Shelter Spotlight: Carolina Basset Hound Rescue

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™  product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

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Carolina Basset Hound Rescue is an all-volunteer staffed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The rescue organization was founded Raleigh, North Carolina in 1993. The organization’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted basset hounds in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Since its beginnings, Carolina Basset Hound Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed over 2,000 basset hounds. Carolina Basset Hound Rescue is comprised of four main components: fostering, adoption, donations, and events.

Once being notified of a Basset Hound in need of help, CBHR makes arrangements to get the dog into their care and assess and treat any medical needs the hound may have. Once being cleared by a veterinarian, the Basset Hound can then be placed into a foster home where the dog will be trained to be well-mannered and in some cases learn to trust humans again. This will prepare the dog for a happy new life when adopted into its forever home.

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue generally has 40-45 dogs in their foster care program at any given time. With such a large amount of animals in their care, costs of care and medical expenses can quickly accumulate. We strongly suggest donating to animal rescues like CBHR to help them continue doing their amazing work.

Meet Willie!

Willie the adoptable basset hound

 “This is Willie – he recently celebrated his two-year anniversary with his foster family. How has he not won anyone over in two years? It’s beyond comprehension. You know you want to just scratch behind those big old velvety ears! The happiest day of his life was the day he got out of the shelter, just look at that smile. Don’t get him wrong, life at his foster home has been great, but he knows the right family is out there just waiting. Willie is a happy young fellow – age is only a number. He is a very active little guy, and loves the great outdoors – running and chasing with his other four legged friends at home. If his four legged friends won’t run and play, he’ll run all by himself – he loves to run and he isn’t afraid to show it. He tears across the yard until he wears himself out. So as you can tell, life is good, but now he’s ready to liven up your household. There have been a few bumps along the road, and maybe Willie did put a little of the “can” in cantankerous – it’s called personality, people. With a little guidance and structure though, he will make a colorful addition to just the right family. He’s doing well with other dogs and takes to meeting new people – nudging them for affection.”


If you would like to learn more about Willie or see the other wonderful Basset Hounds CBHR has available for adoption, please visit their adoptable animals page. CBHR can be contacted via their website or Facebook page.

Shelter Spotlight: Great Dane Rescue of North Texas

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™  product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

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Great Dane Rescue of North Texas is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Texas. The organization’s mission is to provide medical attention and foster care while seeking permanent homes for abandoned Great Danes in the North Texas area. GDRNT also looks to educate the public about the temperament, characteristics, and special needs of the Great Dane breed.

Since its beginnings in 2001, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas has had over 1,695 Danes come through their program.  They are 100% privately funded and volunteer run.  GDRNT has no physical building or shelter and is only able to house Danes by placing the dogs into foster homes. This allows 100% of donations to go directly to helping the Danes in their care.

While a Great Dane is in the care of Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, it lives as part of a foster family. During this time, each Dane’s health and temperament is evaluated, which helps the group make appropriate permanent placements in approved adoptive homes. In addition to providing medical and emotional rehabilitation, all of GDRNT’s foster homes crate train, work on basic obedience and housebreaking.

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas cares for between 18 and 35 Danes at any given time.  The animals in their care are acquired mostly from North Texas area municipal shelters, which frequently are at full capacity, making any dog at risk of euthanasia.  GDRNT works closely with their local shelters to assure no adoptable Danes are euthanized.  In an average year, the rescue organization will work with approximately 30 different shelters. Over the years GDRNT has fostered and rehabilitated dogs with conditions such as canine parvovirus, hip problems, broken bones, blindness, deafness, and amputees.

Meet Josh!

“GDRNT rarely takes in Dane mixes, but every now and then we make an exception. Josh was on the euthanasia list at a local shelter. They thought he was full Dane; we thought he was a mix. Now that he’s here, we’re sure he is a mix. At the end of the day, what mattered was that an amazing, young dog was about to be euthanized for space if we didn’t take him.

