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Adoption Application

Adoption Center

Thank you for wanting to adopt a rescued dachshund from Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue! We are a 501(c)(3) non profit based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

We do our very best to match RMDR dachshunds and doxie mixes with the most ideal forever family where they will be cherished. The hope being a happy future for you both–together!

Adoption Application References

We request that you inform your references that a representative from RMDR will be reaching out to them shortly. Timely completion of reference checks is critical in our adoption process. Delays in contacting references may result in the dog you’re applying for being adopted by another family. Thank you for your cooperation.

Check out Doxies 101 for more about these charming and loyal dogs.

Adoption Fees

These fees are requested once the adoption has been finalized and you sign the adoption contract. We accept Venmo, Paypal, Money Order, Cashiers Check and Cash.

    • Puppies thru 1 yr: $600.00
    • Young Dog 2 thru 7 yr: $500.00
    • Adult Dog 8 thru 11 yr: $300.00
    • Senior Dog 12+: $250.00
    • Bonded Pair Puppies thru 7 yr: $650.00
    • Bonded Pair 8+ yr: $400.00
    • *Special Needs: $150.00

*Special Needs means considerable medical or other issues for the dog.

Red dachshund snuggling with human friend

Unconditional Love

Rescued dachshunds need unconditional love,  patience and understanding. They come from many different situations and every dog has a history. 

3 dachshund noses popping out from under a blanket

Dachshunds (Badger Dogs)

Known as scent hounds, dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers. Ears folded forward (to keep dirt out), good scent detection, digging and a loud bark.

frosty faced senior dachshund

In The Dog's Best Interest

We gather applications before selecting their forever family. They need a yard to explore, ramps to furniture, not many stairs, and even baby gates.

5 Steps to Adopting

  • Step 1 – Review RMDR Adoption Guidelines
  • Step 2 – Fill out the Adoption Application (below)
  • Step 3 – Sign our Hold Harmless form
  • Step 4 – Meet and greet the dog you want to join your family*
  • Step 5 – Sign the Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee

*Only when approved to adopt, do applicants move on to steps 4 and 5

RMDR Adoption Guidelines

Please review the following so you will understand what we are looking for when we are processing adoption applications. This is geared toward the success of the adoption and permanent placement of the dog. They don’t deserve to be bounced around.

We want to make the best match possible for you and the dogs with Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue. The goal is to find them their forever family and forever home.

  • Clean and cared for yard with no holes in the fence (secure area for dog to explore and potty)
  • Fence should be permanent and 5-6 feet tall and solid: wood, chainlink, cinderblock, or vinyl (not chicken wire for example)
  • Homes, apartments, mobile homes or condos with private fenced yards or courtyards work for dachshunds, but when you have shared walls with neighbors (barking), no fenced area (getting lost as they run or wander), stairs and no ramps (it’s hard on their backs/IVDD)–for dachshunds, this raises concerns, but your intent to take care of them is what matters. There’s plenty to learn along the way
  • Adopters need to be over age 23
  • Crates: Adopters should not be planning to crate them for over 4 hours
  • Regular potty breaks, dog door they take themselves, walks or letting them out regularly
  • Working full time away from home isn’t a good fit for a dachshund. They love and need to be with their people. Every dog with Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue has a back story and like every dog needs patience and unconditional love
  • Things considered include age of children in household and their experience with dachshunds. Dachshunds, toddlers and young children often don’t mix well. Dachshunds may nip if they are not treated with respect
  • Non-smoking household
  • Meet and greet with the dog(s) in your family required
  • Stairs and furniture–Willingness to use a baby gate to block the dachshund from using them. Carrying them up and down the stairs. When you pick them up, supporting their chest and under their stomachs to protect their backs (prone to IVDD)
  • All dachshunds think they can fly, jumping off couches and beds. Ramps and training your dachshund to use them is encouraged

About Rescued Dachshunds

Rescued dachshunds and doxie-mixes come to us from many situations. Here are some of the common reasons and why we ask for limited crate time (under 4 hours), a yard to explore, patience and understanding.

