A successful foster home depends on both the selection of the right basset for your household, an understanding of the basset's needs and psychology, and knowledge about hound care. We cannot stress enough that hounds are not like other dogs! They are completely nose oriented, tough-minded, independent and, in short, live in their own world. If you like the idea of a highly intelligent, strong-willed, tough, independent dog that's not all that eager to please, read on!

So that we may assist you with the selection of your new friend, please answer the following questions as completely as possible. All information provided is kept confidential and is used only for the purpose of All Ears operations. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY our Adoption Procedures prior to filling out the application.

Adoption Form

If you have trouble accessing the online form above, please print, fill out, and mail our .PDF adoption form, below:

Adoption Form (PDF)

DF Adoption Form PDF reader (Adobe, Foxit, etc.) required.

E-mail completed form to:
All Ears Basset Sanctuary
chris@allearsbassetsanctuary.com or

or Fax it to 505-341-0519

Thank you!

All Ears Basset Sanctuary charges an adoption fee to cover the necessary care of the hound prior to its adoption. It can be paid by cash, check or Paypal and is due upon adoption.

Adoption charges:
$250 Puppy
$175 Adult
$100 Senior/Special Case

Please remember that many of our dogs have been rescued from bad situations, such as puppy mills, or surrendered by their owners and not understanding where their families have gone, are heartbroken and frightened. Some of them have spent time in a shelter, but just changing their routine and home environment, good or bad, can be very stressful. People don't usually give up perfect dogs.

These issues are worked on by the foster home, but some things can't be fixed, just worked around. Whatever needs they have will be clearly stated in their description on our website and by their foster home. There will be an adjustment period once the dog is in your home. The dog may have accidents even though s/he's house trained. During this time, you may see signs of stress such as: separation anxiety; panting; pacing; shedding more than usual; and drinking and urinating more than usual. You need to have patience, and give your basset time to adapt, usually two to three weeks.

Because our dogs are stressed and may have other issues to overcome, we are very cautious about adopting to families with children under the age of six. In a new home, there will be competition for attention. The bassets treat a young child who's physically on their level as another dog. They will communicate with them in the same way, by growling and sometimes "mouthing". This is all acceptable behavior in the dog world, but not the human world. It's best to wait until your child is older and they BOTH can understand the difference.

All dogs are neutered/spayed, current on vaccinations, tested for Heartworm and on Heartworm preventative before adoption. The adopter is expected to update the dog's vaccinations yearly, or as their vet recommends, and keep them on monthly heart worm preventative, also per their veterinarian's recommendation. Heartworm is not as prevalent in New Mexico as it is in some parts of the US, but there are more cases reported every year.

  • At the time of adoption, you will sign a contract agreeing to return the dog to All Ears Basset Sanctuary if the adoption doesn't work out. No matter how long you've had the hound, we will take the him/her back into rescue.
  • You will also agree to notify All Ears of any change of address, so that we may keep our records updated.
  • You will NOT permit the Basset to roam off leash while outside.
  • You will either provide a fenced yard or agree to keep the dog on leash at all times. A Basset is an inside dog and not meant to be outside for long periods of time without proper supervision.
What happens when you submit an application to All Ears?

The application is forwarded to your local Adoption Coordinator (AC). You can expect to be contacted within one or two days by your local AC regarding the status of your application. During this one to two day period the AC is busy reviewing the application details and speaking with your veterinarian for reference purposes. As soon as all the details are taken care of, you can expect a call from the AC to discuss the details of your application.

If you are approved, your AC will begin to review the bassets available for adoption and match the right basset with your lifestyle. Once you and the AC agree upon a basset that best matches your preferences, you will be able to speak to the hound's foster family. If they agree that you are right for their foster dog, a visit will be arranged. If all parties agree this is the basset for you, the adoption can take place the same day and you can take your new family member home.

If you are adopting a puppy that has not yet been spayed or neutered All Ears will consider you a foster until the puppy is old enough to be altered. All Ears will pay for the alteration, and will then release the dog to you.

Please remember that All Ears is run by volunteers who have jobs and personal lives, so if we take a few days to get back to you it is because we are busy, not because you aren't important to us! However, sometimes things fall through the cracks, so if it has been more than a few days, please send us an email to remind us!