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Consider the MidWest Dachshund Rescue for a pet

Manny, a 1-year old black and tan tweenie, is among the dachshunds currently available for adoption
Manny, a 1-year old black and tan tweenie, is among the dachshunds currently available for adoption
Photo courtesy of the MWDR

If you're in the market for a dachshund, consider rescuing a dog from an organization dedicated to the well-being of this fun and loving breed.  The MidWest Dachshund Rescue is a non-profit organization devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for dachshunds and dachshund mixes in need.  Based in Tinley Park, Illinois, the MWDR rescues and places dachshunds throughout the Midwest, as well as beyond, but does most of its work in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

A visit to the MWDR web page reveals a varied selection of dachshunds in search of good homes.  Each dog that the MWDR takes in is placed into a foster home, where it lives for at least a week, until a good fit is found for a permanent home.  During the fostering process, the dog's health, training, socialization, and other behaviors are closely observed, with attempts made to address any issues, and notes made regarding the best type of permanent home for the animal.  Rescue representatives will be able to advise you regarding whether a particular dog is best suited to a home with children, other dogs, and/or other animals.

The MWDR has placed a number of dogs in the Indianapolis area, as well as parts of northern Indiana.  When rescuing dogs from or placing them in more remote locations, the MWDR relies upon volunteer organizations and individuals to transport the animals for whatever distances they can, creating a "chain" to bring the dog to its new home.

Even if you're not looking to add a dachshund to your home right now, you can still help a dachshund in need.  Cash donations are always welcome, either for the MWDR in general, or to help sponsor a dachshund with special needs.  One such dog is Nash, a four-year old red smooth tweenie diagnosed with hydrocephalus.  Nash's condition results in a build-up of spinal fluid in his brain, which causes pressure, loss of certain cognitive functions, and occasional seizures.  Nash has had difficulty with certain basic concepts like being potty trained and being picked up and held, but in the care of a loving foster family for the past two years, Nash has done better than most expected.  Still, as a result of his condition, he requires frequent doctor's visits, tests, and sometimes medication, the costs of which add up quickly.  Sponsoring a dog like Nash will help insure that his medical needs are met, and that he is provided with the best possible care.  Nash's case is among the more extreme, but Helen LaBuda, the MWDR's Indiana Representative, says that "If I had one wish for our fosters, it would be that more people would open their hearts and adopt the special ones, like the older dogs and the dogs with chronic health issues," pointing out that "the extra time that it takes to care for them will be returned ten-fold in love and devotion."

The MWDR also gladly accepts donations of items like food, treats, collars, toys, preventative medications, beds, gates, and clothes, as well as more generic items like office and cleaning supplies or gift cards.  And, because the MWDR is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, your cash and in-kind donations are tax-deductible.

Finally, if for some reason you have a dachshund that you are unable to keep, consider contacting the MWDR to help you with placement.  Your beloved pet will spend time in a loving foster home instead of a shelter, with people who are well attuned to the special needs and personality of a dachshund.

For more information, visit the MWDR's web site:  http://www.mwdr.org

If you have specific questions about adoption, fostering, transport, or other issues, you can contact MWDR's Indiana representative, Helen LaBuda, at hal52c@yahoo.com.

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