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North Texas Basset Hound Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: North Texas Basset Hound Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to the welfare of basset hounds. We were founded in 1984 and later formed as a committee under the Basset Hound Club of Greater Fort Worth. In 1997, NTBHR was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Texas. In June of 1998, NTBHR was classified as a Charitable Organization by the IRS. North Texas Basset Hound Rescue, Inc, is organized for the following purposes: 1. Prevent cruelty to animals, specifically basset hounds; 2. Support animal welfare by locating and retrieving homeless, unwanted and/or mistreated basset hounds; 3. Provide necessary funding for medical care, spaying and neutering, for unwanted and/or mistreated basset hounds; and 4. Place homeless, unwanted and or mistreated canine basset hounds in permanent loving homes. The general area of rescue is from all over North Texas, bordering Louisiana, Oklahoma, and encompassing nearly 45 Texas Counties. We adopt our dogs to primarily the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Money is spent to insure that the bassets are healthy, spayed/neutered and treated for heartworms. On occasion we must make the tough decision of euthanasia due to health problems or aggressive behavior. Rescue volunteers receive no compensation for their countless hours and transportation costs. NTBHR is very fortunate to have several veterinarians who provide excellent treatment at a reduced cost. NTBHR is a 501c-3 approved organization. Our EIN number is 75-2706935

Results: NTBHR rescues about 100 basset hounds per year. since 1984, we have rescued well over 2000 basset hounds from all over the state of Texas, and beyond.

Target demographics: To rescue, restore to health and re-home neglected, unwanted, and abused basset hounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 homeless basset ounds, provided them with necessary medical care and placed them in loving adoptive homes.

Geographic areas served: Texas Animal Welfare

Programs: Providing education in responsible pet ownership, participating in adoption events, and assisting local animal control facilities by relieving them of adoptable basset hounds.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't express how wonderful it was to work with NTBHR. We have worked with another agency and the experience was so much better with NTBHR. We adopted Linus (fka Luther) to keep Lucy our Treeing Walker Coonhound company. She would still rather be an only dog but she does love playing with him. I highly recommend NTBHR as a dog adoption agency. Plus, who doesn't love a Basset Hound? Not anyone that has met Linus!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've had such a great experience with the NTBHR! My husband and I decided it was time to add to our family and we both had a love for hound dogs. We started as a foster family and then adopted our first basset. The breed is so wonderful and the rescue was so great to work with. Needless to say, we will continue to go to the NTBHR in the future and can't thank them enough for the joy that has been brought to our family through the rescue. I've included a picture of our most recent basset hound because we think he's just the cutest thing ever! Meet Fleetwood!

1 Scott142

Client Served

Rating: 5

NTBHR helped us locate 2x friends to come be a part of our family. Clem and Daisy have brought such joy to our lives! NTBHR is a wonderful and compassionate organization that helps our Basset friends!

1 Lynda26

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very concerned at finding good homes for their dogs. They don't just farm them out, they check them out ( the potential owners)!! A lot of care goes into the dogs they rescue and to whom they adopt the dogs out to.

1 Kimberly143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I wanted to help bassett hounds. We found the North Texas Bassett Hound Rescue on the internet and filled out a foster application. We foster failed right off the bat with Pressley. Our most recent foster was Zoe a injured Bassett they rescued from a Laredo Texas shelter. The resources NTBHR used to get this sweet little girls broken leg fixed and to help her rehab back to health was amazing. The NTBHR really cares about the dogs they rescue and are very diligent about providing the best care possible for these sweet dogs. NTBHR is always trying to find ways to help raise money to help more Bassetts. I am so glad we have found this group and I look forward to many more rewarding experiences with them.

