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DRA has been helping rescue and privately rehome dachshunds across Australia since 2009


Millie had been acting up and barking at all hours of the day in order to get the attention that she craved, but with a small child and a new baby on the way there was very little time left in the day to spend with Millie.  It was with a sad and heavy heart that her owner made the selfless decision to rehome her.  Millie has been adopted by a lovely family of six who had thought long and hard about which breed of dog would be most suited to their home.  It didn’t take long for Millie to settle in to her new home and she has fast been promoted to being the most popular member of the family.  Millie is happy to share her love and affection and likes to spend time equally with everyone throughout the day.  Millie is very vocal and loves to perform a song and dance when anyone in the family returns home.  Her new family absolutely adore their beautiful new addition and can’t believe they waited so long to adopt.  (NSW)

Ollie found himself looking for a new home after both his parents passed away. He had a short stay with a foster carer while his behaviour was observed to find the type of home he was going to need.  It was apparent that Ollie was a very indulged dachshund and extremely well cared for.

He has now been welcomed into his new home and made the transition with no drama.  He is an enthusiastic walker and happily seeks out humans to say hello to and dogs to play with.  Ollie is very impressed that in a short space of time he already had his new Dad at the pet store stocking up on his favourite treats!  “All is going well and we love Ollie very much, the boys enjoy daily walks and Ollie likes his sunbathing and naps on our terrace”. (NSW)

Sam, a previous dachshund rescue, had recently lost his mate and was pining for company.  Max’s owner had to make a selfless decision to rehome her 3 loved dachshunds so it made sense for Max to go and meet Sam to see what they thought of each other.

Max has now landed on all four paws in his new home and loves taking his family for walks.  He has lots of enthusiasm for it and is a very quick walker so obedience training is next on the list.

Sam and Max love finding nice sunny spots and lazing around in the sun with each other.  The children love having a young dachshund to train and teach new tricks to. VIC

Hugo had lost his adored older DRA rescue sister Ruby and was wandering around absolutely lost without her. As Hugo was also a rescue of ours who had been around the block before going to his current home, we needed to help Hugo and of course his Mum who was devastated by the loss of Ruby too.  The young Holly was sent to the rescue and she has taken to her new home with loads of energy and one of her favourite spots is her Mum’s lap, that is when she’s not zooming around the garden chasing Hugo

Holly is a sweet natured girl and her previous home did a great job of socialising her as a puppy so that she has to skills to adapt to having a new dachshund as part of her life. It’s a delight to see dachshunds take to their new homes with enthusiasm and Holly loves having company and someone to take her out walking and give her the time and attention she craved. (VIC)


Luke is a very distinguished gentleman who has been very well trained with impeccable manners.  He hasn’t put a paw out of place since moving in with his new owners and they fell in love with their boy from day one.  Luke is living the good life with two walks a day, his owners at home majority of the time and he has a lovely warm bed inside with plenty of blankets to burrow under.  Luke is an attention seeker and he has brought lots of joy and laughter into the home with his funny and playful antics.  VIC

With Lily being deaf, and no idea how loud she can be, and with Dad on shift work together with a young toddler that Lily didn’t like sharing her life with, Lily the double dapple found her way to DRA. She was placed in foster care and now lives in a lovely tranquil spot in the country. Daily walks are so much fun and sensory overload with all those kangaroos and other wildlife around to wonder at.
However, the resident cats aren’t too impressed with her arrival and are hoping in time that Lily will stop viewing them as a threat. Lily is a smart girl and eager to learn and Mum has recently purchased a book on deaf dogs so they’re both learning together. Lily has settled in and loves to have visits from their grandson and friends that visit the home.
Sadly Lily is Deaf and her sight may be compromised further down the line and she certainly doesn’t see as well in the evening. We would ask people to stop buying “pretty colours” at extraordinary inflated prices as these dachshunds are the result of dreadful breeding practises and uneducated people. Whilst Lily does have a wonderful home, it is not fair on a dog to be born both deaf and blind, but being bred due to “colour” demand. (VIC)

Bhlue was picked up in NSW and driven to his new home in QLD just in time before the borders were closed.  The trip, albeit extremely long, enabled him to bond with his new family straight away with them taking turns to sit next to him during the ride.  Since arriving home Bhlue did need to learn a few housekeeping rules but being the smart and loving boy that he is it didn’t take long at all.  He is a happy boy who enjoys bush walks, spending time with his adoring family and being thoroughly spoilt!

Binky’s owner was unable to give him the time and attention that this lovely natured boy needed.

Ollie, a previous rescue of ours, had recently passed away leaving his sister behind.  She is extremely happy to share her home with Binky, but not her bed just yet. She’s the boss of the household and wants the obliging Binky to know his place!

