GGBR was formally started in 2005, when we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many of you have known the rescue since it was part of the Northern California Basset Hound Club, where Gloria was involved in its rescue arm for around ten years. Now we are a separate organization, we need to generate our own funding and a vital part of that is to build a membership base.
Our membership year now runs year round. You can join anytime. We do hope you will all decide to become members... especially as we now have the option to donate every month. Those monthly angel levels start at a very modest $10 per month, so you hardly notice the pain! And the lowest level of membership (Pixie, $20 per year) is affordable by almost everyone. Every little helps!
Please read on to see the advantages of membership. Of course, even if you decide not to become members, your support is greatly appreciated, and we know that many of you demonstrate that support in very practical ways throughout the year. The Benefits of Membership of GGBR
As I mentioned above, GGBR is a 501c3 non-profit organization, relying totally on its membership dues and fundraising activities to cover the costs of rescuing basset hounds in Northern California. Our membership base is the foundation of our Rescue, and brings in a small, but reliable portion of our funding. Every member level can benefit from:
- invitations to special 'members only' events, and
- knowledge that you provide a solid base of funding for our organization
To become a member, use the PayPal Subscribe button on this page or the home page.
You can also pay memberships by check. Email me (email@example.com) and I will send you a form that you can complete and return by mail with your check. Membership Levels/Fees
Memberships have not been very popular over the last few years. One reason, we believe, is that you have not been able to see what your donated memberships have paid for. We are now giving you a wider variety of levels by which to show your support... and rewarding you with more benefits for the more generous levels.
GGBR Seraphim - $100 per month ($1200 per year, pays for TWO dogs saved!)
GGBR Cherubim - $50 per month ($600 per year, pays for ONE dog saved)
GGBR Archangel - $20 per month ($240 per year, pays for a low cost spay or neuter surgery)
GGBR Guardian Angel - $10 per month ($120 per year, pays for three dogs vaccinated)
GGBR Jr Guardian Angel - $75 per year - pays for three rabies vaccines
GGBR Angel - $50 per year - pays for two rabies vaccines
GGBR Pixie - $20 per year - every little helps!
HOW TO PAY
Choose your level, or pledge a monthly donation of whatever you like and we'll treat you as a member at an 'appropriate' level:
No need to have a PayPal account already. You can choose to pay by credit or debit card through PayPal.
You can also send a check by snail mail to the address below.
If you have questions, you can contact me (Addy Dawes) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a word document you can print off, complete and mail to:
PO Box 4958
along with your check made payable to "Golden Gate Basset Rescue" or just "GGBR".
All Members Receive…
In addition to the enormous satisfaction of knowing that your dollars literally save the lives of terrific dogs, eager to love and be a loyal companion to all qualified adopters, GGBR members receive:
- Newsletters with GREAT “success stories” of bassets we’ve been able to save.
- Invitations (and discounted tickets depending on your membership level) to special events, such as our
- 4th of July Waddle in Novato
- Howl at the Moon and Whine Fundraising Dinner and Auction (usually in October/November)
- Two family-friendly camping events (Spring Fling in Mt Aukum in May, and Bickell Ranch in the hills near Cloverdale/Yorkville in August)—all full of terrific bassets and their people, who have a blast playing with the dogs and swapping stories. Literally, you can count on meeting “forever friends” through GGBR!
These Members Receive Additional Privileges:
- $1,200/year GGBR Seraphim
($100/month, pays for saving 2 dogs each year)
- Unlimited free tickets for family & friends to all member only events
- One free adoption you may use or gift to a qualifying adopter ($250 value)
- Special recognition in our newsletter and online (optional)
- “Seraphim” Pin recognizing your level of commitment
($50/month, pays for saving 1 dog each year)
- 6 free tickets to all member only events
- Discounted ($125 fee, 50% off) adoption you may use or gift to a qualifying adopter ($125 value)
- Special recognition in our newsletter and online (optional)
- “Cherubim” Pin designating your level of commitment
($20/month, pays for a low-cost spay or neuter)
- 2 Free tickets for family & friends to all member only events
- Special recognition in our newsletter and online
- “Archangel” Pin designating your level of commitment
NOTE - ALL MEMBERS GET A LAPEL PIN TO SIGNIFY THEIR MEMBERSHIP. ARCHANGEL, CHERUBIM & SERAPHIM ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TO INDICATE LEVEL OF SUPPORT. We used to ask our members if they wanted to volunteer, there is now a separate volunteer application form on the website! Please check out our volunteer options on this page! Every dog we took in was given an initial vet check, with testing for heartworm and parasites, with rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations and placed on heartworm and flea preventative. All dogs that needed it were spayed or neutered. Several dogs had infections of one sort or another, which we need to treat before placing the dog. On average our vet bills alone come to over $600 per dog. When people complain about our adoption donations, I have to wonder just where they could get a basset hound with all the vet care it needs, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, current rabies... and with the support network that we can give them for the rest of that hound's life...
Thank goodness for the occasional healthy, easily placed hound to lighten the burden on both the finances, and the goodwill of our foster families.
We are busier than we have ever been at the moment, we continue to see an increase in the number of hounds being surrendered from loving, caring homes because of the economic recession. So sad.
Thank you so much for your continued support that enables us to do this work!! We told you several times about GoodSearch. Since we registered with them, we've earned over $1200, but this is S...L...O...W... to accumulate. We get approximately 1.3c for each search - and last year we increased our income from these searches to a total of around $150!! The potential for earnings via GoodShop is immense! At least two other well known rescues got several hundred dollars from GoodSearch and we can do that as well. We have over 2000 people on this mailing list.
Also, please browse our gallery at Zazzle and keep buying!! Check out the Keds shoes! You can put your bassets photo on them if you like! You can also design your own cards, put multiple photos on them, or other images you like, or keep the Basset themed ones, or add images to the basset cards. The insides of lots of the cards are blank for you to create your own message. We earn 27% on all purchases as long as you go via our link, so please have a look!
Plus.... if you post items to EBay! Remember to find us in their charitable giving arm, Missionfish and donate a percentage of your winning bids to us. We have at least two active supporters doing this at the moment!
Finally, keep an eye on our 'events' list, so that you can mark your calendars for this year's special events. Of course, one date is set in stone.... this years Waddle will again be held on July 4th, as we help Novato's Independence Day Parade to another successful year!! Watch for the email.
And don't forget.... Memberships are encouraged and appreciated!
Sincerely, Addy Dawes
Golden Gate Basset Rescue