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Adopting is a big decision. You are taking into your home a dog that is intelligent, loyal, fun loving, full of love, and more than likely very vocal. However, owning a dachshund will bring you so much enjoyment, fun and fulfillment. They have this fantastic way of bringing joy to their families every day!

We are committed to matching our dachshunds with good, responsible and loving new owners. We strive to make the best match we can, setting each dog and adopter up for success. Our number one concern is for our dachshunds. Below briefly describes the adoption process.

LPDR Adopting Guidelines

We want you to inquire with us if you are interested in a specific dog. It’s important to us that we help you find a dog that will fit your needs, and that each dog finds the home that fits their needs. Following submission of the adoption application, we encourage you and the dog’s foster family to be in contact, as we highly value the input of our foster families.

We DO NOT have a physical location, as all of our dogs are fostered in individual homes. Dogs will be transported to their new homes if they are not currently in the same state as the adopting party. We want to find the best family for the dachshund, even if they are out of state.

LPDR is a non-profit and is 100% funded by donations, including adoption donations.

Mandatory Requirements for Adoption

  • All LPDR dogs will be spayed/neutered prior to any adoption.
  • All adopting individuals will have to completely fill out and sign the Adoption Application which must be verified and approved.
  • All adopting individuals, who live in a single family home and plan to allow their dogs to free access to the yard via doggie door must show that their yard is fenced.
  • All adopting individuals, who live in an apartment / condo / townhouse must be able to show how the dachshund will exercise.
  • All adopting individuals who live in rental property will have to have a written approval document from their landlord.
  • All adopting individuals must have a home visit in order to verify application and conditions of the potential “forever home”.
  • All dogs and cats in the adopting home must be spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason that a spay or neuter cannot be done. This will be verified by a vet.
  • All dogs and cats in the adopting home must be current on vaccinations.
  • We do not have a specific age requirement for adopters and LPDR reserves the right to make decisions for all our dogs on a case-by-case basis.

Puppies

The general guideline is that puppies may be left alone, for no longer in hours than the number of months of their ages. Puppies will require a lot of attention – especially at first. Please consider a young adult if you don’t have a schedule that will permit a puppy frequent potty breaks.

The Six Step Adoption Process

Step One: Application

Fill out an adoption application.

While we encourage you to let us know on your application if one of our dogs has captured your interest, we use this simply as a guide for matching and your listing of specific dog in no way implies claim to this particular dog.

NOTE: Adoption Applications expire 6 months from the date of receipt. If you have already submitted an Adoption Application and it has been longer than 6 months, you will need to fill out a new Adoption Application.

Step Two: Reference Checks

All references will be checked prior to home visit. We will contact your current vet, if you have one, for a reference.

Step Three: Application Review

Processor reviews the application, calls the vet if you have one, verifies vaccinations and spay/neuter. We email personal references (if email is provided) or call them if necessary. Email is best since as references can respond when they are available.

Step Four: Home Visit

A volunteer will come to your home to visit with you and discuss care of dachshunds. Also, the volunteer will look for any potential problems and check to be sure that your fencing is secure. Your home visit does not mean you have been approved.

Step Five: Approval

After the above steps have been completed all your information will be reviewed and a decision will be made about adoption. If at this point you are approved to adopt, LPDR will help guide you to the appropriate dog for your family.

Step Six: Contract

For the protection of the dogs we place, everyone that adopts a dachshund from LPDR will be required to sign an adoption contract. If you would like additional information on our adoption contract you can email nicole@littlepawsdr.org and a copy of our contract will be sent to you electronically.

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