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Surrendering Your Basset Hound

We understand it is a difficult decision to relinquish your Basset Hound and are here to help. Before you relinquish please consider trying to find your hound a home with a friend or relative.

Pet Surrender Process

  • The first step is to complete the Pet Surrender Application. Your application is reviewed and then submitted to our surrender team for approval. You will be informed within 48 hours on whether or not your application is approved. If your hound is experiencing aggression issues you will also need to fill out the Behavior Questionnaire.
  • If we are able to take your hound you will be asked to make an appointment with a BHRSC representative to relinquish your hound at one of our vet facilities. Once there, your hound will receive a check up so we can identify and address any medical issues prior to adoption. Please bring any vet records you have to the appointment.
  • While we strive to place all hounds in foster homes there are times when your hound will have to be boarded before moving to a foster or forever home. If you are able to keep your Basset Hound until we are able to find them a new home we strongly encourage you to do so. We will post pictures and bio on our web site and facilitate an adoption.
  • While we do not require a fee for surrendering your Basset Hound, we strongly encourage a donation. We ask a nominal fee upon adoption, which typically doesn't cover the cost of taking in a new hound and preparing them for adoption. A donation of any size helps bridge the gap between our costs and the fee we charge for adoption and enables us to help more hounds.
  • Is your hound a basset? Are you unsure? Basset Hound Rescue is specifically looking to help find new homes for the Basset Hound breed. They vary in size and color but have long bodies and short legs. Their ears generally reach the end of their long nose and they tend to have droopy, sleepy, and/or red eyes. They are generally a minimum of 35 - 60 pounds and almost always have a white tip at the end of their tail. Check out the pictures all over our site. If you're still not sure, click here to send us a picture of the dogs head/face and a side shot of their body. That is usually enough for us to make a call.