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BHRG * P.O. Box 680322 * Marietta, GA * 30068-0006 * 770.499.1164

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[dot] What is BHRG All About? [dot]

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer effort to save abandoned and mistreated basset hounds for the love of the breed. Our rescue effort began in 1991, and we have rescued over 3,000 bassets since then. Initially, only two volunteers privately funded Basset Hound Rescue. Today, BHRG is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, which exists solely on donations.
 
Rescued bassets are from pounds or shelters, are strays whose owners cannot be found, or are relinquished by owners who no longer want them. Changing lifestyles, the economy, and lack of responsibility are some of the reasons for the abundance of abandoned basset hounds. And this problem is not specific to bassets only but is true of all breeds and mixed breeds. Be sure to check out our Basset Links page for a complete list of basset rescues across the U.S.
 
BHRG takes the orphaned bassets into foster care, where they are loved and cared for until permanent adoptive homes can be found. BHRG also provides veterinary care which includes vaccinations, deworming, heartworm treatment (if needed), and spaying or neutering. Due to the high risk of heartworm disease in our area, these costs can be extraordinary. But, BHRG is dedicated to the welfare of the breed and when a rescued basset is placed in a loving adoptive home to live the rest of his/her life, it makes it all worth it!
 
BHRG is not a kennel, nor do we have a facility. We do not have a paid staff. All of our workers are volunteers who have full-time jobs and personal responsibilities. Please be patient when contacting BHRG. We do our best to get back in touch with you as soon as we possibly can.

[dot] BHRG Trustees [dot]
  • Julie Bradley - Founder
  • Rosemary Glennie - President, Treasurer
  • Lisa Bryan - Intake Coordinator
  • April Foust - Foster Home Coordinator
  • Stacey Harris - Webmaster, Databases
  • Lisa Weisenberger - Adoption Coordinator

[dot] Special Assistance From [dot]
  • Julie Bills - Petfinder & Adopt-a-Pet
  • Sandi Chambers - Home Visit Coordinator, Adoption Assistant
  • Laura Diers - Adoption Assistant
  • Keith Gillis - Adoption Assistant
  • Beth Gomez - Merchandise, Adoption Assistant
  • Ann Marsden - Newsletter
  • Cindy Peters - Basset Bash Coordinator
  • Sheri Ray - Adoption Assistant
  • Marla Smith - Transport Coordinator, Adoption Assistant
  • Marci Thomas - Spring Fling Coordinator
  • Michele Welt - Newsletter Assembly Hostess

[dot] Basset Hound Information [dot]
 
Originally from France, the "basset" (low-set) was developed as a hunting hound that could be followed on foot. The Basset is heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed. His temperament is mild, his devotion extreme. His scenting ability, second only to the Bloodhound, has made him an exceptional hunting and trailing dog. His long ears, facial wrinkles, deep muzzle and dewlaps help trap and hold the scent. While these characteristics might make him amusing in appearance, these characteristics are functional.
 
Many people think of the Basset as a small dog...they are not. A "small" Basset might weigh 35 lbs, an average one 50 lbs., and there are even "large" Bassets weighing in at 65-70 lbs. Since Bassets can be prone to obesity, feed only a high quality food and watch those treats! The Basset is a fairly low maintenance breed with regard to grooming. Twice-monthly bathing, cleaning of inside the ear, and toenail trimming is all you need (and all the Basset will care to endure). Don't forget yearly vaccinations, and fecal and heartworm checks.
 
Bassets have easy-going temperaments, making both males and females excellent pets. They are strong-willed and intelligent, using these traits to their advantage. Basset Hounds love to be loved and need to be part of a family. If left alone for any length of time, consider another dog to keep your dog company. They do not need a huge yard or high fence, but their hunting instinct can get them into serious trouble unless they are confined to home or fenced yard.

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