Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Dog Town and Other Rescue Organizations

on October 3, 2008

I have been watching the National Geographic TV series Dog Town (also here) about the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.  This extraordinary shelter takes “unadoptable” dogs and cats and attempts to rehabilitate them and place them into homes.  If they can’t rehabilitate these dogs, they are given a good home at the shelter, but the real goal is to correct behaviors that are keeping these dogs from being in loving homes.

This shelter was also given the opportunity to rehabilitate some of the dogs confiscated from Michael Vick’s illegal dog fighting kennel.  These poor animals were bred and conditioned to fight, and the change in the dogs due to the handlers and trainers at Best Friends was remarkable.  These terribly abused dogs were given a chance to prove that they could overcome their aggressive training and become loyal, loving animals–and they surpassed all expectations.  They take on many types of dogs–most of which would be put down in other shelters.  I’m so glad places like Best Friends exist…and I’m so glad that people like the extraordinary staff and volunteers at Dog Town make it their mission to make a difference.

Another shelter I admire is the Rolling Dog Ranch.  They are a sanctuary for disabled animals–mostly dogs, cats and horses.  Many of the animals are blind or deaf and/or have other physical disabilities that would make them otherwise unadoptable.  Steve Smith and Alayne Marker founded the ranch in December 2000 in the Blackfoot River Valley of Western Montana.  They take in animals from all over the country and provide them with a home for life–or a chance at adoption.  They are privately funded from donations.  I love their blog–I read it every day.  Their experiences show everyone that disabled animals can live full and wonderful lives.

It’s people like these that make the world a little better place.  Jasmine was rescued by a local vet and fostered through the Southern California Dachshund Rescue.  This rescue organization takes in needy Dachshunds who are rescued from shelters, from individuals who cannot care for their dogs anymore, and from other rescue organizations.  When we adopted her, the fee was around $250.  Some rescue organizations charge even more than this, and some people may balk at the fee.  However, given the costs of fostering these animals (many of which have been neglected) including neutering/spaying fees, shots, dental cleaning, and other veterinary costs, many of these rescue organizations spend far more on these dogs than they ask in fees.

I applaud these organizations–and the many other groups throughout the country–for what they do for these forgotten, neglected and abused animals.  Jasmine came to us because of the kindness and caring of many people throughout this chain of love and care, and we are grateful that she graces our lives and that we can give her the loving home she so deserves.

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3 responses to “Dog Town and Other Rescue Organizations

  1. lizzieb56 says:

    We didn’t get our little dachshund from a rescue organization, but our beautiful Siamese cat, Riley, came from a Siamese rescue organization. My daughter found her on the Internet. When we selected her (there were MANY considerations, with 3 girls in the family!), we didn’t realize we’d have to fly her halfway around the country, but we sure can’t imagine life without her (or Jasper, our wonderful dog, for that matter). You are so right about the good these organizations do.

    I have read this wonderful book about the good a woman is doing with her disabled dachshund. The book is called “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog,” and it’s the true story, so inspiring, of her dog. It’s a great way to introduce the topic of disabilities and “differentness” to kids in a kid-friendly way, but it’s also just a wonderfully heartwarming story. Dog lovers everywhere will love it.

  2. doxie mama says:

    I’d like to say I love your blog. And thank you for adopt from rescue. I foster for DFW Dachshund Rescue and I warms my heart ot hear about fosters going on to live wonderful lives in forever homes.

  3. […] is Rolling Dog Ranch.  (I wrote about their organization and other rescue orgs in a 2008 blog post here.) I love that the ranch is a sanctuary for handicapped animals. I love that they are a shelter of […]

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