Kim Carter

1 Lynn Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NTBHR was was amazing to work with! Our neighbor with 2 basset hounds recommended NTBHR and we started the adoption process. We adopted Lola (Mystic) in May 2016 and it warms our hearts to know she is free from the puppy mill. I can't imagine our lives without her! We love her to death! Thank you NTBHR!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were looking for Bassett hound puppy to rescue that was good with cats (which is hard to do). They followed up with us and matched us with a sweet female puppy. We got to meet her before deciding. They gave us all the information they had on her. Very friendly and helpful. She's a family member that gets along great with our other Bassett and our two cats.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a foster with NTBHR so that my resident dog would have some play mates. Naturally, I foster failed with the my first dog. I picked up Shorty on Christmas day as the rescue never has a day off, and consider myself lucky I had him for as long as I did... I kept fostering with this organization because of the dedication they have to the dogs. Their only focus is the dogs and that they be placed in the right home. I'm proud to be part of the organization!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been grateful to this rescue group for all the amazing work that they do! They save the lives of so many sweet dogs and successfully pair them with caring families. We were very impressed with how thoughtful the team was when we were looking to adopt a dog, and we were matched with the perfect pooch. Thank, NTBHR!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only have I adopted two beautiful Nasser boys from NTBHR, but I contribute to their cause. They have taken in bassets that other shelters would have refused, brought them back to health and found loving homes for them. They work very hard and I'm so grateful for their efforts every time I come home and greeted by my loving hounds.

1 Kyle34

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted our first basset hound from North Texas Basset Hound Rescue in 2013. They were far and away the easiest and nicest animal organization we had dealt with to that point, and to this day.

1 Ericka F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a friend and shuffle participant of North Texas Basset Hound Rescue since 1995. I have adopted 3 precious basset loves along the way from them, the most recent my cutie Chloe

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with this organization! NTBHR is a professional, loving, organized group of dog lovers. They have made the process of fostering basset hounds as easy as possible for my husband and I. Their events are fun and well organized. Their procedures are thorough and effective. They have saved thousands of dogs! We will happily continue to work with NTBHR and encourage others to do the same!

1 Kat_13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic nonprofit group that rescues basset hounds. I have fostered for them for a short time, but the experience has been fun and very rewarding. I have also attended several of the Basset Shuffles that they put on every year, which are always a wonderful time for the entire family. The other volunteers I've interacted with are very nice and professional, and I would highly recommend being apart of this nonprofit in any way that interests you.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We lost our sweet Bassett, Jagger, in March of 2015 and our family was devastated. We waited a year for our hearts to heal (which they never do) and decided we were ready for another Bassett. I found Birch on the NTBHR website and what a great organization to work with. I love how they made sure their babies were going to a good home! I sent pictures, spoke with Birch's foster mom often and finally brought our sweet new baby home to Waco Texas. Birch is not only loved by his family but by the entire neighborhood! He stops to visit EVERYONE he sees on our twice a day walks! NTBHR is an organization who truly cares about these fur babies. I recommend them to anyone who wants to be "owned" by a Bassett Hound!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NTBHR is a wonderful non-profit organization that I proudly support. I have adopted from NTBHR and the process is very thorough. They are all volunteers that are honest and hard working. If your looking for a Basset Hound from the BEST, you need to email/contact NTBHR. The rating scale isn't big enough for NTBHR. Best nonprofit, hands down!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit! They work hard to take in abandoned, neglected, and owner surrendered Basset Hounds from across Texas and even from surrounding states. They get theses hounds much needed and sometimes very expensive vet care and then place them in loving, and fully reached foster and life time homes. I can't thank NTBHR enough for rescuing my Watson from a street life, getting him healthy including treating him for heart worms and then letting us bring him into our lives. He is a wonderful addition to our family, and we wouldn't have found him with out with tireless efforts of NTBHR!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several months ago, I found a picture, on Facebook, of an older female basset that had been dumped at the pound by her family. She had such a sweet face, and I wanted to know more about her. I showed the picture to my mother, and we immediately decided to try to bring her home.

I found out that she had been taken in by the North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. I didn't know how old the picture was, or if she was still there. I immediately looked up their website, and not being familiar with the group, I called and left a message.

To my very pleasant surprise, my phone call was returned the next business day. A very nice lady actually apologized for not returning my call sooner, and that she was just able to retrieve my message.

We spoke at length about this little girl they called Lucille. I was told she was still there and that she was currently being treated for multiple health issues, some they weren't sure she would overcome, but they were going to try to get her well. I wasn't deterred, and said that I was interested in being her Foster Fail. I explained that I had an older male Basset about Lucille's age. I was raised with the ideal that a dog is a member of your family, and you don't give up on them just because they get old and ill. I was immediately impressed, and wanted to be kept up to date with Lucille's progress.

