that last potty before bedtime.

Anyone who adopts Eddie is going to be truly blessed. He is a “love bug” and one in a million. If you are interested in Eddie, please contact Carrie at caretoride@yahoo.com. A home check and an adoption application are required.

Adopt Eddie for a modest tax-deductible donation to SCDR

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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