Basset Hounds are one of the most loved dog breeds because of their unique personality and look.
Golden Gate Basset Rescue is a non-profit organization focusing on rescuing and rehoming these Hush Puppies.
Keep reading to learn who Golden Gate Basset Rescue are, what they do, and what you can do to support this wonderful organization.
Who is Golden Gate Basset Rescue?
Golden Gate Basset Rescue, or GGBR, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that exists solely on donations to rescue abused, abandoned, and unwanted Basset Hounds.
In case you didn’t know, a Basset Hound is a dog breed known for their long, stout figure and floppy ears.
Despite being a perennial favorite of dog lovers, these Basset Hounds usually end up in shelters because they are prone to several diseases.
Many owners might also struggle with their personalities since they are generally harder to train than other dog breeds.
But that doesn’t mean Bassets deserve less love. GGBR takes orphaned Bassets into foster care, usually in volunteer homes, where they are loved and cared for until permanent, forever homes are found.
Golden Gate Basset Rescue provides the necessary medical care to these dogs so they can be prepared for adoption.
They are situated in Petaluma, California. But they help rescue and place dogs as far south as Monterey, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties, north as the Oregon Border, and as far east as Reno/Sparks/Carson City, NV.
How Did Golden Gate Basset Rescue Start?
Golden Gate Basset Rescue was founded in 2005 after operating under the Northern California Basset Hound Club for nearly ten years.
The non-profit organization recognizes the plight of Basset Hounds because of their common health and behavior problems.
But GGBR believed in this breed’s potential. Despite their short legs, heavy bones, and deep bark, Basset hounds are friendly, loyal, and always on the go.
Golden Gate Basset Rescue has participated in numerous projects aside from their primary foster, rescue, and rehabilitation program.
For instance, GGBR is part of the annual Barktoberfest in the Sacramento area. These small events help raise funds to rescue more dogs and build a community of dog lovers willing to help.
GGBR now covers Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Merced, and San Benito after Basset Rescue of Central California went out of business.
They continue trying to rescue more Basset hounds in California to give Basset Hounds a second chance at life.
What Does Golden Gate Basset Rescue Do?
Golden Gate Basset Rescue aims to rescue Basset Hounds, prepare them for adoption, and find their forever homes.
The organization does not have a kennel or shelter. But they are able to rescue as many Bassets as they do because of their foster program.
GGBR takes orphaned Bassets into foster care, in volunteer homes, where they are loved and cared for until permanent, forever homes are found.
They also provide the necessary veterinary care to these dogs, such as spaying or neutering. As well as vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and tick and flea prevention.
How You Can Help Golden Gate Basset Rescue
Golden Gate Basset Rescue offers plenty of ways for you to help them. First, you can donate on their donation page.
You can also send a regular monthly donation, which serves as a membership to the Golden Gate Basset Rescue.
This membership starts as low as $20 per year and has several benefits, including newsletters and members only events.
It will help the organization rescue, restore, and rehome over 140 basset hounds in the next 12 months. Over 85% of their budget is spent on medical care, and 84% of donations come from people like you.
If you prefer to mail a check you can find how to do that here.
Another way to help is by volunteering at the facility. Without volunteers, the organization would not exist.
GGBR has volunteer opportunities that includes:
- microchip managers
- event organizers
- adoption application interviewers
- newsletter managers
- home visit coordinators
- shelter liaisons
- transport coordinators.
Find out more and sign up here.
Fostering is a great way to help the GGBR foundation. You can help change dogs’ lives by giving them a happier home – even if it’s just temporary.
Learn how you can foster here.
If you want to adopt you can check out the available Bassets here and apply to adopt.
Spread the Word
Another way to help GGBR is by liking their Facebook page, and following their Twitter page. Share their initiatives with your friends and followers so they can gain more supporters.
Lastly, you can explore the Basset Boutique to shop for items that you may need. All of the proceeds go back to the foundation.
Golden Gate Basset Rescue rescues Basset hounds from abusive, abandoned, and unwanted situations, thanks to donors’ and volunteers’ help.
Be sure to give them a helping hand when you can.
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