I am a huge supporter of Daphneyland! It is an innovative rescue and shelter for Basset Hounds and other dogs who have nowhere else to go. Hounds that are at risk at a high kill shelter because they are sick, old, injured, or need behavior modification, or nutritional support have a forever home at Daphneyland. If the right forever family comes along to adopt a hound, then the family has a lifetime of support and expertise in Dawn Smith.
Dawn provides a wealth of slobbery good information and advice if you just follow the Daphneyland Facebook blog. There is nothing that she, and the staff, and volunteers wouldn’t do, no sacrifice that wouldn’t be made to save the life of an otherwise forgotten hound.
I am an animal behaviorist with a PhD in Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and am currently working towards certification by the Animal Behavior Society. I am also an award winning college professor who has brought field trips of students and colleagues to Daphneyland for an informational behind the scenes tour of the facilities. The kennels are always clean, the dogs are always happy, the food is nutritious, and everything else about this rescue gets an A+++ (and I am a tough grader)!
In my work as an applied animal behaviorist, I have seen my share of shelters and living conditions for dogs and if MY Basset Hounds had nowhere to go, I’d want them to go to Daphneyland.
The fees charged for adopters are very reasonable given that most dogs must be spayed/neutered, de-wormed, and given basic veterinary care upon intake. Several dogs come in as “train wrecks” that need extensive veterinary care, medications, and surgeries. Dogs that everyone thought were dead have been brought back to life at Daphneyland (e.g., Willie), crippled dogs can now walk again (e.g., Chumlee), all due to the support of the wonderful group of folks who devote much of their lives to the hounds.
Everyone who loves Basset Hounds should support Daphneyland!