Frequently Asked Questions

How do I adopt a dachshund?
Please email to request an application. You must be at least 21 years of age. Our application process consists of a telephone interview, a reference check and a home visit by one of our volunteers.

For information on adopting a dog through the Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario), please e-mail

Where do your dogs come from?
Our dogs come from all over Canada and the United States of America due to many types of situations. We help when owners are no longer able to care for their dog. Also, we take dogs released from puppy mills or dachshunds from shelters. We work with a large animal welfare network to ensure no dachshund is left behind.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog through your rescue?
The adoption fee is based on the age of the dog.

Why am I paying an adoption fee for an unwanted dog?
Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario) is a non-profit organization that receives no government or public funding. We rely on adoption fees and fundraising to pay for all veterinary costs required to ensure our rescued dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, treated for heart worm, up to date on their vaccinations and have any major health concerns addressed (e.g. dental work, IVDD treatment and more). In most circumstances, the adoption fee covers only a fraction of these costs.

Why is my application taking so long to process?
How long do some folks wait to meet the love of their life? The reality is that potential adopters usually have their application processed within 2 weeks. That is an incredibly quick period of time considering all of our application processors are VOLUNTEERS. An application to adopt involves a home visit, reference checks and an interview. It is thorough. Once an adopter is approved they work with their application processor to find a dog that is a match for them. Not every dog is a fit for every human. Many of our dogs have intense behavioural quirks that require very experienced owners and no children in their potential home, etc. Some dogs have life long medical issues that require an owner who can afford that commitment. We want to set the adopter and dog up for SUCCESS and sometimes that means waiting awhile for the right dog to come into rescue.

One thing is for sure…the wait is always worth it. All good things are worth waiting for. The (human) love of your life, the home you will grow old in…the Furever After is worth waiting for.

Do all dachshunds have back problems?
No, not every dachshund will suffer from back issues. 1 in 5 dachshunds will have a back issue. Owners can reduce the risk of back injuries by keeping their pet at a healthy weight and by not allowing them to jump off and on the furniture or take the stairs.

For more information on intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) check out our interview with Dr. Kilburn, neurologist at VEC in Toronto.

Are all dogs from rescues damaged goods?
No, many of the dogs surrendered to our rescue are being given away due to a change in the life circumstances of their families.  However, all dogs will require extra patience and training while they adjust to their new lives.

Will my dachshund ever be house broken?
Most dachshunds will never be 100% house-trained.  They are a stubborn breed and sometimes would prefer your wrath to the cold or wet outdoor conditions.  Placing a pee pad down in the bad weather days and teaching the dog the location, can help you limit the issue.

Where are you located?
We are a virtual group, in that we do not have a shelter or physical office location. We have volunteers and foster homes all over Ontario. If you’d like to visit with us be sure to check us out at one of our many events.

Can I meet a dog I am interested in adopting before I complete an application?
No, meet and greets can only be arranged for approved adopters.

Where does my donation go?
100% of your donation goes towards the rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming of dachshunds in our care.

Are you involved with Wienerfest?
Wienerfest is run by a separate dog rescue. Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario) hosts two annual picnics called Wiener-Paw-Looza.  This event is held each July in Ottawa and each September in Mississauga.  For more information and to join in the discussion please check out our FaceBook pages at Wienerpawlooza Ottawa and Wienerpawlooza Mississauga