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