Adoption Procedures

Please read carefully.

The link to our Adoption Application is at the bottom of this page.

The following is a detailed explanation of how our adoption process works. This should answer all of your questions.

Step 1 - You Submit a Pre-Adoption Application.

Step 2 - Our Adoption Committee reviews your application* (including calls to your vet, landlord and you).

Step 3 - A home visit* is scheduled to see where the dachshund will sleep, eat and play.

Step 4 - We all work together to match the right dachshund to your family. This is very important!! This may (or may not) include a "Meet and Greet" session with the dog you are interested in.

Step 5 - Finally, it is adoption** day, and you get to take your new dachshund family member home.

* If your application or home visit are not approved, the adoption committee will not continue with the adoption process.

** On adoption day you will sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee.

Please note our adoption fees: 

  • $300 plus $24.75 tax for a pup under 1 year
  • $250 plus $20.63 tax per dog from 1 - 9 years of age
  • $150 plus $12.38 tax for one of our seniors (10+ years)

Some notes about our 5-step adoption process:

It takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete our application in full. Please complete the entire application - many fields are mandatory. The more information your give us, the better. If your application is not complete, we cannot process it.

We will ask for a name and phone number of your current vet and landlord. These are required, no exceptions! If you don't have them with you now, please wait to submit your application until you have located the information.

You must meet the following criteria before you are able to adopt a dachshund:

~ Be 21 years of age or older.
~ Reside in Texas.
~ Have a fenced yard, if you live in a house.
~ All companion animals must be spayed or neutered, current on core vaccinations (Rabies, DHPP), and on heartworm preventative.
~ Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment, training and proper care.

You will be contacted 2 to 10 days after submitting the application. We are a small volunteer organization and handle most of our rescue business in the evenings. Please be patient.

Please NOTE the following:
~ A submitted application does not guarantee adoption of a dachshund from Dachshund Rescue of Houston, nor does the application guarantee that the dog an applicant would LIKE to adopt from Dachshund Rescue of Houston is the one that is best suited to meet their needs. Dachshund Rescue of Houston reserves the right to offer the dog that they feel is best suited to match the application.

~ Adoptive families must agree to: periodic follow-up calls and visits during their first year of ownership, providing medical treatment when necessary, all annual booster vaccinations at the clinic of their choice as recommended by their vet and as required by city/county/state law, providing regular heartworm preventative, and keeping the dachshund contained.

~ Dachshund Rescue of Houston is committed to our dogs, and REQUIRES that they be returned to Dachshund Rescue of Houston in the event that they cannot – at any time – remain in their new home.
Submission of your application confirms that you have read and understood the adoption procedures and notes, and indicates your agreement to abide by Dachshund Rescue of Houston terms of adoption.

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