Type of Organization
House of Puddles ( HOP) is a retirement home for homeless basset hounds, operated by Marilyn Brazzle. Since 2002, Marilyn has provided a home for over 70 senior or special needs hounds, accepted at the request or referral of basset hound rescue organizations. The seniors at HOP average about 12 years in age. Their health issues include blindness, deafness, diabetes, cancer, incontinence, arthritis and severe skin allergies. HOP does not actively try to adopt dogs out because they are generally considered to be unadoptable due to their age or special needs, but if the right family comes along for the right dog, HOP is thrilled for one of their hounds to have their own forever home.
Each year the HOP participates in several fund raising activities. Every October Marilyn invites friends, their families and hounds to her home for a day to enjoy friendship, food and love of hounds. For the past few years, HOP has been honored to have Jeanne Wells, a dear friend and internationally known photographer, attend the annual party to photograph the hounds and visitors. Ms. Wells has captured exquisite black and white photos of hounds just being hounds – begging for food, looking worried (that they aren’t getting enough food), pretending to sleep (in hopes someone will leave food unattended), and so forth. These lovely black and white photos can be ordered on the HOP website with a portion of the proceeds donated directly to HOP.
HOP is a non-profit organization funded solely on donations and located in Frederick, Maryland. They accept basset hounds from across the US and provide a loving, permanent home for 18-20 bassets. HOP’s mission is to prevent these dogs, who have been given up by their owners, lost, or abandoned, from being euthanized or living out their days in a cage merely because no one is willing to provide them a home.
SPCA International is delighted that our Shelter of the Week grant will help HOP pay for the many veterinarian services required to keep these loving hounds as happy and healthy as possible.