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: 01-17-18

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Oscar (4525)

Age: 3 years
Color: Clear Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Chubby Tweenie – 18 lbs.

~ OSCAR IS being FOSTERED IN PALO ALTO, CA ~

About 10 months ago, Oscar was surrendered to a shelter where he was promptly adopted out. His new dad loves Oscar very, very much. Unfortunately, Oscar’s owner developed some serious health issues and can no longer properly care for Oscar. We agreed to help Oscar find a perfect new home.

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Our job is easy, because Oscar is a charming dog. He is friendly with strangers. He loves the kids ages 8 and up that he has met. He’s enjoyed cleaning the face of a toddler he knows. A forever home with children age 5 and up would be OK with him.

What we discovered in foster care is that Oscar has one request. He wants a young, playful small dog to play with. Within 24 hours of his arrival in rescue, Oscar and his foster sister were having marvelous games of chase through the house. Because he so likes romping with a buddy, we are looking for a home where Oscar would have a canine sibling.

Oscar enjoys playing with toys, and he plays a pretty good game of fetch.

Oscar has a soft silky coat, but is a bit chubby and should lose a few pounds (overweight dogs are more at risk for a back injury). His new home should be committed to getting and keeping Oscar at a healthy weight.

Oscar is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. He happily sleeps in his dog bed at night.

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

The tax deductible donation for Oscar is $400.00

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!! Lulu Has Lots of Pure Puppy Energy - Training Required for a Successful Adoption !!

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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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Heidi (4304)

Age: 12 years
D.O.B.: 6/09/2006
Color: Black & Tan Dapple
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Chubby Tweenie – 17.2 lbs.

~ HEIDI IS being FOSTERED IN TURLOCK, CA ~

Heidi and a younger dachshund came to us when their senior owners had to go into assisted living. Their daughter reached out to rescue to help the dogs.

Heidi came to us incredibly sweet even though she was in a lot of pain. We had been told she was prone to ear infections and had allergies. When we took her to the vet, he was shocked at her ear. He immediately put her on antibiotics and ear medications. (Her ear was in horrific shape, the canal was totally swollen shut We are not sure she ever had prior treatment). She was so miserable, the vet pushed off her dental as he didn’t want her to feel even worse.

It took a long time, but eventually, we got Heidi back to health. Her medical issues have all been addressed. (She only lost one tooth during her dental!) She had a skin growth removed. Her ear is totally clear and pain free. She was put on a diet to slim down a bit. Now she is tuned up and raring to go!

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Heidi is a great little dog. She gets along with everyone. She has been fine with kids age 5 and up. She likes all the other dogs and cheers them on when they are chasing each other around the house. We think she would be workable with cats as she is a laid back dog.

With a doggy door, Heidi has never had an accident in the house, even when it is raining. She loves walks, is good in the car and enjoys cuddling. Her preferred sleeping spot is the couch.

Heidi is spayed, vaccinated and is microchipped. She also had a dental.

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

Adopt Heidi for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue

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PUPS BE POPULAR!
NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

~all PUPS ARE FOSTERED IN the SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE AREA~

We had been negotiating for weeks to take two longhair doxies into rescue. Their owner had a serious illness and was no longer able to care for herself, let alone her dogs. Because surrendering them was so emotionally difficult, the date was repeatedly pushed out. Finally, one Sunday, a darling pair of long haired minis arrived. By Tuesday, the male was fixed and we’d moved the female to another foster home as we thought she might be in heat.

A week later, the foster called to say the female had “popped” and appeared to be very pregnant. A quick trip to the vet confirmed puppies were due any day.

These four darlings were born in rescue. They have kept us exhausted and entertained since their birth. They have been well socialized with young children and the other dogs in the foster home. They have gotten great food and appropriate exercise their entire life. These have been very loved and spoiled balls of fluff. Based on their parent’s adult weight we expect these puppies to be under 10 pounds when fully grown, but if adult weight is a critical issue for you, please adopt an adult dog as we can make no promises. Currently the puppies range from 4 to 5 pounds.

As puppies, these cuties are going to be A LOT of work. They will get into everything, and they will chew your iPhone, expensive shoes, and favorite underwear. (Their razor sharp teeth took out the Christmas tree lights in under a minute.) 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 will be neutered/ spayed, microchipped, and have age appropriate vaccinations at the time they are physically adopted.

If you are interested in a puppy, 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 a puppy. We apologize in advance that not everyone who wants one is going to get a puppy, even if you are the perfect home! We anticipate far more applications than we have puppies.

While we are gathering applications and reviewing them now, the puppies will not be available until after January 15, 2019 (the date they are getting fixed).

The tax deductible donation for each puppy is $1,000.00
(The adoption donation is not negotiable)

NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Red Charlie (4277)

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

~ 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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Morgan (4232)

Age: 5 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 12 lbs.

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~ MORGAN IS FOSTERED IN TURLOCK, CA ~

Morgan belonged to a backyard breeder, and was used to make money for his owner. He was the little guy among a group of standard size unaltered males and females. Not a good situation for any of the dogs. None of them got to be special or get the attention they so deserve.

The story we have been told is that some of the neighbor children came over to play with the dogs. There was no adult supervision so the circumstances that led to Morgan snapping at one of the children are unknown. His owner then came out of the house, grabbed Morgan and held him eye to eye and began screaming at him (never stare at a dog eye to eye; dogs consider it aggressive behavior and may respond aggressively). We think poor Morgan was terrified. He responded with a bite to her lip.

Morgan was then taken to the shelter where the owner insisted he be put down. Based on what was observed, the animal control officer talked the woman into letting Morgan go to a rescue instead.

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While at the shelter, there was no sign of any aggression from Morgan. The shelter staff had no problems handling him. He then went into foster care where he has been great with people and with the other dogs in his foster home. He is wary of children, but he just watches them from a distance.

To be sure of everyone’s safety, we are looking for a home for Morgan without children. Teenagers and up are OK. Morgan would also love a home where he can get walks and do all the fun outings he never got to do before.

Morgan has great dog manners and would be happy with a canine sibling or two. Morgan is now neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

If you are interested in Morgan, 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 Morgan is $275.00

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Freddie (4414)

Age: 3 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie – 14.5 lbs.

~ FREDDIE IS FOSTERED IN GILROY, Ca ~

Freddie was purchased as a puppy. Soon the novelty wore off, and Freddie was banished to the back yard and ignored. He lived on a property with two houses. The front house often saw family members kick at Freddie. With permission, the front house took over caring for Freddie and making sure he had food and water and let him live in their yard where no one kicked him. Now things are heating up between the two families, so we were asked to take Freddie to be sure he did not become a pawn in any future difficulties.

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Freddie really, really likes people. He holds no grudges. He loves to be cuddled. However, he does have one serious issue - you cannot even think about taking food away from Freddie. He will not just nip, but will bite. So, if something drops and he grabs it, it’s his! He also growls if the other dogs get near his food dish, but this has been easy to manage. If you are offering food or treats, he does take these nicely.

Because of his food issues, Freddie needs to go to an adults only home.

It took Freddie awhile to get used to sleeping in a crate, but he now enjoys being cozy and warm. He is absolutely thrilled if he gets to go on a walk. He hasn’t seen much of the world, so he finds these very entertaining.

We think Freddie could be an “only dog” or he could live with a mellow female dog. He’s a bit of mix, so some stairs should not be an issue for him.

We have had Freddie, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He is more than ready for a home of his own. If you are interested in Freddie, 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 Freddie is $175.00

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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