About Us

About Us

About Us: Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of Florida, Inc is a group of friends, passionate about rescue, focused on the needs of the dogs.

Our Mission

About Us – “Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of Florida, Inc (LRDR of FL) is a group of friends, passionate about rescue, focused on the needs of the dogs and united in mutual respect for each other. We possess an unyielding drive to save and improve the lives of the dogs that cross our path and we are proud to be working together in a positive manner to make a difference in as many canine lives as possible.”

We are a 501c3 non-profit rescue organization (EIN # 82–1295650) specializing in dachshund and dachshund mixes. We don’t house them in a shelter, but instead provide qualified foster homes and adopt them out to their furever homes, all over the State of Florida. We have no paid employees, only volunteers so our overhead expenses remain low, allowing us to rescue and provide medical help to more dogs in need.

About Us – Meet the Team

We’re just a group of ladies who care deeply about these little dogs and work hard to provide as many as possible with good homes!

Melissa Kilmer


Melissa Kilmer, President, has been involved in rescue since she adopted her first dachshund in 2000. To date she has adopted 7 dachshunds and in most recent years has developed a passion for fostering through her personal experience of fostering more than 50 dachshunds since 2010.

Working together with fellow passionate rescuers, she is proud to be a part of spearheading this new lifeline for her favorite breed, Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of FL, Inc. 

Melissa can be reached by email at president@lowriderrescue.org

Linda Spina

Board Member

Linda is originally from upstate NY. She is married and has two daughters. 

She holds a masters degree in education and currently works as a private tutor and a freelance writer for an SEO company in St. Petersburg.

Linda got involved in dachshund rescue back in 1999 while living in Ft. Lauderdale. She and her husband have had dachshunds of their own since he surprised her with one for Christmas in 1991. She’s fostered and placed many dachshunds in loving homes over the years. 

Debbie Hooper

Vice President

Debbie Hooper, Vice-President, She has had three dachshunds of her own for almost 17 years – all of them rescues. Debbie has been involved in fostering and rescue for about 7 years following her passion of helping all the less fortunate dachshunds.

Debbie states, “I am proud to be a part of Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of FL making my dream come true to be there for the dachshunds we rescue. It will be my mission to be there for as many as I can to help them transition into a much better life and forever homes”. 

Debbie can be reached by email at vicepresident@ lowriderrescue.org

Elaine Brustad


Elaine has been involved with the Rescue for just one year, but loves working with all the volunteers involved with the rescue and enjoys cuddling all the little Low Riders!  Elaine has a background in accounting so it was a natural progression to take over the accounting side of the rescue.  She has been owned by a Dachshund since her first boy in 1994, and has been in love with the breed ever since! She recently lost one of her two doxies to liver cancer, but her remaining guy, Chester, continues to keep her entertained on a daily basis!

Get Involved …

We love working with others who are passionate about dachshund rescue! If these special dogs are dear to your heart, there are many ways for you to help.

Volunteer, Foster, Adopt, Donate!