He isn’t fazed by the cats who live in the home as he was brought up with cats and as his new owner has said, Binky is everyone’s friend including children, bringing harmony to the home. He’s had a few indiscretions with toilet training but fortunately his dachshund loving owners are happy to work on it as with his lovely personality he’s very good at sharing his new Mum and Dad with all the animals and visitors. VIC.

Poppy’s family moved from a country property to city living and subsequently discovered that they were legally entitled to only two dogs in their household. As Poppy’s other two companions were a bonded pair, her owner decided Poppy should have an opportunity to find a safe, caring new home. Poppy’s irresistible personality, sweet and sociable nature  attracted many potential owners but Poppy ‘chose’ a family with three doting teenage girls and a mum who worked from home. Poppy is now happily settled in her new home where she is included in most family activities and outings. (QLD)

To be honest we had all but given up on getting a Dachshund due to Covid, BYBs and the ever increasing $$$$ wanted for them but to my surprise 5 1/2 weeks ago whilst cleaning my house on a Sunday afternoon, I received a call regarding re-homing a Dachshund that same day.

We were the lucky chosen family who had the pleasure of meeting Chorizo a few hours later and how are lives have changed since then.  We adore him. He’ll be two next month and he’s full of beans.  He loves his ball, the beach, bush walks, chasing butterflies in the garden and sleeping on us and with us. He settled in very quickly, knew where his home was after a few days and would gallop up the street with me in tow at the end of his walk. I don’t think we could love him anymore if we tried, he has stolen the hearts of myself (he’s my little shadow), my husband, our teenagers, the grandparents and all our friends.  Thank you to Jo Tetlow and Dachshund Rescue. (WA)

With Mum moving house and unable to take three dachshunds with her, Rusty was the one looking for a new home. He went to meet a family who have a beautiful natured labrador with a permanent smile on her face. In typical dachshund style, Rusty had a bit of a bark at her but it didn’t put her or the family off who took it in their stride.  Rusty went on trial and delighted to say he’s going to stay and he and the labrador are now constant companions. (NSW)

Freya’s new family did a day’s drive there and back to collect this little girl and have not been disappointed with their decision to adopt her.  With daily walks on the boardwalk and beach romps and paddles, a family and grandparents living in the same home, therefore always a lap and lots of attention, and last but not least the same aged very pampered mini foxy terrier as her new sister.  When they’re not out exploring, or getting cuddles they can be found tearing around the house playing chasey. NSW

Sweet natured Heidi has come from a breeders kennel and is now learning to enjoy life in a warm home. Whilst she is a shy girl, once she gets to know you and she learns to trust, her new Mum is finding she now has a constant shadow. She was also elated when she got the phone call asking if this 5 year old could come and share her home. Toilet training is a work in progress and with a lovely patch of grass she is truly enjoying her new surroundings. Thanks to Heidi’s foster carer who did a wonderful job helping with veterinary appointments for spaying, vaccinations and sorting out a rotten tooth. Heidi can now enjoy her new life with human company and exploring the neighbourhood out on her walks. (NSW).

12 year old Hallie and Baxter were both surrendered to DRA in a very poor condition. At very short notice we found a foster home for them both together. Baxter had a multitude of vet visits in the first few weeks but then very sadly passed away, leaving his foster carers heartbroken and of course his sister Hallie, without him for the first time in all those years.
We’re so happy to say that Hallie has done exceptionally well the last few months, she’s walked daily which is something that was missing from her past life, she has a lovely sunny terraced backyard to sunbake in, is being showered with love and has Ninja the cat for 4 legged company.  Hallie’s favourite time of the day is when her owner gets the blanket on the couch for snuggle time.  She’s been adopted by her foster carer, who recently had to go away overnight but just had to facetime her “girl” as she missed her so much!

We are extremely grateful to homes that welcome senior dachshunds making their twilight years memorable and treasured. (Vic)

Sometimes life circumstances change, living arrangements alter and new homes must be found. Such was the situation for youngsters Halley and Herb but fortunately a wonderful new life was awaiting them.

This delightful duo have brought their zest for living to a family of four who longed to hear the patter of dachshund paws once more in their home. Enter Herb and Halley, three years old and desperate for a home where they would have heaps of company and would be included as valued family members. Haley and Herb love their new life and the family now feels complete. (Qld)

Boone was rescued from a miserable life in the clutches of a northern NSW backyard breeder. He was handed over reeking of faeces and urine. Initially his young rescuer did not intend to keep Boone and he was surrendered to DRA to undertake desexing, vaccinations and microchipping before re-homing him.

