I can't say enough good things about this organization. We met them at a pet adoption fair in the Bay Area. One of their foster dogs was there. They had rescued her from the Yolo County animal shelter at the request of the shelter. She had been starved and neglected and was found wandering in traffic. She had a huge bladder stone that was causing her to pee everywhere, fox tails in her ears, kennel cough and other maladies. Golden Gate Basset Rescue took her into their care, paid for her to have surgery to remove the bladder stone and also to have her vaccinated and spayed. She stayed at the vet's for a week. A loving foster home nursed her back to further health. We applied to adopt her, but couldn't take her home that day. The organization came and did a very comprehensive home check to be sure we had a secure yard for her and understood her needs. We were fortunate to be able to adopt her. Now, two and a half years later we couldn't imagine our lives without her. She is the sweetest and most loving dog. It is very clear that GGBR is run well. It is an all-volunteer organization. I know when I give them donations each year the money is going directly to help provide medical care for the dogs.
I became involved in Golden Gate Basset Rescue (GGBR) in May 2012 when I adopted a young male basset hound named Percy from GGBR. GGBR did a thorough home check of my home before allowing me to adopt because even though I had owned beagles my entire life, this was my first basset and they wanted to make sure my home was basset-friendly (fully fenced back yard, room to wander, etc) and that I understood the breed.
Tragically, Percy died suddenly of bloat less than 2 months later. He was an astounding hound; but even more astounding was GGBR's response to first, Percy missing (he was under one of my out buildings), and then to his death. GGBR volunteers immediately called to see if they could help with a house to house canvas (when we thought he was lost). When I found him dead, I received calls and emails and enormous support from everyone in the organization. I immediately started fostering hounds, and Percy's replacement--Adm. Jed "Snatch" Basset--took charge August 18 of 2012.
Because of GGBR's response and their willingness to let me foster, I became immediately involved in the GGBR community. I liked the fact that GGBR doesn't have "brick and mortar" facilities to support. Everything is done by volunteers, and all fostering is in-home. We have the marvelous capability to take in abandoned hounds and let them settle in as long as they need in the foster home, watch them, learn their temperment and personality, and then match them to their perfect forever home. We have very few "boomerang" bassets (adoption failures) because of our system. We do have "foster failures,' i.e. dogs that are placed in foster homes and who become so beloved by the foster family that they end up adopting. This, in fact, is something the Board will recommend to some families--that they start out by fostering. It's a good way to get acquainted with the breed without making a lifetime commitment.
GGBR also earns my respect because at least 80% of every dollar raised goes directly to the care of the hounds. Our mission, in short, is "Rescue-Restore-Rehome". We spend an average of $600 - $700 per dog to make sure all medical issues are taken care of before they are adopted. Some of our hounds have medical conditions that make them 'forever fosters," which means they spend the rest of their lives in foster homes and GGBR takes care of the medical bills. We only have 2-3 at any given time as the Board is careful not to spend too much on one hound at the expense of all of the other hounds.
Which brings me to my greatest admiration of GGBR: the way the Board functions. Under the leadership of Gloria Tannehill-Carlson, the Board makes very wise decisions about how to spend the money we raise. We are able to take care of over 100 hounds a year because of their careful stewardship. There is no staff, no fixed overhead, very little money is spent on fundraising (and we raise 100% of our budget every year as GGBR is not yet endowed), and everyone goes the extra mile for the hounds--willingly, because we are all in this together, for the benefit of these magnificent, loving dogs.
GGBR also gives adopters and any basset lover a great social network. There are multiple events throughout the year when we get together with our hounds, and one fall fundraiser called Howl at the Moon and Whine which is a combination silent auction/spaghetti dinner that raises a good chunk of our yearly budget. It's all great fun, and the people active in GGBR cover the entire economic and professional spectrum. Our hounds bring together a colorful slice of Americans.
GGBR has given my life meaning at a time when I really needed something (and someone--Percy and JED) to love. It is a splendid organization and if anyone wants to support it with their hard-earned dollars, you can be sure that your money will be well spent and that your support will save a hound who otherwise would die from neglect or abandonment.
Review from Guidestar
I have been volunteering with GGBR since 2010 in the capacity of a foster home and social media coordinator. We are an all volunteer organization so 100% of your donation goes to help needy basset hounds. We are a unique rescue as well because we are committed to ensuring all GGBR hounds are 100% healthy before they are adopted. I have now fostered 10 hounds for GGBR and all the adopters tell me that we are highly organized and responsive. I learned about GGBR when I attended the July 4th Waddle and began volunteering because I am committed to helping needy hounds and I like the people so much. The more I volunteered the more I enjoyed it and now I like to feel that I am a committed volunteer. My colleagues in the rescue work so hard, they make me want to work hard as well. We are committed to our mission statement to save needy and endangered basset hounds. I am proud to be involved in this organization!!
Review from Guidestar
I work with several board members and their volunteer coordinators to foster rescued Basset Hounds. The care and support that incoming Bassets receive from this organization are extraordinary. Members are dedicated volunteers who are doing the very hard job of rescuring and placing the increasing number of Hounds coming into rescue. The economy is taking a toll on families who often have to give up their pets because of financial difficulties and strays come into rescue often needing vet care, updated vaccinations and microchipping. GGBR doesn't place Bassets during Christmas because it is such a hard time on the pets with all the holiday chaos. But Bassets are great family pets who are comical and loving. I wholeheartedly support Golden Gate Basset Rescue and the wonderful work that they do for the breed.
Review from Guidestar