I filled out the NTBHR adoption paperwork. I appreciated the length of the form, and the questions they asked. It told me that they truly care about the dogs, and wanted them to go to the best homes possible.

The day finally came to meet Lucille. She was in a wonderful foster home, being cared for by a wonderful family, that treated her as their own. We sat down and talked in length about her medical issues, and that she went through years of abuse and neglect. She was finally opening up and learning to trust people.

She had been through so much, and failed by so many, and Lucille and I had a couple of issues when I brought her home. I had a wonderful support system through not only Lucille's foster, but with others on the NTBHR and NTBHR Fosters Facebook Pages. Everyone involved,in the Rescue Group, became like family sharing their triumphs, tips, and encouragement in order to make the adjustment period easier.

Sadly Lucille was only with me a couple of months. She caught what the vet thought was some kind of bug. She started running a fever, coughing, and throwing up. My vet and I tried everything we could to get her well, and her poor body just started giving out. I had to make one of the hardest decisions I had to make, called her foster, and spoke with another member of the rescue group as well. I had to let them know that we were about to loose our little girl. You see she wasn't just my dog, she was our dog. They loved her too.

I have no regrets of adopting Lucy. I would do it all over again. I will adopt again in the future.

I encourage anyone wishing to adopt a Basset to go through the NTBHR. They are a group of wonderful people who truly care and are doing everything they can for all these wonderful dogs.

Sincerely,

LouAnne Sledge

1 Cheryl166

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love NTBHR! I am an avid Basset Hound lover. We lived in IL until 4 years ago, we moved to Hurst Texas. I had rescued one basset myself back in IL from the pound. We did not live close to a basset rescue. We loved Bubba but he had heart worms & bad ear infections. Of course we had to pay for all of his treatment.

Living close to a rescue is great because they do all the vetting & fostering. We have adopted 2 rescues from NTBHR! Sheldon was adopted after we had to put down Bubba & Cindy our old Bassets. We miss them dearly. Sheldon is a great boy! Love him!

About another year later we adopted Jasmine! Oh my she is wonderful!

We can't imagine not having them in our lives! Thank you NTBHR! I would love to foster but they would be all fails b/c I would want to keep them all. My hubby won't let me foster! LOL

1 Margie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2010 I became a foster for NTBHR and Winston (aka Harvey) was my first. He had a rough past. The minute that boy was brought to my house for a "meet and greet," I knew he was not leaving. I officially adopted him on Mother's Day, and we have been a bonded pair ever since! Life went on and I tried fostering again in October 2014. This time I was getting a puppy mill mama from San Angelo. "Bessie" had to have 17 teeth pulled do to trying to chew her way out of the cage she lived in. She had a tummy that defied logic! Can you say "tummy tuck needed asap"! She knew nothing of living outside of a cage. As I introduced her to grass and many other things, she grew more confident. Then came the moment on Christmas morning when we were opening gifts and she just laid her sweet head in my lap and simply cuddled. I knew she was to be my girl, and I got on line and made it official. Winston and Bessie are such joy to me. So eager to please and to love. I'm so happy to have found them through NTBHR and I feel they are so grateful for a "second chance" at family.

1 Traci M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 family members from the North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. We have been so impressed with the organization. We've participated in the Basset Shuffle, and we always make a point to attend the Bone Soiree' Gala each year. All of the volunteers, from the President down to the Foster parents have always been so nice and friendly. I have recommended this group to other basset hound loving people, and will do so in the future!

