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DREAM Dachshund Rescue Atlanta, Georgia

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We envision a time when every dachshund in Georgia has a loving home for its entire life. We believe that the welfare of our companion animals is an indication of the health of our society. We see the current welfare of our companion animals as a disease. To treat the symptoms of this disease, we rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need. To treat the causes of this disease, we educate the public on compassionate dog guardianship of any breed. We want to have a deep, direct impact in a limited geographic area, rather than a small impact in a large geographic area. We raise as much as we spend. At least 90% of our funds are spent directly on medical care for dogs. We put the welfare of our dogs first. We will not take in a dog that we cannot adequately care for. We document our processes, so that our successes can be replicated with other groups. In this way we can have a broader geographic impact over time. Volunteers, foster homes and board members are all non-funded and unpaid.

Results: Since our inception in 2005, through our amazing network of board members, volunteers, foster homes, veterinarian partnerships and supporters, we we have rescued and rehomed over 1200 dogs to date. These are dogs that came from kill-shelters, cruelty cases, were stray, abandoned, unwanted or abused. Some of these little longdogs come to us never having known the pleasure of a kind word or a soft bed. We make sure that they have any needed vetting which can range just from vaccinations to heartworm treatment to full blown back surgery. We take great care in matching dogs to adopters; personalities and quirks are a wonderful thing and they need to mesh. We firmly believe that there is a home for every dog out there- they all have something to teach us.

Target demographics: dachshunds and close-mixes

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 dogs who would have otherwise been euthanised or abandoned.

Geographic areas served: Our focus is Georgia.

Programs: Dachshund, rescue, education, awareness and mentoring of georgia inc adopted 90 dogs during 2014. Approximately 145 dogs were fostered during 2014. Approximately 60-70 dogs are in foster homes waiting to be adopted.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my Gunner from them 6 years ago. He was born there as his mom was given to the rescue just days before he and his brother were born. Vikki took such good care of my boy and I got to visit him twice before he was old enough to be adopted❤️. They are the best!

2 Sherri C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a passionate group! They go above and beyond for all the animals they rescue. They are all so loved as soon as they come into the rescue. They deserve so much praise.

5 Burien Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my wife and I married and bought a house, we were ready to have our first fur child. We filled out the extensive application and they matched us with a GREAT dog that fit us perfectly. But Merlin needed a companion when we were out of the house, so naturally we came back to DREAM and adopted Guinevere later in that year. True to the name, DREAM has been great at educating and mentoring us on dachshund training and health issues . We've grown to have great friendships with the board members over the years, and we try to do our part to help as dogs need transport coming into the rescue from our area.

5 Katie B.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the dachshund outreach and activities they sponsor. I adopted my dachshunds before I knew about DREAM but I will definitely use them when we are ready for another dog.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted all my loves from DREAM. They are wonderfully organized and share a common love of the long dogs. Best bunch of women I know!!

6 Rachel M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Dachshund Rescue gave me my baby. I am so thankful to them for rescuing my sweet Bambi and letting me give her a home. Now I spend my time spoiling her as she deserves. For anyone looking for a rescue dog, this is a wonderful organization!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! We adopted our doxie from them and support them anytime we can. Top-notch people who are passionate about the pups.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I adopted my Skippy J. in 2006 I knew nothing about caring for a paralyzed dog. DREAM became my dog family, and taught me everything I needed to know! Especially how to help Skippy have the BEST life! He raced, wore costumes, and helped educate other doxie parents about his condition. After Skippy died I adopted another paralyzed dog, Maggie, and she is carrying on the tradition and living her best life, too! I have fostered for DREAM and attended every event possible to support this organization of such dedicated, wonderful people!!!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got my Butterbean from Dream. The application form is very through. The questions are quite specific & will probably deter applicants who are not really interested in adoption. The foster parents were very nice & even agreed to dog sit Bean since we had a vacation planned soon. Bean was in the foster home for about 3 mos. He seemed to really like the family and environment. He was well taken care of & healthy. The best part of Dream is their willingness to take Bean back if we ever can't take care of him . This really gives me piece of mind. Will go back to Dream if we adopt again

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not had the opportunity to adopted from DREAM yet but I have attended their fund raisers. Dachshunds are a special bread and it is so wonderful knowing that DREAM is there to help people understand the breed and their needs when it is time to bring a new furbaby home. I love how they give so many doxies a chance that might not have a chance otherwise.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dream is the best rescue organization out there. Everyone there gives 100 percent to make sure the dogs are well taken care of and finds a home that matches them. This is the best organization I know of

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Apple, our little 12 year old Papillon through DREAM, just 10 days ago. Who would have thought you’d find a Papillon on a Doxi rescue site? When we saw her, we fell in love with her. This was our first adoption through DREAM and I can’t say enough about Kim’s compassion, love, and transparency. She truly is the dogs best advocate and does her best to match you with your forever pet. Lisa our foster Mom loved and cared for our Apple until our adoption. We would definitely adopt again through DREAM. We’re blessed to be part of the DREAM family. Thanks for such a smooth transition from foster care to adoption. You prepared us well and we are loving our new family member. Carol & Gary Ulmer

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Jaq from DREAM in 2015 and he's been amazing. He gets along great with his adopted husky brother!

6 Michelle L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Toby from Dream in 2015. He was difficult at first, and the folks at Dream helped us through a hard first 6 mos - they didn’t abandon us but stayed in touch. Now we have a wonderful and chill dog who travels everywhere with us. I never thought I’d end up with a dachshund, but now I’m hooked. Toby is the best dog ever and I’m so grateful that Dream helped us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about Dream, from whom we adopted our doxie, Toby, almost 3 years ago. Toby means everything to me. When we have run into health issues, as he ages, the rescue has been nothing but supportive for us. His foster mom stays in touch too! Adopting Toby from Dream has inspired me to work more with Rescues. I’ve never met people with such large, open and welcoming hearts. And they always know exactly which pup will fit best into which new forever home.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful DREAM Dachshund Rescue Alanta is! It was a seamless, great experience from working with Kim who approved my adoption to getting to meet Emily and Nic who were the foster parents for the new addition to my family, Lucas. After Lucas was here for a few days it was clear he enjoyed me as much as I loved having him. It's been four months since he came home and I now could not imagine not having him. I feel like he rescued me.....he's just perfect, with just enough flaws to make him interesting like the rest of us! ;) Adopting from DREAM Dachshund Rescue Atlanta has been one of the best decisions I ever made!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our new Dachshund from Dream Dachshund Rescue and couldn’t be happier with them and our new best friend!

7 Rachel B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DREAM is an amazing rescue! Not only have I adopted from them, I also foster for them. They take pride in giving the best vet care and finding amazing homes for their dogs.

7 Heather C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Lorelei from DREAM in November 2006. All of the volunteers I have ever met from the organization have been very kind & helpful. I still keep in touch with some of them now 12 years later & Lorelei & I are still very happy.

7 Polly Voyik S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Dream. Alice and Coco are both Dream alumni. What a wonderful experience. Their work is not easy but they always provide a loving safe haven for those in their care. All dogs deserve loving homes. However my husband and I both grew up with dachshunds for pets so it was a natural fit. Puppies are cute but I always say rescue first. There is no greater heart than that of a rescued pet. Dream makes so much good possible. I am humbled by their awesome work.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the great work Dream Dachshund Rescue does for several years. My daughter adopted our furry grandson, Fritz, through Dream. We've had dachshunds for decades, and I love the work they do to rescue this special breed.