Who We Are
Formed in 2009 to raise the profile of dachshunds requiring rescue and rehoming across Australia, DRA became an Incorporated Not for Profit Association and officially gained Charity status in 2014.
DRA has developed a reputation as an ethical breed specific organisation within the animal welfare community. We continue to build positive relationships founded on open and respectful communication with shelters / pounds, other rescue groups, registered breeders and members of the dachshund community.
We understand that life changes for people. We work in a non-judgemental manner to ensure that all dachshunds go to an approved, forever home with people who understand the quirks and challenges of the breed.
DRA is volunteer run and does not charge to help rehome dachshunds.
Our mission is to rehome dachshunds in need to a safe, loving forever home with people who understand the quirks of the breed.
We provide education resources for current and potential owners whilst working with responsible, registered breeders and relevant individuals and organisations for the health and betterment of the breed.
Dachshunds have been ever-present throughout Sharman’s life across three continents with Evie being the 5th dachshund owned by Sharman.
After moving to Australia in 1997, Sharman setup a number of dachshund-related business including the first dachshund-specific shop ‘My Dachshund Online’ and a Dachshund Daycare. Sharman was also a founding member of the Sydney ‘Dachshunds In The Park’ meetup group.
Through these businesses and meetups, people often contacted Sharman to discuss all things dachshund.
One day, Sharman learned of a couple of elderly dachshunds in a shelter on the Sydney Northern Beaches and volunteered to walk the dachshunds and help find them a home. This was the beginning of Dachshund Rescue Australia.
Chris Moore (1947-2020)
Chris’ love and knowledge of dachshunds had few equals. Chris grew up in Darwin with a household of standard smooth dachshunds but is most reknown for the breeding and showing of her ‘Zyzeal’ Mini Long-haired dachshunds.
An active member of the Dachshund Club of NSW, Chris served as secretary of the club during the 1990s and showed her beloved Zyzeals to many top honours.
Chris retired from showing her dogs in 2009 and turned her focus to helping rehome dachshund of all varieties across NSW on behalf of the club.
Following a meeting with Sharman in 2009, Chris merged the Dachshund Club’s rescue services with Sharman’s rescue services to help dachshunds all across Australia under the Banner of Dachshund Rescue Australia.