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AKC Humane Fund Grants Help Rescued Dogs

American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Clubs and their designees who dedicate themselves to rescuing purebred dogs in need are truly tireless in their efforts. Fostering the dogs, providing necessary medical care, training and socializing them, and ultimately placing them in loving ‘forever homes’ requires an emotional and financial commitment.

This year, the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. provided grants to two AKC Parent Club-endorsed Basset Hound rescue groups that worked together to rescue over 100 neglected Basset Hounds from local commercial kennels.

On one unforgettable day in December 2009, Golden Gate Basset Rescue (GGBR) was notified that a local commercial breeder was surrendering 61 Basset Hounds, ranging in age from six-months to eight years old.

GGBR volunteers worked all day to transport the dogs to foster homes where the first task was to have the hounds medically evaluated. They needed to be spayed and neutered, and most were found to have parasites and other infections requiring treatment. One dog needed surgery to correct a severely deformed leg. Another had suffered so long from untreated glaucoma that she lost sight in one eye. While still blind, the painful pressure on the dog’s eye is now being kept under control with the help of AKC Humane Fund grant money.

Arizona Basset Hound Rescue (AZBHR) recently achieved a bittersweet milestone when it rescued its 1400th Basset Hound. That number includes 52 puppy mill dogs that were taken in over several months this past year, plus an additional eight puppies that were born shortly after their dam arrived from the puppy mill. Again, the AKC Humane Fund’s grant helped the AZBHR pay for the rescued dogs’ costly veterinary bills.

Many of the Basset Hounds rescued by both GGBR and AZBHR required intense and patient emotional rehabilitation. They were severely under-socialized and afraid of human interaction, having lived their entire lives inside kennel runs.

Some new owners have reported that their newly adopted rescue dog wakes up each day having to relearn to trust the very same people who, just the night before, they were snuggling happily with on the couch. About 16 of the dogs are still too traumatized to be adopted and are working with professional trainers who have donated their time and energy to rehabilitating them.

There are even more heartwarming success stories — due to the dedication of the volunteers. Fitzgerald was one rescued Basset Hound who was so frightened that getting him back inside from his foster home’s large yard was a traumatic event in itself. Instead of having to keep him leashed at all times, an alternative foster situation was secured with a caring retired couple that could take time to work with him one-on-one. Thelma Lou, a sweet but very shy Basset, avoided her foster owner at first, feeling safer crouched in the corner of her crate. With steady patience and persistence, Thelma Lou has made improvements, even coming a bit closer to visitors to the home, where she was eventually fully adopted.

The mission of the AKC Humane Fund is to promote the joys and rewards of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. Through its fundraising efforts, the AKC Humane Fund administers grants to organizations that provide for the well-being of all dogs, educate the public about responsible pet ownership, and preserve the bond between dogs and mankind.

The AKC Humane Fund is a not-for-profit charity. You can become a member by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

If you would like to help support the AKC Humane Fund and join with rescue organizations, visit: Humane Fund

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