Who We Are

DREAM is a rescue for dachshunds and dachshund mixes. We focus on dogs and homes in our geographical area – Atlanta, North Georgia, and Savannah. Our mission is supported solely through donations, and we are run completely by volunteers.

Our Vision and Mission

We envision a time when every dachshund in Georgia has a loving home for its entire life. We believe that the welfare of our companion animals is an indication of the health of our society. We see the current welfare of our companion animals as a disease. To treat the symptoms of this disease, we rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need. To treat the causes of this disease, we educate the public on compassionate dog guardianship of any breed. We want to have a deep, direct impact in a limited geographic area, rather than a small impact in a large geographic area.

Values and Guiding Principles

Dog welfare.
We put the welfare of our dogs first. We will not take in a dog that we cannot adequately care for.

Friendship and Fun. We are volunteers. We value each other and the contribution we are making. We can stay motivated by making sure that we enjoy working together and have fun.

Using Our Gifts. Each of us contributes what we most love to do, so we maintain our enthusiasm over the long term.

Compassion. For the dogs, of course, but also for each other and for the people and organizations we want to educate.

Positive examples. We believe that people learn through experiencing the positive, not from being lectured or judged. Our education materials and methods will reflect that value.

Financial responsibility. We raise as much as we spend. At least 90% of our funds are spent directly on medical care for dogs.

Focus. We believe that a small group can make a deep impact in a limited geographic area. We take care to maintain our focus so that our time and resources are spent making that deep impact.

Replicability. We document our processes, so that our successes can be replicated with other groups. In this way we can have a broader geographic impact over time.

DREAM Board Members

Michele Mazzei
My life mission is to help create and strengthen bonds between people, animals and the natural world. I was designed for sharing my joy of animals and nature with others. I feel there is beauty in all living things, even those often misunderstood like insects and snakes AND dachshunds! By working with DREAM, I help give long dogs another chance at life while enriching the lives of humans that come in contact the dog. As people learn and experience life in the company of another animals, we learn things about ourselves and hopefully become more compassionate about other humans and all living things. Anyone who has visited my house has had a learning experience with my menagerie. I know my life is enriched each day with DREAM.

Ivy Carruth
Being a founding member of DREAM and serving on the Board of Directors is something that feeds my soul more than I ever could have imagined. I adopted my sweet Grace and after that, I was in it, hook, line and sinker. I got such support from my adoption coordinator and I thought- ‘I want to do this.’ Back when we first started (2005!), we got so excited every time we pulled in a dog, and even more so when we received an application that was a good match. You know what? That hasn’t changed one iota. Dachshunds are the only dog I’ve ever had. What I was born into, has continued to this day. They are spunky, clever, sassy. They think they’re smarter than we are. I’m now owned by 3 dachshunds, and they are each so different with personalities that make my day, every day. In 2012, we moved to Australia, ALL of us. Leaving them back was a deal breaker. They love it here, the sun, the sand, the more relaxed speed of life. They’ve met some other sausages (Aussie for dash-hound) but still prefer to be baking in the sunbeams or pretending like I never feed them, “Mama! Gimme fooooood!” I work on managing the social media aspect of the organization and trying to upskill my brain on website ‘stuff.’ I’m glad you found us. Some of the best dogs I’ve ever met in my life, grateful, weary but hopeful, have been through rescue. I’m the lucky one for being a part of it.

Kim Hembree
Accountant by day, dachshund lover for life!!! Wife, dog mom, & foster dog mom, among other things. I live on the north side of Atlanta & have 5 Dachshunds & a Gordon Setter, who is the mother hen of the group. My husband loves the dogs just as much as I do. Dachshunds have been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, and I can’t imagine my home without them. It’s incredible to watch how much they can teach the foster dogs as well. They help us a lot with the new ones, giving them the confidence that everything is going to be alright. I started fostering due to my love of the breed & seeing so many dogs in need. People ask “how can you do it – how can you let them go? …when I see the smiles on the faces of the dog & the new family, I just know that I am doing the right thing. I am merely a bridge for that dog who just needs a second chance as well as the family that is searching & yet to find their next pet. What could be more rewarding?!?

Cindy Vaughn
I have always felt connected to animals: Dog, cat, turtle or bird, it doesn’t matter, I adore them all. After many years of working in the hotel business as a Corporate/Special Event Planner and Catering Sales Manager, I decided I was ready to pursue what makes me truly happy. I took up photography. I learned about organic gardening. I started kayaking. Then I met 8 week old Roxie, my long haired, red doxie girl. Yes, I had a dachshund growing up, along with a menagerie of other animals, but that girl in particular stole my heart. I knew in an instant she was one of my soul mates and this began my true understanding and love of the dachshund breed. I moved to Georgia a few years ago and met a DREAM foster and supporter. I started fostering and volunteering for DREAM, foster failed with my black and tan girl, Teala Jewel and I now devote time to my favorite breed by serving on the Board of Directors, fostering and helping any way I can. Humane Education is something I am very passionate about. I speak at schools and groups and teach children about proper pet care, telling them about rescues and sharing the story of one of my rescue dogs, Piper. The rest of my time is devoted to my pet sitting business and my pack of three. Four, if you include my husband. I do still find time to kayak, garden and work on my photography. I am honored to work with DREAM and I look forward to the day when animal shelters are empty and rescues are a thing of the past.

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