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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Super event, lots of fun, features and support disabled dogs who get a chance to race and play that day. Supports unadopted but ill dogs, fun silent auctions.
I've gone even when I had no dog!

6 Elizabeth C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of dedicated dachshund and close dachshund mix rescuers has set its sights on educating the public about responsible pet ownership. To that end, they provide all of the dogs in their care exceptional medical care, and ensure that each dog is fostered in a loving home. The rescue is structured in such a way that each foster family has a specific contact within the organization to route all their questions, concerns, and updates on a foster dog, to ensure timely care and training. Fundraising monies are spent on that high level of veterinary care, and minimally on administrative costs related to fundraising. Their extensive network of caring volunteers has allowed this rescue to be as successful in rehoming local animals, and education on responsible pet ownership. I have interacted with DREAM both as a member of the general public who relied on the board members' dachshund expertise to ensure that I was able to responsibly provide medical care to our two dogs that have had IVDD, which is a disease that dachshunds are prone to have, as well as foster home and fundraising volunteer.
I've added some photos of our foster dogs (the dapple black and tan, and the red dapple are our dachshunds).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued two sweet doxies from Dream Daschund Rescue. They are the sweetest dogs and truly run our house! Dream is a very special organization. They worked with us to find us the pets that met our requests. We definitely recommend Dream Daschund Rescue for anyone looking to adopt a Daschund! Linda & Mike R, Marietta, GA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit organization I have ever been affiliated with. Dream is the epitome of excellence and commitment! Dream is highly responsive to the needs of dogs. I adopted my dachshund from Dream. She was found walking along a freeway. They rescued her, cured her of heart worms, and gave her a safe place to land. Dream Dachahund Rescue is phenomenal and enduring!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of dachshund lovers who have dedicated their time and resources to rescuing these dogs that are in distress. I cannot praise them enough. After my last doxie died, I found this rescue group, checked it out, and eventually adopted my doxie, “Buddy,” and now have had him for about four years. I can honestly and without reservation say that Buddy is the best pet I have ever had.
One of the great things about this rescue group is that their foster partners are committed, trained, and lovers of doxies. Kudos to them, too.
I trust DREAM Dachshund Rescue, and invite all doxie lovers who are in need of another little sweetheart to contact DDR. Also, I encourage folks to donate to this group. You won’t regret doing so. I did, and I don’t.
William F. Hawthorne, Jr.
Jeffersonville, GA 31044

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The passion and compassion of DREAM, it's Board, it's volunteers, and all those that support the organisation should be held up as an example of how society should look after those that cannot look after themselves, are forgotten, ignored, or looked at as expendable.