Boone however had a different plan and used his sweet affectionate nature to snare himself a place in his rescuer’s heart and family. Boone now has an owner, an extended family, several canine companions and weekends on country property. (NSW)

Gloomy by name but not by nature, is a sweet eight year standard dachshund who was a loved companion of a young couple. Her life changed when the family’s sweet baby became a boisterous, agile toddler who did not understand that Gloomy needed her personal space respected and was not always keen to play. Gloomy’s owners could see Gloomy was becoming grumpy and depressed and reluctantly decided a quiet, calm household would better suit her needs as an older lady. Luckily for Gloomy a local family with just the right credentials were seeking a loveable standard girl. So gorgeous Gloomy displayed her charms and has secured a place with a loving family. (NSW)

Frosty faced Rocky, aged 13 years old, has been welcomed with love into a comfortable home offering a semi-rural lifestyle in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. He has an experienced dachshund savvy owner who understands what an old boy needs; a warm lap to snuggle on, an interesting rambling country garden filled with tantalising smells together with hearty meals and titbits. Best of all , Rocky always has the human companionship he craves. Thank you Margaret for providing him with a wonderful lifestyle, love and comfort. “Rocky is a cuddly, affectionate little chap. Stubborn, intelligent and funky like all dachshunds. We get along famously. I love him to bits.” (Vic)


Winston’s separation anxieties and over protectiveness of his family are now far behind him and he has settled into his new home with amazing ease.  Back inside the home and being part of the family is where Winston is at his happiest.  Playing ball is high on his list of favourite activities and luckily there are four adults in the home who are willing to oblige and play with him.  He is adored by his new family and Winston is such a lucky boy he even gets to sleep in a different human bed each night!  (Vic)

Russell, the handsome senior, proved to be a very popular boy when we put out the call advising that he needed a new home. Thanks to the public’s generosity we had applications came in from all over the country to adopt him.  He has now been adopted to a very loving home where his owners adore everything about him.  Russell enjoys at least two walks a day and everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him tell him that he is a beautiful boy.  Russell likes to sunbathe in the garden catching the warm rays and at night he can be found snoring in his human bed. (QLD)

Audrey came into DRA as in her former home she was terrorising the resident Schnauzer and causing havoc when her owners went to work. Hurricane Audrey now has a home with an owner who is home during the day to keep her company and Audrey recently celebrated her 1st birthday in her new home. Audrey is proving an absolute delight to her owner who is relishing having this sweet dachshund to keep her company. They have both enrolled in the local obedience club to teach Audrey puppy skills and manners, and this together with regular play dates with her new found pug friend is certainly keeping her busy! They both look forward to meeting more dachshund friends on the Mornington Peninsula and we look forward to hearing more about Audrey’s escapades when the warmer weather comes. (Vic)






Whilst Jimi the loveable wirehaired dachshund was a much loved part of his family,unfortunately he didn’t enjoy having a busy toddler in the house. He is with another DRA dachshund and has become a permanent fixture.

Jimi loves getting out walking and is so enthusiastic at being out on a walk he barks with excitement. His wirehair sister loves having someone to play zoomies around the house and doesn’t even mind if he steals her bed.

This gentle soul loves nothing more than welcoming visitors and having new laps to sit on. Besotted with balls, the local pet store has a steady supply ready for Jimi when he visits! Jimi is also getting used to the local wildlife, and particularly the possum who sits at the glass door not to Jimi’s amusement. His new family are elated that they have such an affectionate dachshund that has so much love to give. (Vic)

Beautiful Lady has enchanted her new family with her playful and affectionate nature and the resident dachshund, Raja, has succumbed to Lady’s feminine charms and tomboyish flair for making mischief. The pair love a good wrestle on the couch, playing chasey around the house and sun-baking together.

Lady has certainly landed herself a right royal lifestyle. A three acre estate to explore, leisurely walks by the riverside and of course a king by her side! (Sydney)

Wally was purchased off Gumtree and he wasn’t coping with the young children or other animals in the busy home.  His new owners reached out to DRA to find a solution for the anxious Wally.

After a complete vet check he was placed with an equine vet who is constantly on the road visiting her patients and wanted a companion by her side.  Wally now gets to explore the countryside and he loves being the co-pilot on the daily car trips visiting her clients. Meeting horses and exploring stables was an entirely new experience for Wally and he’s slowly gaining confidence in this new world.

