PLEASE READ: I know it is long but it explains a lot to folks.
We work with wiener dogs or wiener mixes ONLY please. Please take other breeds to www.spokanimal.org near Napa and Trent near downtown Spokane. They are not our local kill shelter unlike SCRAPS.
In case you did not know, now that SCRAPS has animal control for Spokane County that have a very high kill ratio for all their animals. We will never recommend SCRAPS or our local kill shelter for folks for donations much less entrusting them with their dog, cat or pocket pet. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Society or SCRAPS is the reason why we started this dog rescue, to place our foster dogs instead of just putting them down. If you see starving livestock in this county contact your local sheriff's office with photos, address and more. SCRAPS is not in charge of large animals unless they are invited by the sheriff's office.
In order to take your dog(s) here at our dog rescue, we need the following answered:
1. Their (your) location? We take in dogs from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. We can't help dogs from all over the country so please do not email us dogs out of our area needing new homes. Thanks.
2. Their age and sex? Can you send us photos of them so we make sure they are our breed? (Email those photos to email@example.com )
3. Reason for bringing to rescue? Be specific and honest as we do take bratty wieners here. We will find out anywise so please just tell us everything so no one is injured here please.
4. Does your dog have their health and shot records? First priority is given to those dogs where we can prove their ages and have some records to come with them and are healthy and adoptable. If over age 10 and no health records come with them then we will need to refer you to our local animal shelter which is not a kill shelter, www.spokanimal.org at Napa and Trent. We are not able to take in dogs with nasty teeth or other obvious health issues. Why? Too many folks have been dumping dogs on us lately with major health issues or so old no one wants them or both. We do not want to put them down as that is not what we do here. We place our foster dogs. Their families should be with them in the end, not us.
If the dog(s) arrive and it is obviously unhealthy, nasty breath from teeth they have never had cleaned in their lifetime or very ancient we will not take them and refer you back to your vet or a shelter who has a vet on staff to address the dog's needs. We are a dog rescue so we take in healthy, adoptable dogs, not those on their last legs. I can age this breed well so if over age 10 with no health or shot records in hand, we will refer you to the shelter we work with. If the shelter can't adopt them out only THEN we will pull them once they have their vet look into their medical needs which we can't afford to do here. Our adoption fees barely cover healthy dog expenses, not sick dogs too.
In other words, a dog you are telling us is age 8 and has grey up and down their legs and head is at least age 12 to 14 we can't take them here. I am sorry about that but we are a rescue, not hoarders. If folks lie and show up with an ancient dog they will be referred back to town and made a drive here for nothing.
5. Can you deliver your doggy to the rescue near Seven Mile or northwest of Spokane at 10 am in the morning when we are open for company? We always encourage folks to inspect us and see what we do so they feel comfortable knowing we will care for their dogs. I do work afternoons and evenings so not available after noon time or so. The dog rescue is a private home, not a retail location, so appointments only in advance to come and visit. Closed Mondays.
6. There is no charge to bring dogs to us but we always smile if folks can donate something to their care. This dog rescue is our hobby and never makes money. This is how we donate back to the community by helping homeless wieners. We all have real jobs in addition to doing this dog rescue for the last 25 years. We operate off of donations and dog adoption fees which we have never made a profit since 1991. Good thing this is a hobby and not a business as we almost cover expenses so my husband and I make up the difference for years now.
7. We DO TAKE in biters unlike shelters and they can take up to six months to retrain. If too vicious to adopt or not adapting to training or being socialized we will have to put them down to be safe for us, our dogs, our visitors or any potential homes. We do train them here and putting them down is always our last option. That is not why we rescue or to kill them.
We have had to put 12 down out of 1,400 now placed is good odds. Now and then we run into ones so vicious we can't retrain them even with over 40 years experience in the breed. But again that is rare and never a decision we like or make lightly. Please be aware we might have to take to the vet for a shot and we make the best decisions for the dogs in our care. If they are miserable and no progressing in their training it is a kindness to let them go.
8. Once we take in dogs we NEVER return them. So do not ask if you change your mind as we will always say no. Do not involve a rescue unless you are ready and need us. This is always a free service and we do not charge but we do incur expenses and time. We will not return any dog unless proven to be stolen which happens now and then. So this is always a final decision to involve us as many we take come here for very good reasons.
If we are too full we refer sweet dogs to the shelters and take bratty ones who need more time and training. The reasons for coming here have not changed like moving, dog bit the toddler, etc. so we will not return any dogs to the same situation. Most dogs we take have great reasons for coming to us and many need more training when the shelters have to adopt them "as is." We do a lot of training until placed and work with new adopters after the dogs are placed as well s they stay the rest of their doggy lives.
I am sorry if you are sad you had to give up your dogs for many great reasons, but you have chosen the best dog rescue in this region and many times dogs come here by referral only. Why no returns? I will tell folks that we are a rescue, not a boarding facility. This happens often enough I have to mention it here. Please do not bring your dogs to us unless the whole family is ready to say goodbye as a final decision.
