April Hound of the Month – Buster

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Hello Basset Hound lovers. My name is Buster and I am loving life these days. A few months back, I found myself sick and in a shelter; things were not going so Smalllogowell for me. But the wonderful folks at BHRSC rescued me, and things have been looking up ever since. I spent some time at the vet’s office getting healthy, and have been hanging out with my foster family since September 2014. The humans all think I’m about 10 years old. I don’t know for sure, but that sounds about right.

When I first joined my foster family’s pack of two basset hounds and a min-pin, I was still a little wobbly and didn’t have much appetite. I’ve gotten past that in typical basset fashion and I now love food! In fact, I’ve gained ten pounds! My foster mom is keeping an eye on me and I’m learning all about “portion control”. Boo!

Now that I am feeling better, I have a lot more energy and spend my time exploring the back yard and “talking” to my family. I definitely have a lot to say! I have learned to use the doggy door and do my business outside. I get along pretty well with my foster brother and sisters, and have been known to snuggle with Lila, the min-pin. She’s a little crazy, but I like her. My foster basset sister, Daisy, is blind and gets a little cranky sometimes. I’m learning to not sneak up on her or bark in her ear, and we are getting along fine now.

When I first met my foster mom and dad, I was really nervous and didn’t understand too much about cuddling. But that changed really quickly. My foster mom says I’ve turned into a real lover boy. I don’t know about that, but I do enjoy a good snuggle and I love when she kisses my head and scratches behind my ears.

I have really good house manners. I don’t jump on the furniture. A big, comfy dog bed at floor level is more my speed. And like any basset hound, I love a good nap! I really love my foster mom and dad, but a forever family would be the best gift ever. If you’re looking for a young-at-heart senior gent who loves people and other dogs, I’d love to meet you and see if you could be my forever family.

And get this: I’m neutered, micro-chipped, up to date on my vaccines AND because of my Hound of the Month status, my adoption fee is 50% off! Please visit my Homeless Hounds page and give BHRSC a call today.

Oreo Update

Dear friends of BHRSC,
oreocast-650I am beyond grateful as I write this. In 24 hours we raised more than $11,000 for Oreo. I am stunned and amazed at your generosity. We have received an incredible 110 donations so far, with so many of you stepping up to show this hound how much he is cared for. Oreo is an amazing and deserving hound, hit by a car, unclaimed by his people and suffering two dislocated limbs. Despite all his pain and suffering he stood up and hobbled to be close to the people who had rescued him and showed him love. Thanks to you, Oreo will be whole again, receiving the surgeries, physical therapy, medication and love he desperately needs. Oreo was lucky enough to be picked up by his new foster mom as soon as he was able to be released from the hospital and will spend his recovery in a warm bed receiving lots of love.
Oreo is an amazing hound with an incredible story. Unfortunately his story is not surprising to those of us who volunteer on the front lines of BHRSC. We know, all too well, the tales of hounds who are abandoned, unloved and dumped in their hours of need. We also are lucky enough to see them triumph over all these obstacles, coming into their own with love, patience and proper care. This is all thanks to your support and the tender loving care of our volunteers. Each day we see hounds like Oreo – and Darla who suffered from life threatening heartworm disease (Read about her in our next newsletter!) – who without BHRSC and your support would be lost souls with no one to care for them. Every ounce of love, effort and every penny will continue to go to helping these hounds who would have no where to turn without us. 
From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of hounds like Oreo, I thank you for supporting BHRSC.

Melissa Ruthenbeck-Chiaramonte
BHRSC President  

Help Us Heal Oreo — He’s One Tough Cookie

For 10 days, Oreo sat in a shelter with a dislocated elbow and hip, nerve damage, fractures and road rash. He had been hit by a car, taken in as a stray and never received so much as an X-ray to assess his injuries. Even worse, the contact listed on his microchip never returned the calls made in an attempt to reunite them.

