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Dachshund Haven of Garden Grove Rescue and Sanctuary

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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Dachshund Haven of Garden Grove Rescue and Sanctuary primarily serves the Southern California area. We rescue/adopt from most cities and towns in the Southern California area including all cities and towns in the following counties: Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernadino County, San Diego County. We have also been known to work/rescue/adopt as far up as Nothern California in the following counties: Ventura County and Kern County.
We do not under any circumstances adopt internationally. We are sorry. We have been asked by people as far as Australia to adopt some of our furkids. Unfortunately, this just cannot happen.

About Our Rescue Group:

Hello from Dachshund Haven of Garden Grove Inc., a California Non-Profit 501(c) (3) corporation. We are a Dachshund rescue and sanctuary. Dachshund Haven cares for rescued dachshunds which include spaying and neutering, vaccinations, dental and any other medical care the dogs may need before placing them for adoption into their new homes and families.

For a full updated list of the available dogs DHOGG has available for adoption, please visit our fully functional and updated website

Through adoption, adoption events and other pet- related events, Dachshund Haven encourages and promotes to the public responsible, humane treatment and ownership of dachshund dogs while providing education about training, medical care, grooming and eating habits.

On top of the rescue and adoptions we are considered a sanctuary. We are considered this because we take in many special needs dachshunds that are unadoptable for one reason or another, be it medical or behavioral issues or just old age that is keeping them from being adopted. These little ones will live their lives out with us and we will make sure they get all the medical or behavioral attention they may need or if they are older, they will have plenty or warm beds and blankets to snuggle into and live their lives out.

We have a fully functional and operational website, which is up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is updated at least once a month (sometimes more) and is up-to-date with all of it's Available Dogs on the site.

Dachshund Haven began it's mission to help save, rescue and help place the many unwanted, unloved and orphaned dachshunds in and around the Southern California area in 2000. Since we started we have been fortunate enough to place over 500 dachshunds into their new forever homes.

Our ultimate mission is for the placement of the once abandoned, mistreated or unwanted precious little ones into the happy and loving "forever" homes they all deserve. We do not operate like alot of others do which is "first come first serve". We are and always have been "right home for the right dog".

Our rescue developed as most rescues do, for the love of the animals and the desire to speak for the little one's who have no voice of their own. The rescue was started and is run by Chris Jacobson, the President of our Non Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, who wanted to try to change the way rescue was done. At the time she began rescue the number of needy animals in need of rescuing and help far outnumbered the volunteers and people available to help.

Chris (and her helpers) has always believed that all animals are social cretures and they need socialization with no only their own animal kind, but with the human kind as well. Being placed in a kennel or crates for hours and hours and days at a time does nothing to help these animals well being and sanity. Her home, along with any foster homes that are used, act as an open facility to the dachshunds, where they live their life, while in her home, out of a crate and among other dogs to play with, other dogs to snuggle by the fireplace with when it is cold or lay out in the sun in the yard.

In January 2001, Chris met Dawn who was a paralegal at the time. Dawn wanted to volunteer some of her spare time to work with dachshunds and maybe even rescue a few herself. Since that time, they have become great friends with a similar passion to help the animals beyond anything else. Chris and Dawn have a similar mindset when it comes to dachshunds. Dawn and her family (who have several dachshunds all adopted from Chris) have all become heavily involved with rescue over the years and have done all that they could to help Chris, who is the heart and soul of the operation.

No matter what, Chris takes in all the unwanted little ones, feeds them, vets them, cares for them, housetrains them, works with them and slowly gets them ready for the placement in a new home. Then on top of that, she goes through applications, contacts people, does the meet and greets and does all that she can to find the "right home for the right dog". This entire process takes not only time and money but extreme patience, which Chris has shown that she has a ton of.

Dawn created and maintains the website. Her and her family also work with the dogs from time to time, to help them through issues they may have or to evaluate them and see how they may react in a certain environment.

Dachshunds and animals in general have their own little quirks or personalities and those personalities and quirks don't thrive well in certain environments and when a dog is hastily thrown into an environment that it cannot thrive in, then the dog begins to act out, through no fault of his or her own (peeing, barking, depression and yes they can get depressed). When this happens, these poor guys get thrown back into rescue or shelters.

It is not fair to pass these dogs around any more than they need to be, so we are very selective and cautious when placing a dog with a new owner. We ask alot of questions and make sure the animal is comfortable with the interested parties before making any decisions about the animals new home. One day, we hope that the need for rescue will die down, but until it does, we will be here.

Dachshund rescue should be considered a "new beginning" for the dachshund that comes through our doors. Any animal lover would be shocked and appalled at some of the reasons why these dachshunds end up in rescue. Some came from horrible environments and their stories are too horrible and upsetting to get into. Others come from shelters, owner turn ins due to moving or deaths in the family and often times puppy mills who no longer want to care for the dogs who have gone past their prime and can no longer turn a profit will end up in rescue (if they are lucky).

