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. All information is kept confidential and is used only for the purpose of our operations.

We do charge an adoption fee to cover the necessary care of the basset prior to its adoption. This fee is due upon adoption.

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

If you have problems with the adoption application or it will not go through, please print out the form and email it to 505-341-0519 or mail it to:

All Ears Basset Sanctuary
[email protected] or
[email protected]

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Contact Information

Please provide the following contact information:

Best time to reach you:

Are you an All Ears Basset Sanctuary Member?

Living Conditions

What type of housing do you live in?

Do you own or rent?

If you rent, does your landlord permit dogs?

If you rent, is there a weight/size limit on allowable dogs?

If yes, what is the weight/size limit?

If you rent, please provide your landlord's name and contact information for verification of requirements:

Do you have stairs in your home?

If yes, how many stairs?

Do you have a fenced in yard?

If yes, please describe your fence:

If no, do you agree to keep the basset on a leash when outdoors?

Are you willing to have a volunteer from All Ears Basset Sanctuary visit your home prior to adoption?

Dynamics of Household

What is the make-up of your household?

If there are children in the household, what are their ages?

Are there other children who visit frequently (i.e. grandkids, babysitting)?

If yes, what are the visiting children's ages?

Describe the temperament of the dog(s) you currently own.

Describe the activity level of the dog(s) you currently own.

Do you give Heartworm preventative to your dog(s) on a monthly basis?

Does anyone in the household have dog allergies?

How close is your nearest neighbor?

Veterinarian Information

Do you have a veterinarian?

If yes, please provide your veterinarian's name and phone number.

What pet name and last name are your current vet records under?

Adoption Questions

Why do you want to adopt a Basset?

Will this be your first dog/basset as an adult?

Have you ever adopted a dog from a rescue organization or shelter?

Have you ever had to give up a dog?

If yes, please explain:

How do other family members feel about adopting a Basset?

Are you willing to provide the required heartworm preventative on a monthly basis?

Are you willing to provide us with follow up reports?

Do you agree to return your basset to All Ears Basset Sanctuary if you are unable to keep it?

Basset Preferences and Training

Would you prefer a male or female basset?

What age Basset do you prefer? (Select all the age(s) that apply.)

What specific traits are you looking for in a basset that would make him/her the right match for your family?

Have you ever taken a dog to obedience training?

Are you willing to take your basset to obedience training if necessary?

Are you willing to house train your basset, if necessary?

Are you willing to crate train your basset?

Referral and Other Comments

How were you referred to us?

If you have other comments or have a specific Basset on our website you are interested in, please indicate below.

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!