At the end of a hard day Wally can be found relaxing by the fire and then weekends are the absolute highlight when he gets to visit the other family dachshunds. His new Mum has confirmed that he’s the perfect match and he’s found his forever home. (Vic)


Sadly Hugo and Millie were finding life with a newborn stressful and had become extremely protective of the baby.  So it was with heavy hearts that their owners decided that they needed to go to another home where they could again be the happy and carefree dachshunds they once were.  Hugo and Millie’s new owners were finding life very lonely after their elderly long haired girl had passed away.   With the arrival of this gorgeous pair their house is once again a home filled with all the fun and delights that dachshunds bring.   Hugo and Millie are enjoying their outings, walks and being the recipients of lots of attention, love and affection.  (NSW)

In March this year our gorgeous Pixie (daschy) passed after 14 wonderful years with us. In my intense grief stage I put my name down on a list to foster or adopt a dachshund as my heart was so broken and I got comfort that, though unlikely, that if one day a beautiful daschy needed us we would be there. At the beginning of June, I got that call, would we be interested in supporting a brother and sister needing rehoming? We said yes and now have the gorgeous Sophie and Oska in our lives, home, family and hearts. We had a foster fail as we decided to adopt after week 1. They are both 15 years old so we know we don’t have a long time with them but they have given us a lot of joy in 3 weeks than we have felt in a long time. They love their walks, playing with our son who is 5, they follow him everywhere and try and sneak into bed with him all the time and they love cuddles and curling up while I work at home. Thankyou DRA and especially Penny for organising this and for being a source of information, support and comfort every step of the way. We are forever grateful for this opportunity. (WA)

Penny and Lenny: A Happy New Life for All!
Penny and Lenny have been welcomed into a Sydney family of four where they are kept busy with daily jogs, walks and playful activities with their human companions. Their true personalities are shining through.

In the words of their new human mother “Penny and Lenny show lots of love and affection toward each member of our family. We were especially touched to see Lenny look after our daughter who has special needs. He stays at her side at all times keeping her warm, and alerts us when she’s uncomfortable. These dogs complete our family in ways that we couldn’t imagine – they are a dream come true twice, and we are infinitely grateful for them.”

Penny and Lenny’s previous owners made a brave decision to re-home them. The young dachshunds reign of terror is over. The home is peaceful and 12 year old Bonnie has re-emerged from her kennel to enjoy sun baking in the garden while spending time with the family.

Kat is a petite dachshund who is now learning the joys of living in a home as opposed to kennels. Archie, the resident dachshund, is besotted with his new sister and it took him a few days to settle down with all the excitement.

For Kat, settling into her new home has been a breeze and from day 1 she felt like she belonged there, but then how could she not sense how much she was going to be adored and that kennels are not a patch on the comforts of home. Meeting new friends on walks and seeing Archie’s playmates is a joy to watch.

We are most grateful to her new owner who traveled quite some distance to greet her at short notice. (NSW)

The arrival of a new family member and subsequent growth into toddlerhood can have adverse effects on some dachshunds.  After becoming snappy and generally unhappy it was clear that Chip needed to be rehomed.  Chip is now enjoying life with both a new dachshund brother and sister and the three of them are never far from each other’s sight.  Chip is happily sleeping at the end of his new owners bed at night and once again receiving the attention and love that he deserves.  The adventures of Chip, Blue and Daisy can be seen on their Instagram Blue.and.Daisy  (QLD)

After meeting Arnold, it took only a few minutes for his new owner to know he was meant to join her family.  Arnold it seems also agreed as he made himself at home from the moment he was welcomed into the house, somewhere that he had never been allowed before.  Arnold’s days are spent with his new dachshund brother Frankie and together the boys play chase, sunbathe and snuggle next to each other on the couch.  Arnold is also sleeping in the human bed at night, so life for this little boy is now just about perfect. (QLD)

Every dachshund that comes into DRA for rehoming is individually assessed to ensure that it goes to the very best home that suits it’s every need.  That way we can ensure the adoption is successful.  Archie was definitely a challenge for DRA but we are proud to say that this little boy is finally home.   Walks every morning, cuddles, tummy rubs, plenty of laps to flake out on, hours of playtime chasing balls, two new dachshund brothers and most of all his new owners home majority of the day have just about ticked every box on Archie’s list of needs.  Archie’s journey is not quite complete though and the next step is to help Archie become less anxious and reduce his need of medications.  Thank you to Archie’s previous owners and foster carers who helped us to work out Archie’s needs and most of all thank you to his new owners who have been so patient and understanding.  We look forward to hearing about Archie in the years to come.  (NSW

Thomas is a lovable dachshund who had found himself needing a new home rather desperately and through no fault of his own.  Living in dire circumstances he was lucky enough to quickly find a wonderful new home with the help from our friends in the Albury Wodonga Dachshund community.  With thanks to his new parents, Thomas loves his daily walks, fresh air, nutritious diet and is enjoying the benefits of living a healthier life.  (VIC)

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