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“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”
-- Gilda Radner

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What Does a Dachshund Rescue Do?

What exactly is Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue (RMDR) rescuing dachshunds from? Unfortunately there are a few common reasons doxies are surrendered to the rescue; the death of their owner, or their owner going into assisted living–helping re-home their dachshunds is more along the lines of serving our community. Other reasons are also emotional with living situations changing that no longer allow dogs, or family dynamics changing.

Some of the most heartbreaking cases are when the doxies have been neglected; breeding females (sometimes kept, living in kennels) when they are no longer able to have pups are left deserted, hoarding situations where the dogs weren’t cared for. Some dogs have been abused, and this can lead to behavioral problems that they need patience, understanding and help getting through. Issues with a senior dachshunds aging. Other times maybe a dog is ill and needs help. Intervertebral Disk Disease IVDD can be a problem for these little dogs that’s why we recommend keeping them from jumping off things (they think they can fly) by helping them down from the sofa or providing ramps for them; or carrying them, supporting both sides of their body, when on stairs.

With the support of our volunteers, fosters and donations we are able to give the dachshunds who come to our fosters homes a new and loving environment, while helping them prepare for their new family.

What’s the Difference Between a Rescue and a Shelter?

Both dog rescues and shelters are there to help animals. A shelter however has a physical location where the dogs live. A rescue operates by working with a network of pre-approved dog fosters who take an incoming dog into their own homes and take care of the dog(s) like they are their own. The foster handles everything for the dog from vet visits (the rescue pays for the vet visits) to their food, treats, bed, blanket and toys. Our mission statement reads: “Helping dachshunds needing a new home get the care they require and find loving forever families.” This is what we do as a dachshund rescue, a needed community service in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Rocky Mountain area.

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