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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

15 David G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dream website coordinator has thrice allowed me to post private rescues on their site, two of which found wonderful homes. The third one is incontinent due from an old back injury, so there were no takers. He has his furever home with us. Additionally, one of the group's members once met me on the road to take the incontinent dog's crate companion from his previous life. Both dogs were headed to animal control when I became aware of their situation. They vetted out that tiny doxie and found her a satin-pillow kind of life in Buckhead. What a far cry from her old life in a crate in the garage! Love, love, love these people ! God bless them and their work. They put on the best events around!

15 Kristy Squires T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my sweet Chiweenie here and I am so grateful. Lily’s foster mom was Vicki and what a wonderful, caring person. I have told many people who are looking to adopt, please go to DREAM Dachshund for the most loving dog you will ever have!

15 Georgeia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our little Olive is a senior DREAM alumna. In 2010 a "back yard breeder" dropped off Olive and several other doxies at a high-kill shelter in Huntsville, AL. The wonderful people at DREAM jumped into action and took a van to Alabama to pick them up. Olive was very dirty, had heartworms and terrible teeth. DREAM spayed her, had about half of her bad teeth extracted, and started HW treatment. We wanted to adopt so DREAM let us foster her while she went through heartworm treatments, then finalized the adoption once treatment was done. She loves snuggling on her bed with her companion dog Buddy and with her kitties, digging in the yard, and sleeping in bed with us at night burrowed under the covers. We feel very fortunate to have her and are very grateful to DREAM for all your work.

19 Eve Collins H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at Dream is awesome. We lost our 15 year old boy in May and after a month realized his sister relied heavily on him to hear and see. We reached out to Dream and explained we needed an older mature dog, that could help her and us. Needed to be housebroken, crate trained and the works. They told us about Bowie and how special he was, we decide to adopt him in July and could not be happier. Dream said he was very social, got along with everyone and we felt he would be a good fit for Gertie. He is so gentle and watches over her. She had teeth pulled and he would not leave her and when she woke up in the middle of the night, he licked her face until she calmed down. Bowie has been a Dream for us, and we could not have found him without Dream.