Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corp that has been rescuing needy dachshunds around Southern, Central and Northern California since 1994! Please help us on our mission to find our rescues forever homes!

We have been doing rescue for over 25 years and have rescued over 4,000 dachshunds and counting!


Please Help Will and Grace Recover From a Life on the Street!

~ Donations Of Any Amount Are Greatly Appreciated ~

SCDR’s Tucson Coordinator spotted horrifying pictures of a skeletal, emaciated, male dachshund on the a shelter website. She knew we had to save them. SCDR quickly stepped in. While at the shelter ICU to take the poor little guy home on a humane waiver, there was a surprise in the cage with him. A tiny black and tan mini also emaciated, but quite pregnant and deeply bonded to the male. Of course, we took her too and named them Will and Grace.

Both dogs were infested with ticks and almost starved to death. Grace had fared a little better than Will, who must have protected her and given her the lion’s share of scavenged food. But they were both extremely depleted and exhausted.

The ticks were immediately removed, followed by desperately needed baths. Then a long, restful, deep sleep. At the vet the next day, both dogs’ vital signs checked out okay. They are being slowly brought back to normal weight. After the vet visit Will's face and snout appeared swollen. Closer inspection revealed tiny cactus needles! It was a slow and delicate process to remove the needles, but Will understood the importance and was a great patient!

Both Will and Grace have sweet, gentle temperaments, and after recovering will more than likely be amazing family pets.

Both are being carefully monitored by the vet, especially Grace as her pregnancy progresses.”

Donations of any amount are appreciated. Click the Donate button below, or if you would prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to “SCDR”, write “For Will and Grace” in the memo section, and mail to Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc., Attn: Roberta Rubin, P. O. Box 2634, La Habra, CA 90631.



What fun we all had at the 2019 OC Pet Expo!

The Pet Expo never fails to excite and this year was no different. Many happy visitors stopped by the SCDR booth and enjoyed a little time sharing stories, petting dachshunds, and learning more about SCDR.

Our Volunteers are Dedicated to Our Rescues, and We’re so Grateful They Donated Their Time to this Event.

Is a Rescue Dachshund Right For You?

Luke is happy all the time, and very loyal to his mom!

Luke is happy all the time, and very loyal to his mom!

Dachshunds are such fun dogs. They are loyal, loving, security conscious, super cute, and extremely entertaining to watch do their thing. With some basic training and socialization skills dachshunds make absolutely wonderful pets! Just ask any dachshund owner you happen to meet.

Dachshunds are officially two sizes - mini (under 11 lbs) and standard (over 16 lbs). Unofficially, dachshunds over 11 lbs and under 16 lbs are called “tweenies”. Dachshunds can be long or short hair, wire hair, and a variety of colors and patterns. Dachshunds with shorter legs and longer backs are at higher risk of back injury so should always be dissuaded from jumping on and off furniture and using stairs (one or two stairs is OK for healthy doxies). Like most young dogs, young dachshunds can have lots of energy and are very curious . Because dachshunds were bred as badger hunters they are diggers by nature. Yards to play in are also yards to dig in. If a dachshund puppy is adopted, as cute as they are, expect to have have a few personal items chewed to pieces at some point. And a few potty accidents. That’s just what puppies do.

Coco is blind so likes to pretend she’s menacing. ( Blind dogs are as capable as sighted dogs. Sometimes you can’t even tell a dog is blind )

Coco is blind so likes to pretend she’s menacing.
(Blind dogs are as capable as sighted dogs. Sometimes you can’t even tell a dog is blind)

Rescue dachshunds can be shy and timid when arriving in a new home. Especially adults. It’s important to be very patient when they first arrive. Let the dog guide how much love and attention it’s ready to receive. It may not eat or be friendly at first, but will eventually settle in. Once settled in, there is no such thing as too much love and attention! And that’s also when formal training can be implemented. If you’re not sure how to train your dog, there are many good websites, books, and videos to learn from. It’s really not as hard as people think to train your dog with the basics. Taking your dog to training or hiring a trainer is even better. And remember, dogs don’t think like humans; so don’t expect them to.

Like any pet, dachshunds are live animals. It’s possible they will have accidents in the house. It’s possible they will get sick and need medical attention. It will cost money to feed and house them. Be sure you’re willing to commit to and accept everything that comes with being a dachshund parent before adopting. All dachshund owners know there will be rare occasions being a dachshund owner is not easy, but it’s oh so worth it the rest of the time!

In 2018, SCDR rescued over 300 dachshunds, pushing our grand total to nearly 4,600 dachshunds saved since we were founded in 1994. We added two more divisions to our group – Reno, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona. Our doors are open to all doxies from all walks of life , including the old, injured, and "hospice" dogs. Some rescues are very expensive to vet, but we do whatever is necessary for the love of the breed.

SCDR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating entirely on donations and with volunteers.  All donations, big or small, help take care of these wonderful dogs.

If you prefer to use a check or money order, please make them payable to "SCDR", and mail to:
So. Cal. Dachshund Relief, Inc.
P. O. Box 2634
La Habra, CA  90631.

many happy families made possible by your generous donations in 2018:

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