So when he was rescued by BHRSC this week, he was suffering from severe pain and in danger of losing one of his legs. We were shocked and saddened by the seriousness of his injuries. But we were also overwhelmed by his lovable disposition.

Despite his discomfort, he wanted nothing more than to be near his rescuers and caregivers, limping as he followed them around the room, always trying to maintain body contact. At just 3 years old, he had already been through so much. So we didn’t waste any time. He went into surgery to repair his dislocated elbow as soon as possible.

The procedure was a challenge not only due to the normal basset anatomy, but also because the injury had been left untreated for so long. The severity of the damage means the repair will be fragile and the recovery will be complicated. For weeks, Oreo’s leg will be in a delicate bandage that requires precise and professional reapplication every several days.

He will also need physical therapy, followed by more surgery for his other injuries, including a special procedure on his hip to alleviate what would be a lifetime of pain. All of this, the surgeon said, will help Oreo be a normal basset who just walks a little more funny than usual. And we look forward to that day! But healing Oreo comes at a cost – at least $7,000 dollars, to be specific.

We hope you’ll find it in your heart to help BHRSC raise the funds needed to help heal Oreo, because he’s really one tough, charming cookie who deserves our help after everything he’s been through. Please donate today to make an incredible difference in the life of this lovable young hound.

As always, we so very much appreciate your support and generosity. Thank you.



* Oreo has a long road to recovery and is not yet ready for adoption, but keep an eye on our website for updates on his treatment and availability.

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Our April Houndful of Thanks Award winner is…

Jenna Watt!

Final Howie 4Jenna has been supporting our angel donors and made sure all received their donations in timely manner, especially with the rush we had at Valentines Day. Jenna helps out with special projects and special requests for Dawn and Joyce going above and beyond what is asked.

Thanks Jenna for all you do for the hounds and BHRSC!

Record Breaking Sales At Our Annual Yard Sale for the Hounds

image004A big thanks to everyone who donated their gently used goods for our Annual Yard Sale. This year we broke our sales record, raising a Final Happy 1whopping, $5,469.93 for the hounds!

We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of people donating items, our amazing volunteers, and of course, everyone who came out to shop. Thanks to you, we’ll be able to help more homeless hounds in 2015.

Start saving up your items for next year’s sale…We hope to see you there in 2016.

New Volunteer Positions Available

Are you interested in volunteering for BHRSC? We always need volunteers and would love to hear from you. Here are some positions that have recently opened up:

  • Web Assistant
  • Adoption Event Assistant
  • Fundraising Assistant
  • Publicist
  • Hound Book – Huntington Beach

Check our Volunteer Page for in-depth descriptions of these, as well as several other open positions. You can also download the volunteer application HERE!

How downloading an app on your phone can help BHRSC!

BHRSC has teamed up with WoofTrax, an organization that has a program called Walk for a Dog.

Check out their website www.WoofTrax.com and download their app on your phone (available for Androids and iPhones). Make sure to sign up for BHRSC and then all you need to do is get walkin’! Simple as that. The app tracks your walks and donates per mile. We are thrilled to be a part of Walk for a Dog and hope you will be, too!

Don’t just take your dog for a walk,
Take your Walk for a Dog, get the App at www.WoofTrax.com
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Looking for a convenient way to support the hounds of BHRSC?

Looking for a convenient way to support the hounds of BHRSC?

Now you can help while you shop (and search). Use the links below to select BHRSC as your charity of choice and the organizations will donate a portion of your purchase cost (or tally up your searches to raise money) back to BHRSC automatically. The best part is it’s free to you and to us!

So go on, get shopping!

Basset Hound Rescue Of Southern California

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Check out the hounds’ Wish List!

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Bailey says “I Really Need A New Harness, Please!”

Looking for a way to help out the hounds this howliday season?

Check out our Wish List! While stamps and harnesses are in particularly high demand, we are grateful for any and all help replenishing these much needed items.