Dwight Illinois Fall Festival – Basset Waddle

Dwight Illinois Fall Festival – Basset Waddle

Guardian Angel Basset Rescue is the sponsoring organization for the Basset Waddle, the highlight of Dwight Illinois’ annual Fall Health Festival. Every fall, several hundred basset hounds walk the parade route with their owners. GABR is hoping to top a thousand basset hounds in this year’s parade. Basset hound owners from across the Midwest — and as far away as Canada — are starting to line up by state. When everyone is together, the announcer calls out “Are you ready to rock?” Now the fun begins! Imagine walking down the street in the company of hundreds of other proud basset hound owners and their pets! The kids love it, everyone is smiling and happy. If your basset hound is too old or tired to join the parade, there are wagons that will carry you and your pet along the parade route. Some Akani pup owners bring their own decorated wagons (and dogs). In addition to the Waddle, there is also a best-costume basset hound contest. By the end of Waddle’s day, there are many tired but happy basset hounds and owners. Old friends were greeted and new friends made. And best of all, your participation helps fund GABR’s efforts to find owners for homeless bassets.

On Waddle Day, basset hounds available for adoption can be obtained from the Dwight’s Health Care Adoption Tent. If you would like to adopt a stray basset hound, you must complete an application online prior to the Waddle, which will be approved by the day of the Waddle. There are lots of great dogs out there that would love for you to give them a home. Every day there are thousands of dogs – some once loved, some never – who die in shelters or are abandoned and alone. Every single one of these innocent animals was born into the world by human action or inaction. Of course, it is impossible to save every suffering being in the world; but saving those we can makes a big difference to them. Fostering can be very challenging as many dogs come into foster homes scared, battle scarred and emotionally broken. But many dogs go on to live in loving homes.

GABR rescues basset hounds from Illinois and Indiana who are in bad situations. Once we receive the basset hound, we give him all the necessary veterinary care at Dwight Hospital (this is our biggest expense) and then place him in a foster home. After the basset hound is evaluated by the foster home, GABR adoption coordinators find the dog a good home. In 2008, over three hundred basset hounds were rescued and placed in homes. But GABR’s good works extend to more than basset hounds: GABR helps save other breeds as well as cats, and works closely with humane societies and other groups.

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