If you're looking to adopt a doxie, the Dachshund Rescue of North America may have the dog for you. It's a win-win situation: You receive canine companionship and devotion, while the doxie gets a loving home. DRNA provides a clearinghouse for dachshunds in need all over the country.
Dachshund Rescue of North America
This nonprofit organizations exists only to rescue, rehab and rehome dachshunds. Incorporated in 1999, DRNA consists of experienced canine rescue volunteers throughout the country who foster doxies in need until the right home is found. These volunteers also evaluate the dog for temperament, training and compatibility with other dogs, cats and kids. As of 2012, more than 8,000 dachshunds have found new people to love through the DRNA adoption process.
All doxies going through DRNA are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and given heartworm and fecal tests. Dogs needing dentals also have that done. If a doxie tests positive for heartworm, the dog is treated if deemed healthy enough to go through the arduous heartworm-killing process, which can prove fatal to an older or compromised canine. If the dog suffers from other long-term ailments, such as diabetes or hormonal imbalances, that information is listed on the dog's individual page so potential adopters are aware of any health issues.
Only those over age 21 may apply to adopt a dog. To start the process, create an account with DRNA and submit an online adoption application, which requires veterinary and three personal references. DRNA volunteers check these references, and if you pass this stage, a home visit is scheduled. A volunteer comes to your home to check it out for doxie suitability as well as to answer any questions you may have about the adoption process. A placement fee is charged for each dog. DRNA makes the decision as to which applicant receives a particular doxie, and you must sign an adoption contract. If you cannot keep your dog for any reason, the dog goes back to DRNA.
The DRNA site is broken down into categories, including special needs and seniors, with each doxie featured on his own page. DRNA's credo is "a home for every doxie," but some dogs take longer to place than others. Each listing includes the dog's gender, color, weight, age, location and coat length -- doxies come in short-, wire- and long-haired varieties. It also includes information about the individual dog, such as personality, suitability for living with other pets or kids, housetraining skills, need for a fenced yard and the adoption distance. The person fostering the dog is a busy volunteer, so limiting the distance for traveling and checking up on an adopted dog is usually necessary. While it varies according to the foster, many people limit the adoption radius to 100 miles of their home.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.