During his time with GDRNT, Josh has been slow to warm to new things, especially men, but once he is comfortable in a foster home, he is laid-back and people-oriented. Josh loves attention! He is not a snuggler, but he loves to be petted and especially to be toweled off after a jaunt through a rainy yard. He gets along well with younger kiddos and other dogs but tends to avoid boisterous teenagers. Josh would love a home where someone is there with him most of the day and may do better in a home with another dog playmate.

Josh has been with our rescue for almost ten months, and we are scratching our heads as to why this amazing two-year-old hasn’t found his furever home yet! If you live in the DFW metroplex and think Josh might be the missing piece to your family, please visit and fill out an adoption application.”

If you would like to learn more about Josh or see the other wonderful Great Dane’s in which GDRNT has available, please visit their adoptable animals page, HERE. Please also consider supporting the group by donating on their website. In addition to their website, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas can also be contacted via their Facebook page or Twitter.

Shelter Spotlight: I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven

I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven was the third-place winner of the 2017 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ Change a Pet’s Life Contest, where they were awarded $500 towards Smokey Joe’s medical bills. You can learn more about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

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Located in Warren, Michigan, I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven is a non-profit, no-kill shelter which aims to lead the no-kill movement by providing a place of refuge for homeless dogs through rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming. Since the first dogs came into their care in November of 2015, the organization has had a total of 361 dogs and 9 cats enter their facility. The organization has found forever homes for 294 dogs and 1 cat in its short time in operation.

I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven runs an initiative for pets belonging to domestic violence victims. Through their program, they will take in and care for a pet while the owners are fleeing their situation and reorganizing their lives. This helps both the pet and the domestic violence victim by ensuring their pet is cared for while allowing the owners make a transition in their lives without the stress of caring for their pet at that moment. Once the owners are settled into their new living situations they are able to re-adopt their pet into their newly stabilized home. Through this program, the rescue has taken in 13 dogs and 9 cats from situations arising from domestic violence.

I Heart Dogs emphasizes socializing the dogs in their care using what they call “active play groups.” These groups encourage the dogs in their care to interact and play together, which in turn helps to curb fear and aggression in the dogs towards other animals. By using their socialization techniques, it helps to make the adoption of the dog more appealing as it can ease the animal’s transition into a home which already has another animal as a pet. I Heart Dogs offers communal living and play time for the dogs to promote socialization, emotional and physical development, enrichment, bonding and assistance in overcoming fears.

Dexter is one of the many dogs in the care of I Heart Dogs. He is a pit-bull mix and is about 3 years old.

Dexter Adoptable Dog from I Heart Dogs

“When Dexter came to us he was a gentle boy with a very rough exterior that was rooted in fear.  He was surrendered by his owners by no fault of his own. You see, his parents were having a human baby and though it wasn’t born yet, they already didn’t have time for poor Dexter anymore. He was fearful of new people, places, and things. Since he was taken from the comfort of his home it was understandable that he would be scared and even guarded. Lucky for Dexter, we specialize in bringing a scared dog out of its shell, and that is exactly what we have done!  We slowly whittled away at his tough facade to expose his love for people. Dexter loves playing chase, going for walks, belly rubs, and snuggling. Dexter is even learning to play well with other dogs. Most would have thought this was impossible considering his extreme aggression towards other dogs before we started him in our training and socialization program.  Now, Dexter has quite a following with volunteers and staff. Those that know him, LOVE him for who he is, and those who do not know him, can’t wait to become friends so they too can get in on all of the fun Dexter has to offer!  Dexter has watched dogs in neighboring kennels come and go time after time after time. Now he’s wondering when it will be his turn to have a loving, cozy home to call his own again. Just look at that face!”

If you wish to adopt Dexter or see what other animals the organization has available for adoption, please visit I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven’s page for adoptable dogs. The organization’s adoption fees range from $150-$300, depending on the animal’s age.  If you would like to support the organization, please consider giving a donation by visiting their donation portion of their site. The group also has a wish list which allows you to purchase needed items and have them shipped directly to their organization. For questions or inquiries, please email I Heart Dogs Animal Haven and Rescue directly at