Adoptable dachshunds fostered in Northern California

We have many dachshunds fostered in Northern California. If you live in Southern California, you can still adopt them! Please inquire and we might be able work with you to transfer them down to where you live, or you can pick them up. Please contact us for more info.

All of these dogs are being fostered in the San Francisco/Fresno areas of Northern California.

Name: Drizzy  3338
Age: 3 years 
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini - 12  lbs.

Look at this adorable monkey face!!!   Drizzy was dumped at the shelter by his previous owners and he was terrified in the shelter environment.  When the shelter volunteer called and asked if we could take him, how could we possibly have said no?

Drizzy is clearly a mix of some kind.  Probably some doxie and some min-pin, and who knows what else. The end result is a one-of-a-kind, adorable doggy.
Now that Drizzy is in his foster home, he is doing great.  He is getting exposed to lots of different things, and he gets along well with his foster canine siblings.  When meeting new people, he is a little scared at first, but that is improving as he gets more socialization.  He loves cuddling and is learning to sleep in the crate.

Drizzy loves going for walks.  We are working with him on his leash manners.  We suspect he was never taken on walks in his prior home, so he gets very excited when we go out.  Drizzy would benefit from training so that he can build his confidence.

Drizzy is neutered, current on vaccinations, and is microchipped.  If you are interested in Drizzy, please fill out the online adoption application and email Althea at

The tax deductible donation for Drizzy is only $50.00.

Name:Josie  3331
Age:  5 years
Color:  Black & Tan 
Coat:  Longhair
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs. 

A few months back, we received a picture of one of the saddest looking dogs we have ever seen.  We called it “the picture of despair”.  The shelter told us that the dog had mange, ear tumors and that she was 14.  A wonderful supporter raised her hand to foster.  By the time we picked her up, the shelter vet evaluated her and decided she was actually much younger, which was confirmed by our vet. (Yea!) 

Josie clearly had not had a good former life.  When she was picked up as a stray, she only had one eye with her left eye having been surgically removed sometime in her past.  We have no idea of why.  Josie had two large, ulcerated tumors (ouch!) in both ears, and with a bad case of non-contagious mange, she was one sorry looking little girl.

Good food, love and some medication have improved her coat.  She is slowly growing back her fur, but her coat is still a work in progress in some areas.  She is now soft and silky and quite adorable looking.  And of course, we had both of the ear-tumors surgically removed.  

Josie is living with a female doxie and they are doing great together.  Josie loves playing chase, fetching and playing with tug toys.  Not surprisingly, Josie LOVES going for walks.  She greets everyone nicely.  She is happy to share her love.  We think she would do fine with respectful children over 8 years old.  We don’t know about cats, however.

Josie is spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.   Unfortunately, there is a possibility that her ear tumors may reappear so a new owner needs to watch for this and get her treatment at an early stage.

 If you are interested in Josie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Josie is a modest donation to rescue

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Name:  Shorty
Age:  2 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth sort of 
Sex:  Neutered/Male 
Size: Mini – 10 lbs.

Please read the dogs’ entire bio before contacting the rescue.
When Shorty was rescued from a Northern California shelter, he was in poor condition.  He was badly neglected and suffering from the non-contagious form of mange.  He is now being successfully treated and showing great improvement in his skin and coat.  Adopters would have to be willing to continue his treatment.

Shorty is a happy, perky, playful, cuddly little guy who is looking for a good home where he has lots of human companionship as well as a canine companion for fun and play.

Shorty is working hard on his house-training and has made excellent progress (although potty habit reinforcement is needed in any new environment).  He is crate-trained, but really wants to sleep in the big bed with his humans.  However, until he is reliably house trained, he is making do with sleeping in his crate in the master bedroom near his foster mom.  He loves to snuggle in blankets and sheets, loves lap-time, and cuddling.

Shorty has no real issues. Curious and brave, he wants to be fearless in new situations, and he has learned a lot about how to do that and still feel safe.  Occasionally, he flips on his back to show submission.  He gets along with other dogs (is currently living in a home with 2 other dogs).  He has not had much experience walking on a leash, but his foster mom is working on that too.  He travels well and loves car-rides a lot.
Shorty is neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated.  If you are interested in this adorable little doxie boy, please contact Jean at, and not the rescue group associated with this page.

The adoption fee for Shorty is $200.00.

Name: Tyler  3334
Age:  3 years
Color:   Chocolate
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie -13 lbs.

