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So, you’ve decided to adopt a rescued dachshund? Good for you! You have taken the first step towards saving a life. What’s the next step?


The first step towards adopting your new pet is filling out the adoption application (which you will find below.) Complete it to the best of your ability. The dachshund you adopt will become a member of your family. It is important that everyone in your residence understands a rescue will need the love, patience, and guidance of every member of the family. Our application will ask you questions about persons in your residence, your living environment, your past and current experiences with pets, and the qualities you are looking for in your new pet. It also asks you to provide personal references, and a veterinary reference if you are a current or former pet owner, to enable us to more clearly ascertain your ability to be a responsible, compassionate, and humane pet owner.

Dachshunds vary greatly in temperament, personality, and activity levels. Not everyone’s lifestyle is the same. We ask questions not to pry, but to help us find the right dog for your home and family. So, please be truthful when filling our your application. The more honest you are with your answers, the better we are able to seek the dog of your dreams. If you have seen a dachshund on our website that interests you, please include its name on your application, and we will give the match serious consideration. If you don’t see your “dream dog” at this time, or if the dachshund of your choice has already been adopted, don’t be discouraged. Submit your application for adoption anyway. On average there are over 50 dogs in DARE’s foster care program at any one time undergoing physical and emotional evaluations prior to presentation on our website. As these dogs are readied for permanent placement, our members will search all on-file applications first before looking elsewhere for suitable owners. Often times dachshunds are matched up with suitable applicants without ever be listed on the website.

Upon receipt of your application, a DARE member will be assigned to work with you. Your rep will be available to you to answer any questions you may have, and will be responsible for calling or writing to your references and setting up your home visit.

At times, DARE may ask the assistance of another rescue group in performing the home visit, if we do not have a DARE member residing near your area. Upon satisfactory completion of your reference checks and home visit, you will be approved to adopt!


While we seek to minimize the amount of travel required to place a dog in a permanent home, a dog’s breed, age, and temperament are the primary considerations given when seeking a suitable dachshund or dachshund mix for an applicant. DARE members and volunteers will at times offer assistance in transporting a rescued dog to its new permanent home when given ample notice and if the distance to be traveled is within reason. However, it is not always possible to find a suitable pet in your local area. In such circumstances, you may wish to consider a long distance adoption, if available, or keep your application on file to await a new arrival.
Long distance adoptions are offered only upon the recommendation and discretion of the DARE member and/or foster volunteer responsible for the daily care and well being of the dog in their care. Not all dogs able to handle the stress of a long distance transport. We understand this policy may be frustrating to an applicant, but the dog’s well being must come first. The member or volunteer who lives with and cares for the dog on a daily basis must be accorded the right to do what they believe is in the best interest of the dog.

ADOPTION FEES (as of May 1, 2012):

Pure Bred Dachshund:
  • puppy up to 1 year — $275.00
  • 1 year to 3 years, 11 months old — $250.00
  • 4 years to 7 years, 11 months old — $225.00
  • 8 years to 13 years, 11 months old — $150.00
  • 14 years old and up — $100.00
Dachshund Mixes:
  • Up to 7 years, 11 months old — $175.00
  • 8 years to 13 years, 11 months old — $150.00
  • 14 years old and up — $100.00
Special Needs Pure Bred or Mix:
  • Any age — $150.00
 Please note: If you are adopting your dachshund long distance, aside from the adoption fee, you will also be responsible for all common carrier transport costs to get the dog to you. In addition, an Adoption Contract must be completed and signed, and the appropriate fees paid, before transport will commence.

CLICK HERE to go directly to our adoption form.

Thank you for your interest in rescuing a Dachshund in need.

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