This is what we do – and we need your help to do it! Working with this many Basset Hounds is a full-time, 24/7, 365 kind of operation. But because of your generosity, we are able to do a lot of things that other rescues can’t. Navigate through the menu below and see all of the steps included in turning an abandoned dog into a family pet!
Most rescue groups practice some form of rehabilitation; but what makes DaphneyLand unique is that rehabilitation starts with nutrition. Bassets arriving in rescue has several issues, regardless of health status:
- First, they had a home that could not keep them.
- Food aggression and separation anxiety are common in rescued dogs and can easily be corrected by proper nutrition and routines.
- At the 30-day acclimation mark, hounds then begin a series of group activities that outline any behavioral problems that may exist.
We begin detoxification and nutritional correction immediately after veterinary review. Using a process from intake through the 30-day detoxification, we work with additional issues as they arise.
- An immediate hard change of diet while in the shelter environment adds to the problems and the immune systems drops, commonly resulting in health issues such as kennel cough or mange.
- Not nutritionally correct and lacking in many areas, the malnourished hound was then thrown into stress by the loss of his/her home.
- Commonly that also means a diet that was usually found on a grocery store shelf.
- Training and behavioral modifications are tailor made to each dog as an individual.
Additional issues such as possession hoarding, leash aggression, collar reactions, and many other behaviors are identified, corrected if possible, and work-around techniques are developed to help the hound find the RIGHT adoptive home.
We do not believe in un-adoptable hounds.
We believe there are challenging placements.
Having our facility, Daphneyland, has made it possible to intake dogs that other groups are forced to leave behind due to the high costs of rehabilitation and behavioral modification. Since our doors opened in 2002, our "return rate" has fallen dramatically. Handling our own hounds daily, working them through medical, nutrition, supplements, and training and modification results in the ability to place a hound!
Basset hounds are pack animals. Originating in the late 14th Century, the Basset Hound was bred to assist village huntsmen in tracking animals that went to ground. The requirements of a Basset were to be able to work within a pack of 100, yet think independently. In today’s world, pups are taken away from littermates and mothers far too early (prior to 10 weeks) resulting is social issues such as food aggression, snapping, and separation anxiety.
Reintroducing an adult basset to the social structure of a pack can correct these issues and, with careful management, can turn a problem rescue into a loving adopted hound. However, to re-socialize a Basset requires a pack - and most rescues don’t have access to a pack in the traditional rescue foster-home model. It also requires time for the hounds to learn and figure out their role within the pack and how to “read” social signs from other dogs as well as people.
The goal for every intake is to achieve the “Main Yard” and be able to meet and greet adoptive families on public weekend days. This is not possible upon intake and 85% of the problem hounds DO achieve the main yard status and find loving families! This is a HUGE success rate for behaviorally-challenged dogs!
Hangin' in the Main Yard
Once the dog has achieved "Main Yard Status," we can truly start to see how they handle themselves with larger groups of dogs, with new adults, and with children. This process is gradual - starting out with rock-solid dogs, adding in a wild puppy or two, and maybe a couple of crotchety old dogs who want to just lay in the sun and sleep. Then the people are added to the mix - first, very experienced dog people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the rescues have an aversion to a person’s physical attributes. For instance, we had one hound who hated thin, blond females, another who disliked red-heads, and one who did not like Hispanic males. We can only guess at the reasons and we can only discover this by providing the hounds with exposure to various scenarios.
Some hounds absolutely melt when children arrive. Others try to disappear into the landscape, and some think they look mighty good to nibble on. This hound is what we call...
“Kid Tested – Mother Approved”We need to know these things in order to make good solid placements that will truly be “forever homes.” All of this takes time, talent, and money. Yes, everything we do for the hounds invariably costs money, even if it is more days staying at the ranch and the cost of feeding them and keeping them healthy.
When Daphneyland first opened in 2002, one of our first community programs was our youth volunteer program. Tiare Empey was one of the first youths to volunteer to help the Hounds of DaphneyLand. Recently, we had a special project with the Kids of Daphneyland. Tiare was present – along with her son Carson! It’s never too soon to bring rescue awareness to your children.
We LOVE Reunions!
Late one Wednesday a call came in. Two Basset Hounds were found wandering the streets in Covina. They were very thin and scared and the finder wanted to make sure they got immediate vet care. Volunteer Vanessa dropped everything and picked up the boys we named Luigi & Mario. We rushed them to Dr. Kim & Dr. Ha where they received shots and de-worming. Then we brought them back to DaphneyLand for some grocery therapy.
They settled in nicely and were friendly with everyone and very hungry. Then a young man called a few days later. He had been searching frantically and found the person who found the hounds on the street and was told that they were at DaphneyLand. We had to ask a lot of questions and, in return, make sure we got the correct answers.
They were reunited with their family, who did everything we asked. Roscoe was 15 years old and George was six years old and both were all wiggles and kisses when dad Ryan came for them. We sent them home with better food choices and supplements. We hope to love on both of them again soon!!
So ends a happy story from only one of the programs your donations make possible here at DaphneyLand.
The Misunderstood Hound
Duke of Daphneyland (ATB 4-6-15)
Many years ago, Duke arrived at DaphneyLand after having been labeled "aggressive" in another group’s foster home system. Duke indeed said "Grrrrr" over many things, and it took a week or so for us to discover he was an "Actor"! When he growled or snapped, if you raised an eyebrow said "Duke - good scary face!" and clapped your hands 3 times he would roll over for a belly rub. He just wanted the applause!
Over the years, Duke faced many life-threatening issues and was just too happy to give up. Duke would run up to new hounds, barking non-stop until that hound turned around and looked at him and immediately he would throw himself on the ground and scream like a banshee.
GIVE THAT HOUND AN ACADEMY AWARD!!!Without DaphneyLand, Duke would have been euthanized many years ago as an aggressive dog. No rescue would have been able to safely place him in a foster or adoptive home. With our facility, we could take the time to get to know Duke and figure out the “game” he liked to play.
The Cancer Ward
In 2014 we lost several of our senior hounds to cancer. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hounds that come to us through shelter systems with terminal cancer. We have started a Cancer Ward at DaphneyLand for those who come to us with cancer. These dogs are receiving compassionate care that includes supplements, nutritious food that their bodies can absorb and use more efficiently, Vitamin C therapy, and lots of love.
Rescue is not always able to find a perfect home. Sometimes DaphneyLand IS the forever home.
Of Course, the Goal is ALWAYS Adoption
Adopting families, once approved as adoption homes, visit DaphneyLand and meet the current hounds seeking adoption. Walking into a yard of 40 socialized hounds puts one in a state of disbelief, or panic, and careful evaluation is given on various physical reactions once a family is interacting with the hounds. The reality of adoptions is this - the hound picks the family. Not every hound is right for every situation and we work very hard to ensure a good placement given living situations, activity levels, financial stability, and many other variables.
At adoption, families go through an entire exit routine where nutrition is discussed and recommended and helpful tips and advice are shared. Families sign contracts stating, if for any reason the hound is not working out, they will be returned to us. We even give grooming lessons!!
We call them “Gotcha Days” and they are indeed a celebration.