Tyler first came to us last year and he was subsequently adopted. Recently, he has come back into rescue because his adoptive mom's life changed. 

Tyler was terribly unsocialized when he first arrived in rescue.  He was a dog we couldn’t get near for two weeks, finally having to trap him inside using bits of chicken.  Many of our dogs have been neglected, but Tyler is one of the few that we think was actually abused.  It has left him with some permanent fear issues.   In rescue, he made huge strides in his ability to meet new people (going from barking crazily and uncontrollably to jumping in laps for cuddles!).  However, he is never going to be a dog that will be comfortable with children or in a home with lots of strangers in and out.  Tyler also needs any men in his life to give him some time to get comfortable.  (He loves women almost immediately).

Tyler will do best in a home with a firm pack leader.  He does not make good decisions if he thinks he has to be the one in charge.  “Nothing in Life is Free” training would be very good for him.  A confident canine sibling would help him be more comfortable when he is left alone.  Tyler loves to cuddle with his person and he loves to burrow under covers.

If Tyler gets fearful and worked up over something unusual/scary/new, he has a hard time stopping his barking.  However, we have figured out how to break this cycle.  He wears a remote controlled vibration collar.  When he starts working himself up, we press the vibrate button once.  He immediately shuts up and starts to observe and learn from the new situation.  (This is how he went from being Cujo with visitors to greeting them nicely with wags and kisses).  We will send him to his new home with his vibrating collar and instructions.  Tyler is a very smart dog and learns quickly once the self-stimulating cycle is broken.

Tyler is crate trained for nighttime sleeping, but he does not want to be crated when his person leaves the house in the daytime. He prefers to be confined to a portion of the house or the yard and garage, etc.

We have had Tyler neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  If you are interested in Tyler, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Tyler is only $100.00.

Name: Radar  2859
Age:  6 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Standard - 18 lbs.

Radar came to us over a year ago as a shelter stray.  He was originally great with the other dogs in his foster home.  However, over time his tolerance lessened.  We thought it was due to dog aggressiveness.  Just then, he was adopted.  In his new home he was so stressed over the initial change, he had to be on Prozac for three weeks just to make the transition.  As his new owner was gone longer and longer hours, Radar became more and more dog reactive.  He no longer could be taken to the dog park and walks in the crowded urban area were very difficult.

So after a year, Radar, the seriously dog reactive/aggressive dog has come back into rescue and an extremely crowded foster home.  You’re thinking, “A recipe for disaster?”  Nope – Radar has been fine with the other dogs and even has a harem of female dogs that adore him.  He is even sharing his nighttime crate with another dog.

In hindsight, we think Radar’s earlier behavior was separation anxiety.  During his first stay in foster care, there was not someone home very often.  Now that there is, he is having no issues.  It appears that if Radar is left alone for long periods of time and day after day, his anxiety shows up as dog reactiveness.

Radar loves toys.  Balls, Frisbee, tug of war – he likes them all.  He will fetch until he can hardly breathe (and if another dog gets to the ball first, he is ok with that).  He hangs on in tug of war and does a great airplane imitation.    And like many doxies, he loves destroying the evil squeaker found in dog toys.

Radar is one of the most expressive dogs we have ever had.  He has dozens of ear positions and he uses them to help talk just like a human would use their hands.  He will moan, groan, growl, chirp, whine and bark to get his point across (he only does this when he is talking with you – otherwise he is a pretty quiet dog). When visitors come over, he grabs a toy and entertains the company by playing the role of the class clown.  He really is one cool dude.

Radar needs a new home with someone home most of the time. A canine sister or a non-dominate canine brother would be fine with him or he could be an only dog.

Radar is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  He is crate trained.  If you are interested in Radar, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Radar is any modest donation to rescue.

Name:  Susie 2921
Age:  3 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 14 lbs.

Susie is one of the best dachshunds ever.  Not only is she gorgeous, but she has the best personality.  Susie is superb with all other people and all other dogs.   When we have visitors or take the dogs out and about, the one dog we never worry about is Susie.   She is a dream.

Susie enjoys playing with other dogs and is usually instigating the romping.  She also likes squeaky toys.  And she loves, loves, loves to go for walks.  This is one happy dog.

We would have to beat adopters off with a stick, except that Susie is a special needs dog.  She came into rescue at about 6 months of age with a crush injury to her spinal nerve (like someone had stepped on her).  This left her with no control or even awareness of eliminating.  She also walked funny and had no feeling in her tail.   Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we were able to raise the money for Susie’s MRI and surgery.

