For Los Angeles basset hound lovers, there is an early Halloween treat in store for you.
This Sunday, the Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California (BHRSC) is holding its first ever “Houndaween” Bites With Bassets event. And it is sure to be “spooktacular.” (Okay, we will stop.)
Taking place at the Buffalo Fire Department restaurant in Torrance, Calif. guests are invited to attend the upscale event with their dogs. People will be able to nosh on delicious food from award-winning Chef Michael Shafer and sip on beer, wine and mimosas at the tasting stations placed throughout the venue. BHRSC’s private label wine and beer will also be available for tasting.
The fundraiser will have adoptable dogs, live music and a silent and live auction. Some of the prizes include a hot air balloon ride, lunch with BHRSC adopter David Arquette, a Disneyland package and a private wine-tasting dinner. Houndaween wouldn’t be complete without a human and pet-costume content, so you better dig out your dog’s Superman costume he has worn for the past five years.
While this is the first ever Houndaween, the nonprofit had many milestones to be proud of this year. The organization has already re-homed 65 basset hounds thus far and took part in “Operation Hound Haul,” where a team of volunteers transported eight hounds from New Mexico and Colorado to Southern California.
“In my three and a half years coordinating transports for BHRSC, this is by far the biggest transport I have been asked to coordinate,” says BHRSC board member Pam Schmidt. “Fortunately, we have a great base of volunteers and supporters, and we were able to quickly put together two transport teams so that we can bring all the hounds to California on the same day.”
Also, at its Spring Games gala, the team raised $20,000, with some of the funds covering the cost of surgery for a 12-year-old blind and deaf hound that entered the organization shortly after the event.
Moving forward, the organization will continue to focus on saving as many hounds as possible and incorporating more events for owners to experience with their hounds, while supporting BHRSC.
Houndaween is from 1-4 pm at 1261 Cabrillo Ave. in Torrance, Calif. While dogs of all ages are welcome, the event is for people 21 and older. Tickets are $60 with all proceeds going to the rescue.