Yes, it probably would be easier to get a Boxer from another source other than our rescue groups. However, many of the dogs came to us because they were easy to get. People gave up these very dogs because they were just as easy to get rid of.
We feel strongly that it is our job to find the perfect home for each of these dogs. By being very selective in our adoption process, we can feel confident that we’ve done everything within our power to ensure that these dogs’ next homes are forever homes.
We may be strict in our placements, but the dogs are better off for it and each successful adoption is a reward for our efforts. The experience is very rewarding to us, the dogs’ new owners — and more importantly — for the dogs themselves.
A rescued dog may carry baggage that a puppy or other dog does not. We require fenced yards to protect that dog – and to protect its new owners – from harm or unhappiness. We do not always know the history on our Boxers, and it’s safest to assume that the dog has not been trained to a reliable, predictable recall command. The dog may bolt out of a yard and get injured.
We require any existing dog that is not part of a reputable, ethical breeding program be spayed or neutered prior to placing a rescue dog in the home. If your dog is part of such a breeding program, then we simply ask you to provide documentation to support that (proof of health testing or screening on your dog, assessment/evaluation by a reputable breeder, etc.).
Intact animals may exhibit certain characteristics that can make assimilation of a new dog into a household difficult. This could cause additional stress on an animal that may already be stressed; one that needs comfort, security and stabilization. Also, most of our dogs come to us intact and we have them spayed or neutered. Their hormones may not subside for 6 months after their neutering which could also cause problems with their introduction and assimilation into a household with other intact dogs.
Furthermore, helping to educate people and decrease the rampant pet overpopulation is a big part of what rescue is all about, so we believe it is important to share that message.
After we’ve completed your home check, we will provide you with a list of contacts with who you may discuss details about specific dogs. These will be dogs that we believe are suited to your particular home, as not all dogs fit every home (or vice-verse). The volunteer who conducts the home visit simply gathers information about the prospective home, answers any questions and provides input about that visit to the entire rescue group. Each rescue group’s coordinators and individual foster homes make the final decision on the placement of any dog. Please remember that adoptive families must be willing to travel to meet and bring their new Boxer home.
Also, our rescue groups conduct “rescue day” events at various pet stores. These are usually held once a month, and although no dogs may actually be adopted at these locations, many of our available dogs are there for viewing. Please check the Events section of our site for more information about our “rescue day” events.
Our adoption process is very thorough. As guardians of these Boxers, it is our responsibility to ensure that their next home is truly a “forever home”. Our adoption process begins when you complete the adoption application or interview. We then initiate Email or Phone contact to discuss any questions about your application. We obtain any necessary documentation, such as copies of lease agreements, and begin scheduling your home check. Having one of the rescue volunteers visit with you in your home allows us to personally answer your questions about our dogs or our program, and it also helps us find out more about you or your situation. We may also contact your personal or veterinary references prior to conducting a home visit.
Once your home visit is completed, we try to match your particular environment with the needs of one of our dogs. We do not work on a first-come, first-served basis in which potential adopters have their choice of any of our available dogs. Our efforts are geared toward individual placement and finding the right home for each dog — and the right dog for each home.
Our rescue groups are staffed entirely by volunteers, so potential adopters may have to wait awhile before their home visit is scheduled. We are always happy to see new applicants and try our best to set-up home visits right away; however, there may be scheduling delays based on our volunteers’ schedules or your location.
In some locations we have several volunteers who conduct home visits. In others, like Southwest Missouri and Western Kansas, our volunteer base is limited. Ideally, we try to schedule home visits within two weeks of receiving your completed adoption application.
Our volunteers foster our Boxers while they are awaiting adoption. At times, when the foster homes are full, we may use boarding kennels or veterinary offices to house our dogs. These overcrowded times when there is “no room at the inns” are why we’re always in need of qualified fosters.
Each group’s adoption fees vary, and some vary even within a group itself. For instance, some groups charge a minimal fee for senior dogs (in exchange for a lot of love and devotion), whereas younger dogs or puppies’ fees may be higher.
On average, the adoption fees are $250 and upward. This covers spaying/neutering, which is done before the dogs are placed. Sadly, some dogs come to us with severe injuries or illnesses that require a lengthy and expensive recovery. While we cannot make any guarantees as to the long-term health of any dog, we make them as healthy as possible before adoption. The rescue dogs are also current on routine vaccinations, flea/tick preventative and heart worm preventative when they are placed.
Generally, we rescue our dogs from local shelters, or they are surrendered to us by their owners.