Adopting a Basset Hound

Thank you for your interest in adopting a basset hound from us! Please read the following information before continuing on to the adoption application, the link for which is at the bottom of this page.

The Process

Once we’ve received your completed application, we will contact you via email to go over some basics and to arrange a time for a phone interview. An application that is missing information such as veterinarian and animal control officer contact numbers cannot be processed, so please make sure that you include all of the information that we ask for.

After a phone interview, we’ll be on the lookout for a good match for you and your family. Once a potential match is found, the next step is a home visit by one of our volunteers. The goal of a home visit is to ensure that it is a basset-friendly and suitable home for a basset. We work very hard to make absolute certain that our bassets are placed in safe and loving homes.

If the home visit goes well, then next step is to arrange for you to meet and bring home your basset hound!

We understand that some people may get frustrated by the sometimes lengthy adoption process, but please remember that the well-being of the bassets in our care is our top-priority. Everything is done with their best interest in mind.

Things to Consider Before Deciding to Adopt a Basset

Adopting a basset hound is a decision that is not to be taken lightly. Many bassets in rescue have social, emotional, behavioral and health issues. Are you willing and able to handle any issues your basset may have? If you are not prepared to deal with issues such as housebreaking, behaviors associated with resource guarding, separation anxiety, or if you’re not prepared to provide needed obedience training, you may want to reconsider.

If you are planning a trip, a move, or an extended visit from a relative/friend in the near future, we recommend that you wait to apply until a later time. The transition period for a basset can be a hard one, and stability is critical at the beginning.

If you currently have a dog who is feeble or terminally ill, bringing a new dog into your home is probably not the best thing for either your dog or an incoming basset.

All of our dogs are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. In our efforts to control the population of unwanted pets, we require that the other dogs and cats in your home also be spayed or neutered. Please let us know if your pet is not spayed or neutered due to a medical condition.

We will not “hold” your basset once an adoption has been approved. You are expected to adopt the basset within a few days after your home visit. Please understand that we always have dogs that are waiting to come in that are in need of foster care. We ALWAYS need the foster space.

If you have considered all of the above and feel you are ready to adopt one of our basset hounds, we encourage you to proceed on to theĀ Adoption Application.

Adoption Application