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.


Anonymous said...

WOW... well done Midwest Dachshund Rescue, you guys are amaizing.

We don't have many shelters in New Zealand, ours are called SPCA, The Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. Most are partly government funded and also get donations from the public, they care for all animals in need and quiet often you can find rabbits and cats, pony, sheep, goats and always many cross breed dogs.

Very rarely you might find a Dachshund, we found a lovely standard red long coat Daxy 18 years ago at our home town SPCA, he was called Humphrie. And many years later we got the next Daxy to be handed in, another standard black long coated girl called Amy.

With hard times at the moment many pure breed dogs have been handed in, but they do get re-homed very quickly. We are so lucky and don't have puppy mills here as our population is so small (4 million). Just about every family has a dog either for farming, hunting or pleasure.

Thanks for your fantastic sight 'The long & Short of it all'.

Wendy, NZ

ev said...

We currently have 2 rescue doxies- one thru DRNY who came up from North Carolina after she was surrendered by her owner who was dying. She was 7 at the time and is still a puppy at heart. Our other one came from a puppy mill in SC almost 18 months ago and he still has some adjustment problems but for me he is a sweetie. He has become my body guard and protects me from all the cats. LOL

When the time comes we will also adopt another rescue and give them the home they deserve. Thank you to organizations like yours who do so much, with so little for so many deserving animals.

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