If folks harass us to get back any dogs then I just transfer their dogs out of the area to another rescue or shelter but we prefer to be the ones to place the dogs as we agreed when folks left our drive way. Do not come or involve us please if you have not made up your mind yet. I will always make it for you. Once your dog is here and in rescue you will never see them again which is what we do, take in dogs and place them.
9. We will choose the best homes for the dog folks entrust to us. I say no about nine times out of ten before we find the right home as we do not want them bouncing out later. We look for quality adoptions and screen homes well and that takes time. See our To Adopt page on how we screen homes, ask for references, etc. No one gets a dog from us without thoroughly being checked out or we screen a lot more than most folks when they would place their own dogs. If private parties place them without screening they just bounce here anywise so save all that bouncing from home to home and bring them here first please.
10. Visitors are scheduled when we have room and we have appointments in advance so no one is chomped by our vicious watch dogs. We have dogs larger than wieners here.
11. If you bring children with you when dropping off the dogs they need to stay in the car please. We have too many biting dogs who hate children and had to retire here and they will always bite. Pus it is too stressful with crying children so please all the kids home or they will need to stay in the car so we can get you back to your kids quickly once you inspected and dropped off the dogs, their shot/health records, dog food, toys, etc. This is our home and not a park so kids running and screaming in the yard means more of a chance they will be injured when here and we want everyone to stay safe when visiting. We know kids will be kids.
12. Once your dogs are here you are welcome to email later once a week and check on them but we will NEVER let you speak to the adopters for privacy sake. That will never change so please do not ask. I will happily answer emails as to why I choose certain homes, etc., if folks keep in touch. I will not keep in touch with them when I work 14 hours a day for the dog rescue. Folks will need to email me or leave a voicemail message if they want to know how their dogs are doing here. I do answer 500+ emails every day here so hard to keep up if folks want to know something, just ask.
13. Can you bring enough dog food for a WEEK please so they do not get sick?
14. Folks can bring their beds, toys, whatever is always fine.
15. We concentrate on wieners or purebred dachshunds. Now and then we have room for a mix but we will ask for photos to confirm they are purebreds or wiener looking enough. If not a wiener dog we will refer you to other shelters and rescuers in the area. We concentrate on this breed ONLY please and we can tell the difference between breeds.
Now and then we take in other breeds or mixes when they come together and if we can't place them we work with the shelter to find the sweet ones homes and keep the bratty ones for more training. We ONLY recommend www.spokanimal.org near downtown Spokane. They are NOT a kill shelter and place many pets in this area. That is where we get all our critters fixed to so we almost live there it seems. ;-) They are the best animal shelter in this county. I can say that because we have worked with them for years and their adoption rates are very high. I also like how they screen homes too so we rarely have to take one they have already placed.
16. The dogs are not warehoused here. They play in our home or outside in the yards. They are crated at night otherwise they are part of a happy wiener family at our farm until placed in the right homes because we have 25 years experience screening homes for this breed. We also know who should not adopt our dogs and work with other rescuers when needed to alert them and vice versa.
17. The average stay here is about two months. Some seniors stay longer and some younger, sweet ones find their homes sooner as we have always have a waiting list of folks looking for this breed. If they are biters or nasty they could stay up to 6 months being socialized and trained. If they are sweet and hug folks they will be placed quickly. If they are too shy and do not hug new folks they will stay longer but no fear that they can stay as long as is needed to place them. Now and then we have to transfer mixes to the local shelter during their events but www.spokanimal.org places dogs quickly as well when we are usually sitting next to each other at events. I see how they screen homes which is why we work with them. We make the right choices for the dogs to place dogs and not hoard them here.
18. The average dog is playing and part of our wiener herd here in about three days. It only takes a dog three days to settle into a new home. Taking a dog to our rescue or rehoming them is always harder on the people than the dogs. We have volunteers to bribe them and our dogs help them learn to play here quickly so we can get on with training any bad manners, etc.
19. Tell us when you would need to bring them by if you have a deadline so we can work on scheduling them to come here. Unlike a shelter we need appointments in advance. The average wait is a few dais to a week to bring here unless overfull that up to two weeks but those wait times vary depending on how full we are or if we have events or I get some time off scheduled a few times a year.
20. We do take in any strays quickly and will try to find their people. The local animal shelters may make folks wait up to three weeks.
21. Let me know if you have other questions. We want to make this an easy transition for you and your dog.
If you are ready to have us help your family please answer the questions above. Emails are best and faster with noisy, playing wieners here at the farm. Our voice mail for message only is 509-796-2140. That is a message phone only.
Director, Dachshund Rescue NW
PS If not enough room on the form to the left you can email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and answer those questions I asked above.
We now have 3,000+ dog hugging volunteers, folks who come to inspect us and those who adopt that come to our farm each year to help us socialize the dogs we have for adoption. We are a fully licensed dog rescue with the county or SCRAPS.
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