DAPHNEYLAND IS UNIQUE!
Basset Rescue Network, Inc. (BaRNI) at Daphneyland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of Basset Hounds. It began as a foster-based rescue, as most rescues did 30 years ago. In 2002, this foster-based Basset Rescue had more hounds than foster homes, which resulted in close to $5000/month in boarding and kenneling costs. The dogs constantly had medical issues and behavioral issues because of inadequate supervision and poor conditions. Many were returned by adoptive homes for these reasons.
It’s the dream of every rescue organization to have a facility to care for their animals and which could also serve as a common ground where Bassets, volunteers, and adopters could meet, raise funds, and hold adoption events, youth and community programs. BaRNI decided to act on “The Dream,” as they called it, and met to discuss how to achieve it. A property was found to be available in Acton, California, that was ideal for the mission of rescuing, housing, and rehabilitating Basset Hounds to prepare for their forever homes. One of the Board members at that time, along with her husband, stepped up to the plate and purchased the property then leased it back to the BaRNI. The only provision was they wanted to have the facility named after their first basset, Daphney. The name they selected from all the names suggested was DaphneyLand.
DaphneyLand, the Basset Rescue Ranch, came to be all because of one little puppy named Daphney that claimed the Clements heart and sparked their generosity one day in 2002. The ongoing generosity of thousands of donors, volunteers, and adopters since then – and the spirit of a Basset Hound named Daphney – has made it possible for thousands of Basset Hounds lives to be saved.
DAPHNEYLAND IS A BASSET RESCUE BUT SO MUCH MORE!
Situated on five acres in Acton, California – DaphneyLand is home to a population of 75-100 basset hounds and mixes that change on an almost daily basis. Enjoying six fully fenced and contained play yards, the hounds are cared for, loved, trained, and managed by hands-on volunteers and staff. Taking an at-risk hound into rescue begins with medical care and very commonly requires behavior modification and training. At DaphneyLand we have a 2500 square foot temperature controlled kennel structure where the hounds are integrated into a daily routine.
Running a no-kill breed-specific facility requires dedication and the assistance of volunteers, staff, and causes the need for operating budgets which include lease payments, insurance, food, supplements, utilities, supplies, safety programs, and transportation.