About CBHR

close-upThe mission of Carolina Basset Hound Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted basset hounds in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue is a volunteer-staffed nonprofit organization and was founded in 1993 in Raleigh, North Carolina. CBHR has grown from a fledgling organization with only a few volunteers to a federally recognized non-profit organization. Over the course of 25 years CBHR has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed over 2000 basset hounds.

The Carolina Basset Hound Rescue program is comprised of four main areas: Fostering, Adoption, Donations, and Events.

Fostering and Adoption

Once our volunteer staff is notified of a basset in need, arrangements are made to retrieve him from the shelter and provide him veterinary care. Following a check-up by the veterinarian, he will then move into his assigned foster home. The foster home will help him blossom into a loving, well-mannered family member. Adoptions are completed once his medical needs are met and he is once again healthy.


The CBHR program would not be able to rescue the dogs it does without continued financial supports from our friends.  There are many ways to contribute and you will find one that matches your donation style by visiting our donation page. A minimum donation is requested at the time of adoption. However, most adoption donations equal only half of the average expenses of each of our dogs. Kind and generous supporters of our work must make up the rest.


Each year CBHR participates and hosts several events throughout North and South Carolina. These events are a great way for us to showcase our dogs and for the volunteers to catch up with their basset-loving friends. They are lots of fun, but do take volunteer manpower and time to be successful. We would love to meet your smiling face at an event soon. Visit our Events page or Get Involved page to find out more.

The world of rescue is hard, sometimes sad, but also wonderfully warm, inspiring and touching. Our many volunteers passionately give their time, energy, love and money to make this endeavor successful. The rewards of a drool-y basset kiss that says, “thank you, you gave me a chance I would have never had” makes it all worth it. Won’t you come volunteer with us?