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Review for Golden Gate Basset Rescue Inc, Petaluma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe GGBR is at the stage of organizational growth where it needs to look at a 3, 5 and 10 year plan and answer the question "where do we want to be in X years?" GGBR also needs to start putting together a continuity of leadership plan for the time when key leadership have to move on (for whatever reason). And GGBR is at a point where it needs to start implementing an endowment program. All of these issues have been raised with the board.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Food For Thought, Forestville, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Food for Thought is the only local charity I support because they do an outstanding -- Amazing! -- job on very, very little. Their overhead is extremely low relative to the work they are able to accomplish. Food for Thought is Sonoma County's finest not-for-profit. It doesn't get much more basic or important than feeding people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen people FED by this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them 100 more volunteers and a warehouse the size of Costco constantly filled with food to give out.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that every dime contributed is well spent.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding human beings

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its mission into other needy populations that need to be fed

Ways to make it better...

I could give more money.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money, money and food contributions

One thing I'd also say is that...

They have the faith of a mustard seed and make an incredible difference with what they have

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Donor & gave money.