Adopt A Hound
When hounds have reached the end of their productive hunting career or if a hound is not suitable for hunting, the Foundation supports an active adoption program.
Recognizing that biddability is bred into hounds, it seems unnecessary to underscore that hounds make good companions. Their natural desire to please, their affinity for their humans, and their sweet and pleasing ways ensure a long an happy next step in their lives.
A Case Study:
Genevieve Snyder recently adopted Belen, one of our hounds and his part in their family has truly blossomed, even going as far as to being a therapy dog at a local memory ward!
Below you can gain a first hand experience from Genevieve & her husband Eric, all about their journey through adoption…
When we moved from 7 acres to .5 I feared she wouldn’t adjust. Thats a big change and “hounds need room to run” I thought. Turns out they just need hugs from the little kids on the way home from the bus stop. She took to our new small yard and invisible fence like a duck to water. She loves her walks but happily suns herself in our driveway waiting for somebody to stop by and hug her (and they do!).
When our old dog Walter passed Belen was heartbroken. Worried she would be depressed alone we started taking her everywhere with us. For a hound that was so nervous about everything new she took all the change in stride. She just wants to be with her pack (us). With seven years as a house hound under her belt we can confidently say she is the best dog we have ever had. She is gentle and kind with every creature she has met and people of all ages. She has even done therapy work at a senior living home in Devon. A job perfectly suited to her because all she has to do is stand there and be adored.”
“Major Mosby (who was “Euro” at Radnor Hunt) is a wonderful, laid back hound who has the most divine temperament & is all sweetness. Mike Tillson described him as “the worst hunter ever”, but he is terrific pet quality. He loves all of our other hounds, is very easy-going, quiet, reliably housebroken, & just a total huggable love bug. We adopted him in 2017 at age 5, & he is still w/ us today. He is healthy, easy maintenance, & drop dead gorgeous. One of our cats is just crazy about him & snuggles into his chest every chance he gets.” – Davida Block
“Stonewall (“Jupiter” at Radnor Hunt) was the leader of the pack & was such a good hunter that he was kept on as a hunter until age 13 when he came to Main Line Animal Rescue. I adopted him because I felt that no one would consider adopting a 13 yr. old dog. Stonewall lived to be 19 yrs. old & was an amazing dog. Although very much an alpha dog (hence, leader of the pack), Stonewall adjusted to home life quite well where he still fancied himself the leader of our pack. He had a constitution of iron, & never seemed to feel pain despite old age & arthritis. Up until about a year ago, he would be ready to go in any kind of freezing weather, rain, snow, sleet, ice, intense heat, or humidity. Whenever we got his blood tested, our vet said his blood work was perfect. Stonewall was fine w/ our cats & rabbits. He loved attention from all people & was a breeze to leash walk. He was housebroken immediately. Owning him was like owning a piece of history!”
“We adopted Useless Ass Grant (“Horatio” at Radnor Hunt) about 7 mos. ago. Grant wants nothing more than to be constantly hugged & kissed. He tries to climb into your lap because he really wants to be a lap dog. He is reliably housebroken, sleeps quietly through the whole night, was a breeze to crate train, & is just a really easy easy dog. He is cute beyond belief w/ a big fold on his head that makes him look like he has some bloodhound in him. In the house, he is totally calm, laid back, & submissive to all the other dogs. He loves our cats. The only time he barks is when his food is being prepared. He loves his long walks. He is never destructive of anything in the house & does not need to be crated when we leave. A big, lovable, strikingly gorgeous, goof ball!”