They say Christmas is a magical time of year – but does it get much more magical than a Christmas party full of rescue Basset Hounds? Wunderdog’s Jessica Brown doesn’t think so
The charity has been re-homing Basset Hounds in need (more than 380 so far) and supporting owners since 2013 – and is one of only a few rescuing hounds in the country. BRNGB is funded solely through donations. At the moment, it has just over 40 hounds waiting to find their forever home, in foster homes up and down the country. BRNGB doesn’t put any of its rescues in kennels and is always looking to add fosterers to their group.
“We use families from the depths of Cornwall to the Highlands and everywhere in between,” says Jo Bloyce, BRNGB fundraiser and transport coordinator.
The dogs spend a minimum of six weeks with their foster family, but this could be up to six months depending on their medical needs, such as waiting for the right time to sterilise the dog.
Some of the hounds are in long-term foster care, such as those with a disability or ongoing medical problems.
“We can’t have them adopted really, so in those cases they stay with a foster family and are treated as belonging to that family, but we’re financially responsible for their medical needs,” Jo says.
Potential rescuers are invited to apply for individual dogs after BRNGB has written a blog post about them, based on information from their foster family as they’ve got to know them.
There are a number of reasons dogs come to the charity, Jo says, such as a change in circumstances at home. But the charity also helps families who need support.
“Our door is open for people to come to us and ask for help and we try to keep people with their hounds. For example, we helped one family find a dog behaviourist.”
Jo, who has two hounds herself, says they can be a handful to look after – but that it’s worth it.
“They’re very loyal, funny and loving, very laid-back, and very stubborn. They’ll lie down and won’t go anywhere until they’re ready to move again. Most that have come into the charity have been good with children. But a few have issues, such as temper tantrums. They’re also very heavy – my male Basset weighs five stone.
“Because of the length of their back and their weight, they’ll potentially suffer back and joint problems, and can be prone to ear and eye infections.
“You have to be nuts to have a Basset Hound – and owners would agree. After you’ve had one – that’s it, you’ll have them for the rest of your life.”
Jo says working with the charity is one of the best things she’s ever done.
“When each Basset gets their happy-ever-after, it’s the most amazing feeling to know we’ve played a part in helping families make the right decision and help the Basset settle into a new life.”