About Us

Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education, Inc. (DARE) views its mission as increasing public awareness through education against animal cruelty, related issues and overpopulation while rescuing and re-homing displaced and unwanted dachshunds and dachshund mix dogs in the state of Florida.

We do this by:

1. Rescuing and socializing abandoned, neglected, abused, orphaned and/or surrendered dachshunds and dachshund mixes by providing temporary safe shelter and medical/dental treatments as needed.

2. Procuring temporary foster homes and permanent new homes for rescued dachshunds that will provide a safe and nurturing home environment.

3. Ensuring no dachshund shall be adopted for the purposes of breeding or scientific/medical experimentation.

4. Providing education to the public on the dachshund breed, puppy mills, and responsible pet guardianship including, but not limited to, humane animal care and spay/neuter practices.

5. Displaying courtesy, respect and fellowship toward all volunteers in appreciation of services and support rendered to dachshund rescue and to promoting enhanced teamwork among all rescuers.

 Please consider making a contribution to DARE today via the Pay Pal link below or by sending your check or money order to:
4495-304 Roosevelt Blvd. PMB 179
Jacksonville, FL 32210

via this secure link to Paypal.

Meet DARE’s 2017 Board of Directors

Alicia Duval – President

Alicia Duval is a Tampa native who has been involved with DARE since 2007 when she found DARE through mutual friends after the passing of her beloved doxie of almost 15 years,”Gator”. She first started out as a volunteer for transports and fundraising. She decided to become a member in 2010 where she made the leap to a DARE foster home then the Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator where she took on the coordinator role of our annual fundraiser, Dox-a-Palooza (Doxapalooza.com), which is always the first Saturday in November. Alicia became Vice President in 2013, and has served as President since 2014.

Alicia’s passion for DARE and the success of the rescue as an organization is matched only by her love of the dogs. She currently lives in Tampa with her partner Lena and their 5 fur-children; Freckles, Peanut, Forrest Gump, Morgan, and Chloe.

As you can see from her picture Alicia is the proud mom of Forrest Gump-Duval, who has his own Facebook page & is a DARE ambassador.  Facebook.com/ForrestGumpDuval and even promotes himself as a “Celebrity-Entertainer”. His antics have gardened him worldwide attention, loyal fans, and even his own personal legal council. He is a legend, even if only in his own mind.

Alicia’s main goal as President is to focus on building a network of quality foster homes in all parts of Florida, maintaining healthy and happy fosters, educating the public about rescue & the dachshund breed, as well as fundraising to make the public aware of DARE and its mission, which is to save Dachshund and Dachshund mixes in need.

If there is any part of you that wants to help DARE you are encouraged to reach out to us. It all starts with one small step, one small offer to help, and one big heart.


Pat Duval – Treasurer

Pat’s involvement with DARE began in 2007, when she went to a DARE adoption event to help her mother-in-law pick out her first dachshund. Her mother-in-law was so worried about how she would know the “right” one for her. When she sat down, one particular doxie came up to her and jumped up in her lap. She would place him down on the ground but he kept coming back; so she said, “Well I guess he picked me.”  At that same event, Pat had the chance to meet others who were with the DARE rescue group and hear their stories. It sounded easy enough to help so Pat and her family got involved. Initially, she and her family volunteered with transporting, fundraising, and working events. Then in later dates, Pat went on to foster rescued Dachshunds, and ultimately joined DARE’s Board of Directors.

Professionally, Pat has been a banker for over 35 years, with her current position being an SVP at a local community bank.

Pat says, “I love being able to help with the rescue and adoption of the dogs. I also enjoy shopping for doxie items that I can donate for the e-bay site. I have become a doxie shopping fanatic.” So when you need a doxie item, take a look at our ebay store.  We have so many people that donate really great items, and finding those great deals to donate can become an obsession. (Just ask her husband.)

In Pat’s “spare” time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and Florida beaches! She believes DARE is a great organization and does great work. She has volunteered for other groups, but they were nothing like DARE. Pat says, “Each dachshund has a story and being a part of that is rewarding. I believe everyone can help DARE continue its mission; it’s just a matter of finding out which niche is for you and letting that passion take off.”


Carol Griffith – Vice President / Registrar

  Carol Griffith is originally from Toledo, OH & moved to Orlando, FL in 1997 with her husband, Brian, and two daughters, Staci & Cori. Carol has been employed by Simply Storage Management for over 7 years where she works as an accountant to support her dachshund addiction. She has had a lifelong passion for animals & her family has included dachshunds for over 25 years. Carol has fostered dachshunds for DARE since 2010. She enjoys helping doxies feel secure in a family atmosphere & finding loving furever homes for them.  Carol also has a fondness for quilting. She enjoys making original dachshund inspired quilts & donating them to DARE’s fundraisers. It is a perfect blend of her two favorite interests to support a meaningful cause.

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