Board Members

Lynn Davis

Lynn & Pumpkin


After leaving the Military, Lynn started her own business cleaning and maintaining peoples’ homes and vacation rentals. With extra time on her hands, she started volunteering with various animal rescue groups and for the past 10 years has devoted herself to helping dachshunds with the Atlantic Canadian Dachshund Rescue. She is a Therapy Dog Evaluator and a Service Dog Validator. She has also been a volunteer Therapy Dog Handler, Volunteer Firefighter & Medical First Responder, and First Aid Instructor. In recognition of these volunteer efforts, Lynn has received many certificates including a Priory Award at the investiture and presentation of awards for the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (Order of St. John / St. John Ambulance) at a ceremony at Government House. As her husband adds, she is also a loving wife, mother, grandmother and fantastic dog mom.

Before joining our rescue, Stacey was VP for Hants County SPCA, as well as Animal Cruelty Agent for the provincial SPCA – serving Hants County. Her love of dachshunds began with a cruelty case she investigated. She has also worked as an animal health tech for Metro SPCA, as well as being involved with fund raising activities. Over the years she has looked after palliative care animals. She has owned (or been owned) by doxies since 2006 including dogs with medical issues such as diabetes, Cushings Disease, cancer, and a cart dog. She is currently the owner of 3 dachshunds…Xander, Martin and Arabella.

Stacey Sanford​

Stacey & Sanford

VP / Foster & Surrender Coordinator NB, NS & PEI​

Shanna MacDonald​

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Interim Treasurer

Devoted parents to 3 crazy wieners, 2 equally crazy felines and a tiny human, Shanna and her husband Jeff have been active volunteers since the spring of 2013. When she is not throwing a ball or hiking through the woods, she is either in her craft room or in the kitchen creating good things for both the two legged and four legged.
Shanna works for Parks Canada in the Protected Areas Establishment Branch and works towards expanding our National Park and National Marine Conservation Area system in Canada.

Laura’s love affair with this breed began over 20 yrs ago when Kirby her very 1st dachshund came charging (literally) through her front door….and into her heart. After working for 31 yrs in the Workers’ Compensation system in Ontario, she retired in 2019. Laura & her husband Mark now live just outside of Annapolis Royal, NS where they are owned by 3 dogs: Sir Cormac McWeenie, a red standard; Rhys, a silver dapple chiweenie (both were rescues from Canadian Dachshund Rescue Ontario); and the 12 yr old matriarch of the pack ‘Sassy’ Cassie (a Shihtzu-Bichon mix). In her spare time Laura enjoys avoiding work on the extensive gardens scattered throughout her rural property. She & her husband are enamoured with living so close to the ocean and along with their pack, love to jump in the car & head out exploring the glorious coasts of NS. Laura started as a foster with ACDR before recently becoming the Communications & IT Coordinator.

Laura Gabriel

Laura & Cormac

Secretary / Communications & IT Coordinator​

Marianne Lohnes

Marianne & Scooter

Volunteer Coordinator NB, NS & PEI​

Marianne is a Graphic Artist by trade and worked in that field for over 22 years until, at age 43, she became a career firefighter with the City of Halifax. She retired in June 2018, after 13 ½ years of firefighting. She continues to volunteer as a firefighter with her local fire department. Marianne currently resides in her childhood home in Halfway Brook, NS with her husband, Kevin and their 4 miniature dachshunds (one of whom is paralyzed and a permanent ACDR foster) and 1 cat. Marianne began volunteering with ACDR in 2012 as a foster volunteer until 2019 when she became Volunteer Coordinator. She loves anything miniature and incorporates it into her craftwork – designing and sewing dolls and their clothing, building dollhouses. So it’s no wonder she loves dachshunds! She has been in love with the breed since she met her very first ‘wiener dog’ when she was a young child.

Patricia (Paddi) lives in Truro, NS with her 2 dachshunds; Heidi & Dido, and 2 cats; Hank & Elaine. Paddi developed her love of animals from her mother at an early age. She volunteered for several years at the Colchester SPCA. Retired after 31 years working in the education field has allowed her to devote more time to the rescue. She first started as a volunteer, then fostered over 20 dachshunds, and is now our Applications Coordinator. She loves art, painting, and pottery.

Patricia Lemmon​

Patricia, Heidi & Dido

Adoption Coordinator​

Andrea Russell​

Andrea, Jack & Brudder

Foster & Volunteer Coordinator, NL​

Andrea is 28 yrs old and lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her partner Mike. She works full time as a cleaning supervisor and is currently in her 2nd year of Business Human Resources Management through distance learning with College of the North Atlantic. Andrea has an 11 yr old dachshund named Jack that is utterly spoiled. She & Jack love spending time visiting seniors’ homes, hospitals and schools with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. During their off time, they love spending time hiking in the woods, foraging for NL berries and mushrooms, or snuggled up on the couch watching old Disney movies with a good cup of coffee. She recently lost her other dachshund, Brudder, due to IVDD. Losing Brudder was one of the hardest things she ever had to do, but it made her realize how short these little dogs’ lives are, and the major impact he had on her life will remain with her forever. Andrea can’t wait to help the ACDR bring rescue dachshunds to her beautiful province, so more people are able to experience the love and happiness Jack & Brudder have brought to her.

Michelle has lived in the Annapolis Valley for most of her life. Two years ago she & her spouse moved to Trenton, Ontario where she currently works at Belleville General Hospital as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). She has had pets for the last 30 years and currently owns 3 dachshunds who keep her very busy: Dixie, Odie (ACDR -2016), and her new puppy in Ontario, Lexie…that was one of her requirements to move from NS to Ont. She has volunteered with various organizations, including ACDR, to help raise funds for their needs. She enjoys cuddling with her puppies, doing crafts, gardening, buying plants, and just staying busy.

Michelle Amero

Michelle, Odie, Dixie & Lexie

Fundraising & Events Coordinator​

Paula Romanow​

Paula & Ferk

Member at Large​

Paula’s dachshund addiction started at the age of three, when her family adopted their dachsie, Rani. The first thing she did upon buying her first house in 1984 was to get a dachsie of her own, Maxe. When Maxe was nine, Paula decided to get a puppy to keep her company; this didn’t turn out exactly as planned. Alex was the kind of the dog most people would have surrendered because of many chronic health and temperament issues. But it’s often the problem children we love best, and so life with Alex made her wonder if there were other “problem children” out there that she could help. Looking around for a rescue she could volunteer with, she discovered Canadian Dachshund Rescue in Ontario. Thinking she could just send a cheque since there wasn’t a group in Atlantic Canada, somewhat by accident, she met up with two other local dachsie lovers, and the three of them decided to start a chapter of CDR in Atlantic Canada. In time, Paula passed the torch for what became ACDR to others, who have kept it burning brighter and brighter. She is honoured to have been asked to step back onto the Board (temporarily) while it undergoes some transitioning. Over the last 20 years, Paula has remained involved in rescue doing a variety of things. She tried fostering, but discovered an inability to let them move on which led to entirely too many dogs living with her, so instead now only adopts the old and the sick, and when necessary, does palliative fostering. Her dogs have given her a very expensive veterinary education! The only one of her pack remaining is Buster, 17, who she adopted in 2015. Paula lives in Antigonish, where she supports her vet bills by working as the Manager of Research and Evaluation in the Coady Institute’s Centre for Employment Innovation at StFX.

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