The surgery was an instant success in terms of walking.  Susie is now up on her rear tippy toes rather than walking on her elbows.  As the nerve slowly regrew, Susie regained some control over her bladder and bowels.  Susie is now at the point where she can control her pee unless she gets excited.  She can control her poop except when she sleeps.  We are still hopeful for even more improvement as we are now noticing   Susie move her tail.  She still doesn’t wag it like a normal dog but she is definitely moving it back and forth and up and down.

In foster care, Susie spends most of the day outside (her choice) and at night she wears a diaper to bed.   She is extremely cooperative about being diapered, standing patiently for the process. 

Susie happily crates at night with her best friend Lena (a former feral dog who is still standoffish). Susie is not an early riser.  Plus if you are late with bedtime, you will find her at your feet, looking at you wondering why you aren’t getting her ready for bed.  Clearly it’s hard work, playing and having fun all day and she needs her beauty sleep.

Susie is spayed, microchipped and current on her vaccinations.  If you are interested in Susie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Susie is any modest donation to rescue.

Name:  Annie  3277
Age:  10 months
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Fuzzy Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 11 lbs

Once Annie passed the adorable tiny puppy stage, her owners promptly dumped her in the shelter.  This poor baby was terrified.  Even more heartbreaking, she was constantly looking for her owners.  The shelter staff called us, saying she was a dachshund mix and begged us to take her into rescue.  We think it is clear that Annie is not a dachshund.   Whatever her genetic background, she looks like a teacup German Shepherd.

Annie is very smart and has already mastered commands such as "sit" "stay" and "down."  She would enjoy and do well in a training class.  She loves going to the dog park and chasing and bringing back the ball.  She has lots of energy and loves to go on walks or go running.

Annie is good with other dogs and children over the age of 12.  She is not really good with cats, because she likes chasing them too much.  She enjoys sleeping in her crate at night and knows how to use both the doggy door and puppy piddle pads.

Annie is a loving dog who would benefit from an experienced dog owner who can give Annie the love and guidance that she needs.  She would love a playful canine companion.  If you think about it, Annie is perfect for someone who loves the German Shepherd breed, but lives in an apartment or condo that requires a smaller dog.

Annie is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.  If you are interested in Annie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Althea at

The tax deductible donation for Annie is only $75.00.

Name:  Max  3316
Age: ~8 years
Color:  Red 
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 14 lbs.

Max’s elderly owner went into a nursing home, and as happens far too often, no one in the family would take him.  He ended up dumped at the shelter where he did not do well.  The poor guy was so terrified he hid under a blanket and wouldn’t even come out to eat.  The shelter’s rescue coordinator called us and asked if we could please take him.  How could we say no when we heard how badly he needed to get out of that environment?

In foster care, Max is thriving.  He likes cuddling up next to his foster mom when she is sitting on the bed or the sofa.  He is good on the leash and likes going for walks.  He enjoys playing with the other dogs.  He loves food and has no issues eating.  He still likes to be under a blanket, but now it is not from fear, but for comfort.  He gets along well with other dogs and with people.  He isn't good with children, so he needs a home with teenagers and up or an adults only home.  We do not know how he might be with cats.

Max is filled with love and wants so much to have a person to call his own.  He gets so excited when his foster mom comes home that his whole body shakes, just like a bowl of Jello.  He really is a charming boy.

Max is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  He will soon have a complete dental.
If you are interested in Max, please fill out the adoption application and email Althea at

We'll accept a modest donation to rescue for Max.

Name: Woofie  3233
Age: 5 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie/ 18 lbs.

This doxie is currently located in Fresno.
Transport might be possible depending on your location.

Woofie, previously known as Woody, is one very lucky boy.  Woofie ended up as a “stray” in a Central California shelter in early March 2014.  We know the people who took him to the shelter saying he was a “stray” were not being honest.  How do we know this?  Woofie was paralyzed in the back end, yet he had no wounds on his back legs from dragging them.  The “finders” said he just appeared on their front porch.  Woofie’s chances of leaving the shelter alive were very bleak.  There was no other rescue that would have stepped up for him, so our Central California representative put a call to Stephania, a wonderful lady who had previous experience rehabbing a downed dachshund to see if she would be willing again.  The answer was a resounding “YES” she would foster Woofie, but only as his rehab-foster to get him up and walking.  Our Central California Rep headed straight over to the shelter to get Woofie on what would have been his last day.