Our family has been blessed and enriched over the last 10 years with the addition of three DREAM rescued dachshunds. The support and guidance provided by DREAM volunteers; from the first contact, through adoption, and post adoption: has been remarkably helpful. Thank you for the lives that you save, and lives that you enhance!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I guess about 8 or nine years ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to give fostering a try. We had three dachshunds of our own at the time. I remember our first little fella, Jake. I picked him up from the county animal shelter and he was a supper sweet lil guy, and full of worms. After a much needed trip to the vet, he began to get healthy and gain weight, and had such a joyful demeanor, he always made us smile. After just a couple of weeks, he was adopted into a family with a 12 year old boy. In a month or so, I found a message on my phone from the dad. In the message, he expresses how Jake was so precious to the entire family, and he quoted the saying "who rescued who?" . I could hear the emotion in the mans voice, and when I thought of what may have happened to little Jake if he had been left in the animal shelter, I knew I was hooked. With so many wonderful dogs that simply need a second chance, how could I turn away and not foster again?
Since then, we have fostered a variety of dogs...purebred and mixes, seniors and puppies, obese dogs whose bellies dragged the ground, and some so thing you could see every rib. There was even one unforgettable dog who came out of a puppy mill. She was sick, weak, and anemic. She had never been on grass, the falling leaves were scary to her, and it took a week before she would even let me touch her. With the help of my loving little pack, she soon began to relish my attention. She was very shy, and it would take a very special person to adopt her. And you know what? That special person came along, and the shy little girl who was so fearful now enjoys getting dressed up like a little doll. She learned she could trust, and is living a life being well loved.
Some people say " oh, I could never foster, I would want to keep them all", But if you think about all the dogs who do not get a second chance without foster space, you realize how important fostering a dog, even one, can make such a difference. It is a difference of life, or death in many cases, so how can we not?
And yes, there have been several that I may have kept if I did not have ( now four) dogs of my own. When we adopted our fourth dachshund, my husband said " we really can't foster anymore, this is enough dogs in the house". But guess what? We still do, and it is funny, it seems like many of the dogs have attached themselves to HIM when they get here, kinda like Divine Intervention is showing him how important his role is in fostering as well. And yes, we have both gotten a little teary eyed when a dog leaves that we are so fond of, but we feel even greater joy, knowing we had a hand in giving that dog a second chance in life. It is a reward and blessing that far exceeds the pain of letting them go. You have given them a chance at a new life, and new adventures, and it fills your heart with happiness for them. So, give it a try, and make a positive difference in the life of folks searching for a dog, and certainly, the Life of the dog who is saved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What I have seen about this rescue group is far and above most as far as I am concerned. They deal with my favorite breed of dogs. I personally have rescued 10 of the little darlings since 1971 and will have at least one preferably 2 at all times in my home until I die. I spread the news of the great fun these little dogs greatness all the time and of the greatness of DREAM DACHSHUND RESCUE ATLANTA GEORGIA they do a great job in the Atlanta Georgia area.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Milo about 4 years ago. I had recently lost Jazzi another long hair Black and Tan we had for 14 years. I had a hole in my heart that needed to be filled and I had fallen in love with the breed. I picked Milo from Dreams website and thought we would take a chance on a rescue. We don’t know all of Milos past but he was hesitant when I tried to pick him up or play. We figured he had probably been previously abused by a man. I was persistent but patient and he eventually warmed up to me. Now he is my shadow and we are really close. He has turned into a really smart and loving friend. I would encourage anyone thinking about getting a Dachshund to give a Dream rescue a chance. They just need some love and you will see them blossom into wonderful furry friends! Everyone at Dream was great during the adoption process and made sure we would give Milo the home he needed. Come Dream with us and give a Doxie the chance to live his/her life being loved and cared for!

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Donor

Rating: 5

they make an effort to pair all the pups with the perfect furever home! they hold great events every year to benefit the pups!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have the most wonderful girls ever.
8 years ago I adopted one by one . Thanks to this organization to support me with the adaption time. They always were right there when I called for advice.
Thank you , thank you for all what you do for every doggie.

8 Mike B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been fostering with Dream Dachshund Rescue for about 5 years. We now have foster number 11 with us. We love Dream! The experience has been so wonderful and rewarding. From volunteering at the annual Howloweenie event to the day to day care and nurturing of our foster dogs we are always working to put more dogs into permanent homes. Dream's board works endlessly to be sure every dog that can be saved is saved. Our small contribution adds up with all of the other foster homes, volunteers and their families to bring hope and homes to these very special dogs.

10 Gary V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued Johnny in April of 2008 from DREAM. He passed away in March 2017 and he was the best dog I could have asked for. He wasn't easy as he had gone through some severe abuse in his life, but I adore all the volunteers at DREAM for doing what they do for these dogs. I have gone to events, met other dogs through them and I see the good that they do. I could go on forever about what Johnny meant to me and I could never pay back the volunteers at DREAM for providing him such a wonderful transition prior to getting to his forever home, but I will just say this - they do this for the love of the dogs. You could not ask for a better group of volunteers and I think of them and thank them every day.

