BASSET HOUND RESCUE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Orange County California
When one thinks of the term ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’, it’s common, thanks to their mark in classic film and cartoons, for a Basset Hound to come to mind, so it might be hard for many to believe that any of these doe-eyed cuties would find themselves in a shelter looking for a forever home!
Believe it or not, Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California has been around since 1998 after three friends, Sabrina Nichols, Adriene Sherard, and William James, pooled their resources together the prior year, to change the fate of a basset in need called ‘Cleopatra’; the rescue has been growing and expanding ever since.
So where do these pedigree pooches come from? Unfortunately, like every breed, owner surrender is a reality. Owners give up their bassets for many reasons; perhaps there were some behavioral issues or the owners weren’t able to afford a medical expense. BHRSC keeps close tabs on any bassets that might have been surrendered across the nation and does a ‘Hound Haul’ several times a year, collecting these hounds in Oklahoma and changing the narrative for them by bringing them back west. To give an idea of how many they cross paths with, BHRSC has rescued 26 as of April this year! Unlike other shelters, BHRSC doesn’t have a physical facility and all the bassets are placed in individual foster homes until they are adopted.
Being a non-profit, they run solely on donations and volunteer work so if you are reading this and thinking you’d love to show some support, there are many ways you can get involved, even from the comfort of your couch! Adapting to the pandemic, previously this year there was ‘Virtual Valentine’; where donors send love by purchasing a heart to a basset of their choice. In May there is the ‘Spring Games’ where the hounds head outdoors and get in the competitive carnival spirit by competing in Olympic style challenges and finally in October, for those eager to put on something other than yoga pants the sit-down dinner and auction, ‘Bids and Bites for Bassets’ is a more formal affair.
Of course, ultimately, finding a forever home for the hounds is the main goal. Basset Hounds are stubborn, smart, have an inquisitive nature, and with eyes like theirs, are expert negotiators! Despite popular misconceptions, bassets can be rather active and love being involved with their human friends, making them a great fit for families. If these hounds have inspired your sense of intrigue, don’t hesitate to reach out to Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California to see if a Basset Hound might be the right fit for you.
From our pack to your pack,