  • Orphaned when owner has passed away
  • Family has moved to assisted living, is ill, or has been put on hospice
  • They have been spending too much time in a crate
  • Stray or dog surrendered to a dog shelter
  • Dog was adopted, but weren’t able to to keep them due to not understanding the breed needs
  • Young children having trouble being respectful of the dog
  • IVDD or illness
  • Living situations changed and don’t allow dogs
  • etc.
Adoption Application
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Name
Address
Your Residence Type
A fenced yard gives rescued doxies a place to explore, and go potty. A dog door lets them go outside to go potty when they need to.
Do you own, rent or lease your home?
Shared walls as in condos and apartments are usually not the best fit for dogs who bark. (If you live in a condo or apartment, we will consider an older or senior dachshund who may be a better fit for city life.) ❤️ We very much appreciate you wanting to help them!
Do you agree to send in Home Check Photos & Videos
You understand that you are -required- to submit a video or photos of your home (inside) and backyard; anywhere the dog will have access. This is part of the adoption process with RMDR. Depending on your location and volunteer availability, an in person home check may be possible. NOTE: Please text or leave a voicemail at (801) 432-0785.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 8 files.
Please upload your photos and video here (8 images max). Please Note: Things we look for - include a baby gate at the stairs-and to control access to unfenced areas, fenced yard with no holes or garbage piles, no fire-arms laying around, wall plates, covers on appliances--very similar to baby proofing a home. We love to see where their safe place will be (bed), ramps to furniture--and just that they will be part of the family. If you need assistance getting your videos to us, please text or leave a voicemail at (801) 432-0785‬. If you are unable to submit your photos and videos with this application it will slow down the processing.
Please enter your landlord's name and phone number
Number of Children in the Home
Ages of Children in the Home
In some cases dachshunds may not be the best choice of dog breed to have around young children. We don't always have the background on rescued dachshunds and extra consideration may need to be made for their health and behavior--which includes their family's unconditional love and patience with them.
Type of pet(s) (and how many)
Vaccination & License Status
Are your current pets up to date with their vaccinations and are they licensed?
Please list past dogs and where/what happened with them. If they died in an accident please share what happened (this will not disqualify you).
We understand work schedules can run long. If you are able to give the dog the run of the house, access to water and have a dog door--that is optimal. But we also understand some dogs are crated. For -very- long days you may consider a dog walker or someone to let the dog out to improve their quality of life on these days.
The rescued dachshund, that you want to give a forever home, is a Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue dog. That means if you are unable to keep them you will contact us and give the dog back.
Please list how tall the fence is, and the type of fence. Are there any holes in the fence? Is the yard free of debris?
Do you have a vet?
We contact the vet about past dog care and vaccination history. Note: If you don't have a vet yet, please select one and list them here (and please indicate that you would be new to the clinic).
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Does everybody in your home agree about adopting this dog?
Do you understand that the dachshund breed was bred to bark as hunting dogs?
The dogs were bred some say as early as the 1500s and they were bred to be hunting dogs. They are part of the hound family (dachshund literally means badger dog).
Note: Dachshunds were bred to hunt and track prey that live in burrows like rabbits, badgers and wolverine. Digging is something some of them really enjoy.
When you travel where will the dog be?
Do you agree not to leave the dog home alone when you travel?
Do you agree that this dog will not be used for fighting, medical testing? Do you agree to keep your dachshund out of harms way?
Do you agree to love and protect this dog?
Do you promise to continue the standard of core vaccinations going forward?
Core vaccinations being: Rabies and DAPP
Was this recommended by your vet? (Please note our policy is as follows: Standard of care: all dogs/cats in adopters care must be up to date with core vaccinations: Rabies and DAPP. Adopters promise to continue this standard of vaccination care throughout the dog's lifetime.)
Are the other cats and dogs in your home up to date on vaccinations?
Please note our policy is as follows: Each potential adopter must provide proof of up to date vaccinations for each residential pet.
Was this recommended by the dog's vet?
Do you understand dachshunds are stubborn?
Do you understand dachshunds may need you to be patient with them? Regularly?
Do you have a swimming pool?
Does your home have stairs?
If your home has stairs a baby gate is recommended to help the dog avoid back injuries. A ramp to couches/bed or carrying them is recommended.
Does anyone living in the home smoke?
The AKC, FDA and VCA agree that cigarette smoke can affect dogs. The dogs around tobacco smoking have a greater risk for health problems.
Do they smoke inside or outside?
Please use at least one reference that is not related to you. We request that you inform your references that a representative from RMDR will be reaching out to them shortly. Timely completion of reference checks is critical in our adoption process. Delays in contacting references may result in the dog you're applying for being adopted by another family. Thank you for your cooperation.
Best time to reach Reference 1?
If using a family member as a reference, please use one that does not live at your address. We request that you inform your references that a representative from RMDR will be reaching out to them shortly. Timely completion of reference checks is critical in our adoption process. Delays in contacting references may result in the dog you're applying for being adopted by another family. Thank you for your cooperation.
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