A fundraiser for New England Basset Hound Rescue was held on March 20th in Westborough. As you can see from these photos, Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny was a hopping good time!

Eileen Valinski, NEBHR Fund Raising Coordinator said: ‘New England Basset Hound Rescue would like to thank Especially for Pets in Westborough for allowing us to have Family and Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny!

We had lots of fun, took some really great shots and made $235 towards our rescue mission. It's truly refreshing to work with a store that is so supportive of shelters and rescue organizations.’ 

About New England Basset Hound Rescue
The NEBHR Mission: NEBHR, Inc., is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Everyone involved with NEBHR is on a volunteer basis only and members reside throughout New England. They receive no financial compensation for their efforts. Like you, they all have jobs outside the home, have families, and other important commitments. They do basset rescue because they want to help save homeless hounds and place them in good homes.

New England Basset Hound Rescue, Inc. is always in need of foster homes throughout New England. They don’t have a shelter that houses the rescue dogs, they live in their homes and are treated like family members.

This gives them a great opportunity to evaluate the dog in a "home setting." The hounds that they can't take into the foster program stay in their old homes or a shelter until they refer people that want to adopt in their direction.

Thinking About Adopting a Basset from NEBHR?
Below are some frequently asked questions from the NEBHR website.

Q: What do I need to do first if I want to adopt a basset?
A: The first step in our adoption process is to fill out the application on our website. After that you will be contacted for a telephone interview.

Q: What are the costs involved in adopting a basset?
A: We have an adoption donation of $200 for an adult dog and $300 for a puppy. It is due at the time of adoption in the form of cash or check. This helps to cover our vet costs for vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and any other treatment the dog may need while in our system.

Q: Can I visit the bassets I see on the website?
A: No Unlike a shelter we do not have a central location where our bassets are kept. They are in foster homes all around the New England area. Once you are matched with a dog you will be put in contact with the foster home and at that time you will be able to meet the dog

Q: Is there a trial period for adopting a dog?
A: NO! Our goal is to find "forever homes" for our hounds. Since they have already been displaced from at least one situation we do not want them to be bounced around from home to home. We ask that our adoptive families carefully consider the commitment involved prior to adopting a dog. It is a major life-long commitment which we take very seriously. It is extremely upsetting to the dog and to everyone at NEBHR when a dog has to be returned.

nebhr3Q: Can I bring my current dog(s) to meet the basset I plan to adopt?
A: Yes. In fact we encourage you to do so. However, keep in mind that even though they may get along well at their first meeting, there will still be a transition period when you bring your new dog home.

Q: Do I need to travel in order to adopt my new basset?
A: Usually there is travel involved. Due to the fact that our applicants and dogs are located all around the New England area it is very possible that the dog you are matched up with will be in a different state. We do not ship dogs or meet at half way points because we like to give the dog a chance to meet their new family in order to make the transition as stress free as possible

Q: How long will it take my new basset to adjust?
A: That depends on the dog, but every rescue dog WILL HAVE AN ADJUSTMENT PERIOD. It is important to give your new hound lots of time, love, and patience while they learn their role in your family. You can expect some accidents, chewing, barking, etc during the first few weeks. We require the new family to take their adopted basset to obedience training within 4 weeks of adopting a basset.

Q: Will my new dog need to go to the vet right away?
A:  No. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and heartworm tested prior to adoption.

Q: Can I contact NEBHR after the adoption if I have any questions or concerns?
A: Absolutely. We are here to assist you in any way possible. You can contact us with any questions or concerns you may have and we will do our best to help you and your new hound get used to being a family!

Our bassets are placed according to the type of home best suited to their needs. A majority of our rescues have social, emotional, behavioral and health issues. If you are not able or willing to deal with a not-so-perfect basset, your wait may be a long one. Many rescued Basset Hounds have trust issues. Some are not suitable for placing with children. Rarely does a happy, well-adjusted Basset Hound end up in our care. If you are not committed to deal with housebreaking issues in an adult dog or to provide obedience training, you may not really want to take on a rescued Basset.

For more information, go to www.nebhr.org.