11 mrssarcopski

Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot thank DREAM enough for helping us find our Norman. Norman has brought so much love into our home and hearts and we cannot remember our lives before he came trotting into it! DREAM has been absolutely amazing in making sure we found the perfect fit for our family as well as finding the perfect family for their rescue. We have kept in touch with the foster family and the wonderful people who had taken time to do everything possible to make this “dream” happen for us. This rescue truly cares and works hard to give these beautiful animals a loving home.

11 Cara H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family was a Dream foster home and we fostered about 10 dogs. Dream provided full support for all medical and behavioural needs, as well as things like food and accessories.
All were successfully matched with loving adopters and Dream makes the adoption process very easy for foster homes. They are extremely thorough and ensure appropriate scrutiny of potential homes for these special dogs. They look at every aspect of the dog's needs and behaviours and leave no stone unturned. We also adopted 2 dogs through Dream while fostering and because of that, have taken a break. Dream is the most scrupulous, transparent animal rescue group I have come into contact with. They are truly Dachshund experts and have the dogs' best interest in mind at all times.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DREAM rescued our amazing sweet girl from the shelter where her previous owners unceremoniously dropped her after she became paralyzed. DREAM did everything possible to aid her in restoring some movement to her legs. When we adopted DREAM, they helped us to learn how to care for our girl. Seri is the heart of our household, and she can now walk up to 20 feet at a time. :) We love her so much, thank you DREAM!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DREAM dachshund rescue has by all accounts rescued over 1200 little long dogs from the most adverse and deplorable conditions. What cannot be calculated is how many human lives have been changed for the better because of these little dogs.

Our story is simple. Back in 2001 I directly rescued a little black & tan, short haired doxie named Jack. All he needed was a love, patience and care. What he gave back to me far outweighed what I had done for him. Years later when I found myself alone, in the middle of a career change, I called DREAM and through a series of interviews and phone calls, I was matched with Doc. Perhaps the most incredible dog I’ve ever known. He was my constant companion. He went to work with me, slept with me, and on occasion, went to church with me. When I lost my mother I was totally devastated. He never left my side. He knew something was wrong and wanted to make it better…and he did. A true friend will sit in silence with you…he did. A true friend will catch your tears…he licked every one of them. He even approved or disapproved of my dates…and he was right! Doc was a senior that I had for a few short years but he saved my life. So, when people see me today, they ask “are they rescues?” My reply is, “I’m not sure who rescued whom.”

Over the years we’ve taken in seniors with only 6-10 months to live and we’ve taken in younger hounds as well. Each has brought their own type of love and growth opportunities. Each has made an impact on us, our family, friends and guests. They have been ambassadors of love to dozens of international guests who grace our home every year and to scores of friends from church, work and our community.

Nine years ago when I met my husband, he was a cat person. He had never been around dogs. Now, he is addicted to Doxies. From the first moment Jack came into my life, up to today, there has never been one day that my Dachshunds have not made me laugh and smile. Dachshunds are addictive and rescues are the best.

DREAM can only continue their good Samaritan efforts if all of us we give generously and spread the word. David and I are forever grateful to DREAM for being a conduit of love and life of us and our children.

Thank you,
Theron, David Clark-Stuart
Riley & Trebble (DREAM boys)

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a wonderful healthy young dachshund mix from DREAM. This sweet baby had been abandoned in a home and was fostered by DREAM before we were blessed to adopt her. They do great work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always believed that dogs are angels sent from heaven to teach us unconditional love. It is so sad that some people do not recognize that gift. The people at DREAM recognize that gift and celebrate it. We are proud rescue moms to 3 angel doggies. 2 we have because of the amazing people at DREAM. I am forever grateful for their hard work and dedication to precious little Dachshunds!

15 Vivian Keeton V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone was so nice. Thorough in explaining how this works and checking out our home. We got Guinness a doxie/min-pin mix over 3years ago. He was extremely shy and wasnt friendly with men. They told us all about him. There were no surprises. He is still a bit skiddish but he has no issues with men now. Great place to get your next pet. We lobve our Guinness