This morning I realized today would mark a milestone in my journey as a blogger: my 100th post. So I spent most of the day going back and forth between two topics I wanted to discuss, but then I found a web site – actually a press release on Facebook, which lead me to a blog – that changed my mind. Therefore, I’d like to donate my 100th post to one of my favorite charities: Ohio Basset Rescue.

I selected OBR because it’s local; it’s small; and they really need foster homes or donations. They work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to rescue, foster and adopt basset hounds, and they do it all out of the goodness of their hearts and their own pocketbooks.

OBR needs your support!

Here’s a little more information:

The below is reprinted from the OBR web site.


What is Ohio Basset Hound rescue and how does it work?

Ohio Basset Rescue (OBR) is an all volunteer organization – dedicated to helping the homeless hounds of Ohio.

Our volunteer network spans to the four corners of Ohio. Our funds come solely through donations and fundraisers. OBR does not have a shelter of its own. Our “shelter” exists through our foster families that open their hearts and homes to a hound in need.

There are hounds that come to OBR from all walks of life, whether it is: on death row at a county pound, dumped at the humane society because their former owner was moving, or the baby suddenly developed mysterious allergies that can’t be explained; left wandering alone in the middle of the woods, along a country road, or dodging traffic on the freeway.

Once these homeless hounds are with OBR, the dog is then given all necessary medical attention – all vaccinations (including bordatella, rabies & distemper series combination); heartworm test – monthly preventative is given if the dog tests negative, treatment for the disease is given if they test positive; spay/neuter – to prevent more hounds from facing as uncertain of a future; and any other needed medical treatment.

These hounds are then placed in foster care, so long as there is a foster home open and ready to take them in Very often, any individual hound is not the only homeless hound in their foster home. Many OBR foster homes often have two to three hounds rotating on a continual basis. OBR foster homes and their families have very big hearts and are often working very hard, day after day – to provide a sort of finishing school for homeless hounds.

Whether it is dinnertime manners, proper behavior techniques, or social housebreaking skills – OBR foster homes do it all. These homeless hounds remain in foster care or in a boarding kennel (if a foster home is unavailable) until a forever home can be found for them.

We are constantly talking to and screening potential families and homes. Making the match of a homeless hound with their own forever home is the most heartfelt part of what we do.

This brief explanation only begins to provide a glimpse into what OBR is truly all about. There are the nights that phone calls come in that a lost hound with an OBR tag has been found and a frantic search begins to track down the owner. There are the weeks when phone calls come in day after day with owner relinquish calls with every excuse being given as to why they must get rid of their beloved family member. There are the quiet weeks, although a rarity. Then the calm before the storm when we receive up to eight or more calls from animal shelters in different corners of Ohio that have hounds that need to be rescued. A scramble then begins to arrange for transportation to safety for these homeless hounds and this is only the beginning for them.

Copyright © 1997 – 2010 Ohio Basset Hound Rescue
http://www.ohiobassetrescue.org/FAQ.html#What_is


Ever watched An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) or Detroit Rock City (1999)? Both films contain scenes starring a basset hound. Yup, basset hounds are that cool.

Please help Ohio Basset Rescue with their mission to find loving, forever homes for these hounds. Give whatever you can – even if it’s only $1 – and experience how wonderful it feels to help a good cause.

Visit the OBR web site or click here to donate via their PayPal account or check out their new Foster to Adopt program.

What’s your favorite charity? Will you donate your 100th post to them?


3 Comments

lee · January 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I love dogs and animals so when life turns around my husband and I want to donate to the Humanr Society. I have donated supplies (toothpaste, soap, razors, feminine products, glucose testing devices, etc) About 4 grocery bags full to a local Free Clinic in a low income neighborhood of orlando….They were so happy to get the items and it was truly one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life.

    Leah · January 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Great, Lee! I’m glad to hear you and your hubby want to do your part.

    To other readers: Food pantries are always in dire need of supplies, i.e. food, and it doesn’t have to be non-perishables either. I always assumed I’d have to donate the food I wouldn’t feed my own kid – canned food loaded with sodium or boxed dinners packed with preservatives – but my sister told me the food pantry near her house accepts fresh produce, dairy products, and other perishables.

    We all see a ton of public service ads about starving kids, but many of us don’t realize those kids live right down the street from us or go to the local school. It’s heartbreaking to realize the only time kids from impoverished families get to eat is when they have their school lunch. This is America–no kid should ever go hungry. Why not pick up two of a few different items, bag ’em up separately, and drop the bag off at your local food drive on the way home? You’ve just delivered a meal to someone who would’ve gone hungry otherwise and it only cost you $10 or less to help.

    This spring, my daughter and I are going to donate food on a monthly basis to our local food bank. We’re also going to donate our time to a local nonprofit organization. We just can’t decide which one to select; we’re torn between animals, kids and the environment. We’d like to volunteer three hours on Fridays since right now that’s our designated field trip day. She agreed it’d feel much better to donate our time to a good cause than going to the zoo for eight hours.

    No man is an island.

Jennifer Stinnett · January 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Leah!

Thank you so much for supporting “Donate your 100th post”! I really appreciate your support in my attempt to help out charities!!!! I’ve posted this link on our facebook page to help support the idea! And I hope that Ohio Basset Rescue receives more traffic with your help!

Cheers to Unleashing Flying Monkeys! 😉
Jennifer

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