​Ralph adopted 2017

​Leopold adopted 2017

​Norm adopted 2017

​Sammy adopted 2017

​Yoda adopted 2017

​​​​​​​​​HISTORY OF WABR


1988        

After saving numerous dog and networking with other rescuers, Pat Benstine formed Spokane Basset Rescue (SBR) .


1996

Pat Benstine and Mary Charbonneau joined collaboration when Mary adopted her first rescued Basset.


1998 

Spokane Basset Rescue became a 501(c)(3) non profit animal welfare organization recognized by the IRS and has remained in good standing ever since then.  The first Basset Blast was hosted in Franklin Park, Spokane, Wa.


1999

Mary Charbonneau became responsible for WABR's Fund Raising & Community Outreach.


2000

Basset Blast location moved to Sullivan Park in the Spokane Valley. WABR website went live.


2002

Spokane Basset Rescue relocated to Pat's new home in industrial Hillyard.


2005

Spokane Basset Rescue changed its named to Washington Basset Rescue since the scope of the rescue's efforts had extended to states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Canada and any where there is a need that we can help with.


2010 

WABR joined Facebook.   We earned the PetCo Foundation Grant ($1,200).


2011

STCU "Who Do You Love" Facebook grant ($1,000).   Judy Brown met Pat and began fostering for her.


2012 

STCU  "Who Do You Love" Facebook Grant - 1st Place ($1,500). Mary Charbonneau earned the The Inlander's Peirone Prize, For Making the Inland NW a Better Place (for volunteer work with our non profit- $1,000 donation to WABR.   WABR earned the Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Community Giving Grant via Facebook ($10,000).          

Pat Benstine had her first stroke. Mary Charbonneau, Mike Charbonneau, and Judy Brown become interim  Directors of the non profit.


2013 

WABR relocates to the Spokane Valley.  Our non profit begins using an amazing network of local Foster Families to help transport, temperament test, train, and rehome our hounds.  October 2013: Pat Benstine had her last stroke and crossed The Rescuer's Rainbow Bridge.  

                             

              Auntie Pat Benstine  Founder and Director of WABR 1988-2013


2014

The 16th annual Basset Blast moved indoors to the Spokane County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.



      Current board of directors:  


Mary Charbonneau, Fundraising and Community Outreach 

Judy Brown, Adoptions and Foster Homes 

Mike Benstine, Secretary & Treasurer





Numerous volunteers that transport, foster, volunteer at events, etc. are known as 

​The Drool Crew.








Adopted in 2016 

​Jumpin Jack Flash

​Oscar adopted 2017

​Cody adopted 2017

Type your paragraph here.

​Earl adopted 2017