Adoption Requirements

Looking To Adopt?

At Basset Hound Rescue League, we evaluate prospective homes with the welfare of our rescued dogs first and foremost in our minds. Our dogs have already lost the security and stability of their original homes and some have been abused, abandoned, and neglected. We need to place them in stable forever homes where they will be loved and well cared for.

Being shifted from different homes or shelters is confusing and can be very traumatic for the dog. Because of this, we look for homes that will provide a low-stress environment.

Over the last 30 years, we've developed the following guidelines that work for the welfare of both our Basset Hounds and their prospective adoptive family. Our minimum fee for placement and adoption starts at $250.00 and is determined on the basis of age and costs we incur on behalf of this pet. The adoption fee goes entirely to pay for health care and other expenses associated with rescuing these lovable dogs. 

Our Adoption Requirements Include:

  • We prefer homeowners (town homes, short-term rentals, roommate situations, condos, and apartments are often not approved)
  • Dog should not be left alone for 7+ hours a work day without access to the backyard (e.g. doggy door or a dog walker or a neighbor that can walk the dog)
  • The dog will sleep indoors at night
  • A fenced yard is required for hound breeds
  • Swimming pools must be fenced in
  • Children eight years or older are preferred (specifically Basset Hounds -- as dogs get older they often do not get along with very young children and this is the #1 reason that dogs are given up to us)
  • Stairs need to be blocked off for short legged breeds to prevent back injuries
  • An Adoption Agreement must be signed by all adopters and BHRL when permanent placement is found for the dog
  • If the dog must be given up after adoption, the dog will be returned to BHRL unless one of our agents approves the transfer to another party (with a new Adoption Agreement)
  • If you're not sure that you'll be able to meet these requirements, send us an email first to explain your situation. The above requirements are especially enforced with Basset Hounds, however, exceptions can be made for other breeds.

To begin the adoption process, click the link below to print and fill out our adoption form. You may either mail or fax the form to us.
Dogs Available To Adopt
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