IMPORTANT UPDATE:  We regret to inform you that due to the current environment we have made the decision to postpone the Basset Bustle until we know there are no health risks associated with large gatherings.

We will update you with our Bustle plans when we have more news.


The 2020 Basset Bustle Extravaganza

Come on down to Basset-town!
Celebrate and support Basset Rescue!


May 23, 2020
Copetown Community Centre Park
Copetown (Hamilton), Ontario


For one magical day, Copetown will be transformed into Basset-town!
You won't want to miss it.


Copetown Community Centre and Park
1950 Governors Road
Copetown, ON L9H 5E3



Your Bustle HQ

Please plan to be part of the largest gathering of Basset Hounds in Canada at the 2020 BHRO Basset Bustle Extravaganza. This year promises to be our most exciting Bustle to date!

We are expecting hundreds of basset hounds and their people from across Canada and the U.S. to descend upon Copetown on May 23. Please join us in celebrating our love of dogs and our dedication to this wonderful breed. Show your support for Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario and be part of this remarkable event.

Basset-town is THE place to be on May 23. Rain or shine we have plenty of indoor and outdoor space available to help you make the most of this special event. There is tons of fun to be had in the huge, green, fenced in park. Dogs can run free inside and out and take advantage of all of the fun activities we have planned. This is a day not to be missed!


Do the Bustle!

The Bustle will kick-off at 11 am on Saturday, May 23 at the Copetown Community Centre’s lush, fenced in park. All of the bassets will bustle around the park in one very long (and very short!) Basset-line, led by Billy, our official 2020 AmBassetor.

And that is just the beginning! Along with a day of mixing and mingling with the wonderful Bassets and their amazing people we have a full day of doggy-fun and awesome events.

From our not-to-be missed (dare we add world-famous) Basset costume contest, best trick contest, best howl, longest ears and many more games and contests to our paw-dicure nail trimming, HUGE raffle, exclusive BHRO merchandise, fabulous BBQ and so much more, you are in for a day of fun you won’t forget.

Basset-town is the place to be on May 23 because you won’t want to miss even a minute of this event.


Support an Important Cause

This past year we helped so many Basset Hounds find their way onto better lives. Many of these bassets had some challenging medical issues and this year we need your support more than ever. The well-being of these dogs is not possible without the kindness and generosity of so many people! Once again, we are asking for all of our members and friends to collect pledges for their participation in the bustle to help raise money for BHRO at this, our largest fundraiser of the year. As you know, every penny raised goes directly to helping those bassets who need us. Every pledge, no matter what amount, goes a long, long way in helping these deserving dogs. Pledge forms are available online right now!

Download your Pledge Form here!

You can also donate online through Canada Helps and set up your very own Giving Page where friends and family can donate directly to you. Personal Online Giving Pages can feature your own photos and you can set your own personal fund raising challenge.

You can also use PayPal to donate on Canada Helps. Details online at

The Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario Page on Canada Helps where you can pledge online, and learn about creating your own page, can be found at: Canada Helps Online Giving


NEW!!! Please set up your own Facebook fundraising page and share it with all your friends to support the Bassets who need your help. Simply go to the CREATE button at the top of the page and pulldown FUNDRAISER. From there you can select Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario and create your page.

All pages posted on our Facebook page will be shared. Tell the world about your commitment to Basset Rescue!


Stay Close to All the Action!

We have set aside a block of rooms at the pet and people friendly Mohawk Residence and Conference Centre, just 15 minutes from the Basset Headquarters at the Copetown Community Centre.  The very modest room rates, also feature oversize 2 bedroom suites and lots of green space. These rooms are ideal for sharing! Details follow.


Basset Town has some outstanding features!

In addition to all of the fun events you have come to expect at the Bustle we have some fabulous extras we are able to offer you thanks to this perfect venue. Previous years’ Bustles were made even more outstanding due to this truly wonderful location and this year will be even better!

  • A beautiful, private, lush forested space. Trust us when we tell you it is gorgeous. It is the perfect spot to spend the day for the dogs and their people
  • Indoor washrooms!! Need we say more. Clean and handy!
  • A serene, shaded pavilion set in the middle of the lush surrounding forest. This pavilion is attached to the off leash park and is a lovely spot to enjoy the BBQ or relax in the shade
  • On-site parking — there is abundant parking on-site. You can exit your car and be just a few steps to the event
  • Indoor staging - an ideal place to get your Basset ready for the costume contest, freshen up or just chill in the air conditioning!
  • Plenty of indoor and outdoor space — no need to worry about the weather - the Bustle will not be affected since we can move it inside into a huge, wonderful space if weather is not on our side. This means no making any last-minute weather decisions - the Bustle will proceed exactly as planned no matter what!
  • Lush surroundings, plenty of space, raffle prizes, indoor and outdoor space, 100's of Bassets — WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Plan to be a part of this not-to-be-missed event!