Some of the dachshunds who come from horrible environments and puppy mills have behavior issues which we work with to get over their fears and problems. Just likepeople, some of these dogs cannot be rehabilitated after their traumas and if that is the case, they often will stay with us and live their life out here and rescue as a sanctuary dog. In all cases, however, the dogs that are available to be adopted are happy and healthy and all they need is love and a "forever" home to complete their lives.

Adopting a rescue requires a commitment from the new families (everyone who is living in the house and will interact with the dog). Because these available dachshunds are passed around so much, they often have initial trust issues, and need an adjustment period to get used to their new environments. Once that time period goes by they usually relax and get into a routine of living. Unfortunately, there are people who find this adjustment period less then convenient for them and the dogs end up back with us. The average dog has three (3) owners in their lives before they end up in rescue.

Our goal here at Dachshund Haven is to make is so that these little ones no longer have to go through the unstableness and the passing around that most of them have known all of their lives. We hope to find "forever" homes where these dogs can live their lives out in peace and with the love of a good family.

Dachshund Haven has several ideas for adoption events in the future, we are in the process of trying to plan a fundraiser to help us raise money to help keep the rescue in operation.

Dachshund Haven is currently taking donations via mail. You can contact Diann Kozlowski, the Vice President @ if you would like to donate anything. We are always in need of blankets, towels, beds, collars, leashes, food, dog treats, toys and of course, money. Dachshund Haven will soon have a donation drop off site to be announced soon as well as online donation link.

Thank you all for any help you may give. For full contact information and emails for all officers of the non profit, view

Come Meet our Pets:

Dachshund Haven is not a shelter or a facility. We have what we call "Meet and Greets" by appointment only and they are scheduled only after a full and complete application is submitted.

Dachshund Haven is planning on some more adoption events in the future, so stay tuned!

Dachshund Haven will be holding its First Annual Fundraising Picnic event soon (date and venue to be set soon so watch the website)! We will have food, pet related vendors, raffles, contests, alot of dachshunds and a lot of fun!

Hope to see you there!!!

Our Adoption Process:

Dachshund Haven's adoption process is based on our motto, which is "right home for the right dog" and depending on the health and preparation of the dachshund the process can take from three weeks up to three months to be completed all of the way (longer time periods are usually for puppies and younger dogs who cannot leave mothers right away).

It takes time, money, love, patience and overall drive to process, care, vet, evaluate and feed all these little ones that are all fostered on site. On top of all this we have approximately 10 to 15 applications that we have incoming per week for adoption of the little ones. We remind you that this not a first come, first serve process, we are a right home for the right dog rescue, so know that you have an equal chance.

To adopt a dachshund from us you must do the following:.
1. Visit
2. Visit the "Available Dogs" page, view any dogs that
you may be interested in adopting.
3. Fill out an application-FULLY and COMPLETELY, and
send us an email to confirm your application.
4. Dachshund Haven will contact you to confirm that the
application has been recieved.
5. From there, Chris, will contact the potential adopters
via email and/or telephone for an interview. From
there a "Meet and Greet" will be set, which is a day and time for you and the family who will be living with the dog to come and meet the dog to see how everyone reacts around one another.
6. From there it is decided if a home visit is needed or if the adoption process can continue...

Dachshund Haven would like to take this time to inform everyone that we do try to keep contact with everyone who has an active application and anyone who has sent us any questions etc. We usually try to get back to people within 72 hours of an application or question being submitted but depending on how many applications we have, how many dachshunds we have, our personal lives (yes we do have them) Dachshund Haven may take up to 5 to 7 days to get back to you on certain matters, this is of course, a very rare situation and we hope that everyone understands when it does occur. We thank everyone for their patience when it comes to things like this.

Dachshund Haven does require an adoption contract to be signed and an adoption fee to be paid upon adopting a dachshund from us, which is set NOT by the color, age, or size of the dachshund but how much money we have invested in them. We do try to get a small percentage back from our costs of spays/neuters, vaccinations, dentals and vetting costs. The fees are usually $125 to $375 and can go up to $500 for pairs together. The fees are non negotiable and non- refunable.

For dachshunds under the age who are not spayed /neutered Dachshund Haven requires by contract a spay/neuter deposit. Basically, any dachshund that is adopted from us that is not of age to be spayed/neutered must be spayed/neutered by 7 months of age and proof given by the vet to Dachshund Haven that the spay/neuters has ocurred, this is in accordance to the law and is non negotiable.

For a full breakdown of the adoption process, please visit our website at

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.