1 Christy46

Board Member

Rating: 5

Five years ago I met a sweet basset on a walk with her foster - Belle became part of our family and I became a volunteer for this wonderful organization! I am impressed with how dedicated they are to the breed and the community around us - bringing in not just the cute, young dogs but those that are special needs, have major medical issues and older bassets that find themselves dumped at area shelters. We have wonderful volunteers, fosters and adopters that feel like family!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue group really has it figured out. The heart of what they do lies in each and every hound that they find a home for. In college, they took in a basset hound that I found on the street. The poor guy was about 30 pounds underweight, covered in fleas/ticks, and cried nonstop. Come to find out, he had several different blood diseases. It was clear to everyone that he had been abandoned for a while by the time I found him. They took him in, health issues and all, and found him the perfect home! They kept me updated throughout the entire process. In addition, I adopted a senior girl, Sweet Sadie, about 2 years later. Sweetest little babe you've ever met. The process was easy, but thorough. I knew they wouldn't have matched us together had they felt it wasn't going to be ideal for either one of us. The entire organization is easy to work with, so if you're looking for an adoptable, big, sweet slobbery hound, you've come to the right place!

1 Kylene P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an awesome organization ! Will continue to get my babies from them and give my time

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 Senior Basset Hounds and that was such a good experience and a wonderful feeling to give them a happy forever home. They loved their life and everyone they met. Both of them lived to be 17 and 18 years old and are sad to say that they both in the last 2 years went over the Rainbow Bridge and are now playing together with all the other Bassets from Noth Texas Basset Hound Rescue and every other dog nearby because they never met a stranger they didn't wag their tails at and give wet kisses too. Edgar Alan Paws aka Eddie and Dixie are two sweet hearts we will never forget.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an outstanding rescue group. We lost our oldest basset and her brother Duke was lost without her. Even though we were 197 miles away and across the Red River North Texas Basset Hound Rescue worked with us, got us approved and invited us to visit them at an event they were having at a local pet store. NTBHR even had the foster parents of the babies we were interested in call us ahead of time so we could visit about their personalities and how well they might fit in our family. They even invited our Basset Hound, Duke to come along and help pick out his new Basett brother or sister. When we arrived at the event we were welcomed with open arms and Duke found a new sister, Padget, to Join our family. NTBHR provided us all her medical records and has followed up with us to make sure everything is going well. They are just a fabulous group of people.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our two-legged children are growing up (only 1 of 4 left at home) and our beautiful basset daughter Korri needed a new brother for the family. We found him when our search led us to North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. They are friendly, professional, thorough in their research, and keep in touch to ensure a great match without feeling like an intrusion. The foster family he was with are great, caring people. They are truly a great organization! Hercules is the perfect addition to our family!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The great folks at North Texas Basset Hound Rescue go above and beyond for our four-legged friends! They not only concentrate on North Texas, but transport from other areas. They have a true heart for rescue and providing the optimal care for bassets! Love these folks!!

1 Heather261

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was such an easy and supportive process when I adopted Mr. Wilson. I'm so thankful for this org and all they do for the bassets.

1 Shane17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking to adopt a Basset after ours passed away, but I felt like I wasn't quite ready, so I became a foster parent. Since I joined the rescue, any issues I've had with my first foster Basset have been handled in a timely manner with great communication and they have done everything possible to help me and my foster. I plan on being a part of NTBHR for a very long time!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had experience with this organization for over 15 years, their knowledge of the breed and attention to detail has been excellent. They are very good at finding the right dog for the right family, and truly care about the dogs. In all of my experience with the staff, they work very hard to leave no basset behind.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began fostering about 2.5 years ago after one of my two resident Bassets passed away. I completed the application process and then NTBHR interviewed me, called my vet, and performed a home visit. They are very diligent in following all of their procedures to ensure the best possible outcome for their dogs. I was given a foster mentor and I attended a training seminar. My first foster had some issues sharing his humans with other dogs, so we had a private training session with a professional where I learned some positive training techniques to improve my foster's relationships with my resident dogs. I always feel like I have resources at my disposal to work through issues with the foster dogs. After all, they come from some pretty tough circumstances and each Basset has a unique personality. I get asked if it's hard for me not to adopt my fosters. I thought it would be, but the adoption coordinator does such a fantastic job matching fosters to perfect forever homes. The instance where I came closest to failing was with a fairly young, super fun female foster. However, she needed a little more play time than my older resident dogs. When I took her for a "meet and greet" with her eventual adopters, she and her new brother chased each other around endlessly. I knew it was the perfect home that even I couldn't give her. As you can see, this entire successful foster and adoption process is run entirely by unpaid volunteers so that donations fund the medical care of the dogs.

Review from Guidestar