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Local Hero – A Full House

Tara BassettFostering and finding homes for dogs throughout Kentucky

If she is not hosting her morning television show, “Louisville Live in the Morning” on WBKI, you can find Tara Bassett at Feeders Supply on Shelbyville Road. She’ll be the one sitting on the floor of a kennel reassuring new puppies and kittens, or helping a traumatized dog adjust to the new environment.

Bassett lives with three rescued dogs–Wyatt, Gracie and Brady–all from the Kentucky Humane Society, who are accustomed to crowded conditions a foster house brings. Living in a condo can make for tight quarters, but that doesn’t seem to bother Basset or her canines–she rarely turns down single dogs or litters that need a home.

Working in television makes for demanding hours, and after her childhood dog died, Bassett couldn’t bring herself to adopt a dog because of her hectic schedule. However, after a career move took her from Oregon to Kentucky, Bassett adopted a puppy, and in the next nine months adopted two more.

“It is just a joy. There is nothing like the love that an animal brings to you, and the love that you bring an animal,” she said. “I am very blessed I am in a job now that allows plenty of time to be with them. I have work hours that are set and not excessive. There is nothing more important to me than spending time with my dogs, I love being with them–and when we have a foster or lost dog, it’s a joy. The more the merrier.”

When she can’t find the room to foster any more dogs, Bassett goes to them.

“You can’t bring home every dog at the shelter,” she said. “So, if they can’t come to us, we go there. We spend our spare time at Feeders Supply playing, holding, and rocking the puppies. I love it, and so do my dogs.”

A big part of Bassett’s contribution to the shelters is her ability to get dogs adopted. In all of her time fostering dogs, she has never returned a dog to the Humane Society–she brings the foster everywhere and uses social media and networking to find adopters.

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