How Rescue Works
Where do the boxers come from?
Some are owner surrenders (due to relocation, divorce, illness, and death), some come from shelters, and some are strays.
Why are there boxers that need to be rescued?
Boxers are in need of rescue, just like all other breeds. Some of our boxer are owner surrenders: that means that for some reason the current owners are unable or unwilling to keep their pets and turn them over to rescue. Sometimes it is because of divorce – both people are moving into apartments and neither can keep their boxer. Sometimes people move to another area or another home and either can’t or won’t keep their pets. Sadly, some are surrendered due to the owner’s death. Many are rescued from various shelters, humane societies and all breed rescues. Occasionally we are contacted to pick up a boxer that has been found as a stray. So boxers come to us for a wide variety of reasons and from many different sources.
Can we get a puppy?
Rarely do we get puppies in rescue. The vast majority of boxers that come into rescue are over one year old – some are even senior citizens! The advantages to adopting an adolescent or older boxer are many; often a slightly older dog is already housebroken, is past the “eating the furniture” stage, has calmed down (as much as a boxer ever calms down!) and is generally easier to adapt to a new home. Adopting a senior boxer is also a rewarding experience! They are usually well trained and are what I like to call “love-sponges”, meaning that they are very receptive to any and all affection that is offered to them. It is almost as though they know that you’ve made an extra commitment in adopting an older boxer, so they want to shower you with love for their remaining years!
How do I go about adopting a rescue boxer?
Our Adoption Application is available by mail or may be filled out online by clicking here. The application must be filled out in its entirety. The application will then be reviewed, references checked, and a home visit scheduled. If the application is approved, the process will begin to match a suitable boxer to the adoptive family and an appointment will be set to meet dog(s) that would be right for their family.
How long does it take?
Our goal is to place the right boxer in the right “forever” home. Sometimes we don’t have exactly the right boxer available for the adoptive family, so the adoption process can take some time. If we rush to place a boxer and it doesn’t fit into the family, we’ve made a mistake. We’d rather take a little additional time and do things correctly the first time rather than take the same boxer back into rescue and start the process all over again. If you have specific requirements as to color, ear type, etc., it will take longer to find you boxer.
How much does it cost?
Currently our adoption contributions are as follows:
$300.00 for a dog aged 10 weeks to 6 months
$250.00 for a dog aged 6 months to 1 year
$225.00 for a dog over one year
The contribution covers the various expenses incurred in rescuing boxers. When we bring a boxer into our program it is taken to a veterinarian and given a complete examination, heartworm test (and treated if necessary) and vaccinated as needed. If the boxer has not been altered, it is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We do everything possible to ensure that you will adopt a healthy boxer. If there are ongoing medical conditions, we will inform you prior to the adoption and will be available for consults to assist you in caring for your boxer.
What if we can’t keep our rescue boxer?
We do our best to place our dogs in “forever homes” but when you adopt a boxer from us you sign a contract that REQUIRES you return the dog to us, it cannot be sold or given away.
Can I breed my boxer?
No. Our goal is to help unwanted boxers find new “forever” homes – not to breed more. Normally all boxers adopted from us are already spayed or neutered. Occasionally, due to medical reasons, we will place an unaltered boxer; with a foster contract and a clause to be altered by a specific date. The formal adoption process will be complete once the boxer is altered. It is our mission to help find homes for as many boxers as we possibly can and it would undermine our entire endeavor to add to the population explosion by allowing these rescue animals to be bred.