What we do

Cape Dachshund Rescue is a pro-quality-life non-profit organization focused on rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming the Dachshund and other small breeds in the Western & Eastern Cape, Garden Route, and Free State.

All the dogs in our care are kept in pre-approved private foster homes where they form part of the foster home’s family life. This enables the foster homes to gauge and understand each dog’s temperament intimately thereby enabling Cape Dachshund Rescue to rehome every dog accurately, lovingly, and responsibly according to the dog’s nature, energy levels, likes & dislikes.

During this period of assessment, the dogs are medically evaluated, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and micro-chipped. Any other medical issues that arise are similarly handled thereby ensuring that at the conclusion of an adoption, the dog is handed to the new home vetted and where necessary, an understanding of any known chronic illnesses supplied.

When a dog is deemed ready for rehoming, a blurb/advertisement is placed on our social media platforms. On each blurb/advertisement, potential applicants are requested to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire. Each enquiry is handled and adoption application forms are sent out to potential homes. Preference is given to those applicants who have already completed our process and in possession of their Adoption Approval emails.

First-time applicants are guided through our system by our friendly adoptions volunteer. On receipt of an applicant's fully completed application form, we initiate an unintrusive and friendly home inspection. Our home checkers will complete a comprehensive report and in so doing supply us with a good understanding of the home in question. Based on the information supplied by the home checker, the home is approved, approved with conditions, or on the very rare occasion the home is declined, we will ask for alterations and or improvements thereby encouraging the applicant to reapply once any outstanding issues have been resolved.

As the members of Cape Dachshund Rescue have collectively many decades of combined experience, knowledge, and love of the Dachshund breed and other small dogs, Cape Dachshund Rescue is well-equipped to rehabilitate where necessary and rehome the Dachshund carefully and conscientiously in a professional and strict yet kind and friendly manner.