|A grassroots non-profit group run solely by volunteers...
for the love of the breed!
To place abandoned/unwanted basset hounds in suitable, loving, permanent homes.
What we do:
All basset hounds who come into our care are spayed/neutered, provided with any necessary medical care and brought up to date on vaccinations.
They are loved and cared for in a foster home where their personalities and individual needs are assessed. They are then placed into suitable adoptive homes.
We do our utmost to ensure each basset is matched to the right family, but if for any reason the adoption does not work out, we require that the basset be returned to rescue... at any time throughout the life of the basset.
Is a Basset Hound the dog for you?
Basset Hounds are 'people' dogs. They require lots of companionship. They are placid, well-meaning dogs that can be quite stubborn if the opportunity presents itself. House-training may require more patience than with most breeds.
Bassets are large dogs on short legs. They may drool when excited and at mealtimes. Like most breeds, they shed year round and more so in the spring. Their ears are long and heavy and they get very little air-flow, so they need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Bassets have a strong pack instinct and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. Most do very well with canine companions. They enjoy the sound of the their own voices in full ahroooooo!
Bassets have a reputation of being couch potatoes... and though they do enjoy a comfy couch to lounge on, they need regular exercise. They love to go for walks and they have great endurance, (but not in the heat please!) You must also be prepared to stop and wait while your basset sniffs every interesting blade of grass along the route.
Bassets are scent hounds who instinctively follow their nose. Thus, they must be kept in a securely fenced yard, as they will wander.
Why do Bassets need rescuing?
The Bassets we rescue are relinquished or dumped in shelters for a number of reasons, including: owner illness or death, divorce, relocation, a new baby, someone with allergies, irresponsibility, just to name a few.
Too often people see that adorable puppy and act on impulse, not researching the breed to determine if they are a good match for the family's lifestyle. That cute puppy grows into an adult dog that drools and sheds, and the novelty often wears off.
Some people simply do not understand the responsibility and lifetime commitment that comes with adding a basset, or any dog, to their family.
What we expect of our adoptive families:
Cost of Adoption:
Our adoption fee will vary depending on the individual basset. Their age and necessary veterinary costs are taken into consideration. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay an adoption fee of $350. Every penny of the adoption fee is spent on the bassets in our care.
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