We have no idea how long Woofie had been down, but between Stephania’s dedication of daily physical therapy and a local veterinarian who has been doing acupuncture on Woofie for the last 5 months, Woofie is now up and walking.  Renee Brewer, DVM, will soon be opening her own practice in Madera, California, called Valley View Veterinary Hospital, loves and adores Woofie.

Now that Woofie is walking it is time for him to move on to a regular foster or adoptive home from his rehab-foster home.  We would like to find a home with people that will also be dedicated to this wonderfully sweet boy and would be willing to continue with some strengthening exercises.  Woofie has been continuing to build his strength every day.  He enjoys daily short walks, and is very good in the car.

Woofie needs a home that is all one level. No small children that could possibly re-injure Woofie.  He is living with 4 small female dogs, so he would probably enjoy having a female dog for companionship.  He is also living with a cat.  He gets a little excited about the cat, but does not try to harm it.  If the cat doesn’t run, he won’t chase.

Woofie is crate trained, up to date on all of his shots, microchipped.  If you are interested in fostering or adopting Woofie, please contact Janice at

The tax deductible donation to adopt Woofie is only $150.00.


Name: Molly  3392
Age:  5.5 years
Color:  Dapple
Coat:  Long Haired
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13.5 lbs

Molly came to us as an owner surrender.  He parents split up, and Molly was now having to spend very long days all alone.  We also suspect Molly’s need for a serious dental was part of the decision to re-home her. (When she arrived in rescue, her breath could knock you over, so it was very apparent she needed some rotted teeth pulled.)

Molly is a very friendly dog.  She is happy to say hello to almost everyone.  Molly also enjoys romping with the other dachshunds in her foster home.  Squirrel hunting is a passion of hers, so she is part of the perimeter patrol gang.

Molly is a utilitarian dachshund.  Not only does she provide companionship, but her shortness combined with her long hair makes her exceptional at dusting your floors or gathering up your leaves from the yard.  We call this type of dachshund “a Velcro dog”.  Because Molly has very stubby legs, she needs a home with no stairs.  And because she has a very fluffy coat, she needs an owner that will keep her brushed and have her groomed periodically to keep her looking her best.

Molly is crate trained, but she would have no objection to sleeping in the big bed with her people.  She wants to be your pampered princess.
Molly is spayed and vaccinated.  We gave her a complete dental and she is now giving sweet smelling kisses.  If you are interested in Molly, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Molly is $275.00.


Name: Lily, the horrible, no good, very bad dog  3287
Color:  Red Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs

Lily is adorable, with lovely dappling, whacky ears and short little legs.   However, she is also one feisty, opinionated, and frequently a pain-in-the-ass dachshund.     She is not for the faint of heart.

Lily came to us as an owner surrender.  We believe she was always well loved, but she clearly was not well socialized.  Lily has no interest in strangers.  She doesn’t want to even look at them.  If you try to make her say hello to someone, she is happy to try to nip you to get away.  Since most adopters like friendly dogs where they make an instant buddy, this makes it hard to get Lily adopted.  Not only that, but Lily’s new owner is going to have to understand she is probably not going to be very friendly for the first couple of weeks.   Treats and walks will win her over.

When Lily does not want to do something, she makes this very clear, including threatening to bite (she’ll put her teeth on you, but so far hasn’t applied pressure – we recommend not pushing her to test this).  If you value your fingers, you must let it be Lily’s decision to acquiesce to your requests.  She wouldn’t want anyone to think she was an obedient dog!  When she gives us attitude, we let her know what we want (to pick her up, to have her move to another room, etc.).  She then grumbles, gets up do a few circles and then she either goes where you want her to or she will crouch down in her “it’s ok to pick me up now” pose.  (Think of her as a crabby teenager being asked to do a chore.  Lots of drama and angst before doing what you want.)

Lily hates being in a very dog crowded foster home.  This “princess” is above all the riff-raff and does not feel she should have to hang out with them.   She would like no more than two or three other canine siblings in a new home. 
So why would anyone want to adopt Lily?  Well, for all her pain-in-the-butt ways, Lily is a hoot to have around and is endlessly entertaining.  She is also very loving to her people.  She is especially fond of the young man in her foster home.  Her idea of heaven is to cuddle under the covers with him.  Lily is also extremely smart and funny.  For example, Lily goes outside and positions herself by the sliding glass door so that she can see her favorite person while she is demanding something of him (usually she wants to come be on his side of the doggie gate).  She’s figured out making eye contact means she is more likely to get what she wants.

