As we near another year closing, we look back and cannot help but
think how truly blessed we were to have had the distinct honor of helping 29 hounds
into our foster and forever foster care programs. 2 of those hounds are still in foster care
patiently waiting for their forever homes and we have 6 handsome boys in our
Forever Foster program, which the Coordinators of HHBR and volunteers should be
extremely proud of.
We also sadly said goodbye too numerous HHBR Alumni and to 5 HHBR
hounds; Layla, Max, Elmer, Arnold and Flash. No loss is ever easy, but these
losses were incredibly difficult as the 4 boys battled illness and they fought
hard but in the end we helped them become bright stars when fighting became too
much for them. And Layla, abused as a
puppy and kept in a crate for long lengths of time had behavioral issues we
worked with for close to 2 years before the lengths we walked together were
just not enough.
We continued to welcome and be focused on for the primary part the
senior hounds in need through IA, MO and KS. It seems to have become our nature and
absolute pleasure to welcome in the hounds 8 years and above. While some of these seniors are of advanced
age, 12 years and older, and become Forever Fosters we are proud to say all the
other seniors we take in find loving homes!
That’s a feat we should all be the most thankful for. But let’s not forget a single senior’s hounds
initial vetting includes complete blood work, urinalysis, vaccines, Heartworm
Test, Fecal, De-worming, De-fleaing, dentals, altering, lump removal. And dependent on what they continue to
require from there. Please meet some of the seniors we helped
below. Daisy and Arnold required
emergency Splenectomies. While Daisy did
great and has recovered and is home with her loving new Mom, Arnold’s battle
was a hard one and we helped him cross the Rainbow Bridge just ten days after
his surgery! Flash was surrendered to rescue when he lost the motor function in
his hind legs, we welcomed him and he underwent a Hemilaminectomy back surgery
but just a mere 5 days’ post-operative began having complications and the best
thing to do for Flash was to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge. Now not all the senior stories are bad! Two
senior girls, Maggie and Lila, were returned and after getting their vetting
current found great forever homes within months!
The money needed for their care was raised for each one through
dogged and creative fundraising.
This year has also brought us some great successes in our
continued annual fundraisers. A few of
those events being the 5th Annual Online Fundraiser which we deemed “Shop for
Snoopy”, a “Pawction” offering an online ticket raffle for a one of a kind
piece of art donated by 2 HHBR Donors, and some small Mini Fundraiser’s.
As this year comes to a close we are thankful for the wonderful
village that has helped us to save close to 30 long eared friends; without your
help we would not have been able to accomplish this. Sadly, there are many more
hounds that we were not able to help.
this time of year, many of you are likely finding your mailbox filled with
requests from organizations for a year end donation. Most of these
requests are deserving of your support. I hope you put this request from
Hounds Haven in the same category.
As you think about the
size of your gift, please consider the magnitude and importance of the
challenges that our breed faces and what your gift can accomplish. Your
gift will show others that you took the vital step to make this rescue a force
for the good of the Basset Hound.
Your year-end gift to HHBR will
make a difference in the future of our breed.
Please find the PayPal donation link below (It's the candy cane) and our snail mail address.
Mailing Address for Donations:
1875 S. 40th Court
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Jess’e Potts on behalf of
The Board of Directors of Hounds
Haven Basset Rescue of Iowa, Inc.
Hounds Haven Basset Rescue of Iowa, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, and as such, all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.