If you share your life with a dachshund, you’ll want to pay close attention to this story. Five women with a passion for dachshunds banded together in March 2019 to make a difference. Their newly formed non nonprofit organization, Dachshund Friends In Deed helps sick and injured doxies.
The group makes sure dachshunds get needed medical attention so they won’t be given away or euthanized. The women live in different parts of the U.S, but work together for one common goal.
Having a sick dog changes your world
Each of the five founders are dedicated dachshund fans. But when three of them experienced firsthand how much a sick dog can turn your world upside down, the five friends took action.
Allyson Kellar, President of Dachshund Friends In Deed (DFID) said, “I know what it’s like to need help when you have a terminally ill dog. My baby boy Jax Louis passed away in my arms from CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). I started this group to give back in his name.”
Kelly Wentz is the group’s administrator. Ten years ago, she was faced with the choice of putting her dog through a costly surgery or euthanasia after her dachshund Kady suddenly became paralyzed.
“The ER vet never told us what IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) was and the options about how it could be treated. We worried about her quality of life and chose to let her be humanly euthanized.”
And Vice President Kelly Wiebelhaus joined DFID after seeing how veterinary bills can mount when your dog has a terminal illness. She lost Bear, her dog and best friend, early in 2019 after a long battle with heart failure.
“People say don’t get a dog if you can’t afford one, but I didn’t expect what would happen to Bear, said Kelly.
The group’s two other founders, Bobbi Fritz and Anita Housman joined to support the mission as well.
How Dachshund Friends In Deed helps sick and injured doxies
DFID’s goal is straightforward and single-minded. They pay for lifesaving veterinary care when dachshund owners can’t afford them. The group’s made it easy to apply for help. Just complete their online application to start the process.
They do their best to pay for emergency health situations and treatments that give your dog a healthier life as a result of the veterinary care they receive. Funds that are awarded are then paid directly to your vet or veterinary clinic.
Because DFID is new it has limited funds at this time. That means they aren’t able to pay for every procedure. So, currently the cost of an MRI or payment for an existing veterinary bill isn’t part of their services.
Creative fundraising makes it work
I was impressed with DFID’s fundraising efforts. Nearly all of their donations come from online auctions and raffles. They’re run from the Dachshunds Friends In Deed Auction and Raffle FB page. I hope you’ll check it out.
Kelly Wiebelhaus explained that businesses and individuals donate items. Then she runs the auction and ships the prize to the winner. Auction winners are asked to pay the shipping costs.
Most of the merchandise is doxie themed with items like quilts, totes and cute dish towels. But there’s a range of other products as well. And Kelly welcomes new donations. So if you have a product to donate, please reach out to her.
Dachshunds who’ve been helped by DFID
Word got out quick about Dachshund Friends In Deed and it’s kept the group busy since they opened their doors. Twenty dogs have already received lifesaving care.
Here’s some of the good work done by DFID:
- One of their first financial aid gifts was given so that a litter of puppies with Parvo could receive treatment.
- Two dachshunds with IVDD were sent for veterinary consultations. DFID also paid for their medications and acupuncture treatments.
- A doxie named Abbie was flown to Japan with her owner to receive heart mitral valve surgery.
- Funding for tooth extraction and antibiotics were given for a dog with severe dental disease.
- Surgery was provided for a dachshund with an obstruction in his nose.
- DFID paid for the euthanasia and cremation of a dachshund with severe diabetes.
Kelly Wiebelhaus is proud of what DFID has accomplished in the few months since they started. She calls it “the best way to make Bear live on.” Today she shares her life with two Dachshunds. There’s 7-month-old Odin and 2-year-old Phantom.
I love being able to share information about groups like DFID. Please let me know if you have a nonprofit that’s doing good work to help sick and injured animals.