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Shelbyville, TN 37160
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Adoption Information

"When you adopt, you are saving 2 dachshunds.
The one that comes home with you and the one that you made room for in Rescue"

How Does An AADR Adoption Work?


Step One:

Potential adopters (you must be at least 30 years old or older to adopt from AADR) should Read Before You Adopt, and then fill out an online application.  If you are applying for a dog that is currently available note the dog's name on the application.  Your application will then be forwarded to the representative that has that foster dog.  If you do not see a dog that you are currently interested in, you can complete an application to "go on file" and the representative closest to you will process it. This way, when a dog comes into the system that does interest you, you will have completed all of the necessary steps and your adoption process will be expedited.  Anyone adopting one of our dogs must have a back up plan in case you are no longer able to care for the dog you adopt. We want your back up person to step up to take your next best friend and not for the dachshund to find themselves homeless once again in their declining years. We all know that life happens and everyone should think about a back up for your animals if you are in a position that you are not able to care for them. On the application there is a place for your backups name, e mail address, phone number and relationship(no spouses or significant others) please fill that in.




Callee 047Step 2:
Once we receive your application it will go through and initial review process.  You will then be contacted by the representative handling your application.  Your application representative will explain the adoption process and conduct a phone interview.  The adoption process includes checking personal and veterinarian references, as well as a home visit.  We conduct reference checks and home visits to determine if a potential adoptive family is a responsible home.  It gives us a chance to meet you and your family.  Additionally, we are seeking to ensure that your home will be a safe and a loving home for one of our dogs.  Along with the reference check and home visit it is important for our adopters to understand the importance of spaying and neutering.  Please review our spay/neuter policy so you will understand why we must be thorough and selective in our approvals of adoptive homes.  AADR’s spay/neuter policy does not allow us to adopt to families who have unaltered cats and dogs unless the dog or cat has a medical condition that can be verified with the veterinarian.  The only exception to our spay/neuter policy is if the dog that is actively being shown for its championship.  Unless the dog has obtained its AKC championship, we cannot condone breeding.   We do not have an issue with it if the dog has gained its championship, has proven to be a proper representative of the standard and the person will be breeding the dog to "better the breed." If you are breeding and are not actively showing your dog or have not obtained its championship, we must deny you a rescue dachshund.


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 Step Three:

If you are approved for adoption, you and your representative will make arrangements to receive your dog. We will not adopt to the West Coast due to too far for the dog to travel.  In the case of long distance travel, the adoptive home is expected to make arrangements for transport by offering to drive to where the dog is located or make arrangements to get the dog to them.  (Please note that you should be very sure of the dog you are adopting if it is a long distance transport.  Should you decide the dog you adopted is not working out in your household, you will be responsible for any costs to return the dog to the original representative.) Volunteers within AADR as well as other rescue groups sometimes have transports going on that may be able to help get a dog to a new home.  Please check with your representative to see if this is a possibility.  If none is available, it is up to the adopter to make arrangements and cover expenses to transport the dog to them.  AADR is not responsible for transportation costs or transportation arrangements, but, will attempt to find volunteers to help with the transport if a transport is possible.  The representative will keep you abreast of the travel arrangements if the dog is going to be traveling with volunteers.




Step Four:
When you are approved to adopt you will be sent the contract to read over, sign and send back with your adoption fee.  Once your adoption fee is received, we will then work with you to get your dog to you.  We only accept CC/Debit, Paypal Money Order.  Your representative will give you the items and information that goes with the dog you are adopting.  The dog is now yours and you will have two weeks as a trial period from the time you receive your dog.  

If, within that time frame you find the dog is not working out in your household, please contact your representative and make arrangements to return the dog or contact the board of directors if you feel more time will help you and your new dog adjust to each other. We have never turned anyone down asking for more time to see if they can keep there new best friend.  If this is done within the trial period you will receive a full refund less $50.00 reprocessing fee.  If you decide to return the dog after the trial, per the contract you signed, you must return it to AADR without a refund. The adopter will be responsible for transportation back to the representative they initially worked with or a representative close to the adopter.  Adoptive parents are to absorb the cost of transportation and of boarding if necessary until a foster home is available. At no time may you give the dog away or take the dog to the shelter.  

AADR has many dogs available for adoption.  Please feel free to search our website of available dogs to find a dog you think is best for you.  Once you have done that you can email the appropriate contact or fill out an application. AADR will try to assist in transporting dogs from state to state in many cases, so if a dog is not listed as available in your state, please ask the representative if the dog you are interested in could be transported.    



 AADR Dogs up for adoption are:

  Fully vetted when they come into rescue including fecal, anal glands, nail trimming, grooming and microchip inserted
 Current on all vaccines and Rabies
 Complete dentals with extractions(when needed)
 HW tested and treated when needed
 All Medical issues addressed


The Life of Reilly

Reilly was adopted by previous adopters from AADR.
Maggie (Morgan) was a puppy mill survivor who quickly
thrived in her new home.  Reilly, he was a different story
that is still a work in progress.  Read Anne's story
about how she and her husband Bill have come so far with

Not every adoption is easy.  Here at AADR, we want to 
help both dog and adopter in adjusting to the new
circumstances.  We are here for both of you!  Please, 
never hesistate to reach out to us about any questions
about behavior and/or training.  Our interest in the dog and 
adopter extends far beyond the day of adoption.

Give us the opportunity to make your adoption successful!

The Story of Kirby

Kirby came to live at our house at the end of June/beginning of July 2014 as one of our rescued foster dogs looking for his Fur-Ever Home from a southern state puppy mill.  He was rescued along with 5 other female breading Doxies.  My wife Judy and I had been foster dogs in our home for All American Dachshund Rescue since October 2013 and knew that the day would come that we just had to adopt one of these precious little animals.  Every dog to that point had become more and more difficult to say good-bye to as they were successfully adopted and left our care.  I certainly knew that they all were going to wonderful homes based on the diligent work that the organization did prior to approving an applicant for adoption, but that didn’t make it any easier for me on the scheduled transport date.  

                       Read more of Kirby's Story here

Note to Adopters

Lassie, Cleo, Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. 

But we are RESCUE and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of God's sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything. Come to RESCUE to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For a RESCUE will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a RESCUE dog will make you a better person. 

 Purebred or Mixed? 


Please note that All American Dachshund Rescue refrains from listing available dogs as purebred unless the dog was surrendered with registration papers.  While very few dogs come in with registration papers, and realizing that papers do not guarantee that a dog is pure bred, they are the simplest and most cost effective method for us to determine their status.  Most of our available dogs are indeed purebred Dachshunds and as such adoption fees will be set using the pure bred fee structure unless we, in our best judgment, have deemed the dog to be a mix.  We have adopted this method of presenting our available dogs in the interest of fairness and to promote the adoption of both Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes. 



Health Certificates 

 Dogs traveling via paid transport are required to have a health certificate.  The fee is $60.00 and must be passed on to the adopter.      




Finally -- A word about caring for you new forever friend

AADR is committed to providing you a dog in the best of health.  These dogs have all been to a veterinarian while under our care and have basic vaccinations and care as outline above in the cost information.  Now, the job is yours to ensure your pet has the best of care.  By all means do not wait a year to visit a vet to get your vet and pet familiar with one another.  Let your vet see your new friend soon after the adoption.  One important thing to talk about with your vet is heartworm prevention.  If you want to know a little about it, see this information sheet.  We hope for you and your pet to have a long life together and to spread the word about Adopt Don't Shop and help us Rescue One Until There Are None!