Thursday, December 10, 2009
MidWest Dachshund Rescue 2009 - "The Special Ones"
Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003. It primarily serves Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. They try to serve other Midwest states as resources are available. MWDR is totally committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming needy dachshunds and dachshund mixes throughout the Midwest. MWDR has taken in over 190 dogs in 2009 - another record year.
Excerpt from MWDR's 2009 Year In Review:
It has been a dark year for many: financial hardships, illness, heartache. The condition of the community is reflected in the experiences of the rescue, the dogs that come to us and their circumstances are an accurate reflection of the world at large. There was much illness this year, far more comprehensive medical care was required than in any other year while we were still functioning at full capacity. The extensive needs of these dogs impacts us financially in the form of vet bills, and the additional recovery time and time required to find them just the right home restricts us from being able to bring additional doxies into rescue.
But we rest easy knowing that we cared for the most vulnerable, the dogs that other shelters would not invest in because of their age or their illnesses. We were able to right many of the wrongs that life cruelly dealt these animals. We had over 25 dogs come from puppy mills where they lived their lives in filthy, tiny cages that damaged their minds and bodies. Many dogs were evicted from their homes when their families faced the widespread financial difficulties that are so common now.
When our doxies were weak, our foster homes nursed and supported them until they were well enough to find homes. Seeing them gain hope and strength is our reward as we watch their tails wag on the way to their forever homes. Our foster homes are the true heroes of these stories; they invest countless hours at the vet and in learning how to care for these lost souls.