Adoption Process

Following our hold on new applications we are happy to announce we are opening up our adoption applications for available dogs listed on our website.

Rescue, rehabilitate, rehome

You’ve decided to adopt a wiener!

At CDRO we strive to ensure that each of our dogs finds their perfect match and is placed in a loving forever home.  This means that our dogs are not adopted on a first come first serve basis, but rather we work with our approved adopters to find a match that best suits the needs of the dog and the family.  To begin the application process to adopt an available dog please send an email to and an application will be sent to you.  Please note that you must be 21 years of age or older to adopt from CDRO.

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The long and the short of it!

Each of the dogs in CDRO’s care, have found their way to us through no fault of their own.  They may have come from puppy mills, shelters, hoarding situations or have been surrendered to CDRO by families who were no longer able to look after them.

If you are looking for the perfect dachshund who is already house trained, great with kids and cats, who doesn’t bark and already knows sit, stay and leave it; then rescue may not be for you.

Adopting a rescued dachshund means opening your heart and your home to a dog that will require patience, love, understanding, compassion and training.  Each wiener has its own history, and based on that history has its own distinct personality.

If you are patient, committed and ready to open your heart, we have the perfect dog waiting for you.

You have young children at home – is rescue right for you?

If one of our dogs has an unknown history we will not adopt that dog out to a family with young children.

If we have a known history that a dog has lived with children, or if the dog lives with a foster family with young children and the interactions are all positive, then we will consider adopting that dog to a family with dog savvy children.

Your cat would like a canine brother, is a wiener a good match?

Although dachshunds have notoriously high prey drives, some of the dogs in our care are more than happy to share their home with a feline companion.    We will do our best to determine if the dogs in our care are cat friendly.


Our dogs spend a minimum of one week in foster care before they are considered available for adoption.  Each foster home is asked to evaluate the behaviour, personality, and temperament of their foster dog.


Application Process

To request an application please send an email to  You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt from CDRO.

Once we have received your completed application, you will be assigned an Adoption Placement Counselor (APC).  Your APC will work with you throughout the application process.

  1. The adoption placement counselor will conduct a phone interview with you.  This normally runs 20-30 minutes in length.
  2. The adoption placement counselor will contact your personal and veterinary references.
  3. A CDRO volunteer will conduct a home visit.

Congratulations you have been approved to adopt a rescued wiener!

Rescue is made possible because of you!