One big change this year: due to scheduling we will not be hosting the usual Friday night pizza party. Instead of the pizza party at Copetown, we invite you to come to an informal gathering at the Mohawk Residences for anyone staying at the hotel, attending the Bustle or in the area, It will be a friendly, informal gathering of Bassets and their people by the front of the Mohawk College Residence. We will have registration available. Please note: This is weather permitting.

It will be a super-fun gathering! Just show up if you want to hang with us! Please remember we must be respectful of hotel guests. REST UP-we are saving it all for you for the Bustle the next day! More details will be listed on our website and social media sites as the time draws near.


Hotel Details

Hotel details are as follows:

Mohawk Residence & Conference Centre
245 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON L9C 7V7
Tel: (905) 385-3200

Affordable & spacious accommodations!  Suite configurations consist of two private bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchenette.  All guest suites feature air conditioning, cable television, and free local calls.  Our special discounted group rate is $84.95 (based on 1 - 2 adults per suite).

**Please note:  Mohawk has implemented a per night pet fee to cover additional cleaning costs for those of you staying with your dogs.  This fee is normally $20 but has been discounted to $10 per night for BHRO. Theres is a limit of 2 dogs per suite.

For individual reservations please call 905-385-3200.  Please quote the Promo Code BASSET20 (or Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario).

You may also reserve online. To do so:

The block of suites will be held until the morning of Tuesday April 27, 2020.  Limited Space Available at the above rate so please book as soon as possible!


Other Events You Can Look Forward to

  • Basset Hound Wellness and Massage Corner
  • A not-to-be-missed raffle--our most awesome one yet!
  • The ever popular nail clipping booth
  • A day-long yummy BBQ in our beautiful outdoor pavillion
  • Basset contests including our famous costume contest
  • Prizes, prizes, prizes!
  • Hundreds of basset hounds to delight you all day!
  • And much, much more — keep watching for lots of exciting updates

Visit with our friends from the Basset Hound Club of Canada

Everyone's favourite, Dean the Basset will be joining us again this year!


Pledge Prizes!

Start collecting your pledges today, either online at Canada Helps or in person. Please support this very important cause. Sadly, this will be another record year for the Basset Hounds that have come into rescue, most of them requiring costly vet care. Our veterinary costs for the first few months of 2020 are already well over $10,000!! We can not help these dogs without your support.

As a giant thank you we have some great pledge prizes you should not miss including our grand prize for the most pledges collected.

Total pledges over $110: If you collect $110 of pledges or more you will be rewarded with 10 raffle tickets.  That means you are eligible to win any of our wonderful line up of raffle prizes! The choice is yours on which prize to put those tickets.

PLUS the person who collects the highest amount of pledges will win the grand prize!

Please take advantage of the opportunity to win this wonderful prize and start collecting your pledges today.  All pledges of $10 and up will receive a tax receipt.




We are looking for volunteers to help us at the event.  If you are interested in helping out during the event please contact Mindy at

Other areas we require your help in are sponsorship for the event.  If you are able to assist in sponsorship through your business, please contact Mindy.  All event sponsorship will be credited on our website and promotions and marketing and will go a long way to helping make sure the 2019 Basset Bustle is the best basset extravaganza any of us has ever known!  Please let us know if you are able to help.

Plus we are always looking for new raffle items.  Raffle items do not need to be dog related.  The raffle is all new merchandise, gift certificates and services, and if you can contribute please let Mindy know.

Of course this event could not be possible without your participation and support. Please let all of your basset loving friends, neighbours, colleagues, and even the stranger you see walking their bassets, know about this wonderful and important Basset Extravaganza.

We encourage you to print a few posters and put them up in your community. We can also send a few posters to you if needed.

Click here for the 2020 Basset Bustle Extravaganza poster.

Please keep checking your inbox and our facebook page for updates.

We look forward to celebrating with members, friends and adopters at Canada's largest gathering of basset hounds at the May 23 2020, Basset Bustle Extravaganza at our wonderful location, the Copetown Community Centre.

Please visit our Facebook Page at and sign up for emails to learn about any breaking bustle news.


Official 2020 Basset Bustle T-Shirts are in!

Coming at you from this years Bustle Straight Outta Copetown!

Order yours now!


Please email Dawn at if you have any questions.


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