Lily is also reliably housebroken (yea!)  When she is outside, she is not barking her fool head off at squirrels like most of the gang.  She just likes to quietly work on her tan.   (Your neighbors will love her!).

If you think easy dogs like Golden Retrievers are boring and you like your dachshunds extra spicy, Lily is the one for you.

Lily is crate trained.  She just had a dental.  She is spayed and current on her vaccinations.  We know there is some dachshund-savvy person out there that is going to fall head over heels for this very naughty little dog.  If you are interested in Lily, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Lily is a modest amount to rescue.


Name:  Charlie  3337
Age:  3.5 years
Color:  Chocolate and Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 11 lbs

Charlie’s owners brought him to a shelter to be euthanized.  They said that he had nipped at someone’s ankles.  The shelter thought he was too nice to be euthanized for behaving like a (unsocialized) dachshund and reached out to rescue.  

Charlie is doing very well in his foster home.  He gets along well with people, other dogs, and the only interest he has shown in the cats is with their food dish.  He loves playing with a ball and likes carrying it with him wherever he goes.  He also likes to steal the balls from the other dogs and hide them all in his crate.  His loves to cuddle, and nothing makes him happier than to snuggle up next to his person on the big bed or on the sofa.  He is also grudgingly getting used to sleeping in the crate.  

Charlie loves going for walks and we are working with him on his leash manners.  We suspect he was never taken out in his prior home, so he gets very excited when we go out.  Charlie would benefit from training so that he can build his confidence.

Charlie is neutered, current on vaccinations, and is microchipped.  If you are interested in Charlie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Althea at

The tax deductible donation for Charlie is $200.00.


Name:  Sadie  3394
Age:  5-6 years
Color:  Black & Tan Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs.

Sadie came to us from the Modesto shelter.  She originally belonged to an elderly gentleman who then gave her away.  In what is becoming a very familiar story in rescue, these folks then dumped Sadie in the shelter.

Because of a name tag, the shelter knew her name, but nothing else about her.  They looked at her face and front paws and mistakenly thought her dilute dappling was age related graying, therefore, declaring her to be very old.  Imagine our surprise when we saw Sadie in person.  Clear eyes, good teeth and most definitely not a super senior! 

Sadie is a lovely dog.  Not just good looking (with those unusual markings), but also with a lovely personality.  We believe Sadie could be a beginner’s dachshund.  She greets everyone nicely.  She has been fine with all of the dogs.  She has especially been enjoying playing with a puppy in rescue.  So far, Sadie has proven to be a very silent and we have not heard a bark out of her.  

Sadie was clearly an outside dog in her previous life and wants to be able to continue to spend time outdoors.  However, we quickly won her over to the joys of sleeping inside and after a few nights she even figured out how to burrow!  Walks and outings would help her get even more comfortable hanging out with her people.  She could be an only dog or she would be fine with a canine brother.

Sadie is crate trained, spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.  If you are interested in Sadie, please fill out the online adoption applicationand email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Sadie is $200.00.


Name:  Joey  3393
Age:  7 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini -  12.4 lbs.

Joey came into rescue, because his elderly owner has serious health issues.  He is such a nice dog that he successfully spent the last few years being the lobby dog in an apartment complex.  Joey greets everyone nicely.  Not only is he delightful with strangers, Joey is very quiet.  We rarely hear him bark.  He's one of his foster homes favorite dogs, because he so easy and so charming.

Joey has some hair loss on his ears. We think a grain free dog food could help or it could just be that he will never have hair on his ears.  He's very cute with a charming crooked nose (the end of his nose takes a left turn).  It adds to his considerable character and charm.  

Joey loves to play with toys (he goes crazy for stuffies!) and to go for walks.  He enjoys chasing the ball, but rarely gets to.  (He doesn’t dare compete with the other dogs in his foster home that also enjoy chasing balls.)

Joey is neutered, vaccinated, and he just had a complete dental.  In keeping with his being such an easy dog, Joey did not lose a single tooth during his dental.  Since we get charged for each tooth pulled, once again Joey showed what a great dog he is, this time by saving rescue money. 

If you are interested in Joey, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Joey is $150.00.


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