Mission Statement


“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 or 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.”




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@lrdrfl.com.


Debbie Hooper, Vice-President, is currently going to school to be a Veterinary Assistant and plans on working with animal’s full time in the near future. 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 4 years following her passion of helping all the less fortunate dachshunds. “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@lrdrfl.com.