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Local Basset Hound Rescue Captures Communities’ Hearts

Veronica Querio | Writer

Comet, a Basset Hound.

Dogs have been an important part of mankind’s existence. Basset hounds, one of the more popular breeds, trace back to the 1500s when the pre-revolutionary French decided to use heavy-bodied bassets to trail rabbits. Bassets were popularized as hunting dogs but quickly became household pets in the United States.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition knows all about these amazing creatures.

“Bassets were selected not only for their outstanding scenting skills but also because hunters could keep up with the slow-paced dogs,” reports the Hill’s Pet Nutrition website. “They not only hunted rabbits and hares but were also sometimes used to track larger wounded game. In the United States, the Basset quickly moved on from hunting dog to family pet.”

One of the most well-known basset hound rescues in the U.S. is the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue, with locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Mississippi. Valorie Mazzei, the president of the Tri-State Basset Rescue, and the Tri-State Basset team have been saving basset hounds and basset mixes for over 30 years. They are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming basset hounds and basset mixes.

According to the Tri-State Basset Hounds Rescue website, “What was started by one woman saving a few needy hounds in the state of New Jersey has grown to a team of hundreds of volunteers that have rescued over ten thousand hounds in need.”

They host many events every year, such as their annual Basset Board Waddle held in Ocean City, NJ. They are always looking for loving new parents to take up adoptions (with available dog breeds and ages/names on their page) and to volunteer to continually save this precious breed and give them good homes. All dogs should be happy and loved, shouldn’t they?


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