This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue in Humble, TX.
About the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue (CTDR)
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue rehabilitates and re-homes dachshunds in need of a second chance at life. Central Texas Dachshund Rescue rescues, rehabilitate and re-home dachshunds in need. We are a 501(c)3 always in need of donations, foster homes, & adopters.
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue was started in September of 2000. Their membership is growing every year, providing more foster families and volunteers to help find loving, forever homes for dachshunds.
They were incorporated in September of 2001 and received non-profit status in February 2003. And, despite their name, they are no longer only in Central Texas. Members and volunteers are located throughout the state of Texas.
What They Do
Most dogs spend at least a little time in foster care to evaluate their temperaments and work on their potty training and socialization with other pets and family members. This is a vital component to a good, permanent home placement. Foster homes provide good nutrition and understanding to prepare their dachshunds for life in a world where fear, abuse and starvation are non-existent for the rescued doxie.
Unlike a shelter or humane society, their dogs are not in one central location, but spread throughout many foster homes across the state of Texas. They realize that this makes it difficult to ‘come meet their dogs’ but they believe the one-on-one care dachshunds receive is well worth any inconvenience.
Most CTDR dogs come from Texas animal shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized. They also accept animals from the public if space is available in an appropriate foster home. Some of their dachshunds have had a good life, but have fallen on hard times because their owner has passed away or because they’ve escaped their yard, and become lost and never found. Some of the dachshunds they take in have been abused, abandoned and neglected and require time and patience to bring them back to happy, healthy and loving pets.
When a dog is rescued it receives a health exam by a veterinarian, the vaccinations appropriate for its age, a heartworm test and preventive care. All dogs 4 months of age or older are spayed or neutered. Dogs under 4 months of age are adopted under the agreement that they will be spayed or neutered at the appropriate age.
CTDR also provides dental treatment and other surgical treatments as necessary. Some dogs have more special needs and take longer to adopt. Others find their forever home within a matter of weeks.
Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)
Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue.
Sheila is 9-years old, and weighs 8.8-pounds.
From CTDR: Sheila is my hero. She’s absolutely fearless as she makes her way in her darkened world. The first night she was exploring the back yard to make sure there weren’t lizards or bunnies invading her territory. Sheila hasn’t been exposed to cats but she likes the deer that feed outside the fence, even going up to them and poking her nose through the fence so she can get acquainted.
Sheila maneuvers quite well around the house and yard, responding to “Watch” when she looks like she is going to hit something and then she changes direction. She makes her wishes known by coming to me and nuzzling to let me know it’s time to go outside. But my favorite is when she does her happy dance at mealtimes. She does a little growl and then she turns round and round on her hind legs, tail going ninety miles an hour (that’s unofficial but I have it on good authority). Sheila is easy going about bedtime, she likes the big bed but is perfectly content in her own bed as well.
Sheila is happy with other dogs but if they try to get between her and her treats, she lets them know that isn’t acceptable, food is very important to Sheila! I had never thought about dealing with a blind dog and was little apprehensive, but she has taught me that it’s really no different from a sighted dog, they all need to be loved and appreciated. If you give Sheila a chance for her forever home, you won’t be disappointed. I think she will amaze you the way she has me.
Sheila is Good with Dogs, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Crate-trained, Needs special care
To learn more about Sheila, click the link to her Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Adoption page
Oscar is 12-years old, and weighs 26-pounds.
Oscar is gentle, accepting, calm, and loving. He wants attention and enjoys affection but doesn’t demand it. Oscar will be a happy lap dog if you care to provide one for him but it’s perfectly all right if you don’t. Almost anything I do with Oscar is OK with him. Although he’s mostly Dachshund, Oscar has a noticeable amount of Basset Hound. That may explain his somewhat un-Dachshund-like demeanor. The Basset Hound blood also shows up in his baying bark, somewhat droopy eyes, big thick feet, and stout body. And unlike most Dachshunds he infrequently gives licks.
Oscar watches me a lot, I believe, trying to understand what I’m thinking. He’s smart enough to figure it out sometimes. Oscar is more intelligent than average and understands quickly. Oscar does not seem to have been obedience trained, but he should be easy to train. Oscar always comes when called.
Oscar eagerly accepts treats as a training reward but does not lunge at them. Oscar gets along with the other dogs in the family and the other dogs readily accept him. Oscar is cautious around strange people and dogs and may bark at them until he becomes used to them. Oscar is not afraid of new things and is cooperative when being examined or having his harness put on. Oscar likes to go for walks but can get overheated on long walks on hot days.
Oscar is Good with Dogs, Good with Adults, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Does Good in the Car, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to be in your lap, Apartment OK, Obedient, Affectionate, Eager To Please.
To learn more about Oscar, click the link to his Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Adoption page
Freckles is 13-years old, and weighs 11.8-pounds.
This sweet senior boy was surrendered to a North Texas shelter as they no longer wanted him. Freckles does have cataracts along with some hair loss and will need a dental. Once he finishes his vetting he will be looking for a place to spend the rest of his golden years. Could your home be Freckles forever home?
Freckles is Good with Dogs, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Crate-trained, Likes to be in your lap, Apartment OK, Affectionate
To learn more about Freckles, click the link to his Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Adoption page
Cody is 12-years old, and weighs 12-pounds.
This handsome senior gent was left at Doggie Day care in Austin by his owners and they never came back for him. Cody has been waiting for his family for 4-months and now has come into Rescue. Cody is fully vetted and is ready for his forever home. If you are interested in giving Cody his forever home, please complete an application at ctdr.org.
Cody is Good with Dogs, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Does Good in the Car, Leash-trained, Crate-trained, Apartment OK, Affectionate.
To learn more about Cody, click the link to his Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Adoption page
Thor is 10-years old, and weighs 11.8-pounds.
Thor is a sweet little guy who’s had a very rough life. He isn’t quick to show affection, UNTIL he decides to trust you. Then he’s the sweetest cuddle bug who follows you everywhere. Thor looks to you for instruction and approval. He loves walking. Thor does have some health and behavior issues that suggest he needs a family experienced with caring for an older dog needing special attention.
Thor doesn’t like big dogs or pigs, but he gets along well with other small dogs. He did initially show guarding habits, but he’s learning to trust everyone in his foster family.
Thor is Good with Some Dogs (No large dogs), Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Does Good in the Car, Leash-trained, Crate-trained, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please.
To learn more about Thor, click the link to his Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Adoption page
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue has available for adoption, click the following links:
* Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Website
* Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Facebook
* Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Twitter
* Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – All Available Senior Dachshund’s for Adoption
* Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – All Available Dachshund’s for Adoption
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