Calgary Basset Rescue Volunteer Application and Questionnaire
Thank you for taking an interest in what we do! It would be impossible to run our rescue without the dedication of our volunteers. Nobody affiliated with the organization gets any tangible payment for their efforts – but the emotional payout is enormous!
Witnessing a basset hound meet their forever family, transporting these pooches across the border back to Calgary, and helping us raise funds at our annual Basset Waddle – are all hugely rewarding. The more people we have helping us, the more hounds we can save; here are just a few potential volunteer opportunities with our organisation:
We are always looking for enthusiastic additions to our fundraising committee; the primary focus of the committee is the waddle, but there are several other smaller events that happen throughout the year, and the committee is always brainstorming new potential fundraising ideas.
We occasionally need help transporting hounds from relinquishing families to foster homes in the city. We also have a need for drivers willing to travel longer distances such as the border to transport hounds in need. We work closely with several other US rescues to take hounds due for euthanisation because of shelter overcrowding and give them a second chance up here., We have been bringing anywhere from 2-5 hounds at a time over the border to find their forever homes and need volunteers to drive them from the border back up to the city. These transports met at the Sweetgrass border and typically take place over a weekend.
- We perform home visits to assess the suitability of a family who wish to adopt or foster a basset.
- The purpose of the visit is to talk to them further about the breed to ensure they know what they are getting themselves into with a basset hound. This more of a focus if this is the family’s first basset…but it’s also worth doing with previous hound owners in case they forgot about the bassets lovely quirks – such as counter surfing, acting as an escape artist, and being a terrible listener.
- The home and the yard needs to be checked to ensure it is safe and secure for a hound. If you are interested in tagging along with one of our home-checkers to see first hand what they entail, drop us a line and we’ll let you know when the next one is planned!