Ways to Help
- Foster a Dachshund Until it is Adopted
- Be a Back-Up “Vacation Foster”
- Sponsor a Dog
- Volunteer to Help In Other Ways
- Put DREAM in Your Will or Estate Plan
- Start your own rescue
DREAM needs foster homes in the Atlanta and Savannah areas. We can’t do the work that we do without good foster homes–when we are contacted by shelters regarding dogs in need, the only way we can take those dogs is if we have open foster homes. Fostering is very rewarding–not only do you get to feel good about saving a dog’s life (because that’s what you do when you foster!); you also get to know the joy that the dog will ultimately find its forever, loving home.
Is it Expensive to Foster?
Foster homes provide and finance food, toys, treats, and the “day to day” expenses of their foster dogs. They also help with transportation of the dog to / from the vet. DREAM provides and finances vet care and all other expenses.
How Does Fostering Work?
Each foster home is assigned to a POD — led by a DREAM board member. That POD leader is responsible for working the applications that come in for their POD’s foster doggies’ adoptions. DREAM has 2 “Intake” coordinators that decide which dachshunds to take into DREAM, based on the space available and DREAM’s financial situation. Each foster home defines what “kind” of dogs they are willing to foster — some like only seniors, some like only young dogs, some like only females, some like behavioral issues, etc. When a dog of that description is in need, and your foster home has a space, the Intake coordinator asks your POD leader if you can take it. And it goes from there. If a foster home goes on vacation, we try to place the dog in “vacation foster” with another foster home, but if no space is available, we ask that you provide the same arrangement for your foster as you do for your own dogs while you are gone. We discourage the adoption of your foster dogs (although it does happen). There is always another dog that needs you, and you will love every dog that comes through your home.
I’d Like to Foster–How Do I Get Started?
If you would like to foster then please fill out our foster application from the perspective of fostering.
A DREAM Foster Home Promise
I promise to show you love every day.
I promise to give you heartworm preventative on the first day of each month.
(If DREAM does not send me your pill on time, I will give you one of my own in the meantime.)
I promise to keep an ID tag on you at all times, whether you are inside or outside.
I promise to always walk you on a leash when you are not in a fenced area.
I promise never to hit you in any way.
I promise to be patient when you have accidents in the house, and not to scold you unless I see the accident happen.
I promise to teach you that people can be kind, because I may be the first person ever to show you kindness.
When your forever home is found, I promise to let you go, through kisses and tears, so that I can make these promises to another dog who needs me.
If you cannot foster long-term, consider being a “vacation foster” for when our foster homes need a backup. If you would like to vacation foster then please fill out our foster application from the perspective of fostering.
All year round, we need people to drive dogs from shelters, to the vet, to their foster homes. It’s a lot of coordination, and we have only a small number of people.
We also can use help with Howl-O-Weenie, our annual October event. Can you volunteer for an hour or two cooking hotdogs, selling t-shirts, managing the flow of contests, helping with registration, setting up, or cleaning up?
If you can help financially, we are always in need of donations to pay for veterinary care for our dachshunds. Since we are volunteer-run, and have many of our services (like web hosting) donated, our non-veterinary expenses are extremely low. Our policy is that 90% of our funds raised go to medical care, but the reality is closer to 95%. Contact sherryaden (at) bellsouth.net if you have any questions about donating. You can donate via the paypal button below, or mail a check to our treasurer’s office at
DREAM of GA Inc.
P.O. Box 3397
Decatur, GA 30031.
If you can’t give money now, how about after you’re gone? You can leave a legacy of love by recognizing DREAM in your estate plan. Any amount will help tremendously: a % of your IRA, a % of total estate, or a set amount. Your gift also communicates your values to your loved ones, letting them know how important your dachshunds have been to you.
And please — make sure you have made plans for your own animals in your will, so they do not end up needing rescue if something happens to you.
More news on this topic forthcoming.
Please contact helpmedream (at) gmail.com if you are interested in starting your own rescue group. We can set you up with forms, processes, legal templates, and lots of advice and support. Rescue is a grassroots thing, and we think it works best done on a small scale by lots of people.
More news on this topic forthcoming.
What else can I do?
There are far more dachshunds than there are homes; please do not add more to that number.
If you cannot donate time or money, the biggest things you can do to help dachshunds are:
- make sure your own are spayed or neutered
- until we have licked the overpopulation problem, adopt instead of buying from a breeder or petstore
- talk about rescue to everyone you know. Let them know that rescue dogs are not “problem” dogs — they are just dogs. They come from every situation. There is no such thing as a “typical rescue dog.”
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”