Most of our basset hounds are retrieved from area animal shelters where they arrived as strays. They bring with them varying stages of neglect and medical needs. These conditions often include infections, open wounds, nutritional neglect, internal injuries, severe periodontal disease, internal and external parasites, and heartworm disease.
At the time of adoption, all of our dogs have been spayed/ neutered/ vaccinated, and treated for any medical conditions that existed at the time of retrieval.
Additionally, all of our dogs are currently being microchipped. This fee will be collected along with the adoption fee at the time of adoption.
The actual medical cost of treating a rescued basset is not transferred to the adopter, but rather absorbed by NTBHR and paid for by generous gifts from our donors. We hold two major fundraising events each year to cover operating costs. In 2012, veterinary medical expenses averaged $700.00 per basset hound. We rescued 64 basset hounds in 2012.
As of Aug 1st 2010 our adoption fees will be as follows:
Bassets 6 Months to 2 yr old $250 + $15.00 microchip fee
Bassets 2 yr. up to 8 yrs. old $200 +$15.00 microchip fee
Bassets 8 yrs and older $150 +$15.00 microchip fee
Puppies Under 6 Months - $350.00 + $15.00 microchip fee
Age determination will be made by NTBHR. We will try to post all ages but please feel free inquire prior to adoption. NTBHR dogs are spay/neutered prior to adoption, up to date on shots and in most cases microchipped.
If you think our adoption fees are too high please read this article click here for more information and look at the cost of owning a Basset on our About Bassets page.
Submitted an application but did not get the dog you wanted?
Please know that sometimes we can receive up to 10 applications for one dog and we are unable to contact everyone personally with our limited volunteer staff. If you are not contacted by us, feel free to reapply in 30 days - sometime the right dog was not available to fit your home. Homes with small children (under 4) are particularly difficult to place a rescued dog in as we can not guarantee temperament.
We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization that runs strictly on volunteer work and donations. Our goal is to help place as many homeless basset hounds as possible. Please understand we are UNPAID volunteers that find time between work and family to help these great dogs. We receive about 40 applications a month. Your patience is appreciated.