Thank you for choosing Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue (HTDR)! When you adopt from HTDR you can be assured that all dogs are seen by a veterinarian for a wellness check-up and receive the following care prior to adoption:

  • Up-to-date on all shots
  • Spayed or neutered
  • Microchipped
  • De-wormed
  • Dental cleaning (where necessary)
  • Heartworm negative

Approximately one week after adoption, you will receive a follow-up call from us to ensure the adoptive parent and furry child are doing well together.

Adoption applications will be kept for 3 months and then deleted. If you still want to adopt after that time, please re-submit your application. This way we are sure to have the most up-to-date information about you. Also, if you have adopted and are no longer looking to adopt, we won’t keep your information.


Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue: 

(209) 647-1251

​​Available for Adoption​


Q: I've Adopted From You Before. Do I Need To Fill Out Another Consultation Form?
A: As long as all of the information on the original consultation form is current, no, you do not have to fill out another consultation form.

Q: How Does Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue Determine Adoption Fees?
A: Adoption fees are based on age, coat pattern (dapple, pie bald, brindle, cream, etc.), and coat type (smooth, long, or wire). For doxie blends, fees are based on age only.

Q: I Want To Breed My Dog. Do You Spay And Neuter All Dogs?
A: Yes. It is our policy to spay or neuter all of our dogs to prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the number of dogs that end up in shelters, and for the overall health of the dog.

Q: Will The Dog I Adopt Be Up To Date On Shots?
A: Yes. We provide Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella shots for all of our dogs. All of our dogs are also heartworm negative.

Q: Why Are The Adoption Fees So High?
A: We believe our adoption fees are very reasonable. If you were to use a low cost spay/neuter clinic, the cost to vet your dog, (e.g. all shots, spay/neuter, dental, heartworm test, microchip and pre-surgery blood work), can cost from $360 to $620. To go to your personal veterinarian, you will pay much more. None of our adoption fees fall into that cost range. We are a non-profit, and as such, we are not legally allowed to make a profit.

Q: What Do You Do With The Adoption Fees That You Collect?
A: We reinvest our adoption fees into the next dog that we rescue.

Q: If The Adoption Fees Don't Cover Your Costs, How Do You Rescue More Dogs?
A: We rely heavily on donations, auctions, and other fund raising activities. Without public support, we could not continue to rescue dogs in need.

Q: What Is Your Adoption Process?
A: Our adoption process is really quite simple: 1. Fill out our consultation form (either on-line or download and fill it out and bring it with you to an adoption event) 2. Participate in our interview process (if we have concerns, a home inspection may be required) 3. Meet and greet with your family and our dog (we encourage you to bring any dogs that you may have with you to our adoption events. It helps our adoption counselors help you pick out a compatible dog) 4. Fill out and sign our contract 5. Pose for a picture for our website and Facebook page (Step 3 can happen before steps 1 and 2 or between steps 1 and 2)

Q: When Do You Do Adoptions?
A: We are a foster based rescue. All dogs are housed with volunteers in their homes, therefore we only do adoptions at our adoption events which are generally on Saturdays, between 11:00am and 3:00pm Petsmart at 2860 E. GERMANN RD. Chandler, AZ 85286 (Vicinity : South of the 202 San Tan Frwy. & Gilbert RD.)

Q: Are You Always At Petsmart On Saturdays?
A: No, not every weekend usually two Saturday's per month.  We are occasionally at other outdoor adoption events which you will find in the Upcoming Events section on our home page.

Q: I Want To Adopt A Dog, But I Work On Saturdays.

A: We could try and work out the details, you can email us at and we will try to make accommodations. Please remember, we are a foster based rescue and our dogs are with our volunteers at different locations around the valley so we will not be able to accommodate everyone.

Q: I Turned In An Adoption Form But Nobody Has Contacted Me. Why?
A: We are a volunteer based rescue. Due to the large number of adoption/consultation forms we receive, we are unable to call everyone. We will use this form when you come to an adoption event as a pre-adoption tool to help match you with the perfect new family member. You do not need to re-submit your form just because we haven’t called you. We most likely have your form. If you want to make sure that we have your form, you may email us at

Q: What Is The "Be My Buddy" Button For?
A: The “Be My Buddy” button is for anyone that is touched by particular dog and wants to donate to Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue (HTDR), to help pay for their medical care. Almost every dog that comes into HTDR needs all of their shots, spay/neuter, and a dental, as well as, a microchip. Our adoption fees do not cover the cost to provide all of these services to our dogs, so we rely on the support of the public to help us to continue to save the lives of these wonderful dogs.

Q: Can I Fill Out A Paper Version Of Your Consultation Form And Bring It With Me To An Adoption Event?
A: Yes. You can download a copy of our Consultation Form on the right side of this page, fill it out, and bring it with you to one of our events.

Q: I Have A Dog That I Cannot Keep. How Do I Give It To You?
A: Please call our toll free message line at 1-209-647-1251 or email us at We will need a current picture and all pertinent vet records when you email us or call us.

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