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Adopting From AZBHR

We are so happy you have decided to look into adopting from AZBHR! But before you do, make sure you know and understand the breed. Once you feel comfortable with the breed, complete the Adoption Application.

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The adoption fee varies based on the age of the dog. All dogs are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated prior to adoption.AZBHR will not place a dog in your home unless modifications are made to restrict outside access so there is no access to the pool.

There are dogs that come in that Never go on the Website!

Due to changing times, we have begun doing more “Foster to Adopt” situations. 

How does this work?

  • A family who wants to adopt fills out the adoption application and has a home visit.
  • This family tells AZBHR the type of hound they are looking for. If one is available at that time they are approved, they can meet whose available if it seems like a good potential match.
  • Otherwise, the family goes on a waiting list and when we get notified to intake a dog that meets that families’ criteria, then we contact the waiting family and see if they are interested. If so, that do goes straight to the waiting family as “a foster”.  For a minimum of two weeks, that dog is under the umbrella of AZBHR, gets vet evaluation that AZBHR funds, and we address any other issues that are needed.  Once a dog is cleared for adoption, then the family that has been “fostering” has the first chance to adopt that dog if they feel it was a good fit.  If it was not a good fit, then we move the dog to another foster home and the family goes back on the waiting list.
  • We have all sorts of bassets coming in all the time!

Benefits of this system:

  • The dogs get moved around much less and can form a bond with their new family right away.

This explains why there are not many dogs on the website!

  • Most dogs that come into AZBHR go right into waiting and loving homes anxious to adopt!

Age 0 to 2 years

$ $500

Age 3 to 5 years

$ $350

Age 6-9 years

$ $250

Age 10 years +

$ $100

*Previous adopters receive a 10% discount. If you are adopting a bonded pair you will receive a 25% discount. The adoption fee is a fee for re-homing the dog and not a donation to the rescue.

Apply to Adopt

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Basset Hound (or Bloodhound) from Arizona Basset Hound Rescue (AZBHR). AZBHR is an all-volunteer organization with no physical location where the dogs are located. All dogs are fostered by our awesome foster home volunteers in their private home.

You will be contacted regarding your application after AZBHR has had a chance to review it. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Please be patient, as sometimes the process can take longer than usual depending on other rescue activities.

If you have any questions, please call AZBHR at (602)225-7800 or email

Please review the following before completing the application:

A minimum adoption fee of $150-$300, depending on the age of the dog, is required, payable at time of adoption. All dogs are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated prior to adoption.

Age 0 to 2: $500

Age 3 to 5: $350

Age 6-9:  $250

Age 10 or older: $100

Previous adopters receive a 10% discount. If you are adopting a bonded pair you will receive a 25% discount. The adoption fee is a fee for re-homing the dog and not a donation to the rescue.

Please note that homes with an unfenced swimming pool must NOT allow free access (ie: have a doggie door) to the yard where the pool is located. Basset Hounds are generally not swimmers due to their short legs and heavy bodies. AZBHR will not place a dog in your home unless modifications are made to restrict outside access so there is no access to the pool.

Please note that the dog you request may not be available at the time of your approval and adoption. However, we have many wonderful dogs in need of loving homes. Many of the dogs are not on the website as they may be in the process their two-week evaluation. Don’t wait to find the perfect Basset Hound on the website. Apply now and get approved to start the process of finding your new family member.

Adopting a Basset is a great responsibility. For up to 15 years or so, you will be sharing your life with a Basset who is totally dependent upon you for food, shelter, clean up, and veterinary care.   This involves a financial commitment as well as a commitment to the dog to provide a safe and loving environment.


Available Dogs


Just like any dog, some are better with children than others. Basset hounds are a large breed and have lots of energy. If your family has small children under the age of 10, please think carefully before making the decision to adopt a dog. Small children and dogs lack the capability of knowing what they should and should not be doing when left alone unsupervised. Adopting a dog into a home with small children will take extra effort and training by all family members to be successful. Please make sure you are willing to take the extra time, effort and sometimes money for training classes that it will take to integrate a dog into your family.

If you are new to Basset Hounds, you might be surprised to learn that many male Bassets are laid back and mellow, while some females can be territorial and more prone to alpha dog behaviors. This is not true for all males, or all females, but a majority of our volunteers and adoptive homes have found this to be generally the case. If you are looking for the easygoing “hush puppy” type of Basset, a male is probably better for you.

AZBHR receives dogs of all ages and works to match the right dog to the right family, regardless of age.  With that said, puppies of any breed tend to be best adopted by a family with another dog to play with. They enjoy being socialized at a young age. Puppies require lots of training to become housebroken and learn the “rules”.

Basset Hounds tend to slow down a little as they get older. Older dogs are usually house trained, affectionate, and take a few more naps than their younger counterparts. Many families who have opened up their homes to older Bassets have told us that the dogs fit into their daily routine from the moment they arrived.

A male Basset Hound weighs 50 to 65 pounds and a female weighs 45 to 60 pounds.

A male Basset Hound ranges from 12 to 15 inches and a female from 11 to 14 inches.

Basset Hounds tend to have joint and spine issues because of their short legs and long, heavy body. They should be exercised daily and discouraged from jumping and stressing their front legs and spine.

The Basset Hound life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.

Basset hounds should be brushed weekly with a firm bristle brush. They should be washed only as needed so their skin retains its much-needed oils. They are also prone to ear mites if their ears (interior) are not cleaned on a regular basis. A cotton ball and a squirt of ear cleaner inside the ear canal is all that is needed to maintain good ear health. Basset Hounds also need regular toe nail trimmings.

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