General FAQ's

Here we will attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain and adopting a Basset Hound.

What does it cost to adopt a hound from BRNGB?

We ask for adoption fees on our hounds as we provide all essential veterinary care whilst in foster, including neutering, vaccinating and microchipping. Our fee rarely covers costs incurred, but it helps.

Our recommended fees are:

  • Hounds under 18 months - £275
  • Hounds 18 months - £200
  • Hounds over 8 - £130
  • Bonded pair - £300
  • Bonded pair over 8 - £200

These fees are subject to conditions, in exceptional cases they may differ, for example, senior or medicated dogs. If this will apply to the dog you are hoping to adopt, we will inform you.

Do I have to pay you to collect my dog?

We don’t ask for payment if you surrender your dog to us, but as all of our volunteers are unpaid, it would be really helpful if you could travel some of the distance to meet with our transporters.

Will I be able to keep in touch with my dog?

No. We believe this wouldn't be fair on the dog, yourself or the new family.

However, if you would like to be notified when the dog has settled into its new home, we will do so. Please be aware that we will not give details regarding information on the dogs new location

Are the dogs vaccinated?

Yes. All our dogs will go to their new homes vaccinated and wormed. They will also have had a full check up with a Vet. Any health problems will be explained to you in detail before adoption.

If I surrender my dog to you, can I change my mind?

No. On surrender, we ask you to sign over all your rights to the dog. We strongly feel that the issues you had regarding your dog will still be there.

We will, however, ensure that surrendering your dog is the right decision for you.

Do you re home to families with young children?

We do not rehome dogs with children under 5.

The main reason for this is that on most occasions with rescue dogs, we can be unaware of the dog’s complete history, and we feel that when there are small children involved, we need to take all due care and attention.

In cases where the dog has been rehomed due to behavioural issues, we will nit rehome to families with children under secondary school age.

All other rehomings, will be judged on their own merit, after discussion between us, the fosterer, and the prospective family.

We need to foster our dog temporarily, can you help?

We have a large network of foster carers and transporters throughout the UK, so for short term foster care, we will hopefully be able to help. However, we will require details why the foster care is required, and this is subject to a placement being available.

Can you guarantee the history and health of the dog?

We pass on all information given to us by the person or persons who surrended the dog. We cannot guarantee the health, history or temperament of any dog and pass on all informaton in good faith and to the best of our abilities. We promise at all times to be absolutely honest and ask anyone surrendering a dog to us to do the same.

Will I need to insure my dog?

We feel that as a responsible owner, you should make suitable arrangements for insurance cover as soon as the dog has been transferred into your care. Your dog will come with 5 weeks free insurance with our Rehoming partner, Agria Insurance, and you will have the option of taking out a full poilcy with them once this ends.

What happens if we adopt a dog, but he doesn't settle?

We ask all adopters to give the dog a chance to settle with their new family. Remember, your new pet has already been through a massive upheaval in their life so it will take them a little while to find their place in your family, but try and be patient and give the dog a chance to show you what they are capable of with a little patience and a lot of love

We also have a large network of people who are extremely knowlegeable regarding rescue animals. They are happy to give advice regarding any problems you may have. We promise to help, guide and support you through any problems you may have.

If you find, through everyone's best efforts, that your home is not right, we ask that you return the dog to us.

Can I get my donation back if the dog is not suitable?

No. We are a voluntary organisation, with no paid staff, and every penny is vital for us to continue what we do.

If our new dog is not settling, can I rehome him myself?

If, after all efforts, the dog has not settled for whatever reason, you must return the dog to us. We will need to reassess the dog in foster again, so that the issues encountered do not occur again.

Will I have to travel to meet our new dog?


Please do not apply for a dog that you will not be able to travel to for a successful meet and greet. We are aware that our dogs are all over the country, but believe that a meet and greet is essential before the adoption goes ahead. This also gives the fosterer time to talk with you about the dog's needs.

Does my resident dog have to be neutered?

We, as a rescue, believe that all non breeding dogs should be neutered to avoid unwanted litters and conflict between hormone filled males. Many dogs in our care will have only been very recently neutered themselves which takes a while for the hormones to leave the system and this can upset both the resident dogs and the newly rehomed.

They never ever leave a Basset behind always do everything in their power to get the hounds to the right fosters and forever homes in a word they are "AMAZING".

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Great work, no hound gets left behind. A true sentiment that is the embodiment of what this organisation is about. Great work team.

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They do a good job of saving these hounds and finding special homes for life. They also work hard to raise money to pay for any vet bills.

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They do outstanding work with the hounds & always put them first, They match hounds with their perfect parents & when they need vet treatment they get it done, these people are Amazing, could not recommend them enough

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Thank you for sending my recent purchases from your shop. Very efficient and wonderful quality merchandise, particularly the canvas/hessian bags and the t-shirts

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We have the privilege of adopting Dylan. The whole process was seamless and very reassuring that they cover all bases, both in relation to vetting us and also in the assessment of the hound

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