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"Dogs leave paw prints forever on your heart."  Author Unknown


Thinking of volunteering?  Not sure how to help?  Not to worry.  Dakota Dachshund Rescue has a place for you!  Whatever your talents, whatever your schedule allows, we have many opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of the dachsies that come into our rescue.  After all, we are a non-profit organization.  We are all volunteers!


 Monthly Meet and Greets

On the third Saturday or Sunday of each month, Dakota Dachshund Rescue holds a Meet and Greet at Your Pet Stop in Sioux Falls where the public can meet many of the adorable dachshunds we have available for adoption.  These are wonderful events that increase the visibility of our rescue and a great opportunity for volunteers to help our dachsies put their best paw forward.

Since all of our dachshunds live with foster families, all the activity at a Meet and Greets can be very stressful for them.  The more arms we have the better!  If you can hold, hug or walk a dachsie, to help them feel more secure in this setting, we would love to have you join us at our next Meet and Greet.

Meet and Greets are also a great opportunity to become better acquainted with the foster families and volunteers in our organization.


Event Volunteers

Dakota Dachshund Rescue participates in several special events each year designed to help raise money and increase the visibility of our rescue in the community.  Our adoptable dachsies spend an evening each February at a Stampede Hockey game; they also participate in German Fest at Falls Park West each September.  These are very popular events as they both feature wiener dog races! 

Our dachshunds have attended Dog Days of Summer at Canaries’ Stadium, Doxie Day in the Country at Heartland Arabians, and they participate each year in North Shore Animal League’s weekend Adoptathon.  They also thrive in more intimate settings such as Citibank’s Meet and Greet for employees and our Seniors for Seniors day at the Center for Active Generations. 

As you can imagine, with such a busy social calendar, our dachsies depend on many volunteers to help make their outings a success.  Whether helping to coordinate the event, distributing event flyers, making sure everything is set up for the dachsies when they arrive, helping them to put their best paw forward while they are there, or just visiting with the public about our organization, our dachsies need you! 


Fundraising Volunteers

As a non-profit organization, Dakota Dachshund Rescue relies on donations to help raise money and offset the costs of veterinary care for the dachshunds that come into our rescue.  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping to solicit donations for our events and raffles from area businesses and vendors.  We are always looking for new fundraising ideas so that we are able to help more dachsies in need.


Transportation Volunteers

Our dachshunds frequently need to be shuttled from one place to another.  Sometimes we need to get them to and from their vet appointments, or to the foster family they will be staying with while in rescue, or to their own personal meet and greet when a family has expressed interest in adopting a particular dachsie.

Is there a particular morning or afternoon each week that you would be available?  Perhaps a particular day of the month that works with your schedule?  Or even just a random day coming up that you have nothing else planned?  We would love to add your name to an on-call list should a transportation need arise.

For those of you who travel long distances on a regular basis, or who are willing do to so, we routinely need help with transporting rescued dogs and owner surrendered dogs to Sioux Falls from various locations throughout the Midwest, so they can be safely placed with a foster family at Dakota Dachshund Rescue.

Occasionally, we even need help transporting our delightful dachsies to their forever homes once they have been adopted.  Do you travel a particular route often?  Does your job have you frequently traveling to the same area and back?  Perhaps you just like to hit the open road and feel the wind in your hair?  Whatever the case may be, if you can help, we would love to hear from you!


Paws Up!

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